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Mary Pope-Handy
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Sereno Group Real Estate
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Los Gatos, CA 95030
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Willow Glen real estate market – San Jose 95125

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Willow Glen is perhaps the most charming residential area of the city of San Jose with its old style architecture, tree lined streets and quaint downtown area on Lincoln Avenue and nearby.  For folks working in downtown San Jose, the Willow Glen area (roughly the same as 95125 zip code, though a bit of 95124 is included also) is extremely convenient.  Values are up very substantially over last year, and up slightly from last month – somewhat atypical for the fall.

Click for the complete Willow Glen real estate report with all of the numbers, stats and trends from the closed sales of houses for last month.  Further down in this article you’ll find the Altos Research charts as well.

October Santa Clara County Market Statistics  (for comparison)

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 19.4% year-over-year to $875,000 from $733,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 23.1% year-over-year to $1,156,090 from $939,186.
  • Home sales fell by 20.9% year-over-year to 929 from 1,174.
  • Active listings fell 42.5% year-over-year to 1,708 from 2,970.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 0.4% year-over-year to 103.1% from 102.7%.
  • The average days on market rose by 1.3% year-over-year to 28 from 28.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 2.0% to $875,000 from $857,500.
  • The average home sales price rose by 4.2% to $1,156,090 from $1,108,960.
  • Home sales Up by 4.5% to 929 from 889.
  • Active listings dropped 13.7% to 1,708 from 1,978.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio dropped by 0.4% to 103.1% from 103.5%.
  • The average days on market increased by 2.2% to 28 from 27.

 

The Willow Glen Condo market

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Saratoga, CA, Real Estate Market Update

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

How’s the Saratoga California real estate market?

Here are the real estate sales statistics for closed sales last month among houses and duet homes (if there are any) in the 95070 zip code (click on link to read the full Saratoga Real Estate Report for houses).  Like much of Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County specifically, there’s been some calming of the market in the 2nd half of the year, but well priced homes in good shape and no “issues” are selling fast, with multiple offers and over list price.

 

For Saratoga overall, it’s fair to say that like Los Gatos, the lowest priced homes are flying off the market, but the luxury market is another creature altogether.

Altos Research – list prices for Saratoga CA 95070

 

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

It’s still costing around $2 million for a “typical” Saratoga house – whatever that might look like!
Year over year, housing prices have risen considerably, and even month over month, prices are rising in Saratoga. Homes are selling quickly but there’s no inventory. Even with falling inventory, though, the number of sales is going up.  The sale price to list price ratio has surged to 106.1%.  The general picture: it’s a seller’s market in Saratoga for single family homes.

Campbell Real Estate Market

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

How is the Campbell real estate market?How is the Campbell real estate market? The numbers are up  from  last year and up modestly from the month before . Days on market are shrinking, indicating a deepening sellers’ market.

Further down in this article, we’ll utilize the graphs from Altos Research, which uses list prices, and check out the trends in pricing by  quartile in this zip code (meaning 4 groups based on the pricing tier from least to most expensive).  Campbell condominiums and townhomes will be considered as well. And finally, a list of homes for sale in Campbell will be found at the bottom of the post.

First, here are some quick stats, care of my RE Report for Campbell:

What about the Campbell CA condo market?

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Los Gatos and Saratoga Condominium and Townhouse Market

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Saratoga and Los Gatos are neighbors, but their real estate markets are not the same! Today we’ll consider the condo and townhouse market in these two uscale Silicon Valley areas and view some elements “side by side”. See what you think!

First, let’s have a peek at how fast things are selling. Saratoga & Los Gatos both are at under 3 week for the “days to sell over time”.  Saratoga tends to sell a little better than Los Gatos for condominiums and townhomes, and that’s the case now as well – at least months months, and recently. (Reasons, not sure – perhaps because the location is a little closer to Cupertino and Sunnyvale and the many high tech jobs there.  Or it could be related to the school scores or any number of factors.)

Saratoga days to sell over time 2014 - condos

Saratoga days to sell over time 2014 – condos

Los Gatos days to sell over time 2014 - condos

Los Gatos days to sell over time 2014 – condos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s check some other criteria and see how they stack up there. Let’s look at the new listings as opposed to the solds.  How far apart are they? (The closer they are, the “hotter” the market. If the solds are going faster than the new listings are coming on, it’s a red hot seller’s market.)   For most of the last year, Saratoga condominiums have been selling and closing faster than new ones have entered the market, or have tied it, except for March and April.  In Los Gatos, same pattern recently of new listings outpacing sales, and in January the closed sales outpaced new inventory.  But overall, it’s close to a tie or there’s a slight leaning toward new listings rather than sales unless you look back to last fall.  So a little bit cooler of a market in Los Gatos by this standard.

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When a parent, spouse or loved one dies – what do you need to know or do about the house?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

When a parent, spouse or loved one dies and he or she owned a home, there’s a lot for the survivors to do in addition to the very real and painful process of mourning.  I have been through this with my own parents (and their house in Saratoga), a great aunt in Willow Glen and many clients in San Jose, Los Gatos and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.

Where to begin?  in terms of settling the estate, it is wise to first speak with an attorney and tax professional about the property (will, trust etc. if applicable) and what they advise and require to help in doing what is required and adviseable. (I have some wonderful people I can suggest if you would like a referral.)  They will try to help you to legally minimize capital gains and estate taxes and can advise you on topics such as when might be the best time to sell vis a vis the tax liability.  This is extremely important and it can be very expensive to not take into account their guidance on this point, so I strongly recommend that you or other beneficiaries discuss everything with the attorney or accountant prior to electing whether the home will be sold, rented etc. in the short term.

How can a real estate professional help?

Most often, something you’ll need for the lawyer and CPA or other tax professional is a valuation of the home as of the date of death (whether or not there is a surviving spouse or co-owner).  You can obtain this by hiring a licensed residential real estate appraiser who will do an appraisal for you.  Alternatively, you may be able to engage a real estate licensee (salesperson) to do a competitive market analysis or comparative market analysis (CMA), which would provide the probable buyer’s value for the property.      (more…)

Viewing Silicon Valley Homes for Sale: What to Expect

Monday, February 10th, 2014

What should you expect when you go to visit homes for sale in Silicon Valley? Here are a few quick tips.

  1. Many home sellers in the San Jose area will ask that you remove your shoes. So wearing slip ons of some kind will be a lot easier than footwear with laces, buckles, zippers etc.
  2. Most of the time, sellers will not be home.  They wisely will clear out, when possible, to give you the space to look without feeling like you’re imposing on them.  Sometimes, though, for any number of reasons, this may not happen.
  3. If sellers are home, they will usually answer the door or, worst case, respond when the agent and buyers enter and announce themselves.  Once in awhile, though, there’s a surprise seller somewhere in the house.  (Maybe one time in a hundred?  I have run into people who were in bed, in a shower, on a couch and simply not responding.)  So be alert when viewing homes, be cautious, or it could be like that scene in “E.T.” where ET and the little girl see each other and scream their lungs out.
  4. Pets are usually not present and loose, but again, sometimes there’s a misfire, so be on guard for dogs and cats (more likely the latter).  If dogs are present and loose I usually will not show the home. I love dogs and own one, but they’re not all equally friendly.
  5. Personalization:  usually sellers will have decluttered and depersonalized their homes so that you and other home buyers can “see themselves” in that space.  For some sellers, particularly seniors, it can be very difficult to remove those items until the moving van is in the driveway.  So be prepared to see at least some homes with an inordinate amount of stuff, whether it’s family photos, collections, religious imagery or worship space, rooms not being used for their intended purpose, and so on.  In these places, you’ll need to be able to see past what’s currently there as the personal items can be confusing.  For instance, I have seen family rooms used as dining rooms, dining rooms used as hobby rooms, bedrooms used as prayer or exercise rooms, garages divided into several smaller rooms (with easily removable walls), etc.
  6. Normally, homes are clean and pleasant to see.  Sometimes with distressed properties, tenant occupied (unmotivated residents), homes with invalid residents, or other physical or emotional situations the home may be a wreck.  Know that you will probably see a wide spectrum of care for the house and yard.

What about your behavior in the home?  Most home buyers are very considerate but here are a couple of things to think about.

In addition to removing your shoes if requested to do so, you should plan on making sure any little members of the family stay with you and are “gentle” on the home and belongings.  Children can move fast and not all homes are child-proofed.  (I have seen kids go in the opposite direction as their parents and then jump on the home seller’s furniture, open drawers of furniture, etc. – not good.)  I worry the most when the sellers have a cat and the buyers have a toddler – often not a perfect combination.  In fact, sellers and agents usually want your group to stay together and not go in opposite directions no matter what the ages are.

Home sellers usually understand that someone may need to use the bathroom while there, but in general, of course, they’d rather that this not happen.  If you or your kids need to use the restroom, please check afterward to make sure that everything’s clean.  The other day I visited my listing and when I went into the master bathroom there were big splotches of urine on the toilet seat. Not cool! (And if the seller is home, of course you should ask permission first.)

If the sellers are home, it’s good to keep any feedback to yourself until you have left the property (or to share it quietly so as not to be overheard).

These are the basics. Happy house hunting!

 

Cambrian Park Homes & Real Estate For Sale

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

San Jose’s Cambrian Park neighborhood offers a variety of home types, sizes, and price ranges, from small condos to large houses on big lots.  Below, please find virtually all MLS listed properties currently for sale in the Cambrian Park Area with zip codes of 95124 and 95118. The info is updated automatically, so please check back often! (You can narrow your search by selecting only certain home types, sizes, etc.  Below are four groupings, by zip codes and home types, to cover all residential real estate available right now in 95124 & 95118.

95124 Single Family Homes:

See all Real estate in the 95124 zip code.
(all data current as of 11/22/2014)

  1. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,233 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,000 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,426 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,365 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,065 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,000 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,495 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,236 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,874 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,049 sqft

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

95118 Single Family Homes:

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