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Wed Feb 1, 2012
Yamille Kosowan answered:
Overall scores in the Hayward Unified School district are rated 4-5 (great This school is rated a 5 and has over 700 students. The best advice I can give you is to talk to parent of kids currently going there to see how they feel. I've added a link below to the community ratings to give you an idea on how parents feel.

Now, as far as the area being a good long term investment.. I can tell you that this area is among one of the nicest in Hayward, it is quiet, the neighborhoods (and neighbors) are very nice, and generally homes up here tend to keep their value over time. Of course, in our current economic climate we are seeing and will continue to see price fluctuations in the market - however, if you're in for the long haul and don't plan to sell in the near future you should be OK. Have you looked at any homes yet? Are you only looking in the Stonebrae area or are you open to other neighboring communities?

If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at (415) 235-7650 and I'm happy to help.
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Thu Nov 10, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
If unfamiliar with the area, do take the time and visit more than once and at different times of day; look for anything and everything that is important to you; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. ... more
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Thu Jan 19, 2012
Yamille Kosowan answered:
Hello Fred,

There's not much in the form of short sale or foreclosure up in Stonebrae currently, however, there is one house that just came back on the market and is a short sale. It's a 4b/4ba with just over 4,400 sf. What are your specific requirements? Also, would you be interested in other new(er) homes very nearby?

Yamille Kosowan
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Tue Nov 1, 2011
Ana Fonseca Janof answered:
I'm not a local of Hayward. I did live in Union City for nine years and went to Cherryland a few times. It's a lovely neighborhood and very safe. You can learn more about the neighborhood by visiting this site:

If you would like to get updates on home sales in the area please let me know. I can send weekly updates on homes for sale and hopefully help you find the right place.
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Tue Aug 23, 2016
Matthew Bartlett answered:
Hi Juvy,

I recommend that you visit the local Police Department. They will be able to tell you about the area and what type of calls come up, along with how frequent the problems arise. You can also go on-line at home or at the local Police Department and visit the Megan's Law database. This will let you know of any sexual offenders who live in the area. Lastly, drive through the area several times a day, several days a week, and once on the weekend. See what the neigborhood is like. Knock on some of your potential neighbors door. Explain that you're considering renting property in the area. Ask them how they like the neighborhood and have there been any problems. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Aug 1, 2011
Rudi Hofmann answered:
Usually it is the past two months. You can write a letter of explanation if you wish.

Happy funding, Rudi
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Wed Aug 31, 2011
The Heather Woodward Team answered:
I haven't found this to be necessarily true. There are tons of condos in my market and being a resort area, in most cases, the owner does not live in the property. There are so many other variables surrounding a short sale such as purchase agreement price, the market, etc. ... more
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Sun Feb 23, 2014
Doug & Bud Zeller answered:
Suggest you talk to at least 2 lenders (not banks) with experience in your local area. Select one who offers a variety of programs and is helpful!
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Mon Jun 20, 2011
Farooq Khan answered:
You can rent it to Section-8 the rents are paid by the Hayward Housing Authority and you get rent on 1st of the month without fail.
Also you can use property management services. They will screen and get tenants and collect rents for you. ... more
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Mon Jun 6, 2011
Sunil Sethi answered:
looks like they resolved their problem with the property. I see the following in public records.

Foreclosure Record
Recording Date 02/25/2011 Document # 2011066762 BK-PG -
Document Type Notice of Rescission

Original Foreclosure Document: 2010337150
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Sun Jun 5, 2011
Jayraz Luchoomun answered:
We are residents of stonebrae and are thinking of taking our two kids out of Challenger private school where they have been doing very well (one just got a scholarship of $800) and try stonebrae. I met other residents who are sending their kids and are happy about the proximity and convenience of the school. My plan is to get highly involved and encourage parents to be involved so that we can help all kids at stonebrae succeed. One way is to help the school increase online educational material for kids to personalize their learning (so that kids can learn at their pace and speed), such as introduction of the khanacademy. Los Altos school district is already trying it and there is no reason why Hayward should not do it. The push beyond the 796 API will certainly depend on parents involvement and their positive impact. ... more
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Tue May 31, 2011
David Burnham answered:
Whether their is a health risk or not, that will be up to you to decide. Their will be an impact to the resale value however and you should make sure you are comfortable with this.

The impact will be felt in two ways. First, and foremost will be price. For the same reason that you are concerned, others will be concerned and the only way around that concern is lower price.

Second will be days on the market. Chances are it will be far harder to sell a home backed up to power lines than one that is not. You can discount the price all you want, but some people will just not be willing to buy in that situation, so you available pool of buyers will naturally be smaller.

So if you can get a good price on the house and comfortable with the fact that it will take longer to sell, then it may not be bad from an investment perspective. Whether there is a health risk will be something that you have to decided.
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Tue Apr 12, 2011
Jane Grant answered:
Read your contract and see what the details of the EMD are.

Builders will usually give you back your deposit, especially if the home is not built and if closing is 45 days away. They may even have a waiting list of buyers waiting to purchase the home.

Lending guidelines change all of the time and even though your loan was approved at an earlier date something could have changed by now so that you don't qualify for this loan anymore.

Good luck!

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Sat Jan 14, 2012
Dawn Rivera answered:
Hi Steve, that sounds like they did not see your offer or maybe it was a mix up between the agents other listings. You should call the broker at the office number. Explain your circumstance and go from there....Dawn ... more
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Fri Apr 8, 2011
Michael Koenig answered:
Depends greatly on the property: type, size, location, amenities, NNN or gross lease, etc... Post some specifics.
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Mon Apr 4, 2011
Julie Rice Thall answered:
Sometimes, litigation might last a few months, and sadly, litigation can last for years on a condo project. Are you looking to purchase or refinance? If you are trying to refinance, you might try calling your existing lender to see if they will do a streamline refinance. If you are trying to purchase, depending on the litigation, putting 20% down may still allow you to purchase in that project.

Find out what the litigation is all about, and often, if the insurance company has more than enough insurance coverage even if they loose the litigation, you have a good chance.

Good luck!
Julie Thall
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Mon Mar 7, 2011
Gilbert Richards answered:
What price are they selling at? Because there is a much better development in the Hayward Hills. Not to mention a better quality homes
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Thu Feb 24, 2011
Christopher Pagli answered:
Hi, It really depends on how involved it is. I would have your agent find out exactly what the litigation is in regards to and where they are in the process. If you are looking to buy quickly it may not be the right move for you.

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
GREEN Designated Agent
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
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Thu Feb 17, 2011
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi House Hunter:

I obviously do not know why you selected these two areas; however, with no other details to consider, I would pick the area located to the strongest job centers. Employment is one of the key variables for price appreciation over the long-run.

Best, Steve
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Sat Feb 5, 2011
Brian LeBars answered:
Hi Janet...

I just recently closed a transaction near that area. I would recommend calling John Demarinis for info on the area. He works that area for some time. His website is ... more
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