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Martinez : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Sep 23, 2017
Denise Wylde asked:
What is crime and gang activity like in Martinez? Is it safe place for 26 year old single young woman?
My 26 year old daughter is going to Martinez for job interview next week. We are not…
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Sat Sep 9, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
No. Mobile homes by themselves is personal property - not real estate. Realtors will only get involved with a mobile home if you are also buying the land underneath. The land underneath is real estate - not the mobile home.

A good website for mobile homes is (manufactured homes village dot com). This website is exclusive for mobile and manufactured homes and you do NOT need to buy the lot or land underneath.
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Wed Jul 26, 2017
Smeltzer answered:
i have a room for 975 in Martinez on a PRIVATE ROAD ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED


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Tue Jul 11, 2017
Kelly Moran answered:
This all sounds bad. First, the change in rent, that is a red flag and you should have ran. Second, are you responsible for the utilities or is the landlord responsible for the utilities? That would have told you who's name goes on the utilities. Most tenants pay for all utilities. FHA is just the type of loan the landlord has. It could be he bought the home as owner occupied to get a better interest rated on his loan and cannot rent the home out for 2 years?

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Tue May 9, 2017
Craig asked:
Firstly when I rented the place the landlord had the unit listed for $1900, when i went to sign the lease they tried to slip one in on me ( the lease said $2000) I then had to provide proof…
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
horseofgold answered:
Since it is nearly spring, you should be receiving many offers from local realtors for a free home analysis. I always use those. I've been buying and selling for many years and own multiple properties. I purchase from realtors ( I'm not losing any money on fees) and sell fsbo. Get a good real estate lawyer. Good luck! ... more
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Fri Jul 3, 2015
Mariah Bradford answered:
In general, proximity to Tosco refinery and houses close to Pacheco Blvd are going to be less desirable. There are many charming neighborhoods in Martinez, some really nice ones where you can walk to downtown and Amtrak.

In Martinez, the neighborhood called "Vine Hill" (generally speaking the roads surrounding Arthur Road) is considered the least desirable by some people. There are a few reasons for this: it serves Las Juntas Elementary (the lowest API score in Martinez by a wide margin), it is near the Tosco refinery, and there a many flat roofed older homes. In fact, at times it has been referred to as "Felony Flats."

I bought my first home in Vine Hill when I was 20 years old as a single woman doing a 203k rehab loan :) I lived there for 7 years (on Arthur Road) and I never felt unsafe. The neighbors were all hardworking friendly people. The benefit of Vine Hill is you are going to get a house likely for the lowest prices around -- a 3 bedroom in the low $300's, for example, is very possible. So if Vine Hill is all you can afford (like me in my 20's), it doesn't need to be the end of the world.

Regarding other neighborhoods, you want to look very carefully at the schools. Even though you don't have kids, the schools are going to affect your resale. Some houses in Martinez are actually not even in the Martinez school district, they are in Mount Diablo. The highest rated elementary is Morello Parks, followed by John Swett and John Muir. They are all great schools.

The neighborhoods closest to Amtrak have many great charming Victorian and Craftsman homes. And downtown Martinez is terrific with a strong "small community" feel. They are always having different events -- I strongly recommend the "Zombie Pub Crawl", but hey that's just me. ;) Enjoy your new home in Martinez, it's a great town.
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Thu Mar 12, 2015
Neil Case answered:
In my humble opinion there is a buyer for every house and there are really only two factors that make up the bulk of the success or failure of it selling. It does not matter what the market conditions are and it does not matter the condition of the house if these two factors are done correctly.

First is price. I once sold a house that was half burned down and wasn't even habitable. Because the price was what it was supposed to be. Price the house according to the condition of the house, the condition of the market and the comparables that support it's fair market value. The best house on the planet and the best realtor in history are unlikely to get an overpriced house sold. Know how you can tell a house is priced incorrectly? Look at average market time for that area and price segment. If your house has been on the market more than 150% longer than that, then the market has spoken. Either adjust the price or take it off the market.

Second factor is exposure. Even if the house is priced correctly but nobody knows it's for sale it is also unlikely to sell. You and your realtor CANNOT impact the value of the house. The market dictates the value and price. But your realtor CAN impact how much exposure it is getting. The more people who see and see it in its best light with its best face on, the better your chances of finding your buyer (it only takes one). With that said, don't expect your realtor to spend a million dollars advertising an overpriced house. All the advertising in the world is not going to change the market value.

So there you have it. Those are the ONLY two factors involved in selling a house. Some say, "the condition of the house" or the market direction or this or that etc etc. EVERY other factor will fall under one of these two major headings. It's all about price and marketing properly. After that then it's all about negotiating the best deal once you have a buyer on the hook.

Good Luck and Happy House Selling. Keep on the Sunny Side.
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Wed May 7, 2014
Yasumi Davis answered:
Hello, it does not look like you sold the property yet. The price has gone up since you posted this inquiry two years ago. If you are still thinking about selling, I would like to help. We are full service broker, but don't charge a full commission which can save you thousands. My office is in Martinez and I sell lots of homes in the area. If you want to know the current value of the property, please let me now. Thank you. My website - ... more
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Mon Feb 10, 2014
John Law answered:
I wish I could Candice but I do not do rentals. Google 'Joe Stokley' in Contra Costa County. He only does rentals.

Good Luck to you.
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Fri Sep 20, 2013
Kristina McCann answered:
Hi tsmchale! There are rentals on Craigslist, but there are also rentals on the MLS - if you'd like to contact me through my profile, I live right in downtown (Martinez) and can shoot you a list and also show you what's there when you're ready! is a secondary alternative ... more
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Tue Jul 30, 2013
Gina Brewster answered:
Duplex for rent in Martinez on Buckley St. Swing by!
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Mon Jun 17, 2013
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Pacita - then you better hurry up and ask a question!!!!


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Tue Jun 11, 2013
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Fri Mar 22, 2013
Bob Georgiou answered:
The only thing that is missing from the information below is how did your credit get so bad? Short Sale? Not that it needs to be aired here a short sale, I would simply add that a forclosure or bankruptcy or short sale will keep you out of the housing market for 3-5 years and sometimes 7... ... more
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Sun Mar 3, 2013
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Thu Jan 10, 2013
Gary Wuestenberg answered:
Hi Anne. The first step is to get pre-qualified with a good lender. This is a great time to buy with interest rates at historical lows. I work with loan officers from Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America and a broker as well. A broker will shop around for the best loan that fits your needs and qualifications and has many lenders to choose from. A bank has fewer loan programs to choose from but their fees are smaller. It's best to contact a couple of different lenders to help determine what works best for you. When you contact these lenders, be up front with them. By that I mean let them know what your actual situation is - such as employment, amount of money you can bring into the transaction, etc. They in turn should be up front with you. They should be able to tell you how much you can comfortably afford. Once you have this information then you should contact a local realtor that knows the area and market you are interested in.

By the way, Martinez is where I live and is great place to call home. It has a quint older downtown, hiking areas, water access, good schools and low crime.

Please feel free to contact me to ask more questions.
Gary Wuestenberg
DRE # 01339145
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Fri Nov 9, 2012
Suzanne Looker answered:
It depends on whether you are the seller or buyer. If seller, it may mean a postponement while the bank works on a modification or a short sale. If you are a buyer, it may be an indication that the property is no longer available unless you are the party in the contract. You may want to smit a realtor who can point you in the right direction through our expertise and referral partners.
Suzanne Looker
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