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Burned-out Angela Street house finally demolished 16 months after explosion, fire

Original post made on Apr 13, 2010

With insurance investigations completed, a wrecking firm has demolished a house at 839 E. Angela St. that exploded and burned more than 16 months ago, seriously injuring Deonna Zuffa, 41, and damaging two neighboring properties.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7:55 AM

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2010 at 9:15 am

How is a 1mil property sold at auction for $75,000? There must have been a 1st mortgage that had a lean on the property.

Does anyone know how this happened?

I am sorry for this family.


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Posted by colette
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

I have been wondering the same thing. I've never heard of a house of that value being sold for $75,000. Something doesn't sound right. Any ideas on how I can get a deal like that?


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

Stacey is a registered user.

colette,

If you look around on a website like Zillow, you'll find quite a few homes in Pleasanton that sold for the tens of thousands of dollars when they're really worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think to get in on a deal like that, sounds like someone's cheating the mortgage company in addition to the neighbors and their property values.


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Posted by Georgette
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Chris-don't feel sorry for the family-it was all insurance fraud. The Greenbergs and the Zuffa's were connected in another real estate transaction years ago in San Ramon which also went belly up just not as far as burning yourself in a fire. If you would have followed the story from the very beginning you would have known not to feel bad for them


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Posted by LIKE IT IS
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Apr 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm

ITS PLEASANTONS OWN BERMUDA TRIANGLE. THE ARSON, FRUAD, AND EXPLOSION HOUSE. THE METH BROTHERS HOUSE. THE PEDOPHILE CATHOLIC CHURCH. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR IN TOWN. THIS SHOULD BE A REMINDER TO ALL YOU, WAKE UP! TALOR MADE NEWS JUST LEAVES YOU WITH A FALSE SENCE OF SECURITY.


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Posted by MP
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm

What about the people who were unfortunate enough to donate money toward this woman? Donate money to a meth cooker (sorry, don't know the technical term) who burned herself in a fire? Talk about overly compassionate! These people should get their money back.

Sorry Ms. Zuffa that most of your skin melted off, but maybe you shouldn't have been up to no good.


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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Where are all of the "good people" of this town defending this lady? When this first happened, people were lined up to defend her. I was made to feel shame when I hinted that this women was involved in some illegal activity. SO...where are all of her defenders?
I also think all of the money that the family collected should go to the neighbors that were involved. The family has NO right keeping the money that people donated out of the goodness of their heart.


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Posted by Pissed
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Ok seriously people. Know the facts first before blowing up. And if you had followed the story from the beginning you will know the facts and it clearly has been stated that Ms. Zuffa (her and her alone) was up to no good. And it has also been said that Ms. Zuffa will hopefully get charged for this, and Mr. Zuffa and the boys are the ones who suffered. Meth cooker - there is nothing stating that was the fact. They (Mr. Zuffa and boys were left with no home, no clothes and none of their personal belongings) are the ones who benefited from everyone's generosity not Ms. Zuffa. So yes the family excluding Ms. Zuffa do have a right to keep the money that people donated. So if you want to feel sorry for anyone at least think of the boys who were innocent in this whole saga.


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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I agree that the boys are the true victims here. Although, I won't hear any of this "Mr. Zuffa had nothing to do with this" stuff. Just because theres not enough evidence to charge someone, doesn't mean that they were oblivious to what was going on. He knew...


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Posted by USCGPACSTRIKE
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Doo Doo... you have no clue what you are talking about! How dare you assume that Mr. Zuffa had anything to do with this! The DA is taking their sweet time in making an arrest and I am guessing that you did not know the Zuffa's? Mr Zuffa is a kind man and an outstanding citizen who has been trying to put his life back together after what Ms Zuffa has done. He certainly does not need people like you making assumptions about his character on a public forum like this. It's hard to be patient and wait for law enforcement to do something when you are the victim of such a horrible crime like this. I guarantee that every penny that Mr. Zuffa received was a blessing and very appreciated. It was spent to provide his kids with much needed basic living essentials that you and me take for granted every day. That family lost EVERYTHING! Some of those things can never be replaced!
Keep Mr Zuffa and the boys in your prayers and also pray that the DA makes a decision and charges her for those crimes.


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Posted by USCGPACSTRIKE
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Just an update; Mr Zuffa and the two boys are doing better than expected. Though they have struggled, they are slowly getting their life back in order. Mr Zuffa would again like to sincerely thank all those people who donated money and helped in various ways. There has been such an outpouring of support, it really makes a difference in their lives. Thanks again Pleasanton!


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Posted by To Chris
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

"How is a 1mil property sold at auction for $75,000? There must have been a 1st mortgage that had a lean on the property.

Does anyone know how this happened?"

According to public records: the property was re-financed in 2002 and 2003 (after it was purchased in 1998). In 2002 the lender was "Royal Crown Bancorp " and in 2003 the lender was "Argent Mortgage Co LLC "

But in 2004 and 2005, it was refinanced again, and this time, the Lender was the "Greenberg Trust "

The records also show that in 2008, the Greenbergs became the owners with "Ownership status TE"

All of that is accordint to public records - I am not sure of the accuracy, but that is what it shows as of today.


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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

How dare I? Are you wagging your finger at me too? So you ASSUME he is innocent, and I assume differently. You weren't there and neither was I so how can you say for certain that he is truely innocent. I will only stop this conversation out of respect for the children. Although, I would love to keep debating this with you. How can you keep pulling heart strings with the facts of their tragedy and losses, and ignore the details of what and how she did the crime. There is no way she could have came up with the idea, and plan it, and then execute it, without him knowing. He couldn't have been totally ignorant to her actions.


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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I can't believe you "how dare you" 'd me...?


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Posted by bill
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Hey DOO DOO you picked the perfect name for your self. Because your thoughts are not factual and you seem full of doo doo. You have know idea what has gone on or is going on!!!


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Posted by USCGPACSTRIKE
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 13, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Doo Doo... Believe it! If I saw you in person I'd do more than wag my finger at you. It's people like you that make trouble for innocent victims. I am not making assumptions. Unless you personally know this family, you are just like a hen squaking over the fence. It serves no purpose to assume and spread rumors and speculate with "Your Opinion". Your opinion does not matter, the facts do! and you don't know the facts! Seems you are only mentioning "Her" in your response above. With the accusations you make, you show no respect for the kids at all. You obviously don't know what identity theft is about do you? You think the kids don't read this? Think again!

Georgette... you also do not have your facts straight. There were no other dealings with the Greenburgs in San Ramon. You don't know what you are talking about.

Ms Zuffa is not living in seclusion, she is living with her parents in Lincoln under her maiden name "Ledbetter", avoiding the law. She is a criminal waiting on felony arson charges and forgery. Maybe you should re-read that article.


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Posted by Feel for neighbors
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I feel bad for the neighbors on that E. Angela street. According to this article, the meth house was across the Zuffa house:

Web Link


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Posted by Lorie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Hey PW maybe you can put some pressure on the DA. Last time I checked they were elected to there position.


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Posted by This may explain the 75K price
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Per public records:

the property was sold/changed ownership on 9/30/2008. Sale amount was $75,043. New owners: Richard W and Marilyn J Greenberg

The Greenberg Trust acted as lender in 2004 and also in 2005 when the owners at the time (Zuffas) re-financed.


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

USCGPACSTRIKE writes:

"Doo Doo... Believe it! If I saw you in person I'd do more than wag my finger at you. It's people like you that make trouble for innocent victims. "

Coast Guard do-gooder now threatens posters who disagree with perhaps VIOLENCE. Besides not wagging fingers you will do....... Let's hear what it is, oh protector of freedom of speech.


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Posted by An idea
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I think I may have posted my speculation about the $75k sale price quite some time ago. I thought the Greenbergs owned the home previously and sold it to the Zuffas. If they carried the note, and the Zuffas later defaulted on the loan, the Greenbergs may have taken ownership of the home again and perhaps returning $75k in equity to the Zuffas. On paper it might look like they bought the home for that amount.

Might be completely wrong but there doesn't seem to be any other explanations except shady conspiricy scenarios.


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Posted by Ribit
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2010 at 9:30 am

What I want to know is why the perps haven't had to do the perp walk, and why they are not in the slammer. Is the DA asleep at the wheel these days or just growing moss on her posterior?


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Posted by a theory
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 14, 2010 at 9:39 am

Let's say that someone -- we will call them the Tuffa's -- needs money and finds a co-conspirator -- we will call them the Greenblatts. The Greenblatts "buy" the Tuffa's home for $75,000 but insure it for the market value of oh, maybe $800,000. Need a shady insurance agent for that part but those are a dime a dozen too. Now Mrs. Tuffa agrees to torch the house (while moving kids, dogs and jewelry out) and then split the $800,000 proceeds with the Greenblatts.
Premeditated arson, short and sweet. My question is this. Why is the PW not researching and reporting on the Greenblatts and their part in this fraud?


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Posted by History
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

Public records show the following history for the property. I do not know if it is accurate or not:

- Sale date 9/26/2008, Sale amount $75,043. Sold to: Richard W and Marilyn J Greenberg. (first party: Santa Cruz Title Co, second party: Greenberg, Richard W & Marilyn J Tr). Ownership status TE

- Sale date: 12/16/2005; Transaction type: Refinance. Full/partial flag: Transfer value minus lien. Owners: Keith and Deonna Zuffa. Lender: Greenberg Family Trust. Loan amount: $50,000

- Sale date 1/23/2004. Transaction type: Refinance. Owners: Deonna and Keith Zuffa. Lender: Greenberg Trust. Loan amount: $100,000

- Sale date 3/5/2003. Transaction type: Refinance. Owners: Deonna and Keith Zuffa. Lender: Argent Mortgage Co LLC. Loan amount: $350,000

- Sale date 7/16/2002. Transaction type Refinance. Owner: Deonna and Keith Zuffa. Lender: Royal Crown Bancorp. Loan amount: $60,000

- Sale date 7/16/1998. Sale amount $236,000. First party: Joseph A. Zuffa. Second party: Keith A & Deonna Zuffa. Ownership status JT. Lender: Land Home Fin. Loan amount: $157,000 Loan type


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:07 am


So how or who paid off the original mortgage so it could be sold to the Greenbergs for $75K? It looks like the Greenbergs (perhaps family members) must have put a lot of money into it in 2004 and 2005, so they did not get an impossible deal after all????

While not absolving responsibility, I still say the whole thing is tragic. I feel sadness that anyone would feel so desperate and compassion for the damage to a family.


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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2010 at 11:36 am

Please remember that no matter what happens on the criminal side, Ms. Zuffa has paid dearly for her crime in the form of permanently disfiguring burns that almost killed her. The boys are innocent and deserving of any and all help Pleasanton has given them. They have already suffered 1)loss of their home and possessions, 2)the shame and cloud of suspicion hanging over their family, and 3)the loss of their mother (who has been unavailable to property care for them for myriad reasons). Whether Mr. Zuffa is guilty of anything or not (let the DA figure that one out)it seems he is trying his best to care for his children and it would be tragic if the kids lost him too (to jail or whatever else).


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Here is another strange aspect to this story. The house on 839 E. Angela St was listed last week in the Valley Times in the public notices in the Trustee Sale. The house listed Keith Zuffla as sole owner and the opening amount on the Trustee sale was somewhere around $815,000.


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Posted by Doo Doo
a resident of Valley Trails
on Apr 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

USCGPACSTRIKE, Why are you the only hen squaking back? And why is your assumption more important than mine? You assume he's innocent. You can make all the empty threats you want tough guy, but we have different opinions and yours isn't any more "right" than mine.
I read the stories on this site and make assumptions and form opinions, and share them on this forum. THATS WHAT ITS FOR!! I don't know these people, I just read what is written. I wrote about foul play right after the explosion and then was attacked for giving my "opinion". Look, see how right I was. I thought this was an annonymous forum to chat with other residents about local topics. Now you take it apon yourself to threaten me with violence...?...
PS I didn't get the part about "You obviously don't know what identity theft is about do you?" Can you please explain the insult? Thanks


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Posted by on qu vive
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Apr 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Can someone please direct me to the original article regarding this? I am confused... Who, when, and how did the fire start? where And when did the meth cooker story get twisted into this story? Seems that people are assuming that where fraud and fire are involved ... so are drugs?
why would anyone pay more than $75,000 for it? That's how the foreclosure auction works....
"In a weak market the foreclosing party may set the starting price at a lower amount if it believes the real estate securing the loan is worth less than the remaining principal of the loan."
Curious..Is the notice listing Mr. Z as the OWNER or the SELLER of 846 EAngela?


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Posted by on the qui vive
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Apr 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I believe the correct spelling is squawking. Please forgive me .. memories of the spelling bee are surfacing.


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Posted by More information
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm

There is a property up for auction on 4/27/2010:
Sale Date: 4/27/2010
Sale Time: 12:30 PM
Date Entered: 4/9/2010

Trustor: Keith A Zuffa

Trustee: Recontrust Company, N.A.

Sale Location: 1225 Fallon Street Oakland

Beneficiary: Bac Home Loans Servicing, Lp


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Posted by History
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Public records also show the following for the 2008 sale for 75K where second party were the Greenbers:

Document type: Trustee's Deed upon Sale


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

I'd like to point something out to everyone...
This Bermuda Triangle here is also populated by one of the most time-generous families in Pleasanton. Across the street from both the meth house and the Zuffa house, and right next to the church parking lot is a working Dad who has been his boy's Boy Scout Leader ever since they were little (now they are college bound), a working mom who has for the last 10 years volunteered as head of the Tri-Vly chapter of ChADD. I am sure they are not participating in any of this chatter--they have better things to do with their precious time here on earth.
I don't know about you, but I'll be thinking about them after I spend my precious time writing this.


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Posted by give me the FACTS
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

Not ALL Sources are Factual - but this is from 1 that Reports Public Record:
Property Details
839 E Angela St
Pleasanton , 94566-7568

Alameda County
Printed on 4/15/2010

Ownership:
Owner Name: Greenberg, Marilyn J; Greenberg, Marilyn J
Mailing Address:
Mailing City,State,Zip:
Use Code Single Family Residential

Location:
Census Tract: 4507.41 Housing Tract #:
Lot Number: Zoning
TGNO: 714 -4F Flood Zone Code: X
School District: Pleasanton Unified
Characteristics:
Bedrooms: 4 Year Built 1996
Bathrooms 2.0 Square Feet: 2,302 SF
Number of Units: 0 Lot Size 9,590 SF
Garage Type: Garage Capacity:
Total Rooms: 8 Fireplace
Pool: PricePerSqFeet: $33
Stories: 1 Total Units: 0
Style: Heat Type:

Tax Information:
AssessorParcel #: 946 -2542-089-03 TaxID: 946 -2542-089-03
Assessed Value: $970,000 Percent Improvement 70.00%
Land Value: $291,000 ImprovementValue: $679,000
Tax Amount: $11,347.70 Tax Rate Area 19-097
Property Details data comes from the county assessor and is updated annually. Last updated on 12/01/2008

Transfer History:
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 09/30/2008 Document # 2008289319BK-PG: -
Price $75,043 Document Type Trustee's Deed
First TD N/A Type of Sale Full Amount on Deed
Lender Name
Buyer Name Greenberg, Marilyn J; Greenberg, Marilyn J
Buyer Vesting Family Trust
Seller Name Zuffa, Keith A; Zuffa, Deonna
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 12/16/2005 Document # 2005535794BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Intrafamily Transfer or Dissolution
First TD $50,000 Type of Sale Transfer Tax on doc. indicated as EXEMPT
Lender Name Greenberg Family Trust
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A; Zuffa, Deonna
Buyer Vesting Joint Tenancy
Seller Name Zuffa, Keith A
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 08/18/2005 Document # 2005353307BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Intrafamily Transfer or Dissolution
First TD $712,500 Type of Sale Transfer Tax on doc. indicated as EXEMPT
Lender Name Countrywide Bank
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A
Buyer Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Seller Name Zuffa, Doenna
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 01/23/2004 Document # 2004027808BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Intrafamily Transfer or Dissolution
First TD $100,000 Type of Sale Non-Arms Length Transfer
Lender Name Greenberg Family Trust
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A; Zuffa, Deonna
Buyer Vesting Joint Tenancy
Seller Name Zuffa, Keith A
Mortgage Record
Recording Date 12/12/2003 Document # 2003722477BK-PG: -
Loan Amount: $525,000 Loan Type
TD Due Date 01/01/2034 Type of Financing
Lender Name The Finance Group
Lender Type *N
Borrowers Name Zuffa,keith A
Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 03/05/2003 Document # 2003125717BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Intrafamily Transfer or Dissolution
First TD $350,000 Type of Sale Non-Arms Length Transfer
Lender Name Argent Mortgage Co Llc
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith
Buyer Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Seller Name Zuffa, Deonna; Zuffa, Keith A
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 07/16/2002 Document # 2002304219BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Intrafamily Transfer or Dissolution
First TD $60,000 Type of Sale Non-Arms Length Transfer
Lender Name Royal Crown Bancorp
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A; Zuffa, Deonna
Buyer Vesting Joint Tenancy
Seller Name Zuffa, Keith A
Mortgage Record
Recording Date 03/01/2001 Document # 2001074079BK-PG: -
Loan Amount: $239,000 Loan Type
TD Due Date 03/01/2031 Type of Financing
Lender Name Dba Uc Lending
Lender Type Lending institution
Borrowers Name Zuffa,keith A
Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 08/05/1998 Document # 98270942BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Gift Deed
First TD N/A Type of Sale
Lender Name
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A
Buyer Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Seller Name Zuffa, Deonna M
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 07/16/1998 Document # 98250856BK-PG: -
Price $236,000 Document Type Grant Deed
First TD $157,000 Type of Sale Full-Computed from Transfer Tax
Lender Name Land Home Financial Services
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A
Buyer Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Seller Name Zuffa, Joseph A; Zuffa, Arlene J
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 08/19/1996 Document # 96203596BK-PG: -
Price $354,000 Document Type Grant Deed
First TD $155,000 Type of Sale Full-Computed from Transfer Tax
Lender Name Weyerhaeuser Mtg
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A; Zuffa, Joseph A
Buyer Vesting Joint Tenancy
Seller Name Shapell Industries Inc,
Prior Transfer
Recording Date 08/19/1996 Document # 96203595BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Intrafamily Transfer or Dissolution
First TD N/A Type of Sale
Lender Name
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A
Buyer Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Seller Name Zuffa, Deonna M
Prior Transfer
Recording Date / / Document #
Price N/A Document Type N/A
First TD N/A Type of Sale Per Assessor Transaction History
Lender Name N/a
Buyer Name N/a
Buyer Vesting N/A
Seller Name N/a
Transaction Data comes from the public record and is current as of 03/22/2010



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Posted by Same property?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Here is yet another website that gives some of the history of the property (although not complete, it validates some of what has already been posted):

Web Link

"Give me the FACTS" posted information very similar to "History" except History did not mention the following posted by Give me the FACTS:

" Recording Date 08/18/2005 Document # 2005353307BK-PG: -
Price N/A Document Type Intrafamily Transfer or Dissolution
First TD $712,500 Type of Sale Transfer Tax on doc. indicated as EXEMPT
Lender Name Countrywide Bank
Buyer Name Zuffa, Keith A
Buyer Vesting Married Man as his sole and separate property
Seller Name Zuffa, Doenna "

Now, there is a property up for auction on 4/27/2010 with the following details:

"Sale Date: 4/27/2010
Date Entered: 4/9/2010
Trustor: Keith A Zuffa
Trustee: Recontrust Company, N.A.
Trustee Sale No.: 080021488
Sale Location: 1225 Fallon Street Oakland

Loan Date:
8/18/2005"

Are these properties the same? Will the PW do some investigating and report accurately what happened with the 839 e. angela property?


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Posted by Bubba
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Apr 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

So Keith Zuffa was not involved in any of the refinancing that was done on the property? Oh, I get it...he financed all the motorcyles, trucks and vans to pull his high speed passion with hard work while Mrs. Zuffa took all the equity out of the house! Poor Keith!!! Can you tell me where I may send some money to this poor guy? Maybe he can buy himself and his boys new toys?


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Posted by house value
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm

These public records might be misleading. I think in 1998, this house could be worth 400k instead of 236k.

Those numbers of 75k, 60k etc are only secondary refinances like a HELOC etc.


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Posted by Not misleading at all
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

"These public records might be misleading. I think in 1998, this house could be worth 400k instead of 236k. "

It was a family transaction in 1998 (seller was Joseph Zuffa), so the buyer (Keith Zuffa...) paid what they paid regardless of market value.

After that, there were many re-finances through financial institutions, and at some point the Greenbergs got involved.

The records are not misleading. This happens often when a son buys a house from his parents and pays less than market value, it is not uncommon and it is what makes it hard for sites like Zillow to give an accurate "appraisal" based on sales (many sales are not really sales but transfer of property in the family for very low prices)


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Posted by bill
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Poor Bubba it sounds like nobody ever gave you any toys. I'm sure Mr. Zuffa would let you play with some of his. He would'nt want you to feel unloved.


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Posted by Foreclosures in California
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 19, 2010 at 9:02 am

This article explains a little how foreclosure works in California:

Web Link

So if someone owes a primary mortgage, that is erased with the foreclosure and the person is not obligated to pay. However, second mortages, home equity loans, any loans not used for the purchase of the house but taken after the home was bought and used for something else, do have to be re-paid.


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