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Tue Nov 13, 2012
Michael Tessaro answered:
When are you planing to move? Unfortunately in Pleasanton most properties that are for rent are not professionally managed so to find them takes some doing however I have helped a number of relocating clients find rentals by checking Craig's List, Yahoo Rents as well as the REALTOR MLS but again not many are typically listed there since the owners haven't hired professional managers. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.
Professionally yours,
Michael Tessaro
C/T: 925-519-9099
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Thu Nov 29, 2012
Steve Mohseni answered:

Broker's compensation/commission is a negotiable item and there is not fixed rate schedule to share with you on a public forum such as Trulia. Commission can vary based on number of factors such as condition of the property, list price, market condition,...... Give me a call; I would be happy to get more specific with you once I have more specific information from you about your property and hopefully be able to earn your business.

Best wishes,
Steve Mohseni
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Wed Oct 16, 2013
Steve Mohseni answered:
Seems like you have done your homework and know the objections there are already. Be convinced that those are enough reasons that some people object to, making the interest for these neighborhoods somewhat limited. Note that there are bunch of people living in those communities and everything is just fine.

It boils down to your personal preferences and you need to know that not everyone would want to buy there now and not everyone would want to buy there when you get ready to sell as a buyer. You need to have a right expectation when buying and also when selling and setting your list price accordingly.

Go for it…buy anywhere in Pleasanton and you cannot go wrong, just make sure to do you due diligence and perform all inspections as you should with any other property.

Good luck….let me know if I can help.
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Sun Sep 1, 2013
Scott Godzyk answered:
You may be able to know, it will depend ion what your credit looks like, how much equity you have and what type of mortgage you like. you should start with meeting with a local and trusted loan officer who can prequailify you and let you know what is available. Anyone else may be guessing without see ing your full financial picture. ... more
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Sat Jan 26, 2013
Sally Blaze answered:
Judging the commute is a very personal assessment as we all have our own tolerance for traffic. On a high level you will find that Monday morning and Friday afternoon congestion is generally the heaviest and most traveled periods of the week. Of course, the first rain of the season often creates more traffic, as does road work or accidents.

Traffic on 680 is from Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and many other communities, all trying to get to Fremont, Milpitas, San Jose, and cities on the peninsula.

I suggest to clients that they invest in a one or two night hotel stay somewhere near by and drive to / from work or to / from their "new home". This might be a good strategy for you to try.

Hope this helps.

Sally Blaze
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Wed Jan 23, 2013
Rhonda Fee answered:
Hi Raj,
Although my kids are older now, many of my friends live in Ruby Hill and our kids went to school together. The common theme was that parents team together and make a car pool schedule. This was true not only for school, but for sports. My son's best friends lived there, so often he would be included in the car pool for sports. It worked out very well.

The other option is the public bus system (for middle school & high school students). The bus picks up and drops off in certain locations within Ruby Hill. For some kids that meant a long walk home, but again, parents would work together and things worked out well.

As for which school, it is always the right answer to say, 'check with the school district about your particular street'. What I observed was that the friends of my son went to Vintage Hills with my son, Pleasanton Middle School for middle school, but then when it came to high school, the parents seemed to have no issue with transferring their child to their chosen high school; Foothill or Amador.

As an example of what's going on their in this market today; a month ago I was searching with a client in the $1.5m - $1.9m range. We had to move fast as most of the homes (if priced well) would sell almost immediately. In 2 instances we watched 2 different cash buyers come into the area at $1.6m AND $1.9m and scoop houses within 1 weekend on the market.

Prices are still low, interest rates are still low and that makes a great combination. My relative that still lives in Ruby Hill today wouldn't choose anywhere else to live. She loves it! I'd like to share more, so feel free to give me a call.

Rhonda Fee, Broker/Owner
Realty World Property Connect
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Sun Sep 16, 2012
Alain Picard answered:
I would ask you real estate agent or an attorney. In Washington State the purchase and sale agreements state that the seller can ask that the buyer waive their financing contingency and if the seller does waive that then the seller can't terminate however if the buyer can't obtain financing they will no longer have that contingency protecting them. ... more
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Thu Sep 13, 2012
Michael Tessaro answered:
What property are you looking for the HOA information for??
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Wed Sep 12, 2012
Ramon Concepcion answered:
There are a lot of great homes in Pleasanton up to $600,000. The Val Vista and Valley Trails Communities are great places to live. There are some concerns in all of Pleasanton regarding foundation issues. You see Pleasanton used to be swamp like farm land. So the soil can be very soft which could potentially lead to foundation issues. As with any home in an area with soft soil, it's best to keep an eye on the subfloor area under the home for signs of damp ground when there hasn't been any rain in a long time such a now. The best way to find this out is during your Inspections.

In my experience I've seen homes with foundation issues in those areas, and then two doors away there are no such issues. So to plainly say an entire community has foundation issues would be exaggerating. If you like a community, and the homes fit what your looking for and meet your price range, then find a home you like, get an accepted offer, and perform the proper inspections that will give you the piece of mind that you made a sound decision. Also remember that you have a Contingency period to make a decision to withdrawl from the purchase with no recourse per the California Residential Purchase Agreement.

Good luck,

Ramon Concepcion
Better Homes and Gardens Tri Valley Realty
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Wed Sep 5, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
There is a current misconception that you are going to get a good deal if you look only at foreclosures – truth is, all the foreclosures that are released by the banks are on the MLS along with all the other properties and are readily accessible to any Realtor. And … they are all priced at fair market value.

If you are looking for a deep discount, then you’ll have to get someone to work with you to purchase homes on the county courthouse steps. Problem is … they only take cash and this is not an environment for the uninitiated.

So … my recommendation is for you to locate a local Realtor in all the areas in which you want to look for foreclosures and have you agent send you profiles as they hit the market.
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Thu Aug 23, 2012
The Medford Team answered:
Depends on where you live in Pleasanton. In normal traffic, count on 30 minutes from downtown Pleasanton to McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas. Rush hour? At least double. You can pay extra for the commuter lane, but I've heard that doesn't cut much off your time. And during normal commute hours, the commute is awful going both ways. Accident? Worse yet. ... more
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Sun Aug 19, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
We lived in Dublin for 20 years; through a lot of highway construction and growth:
We loved Pleasanton. We loved visiting S.F.
I cannot imagine doing both!

If you are bound and determined; I would use Bart, not driving:
You are looking at 1 1/2 hours, on a good day!
Unless you are going in at 4:00 and getting off at 2:00.

And this is experience talking;
First we lived in Sunnyvale and I commuted to South San Francisco, up 280.
Then, we moved to Dublin while I was working in Mountain View.
I've got the scars.

The secret is having a big, comfortable car, (gas mileage is a lot less important) and I listened to books-on-tape; quite a few books over the period.

Good luck and may God bless
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Fri Aug 10, 2012
Steve Quintana answered:
Do you still want to terminate the deal? If so, someone on your end should review all the docs and details to see if you have a plausible reason to terminate and get that process moving. ... more
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Sat Oct 27, 2012
Johnny Huang, MBA answered:
Not sure what you are looking for...selling all those homes require a TEAM...basically admin, escrow, closing teams therefore that agent is paying out salaries to that TEAM. His net revenue may be pretty good with that volume, but he can't do it all. ... more
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Sun Jul 7, 2013
Claudia Muller answered:
I have had this happen at all Safeways!!
Blackhawk and SR, included!!
Love the new Bernal location!!
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Ramon Concepcion answered:
The area is good. It's hard not to find a decent area in Pleasanton. As for appreciating values in the next 5 years no one can tell you for sure. Currently though we are seeing home values increasing moderately for the area. ... more
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Thu Nov 29, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
I can give you a referral to a referral:
We have a great crew working for us:
Call the Office at 510-222-9150
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Steve Mohseni answered:
Yes, rents have gone up cross the board as people lose their home to foreclosure and become tenants. California seem to be also doing better than rest of the country so I have also noticed lot of relocation from the other states into our area increasing the demand for rentals.

If you have good credit and foresee living in the area for the next five years, you may want to consider buying a home. I would not be surprised to see your net cost to buy a home after tax benefit to be very close or lower than renting the same house.

Best wishes,
Steve Mohseni
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Hollie answered:
I meant they may don't like some rules on HOA docs

And how about if seller didn't deliver HOA docs within 7 days?
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Sat Sep 29, 2012
Steve Mohseni answered:

I am sorry to hear that you and your family have gone through such a difficult time but know that you are not alone. Number of homeowners find themselves in your current situation and banks have come to realize that they need to work with each homeowner and make their best effort to keep them in their homes. This does not mean to stay in their home mortgage free and/or for the banks to write off portion of the loan balance, however they are generally willing to lower the interest rate, increase the loan term and whatever else they can in order to reduce the monthly mortgage to a manageable level for the homeowners and keep them in their homes.

Having said that no one should be comfortable to answer to your questions in such national forum as there are specifics to each scenario. You need to reach out to your tax advisor as well as your attorney to a proper advice. Each state has its own set of guideline for the bank as to how they will go about foreclosing on a property. What I can tell you is that you probably still have time but I would not delay it any longer.

Best of luck,

Steve Mohseni
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