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Sat Jun 4, 2011
Ken Vasan answered:
There is no way for anyone to tell if a particular house will hit the market or not. The lenders dispose of foreclosed properties in many different ways. Listing a foreclosed home and selling through a local broker is one such way if it goes to bank books. ... more
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Sat Sep 13, 2014
Dawn Rivera answered:
Tootse, I think you should call the school and talk to them. They will be best able to tell you when or if your children will be able to attend. I have heard it is a lottery but have never called the school to find out. You can ask your agent to call for you and see how ong the waiting list is....Dawn ... more
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Thu May 15, 2014
Gregorio Denny answered:
Sorry, but 1.5 miles away from a fault line isn't going to make a difference; that's like being 3 steps further away from a bullet being shot. If you are trying to be away from the Hayward fault, Fremont is not the place since it runs right through it. Pleasanton is in close proximity to the Calaveras fault which has the same potential as the Hayward fault. If you don't want to be in an earthquake zone you need to eliminate the entire bay area from consideration. ... more
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Mon Apr 18, 2011
Dawn Rivera answered:
Hi Jay, the homes at park lane west are very nice.......But if you would be interested in a home that is not brand new.....I ran a quick search for you and found three homes in the Irvington school area that look very nice. They are in your price range and they have nice back yards which the town homes do not have......The address's are 4558 doane 1958 SF 4 bed 2 bath for 500,000 43656 Montrose 1514 SF 4 bed 2 bath for 519,980 and 42579 Newport 1747 3 bed 2 bath for 529,000 I can email you the picture if you like just send me your email address......congrats on buying a home and good luck, please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions....Dawn ... more
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Sat May 12, 2012
Michael Cheng answered:
Parklane West of Regis Homes has been selling these townhomes for a good 4-5 years now. While sales have slowed since the boom days, buyers have continued to find the prices and value compelling. About half the development is sold out, which implies that the value offered is fair compared to alternatives available. With prices in the high $500K to low $600K, you're getting a slight discount from a few years ago, as prices haven't dropped much in the area. With buyers starting to gain some confidence in the area, prices are likely to climb over the next few years.

If you're wondering if these particular townhomes are a good buy, then I suppose you're asking if you're going to do well compared to any other properties around there. In that case, you can depend on the newness of the development in a fairly desirable location to hold up the value over time. Whether you'll do better than properties or alternative investments, that's much harder to say. Certainly, if you're buying in a market which requires most buyers to meet high lending standards, the prices are reflective of real demand. Over the long run, these current buyers are more likely to keep up with the payments and stay in the community. That's really the most important factor in keeping up prices long-term.

Still, you are best served by an agent who is experienced in working with builders. Not only will you get professional assistance in reviewing the purchase terms of the builder, but you'll also likely get the best possible deal in the community.
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Fri Feb 18, 2011
John Dutra answered:

For most, if you can buy the home in a good school district, it will provide two-fold benefits. The benefits to your children, to be sure, but also in resale value. Much as you are seeing now, homes in good school districts cost more. While you may pay this now, the future buyer for that same home will need to do likewise if they also preferred a good school for their family.

Great question!
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Thu Jan 20, 2011
Tina Lam answered:
I take it you are referring to the rating from Their rating is a summary of the standardized test result. At the API, you will find the in 2008 Washington high was at 776, same in 2009 and in 2010, 764. Over 2 years, it dropped by 12 points and failed to meet the growth target. (Each school in 700 range is supposed to improve by 5 points every year.) They receded while all schools in Fremont Unified improved in these 2 years. For example American high started at about the same as Washington at 782 in 2008. Now in 2010, it has improved to 796. This is what you want to see, a general upwards trend to show that the school and teachers are doing the right thing to foster good learning environments. And you want to look into the scores for each subgroup. At Washington High, all subgroups worsened in 2010 and some subgroups fail behind by a lot. You will have to talk to parents with kids going to the school to know what's happening. In any case, this is heading the right direction.

Irvington school district has been showing strong improvement in last couple years. And there are many nice neighborhoods. If you need help to find a home there, feel free to contact me.
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Tue Nov 30, 2010
Bill Eckler answered:
This is one of the most frequently asked questions across the country. You are not alone trying to determine if the local market has reached the bottom.

There one common mistake that people make that are seeking this insight is no be actively involved in the search process.....not the buying process...the search process. The more home you see the better your understanding will be of value and opportunity. This may not provide you with the answer as to the bottom of the market but it will better equip you with a first hand understanding of the local real estate market activity and place you in a position to be ready to make a good decision when the right time presents itself.

Good luck,

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Thu Oct 28, 2010
Joe Patel answered:
Similar homes in Fremont sold in $750K and up.I think it's good buy.Good luck.
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Fri Oct 22, 2010
Lubna Sheikh answered:
Beeya,Welcome to the Bay Area.
Irvington High is surely rated high. But there are a bunch of elementary schools feeding into Irvington High. Some of those elementary schools are rated better than the others. If you have elementary age kids you might want to check into that. I've lived in Fremont for over 30years and I'm very familiar with most areas.
Let me know if you need more info
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Tue Aug 17, 2010
HomeVideoTour answered:
Hi Dhiraj,

I did some work for you. IMO two simple answers without seeing them are #1. Not a lot of sales in that area in general and what was there were... #2. Short Sale. That';s what I saw for the listings associated with that area. With Short Sale's they need Bank approval which can take some time and is not guaranteed. So they might be on the market longer for that reason that they are competing with non-short sale properties that are just as nice for the same pricing. Now this doesn't mean they aren't gems in their own right so I wouldn't want you to bypass these just because they have a slower sell rate under the above 2 conditions. Check out these figures; For Townhomes and Condo's only in Fremont here are some stats for Sold and Pending homes since mid May, 2010. This means some of these were sold and some are pending right now.
Centerville-1, Mission San Jose-5, Ardenwood-16, Warm Springs-18, Irvington-27

So Ardenwood in general has a fair amount of sales and pendings overall. Here's the suggestion. Keep a look out for the interest rate, and keep your eye's out for the home you'll smile to be in be it Bright Common or other area of Ardenwood (pricing is good there and the elementary are well liked. Love the parks there too. I've lived in Fremont since I was born. Love the city and the great things it has to offer.). So while the economy in general has remained slow to "recover" the median home prices in the Bay Area still went up by 20% over the past 1 year period. And as you can see from the above stats, homes are selling.
Best on your endeavors and home ownership,
John Perkins
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Sat Mar 5, 2016
Jane Pacheco answered:
Just based on school ratings using API scores (Academic Performance Inex), there are 2 school districts that have the highest rated elementary schools in the East Bay:

1. Fremont Unified - Mission San Jose Elementary (API: 992)
2. Castro Valley Unified - Jensen Ranch Elementary (API: 992)

Just eyeballing the API scores, there are several school districts where their schools have consistently high scores: Lafayett Elementary District, Moraga Elementary District, Orinda Union Elementary District, Piedmont City Unified, Pleasanton Unified, San Ramon Valley Unified.

The above analysis is just for the East Bay. Here is a nice link to check out the API scores of schools in California.

Click on the link below to see the API scores of all schools in California by city.

Hope this helps.

I'm always available for your questions.
Jane Pacheco
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Mon Jul 19, 2010
Brian Ripp answered:
Hello again Ace,
it will depend on several things, how close you would like to be schools, parks, freeways...
There are so many great neighborhoods in Fremont. Ardenwood, Parkmont, Mission, Warm Springs are just a few great areas. Also the are near Central Park. You need to work with a Realtor and we'll be able to show you & educate you in the Fremont area.
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Sat Jul 17, 2010
Cragg Utman answered:
You should be concerned enough to get a professional in to verify the danger (if any) and best way to manage the risk of removing the ceiling. If it has asbestos the biggest risk comes in disturbing the product and creating dust which you DO NOT want to breath. So check it out. ... more
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Mon Jan 24, 2011
Bobby Nijjar answered:
AG, just my opinion but we are more likely to see a rebound in housing starting with the San Jose area and that in turn has helped Fremont in the past. My personal feeling is that Fremont will hold value a little better than Pleasanton. On the other side of the coin, you might want to consider which area gives you what you are looking for. Example, maybe you want a newer house, larger lot, etc., so one city might offer a better selection than the other.

History has shown that there won't be a significant difference in values between Fremont and Pleasanton, so make your purchase based on which area gives you the house, location, amenities, etc., that you want and will enjoy for the next 5-6 years and who knows, you may make such a good selection that you won't need to reconsider for another 10 plus years.

Good luck!
Bobby Nijjar
Legacy Real Estate & Associates
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Wed Jun 23, 2010
Dianne Hicks answered:

Contact a lawyer but before you do that...
You really need to read your contract. We cannot answer without all the details. Did you sign off on all your contingencies? That is first and foremost. If you did not, you may have a way out.

Really try going in and talking to them nicely, not angry. Let know, this did not meet your expectations and if all the other models are sold, then they should have not problem re-selling this one. Let them know you do not want to have to contact a lawyer to resolve this but if you have to you wil (NICELY). It is alway easier to resolve without escalation for everyone if it is possible.

Good Luck!!!

Kindest Regards,
Dianne Hicks
HomeSmart Real Estate
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
The Medford Team answered:

To understand why there is no centralized downtown core in Fremont such as other cities, you have to understand its history. Whereas cities like Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, Danville, Palo Alto, etc. have always been single cities with a single “downtown,” Fremont is composed of five separate townships, each with its’ own unique “downtown” area.

Here is a quote from Fremont’s history:

“The towns of Niles, Mission San Jose, Centerville, Irvington, and Warm Springs were incorporated into the City of Fremont in 1956. Some 22,000 people lived between Mission Peak and the bay. The size of the area and the melding of five towns into one city presented special problems. Planners located industry in the southern part and commercial development near the center. Conflicting factions sometimes polarized the city, especially during the campaign to locate city hall and establish a city center.

The opening of the Hub in 1962 was the first step in the development of the Central Business District. The General Motors plant opened in 1963.

The City of Fremont has gradually developed civic facilities and parks. Central Park was opened in 1962, the City Government Building in 1968, Lake Elizabeth in 1969, the Library Building in 1989 and the Police Building in 1996.” (see link at the bottom for credits)

The City is very aware of the problems of no “perceived” downtown core, and also understands the draws of such areas, given the popularity of the downtown areas of both Pleasanton and Palo Alto (both located within a 25 minute drive from Fremont). Even Hayward has been working hard to revitalize its downtown core and is enjoying a modicum of success. Realizing this, Fremont has been working hard to develop a general plan that incorporates a number of concepts designed towards this end. You can read about their plans in the 2030 General Plan Vision Statement:

This is worth looking at – there are a number of artistic renderings that will give you a good idea where Fremont is headed.

The city demolished its civic center a number of years ago as it was located atop the Hayward fault and was deemed seismically unsound (that fact that it closely resembled a Star Wars All Terrain Armored Transport [AT-AT] might have had something to do with it as well!). The city is currently crowded out of its existing facilities and had planned to relocate, however, economic constraints have put these plans on hold.

For more information, see:
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Thu Jun 3, 2010
Lubna Sheikh answered:
No such plans of moving Kimber Park out of MSJ attendence area. These were only rumors.
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Tue Jul 27, 2010
Masq answered:
Hello there,

I went through the same research last year. I found these 2 links VERY helpful.

1) Attendance Areas. If you are interested in Mission San Jose High School, note that Weibel students will go to Irvington High School; not MSJ HS.

2) Fremont Unified provide historical overflow charts containing all school and grade. Be aware that historical data does not guarantee future behavior. (Especially with current budget issues...) I would recommend you contact the specific school directly.
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Sat May 1, 2010
Joe Patel answered:
My favorite homes in pleasonton are located on the hill which are similar homes in south Fremont close to 680 and close to the hill.
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