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Sun Jan 18, 2009
Al answered:
Check Diana out:
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Tue Nov 4, 2008
Russ Boyd answered:
Hi David,
What property are you asking about?
Russ Boyd
Associate Broker-Intero Real Estate Services
Mortgage Consultant-First Priority Financial
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Tue Oct 21, 2008
Ed Fitch answered:
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Fri May 16, 2014
David Tapper answered:
A good rule of thumb is that "almost" all the properties that are East of 101 fall into the flood zone. The only way to make sure is to read the reports.

When you purchase a home, there a many dislcosures that the seller will provide and one of them is a natural hazard disclosures and advisories which will tell you all you need to know. This report is mandatory in the state of California.

If you are looking for an agent who knows that area reall well, call Mac McCarthy 650-245-1005. Mac works and lives in the area.

Good luck,

Dave Tap Tapper

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Tue Dec 7, 2010
Arn Cenedella answered:
Have you been to Shoreview?
It does not sound like you have gone to Shoreview and looked around. Is that right?
Spending time in a neighborhood at different times during the day and night during the work and on the weekends will give you a good sense of the neighborhood. Talk to people in the neighborhood - they will give you an honest assessment of the neighborhood. Rely on your own eyes and ears - use your own judgment - many of the questions you ask are subjective.
Go to to research school scores.
You can contact City of San Mateo police for crime information.

Shoreview is a long way from downtown - no practical way to walk.

I do have a 1340sf townhouse within walking distance to downtown (which is very fun by the way) listed at $599,900.

When buying real estate, there is no substitute for "boots on the ground" investigation.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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Fri Sep 19, 2008
Harold 'Mac' Mccarthy answered:
When you say a guest/mother-in-law, does that mean a separate dwelling? San Mateo County is a very broad map. You should narrow down 1 or 2 cities with in San Mateo County that you really like. Then narrow down the areas with in that city that you want to live. Your best bet is to get pre-aproved (if your not already) and then check with an agent about what is best area for your price range. I am always for questions via email or phone ( 650-245-1005). ... more
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Thu Aug 21, 2008
Adrian Huntington answered:
In all transactions you get what you pay for. If you hired a lawyer you would not pay for the cheapest lawyer which is a public defender. If you have700+ credit I suggest you get a quote from your local bank. If you have a checking account savings and agree to ETF Mortgage Payments banks such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America will give you a better rate with less to no cost. Buyer be aware no closing costs means higher interest rate. It may only be an eighth, but over time they got paid for your so called deal. I am a Realtor and Loan Officer. Whether you go to a retail Bank or use a Wholesale Broker you will pay something. You need to go with someone who you can trust. If you are buying a home typically the seller chooses the Escrow company. You should ask for Seller concessions to pay for the escrow fees. Most escrow fees are competitive. We are at a point when the high fee companies are out of business.
If you have any questions, or would like for me to quote you some reasonable fees. Email me some details. I think some figure is missing from this total.


Adrian Huntington
Welcome Home Real Estate & Finance
53 La Serena Ct.
Alamo, CA 94507
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Wed Jan 28, 2015
Harold 'Mac' Mccarthy answered:
I have personally toured these units and they show beautiful. However, if I was your agent I would advise you to explore other options. First of all the elementary school has a very low API and secondly you live on the freeway. Granite counter tops and shiny hardwood floors will come and go out of style, but you can never move your location. I personally live fairly close to these units in the Parkside area of San Mateo and can tell you for your money there is better long term value out there. A lot of San Mateoan's view the Shoreview area as one of the worst in San Mateo, personally I don't. There are good pockets in Shoreview, but not on the freeway. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone, I know the area very well.

Harold 'Mac' McCarthy

Cell: (650) 245-1005
FAX: (650) 343-6990
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Fri Apr 9, 2010
Jim Minkey answered:
The first, and maybe most important thing is to actually go see the house inside and out first. It's not uncommon for the unfortunate foreclosed upon former homeowners to have done some serious damage to the house on the way out. I've heard many stories of people buying homes at auction more or less sight unseen because they thought it was a good deal and were later surprised to find the house needed alot more work than they had anticipated. Do your due diligence before the bidding begins. ... more
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Thu Jul 24, 2008
Gene Yakubovich answered:
Obsolutely true! The east side of the 101 -analysis shows that the properties are less expencive and as of today dropping its value more that the westside Of San Mateo. More over there are more REO's and forclosuresaat the east side of 101 and Delawere ... more
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Tue Aug 19, 2008
Grace Keng answered:
I have sold some pre foreclosure homes in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. I am tracking both REO and preforeclosure homes for another clients. You may contact me to get the details.
Call me at 408 733-8887 or email
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Thu Jul 24, 2008
Herb Schmulewicz answered:
Can i ask you a few more questions?

When you say "unit", are you speaking of a condo?

I know 100 agents have probably commented or given advice. Call me and or email me direct.
I'll be honest and upfront.. Dont' worry.. no obligation.
Long story short., If you are looking at a large condo complex, there are more challanges.
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Sat May 4, 2013
Dallas Texas answered:
I believe the only thing you can ask is if the person is employed the length of time of service too the company. You might be able to obtain income ... more
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Fri Jul 4, 2008
Vicki Moore answered:
Prices are still rising in many San Mateo County areas. It's important to be neighborhood specific when looking at what prices are doing. Square footage is just one way of determining value/price. There are a lot of factors that have to be looked at to answer your question. It's one that can't really be answered on the fly. ... more
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Fri Sep 19, 2008
Mary Molinari answered:
Hi Dave - Here is the activity for the Laurie Meadows area (single family homes) from January 2008 to present.
Active :
WOODBRIDGE CIRCLE listed at $1,299,000 4bed 3bth 2,580 SqFt

244 WOODBRIDGE CIRCLE sold at $950,000 3bed 2bath 1,667 SqFt in May 2008
116 ROSILIE ST sold at $955,000 4bed 2 1/2 bath 2,020 in February 2008
215 ROSILIE ST sold at $835,000 3bed 2bath 1,500 SqFt in June 2008
1117 PEBBLEWOOD WAY sold at $800,000 3bed 2bath 1,910 SqFt in June 2008

Hope this information helps!
Please let me know if you need any further assistance.
Mary Molinari coldwell banker 650.996.7981
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Fri Sep 19, 2008
Vicki Moore answered:
I used to live in the Beresford neighborhood and loved it. Everyone was welcoming and kind. It's a well established neighborhood with well cared for homes. The park is close by which is really convenient. Sometimes there's a bit of noise but nothing late at night. 92 is certainly heavily traveled and congested during peak hours.

For information on the schools, I suggest you check and the sites that each school has.
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Tue Jan 22, 2013
Gene Yakubovich answered:
Do you want to buy the propery at the trustee's sale? If yes you need to get it from County it conducted on the County hall steps . The auctions are not the best way to go for example you need to pay auctioner 3-5% of sales. My company specialty is Short Sales and REO's (Bank Own) and we have them on hands and we can explain you how the system works.
call me @ 650-558-1600
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Thu Jul 24, 2008
Vicki Moore answered:
A real estate agent will be able to help you with pre-foreclosure and bank-owned homes.

Foreclosures are a different game. They require a full cash payment. They're not for the faint at heart. ... more
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Sun May 18, 2008
Rebecca Chambliss answered:
If you signed a buyer/broker with your agent..than YOU are liable, not the other agent for lost commission. Be very careful. Please read any paperwork you have signed carefully. Also you may want to discuss this with your current agent and see if you can work something out rather than end up in arbitration or court. ... more
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Sat Jun 25, 2011
Michael Tessaro answered:
From my experience your area is one of the most expensive so it would depend on the neighborhood and the quality of construction and finishes you choose however with many contractors not have the amount of work they use to have you should be able to negotiate a reasonable bid for your project. Please get at least 3 written bids and check them out in detail and go visit their references. The cost should be on the low side $200 per sq.ft. to $600 per sq.ft. it depends on the finsh work. Good Luck ... more
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