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Rental Basics in Contra Costa County : Real Estate Advice

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Nazy.moradkh…, Other/Just Looking in San Ramon, CA
Fri Aug 26, 2016
Nazy.moradkhani asked:
Hi. I listed my property for Rent on Zillow and it propagated it to Trulia. Now I want to make changes directly on Trulia, mainly to the images. How do I do that. changes on zillow are…
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Rich Reed, Real Estate Pro in Arcadia, CA
Tue Jul 26, 2016
Rich Reed answered:
Probably, but, the landlord should obtain legal advice before giving the required notice and initiating an unlawful detainer action.
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Simon Watson, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Fri Jul 24, 2015
Simon Watson answered:
Unless you have a provision in your lease that says that they can give you notice before the 1 year is
expired then I would suggest the answer would be no

Simon Watson
Keller Williams Realty-East Bay
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(925) 286-7112
(510) 859-4773
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Catherine Kr…, Real Estate Pro in El Cerrito, CA
Wed Apr 1, 2015
Catherine Krueger answered:
There should be a government website where homes are listed. can give you leads otherwise each city will list their available properties. If you google it you should find the city you are looking for.

Good luck,

Catherine Krueger
Marvin Gardens Real Estate
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Karen and Pa…, Real Estate Pro in Cameron Park, CA
Wed Mar 11, 2015
Karen and Paul Catania answered: is a good source to see what homes are currently renting for in any area. I know I'm behind on a response but this is a good tool for any investors or agents looking for rent amounts. ... more
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Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Thu Nov 20, 2014
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Sam Shueh,  in San Jose, CA
Sun Oct 12, 2014
Sam Shueh answered:
1. Any rent control?
2. Jobs availability
3 housing availability
4. Offer to do some chores to reduce rent?
5, Ask for a 2 year lease to lock in current rent?
6. Ask for a modest reduction? ... more
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Sally Grenier, Real Estate Pro in Boulder, CO
Wed Oct 8, 2014
Sally Grenier answered:
You should contact Trulia's customer service dept. You're posting a question in the "Advice" section where agents help answer questions about buying or selling. We can't help you with technical support issues. Good luck! ... more
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Simon Watson, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Wed Apr 9, 2014
Simon Watson answered:
Realtors only have access to rentals listed on the MLS and the internet( ie Craigslist as an example) could possibly allow you to contact the landlord directly
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Johnny Su, Real Estate Pro in Dublin, CA
Mon Aug 19, 2013
Johnny Su answered:
For Pleasanton and Windemere, a 3bd/2ba SFH (on average) will be anywhere from $2700 to $3,000 range depending upon sq ft, locations, etc. I would use $1.30 to $1.50 per livable sq ft as a gauge.

My current rental listing as a reference.

Johnny Su, Broker
Premier West Realty
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Catherine My…, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Fri Jun 14, 2013
Catherine Myers answered:
And to expand as I just looked up the clause, and many don't seem to be aware... that if you executed the "standard" lease through our Association of Realtors, it gives you a lot of rights. See the clause below. ... but again, this is ONLY if you used the form through our association. They must give you 24 hour notice. Best if a landlord tries to work something out with you in an amicable fashion. Many of my clients offer a rent discount, and will accommodate specific showing times for the tenant. If your landlord had their own lease, or used another publisher's forms, the information may be very different:

"Notice may be given orally to show the Premises to actual or prospective purchasers provided Tenant has been notified in writing within 120 days preceding the oral notice, that the Premises are for sale and that oral notice may be given to show the Premises. No notice is required: (i) to enter in case of an emergency; (ii) if the Tenant is present and consents at the time of entry; or (iii) if the Tenant has abandoned or surrendered the Premises. No written notice is required if Landlord and Tenant orally agree to an entry for agreed services or repairs if the date and time of entry are within one week of the oral agreement."
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The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Thu May 2, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:
I agree with Bernard. Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill are your best bets. If you extend just a bit south of San Ramon, the next city is Dublin, which is in Alameda county. Closer to to airports (San Jose and Oakland) plus lower property tax.

Good luck in your search. You will love the Bay Area!

Cindi Hagley
The Hagley Group @ Prudential California Realty
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Mary Ann Cad…, Real Estate Pro in Dublin, CA
Sat Apr 13, 2013
Mary Ann Cadorna answered:
Hi Gigi,

There are currently 26 homes under one million dollars in Danville, the most that l've seen in the last couple of years. If an agent has such a home, they should be able to call you right away and provide it. However, if not, it may take time becasue what you are seeking is a home in a spefiic location to meet a specific need. An agent would have to make the time and effort to target that area, actively market to it and/or use alternative information resources to locate a seller. I will keep your need in mind, as I am actively searching in Danville and current on weekly sales statistics. (blog)

Thank you,
Mary Ann

Mary Ann Cadorna
J. Rockcliff Realtors
15 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
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derbyzack.pz, Renter in El Cerrito, CA
Tue Feb 19, 2013
derbyzack.pz answered:
Does El Cerrito have a rent increase cap? My rent will increase almost 20%. How can this be legal? Thank you!

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Sara, Home Buyer in
Sat Sep 15, 2012
Sara answered:
I'm looking for a 4bd in Canterbury Village! If you allow two small (under 30lbs) dogs I would be very excited to speak with you.
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Emil Huang, Real Estate Pro in wALNUT CREEK, CA
Sun Jun 3, 2012
Emil Huang answered:
Security deposit is held by the landlord. I don't beleive that you can use her deposit to covr the costs of cleaning but you can discuss this issue to your landlord. Good luck to you. Emil (925) 408-6999, If you are interested in purchasing a home, please feel free to contact me. I can help you. Emil ... more
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Rick, Home Owner in San Diego, CA
Sun May 27, 2012
Rick answered:
I am a landlord. There is a great deal of misinformation and I was just in Court where a tenant was demanding the deposit returned. The tenanst trashed the place and they lost. In your case, I believe as the tenant, you noticed the landlord of your intent to move. I believe the landlord would have to prove damages caused by your breach and that by giving the landlord notice, you limited your liability. If the landlord was able to rent the property right away, they have no damage. Most people agree that one month's rent or the security deposit is the maximum amount of damages. However, since the landlord is threatening retaliation if you seek the return of your deposit, that works in your favor. I think you could win and have little chance losing given that the property is for sale and they are choosing not to rent. Another key is what was the converstation as to early termination. As you have depicted, there was no agreement to forfeit the deposit and it sounds like they are acting in bad faith. I would probably bring suit and see what happens. Be nice. Stick to the facts as you have in your question and hope you get a Judge who likes you. ... more
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Emil Huang, Real Estate Pro in wALNUT CREEK, CA
Thu May 24, 2012
Emil Huang answered:
First at all, i would like to know what kind of agent are you ? If you are realtor in SSK and if you do not have CA License than you are not allow to practice as a Realtor in CA.. If I may, I would like to assist you in finding a rental property in Walnut Creek. My cell is 925-408-6999 and my email is ... more
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James Tan, Real Estate Pro in elk grove, CA
Tue May 8, 2012
James Tan answered:
HI James
The local government in the antioch and pittsburg area is having to deal with reduced property tax revenues. This has been going on for some time, and still continues. Until property values recover, it is going to be difficult for the local government and the school district to cope. So it probably will not be easy for you to find a teaching position in these 2 cities. Pittsburg economically may be doing slightly better than Antioch, cause of the sales tax revenues. You might want to check Brentwood, it may be doing slightly better than Antioch.
Good luck with your job search.
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Patrick McCa…, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Sun May 6, 2012
Patrick McCarran answered:
I have no idea which Brentwood the Corte Madera agent thinks has a soft market but the Brentwood in Northern California, next to Antioch CA, is very strong, rentals priced at market rates are rented under a month. I would not purchase in Brentwood in hopes of e-Bart coming any time soon. Antioch also has a strong rental market. As to which one is better there is not a clear winner, each has pros and cons. Brentwood has traditionally had strong appreciation and strong rentals desirability but you will pay more for the house and therefore have a lower rate of return based on rents received. Antioch was hit harder by the foreclosure crisis and therefore has a greater potential for appreciation when the market rebounds. The rental market is strong in Antioch as well and there is no reason to believe that will change in the future especially factoring in the widening of route 4, in progress, and the eventuality of BART. ... more
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