Category: Buying tips

Earthquake Insurance

Do you need earthquake insurance?  If you live in Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose, or anywhere in Silicon Valley, you are probably aware that it is very likely that we’ll experience a violent quake within the next 30 years.  The San Francisco Bay Area is woven with a number of different faults, some very active, others quiet

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Can you buy a Silicon Valley home with ten percent down?

Silicon Valley Realtors have been seeing a “shifting market” for about a year now, at least in many segments of the real estate market. What does that mean for home buyers and home sellers? One major difference is the amount of cash, or the percentage of cash down, needed to compete in the bidding wars

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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 take so much stress. (The short answer is that helping someone to buy or sell

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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 you are ready to buy your next place: congratulations! Now that you are under contract

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Mortgage Rate Deals

Real estate is such a great investment! There is probably nowhere else where you can leverage so much with so little. You can purchase a $500,000 home with $15,000 (at least in some markets, some of the time!). If that home goes up in value $50,000 (or 10 percent) in a year, you’ve more than

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Loan Abuses

Due to the fact that Silicon Valley home buyers often don’t really know the exact amount of their loan or closing costs until they are at the closing table, there can be both the appearance and unfortunately the occasional reality of loan abuse. Although this has changed somewhat in the last few years due to both

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Understanding Silicon Valley Traffic

Silicon Valley has many, many positives and only a few negatives. Among those less-than-desirable aspects are the high cost of housing, the urban sprawl, and the inevitable traffic. Most Silicon Valley home buyers want a commute of 30 minutes or less.  Due to the high cost of residential real estate, though, the majority of home

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Silicon Valley Real Estate and Homes for Sale

Silicon Valley real estate & homes for sale - the Almaden Valley area of San Jose

Los Gatos, San Jose, Silicon Valley real estate & homes for sale. In depth local market info from nationally recognized top Realtor & blogger Mary Pope-Handy, representing home sellers and home buyers throughout Santa Clara County. This website is here to help. Professional philosophy for this website,  Buyers and sellers of Silicon Valley real estate &

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