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.
This morning I sent out a Happy Halloween note (and a link to a Halloween JibJab video) to quite a few people - clients, friends, family, prospects, and agents (both in my market and far away).  I love to stay in touch and think holidays are a great time to reach out and say hello. What surprised...
Do you blog about your neighborhood or community? If so, I have an idea to share with you this Halloween season to help you promote yoru hyper-local site. Many parents are concerned about their kids getting candy from people they don't know.  But if you wrap up the candy and put an address label ...
One of the biggest quandries that bloggers face is how to use photos appropriately on their blogs.  Newbies sometimes make the mistake of thinking that if they see an image on the web, they can appropriate it. No, no, no!  That's called theft of intellectual property!  More seasoned agents may us...
Do you love social media?  Is it helping you with your business, or do you want it to?  Many real estate professionals are dabbling in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and many more new online venues, the most recent addition of which is Google +. The first question that many people fail to answer fo...
Great articleon the basics!  (He's going to have to keep updating this as we all learn what to do with things like Google +  !) My friend Jerry Kidd wrote an excellent article “It’s no longer cool to not be technology literate” and I completely agree.  But then I started thinking (Danger Will Rob...
One of the best reasons to hang out in Los Gatos (as opposed to any other part of Silicon Valley) in summer is all the awesome entertainment.  In addition to a lot of free musical concerts, for about three weeks in July and a little of August, you can watch Shakespearean plays performed under the...
Monte Sereno, California- the small neighbor next to Los Gatos in Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley) Nestled against the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains on the west side of Santa Clara County (about an hour south of San Francisco and a few minutes from San Jose), Monte Sereno is a scenic, small...
How is the Monte Sereno real estate market? Because the city is small, with just about 4000 residents, there usually are few homes listed for sale or selling, and with small numbers we can get seeming volatility. Here are the quick statistics for the closed sales in March 2011 – please see my mon...
My kids are 20 and 21, and for the last couple of years, it's been very clear to me that they far prefer texting or emailing to phoning unless we have something big to discuss (or are making our weekly family conference call to catch up on life).  I had heard that this was a trend among millenial...
Close to the Los Gatos border sits one of the more affordable Cambrian neighborhoods in San Jose and the west valley generally. It enjoys lovely views of the hills, great public schools with high API scores, a neighborhood private school to boot, and convenient access to freeways and stores. Ther...

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