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I'm not from the west coast but it sounds like you're already in an ideal neighborhood. What are your reasons for moving other than size? Have you considered an extreme home makeover? Our 150,000 home improvement investment has valued our 400,000 purchase into a 900,000+ potential sale in under three years. Those exponential increases typically work in 'location – location – location' neighborhoods only.

If home improvement is something to entertain, post another question; it's an entirely different discussion. There are short term headaches, but if managed correctly, a less expensive route for the same result. With the Equity in your current home combined the current interest rates you could probably turn your home into a mini estate.

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