Is your home a ‘fixer’? Be careful how you market it to buyers

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Your home may need some work (don’t we all feel like we’re constantly working on some kind of home improvements?) but marketing your home as a “fixer” will not help you get the most value for your home sale. Be careful of the terms you use to market your home and be mindful of the […]

Real Estate Agent vs. Off-Market Home Transaction: A Case Study in Los Altos


How hard can it be to sell your home? The most difficult part for a real estate agent is putting up the sign, taking a few pictures and uploading them to the MLS, right? Unfortunately, that’s what many think and is often why those looking to sell their home may see appeal in doing it […]

The Power of Live Conversation in Real Estate

Last weekend I was featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s “Sound Off” column and the topic question asked what buyers and sellers fail to account for in a transaction. I had just been working on a transaction in which the listing agent only wanted to communicate via email and text. At one point (and after many […]

Busted: What your March Madness bracket has to do with real estate

March Madness Basketball Bracket

If you’re a betting person (and according to USA today, 11.57 million of you are) you most likely did not bet on #3 seeds losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament during March Madness this year. But that’s exactly what happened–we can’t predict the future. The same is true in real estate. While […]

Understanding market value: Technology is just a start

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Technology surrounds us and in the real estate industry, it’s no different. The convenience of apps that help you search properties and define market values are in demand. If you Google “best real estate apps” Zillow is consistently at the top of the app list. In fact, the site saw 73 million unique visitors at […]

The nation vs. the Mid-Peninsula: How do we compare?

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Many times the national articles on real estate paint a pretty generic picture of what’s happening—and being that our particular area is that much outside the norm when it comes to the state of the market around the rest of the country, it can be hard to compare. However, U.S. News & World Report recently […]

Real estate trends: In-law units

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It is time to put away the in-law jokes because they are moving in. One of the major up-and-coming trends in real estate is the popularity of in-law units—a separate and complete living space within a single-family home (or on your lot) that includes a private kitchen and bath. In fact, just last week The […]

Home transformations: Adding value with tips for remodeling

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Sunset Magazine had a great article that showcased 23 Amazing Home Makeovers this month. As someone who lived in an Eichler in Palo Alto, I can appreciate the remodeling process and how a home remodel can do wonders for home value and appreciation. Some of my favorites in the articles include the Retro Ranch Remodel […]

The expiration date of your home: Yes, it does have one

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There are many items that we commonly associate with expiration dates—food, cleaning products, medication—but did you realize that your home also has an expiration date? The amount of time your home spends on the market is referred to as “Days On Market” or “DOM”. Every real estate market across the country will have a different […]

Don’t confuse foreign investment with a housing bubble


I recently read an excellent article in the New Yorker by James Surowiecki entitled “Real Estate Goes Global.” The piece talks about the housing market in Vancouver, but he may as well been talking about the Mid-Peninsula. I see the exact same thing happening here, and his article articulates the issues very well. Surowiecki explains how […]