Mary Pope-Handy's Silicon Valley Real Estate Commentary

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A discussion on the real estate market and practice, particularly in the greater area around San Jose, CA, which is at the so. end of the San Francisco Bay Area, especially. Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Almaden Valley, Cambrian Park.
While most of Santa Clara County (which makes up most of Silicon Valley) is seeing slippage in sales prices and a tougher market, houses in Los Gatos (95030 and 95032 zip codes) are faring better than most.  As with most of the region, though, condos and townhouses in Los Gatos do continue to str...
Lately I have been given a lot of incomplete FIRPTAs from listing agents in & near Silicon Valley with the request (or demand) that my buyers sign them.  They explain "we don't have to provide the social to the buyers anymore".  These well intentioned agents have mixed up two choices and provided...
The Cambrian Park district or area of the city of San Jose is a "west valley" community in Silicon Valley next to Los Gatos, Campbell, Willow Glen, and Blossom Valley (the latter two are also areas of San Jose).  It's a suburban area with about 80,000 residents spanning primarily the 95124 and 95...
The Cambrian (or Cambrian Park) area of San Jose is a suburban, residential community of about 75,000 to 80,000 people.  In typical Silicon Valley fashion, it's a district with predominently ranch style tract homes.  It's immensely popular, though not for its architecture!  Instead, the appeal is...
Here's an interesting commentary by my friend Tisza.  The story's not new (it's now a year old) but it's still a great story. Hope you like it!Hi All, Friday should have been a great day.  It really should have been.  Not just for me but for my client and also for another agent and their client's...
In June of 2007 I had the pleasure of meeting Laurie Manny face to face (also Irina Netchaev, Mana Tulberg, Tiza Major-Posner, Jeff Turner, Brian Brady, Kaye Thomas, Kelly Kilpatrick and more) at the Long Beach Active Rain Party; I don't live near Long Beach but was touring colleges in SoCal with...
Lately I've had a few annoying brushes with the US Census Bureau - or people who claim to be working with them.  One of them involved a pushy, obnoxious census worker who called me to ask about my real estate clients in a home I'd had listed.  I told her that I cannot tell her anything except tha...
Today I learned about Joe Ferrara's terrible situation.  I was going to blog about it here but others have done it already, so I'm re-blogging.  Please join me in donating to help pay some of the medical expenses and in sending up prayers for Joe.  He is truly "one of the good guys" and he can us...
Sam Callahan, the son of a Realtor (and my friend & Active Rain member) in Silicon Valley, is 14 years old and has cancer which is not responding to two different types of chemotherapy.  His cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma, had metasticized before it was discovered on September 22nd.  Sam writes about hi...
Laurie Manny  wrote a great article on issues around HOAs and the sales of condos, townhomes, PUDs and anywhere there's an assessment for HOA dues.  She discusses the very real issue of homeowners who are defaulting on their dues and what happens to reserve accounts and the HOA generally when the...

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A discussion on the real estate market and practice, particularly in Silicon Valley, CA.