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Joey, Home Buyer in

can any one comment on the noise around the railroad tracks in Pleasanton? How much does the proximity to?

Asked by Joey, Sun May 25, 2008

the railroad track affect the resale value of homes in Pleasanton?

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Hi Joey,
I want to share the fact that my child goes to the Amador high school by the tracks. She tells me that everyday the train passes at the same time during her class and the techer has a moment of silence till the train passes since it is so loud.

Here is a question asked by another buyer on Feb 13, 2008 in Fremont. It relates to your question. Please read the question and my response to her below.

I saw this cute little home on the other side of the train tracks from Riverwalk in Fremont, which is going
on the market soon. I am worried about the trains though, how much of a problem could the trains be? How much should i think lower than the list price cause of the trains. The elementary school is great though. Or should i wait and watch?

Meena Gujral's response:

Well, homes close to railroad tracks are obviously not very desirable and even if it does not bother you too much, it will bother most buyers. When you are going to sell, you need to keep that in mind and the pool of buyers you will have then will be a lot less than another home not close to the tracks. Even when there is a wall between the tracks and the house, most buyers have a problem being close to the the tracks for the noise factor, Even though the noise may not be bad inside (Dual paned windows, etc.) when you are in the yard, it can be loud.

i had a house in Union City listed for 5 months before I got an offer. We reduced it 80K before it sold. It was right across from the railroad tracks and even though there were several showings from realtors, they all had the same comment that the railroad tracks being so close was the reason the buyer did not want to buy that house.

If I can help in any way, please call me at 925-425-9491.

Meena Gujral
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3 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 27, 2008
I'm inquiring specifically about the Birch Terrace townhomes by Silverstone. It's located on Vineyard.
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There is a maxim in real estate that location sets price and this is the opposite of the house with a view. It will be less expensive to buy and it will sell for less than houses that are similar but without the RR proximity.
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Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
A home backing to the railroad is going to be the last home sold, even in a multiple offer market. That said, if it is what you can afford, and the neighborhood is desirable, and has all the other features you love, then consider it. Go there at different times of the day and evening, and see what it is like. Talk to the neighbors - they live there and know what it is like. And compare the asking price of that home you are interested in with homes in neighboring communities that are the same price. Then decide where you would rather live.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 26, 2008
Very Little, but it does shrink the Buyer pool. After all, it's not NYC with your apt shaking. Best of Luck! The Coach
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