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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Catarra Real Estate, Inc - CA BRE #01191946
Market reports, sales analysis, listings, events, news and more related to real estate and the communities of Silicon Valley including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, and others.

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2010 

I currently serve as District Chair overseeing broker tours, information and events for the nearly 500 agents in the Los Altos / Mountain View area.  Our most recent meeting focused on comparing the two leading smartphones in the market, the iPhone and Droid, and talking about the best applicatio...
08/31/2010
With Free Data, You Get What You Pay ForWe all have clients who go to Zillow, CyberHomes and other sites to get an estimate of the value of their home.  An article in the Sacramento Bee a couple of weeks ago talked about how far off these sites can be.  Even Zillow's chief economist says they...
08/27/2010
A new luxury, boutique bed and breakfast hotel has been approved for construction at the corner of San Antonio and Main Street in Los Altos.  The three-story 12,000 square foot building will have 18 rooms.  The builder, Abigail Company, has been a long-time successful builder of luxury residences...
08/24/2010
Foreclosures are a hot topic these days but have you ever actually been on the courthouse steps while they auction off someone's home?  Probably not.It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...A moderate group of about 12 people were standing or sitting in various spots on the steps...
08/23/2010
Median Home Prices Are Rising NationallyAccording to NAR, the median price of homes rose in the April-June quarter in 100 of 155 metro areas.  The median price of homes in Santa Clara county was up 7.3% in Q2.  Home applications are flat for the current quarter and expectations are that home sale...
08/16/2010
Advice Blankets The ActiveRain Front Page I've been on here long enough to notice that the vast majority of content on the AR front page falls into two categories: - Advice from an agent on how to be a better agent.  This is in the form of tips, experiences, etc and can cover a wide range of ...
08/11/2010
A hot topic these days in Los Altos is signage, of any kind.  Those discussions have included signs used by Realtors.  In the course of those discussions we've got two highly polarized camps; those who want signs and those who don't.  The ones who don't would like to see ALL Realtor s...
08/03/2010
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