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Listing Spec…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Tue Oct 30, 2012
Listing Specialist- Mona Koussa answered:
Hi AC,

Since schools are your top priority you certainly have a lot of choices for all 3 cities you're targeting. Im not sure if you wanted to be walking distance to schools or just a short drive because that will determine the areas and neighborhoods I can recommend.

In addition, there are some fantastic sites which identify schools by api scores and ratings. My website has a schools link: and also try:

Also, if you visit my website, I have identified neighborhoods in detail by city. This will hopefully give you an idea of the types of homes you can consider when house shopping.

Hope you find this information helpful.


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Meena Gujral, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Sun Mar 27, 2016
Meena Gujral answered:
Hello Erica,

If you have kids and need areas of good schools, then your choices are Pleasanton, San Ramon, Castro Valley and Fremont.

As far as being close to SFO, Fremont (Zip Code 94555) and Castro Valley are better choices since they are close to the Dumbarton and San Mateo Bridges respectively.

I used to live in Castro Valley for several years and it is a great city.The weather is good and there is plenty of family orientated events going on in the city. In your price range, you can focus on Palomares Hills and Five Canyons. We lived in Five Canyons and the homes there wer built built between 1995-2001.My children went to the schools in Castro Valley and we were very happy with the schools.

If you need any more information about any of these cities mentioned above, I would be happy to answer your questions.

Meena Gujral
Achievers Realty
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Steve Mohseni, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Mon Oct 8, 2012
Steve Mohseni answered:
This would be a great question to ask 73,000+ people living in San Ramon and over 71,000 people living in Pleasanton.
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Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Thu Oct 11, 2012
Cindy Davis answered:
Both are absolutely lovely middle class suburbs. I am quite sure that the commute time is going to depend on the day/time,/accidents, etc.
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Scott Miller, Real Estate Pro in Brentwood, CA
Mon Oct 1, 2012
Scott Miller answered:
They build a good home. I don't have enough info to comment on their bond charges.
From what you explain, I think it stinks.
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Steven Ornel…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Thu Sep 27, 2012
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi Vayu,

I believe your Agent may have misspoke or you misunderstood a comment your agent made. Attendance schools are assigned by the School District; in this case, San Ramon Valley USD. You cannot unilaterally send your child to any school in the County.

In addition, as can be seen at the San Ramon Valley USD website below:

"*Please note: Many schools and grade levels are impacted by growth and students may not be able to attend their resident school. Please contact your resident attendance area school for further information and to verify the address."

One way to facilitate your new home search is to take a peek at
Based on property address, SchoolAndHousing provides attendance area schools (Public, Private and Daycares) along with useful performance statistics and other information.

They also have a mobile application, which is quite handy when you are viewing homes! Just access on your mobile phone to download the app.

Before making an offer you should call the School District to CONFIRM the schools the property will feed to!

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The Medford…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Wed Sep 26, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
Those of us expecting a slow market in 2012 were jolted by the sudden buying frenzy that began at the beginning of March … that hasn’t slowed since. It seems that everyone got the memo at the same time: “Prices are finally at the bottom and interest rates are at record lows – buy now or miss out.”

Buyers hit the streets like a swarm of ants to a picnic – and existing inventory was carried off in a few short weeks. Sellers have not stepped up to replenish supply for a number of reasons – many are still under water, others, seeing the market surges, are hoping to ride it to new highs and cash out when it peaks – whenever that is. Bottom line: we’re in a housing famine and will continue to be so until we get more inventory.

I personally believe that the sharp increases in housing prices are not economy driven – they are instead the result of a lack of inventory – it’s simple supply and demand economics.

It appears that new home builders, standing on the sidelines for the past few years, have decided it makes sense to get back in the game. I agree.

Here are a few posts (written for the Central County market, but still applicable to the Central Valley) that will help you understand what has been going on in the current market and some potential consequences:

Cash Offers Overheat Housing Market

Central County Sellers’ Market Goes ‘Insane’

Midwest Drought Mirrors Current Housing Market

You ask, “There are a lot of new homes being constructed in Dublin, CA. Can someone explain the potential impact on the housing prices in Pleasanton and San Ramon?”

As I mentioned above, current pricing surges are the result of a lack of inventory. To make matters worse, cash buyers have entered the market and are making it almost impossible for FHA and VA buyers to purchase a home. MANY buyers have left the market in total frustration and are waiting for a game changer of some kind. New home builders may be the answer.

Cash buyers typically do not buy new homes, leaving a window of opportunity for those who see no other way of getting into the market. Builders accept the types of loans (FHA, VA) other regular sellers are currently not interested in. I believe the flow of new homes to the market in Dublin will help alleviate some of the pent up pressure and frustration of buyers who are having a hard time getting a home any other way. In addition, for those who prefer newer homes or more contemporary styles, new homes represent the ideal choice.

I personally believe that we will see a slight slowing in market volatility as new homes help meet some of the projected need, but do not anticipate a reduction in pricing in either Pleasanton or San Ramon. There simply aren’t enough new homes being built to meet the entire need. Additionally, while many want a new home, they don’t want the commute into the East and South Bay – so they are looking for homes in places closer to where they work.

If we see DO a slowing of market dynamics and corresponding reductions in prices, I believe it will be the result of other market forces – we have an election in a relatively short period of time, we are entering the fall season where the market typically cools and there is still vast uncertainty as to the impact Europe’s economic woes will have on the US housing market.
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Ali Qureshi, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Sun Dec 1, 2013
Ali Qureshi answered:
Hi Lak Lam,

Rentals are extremely hot in San Ramon, especially Gale Ranch Area. Based on where the market is at, I would say for a town home that you have described, you can expect to rent it for around $2750/month. ... more
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Shane Milne, Real Estate Pro in South Jordan, UT
Wed Sep 26, 2012
Shane Milne answered:
You can search for property tax rates in all of Contra Costa County on the Contra Costa County Treasurer's website located at - just enter in the address you are interested in and it'll come up with the current property tax amount, as well as the property tax rate which is important if you are trying to estimate what property taxes will be based on a certain sales price. Everywhere in California starts off with a 1% base levy tax rate, and then often there are additional municipal taxes & special assessments on top of that.

Shane Milne | Lending in all 50 states | NMLS #81195
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Dayna Wilson, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Wed Oct 10, 2012
Dayna Wilson answered:
That is why non-profit fund-raising groups like P.E.A.K. which I am a board member for, are so vitally importantt. My children are in these fine schools and are receiving an excellent eduation. They are A students, not sure what else I could ask for? Also have the ability to be involved in community volunteering, Mock Trial, and sports. Their older friends are going to colleges such as CAL, Stanford and the Ivy League schools.

A portion of a letter from the Northgate Principal sent earlier this week:
...What really matters? Northgate students have always done fairly well on test scores, and our students are accepted at some of the finest schools in the world. These are measures, by which the outside world often judges a school, but they tell us little about the quality of the thinking, or tasks the students are doing every day in every class. I believe the measure of an excellent school is the ability of the teacher to challenge the student to think and reflect on the curriculum, growing in their mastery of the subject matter, and using this mastery to solve problems in authentic or "real world" settings. My goal at Northgate is to develop a rich academic program filled with "authentic" learning experiences that will challenge students to do more than just memorize facts; they will use these facts to solve problems in the discipline of study. We are doing this both in classrooms and with the introduction of new programs, some of these include:

Sports medicine program
Mock Congress for all Senior students
Senior Project which includes a rigorous research paper and a public presentation of the project
Robotics program with students building a robot and competing in the National Robotics tournament
Mock Trial teams competing in the Contra Costa Mock Trial tournament
Model United Nations team competing in numerous MUN tournaments
All of our performing arts programs and athletic teams
Engineering Academy
Veterinary Science
Art and Design Academy
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Jim Simms, Real Estate Pro in Louisville, KY
Tue Sep 24, 2013
Jim Simms answered:
I would wait awhile, at least until interest rates go back to normal. Doing it now would only save about $750,000 over 30 years.

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
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Sally Blaze, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Sat Jan 26, 2013
Sally Blaze answered:
Judging the commute is a very personal assessment as we all have our own tolerance for traffic. On a high level you will find that Monday morning and Friday afternoon congestion is generally the heaviest and most traveled periods of the week. Of course, the first rain of the season often creates more traffic, as does road work or accidents.

Traffic on 680 is from Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and many other communities, all trying to get to Fremont, Milpitas, San Jose, and cities on the peninsula.

I suggest to clients that they invest in a one or two night hotel stay somewhere near by and drive to / from work or to / from their "new home". This might be a good strategy for you to try.

Hope this helps.

Sally Blaze
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Debbie Olson, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Wed Jun 11, 2014
Debbie Olson answered:

check this site for great info on flooring with pets. Will help guide you for resale purposes.

Debbie Olson
Sotheby's International Realty
360 Diablo Road
Danville, CA 94526
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Monica Goyal…,  in Cupertino, CA
Sat Dec 5, 2015
Monica Goyal DRE # 01781926 answered:
Charles said it right on dot!

Be careful and remember if its too good to be true, it is not real. If you are getting anything below market, there is a catch to it. If it is not a scam, there might be other reasons for the property to be below market.

Good luck!
Monica Goyal
Coldwell Banker
DRE 01781926
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Bernard Gibb…, Real Estate Pro in Danville, CA
Wed Nov 21, 2012
Bernard Gibbons answered:
You really never know what is going on during the course of a transaction. It may be that everything you were told was correct but subsequent inspections may have revealed a sufficiently serious defect to justify the sale price being renegotiated. ... more
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Ramon Concep…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Wed Sep 12, 2012
Ramon Concepcion answered:
There are a lot of great homes in Pleasanton up to $600,000. The Val Vista and Valley Trails Communities are great places to live. There are some concerns in all of Pleasanton regarding foundation issues. You see Pleasanton used to be swamp like farm land. So the soil can be very soft which could potentially lead to foundation issues. As with any home in an area with soft soil, it's best to keep an eye on the subfloor area under the home for signs of damp ground when there hasn't been any rain in a long time such a now. The best way to find this out is during your Inspections.

In my experience I've seen homes with foundation issues in those areas, and then two doors away there are no such issues. So to plainly say an entire community has foundation issues would be exaggerating. If you like a community, and the homes fit what your looking for and meet your price range, then find a home you like, get an accepted offer, and perform the proper inspections that will give you the piece of mind that you made a sound decision. Also remember that you have a Contingency period to make a decision to withdrawl from the purchase with no recourse per the California Residential Purchase Agreement.

Good luck,

Ramon Concepcion
Better Homes and Gardens Tri Valley Realty
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Debra (Debbi…, Real Estate Pro in Livingston, NJ
Thu May 15, 2014
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
unfortunately, there is often a lot of lip service provided online that some agents will do us all proud, and live up to.......and some, sadly, will not.

As the saying goes, you may need to kiss a lot of a few agents first...........get a sense of how responsive and professional they are.

You can even ask for references from apst buyers.......and...........if you're not comfortable, or feel your best interests are not being represented or not hesitate to move onto the next agent!!

(do not sign any agreement that will keep you from moving onto someone new - if asked to sign an exclusive buyer's agent agreement - make sure you have a out clause)

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Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Mon Aug 27, 2012
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Welcome back.

Besides price/square foot and commute as your criteria, what are your other criteria?

Do you have school-age children in which case school districts may play a role?
Since you prefer newer homes but would consider older homes, how old? Are you open to renovated Victorians?
Do you prefer living in the city, versus the suburbs?
What amenities are important to you?
Do you prefer detached single family homes, or would you consider duets, townhouses?

This question was posted in San Leandro --- so if you would like to have a view, then presumably you're open to living in the hills?

Similarly, Fremont also has several newer you may consider living there to make your husband's commute easier. Or do you prefer NOT to be in the same city?

If you'll itemize the various criteria that are important to you, then we can narrow your search to cities that will offer the most based on your requrements. Let me know how I may help.

If you're looking in San Ramon --- there are several new communities, but many are farther away and as such driving to the interstate (for commuters) there would be added minutes to the commute.
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Steve Mohseni, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Mon Aug 13, 2012
Steve Mohseni answered:
Seller and the agents in a transaction are required to disclose any information that materially impacts the value of a property, hence some of the above information should be disclosed as part of the routine disclosures. Having said that you as a buyer are encouraged to do your own due diligence and investigations i.e. you may contact loan police department and ask them about the crime rates and incidents. You can knock on the neighbors' doors and get to know the area better to satisfy yourselves as some of these concerns are relative....different people find it different. Do you own due diligence.....purchasing a home is a big investment,

Best of luck,
Steve Mohseni
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Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Thu Aug 9, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
You may find that a 3 bedroom SFR is about the same as a Townhouse when you factor in the HOA fees:
I would recommend looking at both.

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