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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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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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Wed Dec 19, 2012
Gene Riemenschneider answered:
I will be blunt and to the point. You need to speak to a lender first. 100K may not be realistic for what you want. However, 150 to 200K may be realistic and cheaper than your current rent. There really are too many variables without talking to you more.
I can send you to a very good lender. I work in East County where there are still very nice homes that will meet your stated needs for under 200K. Now I don't know if you have to commute to SF everyday, in which case East County may be too far for you.
Give me a call at 925-260-4321 if you would like.
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Sat Nov 10, 2012
Denise Dauphinais answered:
Walnut Creek has more to offer someone who has lived in big cities like Chicago and Seattle. It is definitely the burbs with an urban feel to it. Most realtors can handle a rental and a purchase. Feel free to give me a call and I can give you more details and find out what you are looking for. I can be reached at 92-200-0073. I am a broker with Better Homes and Gardens/Mason McDuffie and have lived and worked in Walnut Creek for many years. ... more
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Sat Jan 25, 2014
Michelle Saputo answered:
Yes! I can help you (or any other Realtor) - we can narrow down your search via the MLS if you want a long term rental (like a year or more lease) can also search on craigslist or on Email me at if you would like more information. ... more
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Mike Hill answered:
Good Morning,
It takes about 25-30 by car, depending on traffic. About 20 minutes by BART but you will have to check the train schedule. During Commute hours BART would be the best way to commute if you are closet to a BART station.
Hope this helps.
Mike Hill
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Fri Apr 29, 2016
Shanna Rogers answered:
Hi Joe,

That is between the listing and selling agents. It is stated in the MLS or if one of them is not a member of the MLS, they do a Cooperating Broker Agreement. Most split it 50/50 but it can be split differently - depending what their agreement is.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
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Thu Feb 13, 2014
Tina Lam answered:
Unless you've signed an exclusivity agreement with that first agent, you're under no contractual obligation to keep using him. However, if you happen to get lucky and win that first bid, you'll have to use him for the rest of the transaction. Otherwise, you're free to work with another agent. ... more
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Fri Apr 29, 2016
Bryce Schumacher answered:
Not all agents have or know all the new listings coming on the market. A good agent will know what the upcoming inventory is in his/her brokerage. Your agent should have a good knowledge of the area and be a specialist hopefully. The Internet today often empowers the consumer with an abundance of information, however local knowledge and often relationships with other agents can help get you the house you want. ... more
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Vickie Nagy answered:
Hello Slowfoodisgood,

Are you aware that your monthly co-op (HOA) fees will likely run in excess of $550? While Rossmoor has a lovely set of amenities to enjoy, it also has a lovely set of amenities to financially support.

Kindest Regards,
Vickie Nagy, CA DRE#01363932
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Sat Aug 4, 2012
Phil Rotondo answered:
Your options at this point would be to consult with an attorney.
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Wed Jan 14, 2015
Catherine Myers answered:
I would say one of the best ways is word of mouth, and to that end, have you considered joining a local mothers club? There area couple of really good ones. I was one of the early members of the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek Mothers club: and the Mt. Diablo Mothers Club:

There are some great ones around, but by networking with other moms and asking questions, even joining up w/ a playgroup and babysitting coop group, you'll meet lots of other moms in the same situations.

Good luck!

Catherine Myers
Broker Assoc
DRE 01337828
Windermere Bay Area Properties
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Fri Feb 21, 2014
Ivan Diaz answered:

Let me start by saying that you should get fully qualified before answering this question. Additionally, I would figure out what your short term solution and/or long term solutions are. With that said and given the information you provided: 95k income, no debt, 40k down and good credit; it seems that you should qualify even if the height of your range.

Keep in mind this answer depends on many variables but you should be motivated to reach out to a Home Mortgage Consultant.

Hope this helps!

Ivan Diaz
Home Mortgage Consultant
415-271-7740 cell
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Thu May 24, 2012
Emil Huang answered:
First at all, i would like to know what kind of agent are you ? If you are realtor in SSK and if you do not have CA License than you are not allow to practice as a Realtor in CA.. If I may, I would like to assist you in finding a rental property in Walnut Creek. My cell is 925-408-6999 and my email is ... more
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Sun Jun 3, 2012
Carolyn Zeigler answered:
You can use the $250 deposit for cleaning if she does not clean up the area by the time she vacates the property if the standard CAR contract was used. You should read the leasing contract to see how the landlord described the deposit and what it could be used for. It is highly unlikely you can use the deposit to subsidize the time between when she moves out and the other roommate can move in.

Good luck!
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Mon Oct 29, 2012
John DeMarinis answered:
Monte Vista in danville has a great curriculum. My nephew and niece graduated last year and they both were accepted into highly accredited colleges. Check into school scores, you can find them on my website. ... more
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Angel Hernandez answered:
Any area close to the BART station is always a safe bet. Feel free to contact me for a list of available properties.

A Luis Hernandez
BRE Comercial Real Estate
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Sun Jun 24, 2012
Francisco Ortiz answered:
Both areas are good the question is how much do you want to spend on the rental property and what kind of return are you looking? are you thinking about single family, condo or apartment building to purchase? if oyu need more information cantact me at 925-899-4670
Thank you
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Wed May 16, 2012
Knicole answered:
i am 23 and just found out that as much as i am paying for my apt, i could have gotten a house. i always thought houses were a 2 income type of deal for what id like...i found out i was wrong and now am planning to get a house 2013.. so to sum it up i didnt pursue it because i thought i couldnt afford it ... more
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Tue Apr 30, 2013
DeAnn J Simpson answered:
I would welcome the opportunity to assist you! Servicing the East Bay of San Francisco providing rentals properties for over 25 years, I have a good selection of condos/townhomes & single family homes available. Please call me with your specific needs and we will can get started on locating your new home! DeAnn J Simpson 925/974-SOLD (7653) ... more
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