Listing Spotlight: 88 Park Oxford Place

August 24th, 2017

Summer may be winding down, but the Bay Area real estate market remains as hot as ever. Today, let’s take a look at a great example of that in my latest listing. This home is located in the Blossom Valley area of San Jose, CA. Please join me for a brief tour of…

88 Park Oxford Place, San Jose 95136

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Located in a tranquil neighborhood, this 5 bed/3 bath/2,563 square foot home presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a model with the neighborhood’s most popular, rear open floor plan home. It has a fresh coat of paint and is newly remodeled throughout, with a host of impressive touches: hardwood flooring,  dual-pane windows, beautiful lighting fixtures, marble tiles and more! The floor plan is so desirable because of its flowing feel, combined with an abundance of soothing natural light. The moment you walk in the door, you distinctly notice that it feels like home.

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The lovely gourmet kitchen comes complete with granite countertops, a large bay garden window, breakfast bar, pantry and an open view of the large dining and a family rooms.

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The home is spacious and versatile, suitable for a variety of needs and configurations. A downstair guest suite and a large upstair master bedroom-plus three more upstair bedrooms-provide all the space you need for family and long-term guests!

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Outside, the beautiful backyard features a patio, mature trees and plenty of space for a play structure or Jacuzzi. It’s the ideal place for quiet relaxation or a barbecue with friends.

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The home’s location is sensational as well. This quiet cul-de-sac is conveniently situated within walking distance of grocery stores, public transportation, a phenomenal elementary school, tennis courts, a playground at Hayes Mansion Park, the library and more! And its close proximity to Highways 101, 87 and 85 makes commuting a breeze. All in all, the home is not to be missed!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 88 Park Oxford Place! If you or anyone you know might be interested in the property and would like any more info, please visit the listing’s website HERE, or contact me and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Great San Jose Tech Expansion

August 9th, 2017

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you’ll know that real estate news lately has been pretty one note. Basically, the predominant news story, day in and day out, is that Bay Area real estate is in the middle of a historic seller’s market. It’s been this way for a while now, and can give one the impression that not much is happening out there. On the contrary! One of the biggest real estate stories in years in currently unfolding in San Jose, related to developments in the tech industry.

The Great San Jose Tech Expansion

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The two articles above are related, and concern a massive ongoing event in Silicon Valley: the looming expansion of some tech giants in San Jose. With Adobe’s recent lease of a mass of office space in the area, they’re making a serious statement about new growth, new jobs, and all the infrastructure demands that come with that. And Google’s “game-changing transit village” will be occupied by people numbering in the five figures. Make no mistake, these are massive developments.

The commercial real estate implications of this are staggering, and Google’s acquisition of commercial property in particular has been hugely impactful already. But the effects these enterprises will have on residential real estate should not be ignored. For one thing, the employees occupying these new facilities will need a place to live. And as any Bay Area resident will tell you, with traffic the way it is, the closer your home is to work, the better. As such, a whole new swell of demand for homes near these areas is going to raise prices. Anyone living in the area (or desiring to) would do well to make note of that. Downtown San Jose is on the move, and property values are likely to skyrocket as these projects near completion.

This development is really a microcosm of the Bay Area as a whole, as ever-growing tech companies gobble up more land. We certainly have some precedent for the predicted effects of this expansion. The scale and location of this one, however, may mark one of the biggest shifts yet in property values. Silicon Valley continues to grow and develop, and home prices keep setting record highs. It will be truly fascinating to see where everything ends up.


A Midsummer Night’s Market Update

July 27th, 2017
     We’re now well into the summer of 2017, and it has certainly been an interesting seven months so far. As a real estate agent, one of my jobs is to analyze trends in the market, and observe how the number of homes on the market, list/sale prices, days on the market until sale, etc. change as the year progresses. The interesting part is that, this year, there has been very little variation in the market in general. Specific numbers may change, and there are some variations in activity, but all-in-all, this year has been one of remarkable consistency. In fact, when people ask me about the market, I’m beginning to feel like the proverbial broken record. Here now is my Silicon Valley real estate market update as of late July, 2017.

Market Update: July 2017

July 2017 Market Update

      Spring and Summertime are generally the peak of real estate activity, and there is no denying that the market is hot. But frankly, it’s been hot all year so far, and there’s no end in sight. In general, listings sell quickly and for high prices. I personally have sold several homes in the last few months that have gone for record high prices in their neighborhood. And though I believe my skills as a real estate agent have certainly helped, the fact remains that this is an intensely strong seller’s market. In fact, I would go so far to say that at this point, looking at annual trends is not nearly enough to predict future market fluctuations. We are currently in an unprecedented situation, and though we can make some educated guesses as to where things end up, the market is headed into uncharted territory.
     What does this mean for you? Well, basically what it has meant all year: if you are considering selling your home, now is a good a time as there has ever been. The amount of homes on the market continues its pattern of historic lows, with new listings going into contract incredibly quickly. Buyers have to be willing to go above and beyond in this market to purchase a home. Statistics are showing that they are. With this level of disparity between supply and demand, and my abilities as an expert Realtor and marketer, your home could very well fetch a price you wouldn’t have dreamed of even a year ago. I’m always available as a resource to show you how I can help you achieve this.
     Buyers might be similarly advised to move quickly, depending on their needs and desired price point. If you’re a potential first-time home buyer, it’s worth noting that traditional “starter homes” as we know them seem to be going extinct in the Bay Area. For an example of what I mean, look at the results of this study. Sales of homes over a million dollars have been climbing, as sales of homes in lower price ranges has diminished. This isn’t a result of lack of demand. The cheaper homes are simply ceasing to exist as the availability of homes of any sort dwindles. Again, this is an unprecedented situation, and if you’re thinking about buying, feel free to consult me to determine what the best course of action would be for you. The longer you delay, the higher the prices may go, with no end to the increases in sight. There are still some great deals out there, but the clock is ticking.
     That’s my real estate market snapshot at the end of July. We’re in the middle of  a historic period, for better or worse! Though inventory is extraordinarily tight, opportunities abound for both buyers and sellers if you know what you’re looking for. As always, I am here to help you find these opportunities and make them work to your benefit.

Listing Spotlight: Two Brand New Listings

July 20th, 2017

Today’s post is a two-for-one, as I have the pleasure of unveiling to you my pair of brand new listings! First, please allow me to proudly present to you…

2689 Glenbriar Drive

This 5 bed/3 bath/2,719 square foot estate is absolutely one-of-a-kind, meticulously remodeled to represent the pinnacle of elegance. Some of the incredible upgrades include white oak hardwood floors throughout, a handsome wrought iron grand staircase, new Milgard windows and doors, LED recessed lighting and a Traverstone mantel fireplace.

The gorgeous gourmet kitchen comes complete with top-of-the-line appliances, including a Thermador six burner gas stove, designer Vent-a-Hood, Thermador convection microwave and oven, Taj Mahal Quartzite and custom mosaic by Da Vinci Marble.

Downstairs, a full guest suite leads to a lush garden with fruit trees, rose bushes and plenty of space for entering family and friends. With great school and an incredible location, this home is truly special. For more information, please visit the property’s website HERE.

My second new listing is at The Ranch at Silver Creek in San Jose. Let’s take a look at…

 1398 Thornbury Lane

This 4 bed/3.5 bath/2,905 square foot home is a unique builder’s model with extensive upgrades using only the finest, most luxurious materials, such a hand-cut travertine flooring, crown molding and custom window coverings and shutters with designer glass inserts.

Other features include a wine cellar with wrought iron door, designer chandelier and matching sconces in the formal dining room. The kitchen is a model of elegance, with granite countertops, a travertine decorative tuscan mosaic backsplash, a kitchen island with wine fridge, a cabinet paneled Sub-Zero refrigerator and spacious butler’s pantry.

The backyard is incredible as well, an amazingly large space with kitchen island with a built-in fridge, fish pond with  waterfall, courtyard, built-in barbecue, flagstone patios, and lovely fruit trees. This one has it all!

For a closer look at 1398 Thornbury, please visit the listing’s website HERE.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in either (or both!) of these properties and would like any more info, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule a private showing.

Listing Spotlight: 190 Bersano Lane

July 6th, 2017

Today I’d like to take a look at my latest listing, which is a true stunner in Los Gatos, CA. Located at 190 Bersano Lane, this home is quite literally one-of-a-kind!

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When this home was built in 2007, its location was set aside by the builder at a $400,000 premium for the owner, who wanted a unique abode. The defining trait of the vacation-like beauty: breathtaking unobstructed 180 degree views!

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These views are absolutely gorgeous, encompassing Vasona Lake County Park, the hills beyond and even downtown San Jose. There’s simply nothing else quite like it, and seeing it in person is an awe-inspiring experience.

The home itself is equally beautiful, as no expense was spared in optimizing the home with a full suite of elegant touches. A flowing, open floorplan lends the home a comfortable, airy feel, and three French doors leading into the backyard allow for a true indoor/outdoor experience: the epitome of California living!

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The upgrades within are almost too numerous to mention: hand-carved hardwood floors and rare Botticino marble hand-crafted floor tiles with European tumbled marble floor insert mosaics are among the opulent touches. The gourmet kitchen comes complete with mahogany cabinetry, a six burner stainless steel Wolf stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Italian Mascarello granite kitchen countertops, oversized center island, and butler’s pantry.

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The fabulous master suite is a private retreat, with a spa-like master bath, walk-in closet and large balcony with spectacular views!

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In addition to its spacious bedrooms, the home includes a handsome study with a built-in bookshelf.

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Other features include handmade European tiles in the half bathroom, two Spanish tile patios with tile inserts and more! Finally, in addition to the incredible views, the outside area boasts fruit trees, roses and a fire pit for nighttime stargazing. It’s a veritable paradise that feels like home from the instant you step onto the property.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 190 Bersano Lane! If you or anyone you know might be interested in the property and would like any more info, please visit the listing’s website HERE, or contact me and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Real Estate in the News: June 2017

June 21st, 2017

It’s June 21st, the first day of summer, and we’re nearly halfway through 2017. It seems like only yesterday we were popping champagne on New Year’s Eve…now we’re facing scorching temperatures and short nights. What better time than now to take a broad look at the state of real estate? Here are some great articles that can help you get up to speed with all the latest developments!

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Home sales rise in May, but buyers see sharply rising prices

First, let’s take a look at the current real estate market. As this article indicates, leading into June it continues to be a seller’s market. In fact, the consistently low inventory and ever-rising prices of homes have proven to be sources of frustration for many buyers. Far fewer homes are on the market than this time last year, and those that do come on tend to sell extremely quickly. Essentially, if you’re looking to buy a home, you’re going to need a few things: money, patience, and an excellent Realtor!

On the other hand, if you’re selling, things couldn’t be better. Demand is so high and supply is so low that any seller is likely to have little trouble selling their home (as long as they follow their real estate agent’s advice!). The situation does certainly require some analysis though, as this sort of market does not last forever. Anyone on the fence about selling absolutely must give serious consideration to moving forward now while things remain so favorable.

What’s the best air conditioner for you?

Home improvement and remodeling projects are an important part of real estate. One element that often gets neglected, however, is your home’s climate control. It may not be as flashy as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances or crown molding, but in the summer heat, effective air conditioning greatly increases your home’s livability and your own quality of life. This article gives a good rundown of what sort of a/c setups work best for different people and styles of homes.

Boomers Look To Real Estate To Afford Retirement

As I mentioned above, it can be hard out there for a buyer right now, but this article shows the importance of keeping a long-term view of things. It’s never too early to start planning for the future, and as the boomers profiled in the article above have proven, there are few better investments for your long-term financial well-being than real estate. Real estate is not only an investment with great gains over the years, but is also a tangible resource you can physically get involved with. It will forever remain an excellent addition to people’s financial portfolios.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look into June’s real estate news! As always, I am happily available as a resource. If you have any questions or would like more specific advice about your own personal real estate situation, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

Listing Spotlight: 3241 Esperanza Court

June 8th, 2017

This week we’re going to take a look at my new listing, a lovely home in the Chaboya neighborhood in San Jose. In a hot real estate market, the Evergreen area is one of the hottest, as my several recent listings there can attest. 3241 Esperanza Court, San Jose, CA 95135 is a shining example of the great homes in the area.

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3241 Esperanza is truly a perfect combination of comfort and convenience. Bright and sunny, the home offers a flowing open floor plan while maintaining your privacy.  Its high ceilings and oversized Anderson windows add to the airy, open feel. With a full suite of upgrades throughout, including recessed lighting, a tankless water heater and a built-in entertainment system with surround sound, you’ll love every moment in this house.

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The gourmet kitchen is similarly optimized. With its gleaming granite countertops, center island with sink, handsome cabinetry and stainless steel appliances including wine refrigerator, it is the ideal place to prepare a meal.

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Upstairs, each spacious bedroom allows plenty of room to comfortably fit a queen bed. The master bedroom is a private retreat, complete with a sitting/office room, dual fireplaces, walk-in closet with lots of storage and full bathroom with his/her vanity. A bonus room offers a plethora of possibilities, including an office, another bedroom, or a media room…the choice is yours!  Downstairs, you’ll find a full guest bedroom suite with a view of the beautiful private backyard.

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Outside, the backyard is extensively landscaped, with a retaining wall detailed with travertine and marble, custom built planter boxes, a large covered patio and plenty of room for entertaining or private relaxation. This is a green home as well, featuring drought resistant plants and owned solar panels to drastically reduce your energy bills.

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On top of all that, the location is perfect. The home sits within the districts of acclaimed schools: Matsumoto Elementary, Chaboya Middle and Evergreen Valley High. The close proximity to walking trails, the park, and shopping and dining provides a number of entertainment options for all lifestyles. All in all, this home is a gem, the embodiment of Silicon Valley living.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at this wonderful property! If you’d like any more info, please visit the listing’s website HERE, or contact me and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

School’s Out…What About You?

June 1st, 2017

Memorial Day has come and gone, and that means the school year is about to be in the rear-view mirror. As summer dawns and children once again roam the streets during weekdays, the real estate market typically goes through some changes as well.  Today we’ll take a look at these changes and what they mean for homeowners and homebuyers alike.

School and Summer Real Estate

How Does the End of the School Year Affect Sellers?

Ask any parent with school-age children and they’ll tell you: changing schools is hard on their kids. At a time in their lives when they are still developing socially, swapping children from one school to another can be a tough process. The social circle a child has spent years building up disappears, as they are suddenly faced with the prospect of rebuilding it among strangers. New facilities, new teachers, new educational standards and practices…the list goes on and on. Even though the change is often for the best in the long run, parents tend to look for ways to minimize any negative impact it could have on their children.

Hence, we have the summer. It is a time of transition, as kids take a break for a couple months and prepare to move on to the next grade. As such, it presents the perfect opportunity to parents looking to move into a different school district. Rather than pulling their child out in the middle of their lessons and forcing them to readjust on the fly to a system they aren’t used to, it allows them to start fresh.

What this all means is that, for most parents, the ideal time to move is during the summer. Many families hold out until after Memorial Day, and over the following weeks, For Sale signs pop up like towels on the beach. The plan is simple: get the home on the market, sold, and move into a new home in time for that first school bell in late August. During this period, inventory on the market typically surges to the highest point of the year.

If you’re considering selling,  the sooner you can get your home on the market, the better. Whether you’re among the families I mentioned above, or just someone looking to get the best possible deal for their home, getting it listed ahead of the crowd helps attract buyer attention and minimize competition, ensuring the highest possible sale price. Demand is at an all-time high…best to take advantage of that while inventory is at historic lows.

How Does the End of the School Year Affect Buyers?

What I said above about families who sell also holds true for buyers, many of whom would rather hold off on purchasing, or at least moving into, a new home until the summertime. Therefore, the already crowded field of buyers becomes even more massive.

This effect is mitigated, however, by the increased number of homes hitting the market in the summer, and every buyer regardless of family situation can take advantage of it. Basically, if you’ve been looking to buy a home, you’ll most likely have the biggest selection of homes you’ve seen in some time over the next couple months. Competition will still be fierce, and prices high, but with more inventory comes a greater chance than ever to find the home of your dreams.

In the end, summer is quite fittingly the hottest season for real estate, in large part due to the school factor. Market activity is likely to be at a fever pitch for the foreseeable future, but if you do your homework, summer vacation could lead to some amazing opportunities. As always, please feel free to use me as a resource for any questions you may have related to your own personal real estate plans. Consider me your tutor in the market…together, we can achieve incredible results!

1516 Norman Avenue: Willow Glen Elegance

May 18th, 2017

Last week, I discussed some of my recent listings in San Jose’s Evergreen area. This week, I have another new listing located in a different part of San Jose: Willow Glen. Let’s take a peek inside 1516 Norman Avenue, my latest listing in this highly desirable Silicon Valley neighborhood!

1516 Norman Avenue, San Jose 95125

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This completely remodeled four bedroom/three bath/2,256 square foot single-story home displays the highest quality of workmanship, utilizing amazing materials. With its open, flowing floor plan to lend it a light and breezy feel, as well as a huge backyard, this home is a rare find! Two of the four spacious bedrooms are full master suites, and hardwood floors throughout the home enhance its elegance.

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The gourmet kitchen boasts beautiful upgrades and high-end appliances, including a wine refrigerator, Thermador drawer microwave, granite-topped center island, a sink with a Hansgrohe faucet and a full suite of stainless steel appliances. Throughout the rest of the home, the upgrades are almost too numerous to count: colonial crown molding, new windows, doors and plumbing, LED recessed lighting…the list goes on and on! It’s the epitome of a modern Bay Area home.

The bathrooms are similarly upgraded, featuring travertine and marble floors, dual sinks, a soaking tub and top-of-the-line Raindance showerheads.

Outside, the home displays even more of its ample charms. Situated on a massive lot, its sprawling backyard is perfect for entertaining or relaxation, with three patios and lovely, lush magnolia and fruit trees. This property truly is gorgeous inside and out. And for those of you going green in your travels, the garage even has an electric car hookup!

1516 Norman Avenue is currently listed at $1,898,000. For more details and photos, visit the home’s website at this link or contact me directly, and please share with anyone you think might be interested in making this superb home their own.

Real Estate Spotlight: Evergreen

May 11th, 2017

One of my favorite neighborhoods in the Bay Area to work in is Evergreen in San Jose. It’s a lovely neighborhood with great homes and some amazing people. Within Evergreen, areas like the Meadowlands boast some truly stunning homes that I love touring (and, of course, selling)!

This week, I’d like to spotlight some of my recent listings in Evergreen. They should give you a pretty good idea of why I love the area so much!

2702 Scenic Meadow Ct,San Jose, CA 95135

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This Meadowlands home is a stunning single-story estate with an open floor plan and incredible backyard. With a host of upgrades, including hardwood floors, crown molding and so much more, this 4 bedroom/3 bath/2,854 square foot home is a Bay Area dream. A huge lot, office space and great schools offer something offer something for buyers of all tastes. Add in the tremendous views and you’ve got a home that is truly the total package. Listed at $1,649,000. For more photos, visit the website HERE.

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3110 Royal Meadow Ln,San Jose, CA 95135

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Another gorgeous Meadowlands home, this  is a 4 bed/3 bath/2,652 sq. ft. beauty  is thoroughly updated and spacious within, with a massive backyard. The huge, flat lot offers complete privacy and peerless views, all while remaining within a conveniently close distance to great schools and amenities. Some of the home’s many features include high ceilings, a full downstairs guest suite, an amazing gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances, and so much more! Listed at $1,539,000. For more photos, visit the website HERE.

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Recent Sale in Evergreen

If you’re curious about how homes are selling in Evergreen right now, observe this recent listing of mine that just closed escrow.

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1200 Thornbury Lane is a 4 bed/3.5 bath/2,612 square foot home that I listed in The Ranch at Silver Creek Golf Course community. After multiple offers, it sold for well above asking price, and in fact set a new record for the area. Clearly, buyers love this area as much as I do!

If you or someone you know loves these Evergreen homes, please contact me for more information! I’d be happy to help anyone find the perfect property in this neighborhood to call home.