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Sun Aug 26, 2012
Dan Mengedoht answered:

I am a Realtor in Charleston, so naturally, Charleston is the place to be. We are about 1 hour from Bowman. There are great areas that are a little inland from Charleston that would be closer to Bowman, such as North Charleston and Summerville. I also see that you mentioned iceskating. In North Charleston, the Ice Palace is one of the only places in the area to ice skate. You have not metioned what line of work you will be in here, so I cannot address how Charleston may suit you for work, but we do have quite a vibrant and dynamic economy here. Charleston is continually voted one of the best places to live and one of the friendliest places.

If you would like more information on Charleston, I'd be happy to help you.
Best Regards,
Dan Mengedoht
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Thu Apr 24, 2008
Sheryl Lynn Johnson answered:
The entire city of Thousand Oaks is located in the Conejo Valley Unified School District. It's an excellent school district. How old are your children or child? I can send you information on the various schools in the area, or you can go onto my website and click on school information. My website is There are also some excellent private schools in the area as well, including Oaks Christian School, which is 6th grade through 12th grade. Let me know if I can answer any further questions for you. Blessings to your day ~ Sheryl Lynn Johnson ... more
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Mon Feb 3, 2014
Pam Winterbauer answered:

It is the desert and attracts a certain type of buyer. Typically properties are less expensive there.
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Mon Jan 18, 2010
Infinity Realty Network answered:
Stockton probably not your best bet. Tracy is a nicer area for that price. Modesto has good area with good schools, but all the cities will have there share of crime and gangs. Thats a tough one but with the right Realtor Im sure you could find the best bang for your buck with lowest level of crime.

Feel free to email me i would love to help

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Mon Mar 7, 2016
Donald J. Leske II answered:
Hi Joanna! :)

There is a lot of work with large companies like Microsoft and Boeing in this area plus Ft. Lewis and McChord AFB and many many smaller companies..., which means we have a great economy here. One thing you could do is to find an Agent who you feel comfortable with who will not rush you into anything, but give you some personal insights into the area so you can feel comfortable with the outcome. Some people who planned to move here decided to rent first until they could personally get around the area to see for themselves.

As for ownership, I am sure we all agree that this is a Buyers Market and thus a good time to buy. My wife and I bought three homes this year since prices are cheap right now, and we are working with a couple who want a condo or Loft in the downtown area.., which is being really fixed up nice now with tons of money being spent. As a Webmaster I know that there is great high speed connections where ever you go around here. When we moved here from California we loved the area right off the bat, with the snow capped Mt. Rainier towering above in the background where ever you are and the Puget Sound in your backyard for all types of marine enjoyment..., not to mention the Artists, Museums, Theaters, Performing Arts and wildlife galore, thus we are called The Evergreen State. Ahemmmm ok..., on the outskirts of town you can find great retreats, with cabins or small houses and studio/shops or outbuildings with fireplaces and tons of charm, and all within 15 to 30 minutes of town. Glad to tell you more anytime you like and be more specific. There are a few places to maybe be aware of with too much noise or other bothersome issues. You can actually go to the State and get a permit to cut firewood in the National Forest here for about $5.., Way cool. Snow in the mountains but very little ever down in Tacoma itself. We love it here!

What ever you and your husband decide to do, please let my wife and I be the first to Welcome you both to Washington State!

Warm regards,
Associate Broker / Realtor / Webmaster
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Tue Aug 2, 2016
Trulia Roger answered:
I'm not sure what the affordability is like these days (we sold our place in Long Beach almost a year ago), but you might want to try Belmont Heights and the East Side (not sure where the boundaries are). Most places south of 7th street, north of 2nd street, east of Walnut, and west of, say, Ximeno, are generally nice, well maintained, and (in my experience) safer than a lot of places in Long Beach. ... more
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Sun Mar 25, 2012
The Hagley Group answered:
There are a lot of great neighborhoods around Pomona. What is important? Easy freeway access? The airport? Schools? More info will help us better direct you.
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Fri Aug 28, 2009
Keith Sorem answered:
Tim, are you referring to the Woodlands in Texas? Or the Verdugo Woodlands in Glendale, CA?

Your questions in general are exactly on track. Although not a Woodlands, TX agent (I'm in Glendale, CA) I would like to offer a few investing tips that might help you.

If you don't own any investment property (let's say only your own home), one option is to purchase a new home where you live (upsize or downsize). Your basis -taxwise is low and if you have owned the property for a few years, you know about its maintenance, issues, etc. Plus, being local, you could manage it yourself. I see quite a few pluses to owning a rental near your area.

Let's look at purchasing rental property (regardless of area). I first suggest doing research. "The Millionaire Real Estate Investor" is a very good book that would be helpful. There is also a website called millionairesystems dot com that has some very helpful (and free) downloads referred to in the books, such as cost analysis spreadsheets, things like that.

I will summarize a few basic principles:
1. You will want to purchase in an area that has good, long term potential. Buying in a market that is down now is usually a good long-term strategy.
2. The specific purchase goes from city, to area, to neighborhood, to block, to property. One rule of thumb is that you will regret more purchases that you have made, than purchases you have not don't need to buy.
3. Buy at least 20% below market. You'll make money even if you need to sell it earlier than you thought.
4. I strongly recommend purchasing property you can manage. Paying a management company a 5% -10% fee to manage the property (plus have Q/A issues) is a dicey proposition.
4. Your question about current rents is right on. Also, look at future planned development. Is the area built out? What is the current inventory of SFRs?

5. Talk with a REALTOR in that area and get a handle on where the market is in the housing cycle. Every market is in a cycle.
6. Plan on long term. If you could purchase one home a year, buy leveraging the equity in those homes you should be able to create a nice retirement cash flow relatively easily...just know that markets go up and down.
6. Look at your personal tax picture. How will the properties' income and expense affect your tax base.

Lastly, your 20% down, cash flow question. I recommend running prospective properties through the spreadsheets I referenced earlier. Look also at pre-tax versus post-tax when assessing cash flow.
Also, look at expansion potential: Purchasing a run-down two bedroom in a nice neighborhood, then adding a third bed room and second bath, then fixing it up overall, will net you a handsome profit almost anywhere. The cost of construction is almost always less than the cost of purchase...again, do your homework.

Hope this is helpful.
Good luck
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Thu Apr 17, 2008
Laurie Manny answered:
In Long Beach we have a variety of luxury condominiums. There are lovely, full service high rise downtown condos, many with ocean views, some on the sand. In Spinnaker there are lovely townhomes on the canals with available dockage. Marina Pacifica, on the Naples Canals provides luxury in a more affordable environment, dockage available here also. Prices are down and luxury condos are available, it is a great time to buy... ... more
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Sun Nov 11, 2007
David duPont answered:
The neighborhoods of Mill Valley have witnessed very strong support during the last year or two of softening national market. Prices have continued their slow and steady rise [primarily driven by low supply and high demand. Marin County is beautiful, safe, very clean, close to the best city in the county, close to things people like to do (Sail, hike, bike, surf, windsurf, kitesurf, etc) and there is very liimited development expansion opportunities. ... more
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