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Answers (51)Displaying: 50 Most Recent AnswersAnswered: Feb 11, 2014The 2nd story unit at Oaknoll Villas is a 55+ senior community. The security deposit is $2,700. I hope this helps. Let me know if you qualify as a senior, and can afford the deposit, and then we can explore the Section 8 voucher option. Thank you for your inquiry.Answered: Nov 11, 2013This is an excellent question. There are always commission fees involved when utilizing the services and expertise of a REALTOR. The Seller sets the fee percentage in the listing agreement, and pays the commission to the broker(s) upon successful close of escrow, using proceeds from the Buyer. Plan on apx 8% as your cost of sale here in Oxnard. Example: Your home sells for $450,000. Cost of sale is apx $35,000 (including escrow fees, title fees, broker fees, etc.). Your net would be apx. $415,000 (assuming no loan payoff). The funds from escrow can be wired into your designated account. The purchase in Kingman would be contingent on selling the Oxnard home. You probably want to have a goal of a concurrent close -- so you can close on Oxnard and then move to Kingman, to avoid moving twice. I hope this is useful information.Answered: Sep 21, 2013In answer to: How can I buy this house(contact person)?Hi John, We are a team of agents that live here in Camarillo, and specialize in local real estate. Contact me through my profile and/or google my name. We'll be happy to assist you in determining availability of any Camarillo home for sale, showing the home(s), and writing an offer. Thank you for your interest!Answered: Jul 11, 2013Now is a time to look closer at your investment portfolio. Prices have risen dramatically, so a 1031 Exchange may be the most suitable way to acquire cash-flowing properties.Answered: Jul 9, 2013Are you thinking about cancelling the listing on the MLS for your Mountain Meadows Buttercreek II home?? Or, are you just looking for greater internet exposure? Typically, the listing agent does the marketing and the sellers sits back and reviews all the offers they receive over the first several weeks (or much sooner nowadays!). It's rare that the SELLER is absorbing the cost of marketing their own home. What are you paying the listing agent to do? Good luck with your goal.Answered: May 30, 2013In answer to: How much is the asking price?Homes in Simi Valley are currently listed from $150,000 to $3,988,000. There are 118 homes to choose from :-)Answered: May 3, 2013In answer to: can I list my home for rent?Hiring a professional agent that owns rentals and has helped a plethora of landlords to get their properties leased quickly with dependable long-term tenants, doesn't cost you money in the long run... it actually SAVES you money, time and aggravation. At a mere $1500./month rent, it costs a landlord $50./day of lost rental income that can never be recovered. Unfortunately, Homes site and their partner site ForRent (see botom of the home page) are set up for apartment owners. You can try Craigslist and the local Kitty Letter and maybe try the VC Star... Are you aware of the disclosure laws that landlords must adhere to? Well, good luck then with your rental, as owning investment property can enable you to retire with 'monthly mail box money' after you have paid off your mortgage.Answered: May 3, 2013In answer to: can I list my home for rent?You should consider listing your rental on the MLS, for the faaaastest way possible to find a suitable tenant -- plus have access to the legal lease forms. Good luck!Answered: Apr 15, 2013You may want to consider working with a local Simi Real Estate agent to get your home rented out ASAP. Every day that goes by equals lost rental income. I am a landlord, too -- so I know from personal experience. By the way, Park Lane homes are selling for over $400K right now. The market is hot, and there is a scarcity of homes available. In the meantime, cancel your profile as a renter. I am uncertain if this site allows landlord contributions. Good luck with this!Answered: Apr 3, 2013We do not have a specific ADDRESS of the subject property. However, there isn't much out there on the MLS in Oak Park. Rentals are shown below under $2,100./month. Were you looking for a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom floor plan? Good luck! ..................................................................... Listing # Assn Type Status Status Date List/Sell $ DOM/CDOM Address City Area Area BD BA Stories/Living Space Sq Ft Lot Sz Pool Types Spa Construction 13004298 CVML Condo Active 04/02/13 $1200.00 1/1 28947 Thousand Oaks Blvd #133 Agoura Hills Agoura AGOA 1 1 (1 0 0 0) 1 Story 604 0.0534 Community 13002183 CVML Condo Active 02/16/13 $1400.00 46/46 5744 Oak Bend Ln #402 Oak Park Agoura AGOA 1 1 (1 0 0 0) 1 Story 780 0.0177 Community 13004271 CVML Condo Active 04/01/13 $1500.00 2/2 5837 Oak Bend Ln #210 Oak Park Agoura AGOA 1 1 (1 0 0 0) 1 Story 780 0.0177 Community Community SR13050057 CRIS Condo Active 03/21/13 $1550.00 13/13 5805 Oak Bend #102 Oak Park Agoura AGOA 1 1 (1 0 0 0) 1 Story 780 0.0177 SR13031427 CRIS Condo Active 02/25/13 $1600.00 30/30 28947 Thousand Oaks #202 Agoura Hills Agoura AGOA 2 2 (2 0 0 0) 1 Story 896 12.0656 Private In Ground SR13051768 CRIS Condo Active 03/26/13 $1800.00 8/8 28853 Conejo View Agoura Hills Agoura AGOA 2 2 (1 0 1 0) 2 Story 981 2.4240 13003999 CVML SFD Active 03/25/13 $1850.00 9/9 4240 Lost Hills Rd #1206 Agoura Hills Agoura AGOA 1 2 (1 0 0 1) 2 Story 862 Community Community SR12154117 CRIS Condo Active 12/27/12 $1949.00 97/97 28915 Thousand Oaks #2013 Agoura Hills Agoura AGOA 3 2 (2 0 0 0) 1 Story 1070 12.066 Community Search Criteria Property Type Rental Area Agoura Status Active Price 2, 100 or less Quick Stats - AveragesQuick Stats - Averages Listing $ SqFt Listing Pr/SqFt DOM/CDOM Rental (8) $1,606 844 $2 26/26Answered: Feb 10, 2013Hi Terry, The refi- lender will order a preliminary Title Report, to determine vesting, liens and other key data related to the property. Since the County Records do show 2342 sf as built, you should not be concerned about third-party syndication websites' inaccuracies. The mortgage lender will NOT be using this information as a reference tool. By the way, the apx value of your cul-de-sac home is in the range of $380,000 - $480,000, depending on condition and amenities. Good luck with that refinance!Answered: Feb 2, 2013There are 2 available on Ramona in Marlborough Hills. 1303 will not include a Refrigerator. 1289 also does not include the Refrigerator, but has newer stainless steel Dishwasher, Disposal, & Range. I hope this is helpful information.Answered: Feb 2, 2013Are you referring to the rental on Alessandro, Ashton Park, Charlotte, Galway, Jessica, Larry, Northland, Ramona or? Have a nice day!Answered: Feb 2, 2013Pay all cash -- in most cases your credit will not matter when you are paying all cash. Alternatively, save for a 25-30% down payment and then acquire seller financing. Good luck!Answered: Feb 2, 2013There is a 1+1 available for apx $1,000./month in the Oaknoll Villas. Otherwise chexk the Kitty Letter, Craigslist or VC Star. Be careful out there -- if it sounds to good to be true, it's because it is. I hope this helps.Answered: Jan 31, 2013Hi Scott, This is somewhat more of a lender question (as to qualifying). There is a HARP gov't program to refi- your current residence. In order to qualify for the Simi house, you will eventually need to provide a signed lease agreement on the Palmdale property. The lender will only count 75% of the rental income from Palmdale when they work up your qualification numbers. It is important that you speak to a knowledgeable real estate agent and lender before moving forward. There are tax ramifications to converting your primary resindence to a rental -- but those are mostly positive affects. Our office is in Simi Valley. I hope this is helpful information.Answered: Jan 26, 2013In answer to: Size of garage (# of cars?Probably 2 or 3. What's the address of the property?Answered: Jan 21, 2013In answer to: Are all the homes listed on the site active?Hi Madison, A personalized MLS Portal is the most efficient way to be connected with new listings, back-on-market, and price reductions... Let us know when you are ready and we will add you to the 'BIN' (Buyer Instant Notification) list. Good luck in your home search!Answered: Nov 25, 2012Hi Sally, This is a mobile home (Oxnard Shores MHP) on rented land. Per park managers: The new (full time) space rent is apx. $700-$850.00 monthly; park has pet restrictions; and homes may not be rented. Oxnard Shores Mobile Home Park is located where Mandalay Beach Road meets 5th Street. After a day at the beach, enjoy swimming year-round in a heated pool or soak in the outdoor hot tub. The park offers indoor shuffleboard courts, an exercise room, card room, billiards tables, and a banquet hall with a full kitchen. Park is not age-restricted! Remember no property tax, just vehicle registration. No HOA dues either.Answered: Nov 24, 2012In answer to: is 201 carr drive still for sale?Hi Gail, As of TODAY, yes... 201 Carr Dr is an 'active' property on the MLS. BTW: We have an agent on our team, Tom, who is orig. from Hawaii. Let us know how we might be of assistance to you. Aloha.Answered: Nov 22, 2012Hi Sally, This is a mobile home (Oxnard Shores MHP) on rented land. Per park managers: new (full time) space rent is apx $700-$850.00 monthly; park has pet restrictions; and homes may not be rented. Oxnard Shores Mobile Home Park is located where Mandalay Beach Road meets 5th Street. After a day at the beach, enjoy swimming year-round in a heated pool or soak in the outdoor hot tub. The park offers indoor shuffleboard courts, an exercise room, card room, billiards tables, and a banquet hall with a full kitchen. Park is not age-restricted! Remember no property tax, just registration. No HOA dues either.Answered: Aug 29, 2012Hi Linda, Call the phone number on your mortgage statement or research online for a phone number. Ask them for the current balance, including past due amounts, and any additional fees plus interest. Ask them for an account number to wire the funds into. Add apx. $25. to that amount, and indicate that this payment is to apply to the past due mortgage payment and fees only. If you can walk into your bank with a cashier's check, that would be ideal. Get a receipt for your transaction. This should reset your mortgage, and make you current again. The sooner you do this, the better, since you want to avoid having the Notice of Trustee Sale filed (3 weeks before the trustee sale/foreclosure date). It is most admirable that in today's market a homeowner is willing to go the extra mile to keep their home and not allow the bank/lender to foreclose.Answered: Aug 10, 2012Hi Tonya... Assuming your Creekside home will rent for (apx)$3,000-$3,500./mo. it will cost you $100./day every day it is vacant. Our local team will give you MLS access for 2% of a one year lease, plus provide all the legal C.A.R. Forms. You only pay for the services upon a successful lease. References can be provided. Since I am a featured agent on Trulia and REALTOR dot com, your home will get greater exposure. Otherwise, go with Craigslist -- but be careful due to the possibility of scams.Answered: Jul 24, 2012There are several types of properties shown on this and other real estate websites. Those that are syndicated from local MLS boards and then those that are simply advertisements to induce you as a buyer to pay a fee for an additional service. I can help you with pre-foreclosures -- this information is public record. I already subscrbe to a service that provides updated foreclosure and trustee sale information. In the event you want to purchase a home at the trustee sale in Ventura, Mon-Friday beginning at 11am, you will need to bring cashiers checks only -- no loans are allowed. You will want to align yourself with an agent that understands the process, so that you do not erroneously purchase a home for what statrs out as a 'great all cash deal' and ends up being a financial catastrophe >> from HOA liens, unpaid property taxes, IRS and mechanic's liens, etc., or major repairs needed. So, I did not want to pop your bubble, just let you know that trustee sales are NOT for amateurs. Good luck -- and if a deal seems too good to be true -- it's because it is! Be careful out there.Answered: Apr 10, 2012Local newspaper or Craigs-list. Consult with a tax professional before converting your personal residence to a rental.Answered: Apr 10, 2012You should use services such as Rent dot com etc., or Craigslist. Better yet, post your ad in the local paper! I hope you have consulted with your tax advisor, in the event you are converting from a personal residence to a rental property.Answered: Feb 2, 2012Hi Don and Sue... It's Barry here. Tom on our team will be in touch with you tomorrow. You MLS Portal will show all the actives directly from the MLS, as they are newly listed, price reductions, status changes, etc. The foreclosures you may be seeing here require all cash at the trustee sale over at 800 Victoria Ave in Ventura. I hope this helps! We really love working with you, as pre-qualified Buyers!! ~ BarryAnswered: Dec 8, 2011Hello Annette, Your property appears here on 'Homes' through a process known as internet syndication. According to CoreLogic, the RealAVM? Range for your home is $400,120 - $489,036. Aggressive price reductions from 559 to 499 in 33 days is an interesting marketing strategy. Good luck with this, as we approach the statistically slowest time of the year. You may want to consider simply pricing the home so it will sell. The local market is tough for equity sellers in Ventura County -- it's both a beauty contest and a price war!Answered: Nov 12, 2011609 Corte Regalo sold in 89 days for $630,000. HOAs are apx $250./month. Prices have since declined in the 5-10% range for neighboring homes.Answered: Nov 9, 2011Hi Doris, The property located at 2808 Los Cedros Circle, Santa Rosa Valley Camarillo) was withdrawn from the market on 9/08/11 after 217 DOM. ............................................................................ Car enthusiasts this is the one you have been waiting for! Gorgeous California Ranch home with vaulted open beam ceilings in family room,huge formal dining room,luxurious master bedroom with remodeled bathroom sunken tub and oversized shower.3 bedrooms & 2 baths in main residence.Fireplaces in living room.Formal dining room with builtin cabinetry. Gourmet island kitchen with stainless steel appliances and builtin refrigerator.Rear yard contains great detached guest house with bedroom and bath (4th bedroom and 3rd bath) kitchen and attached three car garage.Detached garage features a sunken pit for working on automobiles. Attached to the residence there is another 3 car garage with a double door on the front and single car entry accessible through the rear. Spacious rooms. Rear yard has wonderful patio views and brick lined inground spa. Rear yard has ample space for north south tennis court or horses.Direct access to equestrian trails.Huge rear lot behind fenced area, room for horses! ............................................................................Answered: Nov 4, 2011Yes, it is still available. 'No Pets' per the description. Sorry. Maybe we can assist you in identifying a replacement rental. Have a nice weekend!Answered: Oct 9, 2011There are currently 4 homes for sale within 20 miles of Pine Mountain Club (where 3 Counties come together). They range in price from the low $100,000 range to over $1.5 million. Owner financing is quite rare nowadays. Do you have 20% to put down, or other collateral -- maybe a business interest or am annuity, 401(k), Roth IRAs, etc.??Answered: Oct 8, 2011In answer to: How do I get rid of a useless membership?Per the Realty Store website, simply follow the directions to CANCEL your membership: CANCELLATION POLICY: You understand that to cancel your subscription, you can login to the RealtyStore dot com Site at any time and proceed to the "My Account" page. Once on the "My Account" page, scroll down to the "Membership Information" section and click on the "Cancel" link, adjacent to "Membership Status". On the "Membership Status" page you will click the "Cancel Membership" link. Your account is immediately canceled and you will be issued a cancellation confirmation number. If you do not receive a cancellation confirmation number, then your account was not canceled. You may also cancel by email or telephone by calling (their number). All service fees are non-refundable. ---- I hope this helps!Answered: Oct 8, 2011Rentals are $20. up to $70./month to post on this site, with automatic syndication. Simply click the blue For Rent sign above to get started. I would imagine a rental in Cerritos costs you apx $70./day to sit vacant!Answered: Oct 8, 2011In answer to: home is for a great family to gatherI agree, Glenda. Homes in Pine Mountain Club are especially great for a family to gather! Pine Mountain Club is one of the few places in Southern California where you can live in the natural beauty of the Los Padres National Forest, breathe fresh air, enjoy clear blue skies and experience a true four-season climate with all the amenities of urban living nearby. Located less than 90 minutes north of Los Angeles in the Los Padres National Forest, Pine Mountain Club and the surrounding communities of Frazier Park, Lockwood Valley, Cuddy Valley, Pi��on Pines, Lebec and Gorman offer spectacular views of the San Emigdio and Tehachapi Mountain Ranges. Historically speaking, Pine Mountain Club and the Cuddy Valley Mt. Pinos area were considered the sacred center of the universe by the California Chumash Indians of the central coast. You?ll have over a million acres of protected land around you, abundant wildlife to see, miles upon miles of trails for hiking, biking, and off-road vehicles to enjoy. Take off horseback riding into the forest from the equestrian center, go cross country skiing during the winter, or play golf year-round on the PGA rated golf course. Pine Mountain Club is truly a place like no other. Get away to a peaceful lifestyle in a small alpine town environment. Breathtaking sunsets, ancient Pi��on and Jeffrey Pines, protected unspoiled land to explore, stunning mountain vistas and clean mountain spring water are just part of the experience you can have every day in Pine Mountain Club.Answered: Oct 8, 2011Cancel out (as a Buyer) and start all over (as an agent). That process should get you where you want to be - as an agent in San Diego, CA.Answered: Oct 8, 2011Maybe you should consider buying the land first, and then getting a construction loan. There is a multi-acre property listed for sale in Weimar at 20325_Montana_Lane_WEIMAR_CA_95736 There may be a couple of 'pocket listings' in the area as well.Answered: Oct 8, 2011Donna ~ This is an excellent question!! The 4-page 'Buyer Representation Agreement - Exclusive' states at the bottom, just above where you signed: Buyer acknowledges that Buyer has read, understands, received a copy of and agrees to the terms of this Agreement" ... If your agent refuses to give you a copy, simply call the responsible broker to obtain satisfaction.Answered: Sep 7, 2011You will want to spend some time exploring the various neighborhoods with a local agent. Oxnard is on-and-off as far as quality of life and neighborhoods. Feel free to compare neighborhood and school information by visiting Community sites for 93030, 93033, 93035, 93041 to compare by zip codes.Answered: Jul 24, 2011Hello again Chauncey. I found out for you that the owner of the lot next door (15724) took it off the market, recently. I do think he would sell it if someone was interested though. They are located right on Hwy 150 just above Thomas Aquinas College. The second larger lot is also apx 100' deep, but is 120' wide, total of 11,782 sf. Asking price was $95,000 before it ws taken off the market at the beginning of this month. Property has previous soils and engineering reports, survey and septic tests. i can email you pictures, etc. Make yours a great week!Answered: Jul 24, 2011Hello Chauncey. I will get back to you early next week when we have more details on the adjacent parcel. This Property goes back about 100' from the road. Some necessary grading into the hill should provide a wonderful building pad. There was a Roadside Tavern here before it burned down in the 70s. Check County for current allowable uses. Build your weekend Cabin & enjoy the surrounding Country feel. Fish down stream, hike or backpack in to Ferndale, Enjoy Nature all around these Country lots. Has well on Property, so just needs power to access electricity. Pump was tested at time built (Approx. 1988) and was 45 GPM/Permitted. Thank you for your patience. I sold a 6.25 acre orange orchard several months back, in Fillmore/Bardsdale.Answered: Jul 21, 2011YES ~ I know of a house plus a guest house on a 22K lot for under $350K in Moorpark...Answered: Jul 7, 2011In answer to: Is this a typo on the price or what?Hello Matthew... This rental property was picked up through syndication, so it appears as a "For Sale" property. If it was actually $3000. it would have been sold in one day, maybe one hour. Our team services the Moorpark area and just closed escrow on a nearby south Moorpark home on Westport Street. This listing states: "For Lease. Just reduced! Absolutely beautiful & move-in ready Countryside home! Light & open floorplan with vaulted ceilings. Spacious formal living room & dining area with upgraded chandeliers. Large kitchen with center island, newer stainless appliances, wood flooring and open to a large family room with cozy fireplace. Spacious master bedroom with beautifully remodeled master bathroom. Oversized secondary bedrooms with remodeled Jack-n-Jill bathroom. the professionally landscaped backyard offers total privacy and features an in-ground spa, a built-in BBQ & bar area and a desirable in-ground firepit. Two car garage with direct access. Located in a quiet, family friendly neightborhood, walking distance from the beautiful community pool/spa, and close to award winning schools, parks and shopping. Show today! You won't be disappointed!" Good luck in your home search!Answered: Jun 23, 2011Hi Mike, We are currently working with several home buyers in Oxnard seeking a home in the $100-150K price range. They are focused on purchasing a condo/townhome with low HOAs (nder $250/mo or so) and a decent area. The particular property is a manufactured home in a park and there are 3 reasons why it may not work for your needs: 1) The Meadowlake mobile home has a Lot Rent of $ 792.32 per month 2) The property is already in escrow, but they are looking for back-ups, since mobile home financing is challenging. 3) The current owner owns the home itself free and clear, so there are no payments to take over. Let's talk about how you can Buy a condo with only .5% down when you are ready to move ahead and become a homeowner. Thank you for your interest!Answered: Jun 22, 2011Hello Susan, Please visit the local newspaper and online FSBO sites to find the one or two for-sale-by-owner properties in the TO area. They tend to be over-priced and the sellers are expecting the Buyer to be prequalified prior to accepting an offer. Since they do not typically a sales commission, they expect to put the savings in THEIR pocket, not yours! If you need seller financing, you will typically also need a significant down payment, approx 20% or more, depending on the seller's terms. I hope this information is useful.Answered: Jun 22, 2011Hello Susan, I will send you out a Market Snapshot for your review, so you can learn our local market. We do not often have rent-to-buy homes, especially as fixer-uppers, due to local landlord/tenant laws. Good luck and let us know if you should need assistance getting prequalified.Answered: Jun 22, 2011Let us know if you are looking for a rental or purchase property, and what your price range is... If square footage, lot size, HOA, pets, garage, condition and amenities are important, you may want to include that info as well...Answered: Jun 14, 2011In answer to: When was the original house built?Hello Lois, In answer to your Question, the year built for the Lupine property is shown as 1930 on the County Records. That makes the home over 80 years old! I hope this helps! Let me know if you want to have any more info and have a nice day...Answered: Apr 29, 2011This REO townhome property was originally listed for $214,900. apx 183 days ago. This Property was Placed In An Upcoming Auction. Pre-auction Bids Should have be submitted At Www.Auction.Com (Void Where Prohibited). All Auction Properties Are Subject To A 5% Buyer S Premium Pursuant To The Auction Terms & Conditions (Minimums Will Apply). See more similar homes at FindSantaPaulaHomes.com and be aware that the HOAs are $321./month. There is a 3 bedroom (similar) short sale on Redwood Lane that's listed at about the same price.Answered: Apr 3, 2011Hi Jason, Pt Mugu Naval Base is approx 8 miles from Camarillo and 5 miles from Oxnard. Yes, there is a plethora of foreclosures in cities such as Oxnard. Camarillo has maybe 2 dozen foreclosures. The 'rah-rah' of REO's and foreclosures has long since worn off, and prices are sometimes over the price of regular sellers. Buying a foreclosure comes with a lot of risk, not knowing about neighborhood influences and previous repairs or unpermitted work, which a regular seller MUST disclose. So, walk carefully down the REO path -- and be sure to get preapproved (VA ?) first, so you'll know how much you can afford. We have a complimentary copy of the bestseller book "Your First Home - by Gary Keller" reserved for you, to assist you in learning more about the process. We look forward to sitting down with your family to explore your personal needs, timeline, and options. Good luck!
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