1977 flashback! Ideas to reduce home water usage

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Do you remember the drought of 1977? Were you one of those that stopped watering the lawn and put bricks in your toilet to reduce water usage? I remember it well. 2014 is looking like another dry year for California, so whether you remember the 1977 drought or not, it’s time to think seriously about […]

What is the one website savvy home buyers should use to find accurate information online?

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Buying a home is a big decision—it’s not something that most people have a lot of experience doing. Buyers here on the Mid-Peninsula need to have the most accurate and up-to-date information to them about which homes are available. It’s important to understand where to go online to find home listings, and to work with […]

The Finding Your Dream Home formula

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Welcome to the spring market! A lot of buyers are probably busy dreaming of the perfect home. Unfortunately, dreaming about it is easier than actually finding it in the real world—especially in our super dynamic and competitive local market. Your perfect house is out there—I promise. To find it, you need the right information, some […]

Big idea: Small homes

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Are large houses going out of fashion? Maybe not, but tiny houses are starting to trend. Think super small house inspired by Japanese architecture that are very affordable and work in places where land availability is an issue. The houses also appeal to green living, the maker ethos and urban homesteading. Could you live in […]

Remodeling ideas to add value to your home

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Remodeling is a great way for homeowners to get exactly what they want in an existing home. But when thinking about a remodel, you should think beyond your own comfort and also about how that remodel will affect the value of your home when it comes time to sell. It might not make a lot […]

How much home should you buy?

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The New Year is here, maybe you have plans to buy and move into your dream home in 2014. If you take a look around at homes for sale on the Mid-Peninsula, reality sets in, and you might find yourself thinking you have champagne tastes on a starter home budget. You aren’t alone. Every buyer […]

Christmas on the Mid-Peninsula

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Christmas is coming to the Mid-Peninsula. Rancho Siempre Verde It’s that time of year when my family loves to visit Rancho Siempre Verde Christmas Tree Farm where we can picnic overlooking the ocean and enjoy the relaxed environment and friendly people while we find our perfect tree. Did I mention they do marshmallow roasting and […]

Flood insurance is a new and developing issue on our local market

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Flood insurance is a hot topic in local real estate right now. If you own property on the Mid-Peninsula, you probably also own flood insurance. It’s a great place to live, but a lot of us in Palo Alto and surrounding areas live in flood zones. On October first, the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform […]

Spotlight: Sal Khan – transforming education on the Mid-Peninsula and around the world

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I recently had the pleasure of working with Sal Khan. If his name sounds familiar to you, it might be because you’ve seen him on the cover of Forbes magazine or possibly because Sal Kahn is the founder of Kahn Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. Working with Sal felt great, not […]

Vote on the best place to live, work, vacation

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Not only is the west a great place to live, it’s a great place to vacation, even if you already live here. I love living on the Mid-Peninsula and can’t imagine living anywhere else, but when it comes to vacation destinations, I’m open to suggestion. Each year Sunset Magazine does a comprehensive poll of their readers […]