Their is a lot information online to assist you in learning about any area. I would recommend checking the San Jose PD site for crime stats for the area. Then Google the area to see if there are any comments or reviews. And for checking the schools check the web site www.schoolandhousing.com. It will give you the neighborhood schools and the API scores. Driving the area at various times and speaking with the neighbors is another good way to find out about any area.
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Agents can not advise on Crime.
I suggest you pull up www.CrimeReports.com
Knock on neighbors doors and discuss the area
Talk with local businesses
Talk with local law enforcement
People with children live in all parts of the world and under various living conditions. Only you can determine at what level is acceptable to you and your family.
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Yes, I'm very familiar with this neighborhood. It's a one minute walk to downtown Mountain View, but the Central Expressway is in the back yard and a couple car repair shops are 2 buildings away. A bit noisey.... more
I like this complex design a lot. The units have some unique features and different layouts, not so cookie cutter style. I think it is a great space with community rooms available for residents that promote the kind of "live/work" idea. It is a secured, gated garage, and internal entry so that certainly provides a level of security.
The challenge to me is the economic issues have not allowed the neighborhood to change with the Brickyard and unfortunately, many of the units are under water. The last time I checked there were legal action being taken against the HOA and builder. Either one of these issues would prevent a loan being used to purchase unless it was a private lender (hard money lender). The REO lenders may provide financing.
If you want to look at crime in the area and general downtown area - check out http://www.crimereports.com
I'm holding an open house this Sunday, June 27th at 510 S 15th St., San Jose, in the heart of Naglee Park. There are a number of beautiful homes near the Williams Street Park where Bark in the Park is held in September (18th). Some of these homes were built in the 1920's and it has a strong community presence because it's part of a Historic District. Check out http://www.nagleepark.org/ There have been problems at Williams St. Park but that has been addressed. Check the crime database.... more
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I have been working with Buyers wanting to get into new construction within a certain budget and in order to get what they want in their price range are having to go to other areas which may not be in their target neighborhood.
The outer limits and downtown are changing as more development takes place and people move in. We do not know with certainty how the market will be in 5 years. Economist are predicting slow growth starting next year, and by slow that is less than 3.5% appreciation per year. I expect growth to be conservative due to our current high unemployment. However, our population should be increasing by about 1% per year which put demands on housing.
Location is always the number 1 factor in appreciation and resale. If that is your main concern, you may want to change your expectations of size, bedrooms and age and look into other neighborhoods which have proven track records. Otherwise, align yourself with a knowledgeable professional who will assist you in comparing your options.
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Good morning Renya,
Homes in the 95112 area range from $250K to over $1Million, depending if they are Single Family Homes or Condo/Townhouse.
Remember the top 3 words in Real Estate. "Location" "Location" "Location” then the rest of the home. Homes are priced first on location, then on other features, like type, size, age, condition, lot size, whether homes are on a busy street, on airport approach path, parks, near shopping, etc.
Feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Jorge E. Gosálvez
Broker Associate, GRI, SRES | DRE: 00811940
Serving Clients Since 1981
INTERO Real Estate Services
10275 N. De Anza Blvd. | Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 249-3718 Direct | (408) 904-5465 Fax
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One of the best resources for issues of safety is the local police department or county sheriff's department. They have access to the most current and accurate information and are generally very willing to be helpful.
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I've been holding the Wilson/Rosano listing at 415 S 22nd open for several weeks. The price finally dropped below $500,000 and now we are getting offers!
Anyway the neighbors have been wonderful! Stopping by to chat about the house and the neighborhood.
I always suggest to my buyers that they do some checking. First walk around the neighborhood and talk with the neighbors! You will be living next to them! Also you can check with the police departments to see what has been reported.
Good luck in your housing search!
Joanna Bateman DRE 01792532
there really is no set amount, it depends on alot of things. namely how desperate is that builder or how bad does he want to sell. the second thing is how much does he have that property mortaged for, does he owe more than what it is worth and will the bank be willing to take less to allow the sale if it is mortgaged to the hills. Best way to find out is to make the offer. look to see what his last sales were for, use that as a guideline.... more
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Nehemiah Downpayment assistance program will allow up to 6% credits from seller to buyer. If you are an FHA buyer, this will cover for 3% for the downpayment required for FHA and the other 3% will applied towards your closing cost. The seller will have to agree to give you this much credit but is alwas degotiable in your purchase offer. This program is available in most areas as long as your lender allowes it.
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HICAP cannot be used in conjunction with an FHA 1st Mortgage. However, given the numerous 1st time buyer programs available throughout Santa Clara Valley , most of which can be layered together, why would you want to use this particular combination.
Zero down is easilly achieved using FHA alone, or through a combining a wide range of alternatives including HICAP.
This is an area where you should be working with an agent familiar with the 1st time buyer market and the programs designed to support it.
If you are ready to purchase, then I think the downtown lofts are a great investments. Waiting may limit your choices in which units are available but may also get you a better price. The downsides of the downtown complexes is the San Jose Airport Flight pattern. The upsides are walk-to restaurants, mass transit, and entertainment. Two bedroom units are of better value than one. It is best if you can work with an agent that can negotiate a strong deal that include the upgrades without premium pricing.
In regards to timing the market. There is no way to predict that accurately. I think most of believe the big picture economy is not helping a housing rebound, but there is no way to exactly project when the bottom of the market will happen. As many have posted here before, the potential for increasing interest rates change the affordability equation a lot quicker then drops by percentages in sales price. Have your agent run different scenarios on how interest rates and price changes would affect your specific situation.