San Jose 4th Fastest Turn-Around Values

This study shows San Jose, CA as the 4th of 10 top real estate areas in the US where home values continue to increase.

Likewise, the South County communities, who supply much of the employment for the San Jose area, have been experiencing the same appreciation.  Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister’s home values have all risen proportionate to that of #4 in the nation, San Jose.

So, is this another inflating bubble?  Will we see another bubble burst?  What if the interest rates keep going up will that slow down the appreciation?  What if the bank’s bulging inventory of foreclosed homes came onto the market at a faster pace than the trickle of token homes we have seen over the last 14 months?

What do you think?

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Your Cell Phone: Nat’l Do Not Call List

Just a reminder!  Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.

REMINDER….. all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls….. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.

It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time.  It blocks your number for five (5) years.  You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked.  You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON.  It takes about 20 seconds:  https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

(Thanks Marilyn Ferreira for this information)

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Come to an Open House in Santa Cruz

Watermelon and computerWatermelon, chocolate chip cookies and a nice home await you in Santa Cruz.  Come out to 3 Lyle Way, Santa Cruz (off Graham Hill Rd.) between 1 – 4 PM Sat. 5/26.   This nice 4 bed., 2 bath home has 1,700 s.f. and sits on a 14,000 s.f. lot!

Just 3.5 mi is Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Steamer’s Lane.  A few blocks away is Pasatiempo Golf & Country Club. That course is ranked 3rd best in CA!  When it’s time to go to work this home is only 30 miles from Cupertino and Silicon Valley.

Can’t come over? Watch the VIDEO Tour of this home at www.CaHomes411.com/video.

Let me know you are coming so I make sure to have enough goodies.

 

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Nice 4 bd. 2 bth. Home in Santa Cruz

WOW!  What a nice home in a GREAT LOCATION! Don’t miss seeing this one.


This 1,700 s.f. home sits on a 14,000 s.f. lot just 3.5 miles from Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and only 30 miles from Silicon Valley.  A few block away is Pasatiempo Golf & Country Club – rated the 3rd best course in CA!

Here is a home with a compelling backyard and huge side yard.  Enjoy the gazebo and hot tub. The customized deck even has 3 gas outlets for your BBQ and radiant heaters.

Take a look at the VIDEO Tour of: 3 Lyle Way, Santa Cruz, CA.  It will be like being there.  Then, call/text me for your own, personal tour.

So, what do you think?

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Nation’s Happiest Employees: Right Here

Not only is San Jose, CA the highest home-value-appreciation area in the US (see 2/10/11 post below), it is also the city with the happiest employees in the country.  This Forbes article puts San Jose on top and San Francisco right behind it.

And, since the majority of those who live in Hollister, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill drive to the San Jose area for work we can safely assume that we are also the happiest employees in the US.  Right?

After all, we have 2 of our own In-N-Out restaurants, the Gilroy Premium Outlets and 3 lakes.

Now if we could just get Hwy. 101 widened from Hwy. 152 in Gilroy to Hwy. 85 in San Jose we would all be a lot happier.

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Hollister Band Going to New York

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Little ole Hollister’s marching band will represent CA in a 10th Anniversary of 911.

The marching band from San Benito High School will be one of only two schools from California to march in the 2011 New York Veterans Day Parade. 

The Free Lance Newspaper article provides some of the basic information but is lacking one, very important angle: when and where are the fund raisers going to be? 

Sending all of the band members, their instruments and leaders to New York will not be an inexpensive event.

A recent change in the typical fund raising events, however, is going to cause some interesting challenges.  It seems that band member families and supporting friends will not be allowed to have bake sales.  No more homemade cookies, pies and cakes.  Something to do with health code issues?  Could it be that the First Lady’s influence has already affect our little community?  Or, is it local bakeries complaining about competition?

Are we going to have to devise a different slogan?  It’s always been: “Good old mom and apple pie”.  Will we have to say: “Cellophane-wrapped, expiration date stamped, virtual pie”?

We are thrilled about our home town band being selected!   There is nothing like the sound of horns and drums blaring down Main Street USA.  Couldn’t we keep some of the same emotional foundations like home made goodies?  And, by the way, who says my wife’s killer homemade fudge can’t help the tuba player go to New York?

What are your thoughts?

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Study & Go VOTE

TODAY – Please study the “General Election” pamphlet; carefully consider each office’s best candidate and decide for yourself. Encourage everyone in your family, your neighbors and co-workers to do the same.
TOMORROW – schedule time to go and vote at your precinct (if you haven’t already voted by mail). Offer to drive neighbors, or whomever needs a ride to their precinct.
THIS election is one of the most important elections in our life time. YOUR VOTE DOES COUNT!
God Bless America.

Video: 926 E. Evelyn, Sunnyvale

After you watch the VIDEO Tour of this nice home  you will feel like you have been there.

This remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 bath home lies directly in heart of Silicon Valley.  The kitchen has been completely redone.  Each room as a double pane, vinyl slider for lots of natural light and energy efficiency.  There is new central A/C and, a new forced air furnace.  The full size back yard is private and secure.

In addition to most of the major employers known to Silicon Valley many of their supporting companies are within a very easy commute as well.

This home is also conveniently located near many cultural venues.  “Murphy Street” is just 3 blocks away.  Schools, parks and every kind of shopping you could want are just a short walk or drive away.

So.  Enjoy the VIDEO Tour.   Any comments?  Just add them here.

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Gilroy’s New ‘Bad Dog’ Ordinance

Here’s a “High 5” for Gilroy City Council and Police Chief Denise Turner!  Gilroy has a ‘dangerous dog’ ordinance with some new “teeth” in its consequences.

Those who parade their dangerous dog like a warning sign will be responsible for their pet’s conduct: they now have strict liabilities for the costs of insurance, spay/neutering, microchipping and fines.  I just wish such an ordinance was on the books earlier…

The appraiser for one of our sales was attacked by the occupant’s dog even when the dog’s owner was right there with the appraiser.  I was in another part of the home and heard the commotion.  Unless you have experienced it yourself you cannot know the horror such an attack can have.  Not only is the event itself bone-chilling but the vivid memory of the attack lives long in the mind of the innocent person who was assaulted.  To the appraiser’s credit the value of the home was not negatively affected.

A friend of ours little girl was playing with her neighbor friends when their dog attacked her.  The top half of her ear was torn off and she had teeth punctures in her forehead.  The medical treatment included a  rabies regimine.  While she recovered physically that girl had emotional problems for many years after.

What do you think?  Do you think Gilroy’s toughened animal control ordinance went too far, not far enough?   If you think Gilroy, like San Francisco and Santa Monica over reacted to dangerous dogs I have one question for you: have you personally been involved in or know intimately of, a dog attack?   

Click here for the details of Gilroy’s new ordinance.

Doggie Doors vs. Insurance

In these Dog Days of Summer it seems like every other home I show in Gilroy lately has a pet door in the garage door entry to the home.  There is nothing more exciting than to have “Spike” come blasting through the door to check out who is in his home.

Gilroy, as well as virtually every other city, has a building code requiring that homes be built with a firewall between the attached garage and the home.  Many house fires begin in the garage so the firewall is engineered to impede a fire which starts in the garage from spreading to the home.  Most jurisdictions require the firewall to provide such a delay for up to two hours.

While making “Spike’s” life a little more convenient the homeowner who puts a pet door in the the door leading into the home from the garage may have problems collecting from their homeowners insurance where a fire began in the garage.

I find it interesting that many insurance agents say homeowners with such pet doors will still be covered yet home inspectors seem compelled to address this issue in their written reports.

Occasionally, a homeowner will cut the firewall for attic access or to install a drop down ladder.  They may face the same dilemma with their insurance company.

Building Code also requires that your garage-to-home door have a functioning, self-closing, hinge.  For obvious reasons that door needs to close so that the firewall retards the spread of a garage fire.  For reasons beyond me some homeowners disengage such a hinge.  Again, such a move may prove costly later.

So, why not check with your homeowner insurance agent and see what their position is on the doggie door dilemma.  We can check with the City’s code enforcement folks.  Sorry “Spike”.  Of course the standing rule remains: “caveat emptor”.