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2011 

The whole purpose of having a blog on Activerain is to get business.  Unless you have a points-fetish or just really like writing blog articles to make friends around the country, being here is primarily about getting consumers to use your services.  So, if our primary audience is consumers, does...
05/31/2011
In all the debates about down payments that have been on Activerain and other sites lately, it's interesting that a lot of agents argue two points consistently:  they're not in favor of increased down payments but they are in favor of lower debt-to-income (DTI) ratios.  When you think about those...
05/28/2011
The Los Altos market is very competitive for rentals just as it is with purchases.  A home for sale, well-priced and in good condition will get offers right away.  The same goes for rentals.  The range of rentals in Los Altos is wide with everything from $1000/month studio apartments to $15,000/m...
05/28/2011
As I've blogged about before, the new farmer's market at Rancho Shopping Center is coming on June 18th.  Following a rather silly delay due to Los Altos licensing rules, they are on track to become another valuable addition to the wide range of things to do in Los Altos, especially on the weekend...
05/27/2011
Well, it's a 3 or 4 day weekend for many local residents, including all the friends, colleagues, and clients I have in Los Altos.  I took an informal survey yesterday and today to find out what people had planned and the most common answer was "relax" followed by a long list of things that didn't...
05/27/2011
Homeowners are often baffled by what they think is a reasonable list of things to disclose.  They're fine with the usual stuff but then they get a little put off by being asked about other things that, on the surface, just don't seem to matter.  Oddly enough, there's a mantra in the real estate b...
05/27/2011
Downtown Los Altos has been having a tough time staying clean with all the construction projects going on.  As one intersection gets completed, another gets blocked as the work on the crosswalks continues.  The upside is that the work is getting done.  The downside is that it seems to be taking f...
05/26/2011
The debate on short sales is legendary!  Those agents who do short sales offer a long list of reasons they take time including 2nd lienholder approvals and inaccurate BPOs. The complaints have continued to mount while some feel the process has improved in the last year.  There are those who feel ...
05/25/2011
The market in Los Altos Hills has gotten much more active in recent months with a nice mix of average and high-end sales taking place.  The median and average selling prices moved up strongly in Q1 and are looking good to continue that trend into Q2.  However, there seems to be a stall in the mar...
05/23/2011
There is a lot of shady business practices out there but so far the one that has me the most concerned are agents signing on behalf of clients.  It seems like such a minor thing to initial something, even when the client says it's OK but it is absolutely wrong.  Has anyone seen this happen?  What...
05/23/2011
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