Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

Sept. 26, 2016

Spruce up Silicon Valley Property and Greet the Change of Season

Hold a party on Silicon Valley property.Enjoy a fun and creative project to get your Silicon Valley property ready for fall. Swap out those blues and greens of summer for the browns and oranges of autumn. Choose a great basket to hold blankets to curl up under on the couch and trade out the light covers for a heavy comforter on the bed. This is also a good opportunity to take a good look around and get rid of any pieces in your home that are not your favorite and shop for something new. Do some general cleaning, like flipping the mattresses, freshening up some paint, dusting behind the nooks and crannies, and then get some great fall scents in the diffuser to set the scene for the fun of fall.

Host an End of Summer Party on Silicon Valley Real Estate

Make sure the exterior of your Silicon Valley real estate is ready for the harsher and cooler weather. Trade out the furnishings and decorations in your outdoor space to reflect the season. Plant some perennials like hostas or peonies and put a vase full of warm sunflowers, twigs, succulent stems, and orange and red daisies or roses in the middle of the table. Next, invite friends and family over to your Silicon Valley property for a farewell to summer barbecue that features delicious fall foods like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and chicken. Place an amber beer in their hands and end the meal with a berry, pear, or apple tart. There are many ways to greet the change in season. This year, give your house some personal attention to really make it shine.


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Sept. 21, 2016

Visit the Museum of Quilts and Textiles Near Your San Jose Home

See quilts near your San Jose home.The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will help everyone look at the items made of fabric in their San Jose home a little differently. Gain a new appreciation of the beauty and complexity of creating artistic and functional pieces out of fabric and thread by perusing the permanent and rotating collection at the museum. Visit anytime between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the weekends. Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and students, and children 12 and under are free. There is a special the first Friday of each month (Except January and July) where everyone can pay what they can for admission between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and can get in completely free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This special is a great opportunity for San Jose real estate owners to come see what this museum is all about.

San Jose Real Estate Owners Learn to Quilt

Keep an eye on the calendar for special events, such as talks and receptions for the rotating exhibits. Also consider taking a class to learn more about all aspects of the fiber arts. Learn new quilting methods, or how to better preserve pieces already in your San Jose home. Join others to learn how to keep your creative juices flowing and make new like-minded friends. Read more about the permanent collection, keep up on rotating exhibits, and find more information about upcoming events and classes at the Museum of Quilts and Textiles


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Sept. 19, 2016

Should Silicon Valley Real Estate Owners Lease or Buy Solar Panels?

Install solar panels on Silicon Valley real estate.One of the newest and most popular ways to upgrade Silicon Valley real estate is to install solar panels. This adds value to any Silicon Valley home, as well as making an important commitment to doing your part to help the environment. Once you make the decision to go for solar panels, the next question is whether to lease or buy them.

Add Value to a Silicon Valley Home with a Solar Array

There are several issues to consider. If you might sell your Silicon Valley real estate soon, then it makes sense to buy the panels. This will increase its value on the market. California is a leader in renewable energy in the country, so check into local, state, and federal incentives for solar panels. You may be eligible for significant discounts or tax credits for purchasing a solar array. Energy companies may also buy Solar Renewable Energy Certificates. Owners of solar panels can sell these to power companies to help them fulfill their renewable energy quotas. Buying also makes sense only if you have the ability to take out a loan to cover the cost or have saved money that can be put toward a solar array. Leasing makes more sense for those who aren’t in a position to invest or take on a loan. Upgrades may be available at the end of a lease, too.

There’s no better time to install solar panels. They are a great way to decrease energy consumption while adding to the value of your home.


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Sept. 14, 2016

Santa Clara Home Owners Celebrate at the Art & Wine Festival

Santa Clara home owners go to the wine festival.Find some great gifts and treasures to adorn your Santa Clara home at the 36th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. There will be something for the whole family at Central Park on Saturday, September 17th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 18th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Come be awed at the talents of the artists who will have booths at this event. Take your time, as there are more than 160 arts and crafts booths. Also grab some delicious food, fine wine that will be poured by six vinters, and an all new beer garden located in the shade. Groove to the tunes of live entertainment on three stages and wear out the kids at Kids Kingdom and Toddler Town before heading back to your Santa Clara home.

There’s Something for Everyone at the Santa Clara Real Estate Festival

There is a new opportunity at the festival this year to learn more about city services. Gain valuable information for your Santa Clara real estate by visiting City Hall Central to get a Passport to City Services. There will be booths mixed in amongst the food, arts and crafts, and music that will inform the public about utilities, job opportunities, projects going on in the community, plans for development, and other great tidbits about the city of Santa Clara. Collect stamps in your passport at each city booth and return to City Hall Central with all 12 stamps to receive a souvenir. Read more about the festival and find a map at the Art and Wine Festival


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Sept. 12, 2016

Silicon Valley Real Estate Prices Seems to Be Slowing

Buy Silicon Valley real estate.Though the Silicon Valley real estate market is associated with ever-rising prices, they are actually starting to slow down a bit. In July, the median Silicon Valley home price was $1.05 million. By August, that number had dropped to $985,000. The average price of Silicon Valley real estate in July was just $1.278 million. In August, the average price was $1.262 million. July had 887 home sales, while August dropped to 875. In July, homes sold in an average of 24 days, though by August that had risen to 29 days.

The Silicon Valley Home Market Sees Variation by City

Of course, as Realtors are fond of saying, all real estate is local. Silicon Valley real estate seems to be reaching a plateau overall, but that isn’t always the case in particular cities. For instance, in San Jose, the current average home price is $818,219, which is 101.8% of the asking price. These homes are on the market for an average of 60 days. Nearby, in Santa Clara, the average home is sold for $953,736, which is 103.1% of the asking price. Santa Clara homes are on the market for an average of 53 days. Finally, Saratoga currently has an average home selling price of $1,996,680. Saratoga homes are selling for 101.8% of asking in an average of 54 days.

If you’re interested in buying in a particular city in the Silicon Valley area, get in touch with our office. We’d be happy to go over prices and possibilities with you.


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Sept. 7, 2016

Saratoga Home Owners Love Brews & Blues

Hear the blues near your Saratoga home.Enjoy a groovin’ time away from your Saratoga home at Brews & Blues. Hear some great live music, sip on quality micro brews and wine, and nibble on tasty barbecue on September 17, 2016 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Get on out there and dance to the tunes of the Aki Kumar Blues All-Stars, or simply enjoy the beat while catching up with friends or family members. This event will be held at Wildwood Park, located at 20764 Fourth Street in Saratoga. Purchase your tickets for $30 each in advance and enter through the express lane starting at 2 p.m. after the parade. Leave your Saratoga home early to also check out the shops and boutiques that are located downtown near the park.

Spend a Fun Evening on Downtown Saratoga Real Estate

Find a large variety of beer and wine here, just be sure to have a safe way to get back to your Saratoga real estate. Hermitage Brewing Company, Santa Clara Brewing Company, and Strike Brewing Company will be on hand offering their micro brews. There will also be choices for full-flavored craft beers as well as wine from House Family Vineyards. Food will be done by Handheld Catering and include grilled beef sliders, brats, and vegetarian options that will be smoked on site. Read more about this event and find a link to purchase tickets at Brews and Blues.


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Sept. 5, 2016

Tips for Pricing Silicon Valley Property Correctly

Sell Silicon Valley property with Mario Ramirez.Choosing the best listing price for your Silicon Valley property can be a challenge. Luckily, the Journal of Housing Research, which is an official publication of the American Real Estate Society, has conducted a study to find the best approach to pricing a home. Their findings suggest that it is best to list a house at just below a round number. Researchers took 1,000 buyers in Virginia who were looking at over 370,000 listings and were able to look at how both “rounded pricing” and “just below pricing” impacted the buyers. Pricing your Silicon Valley property with the just below pricing strategy should result in a higher sale price, while not driving away potential buyers.

Sell Silicon Valley Real Estate for More by Pricing Just Below a Round Number

Often, buyers are more attracted to a house listed at $199,000 instead of $200,000. The numbers in the study concluded that the houses priced with the “just below” strategy ended up selling for 2.5 to 3 percent higher than a house priced with a “rounded pricing” strategy. The study, however, also noted that homes with a “rounded pricing” strategy spent less time on the market due to the demand effect. All things considered, the “just below” pricing strategy really has shown to be the best option for more money for Silicon Valley real estate.


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Aug. 24, 2016

4 Energy Efficient Silicon Valley Property Improvements

Improve Silicon Valley property energy efficiency.Silicon Valley property continues to be one of the hottest markets in the state. It’s not hard to get a great price for Silicon Valley real estate, but even small improvements can help to increase the value of a house. Because of the focus on green energy and environmental friendliness, some of the best remodeling jobs to think about are those that make a home more energy efficient. Here are four of our best ideas.

1. Replace old windows with new, energy-efficient models. Opt for wooden frames, too. This will improve the appearance of the exterior the house, too. A beautiful exterior is vital for making a positive first impression with buyers.

2. Get energy-efficient doors. A new front door is a great way to improve curb appeal at the same time. Avoid hollow-core doors. They let the climate controlled air inside the house to escape, while letting the outside air in.

Go Green on Silicon Valley Real Estate and Plant Trees

3. Add ceiling fans. These help the air conditioner work more efficiently by moving cool air around the room. In the winter, they also help to keep warm air from pooling in the ceiling. There are many attractive ceiling fans to choose from, and they can help to draw the eye up and make the room appear more spacious.

4. Plant trees. Besides adding beauty to the exterior of the home, good shade trees can help reduce energy bills by as much as 10 percent. Be sure to shade your air conditioner to help it work efficiently.

If you’d like to talk more specifically about improvements you should make to your Silicon Valley real estate, please give our office a call.


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Aug. 22, 2016

Visit Historic San Jose Home and Learn Mining History

San Jose home owners learn mining history.Come view a San Jose home turned museum and learn all about mercury mining at the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Mining began on this site in 1845 when a Mexican cavalry officer discovered that the red rock (cinnabar) that local Ohlone Indians used for painting contained mercury. Mexican mines were seeking mercury to process silver and this substance was very valuable. Over time, Casa Grande was built as a beautiful residence for the mine superintendents and the six acres surrounding the San Jose home were landscaped by the designer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This San Jose real estate has changed hands many times over the years, but was finally acquired by the County Parks Department so that the public could enjoy it for years to come.

Find Out How San Jose Real Estate Became the Place to Mine Mercury

Learn more about this historic San Jose home, the process of mercury mining, and what life was like for a miner by visiting the museum. Enjoy a guided tour if staff is available. Groups can call in advance to set up a special program or tour. School groups always have a great time on the property. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person for admission and the operating hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more about the history of local mining and find all the details needed to plan a visit to the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum.


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Aug. 17, 2016

Play in the Water and Work on Your Tan on Santa Clara Real Estate

Santa Clara real estate owners play in the water.Spend a day at Boomerang Bay Waterpark and return to your Santa Clara real estate kissed by the sun and tired from a day catching wicked speed down waterslides. There is something here for all ages and level of thrill seeking. Young children can splash around in Kookaburra Cay. Older kids can explore Jackaroo Landing, a fortress with rope ladders, bridges, and many slides. Relax as you float along Castaway Creek, a lazy river for the whole family, or spend some time in the calm Boomerang Lagoon. Anyone not interested in getting wet can also find a comfortable lounge chair or consider renting a cabana to sit back with a refreshing drink and read a good book.

Have a Quick Staycation near Your Santa Clara Home for the End of Summer

Those looking for speed can enjoy a day away from their Santa Clara home making the rounds through the high thrill attractions. The Screamin’ Wombat is a fully enclosed slide with twists and turns that starts three stories high. Drop at a 45 degree angle down the fully enclosed Ripsnort Ridge. Ride with a friend or family member to share the experience of Tasmanian Typhoon or Down Under Thunder. Feel the pull of the ocean waves without leaving covered in sand by checking out the Great Barrier Reef. Spend a great day down under without needing to travel far from your Santa Clara real estate. Find directions, rates, and more information about all of the attractions at Boomerang Bay Waterpark.


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