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Property Q&A in Simi Valley : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jun 12, 2016
Peter answered:
I live in that neighborhood. When we bought, I was concerned about the train, but the homes have some really nice features, and the location in proximity to the park, shopping, freeway, and, ironically, the train station to get downtown, couldn't be beat.

We also bought at a good time, so we were never in a situation where we couldn't move if the noise were an issue. We've owned and rented several homes and apartments, in several cities and states, as we've moved for work, and the train is one of the best neighbors that I've had.

We've been in our home for over 8 years, and the train has never been a problem. Most trains are metro link, which are light passenger. From a sound perspective, that means that they are not loud or long. I rarely notice them. A few times a week, a large freight train comes through, and if we are outside, we will hear it. Does it impact our BBQ? No.

Are the whistles a problem? No. Crossing bells? No.

How often do I have to wait for a train at the crossing? Maybe once a month I'll hit the crossing at the same time an Amtrak or Metrolink hits the station. The crossing is down for maybe a minute - less than a stoplight. While the train is in the station, the guard goes up.

What about an emergency? What if there is a fire and the train is blocking the way out? We have several alternative exits that would be opened in that event that would allow for both the emergency vehicles to come in and for residents to get out.

To summarize, if you absolutely hate trains, avoid Simi Valley, Moorpark, large swaths of the valley, Camarillo, Ventura, etc. If you're concerned about the noise at a specific house in this neighborhood, ask the neighbors, arrange to be there when the trains are running, and see for yourself.

There is something nice about tossing a change of clothes in a suitcase and walking down to the station to catch a train up the coast. It's pretty cool to walk down and grab a train for a summer trip with the kids to Olvera Street. It's super easy to get to the Dolby Theater with out of town friends. Show at the El Capitan?

I looked at the home that you called out, and with the front yard facing the direction of the tracks, several homes between that home and the tracks, and the train being a distance away, I doubt that you would even notice the train.
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Sun Jun 5, 2016
Sandi asked:
Mon Feb 29, 2016
Jmarch0123 asked:
Year built is incorrect
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Thu Sep 4, 2014
Laura Harvey asked:
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Mon Aug 18, 2014
Vanepalacios_1230 asked:
Cuz one person tell me is the owner of the house a he tell me i got approved and the only think he not here im in new York so u can send me the money and im send u the keys for email Address…
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Mon Jun 23, 2014
anselmo827 asked:
information about home

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Thu May 15, 2014
lehsee asked:
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Sun Apr 20, 2014
Erie Hill asked:
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Sun Mar 9, 2014
Irene Siegmund asked:
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Sun Mar 9, 2014
Debra Kessler answered:
$795/month.
I will be there this morning at 11:00-11:30 to show if you are free.
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Sat Mar 1, 2014
gotcha62 asked:
Beautiful home.

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Wed Feb 5, 2014
Jeanette Placencia asked:
I am a current resident of Simi Valley and have been with my company for 12 years. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you, Jeanette.

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Thu Aug 22, 2013
Alva L. C answered:
It is FOR SALE for $545,000! Just listed...
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Tue Aug 6, 2013
Fred Konigsbach answered:
According to the MLS, this condo is 936 square feet.

Would like a professional real estate agent to show it to you?
My name is Fred and my number is 818-584-1330

Thank you,
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Tue Aug 6, 2013
Mary Ferris answered:
The email I received just said 'regarding your rental' If you are asking about my listing on Orontes way. The square footage is 1756. It is a great unit in a gated community. Feel free to call me for details and showings. ... more
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Sun Aug 4, 2013
Barry Shapiro answered:
Hi Tuan,
Specific to your property at 2133 Clover St in Simi Valley, several notable title transfers occurred. A previous owner purchased this pool home for $450K in the height of the 2005 real estate market, with a substantial mortgage. They later refinanced but could not keep current with their mortgage. There may have been an attempt to modify their loan(s) but the home was never listed as a short sale. Aurora Loan Servicing foreclosed on the first mortgage on 04/14/2010. This would have been a public trustee's sale conducted at 800 Victoria in Ventura. When the property received no higher bids than the opening bid, the property then reverted back to the foreclosing bank and became an REO. Because the bank now owned the title to the property, thus the name "Real Estate Owned". Every mortgage in CA has a clause that provides for a legal process for the lender to acquire the property in the event the owner is more than 3 months and 21 days delinquent. An REO asset diminishes the lender's ability to borrow more funds from the government to loan out as a mortgage --- so, the bank will sell the asset on the MLS to dispose of it and clear their books. When the REO comes on the market for sale, the asset manager prefers an all-cash Buyer, so the transaction can occur rapidly (2-3 week close) and with fewer issues from a mortgage financed offer. REO's are purchased 'as-is' and can have some hidden issue as far as the systems of the home. So, it is important to conduct thorough investigations of the property. The lender selling the REO asset is exempt from disclosures (since they never lived in the home). The home's value today is over $300K, so this was a prudent purchase in relation to building future equity. I hope this helps... ... more
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Thu Mar 21, 2013
Tim Soto answered:
This property is a standard sale, and listed by Keller Williams Realty at $499,000.

Regards,

Tim Soto
Truth Realty & Investments, Inc.
DRE# 01822648
Direct: 805-794-9433
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Wed Mar 20, 2013
Todd Kaufman answered:
Hi Jozeekat,

As my colleague Barry Shapiro alluded to, any of us at Keller Williams would be happy to assist you. Please fell free to contact me to discuss further.

Best Regards,


Todd Kaufman
Keller Williams Simi Valley
818-825-0093
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Mon Feb 11, 2013
Bonnie Sterling answered:
Hi Johnny,

I am the Local RealtyTrac Representative for Simi, Moorpark and the 23 corridor of Thousand Oaks. These are great areas to own a home. However, as some of the agents have mentioned, all of these areas have too few homes available for the number of people who want to buy homes so the competition is FIERCE. That said, buying a home should a a process.

I love Trulia for the great information, for this forum. But at the end of the day, it's really important to be well qualified to purchase a home, have few accomodations you need (like having to sell your own home in this market is not great) and have early access to information about homes for sale. Trulia is not good about bringing consistent new homes for sale to the buyers attention. The reason is primarily because Trulia does not participate in the MLS so it gets data from RealtyTrac, which reports accurate data about filing for foreclosure activity but those homes are not always available for purchase. Trulia includes homes for sale, and sometimes that is new home but it is incomplete data. Some realtors put their homes for sale on Trulia and others do not. Some Realtors update properties when they sell, on Trulia, others let the properties look available. So, a buyer is not getting enough reliable and current data if they are on Trulia for home searching.

If you'd like a free, no obligation MLS Portal, which will include all homes EXCEPT for sale by owner sales, set up for your criteria at no charge, please contact me through my Trulia profile or my web site. I'd be happy to help you.
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