Mary Pope-Handy's Silicon Valley Real Estate Commentary

Real Estate Agent - Sereno Group Real Estate
A discussion on the real estate market and practice, particularly in the greater area around San Jose, CA, which is at the so. end of the San Francisco Bay Area, esp. Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Almaden Valley, Cambrian Park.
Condominiums and townhouses in Santa Clara County have enjoyed rapid appreciation and almost perfectly steady improvement in the market in the last 18 months or so.  Today we'll take a snapshot view of it with a few graphs.  First, let's consider the average Days on Market (DOM) and the sale pric...
Posted 10 months ago
Being an FHA home buyer in Silicon Valley is a challenge right now, especially if you want what everyone else wants: a nicely updated and remodeled home in a good area with no "issues". (Issues meaning things like high voltage lines, busy roads, flood plains, or being too close to stores or spots...
Posted over 1 year ago
Should you market your home for sale through the holidays? It's now early November, and if your property has been listed for sale but not gotten an acceptable purchase offer, you may be thinking of taking your house or condo off the market until sometime in the new year. Or you may be ready to se...
Posted over 1 year ago
Los Gatos Real Estate Report for August 2012 Sales How are prices for the Los Gatos real estate market?    (Click on link for full data from my Los Gatos Real Estate Report for any or all of these areas - be sure to read the commentary on that page as well. It's found in the lower right hand corn...
Posted over 1 year ago
There are a lot of boring people on Twitter, have you noticed?  More importantly, are you one of them?  Let's take a careful look at best practices on Twitter and see if we cannot raise the bar with this avenue of marketing and interacting with others.  What makes someone a Twitter bore? (1) It's...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Just like people in other businesses, Realtors also need to find inspiration from those in leadership positions, official and unofficial, within their industry.  This week I spent a few days at a conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, considering the topic of Couragous Leadership.  This was an all fe...
Posted almost 2 years ago
Home buyers in Silicon Valley often shop not just for a nice home in a nice area, but for schools as well.  Sometimes buyer clients tell me the API scores that they want to enjoy with the local schools.  Until recently, this was very challenging to research.Now, however, some very bright minds pu...
Posted about 2 years ago
How's the Cupertino real estate market right now? Let's start with the most basic window into conditions: supply and demand. (This graph and more info comes from my Cupertino Real Estate Report. Please click on the link for much more data and information - with statistics and trends dating back m...
Posted about 2 years ago
As your blogging, web marketing and social media efforts grow into more contacts from consumers requesting assistance in buying and selling real estate, you will find that many of them are not quite in your own market area. Maybe right now you are too busy to take on one more client so ask someon...
Posted over 2 years ago
This morning I sent out a Happy Halloween note (and a link to a Halloween JibJab video) to quite a few people - clients, friends, family, prospects, and agents (both in my market and far away).  I love to stay in touch and think holidays are a great time to reach out and say hello. What surprised...
Posted over 2 years ago

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CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
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A discussion on the real estate market and practice, particularly in Silicon Valley, CA.

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