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Simon Watson, Real Estate Pro in 94596
Simon Watson answered:
Orinda or San Ramon - both seem to have great schools (elem through high). Any opinions on which place is better to live in?
If I had to choose its Orinda, for location, schools and value, no question about it.

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Steve Stahle, Real Estate Pro in 94549
Steve Stahle answered:
How is the rental market in Orinda? I am thinking about buying a house there,rent it out for now. We are planning to move there 6 years later.
Hope you bought in 2010! Market has taken off in the last 3 years
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 7, 2014 Home Buying in 94563
Jim Mcintyre, Home Buyer in Orinda, CA
Jim Mcintyre answered:
Need advice on buying a lot that has expired building permit Vs buying a house that is in move-in condition
Building or buying what you want is a function of a number of variables, Buying an existing house requires compromise, you probably won't find your "vision" of the perfect home. On th ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Apr 9, 2014 Home Buying in Orinda
Ali Qureshi, Real Estate Pro in Dublin, CA
Ali Qureshi answered:
How much does it cost to build hopme on average in Orinda, a 2000 sqft?
Did you end up buying a land and building a house? would love to hear the experience..
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 24, 2014 Home Buying in Orinda
Ali Qureshi, Real Estate Pro in Dublin, CA
Ali Qureshi answered:
I'm wondering if an agent would be interested in working with a family interested in purchasing a lot/land on a relatively modest budget?

Everyone has a budget and a comfort line! I think it is a great strategy to buy a land and build from ground up. You not only input your taste in to the house but also make ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 24, 2014 Home Buying in Orinda
Hector, Real Estate Pro in Lafayette Hills, Laf...
Hector answered:
Which neighborhoods in Orinda are the sunniest (least foggy)?
Orinda is a tiny city, the weather is the same in the whole city, its not as hot as Walnut Creek/Concord but less foggy and warmer that San Francisco. Orinda is a high income area with ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 17, 2013 Home Buying in Orinda
Mike Linkena…, Real Estate Pro in Jacksonville, FL
Mike Linkenauger answered:
Can the buyer's broker lower their commission fee to sweeten the deal for the bank in a short sale? Or, is it already written into the contract.
Yes. In many times, it may be negotiated to appease a lender.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 17, 2013 Home Buying in Orinda
Steve Ornell…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steve Ornellas answered:
Buying a house in Orinda--market trend (summer through winter), financing with 10% down, foreclosure houses?
Hi Mike:

(1) Should we expect to see more houses coming on the market during the summer months through fall and winter in this price range?

Looking back 2 years, for 3bed/2bath p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 17, 2013 Home Buying in Orinda
Bernard Gibb…, Real Estate Pro in Danville, CA
Bernard Gibbons answered:
Orinda or Lafayette for tight-knit, family-friendly community and excellent schools?
If I had to choose between the two, I would probably go for Lafayette. Schools are pretty equal and so are the neighborhoods but Lafayette has a much wider variety of neighborhoods and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 6, 2013 Home Buying in Orinda
Kyle Quesnoy, Real Estate Pro in Piedmont, CA
Kyle Quesnoy answered:
Does anyone know if you can get a decent three bedroom in Orinda for under $700,000.00 and if so how difficult is it to find financing for a home if
As far as finding a decent 3 bdrm in Orinda for under 700K, you're best bet would be to find a pre-forclosure/short sale home. Because short sales are currently still occupied by t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 28, 2011 Home Buying in Orinda
Ann Sullivan, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Ann Sullivan answered:
are there any foreclosures in orinda that may be good deal?
Dear Home Buyer,
Having lived in Orinda for 18 years, I have been tracking foreclosures for a while now, and have even personally purchased them...and the answer is yes. Some homes, en ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 30, 2010 Home Buying in 94563
Arturo Shive…, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Arturo Shivers answered:
Orinda vs. Lafayette schools
Dave, that is a good point. I would also like to mention athletics as a reason to consider such close schools. Children are challenged academically and as athletes. A well rounded stude ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 22, 2010 Home Buying in Orinda
Jonathan Lee, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
Jonathan Lee answered:
Home prices in Orinda--Making sense of why listing price keeps going up while sold price keeps going down. Tips for buyers?
This phenomenon is more common than you might think in the upper ended market range. Often it is the unrealistic expectations of the owners that are fueled on by their agents. Agents ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 8, 2010 Home Buying in Orinda
Joni Preston, Real Estate Pro in Lafayette, CA
Joni Preston answered:
Looking for a house in Orinda (up to $1m)--what neighborhoods?
The homes in Orinda vary within neighborhoods. I currently have a listing that is asking $699,000 and there are homes in the same area that have sold for nearly $3 Million. That is no ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 14, 2009 Home Buying in Orinda
Debbie Johns…, Real Estate Pro in Orinda, CA
Debbie Johnston answered:
Houses with foundation issues in Orinda
The key here is to do through due diligence - get at least two experts - a foundation specialist and a geotechnical specialist. The foundation expert can look into what issues the foun ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 16, 2008 Home Buying in Orinda
Eric Robbins, Real Estate Pro in California
Eric Robbins answered:
where do you think a 2500 sq ft house in orinda will be in december?

December is typically a slow time for sellers - people are on vacation or spending time with family. This can mean less competition from other buyers and hungrier sellers! But ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 18, 2008 Home Buying in Orinda
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