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Mon Dec 24, 2012
Glen Mitchell answered:
Space rent on that one is listed as $934 per month. Let me know if I can get you any more info on that home or others in the area.


Glen Mitchell
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Licensed Manufactured Home Dealer
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Mon Nov 5, 2012
Elena Talis answered:
Wed Oct 31, 2012
Dan Tabit answered:
Homes advertised by RealtyTrac are generally not on the market. They are typically either scheduled for foreclosure or have been foreclosed but on, but not yet on the market.
To find the best available values, find a great local agent who has knowledge of foreclosures and regular inventory too.
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Sun Sep 30, 2012
Glen Mitchell answered:
Phyllis, are you referring to leas hold properties? Most properties here are fee simple and there are no rents on the land. The only ones I can think of off hand are at Martins Beach. I would have to agree that those are not always clearly posted in the mls. I get calls on them all the time and have to let people know that they didn't find the deal of the century, ie ocean front property in our area for $150k :)

If you are referring to other costs that I didn't address please clarify. Thanks, Glen
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
Kirsten Hagen answered:
Hi - Good question and a hard one to answer! This is a coastal environment, so you'll hear it's foggy a lot. We do have fog, but more often it's high clouds, sometimes with light precipitation. We also have amazingly spectacular days where the colors are jewel-like and we can't believe what a paradise we live in. We get a lot of foggy/cloudy days in the summer - June, July, August - and I think these times feel especially cold and gloomy because most of us expect sun in the summer. Many days the fog and clouds burn off and we have gorgeous afternoons even after those yucky drippy mornings. And lots of people just drive over the hill to get their sun fix. The Fall is the best (sunniest, warmest) time, but I also love Winter and Spring. We have so many lovely days - especially right after a rain. I just doesn't get any better.

On those super hot days when everyone east of us is sweltering, we are loving the marine layer. And when other areas freeze, we generally don't because of the marine layer - the weather is much more moderate here.

If you're considering the coast, I'd suggest visiting a few times, at different times of day, and look at different areas. The "Banana Belt" of lower El Granada might be sunny while Half Moon Bay is not. Also talk to the locals! You'll get an honest answer based on each person's experience.
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Wed Dec 12, 2012
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hi Carolyn,
It depends it the time of day but generally between 20 to 30 minutes. Taking Highway 1 north drops you right into Daly City.
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Wed Feb 29, 2012
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hi Carolyn,
Can you be more specific in your question, are you talking about Foster City?
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
val krysov answered:
Hi Emili,
If you work at Stanford and for some reason decide to live somewhere else (and the main one is it is very expensive), I would consider Foster City, San Mateo, Belmont etc. First of all, commute between those cities and Stanford are much easier then between Half Moon Bay and Stanford. And schools in Foster City (especially) are VERY good - elementary and middle.
Please see what is available on my website or give me a call at 415.385-8949
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Sun Feb 19, 2012
Totally off the professional "clock" here....

Half Moon Bay is WONDERFUL!
I live in the East Bay and find myself driving over at every chance I can make.
Whether it is foggy or a beautiful sunny winter day, the winters are THE best, Half Moon Bay is fabulous.
If you can make that work....DO IT!!
PS: Dog friendliest town I have every visited!!
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Sat Mar 26, 2011
Danny Dimas answered:
Good Morning Merlotmom-

Welcome to the bay area! There are rentals available depending on size, location and scope of views. Please email me and I would be happy to send you a list of current available homes for rent.

Have a great weekend.

Danny Dimas
RealtySource Inc.
El Granada, Ca 94018
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Mon Mar 7, 2011
Dallas Texas answered:
Work with a Realtor who can locate homes based on your particulars and lender specifications

Pre - foreclosures are also known as short sale these types of transactions have drama be prepared . Not by agents how banks do business

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
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Sun Aug 3, 2014
Vicky Spiva answered:
Well Michael, I love the coast and there are many different climates up and down the state. Northern California is more laid back but cooler than Southern California. If you want to snorkel or swim in the ocean I would recommend looking South but that is rather expensive. Ukiah north has reasonable prices with less problems of homes sliding into the ocean. I really like Crescent City area for beach combing or just watching the waves. Real Estate taxes are basically 1% of the sales price annually but then there are other small assessments that may be added depended on where you are locating. Have you tried to look at Real Estate on line in the different areas? San Fancisco Bay area is fairly expensive as is Los Angeles, San Diego Monterey, Carmel. Santa Cruz may have some homes you might be interested in. Bodega Bay/Jenner is really nice and fairly close to the City. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend and what you are into doing while on the coast. ... more
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Sun Nov 22, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Please post your answer on the question that was asked rather than as a separate question. This way, the questionner will be alerted to your specific answer.

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Wed Sep 2, 2009
Wilma L answered:
There is one in SF:
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Wed Oct 16, 2013
Wilma L answered:
It might be a bit long, 92 is a windy road and all your other ways out to the north and south are pretty far also. Also, everything depends on what time you are commuting. I would like to say it is at least 30 minutes but I think I'm underestimating it by 15 to 30 minutes. It all depends on where you are leaving from and going to exactly. ... more
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Thu Feb 12, 2009
Arn Cenedella answered:
I do not believe there is any shuttle from Half Moon Bay to UCSF. And I do not think ytou will find any public transportation that would be adequate. So I think your only option is to drive. Depending on what UCSF campus you are at your drive could be anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.

Here is a response from Marian Bennett a colleague in Half Moon Bay at Coldwell Banker about her experiences driving from HMB to SF.

I live on the Coastside and commuted to SF's Financial District. I found it easiest to go north on Highway 1 (over Devil's Slide) to Daly City Bart and the train dropped me off within a block of my office. I did that commute only for a couple of years, so I didn't experience that commute during a slide closure. However, as an 18 year resident of the Half Moon Bay area, the slide has closed only twice. Yes, it's a pain when it does, but the short term inconvenience is minimal compared to the overall experience of coming home to an extraordinarily beautiful part of San Mateo County. When I drive to the City, it takes me 20-30 minutes depending on where I'm going. My husband did the Coastside to Silicon Valley commute for 17 years so we were heading in opposite directions. We wanted a great community to raise our kids that was a reasonable commute for both of us. If you are considering living in Half Moon Bay proper instead of one of the more northern communities (El Granada, Moss Beach or Montara) then Hwy 92 to 280 is your best bet. Highway 92 is currently being widened and that should help relieve some commute congestion. A link is provided here with project information.

Marian can be reached at:

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Sun Jul 18, 2010
Vicki Moore answered:
That's a really interesting question. There are several districts on the coast that are not actually incorporated as a city. Their services are provided by the county. In the case of a bankruptcy, the county would then take over the management. It may make some buyers feel uncomfortable; but because it's an established practice there already, I'm not sure that it would make much, if any, impact.

I'd be interested to hear other perspectives on your question.
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Sun Aug 19, 2007
The Hagley Group answered:
Lucy- Have you checked craigs list...or your local newspaper? You may want to trying posting an add for specific service rather than looking for one.
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Wed Sep 1, 2010
Rose and Nate Serdy answered:
Hello JB,

The tax base for San Mateo County is 1.1% per thousand. The link that is included will take you to Hayward's tax assessor site. It appears that SM County is a little lower. ... more
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