Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

Nov. 20, 2017

Improve the Value of a Silicon Valley Home with a Bathroom Remodel

Remodel the bathroom at your Silicon Valley home.Consider a bathroom remodel at your Silicon Valley home to increase the joy you feel in being at home and to also add value for resale. Whether you are up for tackling all of the bathrooms in your home, want to stick with fixing up a smaller bathroom, or want to take on the full master bath, all can be beneficial. A mid range renovation of a smaller bathroom should come in with a price tag less than $12,000. It should also fetch about a 64% return on investment when selling. In addition to adding value, it can also increase your satisfaction and amount of pride you have in your Silicon Valley home, especially if it is a bathroom that guests use.

For those interested in remodeling the large master bath in your Silicon Valley property, expect a price tag of about $34,000 for an upscale remodel. This project should fetch a return of about just under 60%. An overwhelming trend among homeowners, according to a U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, is to add a spacious shower to their master bath. Many are saying bye bye to the bathtub and going for a spa like experience with things like a body sprayer or rain shower head. Most people are also going for a very clean look in the bathroom with white countertops, gray cabinets, and generally a bright white for paint.

Get a Good Return on Investment by Updating the Bathrooms of Silicon Valley Property

When thinking about the remodel, don’t forget about upgrading other features such as the lighting, toilet, and adding digital controls. This is also a great chance to completely change the style of the bathroom. A majority of people are going for a contemporary, transitional, or modern design. Take some time to flip through magazines, look at displays, talk to a designer, and think about what you want the room to look like. Also think about the features in the room that you would like to keep and those that can be done away with. What else would you like to add to make it the space you have always dreamed of? With some thought and hard work you can tackle a home project that will bring you joy and a nice return on investment.


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Nov. 15, 2017

Celebrate the Season near Silicon Valley Homes with a Turkey Trot, Tree Lighting, and More

Celebrate the season near Silicon Valley homes with a Turkey Trot, tree lighting, and breakfast with Santa.There are so many great holiday events around Silicon Valley homes. We’ve rounded up several of our favorites.

Scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, November 23rd, the annual Silicon Valley Turkey Trot raises money to help local charities, including vision screenings and glasses for kids, free food to families in need, and affordable housing placements. Sign up for the 5K or 10K. Kids can participate in their own fun run. Be sure to stick around for the race day festival once you’ve run your race!

Get the holidays off to a great start at the Saratoga Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll on Friday, November 24th.  Everyone living in Silicon Valley looks forward to this each year. The Tree Lighting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Blaney Plaza, in downtown Saratoga. Students from Marshall Lane Elementary School will open the ceremony with holiday songs. The annual Holiday Wine Stroll will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy amazing local wine, shop in the fun downtown stores, and let the kids burn off their holiday energy in the kids zone. Visit the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce to purchase tickets to the wine stroll. 

Kids Living in Silicon Valley Meet Santa for Breakfast in Cupertino

Finally, be sure that your kids get to tell Santa their wishes for the season. Bring them to Breakfast with Santa at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino. Families can bring photos of their little ones with Santa back to their Silicon Valley homes. After pictures are done, and kids have revealed what they hope for under the tree, it will be time for pancakes. Then everyone will follow the elves to create crafts and write letters to Santa. There will be four seatings at the event, at 8:30, 9, 9:30, and 10 a.m. The cost to attend is $12 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Kids must be accompanied by a paying adult. Sign up soon for Breakfast with Santa. The event sold out last year! 

Stay tuned to the blog to find out about more about fun holiday events around Silicon Valley!


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Nov. 13, 2017

Santa Clara Real Estate Owners Join the Golden Heart Run to Support the Home Team

Do the Golden Heart Run on Santa Clara real estate to support the 49ers.The Golden Heart Fund provides funding support and relief for the alumni players of the 49ers in times of physical, financial, and emotional need. The fund itself is lead by the 49ers alumni greats, as well as their past and present ownership. On November 19th, 2017 fans who want to offer their support are able to participate in a particular Golden Heart event that gives them the chance to train like members of the team in a way that is fun but physically challenging as well. At Levi’s Stadium that Sunday morning, the Golden Heart Run will turn the well-known landmark of Santa Clara real estate into a race for this worthy cause. The faithful support from all their fans is one of the reasons the 49ers are so proud to call Santa Clara home.

The day of the big race all the parking lots of Levi’s Stadium will open at 6 a.m. Then the 49K Team Relay will begin at 6:30 a.m, and the 4.9K will start at 9 o’clock that morning. Since the event is meant to be family oriented, there will be a Junior Run for the kids starting at 10:15 a.m., and the Awards will be given at 10:30 a.m. All the runners, walkers, and their supporters, will be invited to stay for the Post Race Party that will last from 10 o’clock in the morning until 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to pick up their “bibs” on Saturday the day before the race from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the United Club on the west side of Levi’s Stadium through Intel Gate A. There will be free parking available for this purpose in Yellow Lots 1, 2, and 3. Racers are expected to complete the course at a 20 minute per mile pace, and for the safety of everyone involved strollers will not be allowed on the course. For further safety, there will be first aid available at the start line and at various stations on the course, and there will be full medical staff at the finish line in case they are needed.

Volunteer to Help at This Fun Event Near Your Santa Clara Home

For those who want to be involved in supporting the Golden Heart Fund but are not able to join in the race on this renowned piece of Santa Clara real estate, there are still many opportunities to volunteer for the cause by aiding the thousands of runners and walkers who will be racing. Volunteers will be able to enjoy light refreshments throughout the day, and as part of the “race crew” they will be given an official Golden Heart 4.9K Run Volunteer T-shirt. To learn more about the Golden Heart Fund and how to get involved, whether to join in the race or apply to volunteer, visit their website at the Golden Heart Run, or email them at


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Nov. 8, 2017

Enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season near Los Gatos Homes at the Fantasy of Lights

Enjoy the Fantasy of Lights near Los Gatos homes.Holiday magic is descending on Los Gatos homes as the Fantasy of Lights comes back to Vasona Lake County Park for its 19th year. Hurry and order your tickets as soon as you can. Only prepaid ticket holders will be admitted to the event. Admission is $10 for those 13 and up; $5 for those four to 12 years old; and kids three and younger get in free. There are two options this year. Choose to walk through the lights displays on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd, from 4 to 9 p.m. Carolers and hot chocolate will round out the festivities of the walk through Fantasy of Lights.

Los Gatos real estate owners can also choose to drive through the Fantasy of Lights will also be open from Tuesday, December 5th through Saturday, December 30th, from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 per vehicle, for up to 12 people, or $50 for vehicles carrying 13 passengers or more. Put on your favorite holiday music and enjoy a 1.5 mile drive through a dazzling display of holidays lights. Drive through tunnels of lights, watch Santa relaxing and shooting a few hoops, see a group of twinkling penguins, and enjoy the fun of an exploding volcano in the Dinosaur Den. These are just a few examples of the 50 lights displays. A 90-foot tree of light crowns the trip.

Volunteers from Los Gatos Real Estate Help Make the Magic Possible

Everyone from Los Gatos homes is invited to come see the revamped and expanded Fantasy of Lights. It’s also brighter than ever, as the displays have switched over to LED lights. This is a great way to celebrate the fun of the season. Families and friends make memories of holiday cheer that last for years to come. Volunteers are needed to make this event truly magical. Volunteers also will also get a free pass, valid Sunday through Thursday.

Learn more about the Fantasy of Lights, purchase tickets, and get information on volunteering. 


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Nov. 6, 2017

San Jose Home Owners Go to Hunger at Home’s Benefit Concert to Help Hungry People

Attend the Hunger at Home Benefit Concert near your San Jose home.Help the less fortunate who call San Jose home by attending Hunger at Home’s Benefit Concert. Did you know that a majority of leftover food from restaurants, hotels, and tech companies end up in landfills? This is very unfortunate when this perfectly good food gets tossed out to rot instead of helping to feed hungry people. Fortunately, Hunger at Home has been working hard to bridge the gap and get this leftover food to those who need it. It is not easy or cheap to make this happen, so the organization has worked hard with Martha’s Kitchen to put together this benefit concert to help fund this important work.

Enjoy an Evening of Fine Dining and Great Auctions on San Jose Real Estate

Consider purchasing tickets for this event that will take place on Friday, November 10th, 2017 beginning at 6 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Enjoy the evening at the City National Civic Auditorium, close to any San Jose real estate. Some of the area’s top executive chefs will be on hand whipping up a delicious culinary experience. The focus will be on endangered foods, those that may not be around for us to enjoy much longer. Pair a beverage with your food and enjoy time with friends, family, and coworkers. The Joe Sharino Band will be on stage to entertain all who come to take part in this worthy event.

Bring your pocketbook to bid on auction items and also try your hand at winning the diamond ring raffle. Many local organizations have sponsored this event, such as the San Francisco Forty Niners, Southwest Airlines, Ralls Construction, and many more. Consider adding your business to the list of sponsors. There are many levels of sponsorship ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 or higher. Each level comes with a different number of tickets, perks, and recognition. Do a good deed and help those in need who call San Jose home. Find more details and a link to purchase tickets for the Hunger at Home Benefit Concert


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Nov. 1, 2017

Silicon Valley Property Market Report for November 2017

Read the latest news for Silicon Valley property.We hope you’re enjoying some Halloween candy! Grab a handful to snack on while we discuss the state of the Silicon Valley property market. The median list price is $2,298,975, which is about the same as last month. While inventory has been decreasing, the number of sales relative to inventory has fallen, too. Silicon Valley homes spend an average of 115 days on the market, up significantly from last month’s 98 days. These factors may indicate an overall cooling in the market. However, it is also very common for the market to slow somewhat in the winter months and pick up again in spring. The average price per square foot is $712, which is also down significantly from last month, when it was $764.

Silicon Valley Homes See a Cooling Market

We get a better sense of the Silicon Valley property market when we look at the quartiles. Starting at the least expensive 25% of homes, we find the median price is $974,000. These houses are an average of 1,962 square feet with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. They sell in an average of 112 days. In the next quartile, the median price is $1,639,000. With four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, these homes have an average of 2,386 square feet. They sell in an average of 90 days. The third quartile has a median price of $2,888,888. They are rather spacious, with an average of 3,450 square feet. Typically, they have four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and sell in an average of 89 days. Finally, the most expensive homes in Silicon Valley have a median price of $5,800,000. The average size is 7,000 square feet, with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. They spend an average of 172 days on the market.

To learn more about buying or selling a home in Silicon Valley, get in touch with our office. We have a lot of experience in the area and would be happy to help you achieve your homeownership dreams!


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Oct. 25, 2017

Saratoga Real Estate Owners Know How to Celebrate Halloween

Celebrate Halloween on Saratoga real estate.Shadows lurk on Saratoga real estate this Halloween holiday. On the spookiest Saturday of October 28th locals are lured in for frightening fun and macabre mayhem. A daunting day is packed with Trunk or Treat and the Witchy Walk About events. These family oriented events offer a safe way for kids and their parents to happily haunt the neighborhood, enjoy one another, and haul tasty treats away. 

Steps tread lightly toward the Trunk or Treat at the Saratoga Federated Church. Once arriving a howling good time begins. Superheroes from Saratoga homes soar to the sky in bouncy houses. Carnival games inspire friendly bouts of competition between vampires and vixens. Superman and batman go cape to cape in frivolous challenges. The playground awaits flailing limbs and shrieks of glee from goblins and skeletons.

Kids From Saratoga Homes Enjoy Early Trick or Treating

The Witchy Walk About crisscrosses Saratoga Village from 2 to 4 p.m.. As the werewolf howls costumed kiddos drag mummies and daddies down the street in search of the mother load of candy. Trick or treaters are warmly welcomed into all the shops to receive goodies. Parents can stroll about and find their own goody in trinket or two. A monster load of merriment transforms the grounds as a fearsome array of entertainment bursts forth. Originating at the Saratoga Chamber daring children take part in a picture scavenger hunt. Face painters illustrate little people’s cheeks with skulls, spiders, bats, pumpkins and more. Pretty princesses frolic next to zombies as they marvel at the creations put forth by a balloon artist.

Ghouls and ghosts get downtown to celebrate all Hallow’s Eve. Black cats wink at those passing. Treats and tricks run rampant downtown. Be there before the fun and the frights disappear from Saratoga real estate. Don’t dare to miss out. More deadly details can be found online.


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Oct. 23, 2017

A Silicon Valley Real Estate Kitchen Remodel is a Great Choice for Sellers

Consider a kitchen remodel to enjoy your Silicon Valley real estate and increase its value.When considering upgrades to your Silicon Valley real estate a kitchen remodel is likely to provide the biggest return on investment and also give a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Many real estate professionals recommend updating the kitchen before a sale. Nationally, kitchen remodels provide a 62 percent return on investment (according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Remodeling Impact Report). In hot markets, like the Bay Area, kitchen remodels often bring in over 100 percent return on investment (according to Remodeling’s 2017 Cost Vs. Value report). It is a hot selling point to come tour a home and see a beautifully updated kitchen. That means the new homeowner will have one less thing to update after purchasing a Silicon Valley home. Therefore, a home is likely to sell faster with an updated kitchen. Talk to your realtor about the benefits of a full remodel vs. updating certain parts of the kitchen. There could be benefits of either before selling a home.

No Matter How Long You Stay in Your Silicon Valley Home, You’ll Enjoy a New Kitchen

A new and beautiful kitchen also offers a sense of joy and satisfaction in being at home. This means that even if you are not planning to sell your Silicon Valley real estate in the near future, it may be a good idea to go through with a kitchen remodel. Studies have shown that an updated kitchen makes people more happy being in their homes. This, in turn, can help people save money and be healthier by staying home and cooking. Think of the joy you would feel gazing into a new and beautiful kitchen while relaxing in the living room. Also, imagine the joy of preparing dinner in a clean and sleek new space with top of the line appliances and designer cabinets. Get that old kitchen out and enjoy it when still living in the home. If, in a year or two you are looking to sell your home, this update will already be done and it will be easy to get top dollar and sell fast.


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Oct. 18, 2017

Leave the Safety of Santa Clara Homes for the Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America

Get scared at the Halloween Haunt near Santa Clara homes.Shadows swirl about Santa Clara homes and monsters lurk in the dark. Over at California’s Great America the Halloween Haunt is in full swing daring the bravest of souls to trespass. Screeches and screams cut through the night as interlopers traverse haunted mazes, skeleton key rooms and scare zones. Those filled with trepidation often seek refuge as an audience member in a live show. Yet there is no safe space to hide amongst the crowd. Weekends up until October 29th creatures will watching and waiting around each and every corner of this Santa Clara real estate.

You’ll Never Look at the Santa Clara Real Estate Location the Same Way After a Night of Scares

As the night begins Opening Scares sets the scene. In this live performance the Haunt’s witch calls out to her minions to begin their treachery. Later on take a seat and prepare for a mind blowing display of ghastly gravity defying motions. Nyte Walker zombies are everywhere including in the air so look out! Mazes are made to confuse. Twists and turns traumatize as creepy mayhem makers poke their heads in and out. A trip to the Backwoods goes terribly wrong as the hunters become the hunted. And, in the eagerly anticipated Toy Factory child’s play turns serious and deadly. Scare zones are nightmares come to life. Creepy clowns rule Jestertown.

Tables are turned on childhood fairy tales in FearyTales located in an eerily abandoned Planet Snoopy. Be on the lookout for a more sinister Rumplestiltskin. Hansel and Gretel's witch is also not so easily manipulated now. Exhilarating rides are momentary escape paths, but not all are as safe as they look going in. An ominous feeling plagues those living in Santa Clara homes who find themselves in line for Demon: Re-Ignited. Special effects raise hairs as lights flash, mists roll in and the waterfall fills with red.

Tickets are available for a discounted price online. For those seeking more chilling moments a Fright Lane upgrade hauls guests kicking and screaming to the front of the line. Shorter waits mean more frightening scenarios playing out during the evening. This Halloween holiday pulses are racing at California’s Great America’s Halloween Haunt. Join in the frightening fun and play with the spirits. 


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Oct. 16, 2017

Staging Silicon Valley Property? Read Our Best Tips for an Open House

Get staging tips to sell your Silicon Valley property fast.Ensure that an open house for your Silicon Valley property is a success by committing to thorough preparation. No one wants to walk into a cluttered, dark home that smells funny. Talk to your real estate professional about ways to prepare and also consider these tips.

Remove any unneeded items from your home and put them in storage. Homeowners need to create a space that potential buyers can envision themselves living in. It would also be a good idea to make it look like there is more than enough storage space. Clean out closets and underneath sink cabinets. Leave only what is necessary because visitors will be opening up everything. In addition to decluttering, make sure everything in your house is clean. No one wants to see dirty grout lines, pet hair, or gunk in the refrigerator. Dust, wipe down everything, and clean mirrors and windows.

Make Your Silicon Valley Home Look at Bright and Inviting as Possible

In addition to cleaning the windows, make sure to open up all the blinds or curtains and turn on all of the lights before an open house at your Silicon Valley home. Consider switching to brighter light bulbs. This is especially important in rooms that have dark paint colors or small windows. The more light you can get in your home, the brighter, more open, and more spacious it will look. Turn on under cabinet and hood lighting as well, so that it lights up the space and so potential buyers will notice it.

Those attending an open house at your Silicon Valley property will really notice if you take the time to prepare properly. They will know that you are serious about selling and that this could be a great place to put an offer on. Going the extra mile means ensuring your house smells good. Clean out all litter boxes, pet food dishes, and make sure no pet hair is on the floor or furniture. Consider baking something delicious smelling in the oven before guests arrive to make your home smell warm and inviting. Also think about preparing materials to set out about things like utility costs and available companies, details about home renovations or repairs, or the date when the new roof was put on. The more information potential buyers have about a home and the better it looks when they come to see it makes it more likely to sell quickly.


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