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Quality of Life in Contra Costa County : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jun 17, 2017
Singhamanv answered:
Google the crime stats.
You being the victim of robbery, breakins, assault and etc. is 1 out off 27
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Thu Sep 15, 2016
Jam asked:
I was doing a Real Estate Search in Oakley and Brentwood CA. Most others seem to be preoccupied with Mosquito Abatement. I haven't seen any mention of a more serious problem being…
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Fri Nov 21, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Check local census data, also consider visiting the area more than once and perhaps chat with locals/neighbors.
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Sat Feb 1, 2014
Gene Riemenschneider answered:
I know all three of these towns well and have lived in Berkeley and Hercules. If you don't mind a suburban community you might just want to live in Hercules. It will probably be the most affordable and offer zero commute. But you are more focused on quality of life issues. Each is a different culture. Berkeley is still a counter-culture type community with a large campus on it. Walnut Creek in an upscale suburb with a good business center. Each is not a bad commute to Hercules. Berkeley is probably closer, But WNC is probably a less stressful drive if you head out Highway 4. ... more
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Tue Dec 10, 2013
Jaz Chand answered:
Hello Joseph, This question is old, but I wanted to reach out to you and make sure that your question was answered. Please let me know if you need any further assistance. Jaz
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Mon Dec 2, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
Please, please, please! Once is enough!
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Sun Nov 24, 2013
Ali Qureshi answered:
Hi Alisa,

You might have already bought a home but in case you're still in the market looking to make a move, this is an excellent community of San Ramon. I have seen kids playing in the park all the time. You also see people walking on the tracks during anytime of the day. Generally, a very safe and desirable area to live with excellent schools. ... more
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Wed Jan 30, 2013
Alfred and Petra Krolzyk answered:
Hello dbutts, check out this info, this might help you: ... more
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Fri Oct 26, 2012
Denise Russo answered:
Are you sure the landlord is actually shutting it off? Maybe it is broken or he/she has it on the PG&E energy savings program. I suggest speaking to the landlord before the chilly winter nights set in. I can sympathize with you because I cannot handle being cold so I can't imagine what your mother must have gone through last winter. If her landlord does not make steps to correct the situation, then yes, I would imagine that could constitute as elder abuse as one of the other realtors pointed out. Good luck. ... more
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Fri Oct 1, 2010
Monir Mamoun answered:
Hi Larryapt, you should really check with the local police and sheriffs departments in Point Richmond for this data. They will have the most accurate information. A realtor can't really give you a fully "legal" opinion on this issue for a variety of reasons related to real estate laws and professional liability. ... more
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Thu Sep 16, 2010
George Lerma asked:
What is the Racial break down of police department management structure. How many officers exist and were are they consentrated by rank.
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Thu Aug 12, 2010
Hermie Rones answered:
It really depends where our starting and ending points are. I will say it has gotten better now so I will say the usual 15 minutes with no traffic I will say just double that. Give me a call we can discuss it better. Hermie @925.980-6010 ... more
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Fri Jun 25, 2010
Delebi1 answered:
My husband and I are in a class action right now with Morrison Homes. It has been about 5 years and the jury case is just now coming to a conclusion. I see this is happening in several locations throughout the U.S. We are in Salida California. I guess they would rather go to court than address their buiding inadequacies. Anyone involved in these lawsuits probably won't buy another Morrison home, I certainly won't. The only way to get Morrison to do something, is to sue them. ... more
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Thu Apr 1, 2010
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Wed Mar 17, 2010
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
HI Marin Moving -

I was wondering why there is no Marin Realtor chime in and then saw that you posted the question in Orinda since you already know much about Marin county.

Your question was posted in October, 2009, I wonder if you have alredy bought a house or if you are still looking. If you are still looking, you must know that Soutern Marin's housing price has gone down a lot and you should be able to get a lot more houses than you could before. If you have not seriously looked at around the area, please take another look. I am sure you can find wonderful home with the price range you are in.

Good luck and let me know if I can help you.

Sylvia Barry', ePRO, MAS
Frank Howard Allen Realtors - #1 company in Marin
(415) 717-0293
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Mon Jan 18, 2010
Tony Abad answered:
It may be a better time now ( a year later). Have you had any thoughts on revisiting the idea?

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Wed Dec 2, 2009
Geri Murphy answered:
You do not need a realtor to find foreclosures or bank-owned homes, there are plenty of websites that offer that information, either for free or for a minimal fee, such as However, it makes a lot of sense to establish a relationship with a realtor in the area who is familiar with REOs (bank-owned) properties and can do the legwork for you. Finding a property is only the beginning - particularly in this market. After the initial negotiations, if you are lucky enough to get into contract, there can be other obstacles to overcome - some that can be quite confounding. The essence of all of this is that it is helpful to have a partner who has been there and who can help guide the way through the forrest, and help you find the way home! It can be a journey, but worth it in the end!
Best of luck,
Geri Murphy, ABR, CRS, GRI
Real Estate Consultant
DRE #10252019
J. Rockcliff Realtors
(510) 610-3963
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Thu Oct 29, 2009
Linda Van Drent answered:
Hello Jane,

Ditto on Shirley's answer. I also think it varies within each town depending on the home's location.
Happy to show you both communities so you can see for yourself.

Thanks for asking!

Linda Van Drent
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Sun Oct 4, 2009
Kamal Randhawa answered:
This advise is for anyone, before you start shopping for real estate, interview at least 3 agents to find someone who is skilled. Of course, before you can shop around, you'll need to get pre-approval first. You can conduct phone interviews if it's easier for you. Good luck!

Kamal Randhawa
"Straight answers all the time"
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