Silicon Valley Real Estate & Miscellany

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The Santa Clara County real estate market is adjusting to the tightening credit standards and subsequent loss of Buyers. From about 2002 to 2006 the real estate market was kept more active than the underlying fundamentals would justify because of the liberal financing and easy credit standards. Buyers didn't need a down payment, they didn't to verify their income and they used deeply discounted adjustable interest rate loans to qualify to financing. All of this is "coming home to roost" and the low-end of the market, in particular, is very soft. Well-priced homes in good locations are still active.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
With the Federal government shut down and the resulting short tempers and seriousness, I was hoping Bob Crane's post would be Featured to lighten the mood of readers.  But it hasn't been Featured at this time, and I don't think it will be.  I commented last night about midnight PST and there are ...
10/02/2013
Going Topless in Quito Village, Saratoga, CA; Wordless Wednesday   Lloyd Binen Broker/Realtor®/BRE 572654 Certifed Realty Services 19200 Shubert Drive Saratoga, CA 95070 Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) 408-373-4411; e-mail
10/02/2013
What I've Learned about Growing My Business Bill McFadden's Challenge asks us to tell "what you’ve learned in your real estate career".  Here's what I've learned during my 37-year real estate career in about 745 words: If an agent has the motivation and drive to succeed, they'll figure out what i...
09/22/2013
Script to Explain the Benefits of Pre-Listing Inspections.  In response to Bob Stewart's request for scripts and dialogues we use, the following is submitted.    Many sellers do not want to pay for pre-listing inspections because they don’t understand the benefits.  This is the script I use to ex...
09/13/2013
The Words We Say; "Price Reduction" vs. "Improved Price". I like to check Chris Ann Clelland's posts because she always has something interesting to say and she loves the action of real estate transactions, and so do I.  And she can whip out a well-written post in 10% of the time it takes me to w...
09/08/2013
My marketplace is full of these "buyers".  They say they're investors and they most often call from signs on listings--they're sign calls.   That's fine.  They do have the cash and they're qualified, but they don't have any desire to work with me exclusively and they're motivated only by a price ...
09/08/2013
Grand Opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge The big news throughout the San Francisco Bay region has been the Grand Opening of the new eastern span of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.  The new span replaces the old, seismically unsafe bridge, a 50' section of which collapsed and tragic...
09/05/2013
How Much Does a Home in Silicon Valley Cost?  The Graph shows the Median Sale Price of Single Family Residences sold in Santa Clara County cities in July, 2013.  Santa Clara County includes roughly 80% of Silicon Valley.   The number of sales is shown next to the city name. Cities with fewer than...
08/20/2013
Wordless Wednesday; Master to Individual Gas Meter Plumbing Sculpture Lloyd Binen Broker/Realtor/BRE 572654 Certified Realty Services 19200 Shubert Drive Saratoga, CA 95070-4046 Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); Graduate, Realtors Insitute (GRI) 408-373-4411
08/14/2013
Is the Seller Liable for a Commission if they Reject a Full-Price, Full-Term Offer? The answer depends on what the listing agreement says. The standard California Association of Realtors (CAR) Listing Agreement was recently modified.  The new Exclusive Authorization and Right To Sell agreement sa...
08/13/2013
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