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Mon May 18, 2015
KN Nam asked:
Thu Apr 30, 2015
Alexander Greer answered:
What is your question?

I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or question email me here:
AGreer@TheMortgageOutlet.com

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
408-352-5147
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http://www.TheMortgageOutlet.com
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Tue Dec 2, 2014
Okan SAYILGAN answered:
Same here. I'm looking for a room to rent in Oakland or Berkeley. If you want to rent an apartment and share, I'm in.

Let me know, if you have anything.

Thanks.
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Mon May 12, 2014
anna asked:
We are a family with two large dogs who will be spending a couple years in the East Bay for grad school. We have not rented in a long time and are struggling to find a place that will take…
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Sat Jan 25, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
The local authorities can better answer the question, therefore consider a call/visit....
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Fri Dec 13, 2013
Melissa Goss answered:
no... don't be blind.... its right there in black and white... its a friggin scam, and if you google the letter, I am sure you will find it elsewhere WORD FOR WORD!
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Fri Sep 13, 2013
Economides + Hill answered:
We always tell our clients to call the non-emergency number for Berkeley Police( 510-981-5900) and ask for the "watch commander" for the address they are thinking about buying or renting. The Berkeley Police are a great resource. ... more
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Wed Aug 7, 2013
Economides + Hill answered:
Thanks for your question. The City of Berkeley's development and zoning does not have a "cooky cutter" answer for development. There are district plans for each part of the City, which spell out what the City is looking for in each area. You might start by asking BART about the plans for the transit village at Ashby BART. Land costs in Berkeley are high since there are few available lots. ... more
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Mon May 20, 2013
Tomi Thomas answered:
Hello, Dan. Find an agent you really want to work with and let them educate you on this process. I do not recommend that you buy an auction property...because you have to buy them AS IS without inspection in many cases, and there are just too many possible problems that you might be assuming without prior knowledge. If you do go that route, assume you will need a budget for significant repairs. Most auction property here is being sold to professional flippers, for very good reason. They know what to look for and how to do back door research that you don't have access to.
Another reason for avoiding auction properties is that there is no title insurance, so you could end up with something with a cloudy title that can take a lot of money and years to clear...It's not a good risk for the average buyer. If you get lucky and buy something below market, you'll feel like a brainiac. But if you get it below market, there is also a good chance the pros are all passing on it, and that means they know something you don't, because they have teams who can do the research.

The benefits of the resale market are that you know what you are getting, because you get the benefit of an inspection period and seller disclosures, and title insurance. Good luck to you!
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Fri May 10, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
It's quite possible you can find something....one of my clients from Chicago did and found a studio apartment in Berkeley. She did this by looking in craigslist. Check out subleases. But do your due diligence.....make sure you are not dealing with a scammer.

Or contact property managers in the area who may have something like what you're looking for.

Good luck.
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Wed Oct 24, 2012
Cheryl Berger answered:
I think the agents below have some great responses. I would also recommend walking the neighborhood in the day and night. Taking your kids to some of the local parks in the area, shopping and restaurants. I think that each individual has a different comfort level and getting to know the ins and outs of any neighborhood you are considering moving to would be a great idea before you buy. This is something that I recommend to all my clients who don't already know the area. ... more
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Thu Jul 26, 2012
Elisa Uribe answered:
Hopefully you are aware of this portal too: https://calrentals.housing.berkeley.edu/UCBOCH/och.htm Best of luck and enjoy your stay in the U.S. If a property I manage becomes available, I will let you know. Thank you. ... more
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Wed May 2, 2012
Tomi Thomas answered:
South Berkeley IS a large area, but it does NOT include the Elmwood, which is actually an Eastern part of Berkeley. Southeastern, but no one in Elmwood considers it South Berkeley and no one in South Berkeley think of themselves in the Elmwood. South Berkeley is technically that part of Berkeley south of University and West of Shattuck. I lived and owned in South Berkeley for almost 20 years, in various locations, and I love it. There are good and less good areas, and a very few areas that some might consider rough. Everything about 4 blocks south of Dwight is considered highly transitional, with some great streets and some that are more affected by various kinds of crime. Some, like the area closer to the new Berkeley Bowl, which is South west Berkeley, but very much defined as SB, are transitioning or gentrifying faster than others, where there are, say, higher density apartment buildings.

"Safe" is a highly interpretive term and it largely depends on personal threshhold. There is not a neighborhood anywhere that does not have car thefts and burglaries. My personal definition of safe means higher frequency of crimes with a component of violence....so armed robbery, or worse, and known houses where unlawful activity has been documented..

It is highly advised that for ANY property, in any neighborhood, if safety is a concern for you, that you contact the community liason officer for the area to see what types of crime have been reported for the immediate area, whether there are specific households that are known for criminal activity, and whether the neighborhood is organized for crimewatch and emergency preparedness. The CLO can give you the contact info for the crime watch group, and that person can usually give you a real sense for which direction the neighborhood is moving and how organized the neighbors are.. Meeting neighbors who are actively working to improve the community will make you feel much more comfortable with the street you are moving in.

Remember, even in the so called "best" neighborhoods there is crime and the occasional problem neighbor, If you do your homework, any neighborhood can be a good move for the right house at the right price.
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Wed Apr 4, 2012
Tomi Thomas answered:
Depending on the area, there is probably less competition in mid-September than in the July to mid-August time frame for areas close to colleges...otherwise, you are more likely looking at a reasonably constant rate of demand through out the year. The rental market is very hot right now, with rents up 10 to 25 percent over last year....thanks to lots of people being displaced from their homes through foreclosure, and an above average job market compared to the rest of the country. ... more
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Fri Jul 15, 2011
Robert Chomentowski answered:
Also keep in mind if you are getting mortgage financing to buy the property, the appraiser can only give value to permitted square footage. However lenders are OK with doing loans on houses with non-permitted additions, as long as the work was done in a "workmanlike manner". But as mentioned, the appraiser can't give you value for the non-permitted square footage. ... more
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