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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Brian LeBars answered:
I can answer it from a perspective from mortgage application activity. It is extremely busy. If you are an investor there are options now if you have more than 4 financed properties that was severely limited before. If you have any questions call me anytime.

I work with some of the top agents in San Ramon if you would like me to have them prepare you an analysis of the areas you are interested!
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Thu Mar 9, 2017
Jeremy Pierce answered:
I would definitely check out Woodcroft and Hope Valley Farms area near Southpoint Mall on the Southwest part of Durham. I'd be glad to help if you're not already working with someone!

Jeremy Pierce
Keller Williams Realty Cary
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Thu Mar 29, 2012
Kevin Ho answered:
Congrats I think? Parking from private folks with extra garages avergae about $200-$250/month.. Best places to find them are Craigslist or word of mouth.
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Tue Aug 14, 2012
Susan Bo'ur answered:
Good morning,
There are many great neighborhoods within a 30 minute commute or less to Beverly Hills within your price point.
Westwood has many beautiful homes as well as Trousdale area near Mar Vista.
If you would like to give me your email address I can send you some property info sheets for you to look at.
Or feel free to call me at (310) 600-4240
I'd be more than happy to help you.
Susan Bo'ur Realtor
Coldwell Banker
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Sun Mar 18, 2012
Linda Landry answered:
YPC speak with a local real estate agent and obtain contact information for a loan officer who can advise you specifically based on your financial situation after discerning how much you would like to pay monthly (PITI=Payment,Interest,taxes,insurance).
This will assist you in determining how much you need to contribute as a down payment as well as how much money you will need to reserve for closing costs.
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Mon Mar 26, 2012
Andrew Song answered:
everywhere....overall market is on arise.
For now the outer rim is seeing a surge since it was slammed hardest....long run, central and "desired" neighbor would follow the most hit.
I see that you are writing from San Francisco area...
much as people might want to live in Noe Valley, price may not be low enough for general confidence.
However, Daly City or Oakland may be priced more comfortably for current market confidence.
As confidence goes up, public would be more likely and willing to pay more for convenience and for neighborhood.
Depending on your objective, their is home for everyone!
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Fri Feb 20, 2015
Sinead McAllister answered:
Hi Jasmyne,
A one bedroom in that price range is definitely possible almost anywhere. It is really going to depend on where you would like to (sometimes) live. Feel free to contact me directly and I would be happy to send you a sample of what is out there so we can narrow your search down and find you the perfect home!

Sinead McAllister
McAllister Homes Real Estate
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Linda Homer answered:
Inventory is low compared to last year, and properties that are priced right do sell immediately. You may want to look a little higher. Some properties in the higher range may come down. What are you looking for - area, square footage, etc.? I would be happy to email you properties that fit your needs as they come on the market and pitch your needs to other agents that may have listings coming on the market.

Feel free to contact me at or my office phone is 707-636-1612 and cell is 707-328-0125. I would be happy to work with you to find a home that fits your needs.

Linda Homer, CRS GRI
Broker Associate
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Lise Howe answered:
Meet with a lender that you trust to make sure that you know what you can afford and what closing costs are likely to be so you know what to budget for. Once you know what you can afford, then think in terms of what your comfort level is. You never want to be house poor.

Find an agent that you trust and is experienced in working with first time home buyers. I love working with first time homebuyers and think that my legal background is particularly useful. Remember that this should be all about you. Run, do not walk, to the nearest exist if you feel that the agent is pushing you to make a decision before you are ready to purchase.

Take several months to "try on the market." Explore neighborhoods and look at different properties without thinking of any of them as your future home. You should become knowledgeable about neighborhoods, prices, values, and possibilities. Then when you see that perfect home you will be ready to jump on it. Good properties go quickly. If you don't have confidence in your knowledge of the market, you will pass up that perfect home!

Live in the stage of life that you are in now. You may be married in five years or have three children in ten years. BUT, you may not. Pick your home for where you are now - not where you think you may be later. Buy well so that there is a chance for future appreciation - and enjoy! I would love to talk with you further. Just give me a call for a recommendation to an agent in San Francisco if you aren't moving here to DC and happy hunting! Lise
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Tue May 13, 2014
David Tapper answered:
Most of the agents on this forum will tell you the first thing you should do is get pre-approved for a loan so you will know what you qualify for and also what you can afford.

You may be qualified for more money than what you are comfortable paying for so make sure to ask how much your payments will be.

You should also find an agent to work with. The best way other than this forum is to get a personal referral from a friend, relative or co-worker.

One of the most important things you need to find out is if you communicate well with your agent, because the buying process could take months. Don't work with an agent who makes you feel like you "HAVE" to make a decision.

Lastly, the home should sell itself. Your agent should be there as an advocate for you, to make sure you get the proper inspections, negotiate the price and navigate the contract.

If you need some information on first time home buying, feel free to email me and I will send you an item of value that will explain the process.


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Thu Mar 8, 2012
Susan Zongker answered:
Dear Just Looking, Your question cannot be answered in just a few lines with everything involved in buyer a home. Sounds like you may be giving consideration to moving from San Francisco to Charlotte. You probably would want to look into an FHA type loan since those are geared toward a first time buyer. They offer a little more flexibility in many ways. Hopefully you have or are saving up some money for your downpayment and other closing costs and keeping your credit squeaky clean. You'll of course need a permanent job. Best to get yourself preapproved before you start looking for anything by a local lender. I would be happy to talk with you further if you decide to come this way. Sincerely, Susan ... more
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Erin Thompson answered:
Chris - there isn't one "coolest" or "hippest" neighborhood in San Francisco. Each neighborhood has it's own character that makes it unique. That's what makes San Francisco so fun. Some the neighborhoods with the most activity for young professionals are North Beach, Mission, Hayes Valley, Marina, Russian Hill. Check out SFGate's neighborhood guide for a better idea of which one is right for you. ... more
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Wed Mar 7, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
Those are 2 tough commutes! You can be closer to Cal Train living in SOMA or Mission Bay. Have you considered Lake or Central/inner Richmond? They will be more central to both your commutes and are great neighborhoods.

Lake / Richmond:

SOMA / Mission Bay:

Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Tue Mar 20, 2012
Jan Maddock answered:
San Francisco is an area of diverse micro climates. They generally divide by North Bay, East Bay, South Bay and Peninsula. The Peninsula is what most people think of when mentioned San Francisco. It is Foggy in the summer and warm in the spring with very little rain in the winter temperatures generally range from 50's to 70's. The other parts of the San Francisco Bay area have less fog, more heat and more rain depending on how far away from the water you are.

Hope this helps. Why do you ask??
Jan Maddock
Prudential CA Reatly
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Wed Feb 22, 2012
Kevin Ho answered:
I see you're writing from the Inner Sunset. I used to live in this neighborhood so I know it quite well. I both drove downtown and took the muni
as well - specifically, the N-Judah train, which is supposed to be one of the more frequently run lines in the city.

Driving took about 30 to 45 minutes consistently each day. Muni fluctuated from a minimum of 20 minutes to a maximum of 90 minutes at times. Of course, you'd have to factor in that you have to pay for parking in some cases and gas. However, the Muni fare, while inexpensive by comparison, comes with the externalities too - i.e., other passengers etc.

Thinking about it as a realtor, commuting and access to public transit is just one factor in the mix. Like the Muni, inconsistency and variety is the name of the game. Sometimes clients don't care, other times clients want to as far away from a Muni rail line as possible and others insist upon being near to Muni or Bart. Most realtors will focus on a location's Walk Score instead. Take a look at to see and Hope that helps!
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Thu Jul 26, 2012
Rich Bennett answered:

they're very different areas. One big question is: what kind of neighborhood are you looking for? No agent can predict or guarantee value. We've seen values go up and down in Sf over the years.

Potrero is a beautiful old beighborhood where SOMA is more industrial and dense. Mission Bay is contemporary. Does convenience to mass transit or the highway play a role in your decision?

I'd be happy to talk to you more about what exactly you're trying to archieve.



Rich Bennett, Realtor in SF since 2002

Zephyr Real Estate
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Mon Feb 20, 2012
Lance King answered:

You are probably likely to find more in the mission, and costs vary. I used to live in the Mission and I needed temporary parking for a few months while doing construction work and found one on Craigslist within a couple of days.

There are also larger parking garages that lease space by the month. As far as cost goes, generally speaking private parking will be in the $200's per month and a garage will be over $300.

I also found this parking search engine - - that seems to have a lot but I cannot vouch for its accuracy.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Wed May 9, 2012
Eric J Soderlund answered:
In this market you will have to be more specific. I live in an area where some neighborhoods are increasing a bit while other are flat or still declining some. Get together with a realtor and discuss areas and price ranges that interest you. They will be able to give you detailed information regarding pricing.

Best Regards,

Eric Soderlund
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
val krysov answered:
Hi Emili,
If you work at Stanford and for some reason decide to live somewhere else (and the main one is it is very expensive), I would consider Foster City, San Mateo, Belmont etc. First of all, commute between those cities and Stanford are much easier then between Half Moon Bay and Stanford. And schools in Foster City (especially) are VERY good - elementary and middle.
Please see what is available on my website or give me a call at 415.385-8949
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Mon Apr 16, 2012
Steve Dawson answered:
The agent who sells your home in San Jose most likely will not know the San Ramon market and hence will not be able to service you in the way that is best for you. If it were me, I would use the agent who sells know San Jose and use another agent who knows the San Ramon market and sells a lot in the area to help you purchase your home. ... more
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