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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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2012 

The local real estate market is now a seller's market, especially for homes in the low-end or median price ranges in many towns.  The hottest markets such as Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Cupertino routinely see homes sell with multiple offers.  Once in a while you'll see a home that goes on the mark...
Posted almost 2 years ago
I represented the buyer on a single-family home in Cupertino that had 34 offers.  My clients won out against all-cash buyers and others who, in theory, had strong offers.  Why is it that some offers are beating others?  Which price points are getting the most demand and competition?  Right now, t...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Being on of the most expensive luxury markets in the country is a big torch to carry.  Los Altos Hills is often cited as the #3 real estate market in the country, which is often reflected in the lofty prices for single-family homes.  Last year was a big recovery year and it look like that is cont...
Posted almost 2 years ago
The Los Altos real estate market is as strong as ever with the average selling price in March up to $2,032,075 and 37 single-family homes sold.  That's up from 15 homes sold last month and up from 28 sold in March 2011.  Prices are up and multiple offers have become standard as the median is now ...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Spring is in full swing here in Silicon Valley with lots of sun, hot tempuratures (well over 80) and plenty of reasons to be outside!  No matter what you do, or where you are, have some fun this weekend.  I'll be outdoors enjoying the sunshine as much as I can today.  Tonight I'll be enjoying dri...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Wow!  Another amazing home in Cupertino at an incredible price.  This 1388sf, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has an updated kitchen with granite counters, remodeled bathrooms, hardwood floors, and central AC.  The 7,168sf lot provides plenty of space outdoors.  You get Lincoln Elementary, Lawson Midd...
Posted almost 2 years ago
The local paper wrote a nice article recently about the sharp rise of Silicon Valley property prices.  Among the cited towns were Atherton (94027) and Palo Alto (9430x).  There was some mention of Los Altos and a few other markets.  Their analysis was broken down by ZIP codes and several of their...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Reviews of products and services is one of the recommended types of blogs to write.  It's just like a post of Yelp with the added value of being longer and hosted on your website.  When you write a review or describe a local business in some detail, you should -- and can -- get more than just the...
Posted about 2 years ago
Technology is a wonderful thing...in moderation.  The 3D craze has been going for quite a while with inexpensive cameras, camcorders, TVs, phones, and other devices.  The idea behind 3D is that it immerses the viewer in the environment.  Could it then be the next great thing in touring homes? A 3...
Posted about 2 years ago
The foundation is the most important part of the house.  The whole house is built on it!  If the foundation is cracked or falling apart, there is a very real concern about what that means for the rest of the house and more possible damage.  Depending on the issue, repairs can be a few hundred dol...
Posted about 2 years ago
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Read about news, reviews, and commentary about current events and trends in the real estate industry. I also write about local markets including Silicon Valley and my hometowns - Los Altos and Saratoga.