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In My Neighborhood in San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Aug 1, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:

Some lenders may also know of some of the resources. Please email me, and I can put you in touch with a lender I work with.

Kind regards,

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Sun Jul 24, 2016
Joeyosmose2016 answered:
No, they are not safe ! And I'm not talking about the reasons you are talking about power lines, I'm talking about penta and creosote poles that are poisonous lpuse once every ten years osmose goes into your back yard and inspect them . The Dig around the circumference of the poles 20 inches they bore out holes in the pole which produces wood dust also the drill is hot and a foggy smoke comes out is toxic the wood shavings scatter all over the place in tour yard also bas for you . Metam sodium they call wood fume is pours into the tiny holes and that stuff spills all over the ground and in the soil on the surface of the pole ass well. Never let your kids or dogs around the pole never touch it with your bare hands ! Dint burn the poles ever . Look it up . People should be notifed about this.Metam Sodium (Sodium N-Methyldithiocarbamate) ... more
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Sat Feb 6, 2016
Tina Fellows answered:

I would suggest the crime reports website in the reference link below. You can enter any address and it will provide you with the data.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any more questions. My e-mail address is tina.peters@cbnorcal (dot) com and if you need to reach me by phone, my number is: 408 637.8884

Best wishes!

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Tue May 12, 2015
Emily Merrell answered:
I'm sure that you could find a good company by asking your neighbors. In San Jose, there are quite a few bugs because it's kind of humid. I would also recommend looking for reviews online. That is one of the easiest ways to find a good exterminator. ... more
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Wed Apr 8, 2015
Olufemi8 answered:
Me and my wife just bought a building and got a 203 loan, at the closing no one showed up but us and the lawyer not there lawyer. So we signed all the paper work and a week later they said the building is yours. We had a construction loan added to that to get a new porch, garage, and fix the basement. Now the porch is done we can't get in contact with the people to pay out to the GC, now my wife feels like it was a scam and we don't even own the building. What should we do? ... more
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Sat Feb 21, 2015
Brandie Griffith answered:
Although I do not live in your area, community service and volunteering are the best ways to get out of yourself and be a part of a community. Plus it is a great way to meet people and network. Everyone wins! ... more
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Wed Jan 28, 2015
Christine Hanchett asked:
Please add my neighborhood in San Jose, you have similar neighborhoods listed but without listing ours it is very difficult to find comps and the saved searches don't work well. Naglee…
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Sat Jan 17, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
Without knowing the neighborhood, it's impossible to say. Perhaps you should consult local police, parking ordinances, etc.
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Thu May 8, 2014
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hello Resh,

I have had listings in this area, and no one complained about a smell, but traffic is affected.

I don't think there's a way to figure this out other than to go to the area you are looking to buy a home in and see for yourself. If you are worried about the traffic noise from the garbage trucks, then I would also suggest you go to the area on a morning when the trucks are coming in and out. Only you can decide if a smell is an odor you cannot live with, or if the noise is too loud. If you see any neighbors in the neighborhood you would like to live in, you may be able to ask them about any noise or odor issues. Residents know the area best, since they are there 24 hours a day. Again, these things are very subjective, so it is still best for you to investigate by going to the area during the day, at night, and also in the morning when the trucks are coming in and out.

Please consult with a Realtor when you have found a specific home you would like to know more about. You and your Realtor can investigate more closely these matters.

Contact me, if you would like to discuss specific properties or the neighborhood. I can help you!

Best regards,

Huey Nguyen
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Lisa Wiseman answered:
I have been an Almaden resident for over 25 years. When we were younger and before our family, we really weren't concerned with getting involved with the neighbors. Each pocket of Almaden is different, as is so with any community. More people are able to drive their cars into their garages and may avoid getting to know their neighbors this way, however I do see quite a bit of people going for walks with their families, dogs, etc. Not everyone wants to get to know their neighbors, but there is a private site called that neighborhoods have created where you can get to know your neighbors, set up play dates, exercise groups, etc. It's always a good idea to get to know your neighbors so that you can look out for each other and meet new friends as well. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there. ... more
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Sat Nov 30, 2013
Terri Vellios answered:

You are referring to leased parks, I'm sure and those homes most likely were all installed with permits at that time. The larger the lot size the more desirable the location is to buyers. ... more
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Fri May 24, 2013
Matt Tenczar answered:
The question about power lines and how they affect humans is unresolved the biggest problem you will have is the fact that the resale value of the home will be less because of them
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
Locally in the SF Bay Area / Silicon Valley, homes in good school districts were hit the least by the economic turn down and recovered the quickest. When there is a prolonged good economy everywhere goes up.
Compare San Jose to Palo Alto

Good school districts are a clear indicator that the local residents care about the success of their kids and that they both have money and are willing to put their money towards helping their kids. They are probably well educated successful neighbors. More and more people want to hang out around successful people. Younger people seem to put even more value on the people around them than the size of their yard.

Economic pressures can drive tremendous changes in neighborhoods. An area that seems forgotten can quickly improve.

There isn't a simple one size fits all answer to your question. Consider if you're hanging out in your neighborhood coffee shop will you make friends with someone starting up a company or someone trying to keep a paying job? Do you want to hang out with neighbors wanting big yards for their family or neighbors who want their family to go get involved outside of their home?

Schools have attracted residents with certain expectations and financial abilities.

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty

Over 30 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Silicon Valley
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Thu Feb 21, 2013
Shirley Cheng answered:
Willow Glen is a great neighborhood and I even chose to work at a office right by Lincoln and Willow. But as with any city, use your common sense. Be safe when you're out and lock your windows and doors at night. There will always be crime no matter where you live. Good luck on your house search!! ... more
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Thu Feb 7, 2013
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi Someone200

Yes Strawberry Park is a great neighborhood, but prudent for you to check two basic web sites.


Also, do call the SJPD.

Good luck
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Fri Dec 14, 2012
The Medford Team answered:

No. Although prevalent on the East Coast, they are NOT common here and are actually very hard to buy due to the way title is held. Most West Coast lenders will not lend to COOPS because of this – there are actually a very limited number of lenders out there providing loans. A higher-than-normal down payment is usually required, completely ruling out FHA and VA buyers.

Additionally, COOPS typically must be owner occupied and frequently come with other restrictions as well.

For these reason, COOPS tend to be much harder to sell and consequently end up being valued less than normal condos.
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Sat Oct 13, 2012
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
There are many ways to define "best schools." One way is the Academic Performance Index or API score. It just so happens an updated report just came out today.

You can see the entire API report for Santa Clara County at

Another resource is, where parents rate the schools. Many of the best schools are located in older established neighborhoods without modern apartments. Evergreen is one area with many newer properties and overall high API scores you may want to consider.

I offer a special search function that allows buyers like you to search by school name, API scores and more. Let me know if you'd like a free account. Just Call 408-252-8900.
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Fri Aug 17, 2012
JT answered:
We live on the other side, by the Montivedo clubhouse, and know a lot of Guadalupe School families that live there and love it. The only time the stench is strong ( and even we notice it on our side) is a couple of times in the winter. We were told it was due to all the old Christmas trees piling up in the landfill.

Anyway, the newer homes out that way are just beautiful and we looked at quite a few them before buying our (older) house in the Montivedo tract.

What's nice is although you don't feed into the Montivideo Cabana Club you can still sign your children up for the swim team. It's just an awesome community here!
Good luck to you!
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Tue Aug 7, 2012
John Juarez answered:
I think that you should sit down with a real estate attorney, share whatever paperwork you have with the attorney and get advice that you should have gotten before you lent money to a friend’s girlfriend. ... more
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