Listing of the Week – Room for Your Horses!

Finding a place in Silicon Valley where you can keep your horses is a challenge, to say the least.  Riding them into work is a tad more difficult than it was 100 years ago, too, but that’s another story.  Our listing of the week this week is a horse property estate in South County where...

Listing of the Week – The Mary Tyler Moore House

Did you LOVE the Mary Tyler Moore show?  Who didn’t?  Do you remember the beautiful home she lived in (in a third-floor apartment) on the TV show?  As it turns out, the home was never actually split up into apartments.  It also turns out that you can own this famous home, for only $1.7 million!...

Cute Little Bungalow Near Montalvo

Are you in the market for a home in the Montalvo neighborhood near Saratoga and Los Gatos?  I like to look for fun listings in the area for my first-time home buyers. I found this little gem today.  It’s the highest priced listing currently in Saratoga, according to Homes and Land Magazine. It’s listed at...

A Great Time to Buy a Home?

Is fall a great time to buy a home?  Some folks think so.  We’ve had an incredibly busy summer, with more sellers coming into the market, millennials dipping their toes into home buying, and interest rates staying very low. The low interest rates not only made the purchase market hot, but the refinance market was...

Pass on Real Estate Outside of Probate

There are only three certainties in life: taxes, death, and someone is going to be fighting over your estate if you die without putting your intentions in writing, especially if you own real estate.  Of course you probably know you should have either a trust or a will, but now there is a new –...

The Next Housing Crisis?

More and more of my clients are asking me “Are we at the top of the market?”  It’s a good question.  An even better question is why they think I would know any better than any schmo on the street, but we’ll set that aside for the moment. Last year I wrote an article titled...

Dracula’s Castle is For Sale

If you love real estate (like I do) then you want to know when new and significant properties come on the market. You may not know that I love vampires, too.  Not the cheesy made-for-teens vampires like the Twilight series, but like the vampires that Bram Stoker or Anne Rice wrote about. So this new...

Will 2016 Bring a Housing Bubble?

Most of us still remember the housing crash of 2008 – vividly. Housing prices, driven by ever-more-creative financing and frenzied demand skyrocketed higher and higher in a positive feedback loop that everyone knew would crash one day, but few knew where to jump off. Today’s market feels “frothy” (as Alan Greenspan would say) like the...

When to Avoid Buying a Condo

I am often asked whether buying a condo is a good investment. The short answer – I own one in New Mexico and yes, they can be a great investment. If you are buying a condo to live in it, it’s great to have all your exterior maintenance taken care of, and nice to have...

Home Improvement Activity Spiking

I just finished teaching a class at The College of San Mateo about financing home improvements. The experience of teaching the class confirmed what I’ve observed anecdotally – many families are considering the benefits of home improvement over “buying up” these days. Now the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University has come out...