Q: How are the schools in Castro Valley?
A: My office is in Castro Valley and as such I know that Castro Valley Unified has some outstanding schools. However, it is actually divided into three separate school districts â€“ you need to be careful that you end up in the District you want. Award winning Castro Valley Unified only covers part of Castro Valley â€“ usually anything below I-580 is covered by Hayward, anything west of Cambrian is typically covered by San Lorenzo Unified Schools.
The Castro Valley Unified main website is: http://www.cv.k12.ca.us/
Links to their school boundary maps are here: http://www.cv.k12.ca.us/our-schools/boundary-maps
You can see API scores for every school in Alameda County here: http://api.cde.ca.gov/Acnt2012/2011Base_Co.aspx?cYear=&c
(scroll down until you come to Castro Valley)
Q: I am looking for a house with 2000 sq ft with a maximum range of $350,000.
A: Good schools are reflected in property values â€“ this is a constant throughout the Bay Area â€“ as API scores go up, so do property values. If you want to be in the Castro Valley Unified region, you are going to have a hard time finding a detached single family home for $350,000 or less.
Q: How would one get access to the foreclosed properties listed on Trulia?
A: When you see foreclosed homes on Trulia, they are advertisements for ReatyTrac â€“ not available listings as such. Any realtor has access to all the foreclosures in any given area that are actually available â€“ they are all on the local MLS along with all other types of properties. They are also not â€œspecial dealsâ€ as many intimate they are â€“ they are priced at market levels with everything else.
The best way to find out more about homes you've found online in Trulia or anyplace else is to speak directly with a Real Estate Professional that knows the area you're interested. They will sit down with you and discuss your specific needs as you look for a new home AND will save you a lot of time and hassle by looking for properties to present to you rather than the other way around. I would be more than happy to talk to you about your specific needs and help you find the best home for you and your family. If you'd like to know more about a property you saw on Trulia or anywhere else, I welcome you to message me and I can tell you more specifics about the home.
Have a great day!
Yamille Kosowan, Realtor, CDPE, CIAS
Keller Williams Realty
Direct: (925) 272-9141
Cell: (415) 235-7650