Category Archives: Bay Area

HWY 85 Toll Project- A Good or Bad Solution?

If you have ever traveled on highway 85 any time in the afternoon or after work hours, you can relate to the frustration of the traffic nightmare it has become. In hopes to illeviate some of the traffic, the VTA (Valley Transportation Agency) … Continue reading

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Five Common Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Deciding to buy a home is a very exciting yet stressful time in a persons life, especially in the real estate market we have been experiencing on the Peninsula. I read an article in the news recently that was about … Continue reading

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Will the Drought Effect Home Prices?

I get asked this question a lot regarding the effects of the drought on home prices. According to Alain Pinel, the general manager of Intero Prestigio International, the drought won’t effect home prices in the near future, but no one can … Continue reading

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The Last 40 Years of Mortgage Rates- What Does the Future Have in Store?

When I bought my first house I think our rate was 14%. It was high, but all we wanted to do was buy a house of our own. While home prices have increased dramatically, first time home buyers are very … Continue reading

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Buyers Beware: Change to happen August 1st

Come August, buying a home will require a longer turnaround time than it has previously  in the Bay Area. On August 1st, day 1 of Q4, the Dodd Frank Laws in Lending will be implemented. These laws will only apply to individuals … Continue reading

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Renovate Your Landscaping to Benefit You and the Environment!

Need something to do over the weekends? How about improving your landscape? With the warm weather and spring time here, it is the perfect time for you to fix up your landscaping… and make it more drought friendly! Did you know that a … Continue reading

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Controversial New Standard for Development Projects in Los Altos

On March 24, the Los Altos City Council voted 3-2 in favor of demanding story poles for all multifamily, commercial, and mixed-use projects. What is a story pole you may ask? It is a way for residents to size up development … Continue reading

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What to Expect in 2015- A Recap of Carole Rodoni’s Presentation on Bay Area Real Estate

On Thursday, February 5th I was fortunate enough to sit in on a presentation by Carole Rodoni. Carole is a renowned speaker on the economy and real estate from the Bay Area. Her past impressive employment includes being the President of Fox and … Continue reading

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How Experts Explain A Home’s Cost vs. Price

What is the cost of waiting to buy or sell a home? Simply put, your MONEY. Today, February 4th, Keeping Current Matters (KCM) wrote a blog called “The Difference Between A Home’s Cost vs. Price.” I would like to share a … Continue reading

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Real Estate Market in the Bay Area- A Flash in the Past. A Peek in the Future.

This year’s trends are predicted to be more of the same. Home prices will continue to rise but not as aggressively as seen in years past. Inventory may increase a bit, in part from new developments being built and sellers cashing … Continue reading

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