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Wed Sep 5, 2012
Kate Stevenson answered:
I think it is Clifford Elementary but you can check the exact property address on the Redwood City School District site:

Clifford is a K-8 so it is the middle school also. It is quite far from the One Marina area though, and there is no bus service. There are also schools of choice in the Redwood City School District, one is quite close to the One Marina area, it is called Orion Alternative School, check it out, we love it there. ... more
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Fred Glick answered:
Mr K,

I may have another solution.

It involves audited financials, but I may have someone to take it.

Call me at 415-683-6950.

Fred Glick NMLS #133975, DRE #01507615
Signet Mortgage NMLS #168365 DRE #01403423 ... more
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Tue Aug 7, 2012
Tiffany Razo answered:
That is a good score. However, there are many factors that play into your approval. Quicken Loans is a good start.
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Mon Jul 16, 2012
Svetlana Raleigh answered:
Mon Jul 9, 2012
Robin Spalding Vaccaro answered:
Hi Violeta -

Now that the San Francisco bay area and Silicon Valley markets are heating back up with interest rates at an all time historical low, lease options or rent to own properties are harder to find. That doesn't mean there aren't any available, but they are the exception instead of the rule, may in areas that you don't like or in price ranges you can't afford.

The first question that I have is why are you interested in a rent to own property? Do you have to wait until something else sells or something else happens before you have a down payment available?

The next questions are the most important - do you need to get a lender or would you be paying cash? If you need a loan, have you talked to a lender and gotten pre-approval? You will need that in order to have any real estate deal taken seriously and accepted.

If you have been pre-approved or know your purchase price range, that's a good start. Second, work with a real estate agent who has experience putting together all of the aspects of a creative, successful deal that will satisfy the lease, the option to purchase and the sale for both buyer and seller.

If you want to know more, please email me or call me directly at or (650) 454-7787. I can explain it all to you so you understand how these deals work.

I am a seasoned 20 year Realtor veteran who's been working in San Mateo county, especially Redwood Shores, where I also happen to live.

Although you live and like Redwood Shores, I have a loft in San Francisco that is available now for a 6 - 12 mo. lease and then will be put on the market for sale. The tenant will have the first right of refusal for the purchase.

Let me know if you want to know more about rent to own, buying, me or my SF rental.

Thanks in advance.

Best Regards,

Robin Spalding Vaccaro Presents...

R.E. eBroker, Inc.

D.R.E. # 01141573

Serving San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties

(650) 454-RSVP (7787) Mobile
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Walter 'Skip' Kersten answered:
The Trustee handling the auction is Recontrust Company. Their phone number is 800-281-8219 and the Trustee sale number is 2011-0115318.
Good luck,
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Tue Jun 5, 2012
Jim Somers answered:
Hi Allstarlen;
You ask a tough question because you haven't provided me with any specifics. When you say 2nd, are you talking about a 2nd floor, a 2nd bedroom or a 2nd bathroom, or some combination of those? Because of the nature of your question, I am assuming that you do not yet have architectural drawings for the project you envision.
As a rule of thumb, remodels and additions are more expensive on a cost per square foot basis because of the cost of modifying the existing structure to accomodate the addition. For budgetary purposes you can probably use a number somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 per sq. ft. If you want to go to the high end on your finishes, the costs will be greater. And in every remodel budget you have to have a contingency budget because you will encounter unforeseen problems.
Your wisest move would be to retain the services of a CAD expert or an actual architect to create drawings of your expansion/remodel. That gives contractors a concrete tool on which to base a bid. And it greatly simplifies the permit process.
If you would like, I can refer you to people who can provide you with these services, and contractors who can give you bids.
Jim Somers
Alain Pinel Realtors
DRE # 01319204
(650) 787-3545
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Tue Apr 3, 2012
Elizabeth answered:
Hello im looking for a 2 bedroom in the san mateo county i currently have a voucher for a 2 bedroom please is been difficult finding a place
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Tue Feb 28, 2012
Debbie Wong answered:
Hello "T"
I grew up in San Bruno and I have sold many homes in the area as well several associates in my office. San Bruno doesn't have a 'rep' for gang activity as far as I'm aware. It's ideally located to SF and Silicon Valley. The Crestmoor Park area is very nice as is the Highlands area, although a little foggy as you get closer to Skyline College. School test scores aren't bad and the view of the Bay from Skyline Blvd is the prettiest at night. I have several Police Officer clients that live in the area. My colleges all give great advice about checking with the police or crime stats. I hope you will check out San Bruno further and not cross it off your home finding list. An experienced agent can help find the right home in the right neighborhood for your budget. ... more
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Mon Jan 16, 2012
Marcy Moyer answered:
This is a great price for a home in Redwood Shores. there are many more townhomes and condos than single family homes, and almost none under a million, so my guess is this will go quickly.
Marcy Moyer
DRE 01191194
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Cliff Keith answered:
Here is how to buy a home step by step:
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Sat Oct 15, 2011
Cliff Keith answered:
Buying a home no matter where you are located in the world is a process. It's not an event like the Super Bowl. By going to you can read a post on a Full Proof Step by Step Plan For Buying A Home.

There are no strings attached but as always we are looking for great home buyers and sellers in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. So if you like what you read like us on facebook/aboutredwoodcity or join our blog.

Helping home buyers and sellers with their homes since 1976.
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Sat Sep 17, 2011
David Tapper answered:
Your best bet would be to do one of 3 things. Craig's list is the number 1 source for rentals. If that isn't working, then you can either go to property management company or work with a local agent.

If you don't have a local agent for RWC, try 650-455-6072.


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Thu Jul 28, 2011
Rudi Hofmann answered:

I have originated many loans as this. I suggest you DO NOT say the $400K was a gift. A letter stating your wife has total access to the account would be much better. Since the loan will be in her name, your name Cannot appear on the Purchase Agreement. You can be on Title. You may want to consider if liquidating $400K for a down payment is a smart move. On my website I have a page devoted to Pledged Assets. This might be something you may wish to explore with a Nevada Mortgage Professional. If the property is in California, please contact me.

Happy funding, Rudi
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Wed Jul 27, 2011
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Wed Jul 13, 2011
Damon Williamson answered:
Property managers are in my opinion a waste of money. It really does not take a whole lot of time and effort to "maintain". I have 5 of my own rental properties and I have managed them since day one. I teach my clients how to manage them on there own after we get a qualified tenant in the home. Contact me if you want some basic tips on this.

Damon Williamson
Keller Williams
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Fri Jul 1, 2011
David Tapper answered:
Hi Brian, I couldn't find it. Do you have an exact address and where did you see it?


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Thu Jun 9, 2011
Hezrell Vasquez answered:
Visit several RE offices near you that handle rentals, interview a few agents and choose the one you like the most to assist you.
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