Los Gatos, San Jose, and Silicon Valley Real Estate
Mary Pope-Handy and Clair Handy, Realtors and real estate bloggers covering Santa Clara County and adjacent areas
Welcome to popehandy.com, 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.
Please also visit our other sites, which also cover Silicon Valley real estate at the county or more local level:
- The Valley of Heart’s Delight blog – SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes.com (main blog – the Valley of Heart’s Delight blog, focusing on Santa Clara County real estate market reports, neighborhood descriptions, info on trends in buying and selling, and more – over 1,000 articles on this site alone)
- Valley of Heart’s Delight website listings showcased, Santa Clara Valley info, real estate info
- Live in Los Gatos blog – info for people living in or moving to Los Gatos – Los Gatos real estate, neighborhoods, events, history, businesses, restaurant reviews, and loads more
- Move 2 Silicon Valley – relocation resource for the broader Silicon Valley area
- Belwood of Los Gatos and adjacent areas website – specific to one area in east Los Gatos
- popehandy.rereport.com – real estate statistics for 3 counties: Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Santa Cruz County – updated between the 5th and 10th of each month. (Sign up to receive this info by email.)
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 I focus my work in helping nice folks to buy and sell homes, but I do have experience throughout these counties and beyond.
Looking for information? I 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, popehandy.com, will cover Silicon Valley more broadly than my 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. I'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.
Realtor, ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
Sereno (Los Gatos office)
DRE License # 01153805
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 by line on our many sites!
Sereno (Los Gatos office)
DRE License # 02153633
Recent articles on popehandy.com
The Los Gatos real estate market trends are a seller's market in most price points for worry-free properties (in good shape, good location, no major issues). The real estate market in town is calming down, with fewer numbers of offers and less high overbids, but it's...
Selling your home in a shifting market involves a little more effort and strategizing than doing so in a highly overheated seller's market. You have plenty of choices to make regarding home improvement, pre-sale inspections, disclosures, and pricing that will impact...
Is ten percent down enough to be able to buy a home in Silicon Valley? Right now our real estate market is having some hyper inflation, and that makes it hard to compete in the bidding wars, even with twenty percent down! Just the same, the market isn't equally hot...
What's my home worth? Whether you're thinking of selling or just curious about your property's equity, the question of current market value is always of interest to home owners. If you are a Silicon Valley home owner, please request an online or in person valuation of...
When you are ready to sell your Silicon Valley home, you must determine the “asking” or list price with your Realtor®’s advice. This may or may not be the true value of your home, and is usually a compromise between the fair market value and the price that you hope to...
What is the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor? Many people use the words Realtor and real estate agent interchangeably, including some real estate licensees! Have you ever seen the phrase "licensed Realtor" online or on a business card? If so, you...
Once your home is under contract, or when you are in escrow to buy a home, you'll find a checklist for moving helpful. Here are some quick to dos. Checklist for moving before you leave Give your address change to: Post office. Charge accounts, Credit Cards....
An escrow is an arrangement in which a disinterested or neutral third party, called an escrow holder, holds legal documents and funds on behalf of a buyer and seller, and distributes them according to the buyer's and seller's written instructions. Normally that means...
About Mary Pope-Handy: top Realtor in Silicon Valley, real estate expert in Los Gatos, Saratoga & San Jose Summary: Selling homes full time since 1993 Los Gatos real estate agent - selling homes in many different neighborhoods and price ranges, working with home...
If you're planning on selling your home in Silicon Valley, there are a number of things to plan out and do to maximize your sale price and minimize your stress. Often, it's best to start with the most frequently asked questions. Questions on Selling Your Home in...