Last year, Scott and his wife Debbie contacted me to represent the sale of their home in Monte Sereno. Scott had recently retired and they wanted to move closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren in the Morgan Hill area. But selling the family home was a difficult decision.
After owning a duplex in Cupertino for over 30 years, Anna had achieved what every investor aims for: steady income from an investment property that she owned free and clear. But Anna had moved to Sonoma County and was ready to retire, and her retirement plan didn’t include being a landlord in Cupertino.
Knowing her husband was going to die did not make losing him any easier. The moment Dick’s battle with cancer finally ended, Shirley came face to face with the stark reality that her best friend and husband were gone forever. When I met Shirley she was overwhelmed and decidedly underprepared to manage all of the details for which she was now solely responsible.
A client introduced me to Trisha because she needed more than just a “for sale” sign in the yard and a lockbox on the door - she needed real help. Even though her home was worth a great deal and she owed relatively little, she could no longer afford to live in it.
We are lucky to have Marico Sayoc serving on the council as she brings the experience, levelheadedness, perspective and vibrancy this town needs right now. I believe she will make a wonderful addition to this council and be a great asset for this town for years to come.
This week we ran a "collaboration ad" in the local Los Gatos Weekly newspaper highlighting the fact that right here in little ol' Los Gatos we have our very own premiere ballet school, Los Gatos Ballet.
In 1914 Robert Frost published Mending Wall, a remarkably complex poem about a seemingly simple subject matter - 2 neighbors and a fence. There is one line from this poem that has become a ubiquitous sound bite today, "good fences make good neighbors".
The Los Gatos real estate market is what it is for many reasons - not the least of which is the Los Gatos Union School District. Although there are many, very good neighboring schools (some posting better test scores even) I have to say that I am impressed by the way Los Gatos shows up for its schools.
I believe we are looking forward to an interesting and likely robust real estate market this year. Amid predictions of economic recovery come concerns about a cooling stock market and rising bond prices.
Do you think your property taxes are too high? How would you like to reduce your property tax by 40% to 60% on a ten year government contract? This, of course, sounds too good to be true and in most cases it is. But for owners of newly improved or purchased older properties the Mills Act may, in fact, provide this very benefit.
I have to say, it feels good to give. With nearly 14 years selling real estate, I recently joined the Sereno Group, San Francisco Bay Area's premier real estate brokerage, in their Los Gatos Office. In November, the Silicon Valley Business Journal will "award the top 50 corporate givers in Silicon Valley. . . who have made exceptional philanthropic contributions in Silicon Valley".
In my years as a real estate professional I have had ample opportunity to “deliberate” the subject of preparing a home for market – how much to do, how much to spend and “can I guarantee a return on the investment”. In an effort to substantiate the claim that properly preparing a home for sale will increase the sale price I recently researched the subject.
Decision architecture is the design of decision making. The context in which people typically apply this term is in marketing - how to enable consumers to make the decisions most preferable to the one marketing their goods or services.