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General Area in San Carlos : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Lottie Kendall answered:
Best advice: keep checking Craig's list on a daily basis, and be ready to check out any and all possibilities the minute they come on. Have your information at hand (personal, business and rental references, bank account info, credit history if available) Rentals are in high demand and go quickly. Broaden your areas if possible; check out Redwood Shores, San Mateo, Redwood City; consider both a townhouse as well as single family homes.

Best wishes with your search,
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Fri Mar 16, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
PATIENCE grasshopper; lots and lots of Patience.
Most of the Luxury homes are cleebrating birthdays on the MLS, and Sellers have to understand this.
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Fri Jun 10, 2016
Janie and John Barman answered:
Hi Stewart,

We have helped several clients buy and sell up in Brittan Heights, the most recent being a few months ago. We also have several friends that live up there. All have loved it.

Do you have a specific concern?

From what I have seen and heard (I attended one HOA meeting with a client), the HOA/board take an active interest in maintaining the complex, keeping it nice, etc. The people I have met have seemed friendly. It does border open space, so deer periodically wander through the complex, and many units have spectacular views.

As with everywhere else, home prices in Brittan Heights have taken a hit over the last year or so, so prices are more attractive than they have been in a while.

If you have specific questions, either post them here or email me and I'm happy to do my best to respond.


John Barman
Coldwell Banker
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Sun Feb 9, 2014
Tara Steinke answered:
Hello Kris,

One of the best avenues in searching for a good rental is via Craigslist ( Also, up in the LA area an excellent resource and is free to those looking to rent. I would suggest connecting with a local real estate agent that provides great service to renters. They can provide you with MLS rental listings (however, they are typically also posted on Craigslist).

I hope this helps.... best of luck in your search!
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Mon Nov 9, 2009
Ed Gory answered:
San Carlos has many pros to it, depending on what's important in your search criteria. Great elementary & middle schools, definitely. A vibrant downtown with good restaurants and shops, yes. Nice parks, safe streets, yes, San Carlos is well known for these, and is an incredibly desirable city to live in. If there were any cons to it, and just generalizing, maybe sometimes you get more "house" for your money in similar price ranges in Redwood City, or San Mateo, or Belmont. As a general example, with what $1M buys in San Carlos, versus the other cities, you might find smaller lots and less square footage in a house in SC. Just my experience from having lived in this area 43 years (grew up in Belmont, high school in San Mateo, work now in San Carlos, and live in Redwood City).

In terms of prices being discounted, it's kind of hard to generalize, because the most popular selling segment in San Carlos is between maybe $900K to $1.2M, and we've rarely seen homes get discounted much there. In the "lower" price points in San Carlos, like under $700K, sometimes you do see them sell for 92-96% of their asking price. But, for homes that have been on the market a long time (i.e. over 30 days) in any price range, whether in San Carlos, or San Mateo, or Redwood City, many times they will go for under asking, but only slightly. San Carlos, much like other desirable cities like Palo Alto, or Los Altos, or parts of Menlo Park, have been on the whole fairly immune to the massive discounting you see in the more hard-hit real estate markets of the Bay Area (like the East Bay, Contra Costa County, and neighborhoods like east San Mateo, or east Menlo). There's plenty of good resources on the cities you're considering, and many of the agents who contribute on Trulia have some great, city-specific websites & blogs.
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