Author: Mary Pope-Handy

Buyer closing costs and property taxes

One of the more confusing elements for home buyers attempting to anticipate their closing costs is the property tax prorations, which are referenced in the purchase agreement or contract, but not explained. As most Silicon Valley real estate consumers know,

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Campbell CA real estate market trends

You see it in the newspaper headlines, you hear it from your friends and neighbors – Silicon Valley real estate is a hot commodity. If you’re a home owner or shopping for your first Silicon Valley home, you’re probably making

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Los Gatos neighborhood videos

As readers of this site may know, I host a number of Silicon Valley area blogs, including one called Live in Los Gatos.  Over time, I created Los Gatos neighborhood videos to showcase many of the communities within the town. 

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The Role of the Internet

Given the revolution in technology that we’ve experienced over the last few years we must look  at what technology can  and  cannot do.  This  differentiation is especially crucial when dealing with real estate, an  environment where online companies clutter the bandwidth

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Los Gatos real estate market trends

The Los Gatos real estate market trends are strongly in the seller’s favor in the more affordable price points, and more balanced, to the benefit of the buyer, in the luxury bracket of the market. Let’s take a quick view of

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Loma Vista, El Gato, Rancho Padre subdivisions

The Loma Vista, El Gato, Rancho Padre subdivisions in Los Gatos together make up a unique east Los Gatos neighborhood featuring a little bit of everything. Formally, this area is made up of three distinct subdivisions, developed from the 1940s

Campbell CA Real Estate

Campbell CA real estate is among the most desirable in Silicon Valley.  This popular town is known for being self contained with a vibrant, walk-able downtown, lots of parks (including a dog park, shared with neighboring Los Gatos), the Los

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List of Mary Pope-Handy’s blogs

Can you really have too much of a good thing? Perhaps, but not when it’s in depth real estate information! Below please find a list of my blogs and a description on each one. Live in Los Gatos  was my

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Boulder Creek, California Real Estate

If you love the idea of living under a scenic canopy of redwoods within easy access of the coast, Boulder Creek is a place to consider. It offers a more rural way of life. It also provides a relatively affordable

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Low flow toilets will be required soon

As of January 1, 2017, all single-family homes in California built before 1994 will be required to have only low flow toilets and certain other water saving fixtures installed. What constitutes a low flow toilet? Low flow toilets will be

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