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Home Buying in 95120 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue May 9, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:

Was there a sump pump in place under the house for removing water when it reaches a certain level?

Also, you can talk to a foundation professional that can discuss de-humidifiers, vents, and other topics as needed for a particular situation.

Kind regards,

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Tue Apr 5, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Sunil,

You can look at the appraisal to see what the measurements came out at, and also at the listing history (if available), to see if it had different sizes when it was sold through the years.

Kind regards,

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Tue Mar 29, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:

There is some rental data here:

All the best,

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Tue Sep 15, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you read your contract again or as your realtor for assistance.
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Tue Sep 15, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
The buyer's marital status is of no concern for the seller. The best offer (highest price or cash offers, no contingency, no closing cost, shortest option, paying for your own title policy etc) is the one that any seller is looking for. ... more
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Tue Sep 15, 2015
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
I have seen buyers back out of a sale because the Solar was leased. Some will like it and as long as they can qualify for the lease they may be happy. Others don't agree and may walk away. I personally would not buy a house with leased solar but that's my opinion. ... more
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Mon Jul 21, 2014
Sam Shueh answered:
The cabinet wood can not be burned due to paint presence. As for plumbing recycling is the only proper way to dispose them.

Vinyl, tiles, fixtures are unlikely to be recycled. They will not breakdown.

Sam Shueh
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Fri Apr 25, 2014
Erica Glessing answered:
As a mom of three (now middle school ages) my experience is that my children play with friends they meet at school or in their hockey and extra curricular activities. We don't see as much of children playing with the neighborhood children as in past years. For all of the buyers I have helped in 10 years, I would say a fraction have this as a value -- maybe 10 percent! ... more
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Julie Wyss answered:

It would be great to meet with you in person to discuss the advantages of working with a high performing Buyer’s Agent.

Would you be open to meeting at my Los Gatos office for a professional buyers consultation? It takes about an hour and we will cover your wants and needs, lender approval, market conditions and negotiating strategies. We will also review the buying process, including timelines, contingencies, inspections as well as title and escrow.

There is no cost or commitment, as you know, I am paid by the sellers so the only way that I get paid is by outperforming the competition!

Let me know the best time for you to meet with me.
All the Best,
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Sun Sep 15, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
I can provide you with a lot of information about home sales in 95120

Recent homes sales at
95120 home values at

Please don't hesitate to call and chat or send some suggestions of information you would find useful.

My zip code information is relatively new. My city wide information posted on my web site goes back many years.

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty, the nations largest
Cell 650.857.1000

Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County
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Sat Mar 10, 2012
Hassan Sabbagh answered:
Which one is best for you and how long do you plan to stay in your new home. Appreciation of both homes would be approximately equal depend on market changes.
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Wed Mar 2, 2011
Mary Pope-Handy answered:
Lots of great info here, but I just want to add one more comment: Almaden Valley is long and narrows at the southern point. A lot of your commute can be just working your way up Almaden Expressway or Camden Avenue if you are in the far south, near "New Almaden".

The commute may be a lot shorter if you're in Montevideo or Oak Canyon or any of the areas on the northern end vs those on the south. I ran a couple of streets through Google traffic, as SJ Downtown suggested. It's about 18 minutes from Bertram Road to Oak Canyon Drive alone - and both are "in" Almaden Valley.

Some home buyers only want to be near Williams Elementary (API scores about 972) but that means 10-20 minutes more, at least, of a commute than if you are up near Coleman Road at the northern end of Almaden.
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Wed Nov 24, 2010
Vicky Spiva answered:
You are correct - if you change your line of work, the lender won't be able to use that income for qualifying purposes. You should get your house and then change lines of work if that is what you really want to do. Otherwise, you may have to wait for 1 to 2 years in order to buy after the job change. If you are currently working part time in the fitness industry & then obtained a full time position in fitness, your income should be able to be used. I hope this helps and if you need some more help with real estate financing, please feel free to contact me at ... more
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Tue Jun 1, 2010
Lang Lequang answered:
You can check this link for school district:
and also for academic performance report:,SANTA,CLARA
Good luck,
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Thu May 20, 2010
Terri Vellios answered:
The answers below are spot on for Hazard Premium. Your Home Warranty which the Seller is paying is different and doesn't cover a loss due to a Hazard.

Your Home Warranty Policy is a year policy and the coverage will be explained in their brochure. It is limited coverage, depending on what has been selected, you can have a basic coverage, expanded coverage, and other options for appliances. Verify with your agent so that you know what is covered and whether you want to pay to add on anything not covered or negotiated in the Home Warranty. ... more
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Fri May 14, 2010
Glen Mitchell answered:
Post a want ad on craigslist. You may find someone in a short sale preforclosure that would like a short term renter.

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Thu Mar 18, 2010
Jt answered:
Personally, I would be very concerened with Casterillo's (or any school for that matter) with low API scores.
Last year I volunteered every day in my daughter's class and at that time, she went to a public school with an api in low 800's.

EVERYONE told me "oh, don't look at the scores! Great Schools.Com rated it excellent as well.
Lucky for me, I don't work so I was able to help in the class (everyday) teach kids to read & write.
The lower performers suck all the energy & time from the teachers--trust me.
When you have a low performing school, the teachers teach to the lowest level.
A lot of these kids were from broken families, or from parents that just didn't care if homework was completed. Don't mean to generalize but that is what you normally get going into a school like that.
True, there are some "rare" cases where schools turn around.

We waited at least 2 years before getting into Almaden so I feel your pain!!! You'll find your house!!!
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Tue Mar 16, 2010
Dallas Texas answered:
In some of the instances we recommend for the person drive the distance during rush hour traffic in morning and evening. Yes it adds to your day HOWEVER assists in buying decision.

Keep in mind gas/ tolls are expense . Place numbers on gas, maintenance, tolls and etc. savings you might be able purchase closer to your professional obligations.

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Mon Mar 15, 2010
Sara Greenwood answered:
Hi Monat

The "average" time for a lender to approve an offer varies from 60-120 days (maybe longer). If there is only one lender, the time is shorter. If there are several lenders it will take a lot longer.

If your offer was submitted to the lender for approval ... be patient. But, don't stop looking for homes. 4 months seems like forever, but if your offer does get approved and you do move into transaction, and ultimately close, good for you!! you probably got a great deal and patienc pays off.

good luck,

Sara Greenwood
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