Real Estate

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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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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Santa Clara County Real Estate Market information for 2017

The real estate market in Silicon Valley continues to look hot for 2018 as we look at the wrap up for 2017. With large companies like Google and Apple building in the South Bay, the housing shortage is driving the price of homes up. Take a look at the charts to get an overview of…

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Los Gatos Swearing-In Ceremony

My wife and I took our children to the Los Gatos Town Council Meeting this week to see our friend Marico Sayoc be sworn in to her first term as newly elected Councilwoman for the Los Gatos Town Council.  Also sworn in were Rob Rennie who was also elected to his first term and Steve Leonardis returning for his second term). I say that…

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

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”.  Thanks to California Civil Code Section 841 we now have specific guidelines regarding how to…

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Benefits and Hazards of Seller Financing

Depending on your circumstances, seller financing offers certain advantages.  Often overlooked and misunderstood, seller financing can offer the following benefits: Monthly Income – Payments from a buyer provide seller with monthly cash flow (income). Tax planning – This type of installment sale allows the seller to report only the income received in a single calendar year (consult a tax professional).…

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Brian & Dan | Sereno Group

Brian & Dan | Sereno Group