The Other Bob (TOB) suggested a blog post where he and others could ask questions.
Let’s do it!
Leave your questions in the comment section, and I’ll do my best to answer promptly. The comment section is moderated, so you will see your comment once I have a chance to review and approve.
We are busy launching my best listing of all-time today, so it promises to be the biggest day in the nearly seventeen years of Bubbleinfo.com history!
For those who would like to review the history of this blog, the 10,094 posts are poorly organized here. You’ll see that I went back to the first three years and marked nearly every blog post as private (868 posts). Hopefully, the whole history will be re-visited, organized, and turned into an action thriller some day:
FreedomCM asked, “Is it very difficult to remove a bad tenant if they have been resident for 30+ days versus the less than 30day renter?”
If a tenant wants to go bad, it doesn’t matter how long they have been there, other than those who have resided there for more than 12 months have to get a 60-day notice, instead of 30-day.
You may remember the story here of the tenant who moved in, and then told the landlord on the first day that she wasn’t going to pay the rent. He listed the home for sale for roughly 15% under market, and the tenant got so annoyed with so many people coming around snooping and knocking on her door that she moved out!
The eviction attorney James Burmeister used to help us frequently, but he retired and I’m still in search of his replacement.
Hi Jim, thanks for having this section. I have many questions but just asking this one. My good friend just fell out of escrow on a house in Chula Vista, CA. It was a fixer but during the inspection they found it had a Rampart fireplace – which had long vertical cracks on the outside. So, we found the only fix was to remove and replace this chimney with a new one and the quotes were around $60k for a $800k house – so he bolted. Here’s a link to the issue: https://swedesweep.com/chimney-2/3-issues-with-rampart-general-pre-cast-chimneys/ https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/chimneys-on-some-san-diego-homes-pose-fire-risk/509-01c22fd1-1e72-4ebc-914f-10a5d7ed4687 Have you encountered this before? The seller would not offer to pay for the fix but apparently once cracking they begin to fall down. Thank you!
Yes, we have encountered many Rampart fireplaces.
They are in every house in the Seaport community of the 92011, and many others built in the 1970s.
Here is my video with a fireplace inspector looking at a Rampart: https://youtu.be/N-WVjYUEZxY
Buyers should examine how much they will be using a fireplace. It won’t be as much as you think.
I’ve never seen anyone replace one before. We had one in Seaport where my buyers drywalled over it – poof, bye-bye fireplace.
Have you ever heard of a ‘noise easement’?
We sold a house last year that was on the corner of a road that had at least 10,000 vehicles travel it per day.
The house was built in 2007. Prior to that, CalTrans must have had enough issues with being blamed for road noise that they levied noise easements against vacant lots to alert home builders.
The buyer worked at Chicago Title, so she was comfortable with what it meant, so we didn’t have a problem selling. But other buyers might have had a concern!
This one? I’ve been eyeing myself.
Tom – I like that one a lot. Turn that extra room into an ADU for minimal cost too. Good find. You should get it!
Good grief!I remember reading the 2005 post!
Of course that was when neither Jim or I were grey haired wrinkled old farts but spring chickens in our forties.
Prices for homes in SD increased astronomically since then? Told you so!
Thanks to OC Renter who pointed me at this blog all those years ago, I have enjoyed it immensely and I have only three years left on my youngest mortgage before I and not the bank own all four of my house.
For those who recently purchased worry not for the price of bricks, sticks and light fittings has trended upwards always since Roman times.