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San Mateo County : Real Estate Advice

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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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Tue Jul 31, 2012
David Tapper answered:
Hi sccbuy, I don't know what numbers you are referring to, but if you combine both the East and West side, the numbers will be pretty low. By referring to the East side, I'm talking about East of 101.

The reason for this are the foreclosures and short sales. Here is a scenario, Let's say there were 20 homes sold in a particular month and 12 were short sales and foreclosures, with the rest normal home sales, the medium price is going to be way down.

Like I said, I don't know what numbers you are looking at, but I would adivse you break them down in areas or neighborhoods rather than cities.


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Sun Jul 29, 2012
Fiona Santos answered:
Hello! That means an offer has been accepted by the seller but contingencies such as appraisal, loan and inspections have not been removed yet but most commonly, this is the status for short sale listings that have an offer submitted to the short sale lender but has not been approved yet. It also means the seller may still allow other potential buyers to view the property. Hope this helps! ... more
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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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Tue Oct 1, 2013
colin mclaughlin answered:
Despite being so well located Brisbane is relatively unknown to many in the bay area.
the Visitacion side(west side of 101) is very nice. I think many associate Brisbane with the the big office buildings on the east side of 101. The community of Brisbane has a great feel! ... more
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Sat Aug 18, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hey thre,

Good question. Check out our commute map to learn about what traffic is like in the Bay Area:

Hope that helps,
Ali, Community Manager ... more
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Tue Jul 24, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
NO, only licensed agents and brokers can list a home for sale on Trulia.
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Sun Sep 23, 2012
Sue Vaterlaus answered:
That is so strange because yes an investor purchased it and I know the tenant has moved but the company who is selling it has done nothing. Last time I called them I was told they had no idea what the price was or even the bedroom and bath count ( I know that!.) ... more
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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Zack King answered:
I am not sure about the loan owed, but I can tell you the last sale was December 26 2012 $505,000. The sale before that was June 11 2011 for $380,000. I don't see any record of a June 26 2012 sale. It appears that the 505,00 in December was pretty close to market value at the time.

Zack King
Keller Williams Estates Calabasas
(818) 825-7388
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Fri Oct 26, 2012
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
Don't buy a homeowner special! Irregular homes always have a difficult time re-selling. Find a traditional home in a good neighborhood.
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Mon Jul 16, 2012
Rafael Castro Jr answered:
Try the website and put in the search criteria for the city. For example, if you put in the criteria Redwood City, CA and the dates you are requesting, you will get 49 results. They range from private rooms to the entire house. For an entire room/apt, you will get 5 results. It will have reviews of previous renters and their experience with the owners, cleanliness, etc.
Rafael Castro Jr
RE/MAX Star Properties
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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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Mon Jul 22, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Here we can do 2 tours;
at our weekly meeting, we schedule a group of Listing to be show on CARAVAN, with the information and a map to all the homes.
Also, your Realtor can schedule a Broker's Open House which is unique to your house: Usually scheduled during the week, Tuesday thru Thursday, afternoon or early evening; with drinks and snacks. or maybe even a catered buffet.
Talk to your Realtor. You cannot do either of these without having a Realtor!
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
FHA loans are fullly assumable.
Call your current mortgage servicer and ask them to send you an assumption package for the loan.
You will need to be occupying the property.
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Mon Jul 9, 2012
David Tapper answered:
It's very seldom you will find a rent to own, it's actually a lease to purchase option. What you should do is consult a mortgage professional and find out if you qualify for a loan.

There are programs out there like FHA for as little as 3.5% down or conventional financing for 5% down.

If you need a referral, feel free to ask.


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