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Almaden : Real Estate Advice

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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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Thu Jun 25, 2015
Steve Mun answered:
Very good answers below. But there is no simple answer to your question, unfortunately. You and your agent have to customize your offer by responding to the needs of each seller. Money is the driving factor, but there are other factor that may be important to one seller that may not even be on their top 10 for another seller. A seller who is also trying to buy a move up or move down home will need rent back and will respond positively to a rent back offer; whereas to an investor a rent back offer will have zero value. Some sellers will respond a certain way to a quick close and other will not. The key is to have your agent do their due diligence and find out what is important to the seller and hit those issues in positive manners. ... more
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Thu Mar 12, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

What is the address please? You can email me.

Kind regards,

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Thu Jul 17, 2014
Meridith answered:
For me, it's not about size but quality- I think there is huge demand in the area for an upscale shopping and dining area-- everyone who moves into Almaden understands that what they gain in neighborhood and house size, they give up in ammenities like excellent restaurants and shopping.... I love living here- the people are wonderful and we feel very lucky to be a part of the community, but it would be nice to have options that our friends in Campbell and Los Gatos enjoy.... ... more
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Sat Apr 12, 2014
Joseph Roraff answered:
Usually you want to put a down payment down so that you have equity in your home and can get a lower monthly mortgage payment if you can, but many people can't.

Here is a great video that talks all about down payments...
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Sun Mar 16, 2014
Kamran Changizzadeh asked:
Sun Jan 19, 2014
David Sciplin answered:
As long as there are buyers willing to buy at almost any cost, it's really hard to say. We all hope buyers will be reasonable but with no inventory to speak of where is the top. What will be interesting to watch are the neighborhoods with historically low sales and API Scores. When will people decide homes in those areas are worth buying? How long does it take to turn a neighborhood around with an influx of different cultures? Interesting questions to watch for 2014?

David Sciplin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
CAL BRE# 01477066
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Fri Jan 17, 2014
Bill Eckler answered:
WOW! What does the "Superbowl" have to do with selling real estate. It's one game on a single day. Don't think this is any reason to delay selling a property. This would be similar to questioning selling a property because of the weather prediction that it's going to rain this weekend! Doesn't make much sense, dose it?

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Thu Jan 16, 2014
Randall Ortiz answered:
Depends on how long you plan on staying in the area, or the same house and if you can afford to buy a home and have the finances and credit. I prefer to own, but others may not.
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Wed Jan 15, 2014
John Juarez answered:
Silicon Valley has been and continues to be a desirable place to live. Demand in the face of limited continues supply push up prices.

Who knows what the future will bring?
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Lisa Wiseman answered:
This is a common question we receive from home buyers. While San Jose used to boast being one of the safest large cities in the nation, that has changed. There are hopes that with the new police chief and new hires being added that this will change. What I tell my clients is to view the sites mentioned below, however take a look at other, more affluent communities as well. I live in Almaden, and even our community has its share of crime. Although violent crime is not to be taken lightly, some of these reports may be taken with a grain of salt. No one wants to live in fear, however as Terri mentioned, one of the best gauges is to ask the neighbors in those neighborhoods you are searching for a new home. Also, is there pride in ownership in the area? Are homes being remodeled or do they look run down, and what percentage are rentals? Good luck. ... more
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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 Sep 14, 2013
Lisa Wiseman answered:
Marisol, it may be difficult to find a rental in Almaden for that price, however if you haven't already
found one, I would be happy to send out an inquiry that will be forwarded to hundreds of my fellow Realtors who have a pulse on the market and may be aware of any upcoming rentals. I'm assuming
you have researched all the traditional avenues during your rental search. And Terri is absolutely right in regards to rental scams. They are highly prevalent now and the DA's office is receiving more and more of these. I have alerted my clients on how to not get caught up in this unfortunate situation.
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Michael Drljaca answered:
Sorry, but at this present time this proerty is PENDING SALE with a Close of ESCROW scheduled for 8/29/2013. However, this pending status is allowing clients to still preview the property. Interested in Previewing call me at 408-930-9922 and I'll schedule a previewing time.

Michael Drljaca Realtor APR Los Gatos 408-930-9922
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Tue Aug 6, 2013
Lamson Dang Broker/Listing answered:
Just to help you to understand: if your house is not currently listed for Sale, the automatic system will perform an estimate number based on a wider radius, could be up to 2 miles, depending on the person set for all areas. If a house is listed for Sale, the Listing agent would perform/pick the comps manually to get the CMA -Comparable Market Analysis-, could be within 3 months (on some areas) instead of 6 months or 1 years for the automatic system, and within 1 mile or less...

In addition, by preparing CMA manually, a great realtor would be able to choose ONLY properties that are similar to yours based on year built, square foot and other upgrades/differences. Also, he/she would remove a house that the owner transferred to children with a very lower price to compare with market price.

Those are the basic items you might need to know and could be more depending on each property, but I don't want to go too details here.

Best wishes,

Lamson Dang
R.E. Broker
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Mon Jul 29, 2013
Michael Abramsky answered:
Let’s go back to basics about Inquiries.

An inquiry is a record of any company viewing your credit report for the purpose of reviewing your credit history. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows any organizations to view your credit file as long as they have permissible purpose.

Permissible purpose is defined by the FCRA as;
• Ordered by a court or a federal grand jury subpoena.
• Instructed by the consumer in writing.
• For the extension of credit as a result of an application.
• For employment purposes.
• For the underwriting of insurance.
• To review a consumer’s account.
• To determine eligibility for a professional license.
• In connection with child support.

Not all Inquiries are created equal.

There are two different types of inquiries; hard inquiries and soft inquiries.

Hard inquiries occur when someone checks your credit report for the purpose of extending credit.
Common hard inquiries are credit checks from:
• auto lenders
• mortgage lenders
• credit card companies
• landlords
• cell phone companies
• utility companies
• collection agencies

Soft inquiries, also known as an “Account Review Inquiries”, occur when:
• You check your own credit report
• An employer checks your credit
• A lender checks to see if you qualify for a pre-approved offer
• A current creditor reviews your report

Soft inquiries do not impact your credit score, in fact, they only appear on your consumer credit report. This means a lender checking your credit will not see any soft inquiries.

Hard inquiries account for 10% of your overall FICO score and remain on your credit report for 2 years from the date they were initiated. But the only hard inquiries which impact your credit score are those ran within the last year.

Quick Tip: To get the most positive impact from this category, try not to have more than 1 inquiry every 6 months.

Finally, we saved the best for last.

Inquiries ran within a one week time-frame within the same industry are grouped together and only count against your FICO score as one inquiry.

So if you went car shopping and your auto dealer sent your credit application to 12 different lenders who each ran your credit report; don’t worry, although all 12 inquiries will report on your credit history, they will only impact your credit score as a single inquiry.
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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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Sun Mar 31, 2013
Juliana Lee answered:
There is only one home currently listed for sale on the MLS in Almaden Hills Estates: 6029 Crossmont Ct. listed at $1,295,000. The kitchen looks very nice (unlikely to be original). The home was built in 1979.

You can see the details for 6029 Crossmont Ct, San Jose at:

If you would like to see real estate sales statistics for zip 95120 please visit:

Juliana Lee
Top 2 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty

Over 30 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
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Sun Oct 7, 2012
Lamson Dang Broker/Listing answered:
Dear Debbie Garcia,

From MLS information, H.O.A. is $325. Open house today from 1-4 pm 10/07.
Association included: Landscaping/Gardening, Pools or Spa or Tennis, Professional Management, Roof, Unit Yard Maintenance, Common Area Electricity, Common Area Gas, Exterior Painting, Fencing.

If you need further assistance, please give me a call or visit my website at

Best wishes,

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