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Tue Feb 19, 2013
Vickie Nagy answered:
Hello Maychen, San Ramon is the top-ranked large unified school district in the state. I have worked with many people relocate from Fremont for the great San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools. Remember: SRVUSD encompasses San Ramon AND Danville ! See attached web link on school scores.

Kindest Regards,
Vickie Nagy, CA DRE#10363932
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Mon Feb 11, 2013
JoAnn Wheeler answered:

I am the Leasing agent on this property in San Ramon. The Property management Company is Park Place.

Please let me know what you think.

My email is
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Wed Mar 11, 2015
The Hagley Group answered:
Let's start with the buyer's it conventional? VA? FHA? If it's VA or FHA, they can get their deposit back for any reason, so the questions on the inspections and repairs are a moot point.

What is the buyers agent telling you? Are they communicating with you at all?

Cindi Hagley
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
John Juarez answered:
Input on loans: you need to talk to an experienced loan professional and get fully approved for the mortgage that best suits you. Much more personal information is needed which is not appropriate to disclose on this public website. That is why you should talk to a mortgage professional who can give your answers that are tailored to your specific situation. I would be happy to make a recommendation if that is what you desire.

Housing trend: that is a very broad question. You have posted your inquiry in regard to San Ramon. That is a very popular and desirable community. It offers a variety of housing of different styles and ages. San Ramon offers excellent schools. It is likely that you can find what you want in San Ramon in the price range that you outlined. I would be happy to help you.
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:

The value of a home is determined by what a specific buyer would pay at a specific time. I feel that it would ultimately depend on market conditions - but I also feel that the value would be less than a home that would not have the power lines.But not much.

Ask your agent to pull comps on the home and compare them to other homes in the area without the powerlines. I live in Gale Ranch and I am happy to do this for you if you do not have an agent. I do not feel that the power lines are a "major defect," and I can assure you that homes in San Ramon do not sell at major discounts.

I hope this helps.

Cindi Hagley
The Hagley Grouo
Prudential CA Realty
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Sun Jan 20, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:
Manuel Escobar at PSS Electronics would be a great place to start. He's a great guy, and a whiz at this stuff. He does a lot of custome work throughout the Bay Area.
Phone: (510) 888 - 9010
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Wed Jan 23, 2013
The Hagley Group answered:

My lender, Greg Sawdey, with Summit Funding would be a great person to answer this question. His e-mail is Great guy - lives and works in San Ramon.My initial thought -If you were to go with an 80/1010, there would be no mortgage insurance, which should save you some money. ... more
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Mon Jun 12, 2017
Claudia Muller answered:
Nail. I can up to 1M at 85%.
$625k first with $225 HELOC second loan.

I am located in Pleasanton if you would,like to discuss in greater detail.
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Tue Apr 19, 2016
Michael Huffman answered:
You should speak directly to a lender, they will be able to answer your question.
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Fri Nov 22, 2013
Ron Thomas answered:
Having lived in Dublin for 15 years, I can agree with them competely:
Very desirable, and will stay so.
Good luck and may God bless
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Wed Dec 19, 2012
Suzanne Looker answered:
Welcome back!

If you are open to the Walnut Creek-Lamorinda areas, you will have many choices for arts and entertainment. It's also just a BART ride away from San Francisco. There are both upscale townhouse and single family neighborhoods. Of course you are only limited by your proposed price range. If you send refined search criteria, I can set you up on your customized search. You do have options from the Walnut Creek to Dublin areas and still have a short commute to San Ramon.

Suzanne Looker
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Thu Dec 6, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Back in the "dark ages", it was a lot easier to do this; Lenders would help you with Loans that had a CONTINGENCY FOR SALE, or "Bridge Loans", which bridged the gap between the sales.

In this new Market, the best you can hope for is good timing:
But the odds of that happening are remote, at best, and could be disasterous for you.
My recommendation would be to resign yourself to the situation, get a Storage Unit for most of your belongings, and plan on renting for a few months.
You will have to move twice, but the benefits and stress will far outweigh the consequences.

Good luck and may God bless
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Mon Nov 26, 2012
David Bellinger answered:
Plenty of other lenders will do manual underwriting besides Fremont Bank. Fremont Bank tends to focus on high volume refinances and call centers to drive their mortgage business. Their rates are competitive but I would anticipate the service not being as good as other lenders and that purchase business is not their focus. To be fair, most lenders are not going to have a lot of raving reviews online considering the lending environment we are in. ... more
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Wed Nov 14, 2012
Taj Weldon answered:
Hi Judy,
Each home has specific tax amounts and HOA fees.

The tax rate is approximately 1.25% of the property's assessed value -Not including any bonds and assessments /mello Roos .

If you can provide a specific address in Magnolia Greens,I can provide the actual last reported tax amounts .

Taj Weldon
DRE 01816152
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Sun Dec 9, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
We lived in Dublin for 16 years:
When we moved there, everyone wondered why we would buy in the "toolies" it was so far out.
We went through all that road construction on 680, probably 2 years of insane commuting.
Pleasanton is little more up-scale and I understand has a little bit better schools. But I believe that the quality of their education is more you to YOU and what you do at home.
Pleasanton is a little more expensive, but, in the long term, all three will appreciate about the same.
Restaurants are all great and close.
Stoneridge is central and other shopping is great.
Your budget may be the deciding factor.
Pick a winner!
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Mon Nov 5, 2012
Bernard Gibbons answered:
That is a fact! I specialize in these areas and listings are few and far between right now. I know of a couple that will likely come on the market in Bollinger Hills early next year. I listed three homes in Twin Creeks View earlier in the year and that is more activity than usual in one year.

Twin Creeks View homes really don't turn over very much for good reason. Home owners there are very happy with them. Bollinger Hills activity is lower than usual but it should pick up in the new year.

You can read more abou all of Twin Creeks at and you can see a Bollinger Hills update at

Contact me off-line if you would like to get an advantage in buying a home in either of these areas.

Bernard Gibbons

Bernard Gibbons, J. Rockcliff Realtors
DRE License # 01331583
Phone (925) 997-1585 -
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Wed Oct 31, 2012
Phil Rotondo answered:
You should expect your agent to show you comparable sales in the area of the home(s) you have selected. However, once your agent goes over the figures with you, it's still your call as to what you would like to offer for the property. Your agent should also give you places where you can research any area. ... more
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Thu May 16, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
It's either a landlocked parcel, a PRE HUD Manufactured Home or a SCAM.
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Tue Oct 30, 2012
Listing Specialist- Mona Koussa answered:
Hi AC,

Since schools are your top priority you certainly have a lot of choices for all 3 cities you're targeting. Im not sure if you wanted to be walking distance to schools or just a short drive because that will determine the areas and neighborhoods I can recommend.

In addition, there are some fantastic sites which identify schools by api scores and ratings. My website has a schools link: and also try:

Also, if you visit my website, I have identified neighborhoods in detail by city. This will hopefully give you an idea of the types of homes you can consider when house shopping.

Hope you find this information helpful.


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