Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

May 23, 2016

5 Ways to Spruce Up the Exterior of Your Silicon Valley Home

Improve the exterior of a Silicon Valley home.Homeowners considering putting a Silicon Valley home on the market know that some work on the interior will be necessary. At the very least, deep cleaning and repainting should be done. Don’t forget the exterior either. Many people in the Silicon Valley real estate market want to take advantage of the area’s lovely weather and spend time outdoors as much as possible. Families with children will especially value a nice backyard where kids can play safely. Here are our top five suggestions to improve the exterior of your Silicon Valley home.

1. Attractive, low maintenance landscaping, with bonus points for drought-resistance. Drought-friendly landscaping has come a long way in the past few years, and there are so many choices. Succulents, native grasses, and California wildflowers can combine to create an outdoor retreat that doesn’t require too much work or water.

2. Built-in seating. A new patio set can make the outdoors look inviting, but permanent seating will add value to a buyer.

Add Value to Silicon Valley Real Estate With Outdoor Upgrades

3. Shade protection. Patio coverings, whether traditional wooden ones or newer shades, will make an outdoor space comfortable even when the weather is a bit hot.

4. Outdoor kitchen. You can go all-out with an oven, stove, sink, and fridge or keep it simple with a barbecue or firepit. This will also increase the value and usability of the backyard.

5. Nice lighting and privacy. Light up the exterior of your home with fixtures designed to withstand the elements. This will help extend summer parties and also adds a level of security. Shades or strategically placed walls help give a feeling of security and privacy, too, and also make the outdoor space more clearly an extension of the house.


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May 18, 2016

Visit the Harris-Lass House, a Historic Santa Clara Property

Visit historic Santa Clara property museum.Explore the Santa Clara property that served as the last farm site in the city. The Harris-Lass House Museum is named after the two families that owned and lived on this Santa Clara property for 125 years. View the house, beautifully manicured gardens, the classic California barn, tank house, summer kitchen, and Heritage Garden. Originally built in 1865, very balanced and symmetrical in the Italianate style, the house was remodeled in the 1890’s. This changed the symmetry and the original design. Today, guests can walk through an entirely furnished house, with many of the pieces coming directly from the Lass family.

People Who Live in Santa Clara Hold Events at the House Museum

The house was extensively restored after the City of Santa Clara purchased it in 1987. Now operated by the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara, the house is open to the public and staffed by volunteers. Admission prices are just $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for children ages 6-12. Call ahead or check the website for open times, as tours are only available on select dates at select times on weekends. Weekday group tours can often be accommodated if organizers call ahead to the message line at 408-249-7905. Those interested in rental information can use the same number to speak with someone about arranging your event. All who live in Santa Clara are invited to visit the Harris-Lass House Museum to learn more, view tour dates, and find directions.


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May 16, 2016

Mortgage Rates for Silicon Valley Property Falls to Lowest Point in 3 Years

Read about Silicon Valley property mortgage rates.Home-buying season is in full swing now, and Silicon Valley property remains as desirable as ever. While high demand is also keeping prices high, there is good news for people shopping for Silicon Valley real estate. Mortgage rates have hit their lowest point in three years. As of May 10th, the national average mortgage rate was 3.6 percent for conforming mortgages. This is a drop of two basis points from the week before and offers buyers significantly more buying power than at the end of 2015. Economists expect that mortgage rates will remain under four percent throughout the summer and into early fall. The best predictions are that rates will finish up at about 4.21 percent at the end of the year.

Credit Markets Tight for Silicon Valley Real Estate

While this is good news, anyone searching for Silicon Valley property has to remain on top of mortgage rates, as they are expected to fluctuate, and even small differences in interest rates can add up over the life of the loan. Working with an experienced real estate agent or broker is a must so that real estate buyers will get the best rate. The other possible downside to low mortgage rates is that banks will require consumers to have higher credit scores. Feel free to contact our office if you need help navigating the tight Silicon Valley market.


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May 11, 2016

Adventure Awaits Kids at Camp on Saratoga Real Estate

Kids go to camp on Saratoga real estate.Summer vacation is just around the corner, and kids living on Saratoga real estate will have lots of options for fun summer camps. There’s no reason for kids to be bored in Saratoga homes when they can come to camp and have adventures with friends. Camps include crafts, swimming, outings, and games. Sign up for sports camp for friendly competition and honing skills. Art and nature camp provides opportunities to explore the ecosystems native to Saratoga real estate and to create art based on those experiences. Budding engineers can sign up for one of the Lego camps, which have Star Wars and Minecraft themes. Young actors will hone their skills at the Pacific Youth Theater camps. Each week, kids rehearse and act in a different play, as well as design sets and costumes. Snack is provided at camp, and campers should also bring a sack lunch and water bottle.

Have Fun and Learn New Skills Near Saratoga Homes

Older kids who would like to get experience working with children can sign up for the Leadership in Training or Advanced Leadership Team programs. Both help teens ages 13 to 16 develop skills in leadership, with a focus on early elementary children. Participants also get CPR certification and can get volunteer hours at the in-house summer camps.

Learn more about all the day camp options by downloading the summer recreation guide.

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May 9, 2016

Silicon Valley Real Estate Market Continues to Expand

Silicon Valley real estate market continues to grow.Pending home sales are an indicator of the strength of the housing market, and the numbers for March have been released recently. The spring market usually starts to pick up in March, and this year was no exception. Nationally, the index rose 1.4 percent from February and rose the same amount from March 2015. This is the 19th consecutive month of increase in the pending home sales index. The Silicon Valley real estate market also saw an increase, though it was well above the national average. While much of the Bay Area saw a contraction of 3.7 percent, Silicon Valley homes pending sales rose 11.6 percent in comparison to last year. In comparison, the average for all of California was a rise of 12.7 percent.

Pending Sales of Silicon Valley Homes on the Rise

Silicon Valley real estate prices also rose significantly. The median sales price in March 2016 was just over a million dollars, which was an increase from February’s $942,500. The median sales price also increased in comparison to March 2015 by 14.3 percent, from $932,100. These increases are helped along by several factors, including a strong jobs market and lower mortgage rates.

Please get in touch with our office if you are planning to sell or purchase a home in the near future. We would be happy to answer questions about how these market conditions will affect your plans.


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May 4, 2016

Experience Great Art near San Jose Homes at MACLA

See Latino art near San Jose homes.People living in San Jose homes are fortunate to have a great cultural resource so close to them. MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) is dedicated to bringing contemporary Latino art to the greater community and fostering connection and building cross-cultural understanding. The gallery, located on downtown San Jose real estate, has a rotating schedule of work. Right now, there is a selection of the work of the most cutting-edge artists as part of the 18th annual Latino Arts Now! Exhibit and Auction. The auction will be held Saturday, May 14th at 6 p.m. There will be great food and beverages, as well as live entertainment, and of course, bidding on the art.

Downtown San Jose Real Estate Celebrates the Arts on First Fridays

MACLA also participates in South First Fridays, when downtown San Jose stays open late, and everyone from San Jose homes comes out to enjoy the galleries and museums, as well as independent art venues. This coming Friday, May 6th, one of the featured performers will be Tarimba, a Bay Area collective of musicians playing in the Son Jarocho tradition.

Visit the MACLA gallery Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made for other times. Admission is free.


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May 2, 2016

Live in Santa Clara and Get Great Ice Cream at Mission City Creamery

Live in Santa Clara and eat ice cream.Parents and children who live in Santa Clara have been treating themselves to trips to the ice cream parlor for generations. The Mission City Creamery is dedicated to bringing that tradition back in style and with high quality handcrafted products of old. Owner and ice cream aficionado, Chris Leahy has dedicated his time to producing simply delicious frozen treats created from organic and locally sourced ingredients. Flavors range from classic to contemporary mixes. Of course chocolate and vanilla have stood the test of time. Newer blends to try include cucumber sorbet, coffee with heath, pistachio pineapple, lavender honey and red raspberry chip. Combine peanut butter chocolate with a freshly baked cookie for a scrumptious cookie sandwich. The banana splits are generously scooped and meant to be shared. Root beer floats, shakes and sundaes round out the dessert menu at the creamery. Those who are hungry for heartier fare will be happy with the newly added customized hot sandwich menu, providing delicious sandwiches for those who live in Santa Clara.

Enjoy Homemade Ice Cream on Santa Clara Property

Anytime is a great time for ice cream so stop in and indulge with a scoop or two. A cool indulgence will surely hit the spot for kids coming off of the fields from practice or in celebration of a school accomplishment. Why not bring back a quart or pint of chocolate brownie or chai tea back to your Santa Clara property to enjoy later. A complete listing of ice cream flavors can be viewed at Mission City Creamery. Remember to stop in to pick up a special occasion cake available in a variety of sizes and flavor combinations. These delightful treats will surely surprise and satisfy.


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April 27, 2016

Saratoga Property Owners Celebrate Arbor Day

Celebrate trees on Saratoga property.Celebrate Arbor Day on Saratoga property on the afternoon of Friday, April 29th. Come to West Valley College, which is located at 14000 Fruitvale Avenue, for the festivities from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the shade at Vasona Creek, just behind the Student Center. Head to Lot 5 for free parking. Winners of the America in Bloom city-wide geranium contest will be announced. A black oak will be planted, and attendees are invited to participate.

Gardeners Who Live in Saratoga Will Meet the City Arborist

This is a great event for gardeners who live in Saratoga. Make friends with other plant enthusiasts at the event. Free compost will be available in the parking lot to use to fertilize home gardens on Saratoga property. Experts in gardening and conservation will also be in attendance. Find out about water conservation from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. West Valley Collection and Recycling can discuss measures to take to reduce waste creation in your home. Learn about the best trees to plant at your house from the Saratoga arborist. Come out for a celebration of trees and all things garden.

Learn more about this event and other community events by following the City of Saratoga Facebook page.


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April 25, 2016

Steve Case Discusses the Next Wave of Tech Development on Santa Clara Real Estate

Learn about tech on Santa Clara real estate.Santa Clara real estate has been the location of some of the most important developments in the tech world. Some contend that we are ready for another wave of technology innovation. Steve Case, who co-founded AOL and helped engineer the failed deal between AOL and TimeWarner, has written a book predicting the next big development in the way we use technology. The book is called The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future. Case is currently on tour promoting and discussing his book. People from Santa Clara homes who are interested in the development of the Internet and is place in our lives should mark their calendars for Wednesday April 27th. Steve Case will join Eric Ries, entrepreneur and author of The Lean Startup, for a discussion of the development of internet-based technologies and what it means for schools, colleges, health care, and other real world applications.

Attendees from Santa Clara Homes Should Stay for the Book Signing

The discussion will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center at 7 p.m. The Commonwealth Club is sponsoring the event. Tickets for non-members are $25, and for members they are $15. Students with a valid ID may purchase tickets for $8. To get priority seating and a copy of Steve Case’s book, Santa Clara real estate owners should opt for premium tickets, at $45 for members and $55 for non-members. A book signing will take place after the program, at 8 p.m. Visit the Commonwealth Club for more details and to purchase tickets.

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April 20, 2016

Roy M. Butcher Park Offers San Jose Real Estate Owners a Place to Play

San Jose real estate owners play at the park.A true gem available to San Jose real estate owners is Roy M. Butcher Park. This 10 acre park offers picnic sites, sports fields, a playground, restrooms, and a separate dog park. Bring your friends for a BBQ, or challenge friends to a game of softball, soccer, volleyball, or basketball. Children will have a blast playing on the playground, a welcomed outing and a great way to spend time away from your San Jose home. When the weather is hot, children will also enjoy splashing around in the water feature.

Dogs and Their San Jose Home Owners Have Fun at the Park

Located at Camden Avenue and Lancaster Drive, many people frequent this park for the awesome dog park. Dog owners can enjoy access to benches and restrooms as well as separate areas for small and large dogs. Sit back and relax knowing that your dogs will not get insanely messy since this dog park is equipped with fake grass. Get your pups socialized as well as some exercise. There is plenty of water around and the owners are generally very conscientious about keeping the place clean. Bring the whole family for an outing, as the restrooms and play area are right next to the dog park. All San Jose real estate owners are invited to visit Roy M. Butcher Park to learn more.


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