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3/20/2013 9:36:01 PM
We hope you get the house this time, Sean & AndreaReply: Gayle Geer
It can be rather (okay, a LOT) stressful when looking for and buying a home.  But, just wait until you are a homeowner. Then the real fun starts.  (c;

3/20/2013 8:29:55 AM
2nd TryReply: sean k
The house we were hoping to get came back on the market and we have placed another offer. Hopefully all goes well this time! We have our fingers crossed and hope that our stronger offer will work this time, and/or they at least counter us back.

While describing the place to a contractor friend of mine, he spoke very strong about having water flow across your property; and this place has a ravine that during the rainy season probably sees a decent amount of water. Can anyone fill me in on soil erosion on their property?
3/15/2013 8:50:34 AM
TimingReply: sean k
There is no way to know that putting our offer in was "late". I have a feeling I met the realtor who probably had his hand in helping secure his customer the house. We will continue to look, keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. I am not a realtor, nor a market analyst, but we are pretty sure things are going up and it will be harder and harder for us to get our foot in the door up there. Although we are not frantically searching for a home, it is a major goal we are trying to achieve and know now our chances are going to be slim for GLM and most likely we will be "stuck" in Norco for now.

So short of causing a rukus and knocking door to door like some realtors will do when searching for a home, we will keep an eye on these boards and pray that something special or worthwhile will fall in to our laps before we stick to Horsetown USA. We thank you very much, it was a pleasure to informally meet you guys and see/hear/picture the almost was area we would like to call home.

Have a great weekend!
3/14/2013 7:31:38 PM
Persevere, Sean and Andrea!Reply: Gayle Geer
We had the same experience as Tonette's family: we purchased our home 15 years ago next month. It was bank-owned and a total fixer-upper. We got it way under market value and have always been happy we waited until it came along. Now that you know most of the neighbors up here you just "gotta" move here. We love you and Andrea already.  (c:
3/14/2013 6:17:18 PM
Try Not to Feel DiscouragedReply: Tonette
Sean, we looked until we found what we could afford. Our house, a forclosed fixer upper, was half the market value. We made it what we wanted and we love it.
3/14/2013 5:51:57 PM
Didn't get the propertyReply: sean k
Thank you everyone kindly for helping us feel more comfortable about moving up there. Apparently they accepted another offer, although when we put our offer in there was no negotiotations taking place the investment firm told us. Now they won't counter or anything and said they have multiple offers on the table. (Monday was zero, now it's multiple). Again, our hopes are dashed by this firm, 2nd house owned by this firm that this has happened after we put in our offer. Sorry to vent our frustrations on here but thanks again.
3/14/2013 11:03:28 AM
Housing/PrivacyReply: sean k
We had the Pansy house popped up when we were searching but it is out of our range. Unfortunately we do not have a combined income to use for qualifying for more money, my fiancee is a full time student. Getting to the 400k mark would be ideal but probably more than we can handle on a first house. Although if we do get a house up here, we will maybe get married at the new place and that would save us a ton of $.

The privacy fencing only concerns me with how our house is situated next to a extremely large open expanse. We would only want to work on 1 side of the property line, which fortunately does not have any windows facing it. It would also keep wondering eyes out of the house and garage with out obstructing the remainder of the windows around the house. We have noticed many houses with much of the land open and fenced just for horses.
3/14/2013 10:55:42 AM
Gavilan Hills home in foreclosureReply: Linda
There is a home on High Country Circle in foreclosure you might want to check on getting it. It needs alot of yard/clean up. it is the 6th house on the left side of the street.
3/14/2013 10:30:29 AM
Lake Mathews Home for saleReply: Sandy
There is a home for sale across the street from me at 16245 Pansy Street.  Three bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, granite & stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, 1.5 acres, pool & spa, two large work shops/garages and corral for horses. $475,000 This is a geat neighborhood! 
Note, that most people that live out here don't enclose their property in solid fences.  Solid fences obstruct the beautiful views that we moved here for.  When we lived in Orange County, we had privacy but I was enclosed in a block wall and felt trapped.  My view was our wall or my neighbor's wall.  Ugh!  We love the wide-open feeling we now have when looking out our windows with beautiful views.
3/13/2013 2:31:18 PM
Overwhelmed Reply: sean k
I am overwhelmed and overjoyed with the responses we have received thus far. We took another trip up to the property last night and did some exploring into the fields that surround us, and I feel much more comfortable about safety than i did at first. Privacy fencing will still be a must, provided it is allowed by the HOA.

There was no consideration of home schooling, but now that it has been brought up so fervently I feel it will be a topic of many discussions to come!

I am checking in on the home owners insurance, and it is actually taking longer to get a quote than they expected, and I believe that is from being backed up to, and along side of the open land. Thank you for calling that out!

We don't want to get our hopes up, but we have our fingers crossed! If you guys know of anyone selling, or on the verge of selling; we are pre-qualified and looking to buy in the area. Some more norco homes have popped up recently, and we are so excited about GLM we keep picking the homes apart and finding reasons to try and "get in the game" in an area we will want to stay at for years to come. I cant express the gratitude we feel having all of this advice. We have a ways to go before we get the keys of course, but with out this proper research we would have had many rude awakenings dealing with the property!
3/13/2013 1:40:10 PM
Homeschooling Not That HardReply: Tonette
I know this is not a forum for homeschooling, but I have to agree.
My eldest did well, but I have regrets. Socialization was never a problem, if you sign up with a group that offers electives and P.E. classes. We've used many co-ops for that purpose. Public schools are far behind, and there is so much violence, plus drugs and such. My daughter was harassed by a girl wrestler at Ramona, and a teacher was abusive. You can rent or borrow curriculum, and tuition with homeschool groups is inexpensive. And, like I said, the one-on-one you give your kids helps them to excel. :)
3/13/2013 11:59:43 AM
homeschoolingReply: Anne
I have a teaching Life Credential in California from the old days when they did that sort of thing, but I homeschooled all my 4 children at one time or another in elementary school. Coming back here from 20+ years in WA state a few years ago, K12, CAVA, opened up & I used it for my youngest from 2nd to 5th grade (A wonderful, but not easy program), then again in 8th grade, when I took her out of Corona public schools. If I had it to do over again, I would have ignored the pleas from my 3 youngest children (the oldest being 12 years when the next was born) & homeschooled every one of them through high school. SO many problems would have been avoided & socially - I've heard it all & weathered the persecution - they would have been less stressed in every area. It's ridiculous what expectations are put on children & teachers; it gets worse every year - and the USA is still way behind in education. My youngest is about to graduate from a Riverside public high school - the same one my husband teaches at (& is happy to be retiring) - which helps. Looking back, I believe she will agree with me - though not now, of course. Her 26 year old USC grad & wiser sister agrees with me (even though she was able to go to a Christian school for a few years). I wish I could have been homeschooled as a child. JMHO
3/13/2013 10:22:45 AM
SchoolsReply: Mariana Cartwright
I used a non denominational private school for elementary eduction for our son - Garden School over by UCR - then with Riv Christian being a bust for us in 7th grade - I homeschooled him from 8th grade onwards to graduation at 16.  He was accepted to UCR Comp Engineering at that age and then at 17 was able to enter the Coast Guard Academy in CT for a 4 yr Electrical Eng degree and service in the Coast Guard as an Officer.

3/13/2013 2:24:19 AM
schoolsReply: Tonette
Sean, I had my daighter in Riv. Christian Day Sch. for three years, then homeschooled her 'til 8th grade, put her in Tomas Rivera (Val Verde school dist.), then got a transfer to put her in Romona High, since Rancho Verde was so far (at Lake Perris), and they had no buses, and the AVID program was minuscule. Citrus High was not yet built, and no one can transfer into MLK High. She did very well. She graduated from college this year, majoring in history, minoring in art. I have homeschooled my son his entire school career, and am finishing up this year. I suppose I could've put him in Citrus, but he was so far ahead, they would've held him back, in a way. Homeschoolers get ahead quite often, not because of intelligence, but because of the one-on-one. Hope this answers some of your questions.
3/12/2013 6:32:56 PM
PUSDReply: Gayle Geer
Sean, living in the SRR development entitles you to attend Perris Unified School District schools only. Therefore, we continued with homeschooling our sons until they went to college.  Years later, and with great difficulty, we were able to get our grandchildren into the Riverside School District so they could attend a charter school across from Cal Baptist.  There may be an elementary school coming to our plateau. It would be Corona-Norco Unified. For years many of us on the plateau have been trying to arrange to have our plateau including in the Corona-Norco district because the schools are superior to the Perris schools. IF the developer decides to build and IF we become part of Corona-Norco, your precious children would be eligible to attend the middle and high schools in Corona.  That's something else to pray about.  (c:  Take care!

3/12/2013 4:47:41 PM
Pellet StoveReply: Sandy
We bought a pellet stove shortly after moving to Lake Mathews from Orange County.  It is much, much colder here - even get snow every few years.  The stove is an insert in our fireplace and it is the only thing we use to heat our 2300+ sq. ft. ranch style house.  It gets a little chilly back in the far bedrooms sometimes, but we have an electric blanket to warm the bed and ceiling heaters in the bathrooms for showers.  We never use our heater as the propane is just too expensive!  The pellets cost about $300 for 50 bags. Depending on the year, 50 bags can last for 1-1/2 winters.   
3/12/2013 1:28:38 PM
SecurityReply: percheronpattie
Hi Sean,

You have valid concerns for security.  I felt the same way when we first moved up here.  Schools were and still are a concern for us as well.  I home school our son Kai now for 5 years through Cava K12 and our son Cody goes to Centennial High School because he plays football there now for 3 years.  We drive him up and down the hill A LOT.  Remember though, you and your wife won't be alone, we are here for you too.  If you had any worries or concerns, we are right next door.

Your maybe soon to be new neighbors,

Dave and Jenny
3/12/2013 9:35:57 AM
Thank YouPost: sean k
Besides my concerns just listed in the paragraphs below, I would like to thank everyone for chiming in. I wrote that novel early this morning, before scanning some of these posts.

After reading the posts, and leaving out the safety/security side of things; With high propane bills, how many of you use pellet stoves or other furnace style heaters?

Schools will be a concern in time, and as a former Riverside Christian student, I will be having them attend a private Christian school for preschool-5th, then would like to enroll into a public school of sorts. I know how bad Val Verde district is, but was told about a military academy we are eligble for? Is there any information you can fill us in on?

Meeting the neighbors will also help me feel at ease; I think Andrea and I will be making another trip up there, our offer is already in on the property, and provided we can come to terms on the security issues, we will follow it through.
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