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Brentwood : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jul 13, 2010
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Are you perhaps referring to Mello Roos? This is for special assessments, usually in newer communities where Mello Roos is imposed for a period of time to defray costs of the building the infrastructure to service this new community.

Here's a link to definitions of Mello Roos

One definition: "A TAX or charge imposed upon property owners in certain new California communities, usually to help cover costs for developing and maintaining the infrastructure of the community (sidewalks, sewage, landscaping, etc.)."
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Tue Jun 22, 2010
Gilbert Richards answered:
Your realtor should have given you that information. You can also call the escrow company you used and they should have the information.

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Wed Jun 30, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
In order to determine a fair price, you need to be aware of comps--recently sold similar properties in the immediate area, after reviewing the data a determination can be made as to a fair price. Comps are provided free of charge by most agents, and the agent(s) may need to see the property for an accurate assessment--or you may wish to hire a professional appraiser. ... more
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Fri Jun 18, 2010
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Here on Trulia, you can type an address of a property you know about in the area you're looking for. When it comes up, you will also see a tab that says "recently sold" properties which will give you addrress and configuration. The same thiing can be said of Zillow. But these are quick online resources that may not give you as complete a picture as you may want.

Depending on the reason for your search, there are other resources, like your Realtor. If you're looking for properties to use as comps for property you are about to buy or sell, or if you are looking for comps to use for applying for property tax reassessment, your best bet is a realtor who can discuss marketability and market value.

Good luck.
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Thu Oct 21, 2010
Brian LeBars answered:
I would highly recommend talking with Tom Schieber of Brentwood. Tom get exclusive listings there and knows the market extremely well. you will save yourself many headaches.

Best of luck
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Fri Apr 24, 2015
Bob Georgiou answered:

Get crazy and get a hotel in Brentwood the night before. Buy dinner in town and enjoy the evening. The followng morning get up and drive it! This is the best way to check and see. ... more
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Wed Mar 14, 2012
Tom Schieber answered:

Like another question that was asked yesterday, the answer is totally subjective. The commute vs. price point is the trade-off out here in Brentwood. There are a lot of people out here in Brentwood who commute in to the BART station daily, and they all have their reasons. Is it worth it for you? Only you can determine that.

The alternate route through Antioch that you're looking for would take you over to Deer Valley/Lone Tree/James Donlan/Buchanon through Pittsburg. It's a lot of stop-n-go on the surface streets, but it'll get you there without sitting on Hwy 4.
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Wed Jun 9, 2010
Eric J Soderlund answered:
Brentwood is a nice community and has done a great job with regards to designing their city and providing plenty of schools, parks and other amenities for their residence. The commute from Brentwood to San Ramon at 7:00 AM would be a brutal daily grind in my opinion. I have many friends and some clients that make the drive from Manteca, Brentwood and Tracy. They do not enjoy it.

You could easily spend 2 1/2 hours per day in your car. That is time you could spend with your family or at the gym or whatever. I am one to believe that lifestyle and my surroundings are more important than how big or new my home is. It's a personal choice.

Livermore may be a better option for you. It is a wonderful city with a great downtown and many activities for the children and family. The open spaces such as Del Valle are wonderful and the over 50 wineries make for an inexpensive day with friends. I have lived in the Tri-Valley my entire life and have to say I have enjoyed Livermore the most. For $500,000 to $600,000 you could have a nice home in a wonderful community.

The web reference below has some listings for you to review. I have also included the Livermore website for your review. I will step down from my soap box now! Have a great day.

Best Regards,

Eric Soderlund.
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Thu May 20, 2010
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Tue Mar 9, 2010
Dave Sutton answered:
I can, but I'd rather not post his contact information here. If you''ll shoot me an email I'll give it to you
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Sat Sep 11, 2010
Dallas Texas answered:
Best confer with your CPA for all tax deductions off any investment property or homestead

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Mon Apr 5, 2010
Johnny Huang, MBA answered:
Like to golf? Brentwood golf course, Shadow Lakes, Deer Ridge are all nice areas to golf or walk the neighborhood.
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Mon Apr 5, 2010
Brad Davidson answered:
In California, after a Notice of Default (NOD) has been filed, you have 90 days to cure the default. If you don't cure the default, a Notice of Trustee Sale is filed and the property can be sold 21 days later.

Recent changes say lenders must attempt to contact the borrower and try to work out an alternative to foreclosure. I believe there is some time period the lender has to wait after trying to make that contact before they can file the Notice of Default.

Hope that answers your question.
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Tue Feb 9, 2010
Scott Godzyk answered:
You do not necessarily have to have a job, but do have to show income eveen if pension or social security. Your expenses have to be within their guidelines related to income and he has to have a good credit score. Check with a good local lender in your area for details. Your other option is fo rteh current bank to rewrite the current mortgage, call and ask for the home retention department. good luck working things out ... more
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Fri Apr 6, 2012
Tom Schieber answered:

There are many great neighborhoods in Brentwood! The golf course communities on the West side of town at Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes are popular for the country club settings and the excellent schools. Many folks also like the Montelena and Sterling area in the middle of town, with large floor plans and close proximity to shopping and services. Others prefer the quaint downtown feel f Garin Ranch, on the East side of town - you really need to come out and explore, you'll get a feel for what you like pretty quickly, I'm sure... ... more
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Fri Feb 10, 2012
Kathy Weber answered:
You should definitely discuss your situation with a Real Estate attorney.

There's probably alot more information that would be needed to find out exactly what happened during the process.

Good luck and make sure you make an appoinment with an attorney soon!
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Sat Feb 6, 2010
Don Tepper answered:
Yes you do.

Why wouldn't you?

Since you're on a month-to-month lease, you should consider giving notice and finding a new place to live. However, so long as you're living there, under the provisions of the lease, you owe rent. ... more
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Wed Dec 23, 2009
Charlotte Irons answered:
depending on the cost... under a couple thousand you will be alright in small claims court. Alittle heads up .. you could have had the seller put money in escrow for the cell and this way you could have ordered it if he did not, than you would had to give the bill to the closing company and they would have paid it. Usualy they put 1 1/2 time of the estimate in escrow and the seller would have received the surplus after the bill was paid. ... more
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Fri Nov 27, 2009
Robert Greenblatt answered:
Hi Hollie. Some things to consider: Are you looking for positive cash flow? Appreciation? Short term or long term hold? Try looking in the local newspapers to see if there are other properties listed for rent in the the landlords. Drive through and look for For Rent signs.

Robert Greenblatt
Keller Williams
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Sun Nov 29, 2009
VirtualTourCafe answered:
Hello Z28hoti,

This really depends on many factors, who the lender is, who the investor behind the lender is, how much lower?, how long has the home been on the market, were there other offers, does the Realtor have any substantial and relative market data to demonstrate why the offer should be accepted, and more...

The short answer is, most of the time the bank (lender) will want to renegotiate if the appraisal comes in lower than the offer price. The bank is typically not going to accept an offer that is substantially lower than the market or appraisal price. This is especially true if the seller or sellers Realtor/negotiator cannot demonstrate a strong case otherwise. The bank (lender) usually wants to see the home on the market for at least 90 days with realistic comps and an appraisal to substantiate the accepted offer price.

These are questions however that you should be discussing with your real estate professional. If you need additional information, please feel free to visit my site at for resources and information about foreclosure prevention and the difference between short sales and foreclosure. Or you can visit my personal site,

I hope this helps,

Tim Denbo, CDPE
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Realtor, e-PRO

P.S. Free Foreclosure Prevention for Homeowners Seminar - September 30th, Hilton Pleasanton. Register online at
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