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Wed Oct 13, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Since no local answers yet--as for price--what is your agent suggesting--you need to be aware of comps--recently sold similar properties in the immdeiate area--review the data and make a determination as to a fair offer--as for the area--if you are unfamiliar with the neighborhood, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors, look at everything that is important to you and then make your determination--real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods. ... more
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Mon Oct 4, 2010
Scott Godzyk answered:
SS i can tell you no matter where the short sale before you make an offer you should assess what the house is worth in todays market. Soem agents set the asking pice artificially low to attract offers but they dont realize the price is way below what a bank may accept dooming the short sale from teh start. A good buyer broker whi is experienced in short sales can guide you through the process.

Please see my blog with tips and advice before entering into the world of short sales
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Sun Sep 19, 2010
Vickie Nagy answered:
Hello Buyingtesera,

Look at the purchase agreement for your purchase price, then at the lender's good faith estimate for your loan and closing costs. You should also consider budgeting severl thousand dollars cash out of pocket for back yard landscaping. The landscaping fees vary based on complexity, especially since some individuals prefer a lot of hardscape in their outdoor living area.

Respectfully,
Vickie Nagy, CA DRE#01363932
www.EastBayValues.com
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Mon May 28, 2012
Bernard Gibbons answered:
Hi Rajesh:

Check out the rentals on Craigslist. That is your competition. If you want to rent out a home, use that as a guide for pricing.

I would recommend Sunny Thiara of Bay Area Propert Managers. 925-260-1260. He will tell you what is feasible.

Bernard Gibbons

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Bernard Gibbons, J. Rockcliff Realtors
DRE License # 01331583
Phone (925) 997-1585 - bernard@bernardgibbons.com
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Wed Jan 30, 2013
Heba Rayan answered:
Lafayette, Walnut Creek and Pleasanton have BARTand many aminities for families as well. The schools are excellent too. Those 3 cities probably will be more convenient for your job .
As for what is good time to buy, this is buyer's decision. It isall about good timing for the buyer "financial wise and personal situation all together". If you do not have a Realtor, I would like to help you find the home that will fit your needs, feel free to contact me for more information.


Heba Rayan
Realtor
COLDWELL BANKER
Tel.: 925-216-3006
Fax.: 925-208-2933
Email: heba@calfineliving.com
Department of Real Estate
DRE License # 01722870
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Wed Sep 15, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Much will depend on your wants, needs, lifestyle, etc.--unfortunately a decision only you can make--where would you be happiest living.
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Thu Sep 16, 2010
Vickie Nagy answered:
Bruce,

I haven't met a parent yet who didn't defend their children's school as being great. However, if you're looking simply at the numbers, you can look at the API scores. I have them all in a sheet if you contact me directly...or go to http://222.SRVUSD.net. Elemetary school scores in San Ramon do vary as much as 50+ points from low to high.

Respectfully,
Vickie Nagy
CA DRE#01363932
Keller Williams Realty
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Tue Sep 7, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
Consider visiting the neighborhood several times and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals-- real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. ... more
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Mon Nov 8, 2010
Johnny Huang, MBA answered:
Slightly, not much so...it'll depend if you are diligent in finding an underpriced listing. Don't expect too much IMO.
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Thu Sep 2, 2010
Scott Summers answered:
Hi Gane. Here is a list of properties that are either listed or already sold in Windemere at that sq footage. This should give an idea of what your looking at.

http://MAXEBRDI.fnismls.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=b21cf2b3-3f0e-48de-b484-3eaabebf7dd3&Report=Yes

I know the area very well. If you need a good Realtor to assist you, please let me know.

Yours Truly

Scott Summers - The Extra Mile Agent
925-236-2375
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Fri Aug 27, 2010
Barbara Wilson answered:
The tax rate varies a bit even within Windemere, but if the home you are looking at has the 1.75% rate, then that does include "mello roos". This higher tax rate is a combination of bonds, and some are 30 years and some are 50 year bonds, starting I think around 2005 or so. So there's a long way to go. It is a rate that is about 40-50% higher than the rest of San Ramon or Dublin or Danville, and has a pretty significant impact on your monthly outgo. Be sure to calculate your mortgage payment, insurance, and taxes on the house you are planning on buying so you know you are comfortable with that amount coming out of your paycheck. ... more
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Fri Aug 27, 2010
Barbara Wilson answered:
I would depend upon an hour, give or take a bit depending on rain, accidents, time you leave. For example, if I leave the house at 7:15 it takes about 30 minutes to get to San Lorenzo. If I leave at 7:18, it takes 45. There is just a lot of traffic that gets on the freeway in between those silly 3 minutes!

From Pleasanton it will always be quicker, by about 15 20 minutes, again depending upon the time you are there. But for the same price, the homes in Gale Ranch are a lot newer than the ones in Pleasanton, but the homes in Pleasanton are on larger lots. It's always a trade-off. Call or email me if you have other questions..
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Fri Nov 30, 2012
Johnny Huang, MBA answered:
To get a second opinion mostly. If you use the seller agent, they may only have one side of the view, which is to sell for the seller. It's not uncommon to have dual agency (using the listing agent as your buyer agent) however, sometimes the agent can be tempted to cross the ethics line. ... more
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Tue Aug 24, 2010
Bernard Gibbons answered:
This is definitely a concern for you and you should discuss it with your agent. The normal procedure at this stage would be to request an extension of the contingency period.

Bernard Gibbons

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Bernard Gibbons, J. Rockcliff Realtors
DRE License # 01331583
Phone (925) 997-1585 - bernard@bernardgibbons.com

www.BernardGibbons.com
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Sat Aug 13, 2011
Jana Radhakrishnan answered:
I am currently renting in Fioli community. It's a good community with lots of young family but not sure there are a lot of families with teenagers.

Good living area and decent upgrades and fixtures and a small lawn are probably pluses about Residence 4.

The minuses are:

The HOA of $325 may be a bit high
Three floors are not ideal. We don't use the third floor that much
The Fioli Loop street is congested with lots of cars and hence vistors aren't getting any parking
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Sat Nov 13, 2010
Kamal Randhawa answered:
Hello,

I dont see that model listed on the MLS in the SOLD list of homes but if you like, I can send you a list of Shapell homes that sold in that area if you like.

Kamal Randhawa
Broker
510-932-1066
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Fri Aug 13, 2010
Jennie Blue answered:
You will need to check with your Realtor regarding the terms of the contract that you signed.

Good Luck.
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Fri Aug 6, 2010
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Hi brent. You hit it right in the head it's older than you.

Need money for repairs and upgrades.
Need money for Reserves.

This is typical.

Good luck.
Perry
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Tue Aug 3, 2010
Brian LeBars answered:
Hi Vinit...

As a lender we would have to ask if you're going to impound your loan (taxes and insurance)? If so it would greatly raise your closing costs. If it is not my general estimate is 1-2% of your loan amount. It really depends what inspections will be ordered etc.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to email me anytime.

Best of luck.
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Tue Aug 24, 2010
Eric Blossman answered:
I do not have experience with Shappell, but overall, this can go either way. It all comes down to the amount of the cut in sales price and the liquidity of the builder. It is not uncommon however and I am sure you will get a quick answer.

Good luck,
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