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Wed Jan 14, 2015
Brian asked:
I listed my property as available for rent via Zillow. I received an inquiry via Trulia. Clicking on the respond button in the inquiry notification email gets me a page stating I have no…
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Tue Dec 23, 2014
Cindy Davis answered:
Delays in construction are rather common. If you fail to sign the addendum, the deal is off. As far as negotiating further, you can only try. This is a great example of where a buyer's agent may have been able to help you. Working directly with builders can have its downside.

I wish you luck and hope you gt what you want.
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Sat Dec 20, 2014
James Ebert answered:
We are meeting a lot of families that want to move to the Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills areas for the good schools and the safe communities. It takes a little longer to drive into work, but residents say it is worth it. And the premium home prices are based on the savings you have from not sending the kids to private schools.

Just think of the hundreds of hours of family time saved by not having to drive your kids to a school 30 minutes away, 2 times a day, even with a car pool. Other big attractions are that your children can walk to the local school with their classmates, have play dates or study together, and you and they can attend school events locally, like PTA meetings, fund raisers, carnivals, etc. Think of the value that brings to your home location.

Contact me if you have further questions. I have an open house this Sunday, priced to sell quickly, below $650,000. Come out a take a look!.
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Sat Dec 20, 2014
Gary Geer answered:
Contact an agent in your area. That agent can define any neighborhood, or subdivision and send you only those listings for your consideration. All the best
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Sat Dec 20, 2014
James Ebert answered:
Within the Conejo Valley, there are dozens of restaurants and bars with live entertainment. Everything from country music to solo piano, to jazz trios, and everything in between. A little known fact is, a lot of Hollywood studio cats/players, and touring musicians have settled in Westlake Village and nearby, for the good schools, safe communities, and easy drive to major studios. ... more
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Sat Nov 15, 2014
The Hanley Team answered:
There are a number of very nice "estate" areas depending upon your price point. As has been suggested, there are very nice - and expensive homes - in the North Ranch, Westlake Trails, Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley areas. A little less expense area on large lots - though not quite estate - would be the Three Springs area. Finally there are properties in Conejo Oaks and Lynn Ranch where the homes are older but generally nicely updated.

Overall it is a great area with a number of properties that coulkd work for you. Give us a call or email if you need more specific information.

- Mike
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Mon Nov 3, 2014
Eugene Dean answered:
I would recommend taking these repairs one at a time. The total price may be overwhelming, but individual increments are more manageable. You should prioritize the projects by how badly they are needed. I would suggest starting with your internal doors.
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Mon Nov 3, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
Not sure about now but when I was working up there in the 90's after the '94 Northridge earthquake Thousand Oaks was voted safest city in USA for 3 or 4 years in a row.
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Tue Sep 16, 2014
Alexander Greer answered:
What is your question about the school?

I do not check replies, so if you have a comment or question email me here:

Alex Greer
Loan Officer
NMLS #1056079
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Tue Sep 9, 2014
The Hanley Team answered:
Hi Columba -

That is hard to answer because there are so many performance measures for schools. Here is the link to view the California Department of Education School Accontability Report Card.

Click on this link or paste it in your browser and then type Conejo into the search box on the right side of the screen. It will pull up the page to get the SARC for Acacia (the first school listed) and in there you will have links to view the STAR testing results and other links for the school.

Being the parent of 4 kids who all graduated from CVUSD elementary, middle and high schools, I can say that we were very happy with the education and experience our kids received at all levels of instruction. Two went on to graduate from UCLA, one from CLU here in Thousand oaks and the baby is at UC Berkeley.

I beleive Acacaia should be great for your kids.

Click on our link to contact us if we can give you any more help.

All the best -

Mike Hanley
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Sat Sep 6, 2014
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Sun Aug 17, 2014
Jacqui Rum answered:
It's FREEEEEEEE to work with a Realtor if you are looking to buy (or even rent)!
Seriously, totally free.
Because when a Realtor works with buyers, they get paid by the seller. That's why you should always always always work with a Realtor if you are looking to buy!

If you are a seller, that is negotiable. But keep in mind that whatever you agree upon, 50% of that goes to the buyer's agent. So if you agree on a very low commission and have to split it, the buyer's agent may be less incline to show your property if they see that they will only be getting a very small commission. It's mean, but it most likely happens.
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Sat Aug 9, 2014
Jeffrey Zatlin answered:
There isn't a lot of confidence in the economy and buyers and lenders are picky. Rising interest rates will hurt the economy and reduce the amount of qualified buyers. Prices have come up, and with a lot of inventory out there, sellers should either make sure their homes are updated and immaculate, or competitively priced. But I think most of us are feeling the heat - and that's why transaction levels are comparable to last summer but inventories are much higher. ... more
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Wed Jul 30, 2014
Vineet Puri asked:
I use Experian Connect but it gives me only one score? I want my tenants to run their own report like Experian Connect but get scores from all three agencies. How do they get that?
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Wed Jul 30, 2014
Vineet Puri answered:
On 101 South towards 405-South:- Anytime after 8 Am is a problem till about Noon & then it gets better till 3 Pm, thereafter again it's grind
On Way back in the evening it is a bumper to bumper on 405 & 101 no matter where you come from. Best leave at 4 the latest wherever you are or after 7 PM
Hope this helps!
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Mon Jun 23, 2014
Edwin Escamilla answered:
Hello Niali,

Our Conejo Valley is one of the most desired community, we have a great range of Professionals that call Thousand Oaks their home. We have some great schools, that offer a lot of great academic & sport opportunity for your kids.
I'll be happy to assist you on any information you may like. I am here a your service.

Edwin E.
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices
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Sun Jun 22, 2014
Tim Rosinski answered:
Most state list schools and performance. here is California site.
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Mon Jun 9, 2014
The Hanley Team answered:
You should definitely be able to find a rental for you family.

Best place to start looking for both agents and listings is the local Association of Realtor's website at

Since schools are important to you, check the district website at

They have a Street Index search on the right side of the home screen that matches street addresses to schools. This way you can match listings to schools.

You're coming to a great area. And you deserve it since you are moving from one as well!!

All the best -

Pat & Mike
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Thu May 22, 2014
Brian Graver answered:
Like many of the other agents have stated, poor credit can be an issue, but it would truly depend on how bad the score and the reason for the score. Apartments will likely be easier than private homes and private homes leased directly by the owner will likely be easier than a private home leased by a management company.

I have several credit repair professionals that I am happy to put you in touch with if you would like to explore your options there, so please feel free to contact me anytime.

Good luck!

Brian Graver
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Thu May 22, 2014
Brian Graver answered:
Hi Carysguy,

Hope you're well.

Taking a look at the past 6 months (which is the most applicable to current real estate trends), the MLS lists the following statistics for 1978 homes in Westlake Village:

Active homes (those that are currently available) average $393/sq.ft for an average 2,814 sq.ft. home.

Back-Up homes (those that are currently in escrow) average $339/sq.ft. for an average 2,289 sq.ft. home.

The one pending home (pending homes are homes that are currently in escrow where contingencies have been released) averaged $270/sq.ft. for a 7,000 sq.ft. home (clearly lower $/sq.ft. because of the extra large size of the home).

Finally, sold homes averaged $378/sq.ft. for an average 2,639 sq.ft. home.

The total $/sq.ft. of all these homes is $369/sq.ft. for an average 2,813 sq.ft. home.

Now, keep in mind, these are today's statistics as of May 22, 2014.

And, truly, the bottom line is that all of these statistics will vary quite a bit when you look at the actual condition of the home, it's location, updates, etc.

I'd love to talk more about your needs, so please feel free to contact me anytime to discuss Westlake homes or any others.

Thanks so much, have a great day!

Brian Graver
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