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Sun May 29, 2016
judyallen answered:
how do you like Avalon walnut Creek, thinkin of moving to that area. sorry I can't help with child care question
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Tue Apr 26, 2016
Emily Mullins answered:
Hey, Please share some nice and affordable deals.
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Sat Jul 11, 2015
Simon Watson answered:
Call me, lived in walnut Creek for 14 years raising two teenagers,

Simon

Simon Watson
Keller Williams Realty-East Bay
VA Buyer Experts
(925) 286-7112
(510) 859-4773
BRE 01881304
simon@myrealtorsimon.com
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Wed Jan 14, 2015
Derrick Sly answered:
I'm interested to see what you find. We have been picky in choosing our daycare options and I know that not many people would hold businesses to the kinds of standards that we do. That being said, I'm sure there are some places around here that will work for us. The worst requirement we have is the hours we need. It's tough for places to comply with those.
http://www.akarrasel.com/
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Fri Nov 21, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Check local census data, also consider visiting the area more than once and perhaps chat with locals/neighbors.
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
Michael Mccutcheon answered:
No, good sense, weather, and parental involvement are the keys here. In the past 25 years, Trick or Treating is usually done by 8 PM.
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Thu Oct 11, 2012
Joe answered:
The downtown WC area with lots of apartments has a high percentage of Spanish speaking people. This area appears to be lower income. But I would not call it "bad". I feel comfortable parking my car in that area and do not fear it being broken in to or having the hubcaps stolen (I cannot say the same thing about Pittsburg, West Pittsburg, or parts of Concord). There is something magical about Walnut Creek. No matter who you are, there is a level of respect that people abide by. I have never seen graffitti in Walnut Creek. That tells you something. ... more
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Thu Oct 11, 2012
Joe answered:
Go to greatschools.net. It it like a Yelp review site for schools so take it with a grain of salt. Some people do not like Buena Vista as many non-English speaking kids attend there and the teachers spend all their energy just trying to bring them up to average level. ... more
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Tue Jan 10, 2012
Jayne Combs answered:
My husband has to go there several times a week from Walnut Creek. It takes him anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours depending on what time of the morning you leave. If he leaves at 6 it's 1 1/2 hours but if he leaves after 6:30 it's usually 2 hours. ... more
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Mon Oct 10, 2011
Mike McCutcheon answered:
I go from Walnut Creek to Alameda about 6 times a month. In the AM commute, I make it to Park St in around 20-25 minutes That is for an 8 AM appointment.. If the Nimitz is crowded, I take the Jackson Street off ramp and go down the surface streets to Park St. ... more
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Tue Nov 2, 2010
Stuart Mcafee answered:
April;
I feel your pain, I too live in the Cherry Lane neighborhood and have tried to refinance.
Here are the most recent sales in our neighborhood;
2600 Cherry Lane 4/3 on 2783 Sq. Ft. $832,000 sold 9-23-10
All other sales in our neighborhood were in 2009
55 Frances 3/2 1935 Sq. Ft. sold 3/30/09 for $815,000
23 Elmwood 3/2 1361 Sq. Ft. sold 9/23/09 for $645,000
15 Elmwood 4/3 2379 Sq. Ft. sold 10/13/09 for $750,000

If you or anyone you know wants to buy or sell a house, let me know.

Stuart McAfee
Empire Realty
925.899.2554
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Tue Oct 19, 2010
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
Hello,

I've got several blogs on Trulia offering free advice on BPOs and how to get into company systems. The certificate from the school is just another one of those places to spend time and money. Very few companies care about this sort of thing unless you are "certified" by a class they approve, which most of the time happens to be owned by them for an additional moneymaker. The 2 year requirement is getting to be more common, but don't give up. Plenty of the good companies will take you on with less than 2 years experience.

Here is a Trulia link for a full list of companies that are currently active:

http://www.trulia.com/blog/kevinolson/2010/09/bpo_company_list_a_good_one_broker_price_opinion_companies

Read some of my blogs on signing up, getting into the system is a simple process to get that 1st BPO.

Best Wishes,
Kevin
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Sat Nov 1, 2008
Dave Sutton answered:
I just pulled some numbers that may be of interest to you. These figures are all for only Brentwood, and only for homes with 5 or more bedrooms (is 5 enough for your family?)

There are currently 70 for sale, from $297,500 to $994,500
Of these,
three are under $300,000
29 are under $400,000
53 are under $500,000
59 are under $600,000

A little history may also be worthwhile

Since 7/1/08, there have been 81 sold, from $302,000 to $1,010,00 - the average was $436,127.
In the month of July, there were 28 sales, at a median $427,475
In the month of August, it was 19 sales, at a median $400,000
In the month of September, 22 sales, median $398,000
In the month of October 13 sales (though given the month ended yesterday all October sales may not yet be showing in the MLS) at a median $420,000.

Here's a suggestion that might better answer your neighborhood question.

There are two ways that might work for you, if you want to invest a few hours some day.

1) we could go preview 2-3 houses in each price range ($300-$300,00, $300-$400,000 etc.)
2) we could go preview 2-3 houses in each neighborhood you find potentially attractive.

I'm certainly willing to invest that time if it would be helpful to you. In today's market, it just makes no sense to me to rent. . Click on my picture for my contact information.
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Wed Sep 3, 2008
Bernard Gibbons answered:
You could get your renter to go to www.annualcreditreport.com and print out a credit report. This is free and is approved by the main credit reporting agencies.

Bernard Gibbons

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Bernard Gibbons, Realtor, e-PRO Certified Internet Specialist
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585
bernard@bernardgibbons.com
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Thu Jul 31, 2008
Sj209 answered:
The other answers are great. It depends on what part of WC. If you are going to the Kaiser area, you can take Danville Blvd/Main St and skip a lot of the worst traffic. If you are going to Cowell Rd or Clayton Rd then it will take 30-45 mins in the afternoon. With light traffic and depending where in WC/Pton you are heading, the trip can be made in 20mins but traffic is usually heavy during commute hours, even sometimes on weekends. ... more
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Mon Apr 28, 2008
Diane Wheatley answered:
If you know the name of the builder and they are still in business, depending upon the age of your home, you could contact them for their floorplans. I LOVE floorplans and have been collecting them for years. They are so much fun to hand out to a buyer that is purchasing a home that was built years back. Buyers just love them in their ability to see the layout and plan their furniture, etc. If your home is relatively newer you can check online with that builder's website and see if they have your plan online. Possibility! And of course, the city should have modification permits onfile if the home was remodeled. There is always the friendly neighbor approach. Locate a model match in your neighborhood and ask that owner if they might have a floorplan from their purchase. Maybe they will be kind enough to show you how their home is layed out. If you are not shy and bold enough to approach them. Good luck!! ... more
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