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General Area in San Carlos : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jun 10, 2016
Karen answered:
If this is where Mike Killion and Judy Tingley are renting, which I think it is, 3370 Brittan Ave., Apt. 18, they are sexual predators of children. Never prosecuted. Also forgers and thieves. ... more
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Sun Feb 9, 2014
Angeli Nelson answered:
We are a family of 4 with 2 dogs (labrador retriever/chihuahua). We are looking for a home rental on the peninsula (redwood city, san carlos, san mateo area. Price range we're looking for is $2000 or less.
Can you tell me who to contact. Thank you in advance. A.Nelson
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Robin Spalding Vaccaro answered:
Hi Stu -

As Lottie already stated, is a good place to check several times a day because rentals are scarce and go quickly.

Although my main career focus is listing and selling real estate I do occasionally have rental listings and represent renters in leases.

If you are interested, I can set you up at no charge on the multiple listing service's automated email system. It will deliver rental listings with your desired criteria as soon as they come on the market. If you find something you're interested in , i can show you it to you, write and negotiate the offer for you. There is no cost to you for this service. My commission is paid by the seller for listings in the MLS.

The most important thing for owners of rental property is a tenant's credit report. Next is income. Then job and references. If you have rented before you may be aware of all of this.

If this service is something that you would like to discuss further, please call me at (650) 454-7787 or email me at

Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Fri Mar 16, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
PATIENCE grasshopper; lots and lots of Patience.
Most of the Luxury homes are cleebrating birthdays on the MLS, and Sellers have to understand this.
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Mon Mar 29, 2010
Brandie answered:
Austin is a fantastic investment market right now, with strong fundamentals for growth. It's one of the markets my company has researched for some time to determine it's potential.

You want to look for a number of factors that support job growth, which grows the population and drives appreciation and the need for rental property. But, you must have help in determining the best neighborhood as well. A market expert that knows the intricacies at the neighborhood level. You also want to understand commute patterns, proximity to large employers (Austin is home to many top employers) quality of neighborhood, proximity to activities and schools, etc.

I just closed on an investment in Bauerle Ranch, and it appraised higher than the purchase price, and will fetch strong rents.

Here are some facts:
“4th in the Nation ~ Hottest Job Growth” (Business 2.0)
“18th in Top 50 Hottest Cities” (Expansion Management Magazine)
“# 9 Best Place to Start & Grow a Company” (Entrepreneur Mag)
# 2 Best Places to Live
# 2 Market for Families to Relocate
13 Austin High Schools Ranked Among Nation’s Top
# 8 Top 25 City Arts Destinations
2nd Largest Music Capital in the U.S.

Good luck!
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Mon Nov 9, 2009
Chuck Gillooley answered:
Hello Jiaming,

You're correct -- traffic on Brittan in the stretch between Alameda and Crestview can get quite busy, even on the weekend. If you look at a map of that area, you'll see that there are basically two main roads that lead down from the hills toward downtown San Carlos -- Brittan Ave and Melendy Drive. (Crestview will direct you to Edgewood Road, and Club Drive puts you more toward the Belmont direction)

So you can see how quite a few residents in that area use these two roads to get to and from work, downtown, etc.. You can expect that the busiest times of the day will be during the morning and evening commute hours during the week. On weekends, Brittan can still be busy because there is an athletic field at the top of the hill (Crestview Park) that gets quite busy during the soccer season. And again, those two roads serve quite a few residents.

The noise level of the home depends largely on where you're at on that section of Brittan. You'll notice that on the lower stretch, the road is flatter. As you get closer to Crestview, the road steepens significantly. Much of what dictates the noise level is how well the home is insulated, and where it's located respective to the street.

Safety -- again, it depends on where you're located. For kids crossing the street, a straight visible section is probably safer than a blind turn. I don't have any stats on traffic related issues, but the San Carlos Police Department can provide you with some useful info.

Values -- Homes on Brittan hold their value quite well. You'll notice that in San Carlos, the further west you go the homes are generally newer. So there are some nice large homes up in that area that were built in the 60's and 70's (as opposed to the 40's and 50's when the flatlands were built out.)

I hope this helps.. Please feel free to email me directly at if you have any additional questions.

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