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Mon Apr 22, 2013
Richard Matusich answered:
My guest between the different boards in Santa Clara County I think the number is around 8000-8500
board members. The number of brokerages would be around 2,000 both large and small brokerages.
Richard Matusich Realtor DRE#00358728
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Wed Aug 5, 2015
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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
If you'll google Oakland Property Management companies, you'll have a few choices or rental agencies. Start there. ... more
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Sun Apr 14, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Your best bet is to work with a rental agent from a property management company who can help you find a suitable location.

If you go to Craigslist, you can find several rental agents posting their listings. Or google oakland property management companies. Choose one or two to talk with.

Also, not all rentals show up on or And not all rentals are apartments. I just rented my duplex to a nice lady with a medium-sized dog...and she found my place through the rental agency I used to publicize my vacancy.

Also, you may want to consider other cities besides Oakland, such as Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley --- all of which offer commuting options.
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Thu May 16, 2013
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Sat Apr 13, 2013
Cindy Davis answered:
I love this site... breaks down crime activity by type and you can input whatever location you want.
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Fri May 17, 2013
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Antoine Pirson answered:
Oakland cannot be generalized. There are many very good area's in Oakland, most San Franciscans may not know. What is a great, good or average or bad area, depends on your personal requirements, and if you want to live in the property or not. You should really interview an agent, and talk it through.
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Sat Jun 7, 2014
Cherisse Miranda answered:

Each park has different prices they go by and its best to call the one you desire and ask them directly to make sure. :) If you aren't currently working with an agent and would like some help feel free to call me at 760-881-7793. Have a great day! :) ... more
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
A bunch of his buddies from the Q drop by his place and take it into protective custody.
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Mon Apr 8, 2013
Brian Ripp answered:
Work with your lender to increase your credit score.
And work with your Realtor to help with finding a property in your price range.

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Fri Nov 1, 2013
Terri Vellios answered:
You are renting and not buying so your stay may be not be that long.

Every person has their own tolerance when it comes to noise and pollution. I used to live near a Freeway and I didn't notice exhaust smell from the cars and Highway 85 was lower than the neighborhood. We did get more dust and there was noise.

If you suffer from asthma or other lung issues, you may want to discuss this with your doctor.
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Downtown is thriving with new businesses, and there are many new condos/lofts available. Easy access to BART and other public transportation. By the Jack London area, you can also hop on the ferry or Amtrak

You can also look in to the Lake Merritt/Grand Lake area to enjoy the many restaurants, shops, farmer's market, theater

Rockridge, Piedmont Ave -- many choices of restaurants and shops as well as easy access to BART

Or consider Alameda. Believe it or not, we have a lot of things to do here, too. There are excellent reasons to move here.
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Josh Barnett answered:
Go for 850 and you will be "A OK." But keep your Debt to income low too.
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Advantages/disavantages are really a matter of personal preferences; keep in mind that people move for a variety of reasons, such as financial, downsizing/upsizing, employment, family, etc. ... more
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Tue Feb 3, 2015
Jamie Collins answered:
Here is a recomendation from one of my clients.

Please let him know that Jamie Collins Referred you.

Jason Pickens | Property Manager

HomePointe Property Management
8856 Greenback Lane #B
Orangevale, CA 95662

T: 916.988.5300 x400 | F:916.988.2770
stay connected with us:
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DRE #01499374
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
JoAnn Wheeler answered:
Many of the schools in the Tri Valley are impacted. You need to call the school district and ask them what the wait lists are for the local school you are near. Also what Grades your children will be in, in the upcoming school year.

One good thing is that there is a lot of movement during the summer months, so it maybe impacted now but come the beginning of the 2013-14 school year they may have space.

You really need to be in contact with the school district as they can give you the best advise and options.


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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Elizabeth Lee answered:

In order to enroll your children in the San Ramon Valley School District you will need to show proof that you are living in the area either by a lease agreement or a utility bill. You will still be able to enroll your children but it may not be the school closest to where you end of residing. Please let me know if you need additional information. I am a realtor with Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at

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Sat Mar 30, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
There are many prices on the internet showing prices for “foreclosed” homes – in reality, most of these are ads for foreclosure data companies. If the property you are looking at has the red tag, RealtyTrac, then it’s not a real listing and there is no way you will get the property for the price shown – the number shown is typically for a loan, not the actual property.

Truth is, all the foreclosures that you would have access to are on the MLS along with all the other local listings … and are priced the same. The days of foreclosures with low prices are long gone. In fact, the days of foreclosures themselves are almost gone – currently, there is only 1 foreclosure listed for sale in San Ramon, and it so many offers in on it they are not accepting any more.

If you want to live in San Ramon, you will need to pay the prevailing prices for a home – there are no deals or shortcuts. Additionally, it’s a seller’s market right now and prices are spiking upward due to the severe lack of inventory. It may not be the news you wanted to hear, but it’s very, very real.
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