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Sun Mar 10, 2013
Ann Ryan answered:
Joy, if you can't make the payments, it may be worth attempting a short sale. I recommend using a professional short sale negotiator - it signals that you're really trying to get the deal done, to both the bank and buyers. These negotiators are either paid by the buyer or the bank, so it won't even cost you any money. ... more
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
If you'll scroll all the way down the link you provided, you'll see boxes for you to complete to contact the listing agent

Try that first
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Sat May 11, 2013
Bernard Gibbons answered:
You sound well-qualified. Shoot me an email and I will refer you to a great mortgage specialist who can help you.

Bernard Gibbons
J Rockcliff Realtors
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
Donna Kaufman answered:
There is a Safeway in Alamo. 200 Alamo Plaza. 925-820-8022.
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Mon Feb 25, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:
Great question. I actually live very close to Coyote is a highly desirable re of Gale Ranch. Inventory should be poicking up in the next few weeks.....we are seeing it grdually increasing already. 6My team has a buyer concierge program specifically for Gale Ranch and Windemere. We are able to get buyers into homes before they even hit the market...which means no competing with multiple offers and sometimes lower pricing.

If you'd like more informtion, plese call me direct at 925-867-4663. I am happy to help you.

Cindi Hagley
The Hagley Group
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Fri Jan 2, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
The advice I have to offer you probably won't appreciate....but I mean it most sincerely. Built up your credit to the point where you are able to qualify for a home. If your name is on the mortgage, your credit will bring down that of the co--signer and will affect the interest rate you can obtain.

You are simply not ready based on what you have shared. Save money, built a little credit...start with a department store charge card...and work your way up. It seems like you're jumping a bit too fast here. Thee's nothing wrong with renting until you're ready....millions of people do it.

All the best to you.
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Tue Feb 12, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
You can access the facts & figures by GOOGLE; "alameda schools" and "fremont schools":
From what I saw, there isn't a loser in the bunch.
But, you find different info depending upon Elementary, Middle or High.
If this is important to you, as it sounds, you should not take other opinions; you should do the dilligence.
Having lived in Dublin for many years; I would opt for San Ramon; but then, that is my opinion.
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
Vickie Nagy answered:
Hello Maychen, San Ramon is the top-ranked large unified school district in the state. I have worked with many people relocate from Fremont for the great San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools. Remember: SRVUSD encompasses San Ramon AND Danville ! See attached web link on school scores.

Kindest Regards,
Vickie Nagy, CA DRE#10363932
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Mon Feb 11, 2013
JoAnn Wheeler answered:

I am the Leasing agent on this property in San Ramon. The Property management Company is Park Place.

Please let me know what you think.

My email is
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Wed Mar 11, 2015
The Hagley Group answered:
Let's start with the buyer's it conventional? VA? FHA? If it's VA or FHA, they can get their deposit back for any reason, so the questions on the inspections and repairs are a moot point.

What is the buyers agent telling you? Are they communicating with you at all?

Cindi Hagley
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Thu Jul 11, 2013
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
First of all, I would strongly recommend you hire a realtor to help you. I do not know how rentals are done in Pennsylvania, but here in Northern New Jersey it's a no brainer. It is customary here to ask the tenant to pay the realtors' fee so there is no downside whatsoever.

However, whether you hire a professional or decide to do this on your own, these are a few things you should do to ensure you find a good, highly qualified tenant:

1. Do a complete background check including credit history, criminal history and eviction history. I can recommend web services for this if you contact me here on Trulia.
2. Get employment and income verification
3. Get and CHECK references.
4. Insist on BANK CHECKS for the security deposit and the first month's rent and, if applicable, the realtors' fee.
5. Do NOT give them the keys until all the above has been satisfied.
6. If ANY red flags are raised, just walk away.

I once got scammed by a young lady who falsified employment information (said she owned the business), income tax returns, and bank account statements, then said she didn't have time to get bank checks. The landlord was so anxious to find a tenant that he agreed, against my advice, to accept her personal check, and of course everything bounced! It took him three months to evict her for one reason or another (she had kids and kept leading him on and tugging at his heartstrings) and ended up in jail on because the combined total of the bad checks was so high it was a felony and not a misdemeanor. What a night mare! Never Again!

You know what they say, "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on ME." And, in the words of George W. Bush, "You won't fool me again!" LOL! Now, whenever a landlord wants to compromise I tell them this story. Yes, it is an extreme example of what can happen, but if a tenant gives you a hard time before they are even in the door, what can you expect once they take occupancy? Better to say, this is what I require, take it or leave it.

If you take these measures, and do not compromise on your criteria, you will have the best chance of finding good tenants so you have very few problems in the future.
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Fri Feb 8, 2013
Demascole asked:
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
John Juarez answered:
Input on loans: you need to talk to an experienced loan professional and get fully approved for the mortgage that best suits you. Much more personal information is needed which is not appropriate to disclose on this public website. That is why you should talk to a mortgage professional who can give your answers that are tailored to your specific situation. I would be happy to make a recommendation if that is what you desire.

Housing trend: that is a very broad question. You have posted your inquiry in regard to San Ramon. That is a very popular and desirable community. It offers a variety of housing of different styles and ages. San Ramon offers excellent schools. It is likely that you can find what you want in San Ramon in the price range that you outlined. I would be happy to help you.
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Sun Feb 3, 2013
Butterchavis asked:
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:

The value of a home is determined by what a specific buyer would pay at a specific time. I feel that it would ultimately depend on market conditions - but I also feel that the value would be less than a home that would not have the power lines.But not much.

Ask your agent to pull comps on the home and compare them to other homes in the area without the powerlines. I live in Gale Ranch and I am happy to do this for you if you do not have an agent. I do not feel that the power lines are a "major defect," and I can assure you that homes in San Ramon do not sell at major discounts.

I hope this helps.

Cindi Hagley
The Hagley Grouo
Prudential CA Realty
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Annette Lawrence answered:
It would be reasonable for those buying homes in select areas to tear down the obsolete home and replace it with homes conforming to current lifestyle expectations. Contemporary lifestyle may not include architecture with volume ceilings or Chinese drywall, but are more likely to be contemporary floor plans and quality enhancements that are friendlier on the planet.

But "out with the old - in with the new" will continue to be the song of the hour.
McMansions? I doubt if builders are "Lovin' it" any longer.

Best of success
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
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Wed Jan 8, 2014
DeAnn J Simpson answered:
I have an excellent property totally remodeled in WC for $1500/mo
Please call me if you still need to acquire a place
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Tue Oct 4, 2016
Gene Riemenschneider answered:
Best is a really subjective question and is the one that gets agents into trouble. A lot of it depends on your lifestyle, values and the things you want to find in a community. Brentwood is in my opinion the best community for me. There is a quality of life in a city that is healthy financial. decent schools and good police force. Lots of things to do for my family. Best of all it is affordable compared to other communities in central county.

Other people feel it is too expensive compared to Oakley or Antioch. There are people in Central County who feel East County is too far away for them. It is very subjective.

Please contract me if you have any questions. I am a Brentwood Broker.
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Fri Jul 7, 2017
Tim Moore answered:
No, if it was foreclosed it is no longer yours, it belongs to the bank now and if they can get more then it is there profit. My question is if they can get more than was owed why didn't you sell it when it was yours? ... more
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Mon Jan 28, 2013
Craig Lawler answered:
No. Once the property is bank owned, it's their property and it doesn't make a difference how much they sell it for on the open market.
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