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Fri Apr 3, 2015
Paul Werling answered:
Fiona, Please take a look at http://www.FindAmeliaHomes.com . We are located in the Amelia Island/Fernandina Bch are, just 30 minutes north of Jacksonville. Just a fabulous place to live and only 20 minutes from the Jacksonville airport. You will also find additional area information at: http://www.teamwerling.com.

If you have additional questions, please email us at PaulWerling@Team.com .
Thank you,
Paul & Karen Werling
Team Werling
Prudential Chaplin Williams Realty
904-556-9402
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Mon Mar 31, 2008
Hayden Lawson answered:
One thing to keep in mind is that Manayunk is still in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd is outside of Philadelphia in Montgomery County. Therefore, if you work inside of Philadelphia, you will pay a higher tax rate in Manayunk and a lower tax rate in Bala Cynwyd, essentially giving yourself a slight raise by living outside of the city.

"September 2007
New tax rate: As of January 2008 the Philadelphia resident rate will be 4.219% and the non-resident rate will be 3.7242%." - see web reference

Manayunk appears to be the more "hip" area to live, with many young professionals just out of college - as a recent college graduate, almost everyone I know who moved to Philly took residence in Manayunk.

Bala Cynwyd, although close to St. Joe's, is a more family oriented area. You're at the edge of the main line, and as you travel down Rt 30 into Montgomery County, you venture more into suburbia. Depending upon the part of Bala Cynwyd, you're bordering what is typically viewed as a less safe part of Philadelphia, with City Line Ave separating Bala Cynwyd from Philly. However, a few miles west and you're in the heart of the main line - Narberth, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wayne, etc.
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Mon Feb 22, 2010
Interested_buyer answered:
to add - this is for the Centre Place at Edison Townhomes next to Middlesex Community College. The price increased by $90k in some cases for these homes - is this truly the fair market value for 3 bedroom townhomes in South Edison? ... more
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Thu May 19, 2011
Meena Gujral answered:
Hi,

I am very familiar with the Stonbrae area since I have been seeing it from the starting stages, the breaking ground stages. I used to drive my daughter to School on Fairview.


I have also sold homes in the Bailey Ranch area which is just next to Stonebrae. At the time when Stonebrae homes were coming up, the homeowners in Bailey Ranch started panicking since they felt that the homes in Stonbrae were going to be sold for a reasonable price considering they were newer than Bailey Ranch, would have a new school and were built by Toll Brothers, Warmington Homes and Standard Pacific Homes, all of which are very reputable builders.

Because of Stonebrae, all of a sudden there were 20 homes on the market at one time in Bailey Ranch which was very unusual since people really like that area and had planned on living there for a long time. It was with great effort that some of the listings sold there, fortunately mine was one of them.

To make a long story short, what I am getting at is the talk about the Stonebrae Elementary school being very good and homes starting at a reasonable price was a concern for other good areas of Hayward.

The Stonebrae community is one of a kind especially for Hayward and the surrounding areas. Stonebrae Elementary school opened just last September so it is hard to say how the school is going to be in the future. According to Lisa Nolting, the new Principal, "Stonebrae Elementary will truly be a state-of-the art facility.

However, the truth is that Stonebrae elementary is not exclusive to the Stonebrae area and as you are probably aware Hayward schools are not the best when compared to Castro Valley, Fremont or other surrounding cities. So at this time it remains to be seen if this school will be better than the other Hayward schools.

In 1999 I was going to buy a home in Bailey Ranch, but after a lot of thought about the schools, I decided to buy a home in Five Canyons in Castro Valley. I had no regrets with that decision and my kids did very good at those schools and we really enjoyed the area.

Another fact I did not like abour Bailey Ranch at the time was that it was very windy up there. I don't know if it is the same case in Stonebrae, it probably is since it is so close to Bailey Ranch and is up in the hills, but you should consider that also before purchasing a home there from an investment and a resale point of view. Buyers do not want to be in a windy area. They want to be able to enjoy the outdoors.

I guess I have said more than enough. Please let me know if you have any more questions. I would be more than happy to help you.

Thanks

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
40083 Mission Blvd, Fremont, Ca 94539
510-279-9580
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Fri Dec 24, 2010
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Tue Nov 1, 2011
Gary McIntosh answered:
You will have to pay both NY and CT income taxes, but weigh that against the much lower property taxes in either Greenwich or New Canaan and it might work to your advantage. As far as why are property taxes lower, there are many reasons, which would make it almost impossible to answer that question here. Call the city gov't and speak to them about it. You'll be able to get more specifics from them. NY has all the surprise taxes, not CT. Both locations are considered highly desirable, but Greenwich is a much easier commute into NYC. If I can be of further assistance please feel free to contact me. I also have a wealth of info on both locations that I can provide you with...just let me know. Thank you, Gary McIntosh, 203-979-2132. ... more
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Sat Jul 2, 2016
Marc Paolella answered:
Hi Lisa,

Here's an excellent link for a discussion of the schools in Montclair and their philosophy:

http://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/district/

As far as the 2 zip codes, they are not really all that distinct. 043 includes the more consistently residential "Upper Montclair" area, while "042" has the downtown area and shopping districts, as well as some fine neighborhoods North of Claremont Av and South of Bloomfield Av. Both zips have train stations within short distances. The only section of Montclair that is not very close to the train is the South End. That section also contains some of Montclair's more affordable homes, mostly smaller Colonials.

There are plenty of spectacular homes both in 043 and 042, especially on the West Side. If you want a real treat, drive down Upper Mountain Av. and North Mountain Av through both zip codes. This is the Estate Section which runs along the West side of Montclair, pretty much from top to bottom. Lots of real estate "eye candy". However, even forgetting the Estate Section, "normal" Montclair is a wonderful aggregate of really beautiful architecture. You can drive down pretty much any street and see something of interest. Many homeowners in Montclair have enlarged and remodelled. The result is some very large and exquisite renovations which combine early 1900's architecture with state-of-the-art home technology and efficiency.

If you would like, I can send you a sample pack of homes from each section of Montclair so that you can identify some particular areas to examine more closely. I can also supply some photographs of each section from some of the many homes that I have appraised there. You can e-mail me through my website or call me anytime! You will find that Montclair is a charming and bucolic town, certainly one of the most sought after in New Jersey.

Marc Paolella
Relocation Director
Century 21 Joe Tekula Realtors
(973) 584-4235
e-mail: marc2000@verizon.net
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Tue Apr 22, 2014
Bill Eckler answered:
Seeking Sun

Try looking a little further south in the Venice area. Venice has repeatedly been recognized as "One of the country's top relocation destinations" and "Best places to retire." These are national destinctions that are based on educational opportunity, employment, safety, climate, beaches, and social & cultural experiences. You won't be disappointed......

We welcome the opportunity to share what we love....talking about the Venice area.

Good luck with your search.

The "Eckler Team"
Centurey 21 Almar & Associates
Venice, Fl 34285
941-408-5363
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Wed Oct 17, 2012
Lori Turoff answered:
Hi Laura,
I would suggest the Paulus Hook area of JC. It's right on the water, so it is pretty. There are several Light Rail stops right in the area and it is a short walk to the Grove Street PATH. Goldman Sachs has its office tower in Paulus Hook so there are many young professionals living and working there as well as many new restaurants and boutiques. There is also the 50 Columbus new rental building right at the Grove Street PATH station. Check out today's cover story in the real estate section of the NY Times - it's about two Manhattanites who bought a place at Dixon Mills in JC.
Good luck and feel free to contact me directly if I can be of any further assistance.

Lori Turoff
Realtor Associate
The Turoff Team at
Robert DeRuggiero Realtors
201 993 9500
info@hobokensbest.com
www.hobokensbesthomes.com
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Sun Jan 3, 2010
ILONA POKA answered:
Queen Creek is a great area taking a few things into consideration. Right now there is a lot of development going on in Queen Creek right now as no one expected the 'housing boom' to effect Queen Creek the way it did. Certain areas of Queen Creek have a lot of traffic and if you are traveling during rush hour your commute can be 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
There are also a lot of Short Sales, Lender Owned Homes, Foreclosures on the market as well. I have some great news articles on my website Ilona's News Picks as well as an Area Development page & Valley Freeways.
Please let me know if I can be of assitance.

Good Luck! BTW,it's been in the 70s here...
Ilona Poka
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Fri Feb 8, 2008
Linette Carroll answered:
my advise would be to see what is out there in your price range. If you do not like what you are seeing keep saving and continue to rent until you find what you want for a price that is comfortable for you.
There is nothing wrong with renting until you reach your goal. If your rent is reasonable it allows you to sock away alot of money (not many other expenses besides your rent) so that you can buy more.
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Wed Mar 16, 2011
Diane Glander answered:
Hi Lost in Relo,
Have you looked in Red Bank? It's a hip town only about 4 parkway miles to Eatontown. It isn't too far from the beach, and is only one hour to NYC. There is train service, bus service, or ferry service from the area.
If you would like to see some of the available properties you can go to my website www.dianeglander.com and search or email me from there or through Trulia and I'll send you out a few considerations.
In the meantime, try these links:
www.escapemaker.com/nj/redbank/redbank.html
www.redbank.com
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Sun Aug 10, 2008
James Hsu answered:
Hi Liz, your question is a complex one. There's a bunch of things to consider when picking an area. If your primary criteria in picking an area is best potential in long term appreciation then my gut says Bellevue is a better bet based on ...what you mentioned...the build-out of downtown Bellevue. However, you need to consider a couple things. The transformation of downtown Bellevue is great for the city and the region, but maybe not so great to the surrounding communities. Now Lake Hills isn't an immediate surrounding neighborhood but it'll be affected as well. A flood of people into the region and all the issues that brings...more traffic, more cars, more people ...likely more crime. The other thing to consider is once the dozen or so cranes in downtown bellevue are done ... there's probably going to be a massive influx of housing inventory. I'm not clear when they'll all be done by, but obviously in the next couple years. If demand for housing in Bellevue at the time is really high, then it'll bring up values in downtown and all the surrounding areas. If housing demand is like now...flat or low, ...we'll have an overabundance of inventory and that'll keep prices flat or down. My point...just because it's transforming doesn't necessarily mean all rosy things.

2nd point... schools. All the areas you mentioned have great school districts. You've got Northshore SD feeding the South Bothell/North Kirkland areas, Lake Washington SD mostly Kirkland, and Bellevue SD. All are great and you aside from perhaps a few individual schools, you really can't go wrong with any of those three.

Okay with that being said, onto the fun stuff. Which area ..between Kirkland and Bellevue is the better long term investment? If I or anyone could predict these kinds of things...we'd be really rich right now. But I can't so I use the next best thing... track record. I don't have these figures down to the specific neighborhoods you mentioned, but this will give you an idea. If you want more detailed, ..contact me and I can provide.

Let's first look at Bellevue...East of 405 ..which Lake Hills/Phantom Lake would be a part of. The average quarterly growth in 2001 was 5.6%....meaning ...when averaged out...each quarter in 2001 grew about 5.6%. In 2002 it was 4.3%, 2003 it was 3.2%, 2004 it was 10.2%, 2005 it was 20.1%, 2006 it was 18.5%, and 2007 it was 8.73%. If you averaged all those out, ...you get the average growth per annum of 10.1%
Do the same thing with Kirkland, the average growth per annum is 11.3%. So roughly a 1% delta. The difference?...(oh by the way ..these figures are for single-family homes only ) ...since 2001, Bellevue has only had 3 years with average quarterly growths in double digits...with 2005 and 2006 as the standouts. Kirkland has had 5 years since 2001 in double digit average quarterly growths. .. Kirkland's growth basically has been more consistent.

So what's this all mean....history says Kirkland appreciates basically as good as Bellevue in the long run (a tick better actually) and it does so in a fairly consistent manner. (2001 - 1.3%, 2002 - 14.2%, 2003 - 2.52%, 2004 - 16.5%, 2005 - 11.0%, 2006 - 19.0%, 2007 - 14.6%). Bellevue on the other hand had two really great years and the rest were only so-so in comparison. So...historically, Bellevue is more volatile than Kirkland.

Last point... what time frame will Lake Hills/Phantom lake area improve? Belleuve is/has been doing improvements to the infrastructrue (mainly parks and roads) in those areas, but I hardly would call that an improvement. My belief is it takes re-zoning of an area to stimulate any kind of re-development. Otherwise, all you'll get is a house here and there being torn down to rebuild another house. I don't see big chunks of Lake Hills improving any time soon....they're all 50 year old homes ...some here and there have been remodeled fabulously, but you're still surrounded by 50 year old homes in various stages of care (or neglect ..depends on how you look at it).

Lastly, the number of sales in Bellevue has been slowly declining in the last 3 years while inventory has been dropping. In 2007, we saw an increase in inventory but still a decrease of overall activity. Not a good trend as that's trending toward a buyers market. Good for you now, ..not good for sellers now. Kirkland has been steady every year ...inventory vs. sales wise. Again proves ...Bellevue ..more volatile, ..Kirkland more stable. Both achieved relatively the same return over the same period of 7 or 8 years, just depends on how bumpy of a ride you like.

I have all this data in easier to read formats ... just contact me if you're interested.
Good luck, sorry for the novel length answer, and let me know if I can help.
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Tue Feb 1, 2011
William M "Mack" Perry answered:
The short answer is YES, you may be liable for more than just the loss of your earnest money. The mortgage market changing is not a reason to void a contract. Not only could you lose your earnest money but you may also be liable for damages from the seller as well as be liable for any real estate commission. Look at this another way. Talk to your loan officer about obtaining a rate lock for you from another lender at a more competitive rate. If all else fails, 5.75% is a notoriously low rate and only about a half a point above todays rate. ... more
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Thu Mar 20, 2008
Randy Charlton answered:
Hello Victoria,

Rancho Cucamonga is a great area to live and work in. It's close to shopping, freeways and boasts some of the finest schools in the area.

The number of homes you are seeing is just a result of the current market conditions. The entire San Bernardino county has been effected by the recent slowdown. We are starting to see a slight increase in buyer activity ... and hopefully stabilization by mid-year.

If you are ever in the area and would like to preview some homes, please do not hesitate in giving me a call.
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Mon Nov 5, 2012
Leslie Gordon answered:
Hi, I have lived in Stamford for over 40 years and know it and all its areas very well.E. Main is going through a major renovation withmany new condos and townhouses. It is the gateway to Darien. A new train station in the area is a definite possibility a few years down the road. There are some great new condo buildings in the W. Broad and Adams areas; most are two bedrooms and two full baths. The area is very close to downtown and the main train station. Also close to the hospital. Some of the side streets have much older and less cared for buildings. I will be pleased to assist you in your search. Pls contact me at your earliest convenience.
Les Gordon
Juner Properties
203-561-3042
les@juner.com
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Mon Nov 9, 2009
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Sat Apr 2, 2016
Sara Provost answered:
That is tough! All three communities are wonderful. I'd even add a 4th one...Geneva. All of them have wonderful schools, park districts, downtown areas...all important to a family. I wouldn't hesitate to live in any of those towns. Each has its own benefits though. I currently live in Glen Ellyn, and love the characteristics of the village and the different home architecture. Glen Ellyn also has a small town feel and we love the proximity to the train as my husband commutes downtown. I grew up in Wheaton, and spend a lot of time there still. Again, good proximity to the train. Wheaton also has very strong religious communities. While St. Charles and Geneva aren't options for me personally right now because of their distance from downtown, I often wish I could live there because they share so many wonderful characteristics with Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, the advantage I find for Geneva & St. Charles is that you can get a lot more house for your money. So if commute isn't an issue for you, maybe that's a good bet. If you have any specific questions about any of the communities, feel free to contact me. As I mentioned, I grew up in Wheaton, now live in Glen Ellyn, my parents live in the Geneva/St. Charles area and I've sold homes in all the communities. ... more
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Fri Jun 28, 2013
Gregory Parker answered:
Hello Jason,

There are quite a few properties for sale that may suit your needs. I need some additional information though. Please email or call me. How much are you looking to spend? What type of house? How many beds? How long are you willing to travel?
Thanks
Greg

Gregory S. Parker, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Realty Professionals
2924 Swede Road
East Norriton, PA 19401
Office 610-277-5000 Ext. 249
Direct 610-994-1147
Fax 610-277-1556
E-Mail greg.parker@coldwellbanker.com
Website www.phillyareahomehunter.com
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Wed Jan 23, 2008
Deborah Madey answered:
Hi,
Cherry Hill made Money Magazines top 100 places to live in 2006. I am sure you can find that on Money Mag - CNN site.

I would suggest you look at towns along Route 206. Close town to Cherry Hill that might be of interest could be Marlton and Medford. There are so many wonderful small towns that border the PA/NJ border and Route 206, that that above mention of a few towns are only a starting point.

If you want more specific feedback for your individual requirements, let me know.

There were 8 towns in NJ that made the Money recommended list for 2007.

Good Luck
Deborah Madey - Broker
Peninsula Realty Group
New Jersey
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