Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

Nov. 28, 2016

Tips for Selling Silicon Valley Property During the Holidays

How to sell Silicon Valley property during the holidays.The holidays are not a usual time to put Silicon Valley property on the market. However, today’s job market is highly mobile, and workers often find that they need to move on short notice at all times of the year. If you find yourself in the position of needing to sell Silicon Valley real estate in the next few months, don’t worry too much. Read our five tips for both a good holiday season and a good house sale.

1. Invest in home staging and professional photography. Many people start a search for a new home online. This is even more true during the holidays. Life is busy, and the days are shorter and colder. Creating a good first impression online will go a long way toward selling your home quickly.

2. If you can go out of town, this is probably a great year to do it. Leave your house immaculate, and let your real estate agent show your Silicon Valley property without hassle.

Decide a Schedule for Showings of Your Silicon Valley Real Estate

3. If you aren’t traveling, sit down and see what’s reasonable for you and your family. Be open with your agent about non-negotiables and where you might have wiggle room.

4. Go ahead and decorate, but keep it low-key. Put up a tree or a few lights, but resist any urges to put up tons of kitschy knick-knacks. Remember that it’s important to pare down on furniture and decorations when showing a house, to make it seem more spacious and open.

5. Consult with your real estate agent about pricing. In general, the holiday market is a sellers’ market. Buyers are motivated and may not have a huge selection. Be sure you know the local market conditions before you settle on a price for your home.

And finally, relax. The holidays add a bit more to juggle when selling a home. However, with a little planning and communication, it’s possible to make this a pretty low-stress transaction. 

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Nov. 23, 2016

Enjoy San Jose Home Town Holiday Fun at Christmas in the Park

Enjoy holiday fun near your San Jose home.Bring some holiday cheer back to your San Jose home after attending the official beginning of Christmas in the Park. Held every year the day after Thanksgiving, the Tree Lighting brings all who call San Jose home together to welcome the Christmas season. All of the festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25th at the intersection of Park and Market Street. This event is presented by PG&E and will be hosted by local radio personalities, Sam and Lissa from 94.5 KBAY. The evening will include fun for the whole family and time to spend time with friends and loved ones.

San Jose Real Estate Owners See Santa Claus

Listen to some great music at the Bank of the West Community Stage. Bhangra Empire and Business Casual, a five person a cappella group, will be on site filling the air with festive tunes. Stick around to hear the featured performer of the night, talented singer and songwriter BriCauz. The children will also not want to miss the arrival of Santa Claus. It will be a true treat to see him so near their San Jose real estate. See everyone’s eyes light up as a special celebrity guest officially lights the tree and the Archbishop Mitty High School Marching band leads Santa as he waves to all from his giant sleigh. Find more information about this event and all that Christmas in the Park has to offer this season. 


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Nov. 21, 2016

Silicon Valley Real Estate Owners Give Back at the Annual Turkey Trot

Do the Turkey Trot on Silicon Valley real estate.Before the big dinner on Thanksgiving, head out to downtown Silicon Valley real estate for the 12th Annual Turkey Trot. Join thousands of other area runners and walkers on a flat course that will take you through business areas, as well as beautiful residential Silicon Valley property. Get in a good workout before you dig in to the turkey and pies! The Turkey Trot is also a great way to raise money for local charities. Over the last 12 years, the race has raised $5.9 million for local food banks, healthy kids initiatives, and housing help. Give thanks for all your blessings and help others in need.

Run Through Commercial and Residential Silicon Valley Property

Everyone living on Silicon Valley real estate can get involved. There is a short fun run for kids ages two through seven. Elite runners can participate in the men’s and women’s 5K races. More intense runners can sign up for a 10K race. Competitors in wheelchairs participate in a 10K race sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th. Online registration is open until 6 a.m. that morning. There will be no on-site registrations. Along with the races, there are several fun events planned. A Kids Fun Zone opens at 8:30 a.m. There will also be a festival, with cool booths, including care from Palmer Chiropractic College. Start the Thanksgiving feast at the food booths.

Learn more and sign up for the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.


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Nov. 16, 2016

Santa Clara Home Owners Enjoy Ice Skating in Central Park

Go ice skating near your Santa Clara home.Skating outdoors is a fun holiday tradition that all who call Santa Clara home can enjoy once again this year. Holiday Ice Rink at Santa Clara Central Park will be open November 21, 2016 through January 16, 2017. Sign up for a class or come for open skate. The admission price for two hours of skating plus skate rental is $10 for kids ages 4-12 and $15 for adults, with children three and under free with a paid adult. Skate all day long for just $22 for adults and $15 for children. General hours are Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Check the calendar for special holiday hours available from December 20th through January 3rd. What a great outing to get the kids out of your Santa Clara home when they are on break from school.

Take Ice Skating Lessons on Santa Clara Real Estate

Feel the wind in your hair as you glide on the ice, fine tune skating skills, and get caught up in the wonders of the season. Have a great time with friends or family getting exercise and fresh air. Start a new family tradition by coming out on Christmas or New Year’s Day. Classes can be found on the City of Santa Clara website and the rink can also be rented for your holiday party or gathering. Keep the mess and craziness out of our Santa Clara real estate by hosting your party at the rink. Find more information as well as links to the calendar and the sign up for lessons at Santa Clara on Ice


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Nov. 15, 2016

November 2016 Bay Area Real Estate Market Report

Bay Area real estate is doing well in November.While November is typically a slow month for the real estate, this year we are seeing a fair amount of action in the Bay Area real estate market. For homes in Los Gatos, the median price was just under $2.4 million. This represents a strong trend upward in pricing, though it is below the high point of the summer. The median Bay Area home size is 3,174 square feet, which makes the median price per square foot $796. The average number of days on the market is 131, which is also strongly trending upward. Of homes on the market, 31% have had a price decrease. Taking a long view, the market seems to have achieved a stasis of supply and demand. However, inventory is still pretty low, which means that overall, we have a seller’s market.

Bay Area Home Quartiles Each Have Their Own Trajectories

Looking more closely, we can see distinct trends for the four major quartiles of the Bay Area real estate market. The lowest priced homes are selling for a median price of just below $1.2 million. On average, these homes are 1,772 square feet in size and spend 81 days on the market. The lower-middle priced homes have a median price of $1.9 million and are around 2,776 square feet. They spend 131 days on the market. The upper-second quartile houses go for a median price of just under $2.8 million and are 3,650 square feet. These homes spend about 108 days for sale. The top-priced homes sell for about $4.9 million. They are an average of 5,517 square feet and are on the market for an average of 205 days before selling.


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Nov. 14, 2016

Celebrate the Season on Public Saratoga Real Estate

Enjoy the holiday season on Saratoga real estate.Get a festive start to the holiday season and bring some cheer back to your Saratoga real estate after attending the Holiday Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll. Make a day of it and start out by shopping at local businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2016. Keep your money in the community and get many gifts crossed off of your list. While perusing the shops also participate in the Wine Stroll from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available now online for $40 and will likely sell out before the event. Visit the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce website for a link to purchase tickets and more information.

Saratoga Home Owners Enjoy the Tree Lighting Ceremony

Throughout the day, there will be many holiday activities in the Village on Big Basin Way. Enjoy music and performances and other activities while shopping for gifts or goodies to take back to your Saratoga real estate. Also be sure to take a look at the holiday exhibit at the Saratoga History Museum. Stick around to attend the Saratoga Tree Lighting and Celebration of Light in Blaney Plaza at 5:30 p.m. This event is meant to bring all who call Saratoga home together and put everyone in the holiday spirit. Find a link to the flyer for this event at the city website. 


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Nov. 9, 2016

Follow These 5 Maintenance Tips for Silicon Valley Property

Read house maintenance tips for Silicon Valley property.Whether you’re considering selling Silicon Valley property or just want to keep your Silicon Valley real estate in tip-top condition, we’ve got some handy tips for you. Save money and keep your home and yard looking great.

1. Fix leaking faucets. If potential buyers are touring your home, a leaky faucet is a turn-off. For homeowners, dripping faucets can add up to high water bills fast. It’s often an easy repair to get rid of a leak. Or take the opportunity to upgrade with a new faucet.

2. Speaking of water, make sure your sprinklers are working properly. They should be aimed so they’re watering plants, not the sidewalk. You should also make sure there are no broken sprinkler heads.

Focus on Energy Efficiency for Your Silicon Valley Real Estate

3. Replace conventional light bulbs with energy efficient models. Both CFLs and LED bulbs use significantly less energy. LED bulbs are the most efficient type. They are usually more costly upfront, but they pay off in the long run. Commit to replacing incandescents as they burn out with either CFLs or LEDs.

4. Make sure you have the right size air filters and change them regularly. The right air filter will help your HVAC system to last longer and work more efficiently. Filters should usually be changed every couple of months. Additionally, make sure your air vents are adjusted properly. Don’t crank the air conditioning up just because one room is hot. It might have the vent aimed in the wrong direction. These simple steps can save a lot of money on heating and cooling your Silicon Valley property.

5. Fix small roof problems while they’re still small. Replace broken or curled shingles. Inspect your roof or have a professional do an inspection regularly to catch problems while they’re still affordable to fix.

Regular maintenance is pretty easy to do and will keep your home in great shape for years to come.


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Nov. 7, 2016

All Ages who Live in Santa Clara Go to Jingle Fest

Live in Santa Clara and go to Jingle Fest.With Thanksgiving just around the corner holiday shoppers who live in Santa Clara are starting to write out their gift lists. Just as the quest begins to find that perfect present, Jingle Fest 2016 arrives. On November 19th and 20th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rows and rows of homemade goodies will fill the Santa Clara Convention Center. This one stop shop tradition brings together high quality artisians displaying 100% handmade creations. Those making purchases at Jingle Fest can be assured they are buying one of a kind items.

Find Handmade Presents Near Santa Clara Homes

Guests to the craft fair will easily cross names off their list. Handmade jewelry, soaps and candles are perfect for the hard to please teenager. Kids will adore whimsical puppets and other toys. Moms and dads will get excited about fine art, ceramics and home goods. And, grandma and grandpa will be kept warm in knitted blankets, hats and scarves. Festive decorations are in high supply and ready to bring cheer to Santa Clara homes. All kinds of treasures are waiting to be found and wrapped up in pretty paper and tied with ribbons.

An interactive crafting workshop will be set up onsite for those who live in Santa Clara wanting to embrace their own creativity. And if strolling around stirs up an appetite local food vendors will have tasty treats available to munch on. Free admission to the event and free parking are friendly to holiday budgets. Skip the long lines and crowded stores this year and get all holiday shopping done at JingleFest


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Nov. 2, 2016

Slowing and Stabilization Seen in Silicon Valley Home Pricing

Silicon Valley home prices slow down.Silicon Valley home selling has been famous for its high prices and bidding wars over the last few years. However, 2016 saw a clear slowing in the Silicon Valley real estate market. While prices continue to rise, some buyers find themselves priced out of the market. There also continues to be a problem with low inventory, especially at the less expensive end of the market. A typical Silicon Valley home can easily sell for $1 million or more. Buyers who don’t have that in their budgets have to compete for an ever-shrinking number of homes. This has led to some buyer fatigue, with people deciding to stop looking or not engage in bidding wars. Not every price range saw a drop. While homes below $1 million saw a decline in sales, homes priced between $1 and $2 million saw an 8% increase in year-to-date sales. Homes priced above $2 million also saw a decrease. Overall, sales decreased 6%.

Silicon Valley Real Estate Simmers Down in 2016

The slowdown in the Silicon Valley market is not all bad. In fact, most experts have been predicting it. Additionally, it signals a stabilization in the market, which is a positive factor. If the market can even out, it may even entice some buyers back.

Get in touch with our office to discuss how these market changes might affect your plans for buying or selling.


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Oct. 26, 2016

Kids who Live in Santa Clara Go to the YAC Halloween Party

Live in Santa Clara and go to the YAC Halloween Party.Halloween is on the horizon and children who live in Santa Clara are busy choosing their costumes. Youngsters are transformed into scary ghosts, pretty princesses, creepy zombies or strong superheroes. Whatever they pick they are sure to look the part. Dressed to impress, littles can head out for a scary time at the Santa Clara Youth Activity Center’s annual Halloween Party. From 3 to 6 p.m. frightening fun is overflowing for kids in preschool through 5th grade.

Enjoy Safe, Spooky Fun on Public Santa Clara Property

Spooky scenes filled with enchantment on this Santa Clara property. Trick or treat spots are set up for the gathering of goodies. Carnival games bring out friendly competitive spirits. Boys and ghouls will definitely get their groove on while maneuvering through the pumpkin music walk. Minis dressed to the nine can strut their stuff during the costume contest. Scaredy cats jump around in bounce houses, and arts enthusiasts will find plenty of crafts to get their claws on. Located at 2450 Cabrillo Avenue, the YAC is a convenient location for all who live in Santa Clara.

Perfect for kids all decked out for Halloween, the yearly Youth Activity Center’s Halloween Party will surely become a beloved October tradition. Take part in this free event and embrace the spirit of Halloween. 


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