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Moving in California : Real Estate Advice

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Tue May 7, 2013
Piere Pirnejad answered:
Irvine has some of the best schools in the country, as well as some of the best planned neighborhoods for you and your family. Depending on your needs there are a few sub-divisions in Irvine that I would highly recommended if you have younger children. Neighborhoods such as university park are fantastic for families with children as the schools are withing walking distance and has many parks and walkways to enjoy the outdoors

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Lance King answered:
If you end up coming to San Francisco I think you should definitely rent first if you don't know the area. There are lots of different neighborhoods and lots of different micro-climates, so lots of choices. Prices are also very high right now so I don't think you will hurt yourself by waiting, and you don't want to purchase before you learn the city only to find out you blew your choice.

What I would do is get a handle on what you think is your optimum location to buy and then rent there, checking out other neighborhoods while you're living there to make sure. Although your purchase is off in the future, me or one of my team could show you around to give you some ideas - we work with a lot of out of area clients. In case you don't like the weather or the prices, we also work in surrounding areas and can help you figure out which of those might work as well.

If you want to drop me a line (contact info below) with your price range and size criteria I can tell you if the city will work.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Thu Sep 19, 2013
Matthew Bartlett answered:
Hi Alison,

Try 1(800) GOT JUNK. They will come out and pick it up and haul it away. Good luck!

Warmest Regards,

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Mon Feb 18, 2013
Michael Magaw answered:
If you come to my office, I would be happy to give you a personalized version of our First Time Home Buyer seminar. I will prepare you for the future purchase and I will give you some materials to take home. There is a lot to learn, but a good agent will hold your hand throughout the process and make sure that there are no surprises.

Call me to discuss or make an appointment.

Michael Magaw
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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Steve Glogow answered:
The commute isn't bad at all if your husband takes the 126 Freeway to and from work. It's a scenic road and tends to be a very relaxing drive.
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Sat Nov 24, 2012
Keisha Mathews answered:
Wonda, you will need to ask the landlord (property owner) of the property if they will accept section 8. Whether or not a rental property will go section 8 id up to the property owner.

Hope that helps,

Keisha Mathews, REALTOR
Century 21 Landmark Network
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Fri Nov 9, 2012
Katherine Muller answered:
Hello Nicole,
It would be a pleasure to help you. I work and live in South Torrance and would love to help you find a home/condo to rent in the area. Please call me at 310-897-9867 ... or email me at I am available to help you at any time. Best wishes, Katherine Muller/Century 21 / Union Realty ... more
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Wed Oct 24, 2012
Phil Rotondo answered:
You can; but you may be responsible for the entire 60 days. You should consult an attorney.
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Tue Oct 23, 2012
John Souerbry answered:
There are several good residential areas within walking distance to downtown Napa. Prices for nice homes range from $450k to $650k, higher if you need more space. Downtown Napa, especially along the river, is going through a period of excellent redevelopment.
Napa has great restaurants and shops, and if you want to see the rest of Napa Valley, venture into Sonoma County, or head for gold country, Napa is close to the major highways leading to those destinations. Napa also has a good sense of community, with lots of community events - though most revolve around wine and food.
You can use the link below to do an MLS map search of homes within walking distance of downtown Napa or anywhere else in the area.
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Thu Apr 28, 2016
Sean Seckar answered:
This is from a site that should be helpful.

"With fast, reliable service, City of Santa Clarita Transit can take you just about anywhere you want to go. Passengers can travel with ease throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and to other neighboring cities. Our affordable Commuter Express service is the perfect way to avoid the stress of weekday driving and ride in comfort to your destination."

Welcome to Santa Clarita. If there is anything I can do fo you in the future to assit with your real estate needs, please me know.

Sean Seckar – Realtor
RE/MAX of Santa Clarita
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Fri Oct 26, 2012
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hi Millie,
This is a question that you need to have answered by Attorney. There are many free legal advise websites that you can go to, pages of them on Goggle. I'm sorry that you have to deal with this during the holidays.

Always the Best,
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Thu Feb 21, 2013
Jory Blake answered:
Hi Sharon, most landlords are understanding of the credit hits given the times.
If you have good rental history, be sure and get a letter from your landlord and provide that with any rental application.
The fact that you have a recent BK is actually not a deal killer.

Best wishes,
Jory Blake
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
Laura Coffey answered:
In terms of schools I would focus on Stevenson Ranch, Valencia, Saugus, and some areas of Newhall. Those school districts would be William S. Hart and Saugus Union.
Stevenson Ranch and unincorporated areas of Santa Clarita have Mello Roos also called CFD and school bond taxes which is extra taxes on top of the normal 1.25% CA. property taxes.
The area is very family oriented and safe. It's a great place to raise a family.
You can find more information on my website regarding schools and the area at
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
Depends on where you live in Pleasanton. In normal traffic, count on 30 minutes from downtown Pleasanton to McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas. Rush hour? At least double. You can pay extra for the commuter lane, but I've heard that doesn't cut much off your time. And during normal commute hours, the commute is awful going both ways. Accident? Worse yet. ... more
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Wed Sep 4, 2013
Cindy Davis answered:
Take a look at the san diego craigslist rental section...everyone goes there. And unlike Trulia, the listings are updated once a week.

Good luck.
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Sun Aug 19, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
We lived in Dublin for 20 years; through a lot of highway construction and growth:
We loved Pleasanton. We loved visiting S.F.
I cannot imagine doing both!

If you are bound and determined; I would use Bart, not driving:
You are looking at 1 1/2 hours, on a good day!
Unless you are going in at 4:00 and getting off at 2:00.

And this is experience talking;
First we lived in Sunnyvale and I commuted to South San Francisco, up 280.
Then, we moved to Dublin while I was working in Mountain View.
I've got the scars.

The secret is having a big, comfortable car, (gas mileage is a lot less important) and I listened to books-on-tape; quite a few books over the period.

Good luck and may God bless
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Jill Miranda answered:
Hi Victoria,

San Diego is made up of a group of communities, many of which are actually part of the City of San Diego. Many of the suburbs are still in the city limits. Depending on where you might end up working there are a number of communities which would meet your needs. The primary question is what your price range is since all these areas vary greatly in homes prices. Have you been pre-qualified for a loan amount? Do you need some referrals to lenders? I've lived and worked all over the San Diego area and would be happy to help you find the right location. I can also refer you to lenders so you can narrow down your price range. My contact information is below.

Jill Miranda
Pacific Sotheby's International Realty
DRE # 01413799
cell: 619-248-1431
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Tue Nov 27, 2012
John Juarez answered:
If you have a problem telling you friends that you are moving, I am not sure that anything that we can tell you will be helpful.

How about the truth???
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Fri Nov 16, 2012
Shanna Rogers answered:
Hi Macy3214,

What are your questions?

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
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