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San Mateo : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jul 8, 2012
John Juarez answered:
Don’t freak out because you have heard a story about banks foreclosing in the middle of a short sale. If the short sale lender has already approved your short sale it would be against their best interests to foreclose at this point. One of the jobs incumbent on the short sale listing agent is to stay in touch with the short sale lender’s loss mitigation department and make sure that a foreclosure is not scheduled.

New legislation that impacts what actions can be taken by short sale lenders has been passed in California but does not take effect until Jan. 1st of next year.
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Fri Jun 1, 2012
David Gowans answered:
I agree John.... especial when you're not sure where the question mark goes:) No idea what this person is asking.
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Wed May 30, 2012
McGuire Rentals answered:
I highly recommend Holly Brand of Wells Fargo. She is extremely knowledgable. 650 270 4800

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Wed May 30, 2012
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Happy Memorial Day Frank & Family,
Below is a link to the local MLS, this link will take you to a search of all the homes in the cities of San Carlos, San Mateo, Burlingame and Millbrae with a minimum of 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. I also included in the search the price range between $1,000,000. to $1,500,000. You can click on each MLS number to view each property, the earth will map each house and some also have Virtual Tours to view. With Silicon Valley and San Francisco minutes from these cities I thought this would be a good start.

Please understand that inventory on the peninsula is way down from those crazy years(2002-2005), in some cases as much as 50% so overbidding and multiple offers are back! Because of the numbers you mentioned, I would recommend that you come to the place I've called home my whole life and rent for a little while. Then you can get a better Idea of what each city offers. If you do see a property and you would like more information, I'm just a call away.

Click the following URL to see the listings:

I wish you and your family the best in finding a new home and maybe one day we can break bread together.

Michael Kaprielian
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Mon May 28, 2012
Suena Suen answered:
Dear Frank,

There are several properties in San Mateo area that fit into your criteria. Depends on whether you want your house closer to San Franciso, or a bit south so you can enjoy sunnier and warmer weather. What does your time frame look like? Do you need something right now, or are you just checking so when you come to the Bay Area, you can start viewing the houses?

Best regards,
Suena Suen, CDPE, GRI
Realty World Advance Group
Cell: 650-787-2221
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Angie Disanto answered:
May have what you need! Beauty in Daly City
Angie DiSanto
Nest Property
1670 So. Amphlett

San Mateo
650 619 9676
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Mon Apr 23, 2012
Haneen Hayder answered:
Dear Dan,

Schools are a big factor when you decide to purchase a home. What type of school are you looking for Elementary, Middle or High school? Because that would effect the your search, and always call the school district to double check because even if the neighbors tell you that their kids are going to such and such school that does not guarantee that your child will go there! (and get it in writing from the district if possible) San Mateo and it's surrounding cities have many lovely home with excellent schools and unfortunately inventory is low now so you need an agent who is on top of things and who has access to pocket listings and pre open house showings as I noticed that many homes are selling before they get to the open house. I believe I'm well connected to the market and to other agents who might have listings that are not on the market so if you decided to pick your Real Estate team I would be honored to be part of it!

Haneen Hayder
Coldwell Banker
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Sat Apr 21, 2012
Lance King answered:
Please note David's comments about REOs. And I will respectfully disagree that there is no such thing as an expert in foreclosures. Although all banks have different processes, there are certain things that repeatedly come up that are different than a regular sale, and buyers need to understand the differences and intricacies of this type of purchase prior to entering into a contract as do their representatives - an agent/broker inexperienced in these transactions can lose the deal if they don't know how to handle the bumps in the road that are specific to REOs and happen on almost every deal.

Everyone has to start somewhere, but you don't want your agent cutting his/her teeth on their first REO deal on your transaction. If you haven't done these before, you won't know how to handle it. I can think of at least 3 transactions that surely would not have closed if we didn't know what to do from prior experience. We work in San Mateo and happy to help but it's not our primary area. I've spoken with Mr Tapper on the phone before on a potential referral and he came across as very knowledgeable and professional - call him before you hire anyone else.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Thu Apr 12, 2012
Haneen Hayder answered:
In my opinion you can find SF homes within the price you specified in Redwood City (lower parts of RWC), Daly City, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, and Shoreview in San Mateo
You can also try short sales as well as I have seen some of them that are being sold within this price range ... more
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Thu Apr 12, 2012
Haneen Hayder answered:
The market has taken off. We are seeing a historically low inventory with multiple offers and all cash offers with no contingencies, so in my opinion the market in San Mateo County in general is a seller's market and many buyers are feeling the frustration of not being able to buy their dream home from the first try! ... more
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Sat Mar 17, 2012
Cristina Weglinski answered:
I can try to find you a place to rent. We have a vacation rental but it is in the city.

Call me if you are interested.

Cristina Weglinski
Avant Property
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Mikep87 answered:
I've tried using craigslist and have emailed a lot of people but I've ran into many people trying to scam. So I don't really trust that site anymore for housing
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Fri Feb 24, 2012
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hi Jane,
The area that you mentioned in San Mateo is called the Lauriedale area and at the present time there are no active listings for rent in that area on the MLS website. At the present time there are only 11 properties in the city of San Mateo that are for rent on the MLS and the prices range from $2,400 to $7,500 depending on size and location.
I would recommend that you start with the website listed below which is the public side of the same website that Realtors use.

Always the Best,
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Sun Nov 20, 2011
Sic answered:
Yup, I think we'll proceed.
Thank you again!
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Mon Oct 3, 2011
Aroshets answered:
I have two story two bedroom and loft nice condo for long term lease. I am asking 3400 a month, but for long term could be going low.
Call 4155719557 ask Lana
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Sun Oct 2, 2011
Diane Mollison answered:
I have been a realtor for 24 years and my office is located in downtown San Mateo.
There are a wealth of opportunities in the market right now, but I would need to know your specifics before approaching the right solution for you. Are you considering units, and if so, do you plan to live in one? Or, would you like to start a portfolio of single family homes?
I would be happy to discuss your plans and develop our strategy to make it happen for you.
Diane Mollison, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Real Estate in San Mateo
650-685-7626 office
650-520-9915 cell
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Tue Aug 9, 2011
David Gowans answered:
Here's a short group of whats listed in the area. Other option is hitting up craigslist.

David G
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Sat Aug 6, 2011
John Arendsen answered:
Is your dog a special service (needs) pet? Get my drift? Special service pets by law have to be accepted in just about every case I'm aware of.
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Fri Jul 1, 2011
Mack McCoy answered:
I'd like to suggest that you ask a contractor their opinion. Look at it this way - if the house does need to be rebuilt, you want the insurance to cover it. So ask someone who might rebuild it! ... more
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