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Thu Feb 11, 2016
Rich Bennett answered:
Hi Ken-

Bernal is a great area. Still connected to the "City" it allows those wanting to own their own home to do so while feeling like they're a part of SF. Adjacent to the Mission and Noe Valley, Bernal has lots of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Cortland is their main drag "downtown". Bernal is also close to the freeways so if you communte for work, it's a perfect location. There's often fixers available in Bernal for much less than $1M, depending on how much work you want to do.

I'd be happy to help you more. Just give a shout.

Welcome to SF!

Rich Bennett, Realtor

Zephyr Real Estate
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Sat Oct 29, 2011
Bruce Jay 40 Years EXP! answered:
Hi...definately the Los Feliz area...please let us know if we can help!
Bruce Jay Associates 323-660-3600
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Sun Nov 20, 2011
Wed Feb 22, 2012
Steve Curtis answered:
Hi Elaine ... the short answer is that the schools in all of the communities you mention are top notch. I am most familiar with those in Lafayette, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Alamo and Danville and all do quite well. If your husband will be working downtown he may want to consider BART rather than driving. If that is the case then Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek will have the added benefit of close proximity to the BART stations that will take him directly to SF

As to renting vs buying most areas are experiencing an increase in renters and therefore a decrease in rentals that are also becoming more expensive. If you are thinking this is a short term move (it will take us about 2 years to convert you into honorary CA natives) then you might want to consider renting because while prices are very low (relatively speaking) the rate of appreciation is such that it could take a few years to cover any future relocation costs.
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Sun Nov 20, 2011
Angela White answered:
The primary reason for the difference in appreciation and home value pricing with Fremont vs. Cupertino is Cupertino is Peninsula living and Fremont is East Bay living. East Bay living has lower appreciation because it is a different lifestyle. Those willing to live in Fremont are willing to live in many other communities. Those wanting to live in Cupertino, only want to live in Cupertino.

Pros and Cons I will be happy to explain to you in person.

Answer 3 is no, not really, as there are older townhomes in Rivermark area. It is proximity to Peninsula living which is entirely different than East Bay living.
If you are ready to purchase, I have an 3 available client openings in my schedule at the moment.

Angela White
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Tue Oct 11, 2011
Houda Tanverakul answered:
Hello Homebuyer,

What school would your children be going to? What age are they? and What do they enjoy as far as dining, hiking, clubs and etc.Please answer thoses quetions so I can recommend neighberhoods.
Thank you.
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Wed Jan 11, 2012
Sam Dingus answered:
Yvonne, It's never too early to start looking. Most people make a hobby of checking new listing every so often to see what's new. The earlier you start looking, the greater the chance to find a really good deal before you HAVE to move. ... more
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Fri Sep 30, 2011
Rich Bennett answered:
Hi Amy-

That all depends on what kind of lifestyle you want and what your packetbook can afford. Are you looking for an urban setting that is walkable to shops, restaurants, etc. or are you looking for something more "residential" and quiet? Are you looking to rent or to buy? Will you be commuting for work so is proximity to the freeway/BART/Caltrain important?



Rich Bennett, Realtor

Zephyr Real Estate
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Mon Oct 31, 2011
Lance King answered:

There are 27 listings for single family in the city under $300K and two under $200K, but those two are in rough neighborhoods. $160K isn't going to get you much unless you go pretty far outside the city. Looking at condos will get you closer in, but unless you're willing to live in rough neighborhoods it will still be a commute.

I would touch base with an east bay agent and see what they can do for you
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Wed Apr 11, 2012
Jeanne (Genie) Barfield answered:
You do not have to go too far to find out some information:
This is as good as information you are going to get. It is all speculations.
If you go to the green navigation bar at the top of the Trulia site you can
look at the local info for San Jose.
If you are a seller and do not have to move, your best bet is to wait. Just
remember it will not get better over night.
I can't remember a mess like we have now in my past 28 years as a Realtor.
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Mon Sep 10, 2012
Don Tepper answered:
That largely depends on the single female. (Though--and I don't mean to be insensitive--if you're walking alone in Potrero Hill late at night, is it going to make any difference whatsoever if you're single, engaged, married, or in a commited relationship?)

A suggestion: Go up in the area for a couple of nights . . . in a car. Stay in your car. Take a look around. Get a sense of what's going on. Are there other unaccompanied women walking around? Are there other folks who would either increase or decrease your comfort level? Is the area patrolled by police? Your level of comfort or discomfort is uniquely yours. What your reaction to what you see might be quite different from someone else's.

Hope that helps.
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Thu Sep 1, 2011
Oggi Kashi answered:

I would recommend Noe Valley, Lake, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific, Presidio & Laural Heights for starters. A lot will depend on the schools you would like to choose for your children. Here is a link for schools:

As for property search, here is a link for reliable listing information:

Feel free to contact me directly for more specific information and guidance.

All the best,

Oggi Kashi
Paragon Real Estate Group
CA DRE 01844627
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Thu Sep 1, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety concerns, for accurate and up to the minute information contact the local authorities; if unfamiliar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.... ... more
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Sat Jul 21, 2012
Madeline Schaider answered:
San Anselmo, CA is one of the most charming towns located in Marin County, just N. of San Francisco. It's noted for it's small town character, excellent schools, culture, and weather. Marin County overall is one of the most affluent counties in the country overall - the small towns are noted for their character and beauty.
The median list price in SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960 this week is $799,000. The 67 properties have
been on the market for an average of 94 days. Here is a link to this week's RE trends with lots of good information:

If you need any more information regarding San Anselmo, please call!
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Thu Aug 18, 2011
Brenda Feria answered:
We say in real estate that people buy features, not houses. I had a client who bought a 4 car garage and a house. The house was secondary for him.

The best thing that you can do is make a list of your "must haves." These are deal breakers. It is better to address those together before you begin looking. Make sure that your "must haves" match. For example, one may want a wood burning fireplace and the other might want gas logs. At that point you debate which feature is better for your lifestyle and budget. Get the debating out of the way before you begin your search. This makes the search less stressful on the relationship. ... more
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Wed Nov 2, 2011
Oggi Kashi answered:
Here are some charts to help answer your question:

The price per sqft has actually increase in the area for the past 2 quarters (the 3rd chart). Please let me know if you have any questions.

Oggi Kashi
Paragon Real Estate Group
CA DRE 01844627

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Wed Feb 12, 2014
Philip Sencer answered:
I am working with someone from Belgium to find something. The main issue is finding a lender since you are not a citizen with no assets/accounts in this country. We seem to have found 2 possible lenders. You will need to put at least 25% down, maybe more.
The other issue is finding someone to manage the property if you do not live here or do not spend a lot of time here. We went to a couple of management firms to explain what they do and for how much.
Depending on what type of property you want be sure that you pay a good price. Some of the better priced properties often need work so if you cannot handle that be careful, but it sort of depends on what type of property you want adn where it is located.
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Mon Jun 2, 2014
Bill & Elijah Fletcher answered:
Everyone who I know, who lives there, loves the area. You can check out crime statistics at City of Oakland website. You can draw a map and track reported crime in a very specific area.
best of luck
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Sat Feb 18, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
The two most critical components, PRICE and INTEREST RATES are extremely low!
Will they go lower?

The deciding factor should be your committment:

Good luck and may God bless
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Wed Sep 21, 2011
Bill Hooper answered:
Hi Julie,

A bigger challenge than the commuting issues will be to find a home that will take your large dog. Presently there is only one potential candidate on Keystone, which is the type of tree lined street you're looking for. It's a 2 bdrm, 1 bath single family home with a walled in back yard, priced at $2000 p/mo.

Culver City is close to the 10 freeway and the eastbound traffic flow to downtown is lighter in the AM and heavier in the PM. The easiest way to South Pasadena is the 10 East to the 110 North, less than an hour most days.

Best wishes,

Bill Hooper
RE/MAX Westside Properties
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