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Because we value your patronage, we want to address any privacy concerns you may have. To that end, we have set forth our privacy policy for handling the information you share with us online. We want your decision to do business with us to be an informed one.

1. Collecting Information

When you visit our Website, we may collect information about you that you voluntarily choose to share with us. This identification information may include, but is not limited to, your name, your physical address, your e-mail address, your telephone and fax numbers, details of your real estate and lending needs and preferences, and other details of your life.

What may be less obvious to you is that, when you visit our Website, we may collect data involving your usage through the use of “cookies” (i.e. small text files placed on your computer by a Website), Web server logs, and other Web tools. This technology allows us to customize your online experience, as well as track your Internet use. The tracking data we collect may include, but is not limited to, the date and time you visit, the time you spend, the Web pages you view, the other Websites you visit, your search queries, and basic information about your computer, such as your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, your domain name, your browser type, and the name of your Internet service provider. You may deactivate cookies if you do not want your browsing to be tracked, but doing so may hinder your online experience.

You can remove cookies stored in your computer via your browser settings. Alternatively, you can control some 3rd party cookies by using a privacy enhancement platform such as or For more information about cookies, visit

We use Google Analytics to measure traffic on our website. Google has their own Privacy Policy which you can review here. If you’d like to opt out of tracking by Google Analytics, visit the Google Analytics opt-out page.

When visiting our Website, you may be directed, through hyperlinks, to other Websites that are beyond our control. Furthermore, when you are visiting our Website, other companies, such as third party advertisers and sponsors, may be gathering information about you. This Privacy Policy does not cover the collection of information by those other companies and Websites. Although we encourage third parties to provide their own privacy policies, we are not responsible for their activities, such as how they handle the information they collect online.

2. Using Information Collected

We primarily use the identification information you voluntarily share with us to customize your online experience and to do what you have asked of us. We also use your identification information to tell you about our products and services, but you may instruct us not to send communications to you by following the procedure indicated below under “Contacting Us.” On occasion, we use your identification information to validate your identity. As for usage tracking data, we primarily use that information to operate and improve our Website, and to further our marketing efforts.

As a general rule, we do not share your information with unaffiliated third parties. We may, however, share your information with our own personnel and our service providers to the extent necessary to fulfill your requests. (For example, if you want real estate assistance in an area not served by us, we may contact another real estate professional who may be able to assist you there.) We may also share your information with our affiliates, but we will not share it with unaffiliated third parties for direct marketing purposes. We reserve the right to disclose your information under limited circumstances, such as to cooperate with law enforcement or judicial authorities as required by law or legal process, to protect our own legal rights, or to protect the public good.

Whenever you are online, you run the risk that the information you give out will fall into the wrong hands. Although we implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices to safeguard your privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you provide to us. We accept no responsibility or liability for the activities of third parties.

3. Updating Information

If you would like to review the information about you that we have collected through our Website, or to change that information, you can make that request by following the procedure indicated below under “Contacting Us.” We may require that you verify your identity before we process your request.

4. Updating Our Privacy Policy

We may, from time to time, change our Privacy Policy. We will notify you of any changes by posting our updated Privacy Policy on our Website and inserting a new “Effective Date.”

5. Contacting Us

If you would like to send us a request as indicated above, or if you have any other questions or concerns regarding our Privacy Policy, you may contact us by e-mail at or call us at 408-204-7673.

About Mary and Clair

Mary and Clair

Mary Pope-Handy and Clair Handy, Realtors selling homes in The Valley of Heart's DellightMary Pope-Handy and Clair Handy are a mother-daughter team working with Christie’s International Real Estate Sereno. We’re based in the Los Gatos office and work most of Santa Clara County, and sometimes go a little into neighboring counties.

We meet most of our clients either from past client or other referrals (lenders, friends, family) or through our network of Silicon Valley real estate blogs. We provide tons of information, particularly on neighborhoods, the real estate market by area, and many facets of home buying or selling on this site – no login required. If you like our sites (there are a few!)  please tell your friends. We are also building up our YouTube channel – check it out!

I, Mary, have been licensed and selling homes full time since 1993. A real estate education junkie, I have a number of Realtor designations. I began writing real estate content for in about 2000, and blogged in earnest with the Live in Los Gatos blog in 2007 while in the Inman News and Active Rain Project Blogger contest (which I won with my blog mentor). I’m a second generation Realtor, mentored from an early age by my mother, Pat Pope.

Clair has assisted me with regular real estate tasks and with website content, graphics, and support off and on since 2010. Clair took the plunge and got her license in July 2021 and has been my partner ever since. As a 3rd generation Realtor and former realty assistant, Clair knows an incredible amount about homes, the market, the buying and selling process, and more. From a young age she had an eye for all things housing related. When she was 7 or so, she said to me “uh oh, we have termites!” and had correctly identified pellets from drywood termites that dared to drill through our dining room’s hardwood floors.

We could not do all that we do without the support of many people and organizations. Please read more about them at Meet the Team.


Contact Mary and Clair

For those of us who advertise our telephone numbers, there are a LOT of spam calls. We prefer email as a first point of contact for that reason.  Calls are fine if you prefer, just leave a message and I’ll phone you back. We are happy to schedule a 1 hour free, no obligation consultation to discuss your real estate questions and needs and learn if we might be a fit working together. Or if you like our article(s), drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you!

Mary Pope-Handy
Calif DRE License # 01153805

Clair Handy
Realtor, GREEN
Calif DRE License # 02153633


Mary and Clair Disclaimer

Disclaimer: all information presented on this site is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Throughout this website, we have tried to make a good faith effort to present true and accurate information, but it is not guaranteed.

  • The MLS information on listed, pending, or sold properties comes to this site via a feed from, and the accuracy of that feed or the information on homes listed there  is not guaranteed.  We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the MLS and Internet Data Exchange (IDX) feeds regarding listings which seem to be available but may have gone sale pending, sold, or been removed or withdrawn from the market.  Nor can we guarantee the descriptions, content, or other details presented on the MLS and brought to this side via an IDX feed.
  • Consumers are strongly encouraged to verify information before deciding whether to buy or sell and how much to offer or accept.  For instance, square footage, lot size, permits / finals, and local schools of attendance may be represented in the MLS but may or may not be correct.
  • Descriptions of neighborhoods, advice to home buyers and home sellers does not constitute tax or legal advice. If legal or tax advice is sought, please consult a tax professional or an attorney.

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What is an ADU?

ADU in Los Gatos CA - Living Dining areas - unit over garageWhat is an ADU? This lingo may crop up in housing conversations and leave some hearers baffled, though it’s been in the news quite a lot in recent years.

ADU explained

ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit. In the past, They may have been called:

  • Granny Unit, Granny Cottage, Granny Pod, or Granny Flat
  • In-Law Unit or Mother-In-Law Unit
  • Guest Cottage
  • Carriage House
  • Secondary Dwelling Unit
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit or just Accessory Dwelling

This structure is usually a stand alone, detached building near a primary single family home. It should have its own kitchen, private bath, outside entrance, and a place for a bed (or a Murphy bed or sofa bed, if it’s more like a 1 room studio).

Sometimes, though, the unit is above a garage or attached to the primary home. In 2021 I sold a Los Gatos home that had a guest suite over the garage (see photo above). In short, you could be considering an attached ADU or a detached ADU.

A detached unit cannot exceed 1200 SF of living space. It could be one story, or two!

Junior ADUs

A Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit, often abbreviated to JADU but sometimes called Jr. ADU, is one which is attached and usually smaller in size. The State of California defines them as:

Junior Accessory Dwelling Units … are allowed to be created within the walls of a proposed or existing single-family residence and shall contain no more than 500 square feet. JADUs offer additional housing options. They may share central systems, contain a basic kitchen utilizing small plug-in appliances, may share a bathroom with the primary dwelling, all to reduce development costs.

These are sometimes conversions from large suites or bedrooms in the house and don’t change the overall square footage. The could also be garage conversions.