Real Life

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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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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Collaboration with Los Gatos Ballet

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. The timing for this was very intentional in that we were also able to bring attention to their upcoming production of The Nutcracker running…

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Forget About Math and Science. . .

Dodgeball is where its at! The Dodgeball Tournament at Fisher Middle School today was truly inspired! In a world where all the talk about “good schools” revolves primarily around, math, science, college preparation and API Scores, today’s dodgeball tournament offered something we don’t see that often anymore – something indescribably senseless and fun. Food was served while…

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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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Unpopular Music in Los Gatos

Throughout each year, right here in little ol’ Los Gatos, there are abundant opportunities to go out and hear high quality live music.  Two of the more popular concert series are Jazz on the Plazz which has been brining world renowned jazz music to the Los Gatos Town Plaza for over a decade and Los Gatos Music in the Park which is heading into its…

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Los Gatos shows up for the 2014 WAG auction and fundraiser

Brian and Christina Bernasconi Untouchables at the 2014 WAG 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…

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Brian & Dan | Sereno Group

Brian & Dan | Sereno Group