I am looking for SFH in santa clara county in the range 600k. Need some expert advise how to go about it. I have 2 plus old daughter.

Asked by aks11i, Milpitas, CA Fri Feb 8, 2013

I am looking for SFH in santa clara county in the range 600k. I have 2 plus old daughter. I am looking for minimum 3 beds and 2 bath. I will prefer newer house (not more than 30 years old) and elementary in the range of 900. Need some expert advise how to go about it.

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Philip Cabral, Agent, San Jose, CA
Mon Mar 18, 2013
There are really only two ways to go about it.

One, is to look at all the schools with a score of 900+ and then see if any minimum 3/2 homes in the $600K range are for sale in the area of the school. The problem with the school first, house second method is that sometimes you have to wait forever for a house in your price range to come up for sale in the area of the good school.

The other way to go is to search for a minimum 3/2 homes in the $600K range and see what schools are within the area of the homes that you like. You might not get a 900+ school but at least you will be given the choices of what is available at that moment.

In either case, I would contact a Realtor to help you expedite the search. If you don't already have one I can certainly help. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently live in Santa Clara with my wife and kids.

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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Mon Feb 18, 2013
Greetings Aks11i

You received a lot of good information. Currently in Milpitas there are only 2 homes on the market between $599,000 and $701,000, and both of these are below 30 years of age.

The API of school makes for even greater demand when searching in Santa Clara County.

I have a PDF which shows the API scores broken down by district and schools. If you would like a copy simply drop me a private email and I'll send it on to you.
Web Reference:  http://www.terrivellios.com
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Mon Feb 11, 2013
Hi Aks and thanks for your post.

As the others have already mentioned, your best bet is to find and hire a great agent to help you. You have plenty of great people listed here who are willing to help. Also, there are discount agents to help as well if you want a rebate at the close of escrow--a nice bit of money to help you move, pay for furniture and repairs. Look here at Trulia for help and you can find a great agent to work with.

Second, if you're not ready to work with an agent, but just want to look around, here's what to do:

1. Check out realtor.com. This is a great listing of all of the homes available for sale on different multiple listing services in Northern California. So, for example, a home in San Mateo County may not be listed on the same MLS as the one here in Santa Clara. So if you look at Realtor.com, it will give you all of the homes available in California, parts of California and even other states.

2. Check out the local multiple listing service (MLS) here in Santa Clara County. There is a "public portal" that you can use that is not affiliated with any real estate firm or agent. You can look at all of the homes for sale in Santa Clara by checking out http://www.mlslistings.com.

Once you've honed in on an area that you like, check the API scores on the State of California's website to determine performance for the children in the school. Again, an agent will help you so that you don't have to look for yourself, but I understand that many buyers today prefer looking for themselves and bringing in an agent when they find something that they like. If that is the case, then seriously consider a discount agent to help you negotiate your deal.

Finally, if you're looking only for new homes, then check out http://www.newhomesmag.com for all of the home builders and new homes in the Bay Area.

Good luck!

Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates & Homes
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Sat Feb 9, 2013
Hi Aks:

Thanks for your question.

I trust you are looking for homes then around Laurelwood, Sutter and Milikin since
your requirements are an API of 900.

Check API schools scores at: http://ruthandperry.com/APISCC

We just sold a few around there but getting a SFH for $600K is unlikely.

Check : http://www.trulia.com/blog/perry_mistry/2013/02/santa_clara_…

Do get in touch.

Best regards
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Juliana Lee, Agent, Palo Alto, CA
Fri Feb 8, 2013
There have been about 350 homes sold in Santa Clara County since 7/1/2013 having 3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, built after 1985, and priced below $700k. This includes homes not meeting your desired elementary school ratings.

If you look at older homes the number of sales increases to 2,060.

Changing the number of bedrooms or bathrooms won't change the number of homes very much if you only look at homes built after 1985.

I would recommend that you also look at older homes. It will be very difficult for you to find a home in the age and price range you specified.

Santa Clara County real estate statistics can be viewed at

Recent Santa Clara County home sales can be viewed at

Juliana Lee
Cell: 650-857-1000
Top 3 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty

Over 25 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Web Reference:  http://julianalee.com
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Bill Mccord, Agent, San Jose, CA
Fri Feb 8, 2013
Good morning,
If you are prepared to invest 1 to 2 hours to learn the things you need to know I would be delighted to help you. An educated client makes home buying a pleasant experience, versus learning on the fly of things you should have been aware of from the start creates continual stress for all parties.
Good luck,
Bill McCord
Realty World Windsor & Associates, San Jose, Ca 95125.
(408) 314-5861 (cell)
(866) 806-9353 (Fax)
DRE# 01043794
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Norman Aless…, Agent, San Jose, CA
Fri Feb 8, 2013
Hi, well the first thing to do is get with a realtor who works your area of interst.( I'm sure lots of realtors will answer your questions). At the same time get a pre-approval letter from your bank or if you don't have a lender I can recomend one. Go over with your realtor what you need and want and we can set up searchs for you to see whats available. Next go out with your realtor and vist some of these homes to get an realistic idea of what your money will purchase, you can also visit open houses on your own if you want. That will be a good start.
If you would like some assistance feel free to contact me and I will answer any questions that I can.
At your service,
Certified Distressed Property Expert
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