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San Ramon : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jul 6, 2013
Roland Vinyard answered:
Drywall would be the nearly unanimous vote of my customers. It never goes out of date or feels dated.
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Thu Jul 11, 2013
Cassandra M. Bickel answered:
If you are going to get pre approved elsewhere, do it all within a 1-2 day window as each inquiry spaced out will ding your credit. If you are borderline on your scores, this could make the difference of getting a loan or not.

But I always recommend to my clients to get at least 2-3 quotes from reputable sources. And make sure that the lender (And REALTOR) you use is responsive and answers your questions. If they are dismissive to your concerns/questions it might not be a good fit.

Good luck and congrats.

Cassandra Bickel, REALTOR
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Thu May 9, 2013
Grace Tam answered:
The UCC deals primarily with transactions involving personal property (movable property), not real property (immovable property). are you looking for home loan or can you be more specific. ... more
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Mon Apr 22, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
The question is subjective, therefore consider a visit to the school, spaek to the superintendent, teachers, principal, etc., then determine if your comfort level can be reached; for school information see links below.
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Sun Aug 25, 2013
Melissa Mccollum answered:
Those are really good places, you can also go through a mortgage broker that can place you with a bank that fits your needs as well. Your realtor should be able to help you with that! Have a great day! ... more
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Wed May 1, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Rather than have a listing agent call you -- -especially since there are so many people looking for decent rentals -- you are probably going to be served faster and better if you engage a Property Management Company specializing in Fremont rentals

You can check out the posts on Craigslist where many property managers post...then pick one or two companies you would want to work with.

Good luck.
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Wed Apr 24, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:
I am happy to help you. Send an e-mail to and I'll send you a buyer's guide. My team is also happy to assist you. You will have 3 of us working on your behalf!
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Josh Barnett answered:
Go for 850 and you will be "A OK." But keep your Debt to income low too.
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Sun Apr 7, 2013
Bernard Gibbons answered:
Danville, in general, has a higher price per square foot than San Ramon and that will probably continue to be the case. East side San Ramon, that is Gale Ranch and Windemere are extremely sought after areas though. The prices here are undoubtedly driven by the high API scores in the Dougherty Valley schools.

Overall, I would expect both of these areas to be good investments over a long period and it would be impossible to predict which one would give the better return. A lot may depend on the individual home, proximity to busy roads, power lines etc.
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Advantages/disavantages are really a matter of personal preferences; keep in mind that people move for a variety of reasons, such as financial, downsizing/upsizing, employment, family, etc. ... more
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Sat Mar 30, 2013
JoAnn Wheeler answered:
Many of the schools in the Tri Valley are impacted. You need to call the school district and ask them what the wait lists are for the local school you are near. Also what Grades your children will be in, in the upcoming school year.

One good thing is that there is a lot of movement during the summer months, so it maybe impacted now but come the beginning of the 2013-14 school year they may have space.

You really need to be in contact with the school district as they can give you the best advise and options.


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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Elizabeth Lee answered:

In order to enroll your children in the San Ramon Valley School District you will need to show proof that you are living in the area either by a lease agreement or a utility bill. You will still be able to enroll your children but it may not be the school closest to where you end of residing. Please let me know if you need additional information. I am a realtor with Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at

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Fri Mar 29, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
How do you categorize "better"?

If you are looking for the absolute best API score:

California High – 891
Dougherty Valley High – 937
Dublin High – 880

If you want to see comments from parents to get their impressions:

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Sat Mar 30, 2013
The Medford Team answered:
There are many prices on the internet showing prices for “foreclosed” homes – in reality, most of these are ads for foreclosure data companies. If the property you are looking at has the red tag, RealtyTrac, then it’s not a real listing and there is no way you will get the property for the price shown – the number shown is typically for a loan, not the actual property.

Truth is, all the foreclosures that you would have access to are on the MLS along with all the other local listings … and are priced the same. The days of foreclosures with low prices are long gone. In fact, the days of foreclosures themselves are almost gone – currently, there is only 1 foreclosure listed for sale in San Ramon, and it so many offers in on it they are not accepting any more.

If you want to live in San Ramon, you will need to pay the prevailing prices for a home – there are no deals or shortcuts. Additionally, it’s a seller’s market right now and prices are spiking upward due to the severe lack of inventory. It may not be the news you wanted to hear, but it’s very, very real.
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Mon May 8, 2017
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Thu Mar 7, 2013
Matthew Bartlett answered:
Hi Kmadhuris,

It appears the Seller's did their part and disclosed in writing the current wild life situation. That is good! Since you still have questions, I recommend that you visit with some of the current homeowners in the area. Introduce yourself and explain that you're considering the purchase of a home in the neighborhood and would like to ask them a few questions about the area. This will enable you to get to know them a little and I find that most homeowners would be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the subject home and area.

I also recommend that your Agent inquire directly with the Listing Agent regarding any past issues with land-slides or any known potential land-slide dangers. This will enable the Listing Agent to confirm this information with the Seller's. And like the wild life questions, the Seller's must disclose any known material facts about this subject. The key word is "known". The Seller's will also be required to provide you with an independent third party natural hazard disclosure report. This report will talk about in detail all earthquake fault lines, fire danger zones, flood zones, land-slide dangers and much more. Be sure to read the report. Lastly, during your neighborhood visit with the other homeowners, be sure to bring up your questions on this matter as well. I hope this answers your questions. Good luck!

Warmest Regards,

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Wed Feb 20, 2013
JoAnn Wheeler answered:
Hi Shylon,

Firstly welcome to the East Bay. You will certainly find a big climate change.

I have a couple of questions.

1. Where will your husband be working so you can look at commutes.
2. Are you looking for schools.
3. Time frames. Rentals are going very quickly and there is very low inventory.

Please email me and I would be happy to help you.

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Sat May 11, 2013
Bernard Gibbons answered:
You sound well-qualified. Shoot me an email and I will refer you to a great mortgage specialist who can help you.

Bernard Gibbons
J Rockcliff Realtors
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Mon Feb 25, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:
Great question. I actually live very close to Coyote is a highly desirable re of Gale Ranch. Inventory should be poicking up in the next few weeks.....we are seeing it grdually increasing already. 6My team has a buyer concierge program specifically for Gale Ranch and Windemere. We are able to get buyers into homes before they even hit the market...which means no competing with multiple offers and sometimes lower pricing.

If you'd like more informtion, plese call me direct at 925-867-4663. I am happy to help you.

Cindi Hagley
The Hagley Group
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Tue Feb 12, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
You can access the facts & figures by GOOGLE; "alameda schools" and "fremont schools":
From what I saw, there isn't a loser in the bunch.
But, you find different info depending upon Elementary, Middle or High.
If this is important to you, as it sounds, you should not take other opinions; you should do the dilligence.
Having lived in Dublin for many years; I would opt for San Ramon; but then, that is my opinion.
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