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Managing real estate stress and worry

Buying and selling real estate – especially in pricey, overheated Silicon Valley – can make a wreck of anyone.  Sometimes clients turn to me and say “how can you do this for a living?”  They are bewildered that I can

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Is it the top of the real estate market in Silicon Valley?

The Silicon Valley region has seen a tremendous amount of appreciation in home values over the last 4 years.  For home owners who bought at the last peak, this means that they may have a good amount of equity again.

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West San Jose

West San Jose, as the name states, is the farthest west point of the City of San Jose. The boundaries are not tightly defined but include parts of San Jose adjacent to Campbell and Cupertino in particular. West San Jose:

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How To Make People Line Up And Beg To Buy Your Home

Last week I sold a listing in San Jose with 10 offers in a market where 3-4 might have been expected. What created that level of interest?  What can you as a Silicon Valley home seller do to elicit that

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To People That Want To Sell a Home But Can’t Get Started

So you want to sell your Silicon Valley home, but feel overwhelmed?  You aren’t alone!  It’s hard to even get started when the job is so enormous.  I’ve helped many people who felt the same way get to the other

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Play the Field and Lose the Game: Work With Just One Realtor

Mary is extremely knowledgeable about real estate in the Silicon Valley. She found a home for my family in a neighborhood I wasn’t even aware of, but that suited my family’s needs perfectly. —Kieran Sullivan Your home is sold and

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Things which will make a home buyer RUN from purchasing your home

Buyers buy and pay more when they are confident about a home’s condition, location, layout, etc..  They pay less, or reject a home completely, when they are afraid, whether they’re concerned about high voltage power lines, an odor in the house,

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Browse Silicon Valley Real Estate Listings by City

Thinking of buying a Silicon Valley home but not sure where to begin?  Here’s a list of cities and towns in Silicon Valley which are served by MLSListings.com (and that I cover) – they are located in San Mateo County,

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A typo could cost you – sellers, please check the MLS for errors!

Most days I find myself searching the local MLS on behalf of my home buyer clients for Silicon Valley real estate.  Sometimes it’s houses in Los Gatos or Saratoga or Campbell, other times it’s condos or townhomes in parts of San

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Preparing for Uncle Sam

This article is from one of the chapters in my book, with very slight revisions, “Get the Best Deal when Selling Your Home in Silicon Valley”, with Ken Deshaies, 2004. Whether you’re self-employed, a wage earner or own your own

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