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Thu Aug 31, 2017
Welshdove answered:
I too have come across this stigma, I am a older person with limits funds, and minor disabilities. It seems that the words "Section 8" makes you out to be some kind of monster. For me, I cherish the properties that I have liven in... it is my home and for that I want to take care of it, and have a safe and quiet home. So I report problems, and put in maintenance request so that things do not become problems and for that some management label you and ignore you. I wish that properties would understand that not ALL SECTION 8 People want to destroy and steel and make trouble, but live a safe and quiet life in a home that does not need fixing all the time. Life is hard, we do not want more of it. ... more
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Mon Jul 17, 2017
Bllanosjr answered:
Usaa is amazing. It's the agents that we're forced to use that needs better training. They now very little, and I ended up doing most of the work.
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Mon Jan 25, 2016
Jananderson answered:
If you are house hunting, or planning to sell, in the Omaha, Nebraska metro area (located near Offutt Air Force Base) we have a Military Assistance Program that not only meets, but exceeds the USAA Movers Advantage refund, and no one benefits other than the buyer/seller. Feel free to contact us directly;
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Thu May 30, 2013
Doug Buenz & The 680 Group answered:
In my experience cemeteries do not have an adverse effect on property values unless your property backs up to it, in which case the home is a little harder to sell. Otherwise the effect is minimal.

Good Luck!

Doug Buenz
The 680 Group at Alain Pinel Realtors
(925) 463-2000
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Lance King answered:
You are getting a lot of numbers below. It used to be over 680 would get you better rates, but now it is usually over 740 depending on the lender.
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
Sally Blaze answered:
Thank you for the question. Like so many things, life is not perfect and school enrollment is not perfect. There are no guarantees, although most districts will try their best to accommodate parent and student wishes. The best advice I can give you is to stay in touch with the school district, get on any waiting list as soon as you are allowed, and be patient and flexible. All my best as you find a home and schools for your children.

Sally Blaze
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
Scott Godzyk answered:
You should not be buying a foreclosure wityhout looking at it and inspecting it before making an offer. There is a lot of hidden risks if not done properly
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
Bob Georgiou answered:
In general there are aspects of homes buy schools that are both positive and negative.

In the positive side the proximity to schools is very convenient if you have kids and those kids have activities at the school (obviously). At different times of the day the area is quieter and if the home backs up to the school when school is out you have no rear neighbors. If you like kids the sounds of children playing is hardly a concern.

Conversely schools do impact neighborhood with people and auto traffic and the related noises of school activities and events.

As you see the plusses and minuses are the same, it all depends on you and your preferences.

With prices going up the people the probability that the school is the issue for movers can not be attributed directly to the school.
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Bernard Gibbons answered:
You must be living within a school district in order to enrol kids there. It used to be that having a home purchase in escrow was sufficient but the school districts tightened up on that as so many short sales failed to complete.

You WILL get your kids into school but not necessarily the nearest one, once you reside here. Best bet may be a short-term rental so you can show a lease. That would certainly work.

Bernard Gibbons
J Rockcliff Realtors
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Patty Ballard answered:
The market in San Ramon is hot.... meaning its time to buy even though the inventory is low.
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Tue May 29, 2012
Willie answered:
Hot, Hot, Hot like SJ. 10deg warmer in land as I heard from my friends up in Tri-valley.
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Sat Aug 7, 2010
John Juarez answered:
Have you closed escrow? Are you in the middle of a purchase transaction? Are you just starting the buying process? Are you buying a pre-owned house or a house that has never been occupied?

Depending on your answers, you may or may not be eligible for the Federal Tax Credit and or the California Tax Credit.

Ask a local, experienced full-time Realtor for help.
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Mon Aug 3, 2009
Kate answered:
Thank you all for chipping in with your opinions and advice. I have started to investigate local realtors and their areas of expertise, looking for someone who has sold historic properties. I am attaching a link to photos of our house. ... more
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Sat Mar 21, 2009
Steve Reilly answered:

You're thinking is exactly right, a homebuyer should look at the added monthly payment burden of a CFD/Mello Roos assessment and understand it is the equivalent to getting a mortgage that is ten's of thousands of dollars.

To answer your question on what happens if people don't pay, the answer is the individual owner who doesn't pay, can get foreclosed. The bigger issue for City's and municipalities is that if enough people don't pay (usually because the homes are in foreclosure) then the bond will default on a payment. While it's technically not the City that is responsible for the bond, it is essentially the City or municipalities credit rating that will be destroyed.

For instance let's say there's a masterplanned comunity in the Central Valley like Windemere. Further let's say that each house in the community has to pay $3,000 per year in CFD's. Now let's assume that 50% of the houses go into foreclosure and the people stop making payments and this triggers a default on the CFD bond.

Now when the City that this masterplanned community is located tries to go to the municipal bond market to raise a sewer bond for residents, what do you think the interest rate the City wil be able to get? Who will underwrite the bond?? and Who will buy the bonds?

The answer is that investors will be gun shy and the cost to borrow money will be significantly higher than before the CFD in the master planned community defaulted.
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Mon Jun 9, 2008
Melanie D. Patrick GRI answered:
I took the course & I understand what many of you are expressing. I wasn't sure why it would be necessary & while I didn't learn much from it, I'm glad to have taken it. The course is primarily about sensitivity training. As a bisexual and biracial woman I found the information fairly basic, I think many many people in the U.S. would learn a lot from it & our community (both Realtors & LGBT) would benefit from more sensitivity training ... more
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Mon Aug 13, 2007
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Each Association of Realtors have different criteria.

Our local association at Bay East has a 9 page questionnaire. It is filled out by the nominee and is based on a point system. Ours is weighted in 5 categories with points assigned to each. The categories are:

1. Association / Realt Estate Activities i.e. Local Association, NAR, CAR, WCR, CRS, Marketing Meetings.
2. Civic and Community Activity
3. Education - i.e. Designations
4. Career Performance - years in business. Broker, Trainer, Mentor, Property Manager
5. Sales Production

All the data is verified by the committee to confirm what was stated. The award goes to the highest point person and presented annually.

Hope this helps.
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Mon Aug 13, 2007
Stan Mikhalsky answered:
I think they are. For example, on where I am a member, this is UK based forum. UK is monitoring heavily foreign investments. I don't think that US is far behind and it really doesn't matter it is UAE or Spain, or Brazil, or Germany. ... more
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Sat Aug 11, 2007
Pam Winterbauer answered:
Cindi.....Less expensive housing and no state tax. Hope this helps.
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