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Home Buying in San Bruno : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Apr 2, 2016
Rwoo1998 answered:
I live on Portola Heights since 2008. No, it is windy but not foggy. The fog line is very obviously parted on the Berkshire dr/College Dr. where the Skyline college exit to route 35. You will experience the difference on foggy days traveling from North (as far as Daly city). ... more
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Wed Sep 23, 2015
Susie Kay answered:

I would suggest that you work with a local realtor to help you find a property.
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Mon May 19, 2014
Chris Lee answered:
In SB, there are Shelter Creek & Peninsular Placce. Shelter creek can be good but because of the enclosed building with relatively cheap condo even in Bay Area, some people complain there are a lot of thugs and break ins. Furthermore, the neighbors often complain about the smell of Cig and/or Pot. Lastly, you can't rent the condo out even if you lose your job or need to move. You must live there for 3 years and be on the waiting list..... How stupid is that? but if you start renting out, smell of pot will get worsen...... However, overall for its price this is great place.

There is also place called Peninsular Place. I say the place isn't as clean as Shelter Creek, but you get more privacy as homes aren't really connected to each other like shelter creek. Overall pricing are the same, but peninsular place are rare to find as you can also rent the place out easier and closer to everything. The amenities give are the same but i prefer Peninsula Place because you can rent the condo out easily and easier to fix the unit unlike shelter creek who the association seems to be napolionic....
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Sat Jan 11, 2014
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hi Terry,

Occupied housing units 14,677 100.0%
Owner-occupied housing units 9,252 or 63.0%
Renter-occupied housing units 5,425 or 37.0%

This answer can be found at the City of San Bruno's website, here's the Link.

Hope that helps.

Michael Kaprielian
Coldwell Banker
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Mon Dec 9, 2013
Brian Nguyen answered:
Do you know your exact credit score? Who knows, your credit score still may be acceptable. For example, I have been able to give out FHA loans with scores as low as 580. So if you are in that range or above you will have a shot at a loan with a lender like myself. Otherwise, I recommend that you work on your credit score a bit. The simplest way to improve your score would be to pay off your debt and revolving credit balance on time. It's also important to understand that you're ability to obtain a loan relies on other factors as well. These factors include income, expenses, assets, liabilities, debt, employment, down payment, as well as credit scores. Either way, I suggest you speak with a lender like myself who would be glad to speak with you to help you get the loan that you need. Well I hope this helps! If you have any further questions or if you would like a loan, feel free to contact me! Good Luck! Brian Nguyen Sr. Mortgage Banker NMLS # 659743 Phone: 949.667.2887 ... more
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Thu Dec 5, 2013
JR Thrasher answered:
Get an agent and have them contact the owner.

J.R. Thrasher
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Wed Dec 4, 2013
Lee Ginsburg answered:
The bank wants to verify the value. It is possible if the seller gives you a list of improvements or better yet, invoices of the improvements the bank may waive the second appraisal. They need to substantiate the difference in value. Another thought would be a desk top appraisal. If all else fails pay for the second appraisal. Don't let a few hundred dollars kill the deal. Possibly your loan agent can cover it.
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Fri Oct 25, 2013
Alexander Greer answered:
Well it really depends on what you can afford. Try getting pre-approved for a purchase mortgage and this question will probably answer itself. But affordability aside Millbrae is the best of the three.

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079

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Mon Jul 8, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
You can get started with your search here:,CA/

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Sun Jun 23, 2013
David Tapper answered:
Right now there are 3 listed for sale for $215,000- $218,000 and $234,500.

Good luck,

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Sun May 19, 2013
Karin Cunningham answered:
Yes, there are a few and they are in high demand! What's your price range? Would you consider a house with an in law?
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Sun Jan 13, 2013
Long Time Renter answered:
Actually, people should be paid for living here. Shelter Creek condo is a total nightmare.
Hallways are full of tobacco and pot smoke. The smoke will be drifting to your condo. HOA is absolutely insane. You will get fined for everything, even for totally false accusations. You simply don't have any rights in fighting with HOA. Buildings are poorly constructed, you hear every sound of your neighbors. Cannot have washing machine ($500 fine), cannot have pets, must have carper in the bathroom and in the kitchen. HOA make rules on fly. Owners usually do not participate in board meetings or elections, so the board can do anything and they actually do what they want. The friends of the board are exempt from the rules, have dogs, for example. The windows have large gaps, it is often windy inside. They have only electrical heating, so you heating bill in January can go above $200. Families with children are heavily discriminated. No playground. Security does not let children play in the clubhouse. You see the marked price, compared to other places, you see the high turnover. There is always a reason for that. ... more
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Tue Nov 20, 2012
Simon Campbell answered:
Your tenant rights exist for the term of your contract regardless of who owns the property. That is unless you default on the lease agreement which gives the owner the right to evict you.

If you really like the place you rent and are in a position to buy, you could consider contacting th the lender that sent the Notice of Trustee's Sale and discuss purchasing the property. Usually they want to sell the property for the loan balance plus any fees such as loan late fees, legal costs etc.

If you do not get anywhere with the Lender, contact the property owner (your landlord) and ask if they would be willing to sell the property to you. You would have one of two options:

Option #1: Prepare a purchase agreement and have the owner submit it to the lender for a short sale.

Option #2: If you cannot get a bank loan (poor credit, do not have 20% downpayment), you could purchase the property on a land contract. Your downpayment would be the amount owed to the lender to stop the foreclosure process. Then you use the LC payment to pay on the mortgage. After 3 - 5 years you should have enough equity and a stronger credit rating to apply for a loan.

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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Robert Applegate answered:
The real issue with VA loans is that they require a Section 1 clearance on the termite report.
This is work that the sellers do not want to deal with unless they have no choice or it is easy and there is not much work.
I recently got a buyer into a home in San Mateo with a VA loan.
We had the highest price and the section 1 work was less than $200 and easy to do.
Unfortunately most homes have more work required than this particular home.
Your best chance to take advantage of the VA loan is to find a house in good shape with little work required to get the section 1 clearance or to find a home that there are no other offers.
All the Best,
Robert Applegate
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Sun Nov 11, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
Good suggestions below. You could also consider waiting until you have three comparable homes close in your area – in reality that might only be a couple of months. Price are already up 35.8% from this time last year – you shouldn’t have long to wait. A Realtor can set you up on an autofeed so you know exactly when comparable homes hit the market and then when they sell. ... more
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Sat Nov 10, 2012
Maria Cipollone answered:
Pending status is normally used for traditional sales after the seller accept the offer and for short sales after have been approved by the bank.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace
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Tue May 1, 2012
Lee Ginsburg answered:
Crestmoor 1, 2 and 3 are the most desirable areas in San Bruno. The weather is good, schools are good. Close to transportation and shopping. It is not in the direct flight path. HOmes are well kept.
Weather in the Crestmoor area of San Bruno is much different than in the Westlake area of Daly City.
Please let me know if you would to see some Crestmoor Homes. My number is toll free at 877-Lee-Sells.
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Lee Ginsburg answered:
If you have not purchased a home yet come by 213 Marbella Lane in San Bruno. It is in the Merimont Community. 3bedrooms plus a loft and 2.5 baths. Home is in excellent condition. Check out www.213

Open Sunday May 6 from 2-4PM
call me for more info -877-Lee-Sells
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Sat Oct 1, 2011
Phyllis McArthur answered:
Wow, I can't believe no one has answered, if you need to know what the status of the home is, it is public record, you can go to redwood city and find out whether the home is in preforclosure or not. ... more
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Mon Sep 6, 2010
Lee Ginsburg answered:

As mentioned in other comments ou can knock on the door and hope they let you in.
I think better than that is to contact an agent who does a lot of work in San Bruno or any other city you might be interested in. A good agent might have already spoken to the owner or like myself works in a large office and has other contacts. give me a call at 877-Lee-Sells.
A bank will not accept a short sale unless it is on the market.
I would like to address the other part of your question. Some home owners in Pre-Foreclosure might wind up catching up on payments, might file bankruptcy and or might get a loan modification. That is why you don't see them on the MLS. There is a lot of pressure on the banks not to foreclose so they are postponing foreclosures for various reasons.
There are many homes on the market now. In San Bruno there is over 6 months of inventory. I am sure I can help you find a good home that meets yoru needs.
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