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, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,004 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.37 ac
  2. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,744 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.04 ac
  3. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,456 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,173 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,753 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,228 sqft
  5. 8 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,299 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,386 sqft

See all Real estate in the 95120 zip code.
(all data current as of 5/29/2017)

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. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,510 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,363 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,492 sqft
  3. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,142 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,405 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,208 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,620 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,446 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Los Gatos.
(all data current as of 5/29/2017)

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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