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Sun Jan 3, 2010
Neil Mather answered:
Crazy? Not at all. I have a lot of clients who move up to Santa Clarita because of the house prices, schools and the overall family feel of the area. Some work in the San Fernando Valley and some even work in downtown Los Angeles and the West side. There is traffic every where here so you need to get ready for that no matter what. I live in Santa Clarita and my wife travels to Burbank for her work and it takes her 25 minutes without traffic and about 40 with traffic. It also really depends on what time you are having to travel to work. A difference of a half hour departure time can make a big difference in LA.
You really just need to think about what is more important to you and are you willing to travel a little more for a lot of other benefits. Also, keep in mind that Santa Clarita is only 25 minutes north of the Burbank area and there are a lot of areas like the West Side, Encino-Woodland Hills area, etc. that are just as far but the prices are much higher to live there.
This is what I would suggest. Give me a call when you are going to be in the area and I will show you a few homes that fit your search criteria in the Santa Clarita Valley. Then if you want to view some homes in the San Fernando Valley as well to compare, we can do that as well. And when you travel up to Santa Clarita to look at some homes with me, travel at the time when you think you might be heading to work to get a feel of the traffic flow and if it will work for you.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you find a home that fits your needs

Neil Mather - THE MATHER TEAM
Keller Williams VIP Properties in Valencia
661-600-2422
neilmather@kw.com
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Sun Aug 9, 2009
Homa Moaddel answered:
Hi Melissa,

I have come across this situation so many times. Sometimes the seller list the home to shortsale and at the same time attempt to get a loan modification done. Sometime they list the home with real intention to modify the loan(they do not even let anyone preview). That is another reason why shortsales are such a waste of time for everyone(mostly).

The data shows that 60% of people who modify end up lossing their home because the deal they get is not that great. So try to have a positive attitude. If they end up modifing their loan and are successful at it you have no alternative but to look at other homes.

In fact I always say if you put an offer on a shortsale home move on and assume you will not get it. If the lender in writing accept your offer and you open escrow than you can celebrate. On the other hand you may want to celebrate after you close escrow.

There are other fish in the sea.
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