LISTING SPOTLIGHT: 2192 WINDEMERE COURT

May 25th, 2018

Happy Thursday! I hope you’re excited about the holiday weekend ahead of us. I’m certainly excited, but for a different reason: my latest listing! Located on Windemere Court in Morgan Hill, this listing is truly magical. It is my great pleasure to present to you:

2192 WINDEMERE COURT, MORGAN HILL 95037

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This executive style, custom-built impressive French Chateau has it all! Situated at the end of its court, a long driveway leads to the main house, a 4 bed/3.5 bath/approx. 4,212 sq. ft. beauty that embodies luxury. Among the amazing features within are a grand staircase, billiards room, media room and office. The living room is open and bright, with tall windows and a cozy fireplace, and the spacious and welcoming family room has a built-in entertainment cabinet and tall French Country brick fireplace. Also downstairs, a convenient master bedroom has its own separate outdoor patio.

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The gourmet kitchen exudes classic charm, boasting country-style open beam ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a wine fridge, a breakfast bar and more! And you’ll enjoy every meal in the formal dining room with glass French doors and a wet bar in the butler’s pantry.

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The master bedroom suite is a spacious retreat, with a full bathroom featuring Italian marble, a large Jacuzzi tub, his & hers sinks, a freestanding built-in makeup table and an oversized steam shower with high attached shower fixtures.

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The main home is just the beginning of what this home has to offer. With nearly 2.5 acres of flat usable manicured grounds, the possibilities are endless. The pool and the guest house combine for approximately an additional 1800 square feet and offer a host of features. In the pool house, you will find an exercise room, sauna, poker room. large full kitchen, bedroom, full bathroom and a handsome deck. Meanwhile, the guest house is studio-style, open and spacious with a kitchen and full bath.

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Outside, a sparkling pool and spa are at your disposal for warm summer days ahead. A baseball field, complete with bleachers, presents more options for recreation, and could be adapted to fit a wide variety of interests (a tennis court, soccer, horses, etc.). The three car garage and two car carport next to the basketball court provide plenty of room for parking and storage.

Beyond all that, the location is spectacular as well. This well-established neighborhood contains a number of multi-million-dollar properties, and presents the opportunity to fully enjoy beautiful resort-style life, while still being mere minutes from Highways 101 and 85, offering easy access to San Jose, Campbell and Los Gatos. Nearby Guglielmo Winery and Anderson Lake are additional highlights. All in all, this is a true dream home that must be seen to be truly appreciated. Luxury living is right here!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 2192 Windemere Court! 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 directly. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or arrange a private showing for you. And to find out how I can sell YOUR home for maximum results, contact me today. I’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

Listing Spotlight: 2670 Meadowfield Lane

May 17th, 2018

The spring real estate market in Silicon Valley is proving to be hot behind anyone’s expectations. With that in mind, this week, I have an incredible new listing to share with you on Meadowfield Lane in San Jose. It is with great pleasure that I present:

2670 MEADOWFIELD LANE, SAN JOSE 95135

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This 5 bed/4 bath/3,493 sq. ft. home reflects the grand Montecito French model in the Meadowlands community. Carefully manicured gardens lead into the home, a luxurious chateau that represents the pinnacle of classic designer elegance. A full suite of impressive updates awaits within, featuring exquisite materials such as richly colored travertine flooring in the formal entry, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, airy high ceilings, custom crown molding, two-tone paint and lush custom silk window coverings.

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Every meal is a joy in the extensively remodeled kitchen, a gourmet paradise featuring stainless steel Thermador appliances, granite countertops, a mosaic travertine backsplash, convenient center Island, casual dining room and a walk-in pantry.

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The home’s five bedrooms offer an abundance of space, including two full master bedroom suites, one upstairs and one downstairs. The downstairs suite has its own private patio, while upstairs, you will find a private foyer and truly breathtaking views. The spa-like master bath features a sunken tub and double space vanity with a walk-in closet.

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Outside, beautiful drought resistant landscaping, fruit trees and a variety of flowers and rose bushes define the lovely yard. With only two homes on the court, privacy is guaranteed. On top of all that, a large solar system saves on energy costs and reduces the home’s carbon footprint.​ It also lies in the district of incredible schools: Silver Oak Elementary, Chaboya Middle, and Evergreen High Schools. This home is the absolute definition of perfection…a 10+!

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This home was only on the market for a matter of days before it got into contract…little wonder, given how amazing it is! To find out how I can sell YOUR home for similar results, in minimum time for a maximum sales price, contact me today. I’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

Listing Spotlight: 5423 Sanchez Drive

May 10th, 2018

This week, I’d like to shine a spotlight on my newest listing, on Sanchez Drive in San Jose, CA. Please join me for a closer look at:

5423 SANCHEZ DRIVE, SAN JOSE 95123

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This 2 bed/2.5 bath/1,072 sq. ft. two-story condo is bright, cheery and move-in ready. The fresh coat of paint and brand new flooring will immediately make you feel at home, and you’ll love the spacious main floor living room, with its sliding door to a large balcony with storage and view of mature trees.

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In the kitchen, refinished cabinets and plenty of natural light create a lovely ambiance. A convenient interior laundry room provides additional utility.

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Upstairs, two equally sized master suites, with high ceilings, large closets, and views of the east hills provide roomy private retreats for rest and relaxation.

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Best of all, the home lies in an incredible central location. Among the many destinations in close proximity: downtown San Jose, Almaden Ranch Center and Westfield Oakridge Mall. Needless to say, you’ll find an abundance of great shopping and restaurants nearby! It is also situated near highways 85 & 87, with the light rail close by to take you downtown. And lovely Almaden Lake Park is just minutes away! And even in light of all these perks, the community is perfect as well, small and quiet with very low HOA fees of $250 per month.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 5423 Sanchez Drive! 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. And to find out how I can sell YOUR home for maximum results, contact me today. I’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

May 3rd, 2018

This week, I am thrilled to present another phenomenal listing, this time on Scenic Meadow Court in San Jose. Please join me for a closer look at:

2708 SCENIC MEADOW COURT, SAN JOSE 95135

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This 5 bed/4 bath/3,372 sq. ft. home has the most amazing floor plan in the Meadowlands community, with plenty of soothing natural light. A marble entry leads into a showcase for amazing features like soaring ceilings, crown molding, custom drapery, Brazilian cherry wood floors, a gorgeous staircase and so much more!

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The oversized gourmet kitchen is just lovely, complete with designer lighting, a breakfast bar and nook, a convenient center island and a mosaic glass backsplash. You’ll also adore the butler’s pantry, with its walk-through between the kitchen and formal dining area. Everything you need for an ideal dining experience is right here.

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The home’s five bedrooms offer plenty of space, including two downstairs bedrooms with a full downstairs guest suite and an executive-style upstairs master suite with walk-in closet, tub, large enclosed shower, his and hers sinks and a makeup area. There’s also a huge bonus/media room for additional versatility.

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Outside, the huge backyard offers beauty and privacy. Among the wonderful features: fruit trees, a vegetable garden, a kids’ playground and a spectacular custom gazebo with a flagstone staircase. It also lies in the district of incredible schools: Silver Oak Elementary, Chaboya Middle, and a choice of Evergreen or Silver Creek High Schools. This home truly has everything you’ve been looking for!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 2708 Scenic Meadow Court! 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. You may also contact me, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. And to find out how I can sell YOUR home for maximum results, contact me today. I’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

LISTING SPOTLIGHT: 3887 ACAPULCO DRIVE

April 19th, 2018

Today I would like to take a look at a recent listing of mine, on Acapulco Drive in Campbell. May I proudly present:

3887 ACAPULCO DRIVE, CAMPBELL 95008

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This fully remodeled single-story home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bath and a 1,664 square foot interior. Situated in a quiet, highly desirable neighborhood, it offers everything you want in a modern home, blending comfort and convenience with a contemporary aesthetic. Its bright, open concept floor plan features quality finishes throughout, including beautiful hickory hardwood floors and crown molding. You’ll also find an energy efficient HVAC system, LED recessed lighting, double pane windows and so much more!

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You’ll adore the gorgeous gourmet kitchen, which features professional grade stainless steel appliances, a huge kitchen island with Nacarado quartzite countertops, an onyx backsplash and handsome new cabinetry.

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In addition to the three bedrooms, a fourth bonus room offers additional versatility. You can use it as an office, media room or fourth bedroom, depending on your needs. The sky is the limit!

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Outside, the large 6,594 sq. ft. lot includes a spacious backyard. The sprawling patio and beautiful landscaping create a serene environment, ornamented with mature fruit trees and perennial flowers. You’ll also find an attached two-car garage for all your parking and storage needs.

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Everyone knows the importance of a home’s location, and you couldn’t ask for a better one than this! Commuters will rejoice at the home’s close proximity to high-tech companies such as Apple, Google, Intel and Netflix, as well as charming Downtown Campbell, shopping centers and major freeways. It also lies within the district of some incredible schools: Capri Elementary, Campbell Middle and Westmont High. As you can see, this a truly ideal home, and buyers agreed! I am happy to report that the property sold quickly, for an excellent price.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 3887 Acapulco Drive! If you or anyone you know would like to find out how I can sell YOUR home for similarly great results, please contact me and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to use me as a real estate resource.

LISTING SPOTLIGHT: 2730 ANDARE COURT

April 4th, 2018

It’s shaping up to be an incredible spring for the Silicon Valley real estate market! A perfect example of the sort of great home that is coming on the market as we segue into the season is my newest listing, on Andare Court in San Jose! Please join me for a closer look at:

2730 ANDARE COURT, SAN JOSE 95135

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Filled with openness and light, this northeast-facing house is one of a kind! A 5 bed/4 bath/3,290 sq. ft. gem with a breathtaking view of the hills, you’ll love its enchanting blend of features. Everything you desire is here: high vaulted ceilings, an elegant spiral staircase, a large marble foyer, crown molding, recessed lighting throughout, hardwood floors, two fireplaces, wooden shutters on the windows, an oversized family room and more!

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The upgraded kitchen is a gourmet’s delight, complete with a breakfast bar, walk-in pantry and large casual dining area. Some of the wonderful features include a six-burner professional gas stove, stainless steel refrigerator, exotic granite countertops, natural stone backsplash mosaic, built-in wine storage, a coffee station, and cookbook shelving to complete the kitchen’s flawless ambiance.

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The five spacious bedrooms are well laid-out, including a full downstairs guest suite and TWO master suites with walk-in closets on the second floor. The two additional bedrooms share a large Jack & Jill bathroom. You’ll have all the room you need!

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Outside, the large 8,100 sq. ft. lot includes a sprawling backyard. The patio is perfect for entertaining or cookouts, and the well-manicured lawn, fruit trees and vegetable garden create a peaceful, serene environment. On top of all this, the home features an attached three-car garage!

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Of course, a home is only as good as its location…and fortunately, this is a great one! Close to restaurants, shops and trails, the home also offers easy access to Highways 85 and 101…perfect for commuters! It also lies within the district of top-ranked schools: Silver Oak Elementary, Chaboya Middle and Evergreen High School.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 2730 Andare Court! 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. And to find out how I can sell YOUR home for maximum results, contact me today. I’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

BOOM TIMES: A LISTING IN A SELLER’S MARKET

March 14th, 2018

Since the inception of this blog in 2016, I’ve been repeating the same mantra quite regularly: it’s a seller’s market. And to this day, the boom times continue. Though markets are by their nature always cyclical, the timing of these cycles varies. This particular upward trend in home prices has been ongoing for some time, with few signs of stopping.

Today, rather than present an overview of this, I’d like to bring things into focus. I will discuss one particular listing of mine that sold recently, and how it reflects the market as a whole.

2677 Glenbriar Drive, San Jose 95130

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This recent listing of mine hit the market on January 24th, 2018. It’s a beautiful home, in a wonderful location on the Saratoga/San Jose border. As with any of my listings, I made sure it was thoroughly prepared to make a big impression. My staging company decorated the home with furnishings that presented it in the best possible light. I advertised the home across all channels, including real estate websites, social media, and physical media such as mailers. And, after an in-depth analysis of the local real estate market, I determined an asking price for the home.

Based on recent sales in the area and the general strength of the market, I set the list price for 2677 Glenbriar Drive at $1,699,000. It was an agressive number, but not an unreasonable one, and I expected the home to sell for well above that number when all was said and done. This is typical, as a list price somewhat under the expected final sales price helps drive interest, increases exposure and encourages more offers, with the end result being an overall higher sale price.

Still, despite my calculations, I was surprised by how much higher the eventual sale price was. After a heated bidding war featuring no less than 17 offers, my clients ended up getting into contract. The final sale price? $2,150,000, more than $450,000 above the original asking price! This sale price is truly remarkable, and serves as a reminder of what a strong seller’s market we’re in the midst of.

What Does This Mean?

Again, this won’t last forever. Some economists are suggesting that California property investors begin to think about selling soon. Just how soon is a matter of debate, but if prices get too high, or home inventory begins to increase, these ever-rising prices may find themselves creeping downwards. But, for the time being, we are in a boom market. My sale on Glenbriar is just one of many examples of the incredible value of Bay Area homes right now.

If you would like to know how I can sell your home for similar results, please feel free to contact me! I am always available to provide you with a free evaluation. As you can see, now is as great a time as any to sell, and I would love to help you get maximum value out of the sale of your home.

Spring Forecast

March 8th, 2018

As we enter March, the Bay Area is finally getting the rain it sorely needs. The weather forecast varies between warm days and cold. And the world of real estate is experiencing its own fluctuations. With the traditional hottest season for real estate fast approaching, we should look ahead with our own forecast for the real estate market.

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Now, real estate overall continues its hot streak. Prices are high, inventory is low, and the historic seller’s market continues. That is nothing new…these trends have been ongoing for some time now. But to analyze things a bit deeper, one must consider several news items and reports that have been released recently related to this market.

For one thing, there is an increasing number of people leaving Silicon Valley. Employment is strong and wages are high, plus it’s undeniably a beautiful place to live..why would anyone leave? Well, unfortunately, all that upside comes with a price: a hefty cost of living. The cost of living in the Bay Area is so high that even highly paid tech workers can find themselves needing to commute several hours every day to afford to make a living. Naturally, the cost of housing is one of the biggest factors in this, and though a steady influx of residents has kept this being too much of a problem, it is simply impossible for property values to continue rising forever, especially at their recent pace. There is a limit to what people can and will pay, even if we don’t know what that is yet.

So what does this mean?

In the short term, probably not much. Demand for homes from buyers is so high that once-unheard-of prices increasingly seem reasonable. And inventory is likely to remain low, as many homeowners would rather stay put and let their home investment grow than test the market and figure out a new living situation. New home building is slowly picking up, but that takes time, and development space in Silicon Valley is scarce.

Still, it’s worth considering the mid-to-long term possibilities in a market like this. Once things take a downturn, they tend to move quickly. This is perhaps most significant for sellers…the market has never been more favorable for sellers, but there will come a time when this changes. On the other hand, this area is almost certain to remain highly desirable for the foreseeable future, barring some cataclysmic shift. This means home values may go up and down, but should remain high overall. This is a double-edged sword: homes will remain a safe, highly valuable investment…but those struggling to survive with the high cost of living may find themselves with minimal relief. For these people, an exodus from the state may end up being their best course of action.

That’s my real estate forecast, in brief. Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all option for anyone selling their home. There are many factors to think about, though. Sellers dragging their feet may want to consider putting their home on the market sooner rather than later in light of some of this information. You don’t want to be left with regret when prices do start to recede. If you would like a personalized analysis of your own situation and what would be best for you, contact me at ejohal@kw.com. I’m always happy to help!

What A Difference A Stage Makes!

February 22nd, 2018

I’ve spoken before at length about the importance of staging a home before putting it on the market for sale. Of course, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I wanted to share some photos to illustrate this point. Here are some photos from a recent listing of mine, before and after we stage it:

Stage 1

This photo shows the home as it was after the sellers had removed their furniture. It’s a nice, open space to be sure, but it’s pretty barren. Now, let’s take a look at the same area post-staging:

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As you can see, the staging adds a warmth and character to the room that it previously lacked. Sure, the lighting and professional photography help, there’s no denying that. But even at a glance, the staged room is clearly the more inviting of the two. Let’s look at one of the bedrooms before the staging was in place:

Stage 3

There are plenty of possibilities here, but visualizing them can be difficult without some help. Here it is with that help, in the form of staging:

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Now the bedroom comes alive. You can imagine sleeping in here. Without having to conceptualize what the furnished room might look like, you can instead picture yourself relaxing in it after a long day. You begin to feel at home inside a house you’ve only seen for the first time.

For a final example, compare this room:

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With its post-staging form, which is elegant and vibrant:

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As you can see, the home’s staging is a vital part of the sales process. That’s why I own my staging company: it allows me full control in order to get the best results. Each home is unique, and we stage each to bring out its fullest potential. For more examples of our great staging work, check out our website here: https://www.ninaraestaging.com/. In short, as I like to say: What a difference a stage makes!

LISTING SPOTLIGHT: 2311 OLIVEGATE LANE

February 7th, 2018

Today, I’m thrilled to share another brand-new listing with you, this one on Olivegate Lane in San Jose. This listing is a real treat, located in the Blossom Valley Area of San Jose. Please allow me to present to you:

2311 OLIVEGATE LANE, SAN JOSE 95136

This two story 2 bedroom/1.5 bath/1,152 square foot condo has everything you’ve been looking for. Its open, flowing floor plan gives the home an airy, breezy feel, with numerous upgrades throughout, including gleaming pergo flooring, brand-new paint, dual-paned windows and more, making it even more desirable.

The modern kitchen has everything you need to make mealtime a joy, including granite countertops and refinished cabinetry.

Two spacious bedrooms offer plenty of soothing natural light. The master bedroom also features wall-to-wall mirrored closet doors.

A large sliding glass door leads outside to the charming patio, the perfect place to relax. Just behind the back patio, the two car carport provides plenty of parking space, with abundant additional parking nearby.

On top of that, you’ll love the location! The complex features a pool and walking trail, and the home lies within walking distance of a plethora of desirable locations, including two parks, stores, public transportation, VTA and an elementary and high school. Commuters will enjoy easy access to Highways 85, 87 and 101. This home truly has it all!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at 2311 Olivegate 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 by email at ejohal@kw.com and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. And to find out how I can sell YOUR home for maximum results, contact me today. I’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation.