Mary Pope-Handy's Silicon Valley Real Estate Commentary

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Real Estate Agent - Sereno Group Real Estate - 01153805
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.
With all the grim news on Wall Street lately, the question arises as to whether or not home sales are being adversely affected. My clients all seem to have gone into a holding pattern of wanting things to calm down first.My seller clients are either waiting to regain some equity or simply waiting...
When I started blogging a couple of years ago, my #1 concern was where to get images and graphics. How on earth did people find them without violating copyright????One simple way is to make them yourself. Frances Flynn Thorsen opened my eyes to the easy, simple and amazing things that can be done...
It's not too late to get into the "spirit" of Halloween! Our subtropical, northern California weather could not be nicer and there are lots of reasons to get out and enjoy the spookiest of seasons!For a good list of fun things to do in Silicon Valley, please visit my Valley of Hearts Delight blog...
When I got my license in early 1993, the market was a little like this. Buyers just weren't buying. It was not nearly so bad, of course, but it was memorable. One young agent simply doorknocked, all day, every day, until she got a client to work with. Her tenacity eventually propelled her to the ...
Do you use landing pages in your business? If you haven't heard of them, they are pages on your site or blog to which you drive targeted visitors. For instance, you could want to get first time homebuyer leads in your town or city, so you could create a page intended for that group. It could be a...
I think I haveĀ found a new low for what Google likes. Just a moment ago I did a Google search for "Saratoga Homes for Sale" to see what the nearby agents were doing. There on the bottom of page 1 was a site I'd never heard of before. I thought maybe it was for one of the other Saratogas - the fam...
Los Gatos has got a funny shape. Our borders zig in and out. It seems like when builders were building, some wanted to be in Los Gatos and some preferred to remain county land or whatever the nearest city was - San Jose, Monte Sereno, or Campbell. And so the borders are pretty odd. This will give...
This is a trick I learned only a few months ago, which may cause the vast majority of AR bloggers to have a chuckle on my account. But if you don't yet know how to get a PDF file turned into an image file, let me clue you in on an easy way. This will give you many more options when it comes to di...
Google's PageRank system is a great way to see how websites or blogsites are doing. It's on a scale of 1 to 10. One way to discover a site's page rank is to download the Google toolbar. This works easily but there are some issues. The biggest for me was not privacy (the toolbar, when showing page...
San Jose has one of the very few remaining "Japan Towns" in the United States. There are just a few local Japanese gardens, too. Have you ever visited one? They are serene, tranquil, artistic places. Perhaps the best known in our area is the San Jose Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelly Park. But ...

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