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Mon Oct 31, 2011
Dawn O'neal answered:
If the company truly leaves nothing behind, I would guess they would be comfortable enough to provide proof of that for your peace of mind. Asbestos in the air and heating ducts is nothing to mess around with so it boils down to what you feel comfortable with but don't step over dollars at the cost of your health.

The Company I have used several times with excellent results is - They have been around for many years and are excellent at what they do.

Good Luck!

Dawn O'Neal
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Wed Sep 19, 2012
Anthony Lum answered:
Hi Haydee,
Well I have a lot that I am representing a seller now. It's with approved plans for a single story Craftsman Style home at 20610 Lomita Avenue in Saratoga asking $1,199,000.

The location is great in that it is walking distance to downtown and Saratoga Oak Elementary school. I also have connections for the construction loan as well. Please feel free to contact me for further information.

Anthony Lum
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Thu Jul 28, 2011
Bill Mccord answered:
Too busy means different things to different people. I suggest you go over there during the busy period and see whether it would be a problem for you.
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Tue Jun 28, 2011
Don Maclary answered:
There are many websites and blogs for historic homes, Try asking your question there.
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Sun May 22, 2011
Andrea Wince ~ Lic. 01439761 answered:
It can be okay (and possibly a good thing) if the HOA fee is a little high. Too many HOA's are under-funded. A reason for litigation. Examine their financials, especially bank statements and reserve studies to be sure. This procedure is part of your due diligence that a good agent representing you will disclose. Please contact me through my Trulia profile if you would like me to email you a complimentary neighborhood valuation report. Kind regards ~ Andrea ... more
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Sun May 15, 2011
Norman Alessandrini answered:
Hi Kelingdun,
The home built in 1997 was sold this cheap in Jan,2011 for 900k because the owner was "Greater Bay Saratoga Homes,LLC " who sold it to one of it's corp members or a family member of the corperation.
I'm sorry but I could not find anything this nice at anywhere near the price. :(
I don't believe this was an open deal, but one done internally.
If you need any more info or assistance please feel free to contact me.
At your service,
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Wed Oct 20, 2010
Sushama Thakker answered:
What you are seeing is some internal transactions by the owner like changing the owner to a trust.
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Mon Oct 18, 2010
Mark Burns answered:
No, but as with any tax question, you should ask your CPA to confirm with the IRS. There are other restrictions including selling more than one qualifying residence within a two year period (it can happen).

Mark Burns
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Fri Oct 25, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are not familiar with the areas, consider doing some homework of your own first--take the time and visit, look at everything that is important to you--real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods. ... more
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Sun Sep 9, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
Keep in mind that opinions are often suggestive--The decision is entirely yours, based on your finances, wants, needs and lifestyle--where will you be happy living.
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Tue Apr 17, 2012
Jeanne Feenick answered:
Hi there, your buyers agent should be able to build a good case for the market price of this home based on recent sales. If you offer a fair price and the seller is too stubborn to negotiate, then I would move on to an opportunity with a more realistic seller.

You are negotiating the price of the home - and that negotiation does not include the buyer's agent commission as a part of the equation. You can certainly discuss this with your agent, but the solution is not for the agent to reach in her pocket, but instead for the seller to be more accepting of the value of his/her home.

Jeanne Feenick
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Sun May 22, 2011
Cheryl Hansen answered:
Hi Gail. Depending on the size, location, condition of the home and yard generally rents would be in the range of $1,800 (smaller single family home) and up. If you consider an apartment or duplex the location and condition is going to be a big factor. Current rents range around $700+ (one bedroom), $1,200+ (2 bedroom). You are smart to buy now before interest rates increase. Inventory levels are low right now but we are starting to see more coming on the market just in the last week or two. Please let me know if there are any other questions you have regarding real estate.
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Sat Dec 5, 2009
Sean Dawes answered:
In California there are 8 venomous species of snakes. California as well as Nevada and some of those other states tend to have more incidents of envenomation as other states as the population of humans to population of snakes rises. I dont have the exact numbers but california population keeps rising and I think this is what adds to the potential rise in so called reports.

Snakes do not seek out to bite people. Generally what happens is people are either putting their hand in a bush to get a ball or are gardening and the snake is cornered and then strikes.

If you have children, this is definately something to think about as kids sometimes do not think of the dangers as an adult would.

If you want to read more, here is a good CA link on snakes

ps. Im a zoologist as well as realtor :) Wonder if I am the only realtor who is a zoologist haha

Sean Dawes
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Thu Jan 12, 2012
Sean Dawes answered:
Are you referring to realtors crediting part of the commission back to the buyer?

Here in PA that happens a lot. If a seller is offering a higher commission, a lot of times the buyers agent will credit the buyer some to help with closing costs.

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Fri Feb 12, 2010
Susan Crawford answered:
The entire city of Saratoga is always a great place to live. The best way to find out about an investment would be to work with a local realtor to find the lowest priced home in an area with higher priced homes in order to obtain the growth needed/highest resale value when selling. Keeping in mind it is always "what the market will bear" at any point in time.
If you would like my help, please contact me.
Good Luck!
Susan Crawford
Saratoga, CA
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Tue Jul 20, 2010
Susan & Shawn answered:
It's more of a commute issue. The traffic is really bad from Fremont to both of those places. They are nice communities and you will definetly get more house for your money but will be frustrated with how long it takes to get to and from work. How great of a high school are you looking for? ... more
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Mon Sep 28, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello Bayarea123

Thanks for your post. 13998 Alta Vista Avenue is a lovely home located on a fairly level piece of land and was recently relisted by Alain Pinel from Coldwell Banker, which is the reason for the price drop. The home was previously listed at over $3 million, but has been more appropriately priced at $2.9 million. This home is located near the backside of Saratoga High School--rather close to the football field, so, yes, there will be some ambient noise from the field and football games during home games and band practices. There are several upcoming football games at Saratoga High School, and the best time to test your tolerance for the ambient sounds and light from the field is to see the home during one of these games. The Saratoga Falcons will next be playing at home on Saturday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. I'd be happy to show you the home at that time if you are interested.

Other than football games, the only issues with noise from the school occur during "bells" (announcing the end of class), scheduled activities on the field where bullhorns or the field's speaker system is in use. You should not be bothered by the traffic patterns around the school, since this home is located away from the main Herriman entry areas.

If you are interested in purchasing this or any of the lovely homes in Saratoga, and want to save yourself money, consider hiring a Realtor/Facilitator to work with internet savvy professionals like you. A facilitator will do everything that a full-service Realtor will do at a greatly reduced fee, since you, as the buyer are spending all the time looking for the home. See my blog and save yourself as much as $50,000 on a transaction of this size.

Good luck!
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-pro, Facilitator
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Tue Jul 20, 2010
Lea Ann Hernandez answered:
Reid Ln. is a feeder street to Canyon View and the homes on the hill including Foothill Elementary. It's the other outflow street from 4th St., parallel Big Basin Way. On the other hand, prices are reflective of this fact. As in most things in life, there is a trade off: price/location.
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Wed Sep 9, 2009
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hello Bay Area and thanks for your post.

Personally, everyone has a different view of "tolerable" with respect to a commute. My husband, for example, does not like ANY stoppage on a road when driving in the morning, and I can--unless in a rush--sit, drink coffee, sing a couple of Fleetwood Mac songs and feel perfectly fine waiting to get to the bottom of the hill, the turnoff or the street light where I need to be. So long as I'm on time, I'm fine--otherwise, a stoppage is stressful.

If you're more like me than my husband, the 2.5 mile commute on Pierce should not be too intolerable. Remember, however, that this is (unless you want to go back into the hills and up along the ridge) the only way out to the main streets in Saratoga, so all of the homes along Pierce and auxillary streets will need access along Pierce Road to get out in the morning. I might also add that the commute into and out of Saratoga is never an easy one whether coming from the hills or from the Platinum or Golden Triange areas--since the main access roadways are all only two lane roads through the town.

My best suggestion to you is that you go to the house that you wish to purchase at about 7 in the morning, and attempt a commute into your office from this location around the time you would normally leave your home. You'll be able to witness and experience, first hand, the commute on Pierce as well as Saratoga Sunnyvale, Cox and other interior streets within Saratoga before agreeing to purchase the home.

Good luck! If you need any other information, feel free to contact us again!

Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty
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Thu Sep 10, 2009
Lea Ann Hernandez answered:
The Montalvo area may be more convenient and is closer to schools and shopping. But ultimately, it's a matter of personal preference. If you are looking for a more rural atmosphere with proximity to vineyards and horseback riding as well as a less densely populated area, then the Mt. Eden area is for you. If however, you want to be closer to schools, churches, shopping and other elements to support your busy lifestyle, then Montalvo is the preferred area. Children in the Montalvo area would attend Saratoga Elementary School (of which I am an alum). The district office could tell you which school children in Mt. Eden would attend, either Saratoga or Congress Springs, most likely. Montalvo is between Saratoga and Los Gatos and Mt. Eden is between Saratoga Village and Argonaut shopping center, you might say....traveling along Pierce Rd. I just came from a Saratoga Elementary School reunion party. Each year graduates from classes clear back to the '20's get together in Wildwood Park and reminisce. This past year, we raised over $3K that the school will use for advanced reading/teaching materials. It says a lot about the community and the school system that garners this much affection and support over the years. I've been a Realtor in Saratoga since 1979 and would be happy to help you make Saratoga your's a wonderful place to live.
Lea Ann
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