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General Area in Oakland : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Sep 1, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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Thu Feb 25, 2016
Matthew Smith answered:
You may need more than permits if the land use zoning is restricted to single-family use. Rezoning may be necessary to make the new unit legal. In many areas, parking is at a premium and a secure garage adds significant value to a property. If there is off-street parking still available for two units, the loss of the garage won't as big a loss. Homes with no parking other than on the street are harder to sell. ... more
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Mon Jan 26, 2015
Eason Smith answered:
Maybe some time in the distant future, however I don't foresee anything in the near future.

So long as we keep seeing startups in the Bay Area and Venture Capitalist investing in those companies, growth should be pretty constant.

I would even venture to say even more growth in Oakland and surrounding areas is on the horizon as SF's prices are way out of control right now.

Our housing market is closely pegged to the tech and startup environment we live in. If you watch what they are doing you will have a strong Idea of what is to come in our housing market.

I hope this helps

Eason Smith

Keller Williams Realty
calbre# 01963872
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Sun Jan 25, 2015
Manija Kam answered:
Have you considered looking Castro Valley? It's easy access to Bart and lots of great eateries on the boulevard. Otherwise Oakland is a great area, speciifcally Glenview, Oakmore and Laurel Heights area for you. ... more
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
Hi jlev,

It depends on your credit, income, how much equity you have in the properties, etc. The maximum LTV (loan-to-value) on an investment property condo is 75%.

I may be able to assist you. Please feel free to give me call or send an email.

Best regards,

Elva A. Wormley
Mortgage Consultant
Office (408) 615-8500
C2 Financial Corporation
2845 Moorpark Avenue, Suite 209
San Jose, CA 95128
NMLS #331981 / BRE #01274093
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
John Juarez answered:
Residential rental properties are not priced on a $/sq. ft. basis. The are priced based on location, number of bedrooms and baths, local schools, local amenities, features of the property, etc. ... more
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Wed Jul 3, 2013
Katie Daire asked:
The parking lot fills up so early, and I'm not expecting my number on the permit wait list to come up anytime in the next 10 years. Any tips on where to park between 7:30-10AM near Rockridge…
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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Claire Wills answered:
Temescal area off of Telegraph. It's a cool hip vibe with amazing korean late night spots, cuisine featured on Check Please bay area. Very walkable neighborhood, dog friendly, biker friendly, all around friendly. :) Close to freeway, and affordable.

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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Claire Wills answered:
I know of a studio in the oakmore area. It's priced at 925. It's not lake merritt, but, it's a walkable area in the hills east of the 580.

My cell: 510-435-7822
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Sun Apr 14, 2013
Fred Shelton answered:
More & more rentals are accepting pets: In Oakland, try the Laurel District Laurel Heights, Dimond, Upper Dimond, Redwood Heights, Millsmont & Mills College areas. You shuld be able to find something within your price range ... more
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Downtown is thriving with new businesses, and there are many new condos/lofts available. Easy access to BART and other public transportation. By the Jack London area, you can also hop on the ferry or Amtrak

You can also look in to the Lake Merritt/Grand Lake area to enjoy the many restaurants, shops, farmer's market, theater

Rockridge, Piedmont Ave -- many choices of restaurants and shops as well as easy access to BART

Or consider Alameda. Believe it or not, we have a lot of things to do here, too. There are excellent reasons to move here.
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Martha3 answered:
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Thu Mar 28, 2013
Antoine Pirson answered:
There is only one answer: the one you can afford. Ask your loan broker to pre-approve you. That would show what you can do financially.
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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
This is actually a dangerous question to pose upon Realtors:
If we answer you either way, (our opinion), we could be guilty of "steering".
If you look at local crime statistics, you will get a better idea of the REPORTED crimes;
this would cover our butts.
A better idea, would be to visit the prospective neighborhood and talk to the residents; find out what its like to live there; the good and bad, the desirable and the disgusting: Do this before you make a committment.
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Wed Aug 22, 2012
Soila Thompson answered:
They initially think ... OAKLAND???!!! - But you truly do get so much more for your money in the East Bay.

The Hills.

All can compare to SF neighborhoods ... for a fraction of the price. Sorry, no Union Square in OAK.

Soila Thompson
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Sun Jul 22, 2012
Becky Buck answered:
GOOGLE!!! There's lots of public information online, search on name, address, telephone number, license number, whatever else you have. And, of course, with social media sites such as Facebook, etc. there are many options available to gather information. ... more
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Probably the same neighborhoods that suffered the least decrease in market values...

When there were new houses being built as the market was peaking, the thought was these homes will appreciate faster because they're new. But that didn't seem to be the case, since the traditional thinking has returned --- it's location, location, location (and price, price, price!)

Right now, the question is probably which neighborhoods will recover sooner?

In Oakland, the areas that maintain their values better than others are those with schools ranked among the highers, areas with high WalkScore (i.e., walk to amenities like restaurants, shopping, etc) like Rockridge.
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Fri Mar 2, 2012
Antoine Pirson answered:
What type of property? Some area's are better for SFR's and others are better for condos'.
Does it have to be Oakland? What is your budget? All these questions need to be answered before any Realtor can give you an y suggestions. And "good" is a relative term. It is different for you and me.
This is nothing that can be suggested or discusses over the web. Meet with an agent and talk about it. Kind regards
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