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The Year in Review

It's really hard to believe that we are almost at the end of another 12 month real estate cycle.It has certainly been a busy and eventful year in this area and we've seen something of a split personality market.In the upper 20-30%, there has undeniably been slower activity with sellers
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Seller's Market Continues as Fall Transitions to Winter

I've just been studying the very latest area real estate reports for San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in November.The stats confirm that we are still seeing seller's market conditions as fall transitions to winter.Average sales prices are appreciating on a year on year basis in both areas,
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Mortgage Rates - Still a Great Opportunity

First of all, I hope you and your family members all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.Unless you were holidaying on Mars, it would have been difficult to avoid the high volume of press coverage on mortgage rates. Highly exaggerated headlines of doom and gloom have inevitably surfaced.It seems that
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Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Agent

Down the years, I've all too often come across homeowners who haven't sold their home yet, primarily due to a lack of effort by their previous agent.Although all of us in the real estate industry do our best to educate sellers, it's still fair to say that many people don't make wise
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Mortgage Rates - Where to Now?

It would be fair to say, I think, that, irrespective of who won, the election result was always going to create some sort of reaction in financial markets.And that is exactly what's happened, with an initial dip in stocks, followed by a strong rally.Unfortunately, this has led to less enthusiasm
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Why Is The Homeowner Price Perception Gap Narrowing?

One of my first blogs on this website explored the whole issue of how some sellers can become very misled by generic online home search websites. Click here if you missed it, but the gist of the article was that the pricing on these sites is often wildly inaccurate, sometimes leaving agents with an
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Why Are Open Houses Important?

If you follow our Facebook page (if you don't please click here), you'll probably have noticed that we very regularly hold open houses for many of our listings.I therefore thought that, for this week's blog, it might be a good idea to explain to you why we think this can be a very
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Good News On Home Equity Levels

One of the worst consequences of The Great Recession years was the damage they inflicted on home equity. It was therefore very pleasing to read a recent report this week that demonstrated that total home equity has more than doubled in the period from June 2011 to June of this year!The report, by
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Reflections on Current Market Trends

This week I took a close look at the very latest market trends in two of our key areas for real estate - Sunnyvale and Los Altos Hills.Although there are contrasts in some respects, both areas demonstrated quite similar overall performance characteristics, and I thought I would share an overview
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