Recently I viewed a piece on Forbes.com that said that San Jose was on it’s “top 10” list of good places to be a landlord. Investors, take note!

http://www.forbes.com/2007/09/04/landlord-subprime-realestate-forbeslife-cx_mw_0905bestlandlordmarket_slide_11.html?thisSpeed=15000

Update:  Trulia’s rent vs buy study puts the San Jose area as more affordable to buy than to rent in late Jan 2011.  Check it out!

oak-treeRecently I had a listing in Sunnyvale where an enormous tree graced not only the front yard of my clients’ house, but stretched over a next door neighbor’s yard and even over the neighbor’s roof. We got the home I’d listed sold quickly,  but prior to closing, the neighbor complained about the limbs.

The sellers, wanting to close escrow on time, agreed to trim the large bough that threatened her roof. They only wish that she had mentioned it sooner so that it could have been a “non issue” during the time of the sale. Ideal would have been a request in spring, which is the better, healthier time for trimming a tree.

And more recently, something similar happened in Los Gatos (with a home not for sale). A property manager of a tenant-occupied house showed up on the doorstep of a tree owner whose large tree arches over the fence. The property manager demanded that the tree be trimmed and that the tree owners pay for it. “It is your responsibility,” she asserted. (Interestingly, she showed up with a gardener – not a tree professional – and had no business card so that she could later be contacted about this issue. So it wasn’t the most amicable approach.)

My understanding of laws around trees and property lines was simple: the neighbors can cut the tree if they want to back to the property line, but the tree owners don’t have to pay to cut it unless it is truly damaging or about to damage the others’ property. If the neighbors harm the tree while pruning it, they can be liable for damages.

But just to be sure, I phoned the California Association of Realtors’ Legal Hotline and spoke with an attorney about it. My understanding was correct: the lawyer cited case law and verified that the tree owners can’t prevent the neighbors from trimming the tree if they want and that the neighbors cannot force the tree owners to trim it unless it is truly causing (or immediately threatening to cause) damage.

The property manager was mistaken and out of line.

A friendly phone call and inquiry about tree maintenance goes a long way toward neighborliness. Most tree owners will take good care of their trees and do pruning in spring, and will discuss the timing with their neighbors so that it is convenient for the arborist to also clean up any dropped branches in adjacent yards. Open communication is always helpful for neighbor relations. It helps when requests come in a pleasant way without rushing or pressuring. But that would be true about any issue, whether it’s trees, fences, noice, odors, junky cars or anything else.

(This topic was also addressed on my Live in Los Gatos blog, if you would care to read more about it.)

Recently I’ve had the uncomfortable experience (a couple of times) in which potential clients were overly secretive about their situation. One was in Los Gatos, another in San Jose.

I’m going to be blunt here: it is really hard to help when we, as agents, don’t know what is truly going on. It’s not a whole lot different than keeping important things from your doctor or lawyer. If you want help, it is imperative that you tell your hired professionals what is going on.

For that matter, if you are interviewing agents to list your home or to help you to buy your next home, expect those agents to ask you about your needs and motivation. Hiring an agent (and the agent agreeing to take you on as a client) is a two way relationship. Both sides need to be clear and honest with each other.

Let me give you an example. Years ago, I had some prospects (not yet clients) in Monte Sereno who inquired off and on for years about selling their home. At one point, it became a “hurry up” situation. Luckily, they told me the truth: one of them had been diagnosed as terminally ill. The sick one did not want to saddle the survivor with selling the home after the death.

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Almaden Valley, a district of San Jose with the zip code 95120,  is noted for good schools, low crime, and  beautiful vistas.  It enjoys an historic old downtown & museum where the mercury mining took place, a fabulous golf course and abundant open space with room for hiking, horses and more.

The commute is not bad to downtown San Jose and has gotten better since highway 87 was built (in addition to Almaden Expressway).  Like the Rose Garden, Naglee Park, and Silver Creek, Almaden is one of the more expensive spots on the San Jose real estate landscape.

Home types vary from modest condominiums to fabulous estate homes. A luxury property in this part of Silicon Valley is often newer and may include more land than similarly priced houses or estates in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno or Saratoga. Home buyers looking in the west valley often want to see high end real estate in Almaden Valley as well as other upscale communities nearby.
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Browse Luxury Homes for Sale in San Jose’s Almaden Valley Neighborhood

Below please view Almaden Valley real estate listings of houses, duet homes and other residential property for sale over $2 million dollars as found on our local MLS.

  1. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 7,004 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.37 ac
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,527 sq ft
    Lot size: 31,877 sqft
  3. 6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.34 ac
  4. 6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 5,749 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.54 ac
  5. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,767 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,797 sqft

See all Real estate in the 95120 zip code.
(all data current as of 7/28/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 

Thank you for reading this Silicon Valley real estate blog.  Please remember that information found on the web is not the same thing as knowledge. For guidance with buying or selling homes in Silicon Valley, San Jose, Los Gatos and nearby areas, please contact an experienced, ethical, full time Realtor.  If you are searching for a good Silicon Valley Realtor to assist you, please contact me. I’m happy to chat with you by phone or in person for a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation.

Saratoga, CA, has a beautiful assortment of custom esates, many with views. Some are horse property, others include vineyards – or both!  Ranging from sprawling, comfortable ranch to Mediterranean, contemporary, and ecclectic (there is even one castle in Saratoga), there’s no shortage of choice in the Saratoga luxury market.

Below, please find a link to a list of currently available homes for sale in Saratoga, CA, listed over $2,000,000. This link will take you to a site hosted by me for searching available listings, so feel free to browse other areas while there. Enjoy!

Saratoga Homes $2,000,000 and up

Luxury Homes and Estates in the Town of Los Gatos, CA

Los Gatos offers a wide variety of home styles and size, acreage and useage. From small, modest cottages to large estates, there’s something for everyone in Los Gatos. Immediately below, please find the links to available and listed Los Gatos homes for sale offered at two million dollars or more.  These will take you to my other website, PopeHandy.com, and open in a new window.

Los Gatos Homes between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000
Los Gatos Homes between $3,000,000 and $5,000,000
Los Gatos Homes priced over $5,000,000

Browse listed homes in Los Gatos over $2 million

Or, if you prefer, browse all price points within this luxury range in Los Gatos here!

  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,066 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,038 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,210 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,120 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,628 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,091 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 6,181 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.79 ac
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,755 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Los Gatos.
(all data current as of 7/28/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

nar-logoA real estate agent is someone who’s taken a course (or more) and passed a state exam and is licensed by the state to sell real estate.

A Realtor (pronounced REEL-TOR, not real-a-tor) is an agent who’s ALSO a member of the National Association of Realtors, which is a voluntary trade group. Realtors promise to abide by and take very seriously their Code of Ethics. Ever wonder what is in it? It’s not short and is quite comprehensive. Take a look:

http://www.realtor.org/mempolweb.nsf/pages/code

Please understand that not everything that is legal is also ethical – Realtors have a higher standard of practice. Often non-Realtors (at least in Siliocon Valley) are not full-time agents but dabble in real estate. Realtors are usually full-time and work as professionals.

Finally, if you have a problem with an agent who’s not a Realtor, you have to complain to the state. With a member of NAR, who is almost always also a member of the state association (CAR – the California Association of Realtors) and local (either SILVAR – the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors or SCCAOR – the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors), you can take action locally for most any issue and do not need to go all the way to the state level. Agents work hard to remain in good standing with the local, state, and national boards.

In the San Jose area, most of the large realty firms are “all Realtor” offices. Usually becoming a member of NAR, CAR and either SILVAR or SCCAOR is a requirement for joining the company. In other areas and in other states, in can be different. So it’s mostly the independents where you’ll find a real estate licensee who’s not also a Realtor. But ask!

When you interview an agent, then, the first question to ask is this: are you a Realtor?

August was a little slow, but along the west valley the expectation was that September would be robust. Normally we see a little rally after Labor Day that lasts until about Halloween.  That’s our usual real estate market trend in Santa Clara County (San Jose area).

What has happened, though, is a significant slowdown. Few homes seem to be selling since the middle of September.

At this point, we are waiting for the September statistics to roll in. What I’m seeing, though, is that a lot of homes are just plain “sitting” at this time.

Broderick Perkins of Deadline News lays out what is going on with our split Silicon Valley Market in his article Silicon Valley Haves-Have-Nots Rift Widens.

The article matches my experience that the wealthier areas of the valley (mostly in the west side communities of Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, Sunnyvale etc.) have low inventory and multiple offers and prices are rising, wheras lower priced housing on the eastside is much more of a buyer’s market.

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Mary Pope-Handy

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ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 204-7673
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