Silicon Valley & Santa Clara County Real Estate News

Dec. 18, 2017

Prioritize Improvements for Your Silicon Valley Home to Increase Its Value

Read up on the best improvements to make on your Silicon Valley home.There are many improvements that you can make to your Silicon Valley home that will be financially beneficial. Many projects can add quite a lot of value to your home and also increase your level of happiness while still living there. The place to start is with the major problems that already exist in your home. It is better to fix problems while they are small than to wait. The longer you wait, they more expensive fixes will become. Think about major systems in your home, air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters and get them fixed if they are broken or not quite working properly. Also be aware of water leaks, problems with the roof or siding. Check the crawl space and attic for anything out of the ordinary.

Beautify Silicon Valley Real Estate to Improve Your Satisfaction in Your Home

Enhance the curb appeal of your Silicon Valley home by focusing on the exterior. First impressions are everything and when buyers drive up, they want to be wowed. Consider replacing your garage door, entry door, and windows. Not only will these make the house shine, but these improvements can also make the home more energy efficient, which will appeal to buyers. It may also be a good idea to give the outside a new paint job. If all of that work is a more than you wanted to tackle, at least give all of the windows a good washing and consider pressure washing the exterior.

Moving to the interior of your Silicon Valley real estate, it is no secret that fixing up kitchens and bathrooms yield the highest returns. Don’t feel like you need to gut them, but focus on the things that will be appealing to the eye and functional. Fix any sticky drawers, think about painting the cabinets if new ones are not possible, and consider new appliances. Another very inexpensive way to make your home look fresh and clean is applying a fresh coat of paint. This is easy to do yourself or hire someone to do it. No matter the case, if selling your home is in your near future, find a seasoned realtor to work with early. They know the marketplace and will have great advice on the best places to put your money to make it appeal to potential buyers.


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Dec. 13, 2017

Visit the Most Holiday-Spirited Santa Clara Real Estate Location at WinterFest

Celebrate WinterFest on Santa Clara real estate.Start a new holiday tradition that will have you beaming with holiday spirit upon returning to your Santa Clara real estate. Come experience WinterFest, one of the Bay Area’s newest holiday attractions. California’s Great America will be turned into an impressive winter wonderland on select dates now through the end of December. Ice skate on a rink located right near the iconic Carousel Columbia, walk around and feast your eyes on the brilliant light displays, and take in the entertaining holiday shows. Families can go on more than 25 rides and attractions, visit Santa’s workshop and Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, and munch on holiday foods available for purchase at establishments throughout the venue. Don’t miss the giant Christmas tree decorated with thousands of lights along with the giant toy soldiers warmly greeting those coming in.

Santa Clara Home Owners Should Consider a Gold Pass to Visit Often

There are many ticket options available for those who call Santa Clara home. The one that comes at the greatest value is a 2018 Gold Pass. This pass allows the holder to experience WinterFest as many times as they like and it also includes unlimited visits to California’s Great America in 2018. This pass comes at a price of just $89 or 9 payments of $9.88. Pass holders can also purchase bring a friend tickets at a much lower rate. Those who just want to come one time can save money by purchasing tickets online in advance. These start at $25. Group tickets, and those that include such things as meals, mugs for unlimited hot cocoa, and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus can also be purchased.

Visit California’s Great America to find all of the details, information about attractions, ticket prices, available dates, and driving directions. Enjoy time with family and friends making memories away from your Santa Clara real estate. The holiday season is a magical time and this new event is sure to become a favorite.


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Dec. 11, 2017

Everyone from Saratoga Homes Is Invited to the Celebration of Light

People from Saratoga homes celebrate the light of the holidays and collect toys and food for those in need.This holiday season families living in Saratoga homes have a wide variety of activities to choose from as they celebrate this special time of year. While the days have grown shorter and the hours of darkness increase, the community is offering multiple ways people can get involved in spreading the light of hope throughout the area.

On the 16th of December, as we enter the final countdown to Christmas Day, the Saratoga Ministerial Association in partnership with the City of Saratoga itself, has planned a unique festivity to strengthen the area’s sense of community. This Celebration of Light is an opportunity for residents to honor the diversity of their city through the medium of light, and everyone is invited to participate. Throughout the history of humanity, across every culture, light has been a symbol of faith, hope, and joy, and this festive occasion will be a way for those who attend to encourage each other in the spreading of this light during the holidays. The Celebration of Light will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Barney Plaza in Saratoga Village, and will include music and performances that will lift the spirits and lighten the hearts of all who are able to be involved. Those who want to learn more about this holiday event can call 408-868-1269 for more information.

Bring Toys and Food to Civic Saratoga Real Estate Locations to Help Families in Need

Another event that is spreading the light of hope throughout the community is the City of Saratoga Food and Toy Drive. Families who live in Saratoga homes are encouraged to share the light of the season through this worthy charity this year. From now through the 16th of December unwrapped toys can be dropped off at multiple Saratoga real estate locations, including City Hall and the Senior Center. The other location options available for leaving toys are the Historical Museum and the Joan Pisani Community Center. For those who want to give more than just toys, non-perishable food items can be donated from now through the 21st of December, and they can be left at both the Senior Center and the Saratoga Library. If those locations are too inconvenient, the Joan Pisani Community Center and the Saratoga Prospect Center will be accepting the non-perishable food items as well. With so many available opportunities for donating during the holidays, the Food and Toy Drive is guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of both those who give and those who receive this year. 

These are just a couple of ways The City of Saratoga will be sharing the light of the holidays with the whole community, and residents are encouraged to take advantage of them as they spread the joy of the season.


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Dec. 6, 2017

Meet Santa Near Silicon Valley Homes and Have Breakfast or a Snack with Him

Meet Santa near Silicon Valley homes and ride the cable cars, too.Many holiday activities are coming to the area near Silicon Valley homes. Start new family traditions and take advantage of all that this area has to offer. Register for Breakfast or Snack with Santa. The breakfast comes at a fee of $25 for children and $15 for adults and the snack is $20 for children and $5 for adults. This event will take place on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 and there are several sessions available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Families who sign up for the 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. session can enjoy a tasty breakfast that includes such selections as eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, muffins, pastries, juice, and coffee. The 1:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. time slots come with a snack. After eating, participate in a sing along, make decorations for your Silicon Valley real estate, and write letters to Santa. Watch your children’s faces light up when their names are called for a chance to visit Santa. This event is hosted by Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation and will take place at the Los Gatos Youth Recreation Center. The address is 123 East Main Street, Los Gatos, Ca 95030. Call (408)354-8700 with questions and visit the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation department to register.

Silicon Valley Real Estate Owners Ride the Cable Cars in Willow Glen

It is also always fun to drive around and see all of the lights on Silicon Valley homes. Why not start a new tradition and view some lights by cable car? Downtown Willow Glen is hosting Holiday Cable Car Rides on December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 20. Times available are 5:15 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9 p.m. Explore the neighborhoods of Willow Glen that have gone all out with elaborate decorations for everyone to enjoy. The cable car really adds such a unique element and participants can feel good about supporting a worthy cause. All proceeds go toward helping the Willow Glen Business Association with events and projects throughout the year. The cost is $25 for adults and $12 for children plus fees. The cable car loads up in front of Bank of America located at 1245 Lincoln and free parking is available in the bank lot. Purchase tickets early for Holiday Cable Car Rides to make sure that you get the dates and times that work best for you. They do sell out early.


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Dec. 4, 2017

Silicon Valley Real Estate Market Report December 2017

Read the December Silicon Valley real estate market report.It’s hard to believe, but we’re already in December! That means that it’s time for our monthly Silicon Valley real estate market report. The median list price of Silicon Valley property is $2,298,000. This is about the same as last month. Overall, we are seeing flat prices in the market. While we are still firmly in seller’s territory, keep an eye on prices. If they continue to hold steady or decline, we may move closer to a buyer’s market. Inventory has been declining, though it’s hard to tell what effect that will have on prices in the near future. The average number of days on the market is at 156, which is up significantly from November’s average of 115. The average asking price per square foot is at $642, also a steep decline from last month’s average of $712. As we said last month, it’s common for the market to cool somewhat in the winter months but pick up again in the spring.

See the Breakdown of Silicon Valley Property Quartiles

We see a more varied picture of Silicon Valley real estate when we look at the quartile divisions. The bottom 25% of homes have a median price of $882,500, down from last month’s median price of $974,000. These homes have an average of 1,932 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. In the next quartile, the median price is $1,548,500. Last month, the median for this quartile was $1,639,000. These homes have an average of 2,849 square feet and four bedrooms with three bathrooms. In the third quartiles, we find a median price of $3,344,500. This is up from last month’s median of $2,888,888. On average, these homes are 3,879 square feet with four bedrooms and 3.8 bathrooms. Finally, in the top quartile, the median price is $5,868,000, which is about the same as last month’s median, which was $5,800,000. The average size of these homes is 7,710, and they have five bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Give our office a call to learn more about buying and selling in the Silicon Valley market. With more than two decades of experience, we’ll be able to get you the best deal, whatever your needs.


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Nov. 29, 2017

Become a Keller Williams Bay Area Real Estate Agent with Mario Ramirez and See Your Career Soar

Become a Keller Williams Bay Area real estate agent and let your real estate career take off.Our Keller Williams Bay Area real estate team, which focuses on the Silicon Valley, is looking for client-focused, hard-working agents to join our team. It’s no secret that the Bay Area is a real estate hot spot, making it a great place to grow a real estate career. Real estate can be a challenging business, so it’s really important to have an experienced team behind you. Experience is a huge part of what our office can offer a client. Our lead broker, Mario Ramirez, is a native of San Jose and has lived in Saratoga since 1992. Not only does he bring more than 20 years of experience to every transaction, he brings a native son’s insight into the area. That insight and experience is a huge asset to any new agent joining our office.

Keller Williams Give You the Tools for Success in a Real Estate Career

As a Keller Williams office, we are also able to offer agents great tools to build momentum in their real estate career. The Keller Williams philosophy is to take great people and give them the tools they need to succeed. Agents have many opportunities to attend training sessions, both in person and online. There are also special tools that have been developed that take the guess work out of lead generation, client interviews, showings, and closings. The emphasis is on interdependence between the company and associates, so that everyone has a stake in the success of the whole. This is expressed in many ways, most notably the profit share program, which rewards associates who help the company grow. Keller Williams Bay Area real estate agents still have lots of freedom to be creative entrepreneurs, but they don’t have to worry about the legal and financial nitty-gritty.

Learn more about the Keller Williams difference and culture of abundance. Then check out our Silicon Valley Real Estate site and contact us to learn more about our team.  


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Nov. 27, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays on Los Gatos Real Estate at the Children’s Holiday Parade

Go to the holiday parade on Los Gatos real estate.Enjoy some time away from your Los Gatos real estate getting into the holiday spirit by attending the 61st Annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade. This event will take place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 11 a.m. No matter the weather, the parade will go on, so dress appropriately. Expect the parade to last for a few hours and also keep in mind that many streets will be closed downtown before, during, and after the parade, so try to carpool or be prepared to walk a ways. Parking is available in areas that are not closed for the parade, just know that traffic will be heavy around parade time.

Make the Parade a Holiday Tradition Near Your Los Gatos Home

Once you find a place to park, search for a nice place to watch the parade along the route. The parade will start on Almendra Ave. S at North Santa Cruz Ave. It will then continue down North Santa Cruz Ave. to Main Street where it will keep going until Church Street, where the parade will end. Wave to friends and relatives who call Los Gatos home and are participating in the parade. Enjoy the music from the bands and think about which holiday themed entry is your favorite. Make this a family tradition, as it occurs the first Saturday of every December.

This event is put on thanks to Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation. This organization provides many opportunities for those living in Los Gatos real estate to take part in classes, aquatics programs, special events, summer camps, and much more. It does a great job in bringing the community together and providing enriching opportunities to all. Read more about the holiday parade and find a map of the route. Then follow links on the website to learn more about programs in the community available through Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Education and Recreation.


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Nov. 22, 2017

Come to Downtown San Jose Real Estate for the Annual Tree Lighting

Celebrate Christmas in the Park on San Jose real estate at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.Every year Christmas in the Park comes to the heart of downtown San Jose real estate at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. This holiday tradition has been a big part of the season in the community for over 30 years, and people come from all over the Bay Area to participate in the festivities. Beginning on the 24th of November, the two acre park will be transformed into a holiday wonderland full of family-oriented fun for all ages, with over 60 animated and musical exhibits. Guests will find themselves in a “winter wonderland of lights” as they stroll through the forest of trees decorated by the local businesses, schools, and other community groups who call San Jose home. One of the highlights of every year is the Community Giving Tree with its glittering lights, and of course, children love to get their photograph taken with Santa. Families are able to enjoy the wide variety of entertainment available every night, along with the holiday themed refreshments.

Enjoy Holiday Fun Near Your San Jose Home at Christmas in the Park

On the night the festivities open the fun kicks off with the Tree Lighting event that begins at 6 p.m. This year the host that will be starting the entire Christmas in the Park experience for the community will be NBC Bay Area’s Mike Inouye. The Tree Lighting event in the center of San Jose real estate has become a way for the entire community to share a symbol of the holidays together, and every year the Park is full of guests to ring in the season. The city always provides a wealth of entertainment to kick off the annual event, and this year Luna Blaise, a rising singer/songer from TV’s Fresh of the Boat, will be headlining. Plus, there will be performances by Dancyn Studio, the San José Jazz High School All Stars, and Polina Edmunds. Other entertainers will be Mary Ellen & Steve, as well as Rudy Galindo. It promises to be a night to remember, and families from all over the Bay Area will be beginning their holiday celebrations together as the city starts its Christmas in the Park activities. 


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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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