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Wed Apr 13, 2016
Khelton answered:
I love the way that he or she saying hi to me.
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Mon Mar 9, 2015
My NC Homes Team answered:
There is no such thing as an average water bill just as there is no average person. Everyone uses water differently, depending on how many people are in the house, how conservative or wasteful they choose to be, how much gardening they might do, their jobs, etc etc etc. The same is true for all utilities. Depending on the size of the property, it's age, the number of people living in it and their habits utility costs change. Even getting the actual bills for a specific property tells you absolutely nothing other than these were the bills, it's data without context as you don't know anything about the people occupying the property and how they choose to live.

If the utility bills are an issue when considering a property you should buy a less expensive property.
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Mon Mar 31, 2014
Nancy Villasenor answered:
Please contact me directly to discuss your questions above. I am always available and look forward to speaking with you soon!

Nancy Villaseñor
Broker Associate
RE/MAX of Santa Clarita
25101 The Old Road
Santa Clarita CA 91381
Direct (661) 945-7200
Office (661) 284-5095
Fax (866) 519-2179
License #01433438
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
Try doing a Google Earth and/or a Map Quest. They will give you directions, multiple routes and ETA's. Then on the day and time you're leaving for the airport do it again and they will have an updated ETA and conditions for real time traffic conditions. There are also some pretty nifty apps you can load on your cell that give you real time traffic info and alternate routes. ... more
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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Alex Meguerditchian answered:
Hello home buyer! May I suggest moving a little closer to the 126 highway that would make your husbands commute a lot shorter. I suggest looking into the new development homes right by the 126 highway on copperhill! This is an excellent school zone and great part of town! Best of luck in your search!

-Alex Meguerditchian
Troop Real Estate Valencia
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Yogi Sharma answered:
COI from Santa Clarita is about 50-55 miles and commute will be around 1hour if you leave at 5AM. I hope this information helps.
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
Sona Gallatin answered:
There are links to help guide you. or
for schools check out
Great schools, great shopping and some amazing outdoor activities for your family just a few minutes from wherever you choose to live in Santa Clarita! for active listings of rentals and sales.
(818)261-8306 for actual agent who will call you back:)

Good luck, and enjoy your visit!
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Sat Nov 17, 2012 answered:
2200 ft homeowner, 2 story, pool filter use low, AC every night during the summer, house built 1998, bill average 250 to 350
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Sat Oct 20, 2012
Anita Smith answered:
Mr. Moving4ward,
Welcome to Santa Clarita! I think you, your daughter and Bishon will love it here. Santa Clarita has a great transit system including bus services, commuter express and the metrolink. The metrolink will most likely be your best transportation that will take you out of the Santa Clarita Valley into the surrounding cities like San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Los Angeles. My husband was a big fan of the metrolink when we were a one car family. I have helped clients with their relocation into Santa Clarita for the past 10 years. Let me know if I can help you.

Anita Smith
Troop Real Estate
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Thu Mar 1, 2012
Paris and Connor MacIvor answered:
While I was no rocket scientist, I worked the interior security at JPL back in 1990. This was while I was awaiting my lapd confirmation date. 30-40 minutes. During peak traffic times the traffic builds at La Tuna but is not horrible. Whichever agent you choose to represent you when time comes, make sure they are with a local brokerage. Some that say they are aren't. Be safe. ... more
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Sun Feb 12, 2012
Tvandemark answered:

I always recommend to my clients to really know what commute works for you and your family, drive it at the hours that apply to you. Take into account the weather and the potential of getting stuck around Sig Alerts, whether accidents, fires, high speed chases, etc. Once you are behind the wheel feeling and clocking the drive, you will be able to better determine how much time out of your life and away from your family you are truly willing to give up. Commuting can take quite a toll on a person and family, or maybe it fits you.

Just a couple of scenarios: A manager I know transferred his job into an area closer to where he lives because he calculated the hours that were taken from his life and family during the commute. I also had a client do a test drive just from Plum Canyon vs. Valencia to Burbank and they bought in Valencia, because just getting to the freeway seemed like quite a commute from Plum Canyon, and it was a better fit for them.

Pasadena vs. downtown LA are two different commuting territories, as you know the more you are on the freeway the more likely you have some very long commutes due to weather and accidents etc. At least with other forms of transportation you can still read, work or catch up on some sleep on the bus or rail. Take it from some one who gets far more windshield time on the road than you really want to know about.

When choosing an area, visit them often and on different days and times, so you can really see what goes on in those areas and neighborhoods and next door to the house you may purchase. I was recently told my clients were seen outside the house they were going to buy. I was so pleased to hear my clients were doing their home work! Nickle tours are a good way to start doing your home work.

Go to or call the appropriate resources for data. School data is best obtained from the schools themselves as boundaries often change and again visit them and speak to parents with children enrolled there. Crime data is best obtained from the local police departments. Agents are great resources to introduce to you to numerous areas and to give you information about the property, Mello Roos etc., and to aid you in your transaction. Again, this is why you need to see the areas for your self and determine what best fits your commute, needs, comforts and budget.

By working with an agent and doing your homework you will ensure a smart home purchase.

Best of luck,
TV-Tracy Van De Mark
Keller Williams Realty
(661) 310-4004
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Fri Jul 1, 2011
Amir H. Kazemzadeh answered:
Depending on traffic and the time of day, t could take anywhere from a minimum of 45-50 minutes to approximately 90-105 minutes. However, the good news is that you have several options to get there. You can take the 405 South to the 101 West which will probably be the most congested. Another option is the 405 South to the 118 West to the 23 South to the 101 West which is a little longer but somewhat less congested. The final option is to take the 5 North to the 126 West to the 23 South to the 101 West which is longer in distance, but rarely exhibits traffic. So you have a variety of options to get there.

We look forward to seeing you in the Santa Clarita Valley.


Amir H. Kazemzadeh
President, Real Estate and Mortgage Broker
DRE License 01813512, NMLS 309986
REALTOR®, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), CHS (Certified HAFA Specialist), SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification)
Residential Accredited Appraiser (RAA) and General Accredited Appraiser (GAA)
Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, OREA License AG029627
ASAP Real Estate Srvcs • an ASAP RES, Inc. Company • DRE License 01862782, NMLS 322735 • "SERVING ALL (APPRAISALS, LOANS, AND LISTINGS) OF YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS"
26504 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 227
Santa Clarita, CA 91350-2353
818.674.2043 Cell
661.999.3328 Fax
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Wed Jun 22, 2011
Cat Humphries Realtor, CRS, answered:
Check out this twitter page for ongoing things to do in the Santa Clarita Valley. Another example of what makes the SCV special.
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Sun Jan 3, 2010
Tvandemark answered:
Hello and Happy New Year!

Santa Clarita Valley is an awesome place to live with quality schools if you have children. It is also surrounded by numerous freeways and highways for quick access in every direction. Others will say they like Chatsworth, Simi Valley, to Thousand Oaks, areas surrounding the area you mentioned you would be working in. California is a commuting area, for example some drive from areas such as the Antelope Valley (Lancaster and Palmdale) to the San Fernando Valley and West LA for their jobs, and that is a serious commute.

Bottom line, if you are going to be on the road quite a bit for your job, then you need to determine realistically how much more traffic you can truly tolerate. Some folks absolutely dislike commuting and acknowledge the impact on their personal lives and family. Even quality sleep can become a large issue. I know many who calculate the lost time on the road, vs. the added time to their life (work time vs. personal time). Weather and/or one accident on these busy freeways can add frustration and additional loss of personal time.

My strongest recommendation is view the areas that interest you and Do the Drive.. Yes, it will take some time, but drive it the hours that would match your work schedule. It is surprising how many people do not do the drive or check out a community on different days and times. The park across the street may be filled with children on the weekend with little parking available or maybe the weekend loud music party house is next to you. I have some clients that did the drive and it clearly helped them determine the distance that they would and would not travel, so it sat boundries for their home purchase. Be happy with your purchase in all aspects, it is a large investment in more ways than one.

One last note, I regularly drive the areas you are planning to work at all different times of day and in all directions, so if you just want some traffic info, please don't hesitate to call.

Welcome to 2010,
TV-Tracy Van De Mark
(661) 310-4004
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