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Fri Aug 3, 2012
Mary Falcone asked:
Fiesta Gardens, Shoreview, or The Village neighborhoods. Need asap. 2-3 bedroom and 1 1/2 or 2 bathrooms. Pets accepted because we have a dog. $2,000-$2,300/month
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Sun Jul 29, 2012
David Gowans answered:
Sounds like Belmont or San Carlos would be most appropriate. They are immediately south of San Mateo. No more than 20 minute drive in the worst traffic. 5 minutes in good traffic. I'd be happy to help if you'd like to contact me through my profile.

Happy hunting!
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Sat Jul 28, 2012
Lance King answered:
The first thing you need to do is review your CC&Rs or ask the President of the HOA what the procedure is for getting policy review. You are right, it makes no sense that a bottom floor have any regulation for flooring, but these documents are often drawn up as boilerplate and don't always make sense.

Once you figure out how to get a review, come armed with as much info as you can. Unfortunately this is one of the drawbacks of living in a condo - you have to ask permission.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Fri Nov 9, 2012
Zoey Tolu answered:
Hi Joel,

First of all I need to understand your question. As to what your needs are? Are you looking to relocate to San Mateo, because of better school districts, better business opportunities, better weather, larger community, centrally located to either Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley), San Francisco, San Mateo Bridge (East Bay Access). Oh, by the way we already have a Burlingame Avenue and tons of restaurants, movie theaters, artists, etc… Also we are very close to major Shopping centers (Hillsdale, Stanford, Tanforan). Yes Brisbane has a high number of Techies and Bio Techies living around there but I can tell you that every time I do an open house around San Mateo, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Foster City, Millbrae, I always see those Techies wanting to move more toward the South. I wonder why??? If you need me to send you some listings in the San Mateo Area please do not hesitate to contact me at or Cell (650) 619-3379.
I hope this is answering your question.
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Sat Jul 14, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
I have never spoken to an Appraiser about it, but, yes, Clients seem to "dis" the flat-tops:
There no snow in San Mateo; it just seems to be their opinion.
I can just imagine that an Appraiser would gravitate toward other Eichlers for Comp's,
which means that it might be a little hard to do Comp's on one.

If you don't care, and you plan on living there a long time; I would suggest not worrying about the discount on an Eichler. Do what feels good to you.
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Thu Jul 12, 2012
Fyzt asked:
we are not in a hurry so if you know of something coming up in the next 20-60 days that would be great...thx
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Tue Oct 23, 2012
John Juarez answered:
I have not heard of this happening. Typically, in California, the assessed price for tax purposes is the sale price. I can imagine that the assessor might give a second look to properties that sell for below market value for some reason but I don’t think short as a class can be considered to be sold under market value.

My most current short sale listing has received 11 offers and will sell for a new high price in that complex in this market.

I will check back to see what others have to say.
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Sun Jul 8, 2012
Michael Kaprielian answered:
Hi Brian,
My understanding is that the Bank can foreclose on the property at any time up to the Recording date.
Now that being said if the Owner's of the property have applied for one of the Short sale programs like the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program, once the Bank(s) agree to this program then the foreclosure process must be halted.

But remember the Banks must agree(in writing) to this and the Listing Agent that represents the sellers should have this information.

Always the Best,
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Tue Sep 18, 2012
Ramdik Balljam answered:
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Fri Jun 1, 2012
John Juarez answered:

This is one of those questions that will be very hard to answer.
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Wed May 30, 2012
David Gowans answered:
I have no relationship to this guy.... he's just the best one I've worked with here on the Peninsula is:

Michael J. Haigh
Retail Sales - Branch Manager
The Michael Haigh Team
W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC.
1860 El Camino Real, Suite 306
Burlingame, CA 94010
Main: 650 204-3311
Cell: 415.269.4461
Secure e-fax: 877.754.5250
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Mon May 28, 2012
David Gowans answered:
Hi Frank. I've got just the place for you. Large home, excellent condition, 11,000sqft lot, view of the city, 2 master suites, 4br plus extra rooms, listed just under $1.3m. Contact me through my profile and I'll make arrangement for you to see it. ... more
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Wed May 30, 2012
Jonathan Y. Lee answered:
Welcome to California Frank!

Well....based on where you are coming from, I imagine that you would prefer the warmer climate. So, you best bet is staying in between Millbrae to Redwood City given your specified price range. Let me know what else you would like to find in your next home and I would be glad to assist in your relocation.

Call me anytime at 650-619-9255.
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Mon Mar 30, 2015
David Tapper answered:
Star, other than looking on Craigslist, find a real estate agent or property management company to help you.


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Mon Apr 23, 2012
val krysov answered:
Hi Dan,
I would be happy to help you!
Here is the list of available properies in San Mateo as of today - April, 21.
3bed/2bath, 1500sqft and in the price range you've mentioned

you can call me at 415-385-8949 or email to
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Sat Apr 21, 2012
Taj Weldon answered:
Hello Dan,
I am an REALTOR, CDPE whom services the San Mateo area.
I know the area well and as a Certified Distressed Property Expert Foreclosures, Foreclosure Prevention and Short Sale are my specialty.

Are there any questions that I can assist you with?
I am here to help, please feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Taj Weldon
650-762-8804_Serving San Mateo, San Carlos, San Francisco
DRE 01816152
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Mon Apr 2, 2012
Terry McCarley answered:
Unfortunately you most likely don't stand a chance of getting reimbused for the appraisal expense.
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Sat Mar 17, 2012
juliette Najjar answered:
We may find a 4 bedroom home through " vacation rental". I can help you but need more information from you. Would you please call me at (650) 291-9792.
Juliette Najjar
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Mon Sep 22, 2014
Tim Moore answered:
One problem with some internet sites is that agents can buy exposure, like here. An agent who pays big bucks can get their picture and name next to all listed homes in a certain area or zip code or town and they likely won't be the listing agent. Contacting any agent in the area of the home can usually get the answers you want to know, like number of bedrooms, size, age, etc. If you are looking for what the seller will accept or why are they selling or what did they pay for the house, then even finding the listing agent might not get those answered.

I have noticed that here on Trulia a property might have 3 agents listed next to it and there will often be one that says listing or listing agent next to one of them. This only works if the agent is registered here, if they aren't their contact info won't be available.

Try and see what it tells you.
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