Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

July 24, 2017

Landscape Your Silicon Valley Property with Native Plants to Save Water

Silicon Valley property looks great with drought tolerant plants.Consider xeriscaping the yard of your Silicon Valley property to make it beautiful, easy to maintain and environmentally friendly. Xeriscaping is a trend that is really catching on and refers to planting trees, shrubs, and plants that are native to the area to lower water usage and maintenance requirements. It can be very expensive and wasteful to keep non native species alive. Many hear this term and think of a yard that is drab or colorless, but that is far from the truth and with a little planning, a xeriscaped yard can be very beautiful.

Low Water Landscaping Increases the Value of a Silicon Valley Home

By planting the right plants in the right places and using water saving irrigation techniques, homeowners can cut down their water consumption by up to 60% for their Silicon Valley property. Not only will you be saving money, but also feel good about not wasting water. Consult with a landscaper or do research to figure out the best arrangements for plants and be sure to use mulch and think about drip irrigation to maximize watering the plants that need it. One of the best parts about xeriscaping is that it will increase the value of your Silicon Valley home. A beautiful yard that is cheap and easy to maintain is definitely something that buyers are interested in.

 

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July 19, 2017

Saratoga Real Estate Business Owners Learn to Use Instagram

Saratoga real estate owners learn to use Instagram.The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce is hosting a great event for all local business owners. Come Friday morning for a 90 minute presentation called Instagram Basics and Best Practices and learn how to use the platform to expand your business. Anyone doing business on Saratoga real estate is welcome. Come to the chamber’s offices at 14460 Big Basin Way at 9 a.m. The event is free for chamber members.

Sign up for the Social Media Marketing Presentation Near Your Saratoga Home

Social media has become an important part of any business’s marketing strategy. Instagram boasts 700 million users and is quickly becoming one of the main ways businesses can reach potential clients, both those who make Saratoga home and those from farther away. If you don’t already have an Instagram account, you are encouraged to set one up before coming to the presentation. The process is simple, but if you run into difficulties, contact the presenter, Clifford “CJ” White. There won’t be time during the meeting to go over how to set up an account.

Come to the chamber’s Saratoga real estate location ready with questions and be prepared to have a good time. Topics covered will include building a following through posting, commenting, liking, and sharing your own and others’ posts. Bring along your phone or tablet for the interactive presentation.

Register for Instagram Basics and Best Practices at the chamber website. 

 

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July 17, 2017

Shopping for a Luxury Silicon Valley Home? Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent!

Luxury Silicon Valley home shoppers should hire a real estate agent.There is much to think about before taking the plunge and investing in a luxury Silicon Valley home. There are many variables when it comes to high end homes, and all buyers want to make sure that they are getting a fair price. Real estate professionals usually run comps to ensure a property is listed for a fair price. These include things like number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, etc. However, when it comes to high end homes it is often hard to compare when there are so many variables. Therefore, it is a very good idea to work with a real estate professional who is very experienced in dealing with luxury homes. By hiring someone well versed in the local luxury market, they can also help with you understand commute times and how the flow of the geographic area works.

Research the Area to Make Sure You Find the Right Silicon Valley Real Estate Location

It is also smart to do some research on your own to really know what you are looking for in luxury Silicon Valley real estate. Take a look at a few properties and develop a list of must haves. Also ensure that all financing is in order for your price point. Lastly, another piece of the puzzle of getting a good deal on a luxury property is to find a motivated seller. It may be a better idea to look for homes in the winter or at the end of the year when there are not as many buyers out and about, and sellers want to have their properties sold by year’s end. Constantly keep an eye on listings. A property could come on at a great price because of a motivated seller and be snatched up very quickly. Be proactive, do research, and hire a professional to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible and you get the best deal.

 

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July 12, 2017

See World Class Soccer Played Near Your Santa Clara Home

See great soccer matches near your Santa Clara home.An amazing soccer match is coming close to any Santa Clara home at Levi’s® Stadium. The Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association of Football (CONCACAF) will be featuring their 2017 Gold Cup Final in Santa Clara on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017. The North American market has a growing demand for international football and this event, which happens every two years, is a small piece to help meet that demand. Premier stadiums across the country are hosting this tournament. Local fans and those who are traveling will also be able to enjoy matches in Cleveland, Nashville, and San Antonio, among others.

The Best Teams Will Battle for the Championship on Santa Clara Real Estate

Teams from Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama have qualified for the 2017 Gold Cup following the Copa Centroamericana. They will join Canada, Mexico, the United States, Curacao, French Guiana, Jamaica, and Martinique. Who will win their way into the final and play near your Santa Clara home? Whichever teams they are, it is sure to be an exciting match. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. SBL members will have the chance to purchase tickets during a pre sale. Times and promo codes will be e-mailed to members. Don’t miss this opportunity to see world class athletes playing near your Santa Clara real estate. Find more information and a link to purchase tickets at Levi’s Stadium.

 

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July 10, 2017

Tips and Tricks for Selling Silicon Valley Property with Kids

Save your sanity while selling Silicon Valley property with kids.Selling your Silicon Valley property while having young children can seem stressful and daunting. It will surely not be easy, but there are many tips and tricks to save your sanity. First of all, you will have to drastically reduce the amount of stuff in your Silicon Valley property. If you have a good friend of family member close by with extra storage space, this could be a lifesaver. Consider not only asking to store your stuff at their place, but to also ask if it would be ok to drop in whenever there is a showing. If this does not work, you will likely need to rent a storage unit and keep a list handy of fun and convenient places to go when you get the call for a showing.

Keep a List of Places to Go When Your Silicon Valley Home is Showing

When that call comes, keep a list of last minute cleaning that needs to be done in the 10 minutes before you head out the door. Consider taking the children’s art supplies to storage so you are not frantically trying to clean marker off of the wall before people come to see your Silicon Valley home. Also keep bags packed by the door for both the children and yourself. Put diapers, toys, activities, snacks, phone charger, makeup, and other must have items in the bags for easy grabbing. Start planning, purging, and decluttering well in advance and think ahead to make the process of selling your home go as smoothly as possible.

 

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July 5, 2017

Celebrate Aviation Near San Jose Homes at Hot San Jose Nights

Go see vintage cars near San Jose homes.If you’re looking for a fun day near San Jose homes, come to the Reid-Hillview Airport for the 9th Annual Hot San Jose Nights! The event will take place on Saturday, July 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The airport is located at 2500 Cunningham Avenue in San Jose. Come see a huge array of vintage and classic cars, as well as newer models, including some that haven’t even hit the market yet. This San Jose real estate location will be transformed for the free festival. In addition to all the cars, there will be local bands will be playing live all day, including the San Jose Metropolitan Band.

San Jose Real Estate Owners Will Have a Great Time at the Aiport

Kids from San Jose homes will be inspired as the young people of the Civil Air Patrol present the Color Guard at the opening ceremony. Young people thinking about college should visit with representatives from San Jose State University’s aviation program. Who says math and science are boring? Kids can have a blast at the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, aviation, and math) Festival. Go around to the many booths to get hands-on with math and science concepts.

Come hungry, as there will be plenty of food vendors. And be sure to catch the BBQ Wings Cook-off! Speaking of food, Second Harvest, a local food bank, will be collecting nonperishable food donations.

Hot San Jose Nights is a great local annual tradition. Come celebrate all things aviation! 

 

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July 3, 2017

Silicon Valley Real Estate Market Report for July 2017

Read about Silicon Valley real estate market trends.Every month we take a look at the Silicon Valley real estate market to discuss changes and trends. The median listing price is just over $2.2 million, which is about the same from last month. While inventory is decreasing, Silicon Valley property spends more time on the market than it did last month. The average is 97 days, up six days from last month’s average of 91 days. The asking price per square foot is $713, which is down significantly from last month’s $738. Properties that have dropped their price is at 38%.

Learn About Silicon Valley Property Trends and News

Silicon Valley real estate looks much more diverse when we examine the price quartiles. In the bottom quartile, the median price is $999,000, which is down a bit from last month. These houses are 1908 square feet and spend an average of 47 days for sale. In the third quartile, the median price of $1,893,500 has increased from last month. Houses in this bracket are 2822 square feet in size and sell in an average of 107 days. In the second quartile, the median price is at $2,843,944. This is a small increase from last month. These houses are 3170 square feet in size and sell in an average of 73 days. Finally, houses in the top quartile have a median price of $4,760,000 and are 5656 square feet in size. The spend around 162 days on the market.

Please give our office a call so we can help you with buying or selling in the Silicon Valley market.

 

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June 28, 2017

Live in Santa Clara? Celebrate July 4th at Central Park!

Live in Santa Clara and celebrate July 4th.Fantastic Fourth of July fun awaits those who live in Santa Clara. All the merriment starts at noontime with the flag dedication ceremony in Central Park. As Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor welcomes all, audiences members give a nod to Old Glory. A day filled with activities is planned. Entertainment from music and dancing fill the park. Youngsters from Santa Clara homes can splash about in the pool where public swimming is free at the International Swim Center.

There’s Plenty of Fun Planned for Everyone from Santa Clara Homes

Families who live in Santa Clara indulge in friendly competition trying their hands at various carnival games. Face painting at the Roberta Jones Theater delights kids of all ages. Fireworks are a favorite face art themes to choose during the holiday. Laughter is contagious when kids are jumping about in the bounce houses. Artistic sides are embraced in the arts and crafts corner. Thirst is quenched and appetites satisfied by a variety of food vendors and food trucks. From hot dogs to barbeque it's all represented.

As it gets dark, guests will be asked to stand for the National Anthem signalling that the fireworks show is due to start. Blasting off around 9:30 p.m. the first spark of color will hit the sky. Friends and neighbors ooh and ahh together on blankets and chairs spread across the lawn. Don’t miss the making of patriotic memories. Read about all the activities planned for the 4th of July

 

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June 26, 2017

Going on Vacation? Read our Security Tips for Silicon Valley Property

Read our tips to keep Silicon Valley property secure.Take a little time to prepare your Silicon Valley property for your absence before going on vacation. You will thank yourself when you get back to a clean a secure house. It is very likely that you will be super tired and have gobs of dirty laundry when returning to your Silicon Valley property. Therefore, it is a great idea to leave your house clean and tidy before you go. Make sure that all of the dishes are clean, laundry is done folded and put away, clutter is tidied up, and beds are made. That way you can get home and slide right into your bed for a nap. Also toss out or give away any food from your fridge and pantry that may go bad before your return. No one wants to come back to a stinky house.

Make a Plan to Keep your Silicon Valley Real Estate Secure While You’re Gone

Tell a neighbor that you trust that you will be gone. Consider asking them to keep an eye on your Silicon Valley real estate, water plants, park in your driveway, and collect mail and newspapers. Another option is to put a hold on your mail and newspapers so that your overflowing mailbox does not proclaim to the world that you are on vacation. Other security tips are to activate your security system, collect any spare keys that might be left outside, close the blinds in rooms containing expensive items, and to use a timer for your lights to mimic the times you would normally be home. By taking a little time to prepare your home for your departure, you will have greater peace of mind while on your vacation, and be more relaxed upon returning home.

 

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June 21, 2017

Saratoga Real Estate Owners Celebrate July 4th at Kevin Moran Park

Celebrate July 4th on Saratoga real estate.Old Glory flies proudly on Saratoga real estate. Saratoga’s Independence Day Celebration takes place this Fourth of July at Kevin Moran Park from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Located close to Saratoga homes the park is easily accessed at 12415 Scully Avenue, so grab the kids and plan on having some fun. 

Everyone from Saratoga Homes is Invited to Honor Independence Day

This community gathering brings neighbors and friends together in observation of America’s birthday. A family oriented event, there will be laughter and lots of merrymaking as our democracy is honored. Music will be in full swing as the voices of children fill the Saratoga real estate landscape. An all children’s choir will lead the crowd in familiar patriotic songs. Later the kids can get hands on at the children’s craft table. The McCartysville Band will also be performing plenty of military and traditional tunes. Students from Saratoga High School will give the invocation and present several speeches. Other inspirational excerpts are recited from historic speeches from such greats as Clara Barton, Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy.

Shaded seating will be plentiful for those attending. Guests are encouraged to show their spirit by dressing in the red, white and blue. MIlitary members are asked to come in uniform so as to be easily honored for their service. Marching step by step, the Army Color Guard will lead a festive parade around the park. And, all will be amazed as butterflies are released as a way to “Give thanks for our freedom”

 

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