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In My Neighborhood in Solano County : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Nov 6, 2016
Maidenfan75 answered:
The entire area has become a crime infested dump. I live in browns valley where crime has gone through the roof. Use to be nice now vandalization and car thefts have become the norm. Chief of police Carli is an incompetent buffoon and since this moron became chief VV has fallen apart. His officers do not follow the law or uphold it. Thanks idiot it use to be a nice place to live. Thought your motto was to serve and protect not ignore and neglect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... more
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Wed Nov 19, 2014
Tyria Valledor answered:
Along with the McDonald's w/a drive-thru, there is a 8900 sq/ft multi-tenant retail building, and parking lot. .
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Thu Mar 6, 2014
Hank Wilson answered:
Every market is different. Your local market may be positively or negatively affected by economic factors like a factory opening or closing etc... The only crystal ball would be knowing when there would be an influx in jobs and a lack of inventory. ... more
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Rebecca Whitley asked:
I am looking into buying a small 2 bed, 1 bath mobile home in vacaville or fairfield. but i was curious if you know the average cost in both cities, especially since both cities are extremely…
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Sun Sep 2, 2012
Kathy Luebcke answered:
Cordelia, Green Valley and Rancho Solano are nice communities to the northern side of Fairfield.
Cordelia can be very windy should you decide to relocate there. Just 10 minutes away in Green/Suisun Valley you will find a small microclimate similar to weather in Napa except less Fog in winter. There is no noise that I am aware of from the trains. Occasionally you see airplanes from Travis flying over and typically they are high enough there is no noise. This area off Highway 80 is a great location for commuting to SF/East Bay or Marin. ... more
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Thu May 31, 2012
arwebevenstar answered:
The historical district has beautiful homes and is close to a lot of things like the ferry, interesting shops and is walkable. Yes there is crime, but read the stats before you condemn the older part of town. Petty theft & crimes like taking a car w/o permission (this means family member, not a stranger)...not gang shootouts (try East Oakland, for that). Or if you like spend your life hiding under your blankets. Wherever there is people there is crime and in this age of cars, it can be transported anywhere. Just do your due diligence & you can find safe, interesting neighborhoods & not "ticky-tacky" suburban subdivisions..... ... more
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Sun May 27, 2012
Jjmph91 answered:
The Homes in West Manor. Up until a couple of years ago, I owned a home there for 16 years. Very nice neighbor hood, Only accessed one way. One loop street and one side street. So only those who live in the neighborhood come in there. All of these homes were the first of any kind of track homes. They put them up with 4 basic floor plans in the 1942-44 I think. WWII broke out and this area was the edge of town. The Arsenal had closed in 1927 after the WWI need. When WWII broke out, Arsenal was reopened and this little community got huge numbers of military without enough housing. People were housing people everywhere in their back yards, garage apts everything in response. These homes are on a slightly hilly area, and most all were about 800 sq feet originally. The materials used were originally all red wood and cedar. Red wood 2x4s and ceder shake roofs. all had 2 bedroom 1 bath. Some had small garages others had carports. Because the need was so fast the homes were not consistent in that some have the thin 1.5 inch hard wood floors, others had the 2 inch, some had 3 and 4 inch plank type too. Windows were the same issue. All have concrete slip sidings on floating foundations. If you are in there, they did not originally have drainage systems in the yard so some houses have foundation problems that are easily fixed by putting french drainage systems in the yards. People have modified them as i did mine. Some are on a slop so steep that they had basements most do not. if they do have a basement, there is a garage under there too. Lower lying houses need to have water barriers put in too. Water without the drainage system can pool water under them, but again drainage system fixes it easily. Suggest all should have vapor barriers in. All had floor furnises in the originally. some upgraded to wall furnises. Then in my home as with others we upgraded to central air and heat. None had insulation to start. People have added it as they have remodeled. there are manor rules that no one really enforces unless one neighbor gets mad at another and picks a fight. But most all are very friendly. When I first moved in with my son 50% were rentals. in 2009 when we left because of loosing job, 87% were owner occupied. Neighborhood watch exists. Only real problem is parking as the streets were narrow in the days when these were built so if you have 2 vehicles or company, you have to pull up into the yard about a foot so there is clearance. Homes did not have sidewalks originally and so folks are putting them in slowly. all have Telephone/Electrical poles. lighting in neighborhood is good. Very safe area. Cross the street is the Gym as it sits right of the major street called Military drive that runs through town. Grocery stores are about .5 to .7 mi depending on which you prefer. Everything is in walking distance. At the corner of the manor is the major bus stop to pick up busing to go to neighboring towns or access BART across the bridge. Elementary school is less then 4 blocks, HS .5 mi and MS .5 mi. Really no crime rate unless one of the neighbor kids vandalizes something. No Drugs, Mixed balance of Racial Ethic backgrounds and some foreign born persons. I wish I could afford to come back home. Mix of professional people, business owners and retired. Some take care of lawns better then others. Originally each house had a Plate Sycamore in front that is susceptible to fungus, better to replace with a California Sycamore or Maple of some type in that each are from the same genus. Hope this helps. History in city is rich with culture. Higher then average on education in the adults as something like 83% or so if i recall right have at least some college education. many grad, post grad and doctoral degrees in the city and the neighborhood reflects that. original houses were on fuse system, most have been changed out to breakers. some are being rewired to upgrade from Knob and Tube.

Hope this helps you figure out what your looking for. I was a single mom when I moved in with a 9 yo son. I was very very happy there. If my husband had not lost his job as a HS teacher, we would still be there, as we wanted to retire and die there. 5 Buena Vista
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Tue May 1, 2012
Franklindsf answered:
Hi, I reside here in Vallejo and I say its meets your most basic needs. I think the best thing about Vallejo is that it's close to everything, yet it does lack a BART stop. Regarding crime and schools I feel the best post is from Anna where she directs you to www.greatschools.com and the local police department. However from a personal perspective I suggest staying east of freeway 80. (Vallejo's Hills) In general that's a much nicer place to live with significantly diminished crime rates. Also Glen Cove is a wonderful neighborhood and Mare Island has a picturesque backdrop if you're lucky enough to grab a home away from the industrialized areas. Shopping well, your basic needs are also in Vallejo. We have most major grocery stores except for Trader Joe's (yes I'm sad for that) and we also have a huge Target. Vallejo is littered with strip malls containing stores from Marshall's to Planet Fitness. However Vallejo does lack upper-end shopping such as, Whole Foods, and Nordstrom. Therefore, you would have to drive to Napa or Walnut Creek for those stores. Also of note, if you prefer to go to a local sports bar to catch the game/fight or have a cocktail after work you might want to consider another city, Vallejo is soft on variety of entertainment venues.

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Fri Jan 20, 2012
Olga Cisneros answered:
Hi Pauline,

In Solano County, the golf course that is guard gated at the entrance is located in Vallejo CA. The area is called Hiddenbrooke. As for Catholic Churches and library locations, a little driving is required. I am available, if you are looking for a Realtor in the Solano area. I am here to help with your real estate needs! My contact information is below.

Olga Cisneros (R)
Re/Max Gold
707.685.4764
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Sun Dec 18, 2011
Joan Congilose answered:
The only way you can find out that particular information is to contact the local police dept
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Fri Feb 25, 2011
Don Maclary answered:
Have soil tested before spending money on it to find out why it is dead.
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Tue Apr 13, 2010
Ginger Renee Kelley answered:
what is the actual address?
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Sun Apr 11, 2010
Louwu answered:
First, here are FHA’s guidelines regarding bankruptcy:

E. Bankruptcy. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation) does not disqualify a borrower from obtaining an FHA-insured mortgage if at least two years have elapsed since the date of the discharge of the bankruptcy. Additionally, the borrower must have reestablished good credit or chosen not to incur new credit obligations.

The borrower also must have demonstrated a documented ability to responsibly manage his or her financial affairs. An elapsed period of less than two years, but not less than 12 months, may be acceptable if the borrower can show that the bankruptcy was caused by extenuating circumstances beyond his or her control and has since exhibited a documented ability to manage his or her financial affairs in a responsible manner.

Additionally, the lender must document that the borrower’s current situation indicates that the events that led to the bankruptcy are not likely to recur.

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy does not disqualify a borrower from obtaining an FHA-insured mortgage provided the lender documents that one year of the payout period under the bankruptcy has elapsed and the borrower’s payment performance has been satisfactory (i.e., all required payments made on time). In addition, the borrower must receive permission from the court to enter into the mortgage transaction.

If your borrower has a bankruptcy that is less than 2 years but more than 12 months old and you want to try for the “extenuating circumstances” provision, keep in mind that many extenuating circumstances which would be acceptable to explain a few late payments will not be good enough to avoid waiting 2 years after a bankruptcy. The extenuating circumstance here must truly be a catastrophic experience, such as the death of a primary wage earner. It also cannot be a situation where the borrower filed a bankruptcy over a small amount of debt that the underwriter might feel they should have toughed out and paid.

Some lenders actually have stricter requirements and will look into the details of the bankruptcy. For instance, even if the time required has already passed but it looks like the bankruptcy was filed over a relatively small amount of debt which the borrower could have paid off with a little sacrifice the lender may require an automated approval before granting the mortgage. Of course, some lenders are much more lenient than others. In your own mind, just use common sense to make sure you are dealing with a borrower who really has gotten over their problem and is unlikely to repeat it.

Hope that answers your question. Any more questions, give me a call at 949-870-2882.



Cheers,


Lou
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