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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ForeclosureS.com. 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
J. Rockcliff Realtors
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!
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