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Tue Sep 9, 2014
Travis Jackson answered:
Pomeroy Elementary API = 803

Cabrillo Middle API = 786

Santa Clara High API = 782

Travis Jackson
Century 21 M & M Associates
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Fri Aug 8, 2014
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hello David:

For people wanting to Buy and move into the home, the reduction will be 5 -25%

Most buyers who have an issue with a death on the property will not buy it.

Those who do, are looking for 5-20%.

But say investors get involved all bets are off, and it wont matter, as there are too many renters
looking to move out of an Apartment or Condo.

Good luck.
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Tue Jul 22, 2014
Jay Taylor answered:
Well your thought process is truly inspiring, as owning a property under the current market scenario may not be an easy task. But there are couple of companies who are helping people to fulfil financial difficulties. Do also look at improving your home condition where repairing or servicing an old AC can be useful, during summer time. ... more
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Thu Jul 17, 2014
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hi Kathy Aman,

As my colleagues have stated below, this is a matter for you to discuss with your Realtor. The contract and the timeline should be items that your Realtor have discussed with you and have kept track of. She or he would be most happy to help you figure out the timeline for ordering inspections! :)

I do not have access to your contract and I do not have the privilege of being your Realtor to advise you. Congratulations on your purchase.

Best of luck to you,

Huey Nguyen
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Tue Jul 8, 2014
The Medford Team answered:
Can you clarify your question, please? We'd like to be able to provide you with effective answers.
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Tue Jul 8, 2014
Robert Lei answered:
Hi Minu,
Yes, just ask me and I will tell you.

You can check out this website:
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Tue Jul 8, 2014
Robert Lei answered:
It's up to you, but from a long-term financial/investment standpoint, you would be better off buying an old house on a large lot. Here in Silicon Valley the long-term value is in the land, not the structure.

That being said, not every decision has to be financially driven. If you feel you will be happy living there, then buy it. You will still make money with this house, just not as much as the old house on a large lot.
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Sun Jul 6, 2014
Robert Lei answered:
Yes, true. There is a huge residential complex in Santa Clara near Central Park in the location tracking device.

Property prices in Santa Clara have risen since your first post,
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Wed Jun 25, 2014
Robert Lei answered:
Your best shot is to ask the school or the school district these questions directly.
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Sat Jun 21, 2014
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hello askca25,

I suggest you go to this website to find out what schools the kids at this property would go to:

Just look up your street, and the document should state what schools (elementary, middle, and high schools) would be for that home.

My colleagues here have mentioned some great resources for you to look into to look at school ratings and see what's right for your kids.

I usually like or looking up the school's previous year's API scores.

Good luck,

Huey Nguyen
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Mon Jun 16, 2014
Randy Stoker answered:
The standard commission rate is 6%; payable 3% to the listing agent and 3% to the selling agent. Most often I give my clients a 1% discount if I represent both sides of the transaction; buyer and seller. The commission rate is negotiable and not a set rate in California. ... more
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Sat May 31, 2014
Sam Shueh answered:
The high frequency emitter radiation like cellular tower has not been studied much. It is always thought the radiation given it be 10 milli-watt is inversely proportional to one's body. Doctors do not babies to be close or use cell phone due to thin skull wall thickness.

For low frequency emitting such as telephone exchange, transformer humming, high voltage power the studies done since WW2 are mixed. Some European studies suggest it may be harmful. Many dispute lack of using control in the experiment. You can order a ghost chaser detector (preferably high freq and low freq) you will notice a difference. One thing that tells you any kind of radiation is being generated. Your microwave oven shield leaks, router emits high power of radiation. All wireless devices carry fair amount of radiation that one day can be declared unsafe.

I personally do not want to be close to these devices. But someone has to live close to transformers. SC is a competitive place in terms of housing.
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Fri May 30, 2014
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hello Raj

Go to,

Best regards
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Sun May 25, 2014
Steve Parsons answered:
I always recommend that water quality be tested, regardless of the age of the well or home. You never know the nitrate level, bacteria, arsenic levels, etc. As long as water quality is fine and the pump works, the well should be ok. :) ... more
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Sat May 24, 2014
Angela Killpack answered:
If you have an inspector come out to see the septic system and the inspection passes, isn't that a good thing? If the system still works enough to pass inspection, I would ask the inspector what might need replacing soon. If it does fail, then I would think the seller would need to upgrade it in order for the house to sell. ... more
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Sat May 17, 2014
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hello Vicki Davis,

What was your question about this property? Hope I can help.

Good luck

Huey Nguyen
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Tue May 13, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
You can visit and for street specific stats.

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Tue May 13, 2014
Terry McCarley answered:
Talk to local law enforcement and the neighbors regarding crime. Real estate agents can't discuss crime statistics so you will need to do your own research.
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Sun Apr 6, 2014
Erica Glessing answered:
I like to go to crime to look up the crime #s for any given address; and then I look up the crime #s for my own address so I can compare what living in my (safe) area looks like. It can be surprising!

I typed in the address of Wilcox High School:

3250 Monroe St, Santa Clara, CA 95051


I do like to compare against where I live now although then sometimes I see crime where I live now and that is always unsettling! I live just down the street from Piedmont Hills High School. One of the advantages in being close to a high school is that the amount of visibility is high -- a lot of people walk and drive by each day.

Good luck!

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Sat Mar 29, 2014
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hello David,

I agree with my colleagues here.

Regarding lenders: Only the permitted square footage and rooms would count towards the appraisal value of the property. So the third bedroom and second bathroom would not count towards the appraisal value decreasing the value of your property and perhaps the eventual sales price, if the buyer is not willing to pay the difference. I have even seen a lender hold up escrow and force the seller to obtain the correct permits in order to move forward. Certainly, this kind of property would not be up to FHA guidelines. Please check with some lenders to see what the current guidelines are.

Regarding the building department/permits: A neighbor could report that you have unpermitted rooms, and the city could force you to obtain the proper permit and restore the structure to its original permitted state. This could also happen, if the city were to inspect your property independently. From there, if you would like to obtain permits to add a bedroom and bathroom, there would be additional expenses for that.

Every city has its own procedures, and you should check carefully with the planning/building/permits department to obtain detailed instructions regarding how to proceed. Your licensed contractors will be able to help with these matters as well.

Please contact me for more information. I can help you.

Good luck,

Huey Nguyen
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