Notification of Supplemental Assessment: How Property Tax Works When You Purchase a House

When you purchase a house, property tax can be confusing and frustrating, especially if you don’t understand why you appear to be paying property tax over and over again.   You will likely pay property tax at close of escrow, and then again through something called “Notice of Supplemental Tax”, and then again when taxes…

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Real Estate for Real Life – Beyond Simply Selling a House

Brian Bernasconi and Dan Rubnitz know that real estate knowledge and experience are important factors when choosing an agent to represent you in the purchase and sale of your home. However, the ability to understand the motivation and reason why a you are selling or purchasing a home is key to creating a successful sale for…

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Happy Halloween from Brian and Dan!

Halloween is almost here! We’ve been seeing a ton of amazing decorations popping up all around town, ranging from super creepy to super adorable. Tait Avenue in Los Gatos is one of the most popular streets in town for trick-or-treating on All Hallow’s Eve. The street is center stage for a Halloween multiple-block party that…

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Sunset’s 2018 Idea House in Los Gatos

Every year Sunset Magazine collaborates with local builders and suppliers to show off the latest trends in architectural design, interior decorating and home technology. It is not the first time Sunset Magazine has chosen Los Gatos, CA to build one of their iconic homes, and this year they’ve done it again.  They’ve also chosen to…

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The Future of the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market: Part 2

Previously, in part one of this blog series, we shared with you our thoughts on the history and growth of Silicon Valley. This week we discuss the changes we predict will impact the real estate market over the next decade. What change(s) do you think is going to impact the Silicon Valley real estate market…

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Brian and Dan Visit “Sis Boom Bah: The Life and Times of Los Gatos High”

We decided to take a short break from selling real estate to go down and represent the Class of ‘83 and the Class of ‘86 at the Sis Boom Bah: The Life and Times of Los Gatos High School exhibit recently opened at the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). It was a great stroll down…

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The Future of the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market: Part 1

We are frequently asked where we think the real estate market is headed? Boy, we wish we knew! We have put together a two-part blog series that will discuss our thoughts on the history and growth of Silicon Valley. In this week’s post, we will share what we see as hurdles to balanced population growth.…

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Understanding California Prop 60 and 90

In 2004, a client of ours sold the house she had lived in since 1973 (her primary residence).  She purchased another, smaller replacement home for $515,000. Utilizing Proposition 60, she was able to transfer her property tax base from her old house to her new house. The new home is worth over $1,000,000 today and…

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ANNOUNCING: Brian and Dan’s 2018 Banana Bread Bake Off!

UPDATE – The winner’s of the 2018 Banana Bread Bakeoff are:  First Prize and 2018 Banana Bread Bake Off Champion: Tania W. – $100 gift certificate to Nick’s Next Door, Los Gatos – $1,000 donated to Tania’s charity, Humane Society Silicon Valley, from Brian and Dan Second Place Winners: Katelyn R. and Elisa S. – $25…

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Bay Area Real Estate Market Update with Chris Trapani, Founder and Owner of Sereno Group

The real estate market in Silicon Valley is always dynamic and always changing.  With continuing low interest rates and historically low inventory, the past several years have been strongly supporting sellers with prices being driven higher and higher. Now that we are at the midway mark of 2018, we feel subtle changes in the market…

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