Question: “Hi Gary. I’d like to buy a property to rent to my son and his family. Can I use my VA eligibility to get a VA loan?” Answer: Unfortunately, no. You can only get a VA loan on a home that you intend to live in. This is a longshot, but if you don’t

Question: “We’ll be selling our home in University City next year. I’m an honest person and plan to disclose everything, even though I don’t know of anything wrong with our home. But with all the lawyers and litigation in California, I’m afraid of being sued by the buyer for some technicality. What can I do

Question: “We’re looking to buy a house in the I-5 corridor. We either want a view or one where we can build up to get one. How do I know if I can add a 2nd story? What kind of restrictions are there on building up?” Answer: Great question. Here are some things you need

This week’s crazy building is the Hundertwasser House in Vienna, Austria. This strange apartment building is the brainchild of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (a name that truly rolls off the tongue!). He convinced city planners to go along with his idea of a building with undulating floors, bright contrasting colors and even a forested roof

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Question: “I’d like to sell my rental and buy another property. I have 45 days after I sell to buy the next one, correct?” Answer: Not exactly. You’re talking about what’s called a 1031 exchange, named after IRS Code Section 1031. Contrary to popular belief, 1031 exchanges are fairly simple, with just a few rules

Looking to sell your San Diego home? Get a free home value report Buying a San Diego home? Search all homes for sale As you know, we are in the midst of a terrible drought here in California. While it hasn’t been a good thing, we can say that it has not really had an impact

Question: “Hi Gary. I’m trying to find out what my rental property will sell for and am sending you the four comps another agent sent me. He said to look at the ones for sale and price it just under them and I should get about that price. Two of them are in a much


Looking to sell your San Diego home? Get a free home value report Buying a San Diego home? Search all homes for sale If you are selling your home, one of the most important things you have to determine is your list price. When determining this list price, you want to know how much negotiating

Question: “My wife and I have been looking on our own and are getting very frustrated trying to find a home. Can you give us any tips?” Answer: The first thing you need to do is start working with a good, active, experienced agent. I’m guessing you haven’t done so yet because you don’t want

This week’s crazy building: The Shell House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Designed by renowned Mexican artist Octavio Campo, this vacation rental is unlike any you’ve ever been to. It consists of two enormous shell-shaped buildings overlooking the Caribbean. Their island location is just off the coast of Cancun. The white, spiral-shaped exterior is the house’s

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