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Home Buying in Willow Glen : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Mar 23, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:

There are several ways to search for these in San Jose. I usually search in our MLS in the Multi-Unit category. What areas and price are you looking for please? You can email me from my profile.

Kind regards,

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Tue Dec 29, 2015
Christine Benicaso answered:
Hi There...You can never go wrong with investing in the WG area. This area holds its value. Our Team just sold a townhouse in WG over asking a few weeks ago and we are seeing the market pick back up even now just after Christmas. Our office is in WG if you need assistance let me know... I am a Buyers Agent my due diligence is to get you the house you want at the price you want:) Best Wishes and Happy 2016 ... more
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Fri Nov 20, 2015
Sam Shueh answered:
Sun May 10, 2015
Alexander Greer answered:
The average sale price in Willow Glen is around 950K.

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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Sat Nov 30, 2013
mary.raj2011 asked:
This question was asked from this property:
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hi Mary:

The home in which you're interested is part of the Sunburst HOA. And, yes, so far as I recollect, they do, in fact, allow pets within the community. Check the CC&Rs to determine how many pets are allowed within each unit.

As for inside laundry and air conditioning, again, check the CC&Rs to determine if this is allowed. If you are the lucky person who purchased this home, your Realtor should be there to help you review and understand the HOA's rules and procedures.

Good luck!
Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates & Homes
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Tue Aug 27, 2013
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hi David,

As the others have already mentioned, we can tell, from the public records, that there is currently a $1M loan on the property from 2006. We cannot tell you the current amount due on the home because that information is NOT publicly available--it is known only to the homeowner and the mortgage or lending institution.

Many times, buyers try to work "backwards" into a fair price by first determining what is owed on the home and then adding an "appreciation" rate to the property to arrive at, what the buyer's believes, is a fair return on the seller's investment. While this would work great for, say, stock or bonds where value cannot be added by the holder to the asset, it doesn't actually work for the purchase a home.

Sellers typically pay for repairs and renovations for any home directly from their own bank accounts, so such improvements do not show up in the cost of owning, maintaining and improving the home. This home, for example, has had a roof change, and work on the pool--from what I can see versus the home's profile back when it was last sold. This is why, as Realtors, we tend to use comparable sales data in the area to determine the price of a home. This property, located in the Dry Creek area of Campbell, is in a highly desired section of Campbell, and will likely find buyer at a price well above what a pure investor would calculate as a reasonable return on any home.

If you are represented by a Realtor, these are questions to ask your own agent rather than the agents on this forum. If you don't yet have a Realtor, give the agents here a call to interview and have one help you find and procure a great home. You won't be sorry if you do!

Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates & Homes
Buyer Rebates Up to 1/2 of the Realtor's Commission and Low 1% Listings to Sellers
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Tue Jul 23, 2013
Bbop243 answered:
Send to a friend to see this house
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Sat Jun 22, 2013
Sam Shueh answered:
PETS-under 35 # one.
inside laundry yes. They all do.
#B18 close to VMC

Sam Shueh
Keller Williams Realty-Cupertino
(408) 425-1601

PS: There is a new renovation fee charged by HOA around ~$3K. Hoa fee now is $340/mo. ... more
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Tue Jun 11, 2013
Alan Zapien answered:
Hello Mike,
The average price for an addition really depends on what kind of finishes you are looking for.
You are probably going to be in the neighborhood of 250.00 SQ. FT.
Standard grade finishes.
If you have any more questions feel free to give me a call
Al with Al's Remodeling
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Thu Feb 21, 2013
Shirley Cheng answered:
It's been tough for all the buyers. just be patient and you'll find one soon. As you're waiting and putting down offers, keep saving your pennies since a lot of sellers are looking for the person who has the best offer and a larger downpayment. Since it tells them that the offer will go through and they will more likely choose yours over the others. ... more
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Jinaye Conley answered:
Bon Bon,

I'm confident that I can assist you! Call me today at 408-497-6528 and let's review your search criteria. Purchasing anew home has different characteristics vs. a resale. Your question was spot
on about Olsen Homes! The first thing that you want to insure is the validity of the new home builder. I can assist you in identifying financial and previous client statistsics that will insure your purchase.

Jinaye Conley
The Conley Real Estate Group
Top 1% Northern California Real Estate
Corporate Headquarters
Post Office Box 2206
Saratoga, CA 95070
Direct: 408-497-6528

Websites: ca/2200-jinaye-conley/

We realize that all accomplishments are based on the foundation that others have established…..
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Tue Jan 15, 2013
Miekeba Jones answered:
Hi Amy, There could be many reasons why the price went down. Maybe it was overpriced to begin with and the seller agreed to decrease the price. Have your Realtor ask the listing agent. ... more
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Mon Jul 23, 2012
R Jog answered:
If you want a Willow Glen like neighborhood but are commuting to Rivermark or Mountain View, check out the Rose Garden and/or Shasta Hanchett areas. You will reduce your commute by 10 or 15 mins. ... more
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Thu Jul 5, 2012
J answered:
This question is a few years old, but the answer is timeless and applies to many Trulia users.
One way to evaluate an agent on Trulia is to look at his or her profile, look at their postings (if any), and go to their website. It is also helpful to meet agents in person to determine if your personality styles mesh well together. After all, it is likely that you will be spending a great deal of time together and you want an agent that you are comfortable with. Some agents specialize in buyers, some specialize in sellers, but most agents work with buyers and sellers.
Happy House Hunting!
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Mon Mar 15, 2010
Sara Greenwood answered:
Hi W.H.B.

As a Willow Glen RE Specialist, I would say that it's possible. You will not be able to find a perfect home. With a $320K purchase price you will be buying a single family home in pretty rough shape. You may be able to find an older townhome/condo in basic shape. You may want to consider the neighboring areas such as Cambrian, Rosemary Gardens, North SJ. Again, the house you purchase for under $350K will not be in move-in condition, or in the best area of WG.

Good luck

Sara Greenwood
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Fri Sep 11, 2009
CJ Brasiel answered:
Bon Bon -

I like the Almaden Walk homes. I think the south end of Willow Glen is coming along well. I have seen the models and the pros to the homes are size, newness, contemporary styling and the Willow Glen address. In my opinion the down sides are; tri-level, views off the back side of the house is the next units garage, parking, and Guadalupe Creek.

The City of San Jose had plans to create a "river walk" trail along the Guadalupe but with the change in the economy, who knows when that will actually happen. Beautifying that side of the street would help the Almaden Walk area.

If California re-instates the $10K tax credit for the new developments, I believe the deal making could happen. Best to ask a lot of questions of the builder and what help they can offer with closing costs. I think the 5-10 year plan is a good one.

Unfortunately, I have had no personal experience with Olsen Homes to be able to comment on the quality of their development or their sales services.
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Wed Jul 22, 2009
Eric Nelson III answered:

You have many things to consider here.

I would recommend getting a loan pre approval, which may allow you more flexibility with your price point.

How much upgrading are you intending and comfortable with?

Most Willow Glen and Cambrian homes are 30-40 years old and would likely produce a great buy in the current market.

It is a good idea to get oriented with the lending requirements to ensure that a fixer upper purchase will still qualify with banks in today's lending market.

I am happy to review options with you from the loan perspective as well as recommend an agent to connect you with.


Eric Nelson
Broker/Senior Mortgage Planner
The Honte Group

Real Estate Broker - CA. Dept of Real Estate - License #01763070
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Tue Jul 14, 2009
Diane Drewke answered:
I agree with Bill you can not read to much into this. You have illustrated an excellent problem when it comes to marketing. Words that you use to attract one person can turn off or confuse another person.

What I think of as a child friendly backyard is one that does not have hazards and children can play it reasonably safely. It could be fenced in, have no poisonous plants, not have a fountain, have no swimming pool, or if it does have one that is fenced in with safety fencing,

I know quite a few people who do not have children and live in Willow Glen and LOVE IT! Some of them are in walking distance to the downtown which has a variety of shops and restaurants. They stay out late have a few drinks and walk home.

I do not think you need be concerned that there is any desire on the sellers part for people with children . Just an effort to try to make the property as attractive and get as many people to come by and see it as possible.

Diane Drewke
Intero Real Estate Services
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