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Piedmont : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Heidi Marchesotti answered:
Hi Heather - please stop by our office, the ONLY real estate office in Piedmont right in the center of town. 342 Highland Avenue to pick up a visitors guide and chat with one of our local agents.
We'd be happy to talk about schools, parent groups and lifestyle.
Our website might also be helpful at
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
You can check out Piedmont Community Center -- there's a nice trail that wends in and around the area
So what people say about it

Also, some streets are close enough to Grand and Lakeshore shops, restaurant, theater. Many folks either walk or ride their bikes and walk around there. I don't know what day or time you were there, but it all depends on where in PIedmont you were driving around.
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Fri Nov 16, 2012
Pacita Dimacali answered:

I'll be glad to help --- if you're thinking of buying, what is your budget range? Are you looking only in Piedmont or would you consider adjoining cities.

And what type homes would you prefer besides a detached single family home? Would you consider condos as long as there are elevator facilities?

Pacita C. Dimacali
Distressed Property Certified
DRE# 01367196
Cell (510) 205-2992
Fax (510 550-7977
Alain Pinel Realtors
6211 La Salle Avenue (Montclair Village)
Oakland CA 94611
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Thu Mar 6, 2014
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Piedmont, like other cities, has seen its share of drop in market values --- but not as significant as other surrounding areas. The city continues to attract buyers. Properly and attractively priced properties still receive multiple offers. Both areas you mentioned, Piedmont and Upper Rockridge are in excellent school districts. I closed on a 4000 sq ft house sold as a short sale in Upper Rockridge to a couple with two young daughters who sold their San Francisco home. They are absolutely thrilled with their purchase. I also sold a Piedmont house to a family with three young daughters. Although they spent money to renovate some rooms (kitchen, family room) they are very happy to be in Piedmont.

Both Rockridge and Piedmont offer a variety of architectural styles that should suit people who do not like the look of modern and tract homes. Another reason to love these areas.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012
Kathleen Callahan answered:
Property tax rates in all of California, as of Prop 13 in 1978, are based on 1% of the purchase price at the last sale of the property, plus any local add-ons from local counties and cities. For more information on property taxes and anything else you want to know about Piedmont, please call me at 510-604-5728 or email me at I grew up in Piedmnont, currently am a resident and have been a real estate broker in the area for 29 years. I look forward to hearing from you. ... more
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Tue Mar 16, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Start by doing some homework of your own--maybe even consider a very short term rental--visit a neighborhood several times and at different times of day to get a sense of “belonging”. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. Call or visit school districts directly, ask for test scores, special programs, etc.

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Mon Oct 12, 2009
Cameron Platt answered:
No -- it certainly is not. That $10,035 figure is likely the redemption amount -- how much behind on the payments the borrower currently is. When banks foreclose on properties, they typically offer them for sale at 85% to 90% of market value in order to get them sold quickly.

RealtyTrac listings (as I believe this one is) are inherently misleading; you're not alone. :)

Best regards,
Cameron Platt, JD, CRS, REALTOR
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Tue Aug 11, 2009
Kathleen Callahan answered:
I grew up in Piedmont, live in Piedmont, and have been a broker here for almost thirty years. Please call me at 510-604-5728 so that I can try to find appropriate comps for your house.
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Sun Nov 6, 2011
Dallas Texas answered:
Try another mortgage broker discuss the circumstance provide a copy of your credit report with scores if new broker pulls your credit it will lower your scores. If your scores, debt ratio also governs % down home purchasing. If all is true then perhaps search for a home in a better market close to where this property is located. SORRY the hear about this. Lenders have tighten restrictions.
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Sun Nov 30, 2008
The Hagley Group answered:
what graphs are you referring to?I can most likely help
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Thu Nov 20, 2008
Glen Mitchell answered:
Edna, This got posted in California, but do you mean South Carolina? If its hwy 85 in Calif. email me the parcel number or address and I can drive by and give you a better idea. If its 85 in Carolina, then try reposting so more Carolina agents see the question. If you have problems with that I cn always help you find a local agent that can answer your questions.


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Sun Nov 16, 2008
Scott Godzyk answered:
You need to contact your listing agent and have them log onto their account, then go to my trulia in the upper right, click on my listings and then update in the listing box
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Tue Mar 25, 2008
Melinda J. Robison answered:
Robbie, do you have a buyers agent? Just curious. I am not sure why you would want to do a private inspection prior to putting in your offer. You could end up spending a few hundred dollars to have it inspected only to find out that you and the seller will never agree on price and terms.

I would write the offer and ask to have the 10 day right to do a private inspection. That would start from the time that you have an accepted offer. Realize that for a foreclosure this is to give you information on the house. The bank sells the property "as is". However, if the house is so bad you want to walk away after inspections you can walk away. You are out the money for the private inspection, but you can get your earnest money deposit back. Trust well spent than getting yourself in to a financial disaster!

I have sold Fannie Mae properties before. It should not take too long for answers. I would think worse case scenario a few days for responses.

If you need help please let me know as this is an area that my team and I service. My website is

I hope this information is helpful! Best Wishes!
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Tue Sep 11, 2007
Pam Winterbauer answered:
You are absolutely correct. There is no comparison to Oakland. Piedmont is it's own community and has it's own school district and one of the best in the State of California.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012
Phil answered:
The City of Piedmont has some of the finest schools in the state. Test scores are available online. The community takes an extraordinary interest in the schools and adds to school coffers with various fund raising activities to enhance an already well funded program.
The commute to SF can be via Rockridge BART, express bus or car, with informal car pools available on the Piedmont/Oakland Borders. One could also take the Ferry from Jack London Square.
There are many Asian American and Eur-Asian Families living in Piedmont. Asian are the largest "minority" in Piedmont.
I'd be happy to provide more detailed information if you'd like. I have lived in Piedmont and sent my (Eur-Asian) children to Piedmont schools.
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Wed Jan 18, 2012
JA answered:
Hi Keith - I live in the 94611 and work in both area codes. I have found that the Piedmont and the Montclair sides are great places to live. It is dependent on what you are looking for and what you need for your cirumstances. Send me a note at if you are looking in these areas. I can assist you with your search. Best! Jennifer Atherton, Realtor, Alain Pinel Realtors, Montclair, Oakland, CA ... more
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