The very first thing I will ask is:
Do you have a REALTOR representing you?
Either way it is a fun ride with short sale. Banks may take long time to approve the sale.
The next step is to wait for the bank approval.
Anibal Fragoso, REALTOR... more
If you are buying a bank owned/REO home, the bank should be able to act in your time frame. If you are buying a short sale home, two weeks won't do it. Find a strong local Realtor......I've turned a double ended deal where I sold a clients home, got them moved, found them a new home, secured financing and closed both sides....all in 23 days! Good luck - it can be done!... more
Countryside North Estates is a very nice subdivision. There's a lot of growth in that area, so you would probably have more neighbors to your west in the next few years, but you'd be on .4 acres or so on a regular lot in Countryside North Estates.
There's a great earthquake map resource at http://gis.abag.ca.gov. You can map and zoom in on faults all over the Bay Area. Most of Santa Rosa shakes pretty strongly in a big quake. I won't say don't worry about it, but high quality modern construction is basically going to do okay in a quake. My biggest concern would be on fill or slopes. That's where geotechnical engineers come in handy.... more
There are a lot of potential areas in Santa Rosa that meet your needs. I personally like the Brush Creek area which is wooded with decent sized lots. There are parts of Bennett Valley and the north side of town where you can have more space as well. I like the RealBird mapping tool you can see at the link below since you can actually look at lot sizes and where they are in relationship to places in Santa Rosa as well as getting prices.... more
So much depends on the area and communities; in "snowbird" areas, these will be more desirable. In other areas, it seems negligible. The exception is when you have senior-designated low-income housing--as the projects are designed to provide a low price point, their appreciation is generally only the cost of living percentage.... more