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Moving in Los Angeles County : Real Estate Advice

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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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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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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 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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Fri Apr 6, 2012
Chris Woodburn answered:
I have great experience in the City of Pomona. Honestly, the best person to speak with is a lender. I have several great lenders that I work with on a constant basis and would love to get you in touch with one if you did not mind. I believe it is possible as long as you have an active lease agreement. One of the lenders I work with can use rental income as a source of income and because all of this will new income, they are able to use 75% of it.

Please let me know if you would like to talk more about it or if you would like to speak to a lender that I trust and know that will take care of you.

Chris Woodburn
(909) 234-0182
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Sun Feb 12, 2012
Marc Schwartz answered:
Big choice on moving, I made the decision 10 years ago to move from Encino to the SCV. My office is about 28 miles away now but you can't go wrong in moving out here.

Call me at my office to talk 818-885-5615 or use my website at to really get started.

Marc Schwartz
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Sun Dec 18, 2011
DJ Bonner answered:
Hello Sindy,
Please feel free to call/email me and we can talk about the areas. I can also send you a list of properties that match your criteria.
Keller Williams Realty
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Sat Dec 17, 2011
JB Fung answered:

You can search for long term and short term leases on

Use the property pull down menu to select Residential Lease

Good luck,

JB Fung | Director - Architectural Division
John Aaroe Group
8560 Sunset Blvd., 3rd Floor
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tel: 323-315-7450 | Fax: 323-927-1650 | DRE# 01332492
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Thu Feb 23, 2012
Joshua Rabinovitz answered:
It just depends on where you would like to live, how much is in your budget, and how much space you need. All areas have their pet friendly apartments and not pet friendly ones. Let me know if I can help you out. Also try craigslist and westsiderentals. Best, Joshua Rabinovitz. ... more
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Tue Dec 10, 2013
Joshua Rabinovitz answered:
All areas in Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods are great places to live. I would suggest you do a thurough checkout of the subject property and make sure it is the right one to move into. Also, rents seem to be increasing so perhaps it would be in your best interest to start looking at homes. Let me know if I can further assisst you. Best, Joshua Rabinovitz. ... more
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Tue Sep 20, 2011
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Sat Dec 17, 2011
Ron Escobar - Local Expert answered:

They are very good... I have been there for 4 years...

Best of luck!
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Thu May 17, 2012
Any agent will generally get paid a commission by/from the owner of whichever home you choose to rent. As the renter, you will customarily not pay any fee to your agent, who helps you find a rental, unless otherwise agreed to. Keep in mind finding rentals through an agent, will generally limit your choice of rentals to choose from. Most agents to not have access to ALL rentals. Which is a very different situation to an agent's access to homes for sale. You should, without an agents help, also check local property management companies for their rental inventory in Irvine, Irvine newspapers classified ads, and other online resources that offer rentals. There are quite a few rentals that don't get input into the MLS and handled by agents. Good luck. ... more
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Thu Mar 1, 2012
Neil Mather answered:
The commute is not that bad. It's only about 33 miles from the Stevenson Ranch area in Santa Clarita. Without traffic you could get there in about 35 minutes and with traffic more like 45 to 50 minutes. I always recommend to my clients that they should make the drive during the time in which they would be traveliing normally to work and get a feel for themselves. Unless you move to Glendale or somewhere very close to Pasadena you are going to have a little bit of a drive. Santa Clarita is a fantastic place to live and well worth a few extra minutes of travel time.
Before I moved up to Santa Clarita I lived in Sherman Oaks and then the Burbank area. I have a family and we absolutely love it up here. When I drive to the valley or the west side I can't wait to drive back to Santa Clarita.
If you are really serious about moving to Santa Clarita give me a call. You will need a really good real estate agent because the market has become very competitive again. We have a very low inventory of homes on the market right now and a lot of buyers that are trying to purchase before the home buyer tax credit expires this year at the end of June.
It doesn't cost you anything to use us as your agent and with over 30 years experience in real estate we can definitely help you buy a home in this competitive market.

Call Us!

Keller Williams VIP Properties in Valencia
DRE# 01479910
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Fri Dec 16, 2011
Tiffany that is a loaded question since REALTORS are forbidden by law to steer,blockbuster anyone from any specific area based on race, religion, etc.. However I am not a REALTOR and can answer the question but I can tell you that LA OS so diverse it really doesn't matter that much. What you probably want to learn are the areas that meet your lifestyle, crime, etc
. Because honestly LA is a melting pot. There are areas that are predominantly black but may not have the things that meet your personal needs. As a minority myself I was never more than half hour away from my people. I too am originally from NY and had lived in LA

You're going to like it

Let me know if I can assist you withany financing or I'd you have questions you can call me directly
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Wed Apr 18, 2012
robbie sikora answered:
good afternoon vanessa,

the two resources you mentioned are the most widely used for this area. depending on the size of the property or the rental amount, other resources could be the santa monica daily press; santa monica mirror; argonaut and possible guest site if its listed with a broker. there is also an apartment guild (again, depends on what you're looking for) in news stands throughout the neighborhood or online at there are plenty of rentals out there so best of luck!

kindest regards,
robbie sikora
Gibson International
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Mon Aug 3, 2009
Barbara Robbins-Olexa answered:
You do not need a rental agreement in writing in CA unless it is a one year or more lease agreement. However, you must give your landlord 30 day notice in writing otherwise you are obligated to pay for the next 30 days from the date of the written notice to the landlord. So he can keep part or all of the security deposit assuming that it is enough to cover what you owe. You should let him show it now and have an agreement if he is able to rent it any part of the time that you will be gone that you will get a credit for that time and then you won't owe as much.

If you have any other questions, I will be glad to help.

Barbara Robbins-Olexa, Broker, e-Pro Internet Certified, SRES(R)
L B Brokerage
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Mon Aug 3, 2009
Judith Gottesfeld answered:
Dear Chichi,

I searched a couple of sources for you to review the statistics. You are welcome to click (or copy and paste as the case may be) on the links to go directly to the information. As a real estate professional I do not personally track these stastics but do rely on other sources for the information.

Good luck,
Judith Gottesfeld
Gibson International
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Wed Mar 25, 2015
Joe Nernberg answered:
I don't live in the Santa Clarita Valley, but I have family there and I inspect homes in Valencia, Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, etc.

I like the way residential and business areas are planned. It's not chopped up like parts of the San Fernando Valley. Seems clean and the people there take care of their homes. Nice place to raise a family. Very affordable.

The down side is commuting to Los Angeles. The 5 freeway is a bottle-neck several hours a day.
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