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2011 

The new conforming loan limit in Silicon Valley is $625,000 as of October 1, 2011.  With that in mind, do we have to worry about loan limits going lower?  Perhaps!  The last time the limits were reviewed was back in 2007 and the basis for the current limits is based on home prices from that year....
09/30/2011
Not to toot my own horn but I consider myself a pretty strong blogger.  The current 30 day challenge looked like a piece of cake - just write 20 localism posts and post every day for 30 days.  Boy, did I under estimate how hard that would be.  There are many ways to define regular blogging and my...
09/29/2011
One of the phrases I hear a lot of from agents is the classic "I've been in this business for XX years..."  The statement of tenure is almost always followed by a long-winded explanation of how things were done at some point in the past and how the old ways of doing things are the b...
09/28/2011
I've been to the Los Altos Fall Festival many times and it's fun both as a participant and as a visitor.  There is a lot to do and you could easily spend 3-4 hours at the Festival if you really do all the stuff they offer.  It's a bit like a smaller version of the Art & Wine Festi...
09/28/2011
Who is the best builder in Los Altos? The real question to ask is who is the best builder based on your budget and needs.  There are several excellent builders based in Los Altos but several other builders who have done significant construction in the town but aren't based here.  For example,...
09/28/2011
While not done yet, the intersection at First and Main is now open!  For a long time, anyone driving down Foothill Expressway had to get off at San Antonio or Edith to get into town - the main route at First and Main being blocked due to construction.  This project has taken an extraordinarily lo...
09/27/2011
The local real estate market is going to have another banner month with unit sales and prices up substantially over September 2010.  Going into the last week of the month, sales are already at 21 units versus 19 for last year.  The average selling price is also up substantially at just over $1.83...
09/27/2011
The conforming loan limit in Silicon Valley will drop on October 1, 2011 from $729,750 to $625,000.  If you talk to most lenders, mortgage brokers, and real estate agents, they'll almost all tell you they need the higher loan limit to get properties sold.  Why? The average sales price of a ho...
09/26/2011
What's the price of loyalty?  I'll bet every agent has had at least one client tell them they've decided to work with another agent, or were already working with another agent and shown a complete lack of loyalty.  These clients have little or no regard for our time because we give it...
09/25/2011
Do fake comments boost your search ranking?I've noticed that my hyper-local articles get a lot of views but few comments.  I know people read them because they stop by my open houses and tell me.  Perhaps I should write them better so people comment but they don't.  That said, comments do...
09/24/2011
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