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Mary Pope-Handy and Clair Handy, Realtors and real estate bloggers covering Santa Clara County and adjacent areas

Welcome to, with info on Silicon Valley real estate

This site is part of a network of sites and blogs that we run, this one being the oldest and covering the broadest area (multiple counties in Silicon Valley / Bay Area), with a focus on home selling. We are Los Gatos real estate agents serving Santa Clara County, and sometimes a little beyond. 

Please also visit our other sites, which also cover Silicon Valley real estate at the county or more local level:

Christie's International Real Estate - Sereno

Real Real EstateMary Pope-Handy, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1993Mary Pope-Handy

As a Santa Clara Valley native and real estate agent and Realtor since 1993, I know Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley real estate like the back of my hand. I love the myriad of communities that make up the lower San Francisco Bay Area.

Silicon Valley encompasses a broad region, including Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and a little of Alameda and Santa Cruz Counties.

Santa Clara County, now sometimes called "lower Silicon Valley", was once known as The Valley of Heart's Delight. This is where we focus our work in helping nice folks to buy and sell homes, but we do have experience throughout these counties and beyond.

Looking for information? We have a number of blogs, and between them there are over 2,000 articles on Silicon Valley real estate, neighborhoods, homes, and related tips for consumers. This one,, covers Silicon Valley more broadly than our other sites (which seldom go beyond Santa Clara County), but also will include San Jose, Los Gatos, and nearby areas.

Of course, no website (no matter how comprehensive) can take the place of personal guidance and advice. we'd welcome the opportunity to connect with you, discuss your home buying or selling plans, and see if we might be able to work together for your real estate goals.

Mary Pope-Handy
Christie's International Real Estate Sereno  (Los Gatos office)
DRE Real Estate Agent License # 01153805


Clair Handy, Realtor, 2021Clair Handy

Mary's daughter and long-time real estate assistant, I chose to obtain my real estate license and become a Realtor in 2021 to work alongside Mary to help even more nice folks buy and sell homes in Silicon Valley.

I have been researching and contributing to Mary's blogs for many years, and have a deep knowledge about the local real estate market, home styles, red flags (I have a very keen eye), and housing trends. With a special affection for both historic homes and resource-efficient home design, I'm always working to further my education. This passion allows me to be a tremendous asset to our clients.

With a bachelor's from LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts with honors, and a background in museums and historic homes, I combine research and data-driven analysis with clear and thoughtful communication for the benefit of our clients and readers.

Watch for my byline on our many sites!

Clair Handy
Realtor, GREEN
Christie's International Real Estate Sereno  (Los Gatos office)
DRE Real Estate Agent License # 02153633




Neighborhood Info & Recent Articles

Los Gatos real estate market trends

Los Gatos real estate market trends

The Los Gatos real estate market trends point to a warm to hot seller's market in most price points for worry-free properties (in good shape, good location, no major issues). It's almost like there are two main markets: one is for newer listings that are in great...

Silicon Valley Commute Traffic

Silicon Valley Commute Traffic

Silicon Valley commute traffic ranks as one of the few negatives of living in what was once called the Valley of Heart's Delight. Among those less-than-desirable aspects of life here are the high cost of housing, the urban sprawl, and the inevitable Silicon Valley...

Real Estate Info

Why be pre-approved for a loan?

Why be pre-approved for a loan?

When home buyers are pre-approved for their mortgage, home sellers and their listing agents know that the odds are good that the buyers are truly able to complete the sale.  A strong lender letter gives everyone confidence that the finances are good to go. Are you...

Testimonials and Reviews

Testimonials and Reviews

Testimonials and reviews can be found for us on many sites, including Google, Yelp,, Facebook, and Zillow. In many cases, although Clair and I worked on a sale together, the sites only permit one of us to get a review. Often our past clients prefer to use...

Understanding traffic in Silicon Valley

Understanding traffic in Silicon Valley

Understanding traffic is an important consideration for home hunters in Silicon Valley. This is true both as a time issue and also as a health issue if the property is located in areas with heavy traffic nearby. It can also be a noise issue. Traffic concerns and...