Jason, Other/Just Looking in Walnut Creek, CA

Renting a nice home in Walnut Creek

Asked by Jason, Walnut Creek, CA Sun Feb 28, 2010

We are a young Family of 4 moving from Australia to the Walnut Creek area in May. We plan to Rent initially and would appreciate some feedback on what the following would cost.......4 bdrm or 3bdrm study home, large grassed and secure back yard, modern or renovated bathrooms and kitchen, quite street away from any highways. We like the look of Danville (where I will be working), Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda. I had around 2.5k - 3k in mind. Any advice is appreciated as are good sources or contacts to help search for houses. Thanks.

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Erica Starkey’s answer
As far as rentals, you wil get more for your money in Walnut Creek depending on the area you want. all the towns you listed are very cute and great for families. You can look on our website at the different areas and what's available for rent. Craigslist.com is another good option. Because you are relocating from a distance I would suggest working with a local realtor to better help you with the transition. I would love to tlak to you more about it either by phone or email.

Erica Jones Starkey
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JSCA Real Estate Group
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 9, 2010
In this area, the best tool for finding a rental property is - http://www.craigslist.org (note .org not .com)

The link for the San Francisco East Bay Area follows: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/apa/

If you need advice on schools, or specific neighborhoods, please feel free to contact me directly.

Mark Darfler
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 1, 2010

Generally speaking you can work the numbers backward using some algebra. Rentals in Walnut Creek run from $1.20 -$1.40 per square foot. Larger homes fall closer to the lower number and smaller homes the larger. There is some variation based on amenity and condition. So figure at thant rent you should be around 2000 sq ft orso.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 1, 2010
Walnut Creek around San Miguel and Livorna are close to your work. Alamo, Danville and San Ramon are easy access to your work also. Lafayette, Orinda are further away. Danville, Alamo, and Walnut Creek have some walking trails and bike trails that are great. It sounds like you will be in your price range for a rental. When are you all moving out here?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 1, 2010
I agree, Craig's list is a great resource. However your strategy should also include:

• Working with a realtor who can look for rentals on the Multiple Listing service and put the word out among the their agent network in the locations that meet your needs.

• Having a trusted advisor here on the ground to look at the neighborhoods and homes to give you an honest assessment of the homes on your short list.

• Finally, having someone verify the property status. i.e.: Is it in default or in foreclosure proceedings, do the people you are dealing with have the legal right to lease the property.

If you have a corporate relocation, your company may have resources you can use to make this transition easier.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I want your stay with us to be beyond your expectations.

All the best,

Linda Van Drent
Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker
Web Reference: http://LindaVanDrent.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 28, 2010
Hi Jason,

In the areas you are considering for the type of home you are asking about, you will probably be closer to the $3000 mark than the $2500 mark. And most of these homes will want you to sign a one year lease. You might take a look at http://www.craigslist.org for the SF Bay Area and then the East Bay. Craigslist is a great place for you to be able to do some independent research because many homeowners list their rentals on this site.

That being said, I also highly recommend finding an agent to help you. An agent will be able to answer your questions about specific areas, schools, etc. This is a big move you are making and having someone local to help you get through the process just makes sense. And the good news is typically the agent will be compensated by the property owner so the assistance doesn't cost you anything!

Please let me know if I can be of service to you in your move to the States. Welcome!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 28, 2010
Congradulations on your move! There is so much information that we can share with you. I would strongly advise that you go to our websites and choose a couple realtors to interview over the phone. You will be best served by committing to a realtor familiar with all your preferred cities of interest.
Suzanne Looker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 28, 2010
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