Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto Residents Embrace Long-Term Water Conservation Solutions

Local residents are doing their part in being part of the solution to our on-going drought problem in California. Some set up their own do-it-yourself used water routing system from their laundry or shower to their lawn. Others hire a “grey-water”  system company, such as Waterspout, which was founded in 2006.  Waterspout has installed more than 150 grey water systems in the Bay Area, with many customers located in Los Altos and Palo Alto. To read more, click on the link below.


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Los Altos Hills Mom Dishes Up a Fun, Kid-Friendly Food App

You don’t have to be an engineer or a high-powered executive in a tech company to come up with great computer apps! After all, this is Silicon Valley, where regular people think up great ideas all the time! Take Joanna Strober, a Los Altos Hills mom, for example. Motivated by her 11 year old son’s weight issues, she was looking to create something that would inspire him to keep better track of what he ate and to make better food choices. That’s how Kurbo, a mobile Android and Applie-compatible app was born! Check out the link below to read more about Joanna’s “Kurbo” story.

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An Average of Over 14,000 Homes Sold In the U.S. Every Day!

If you’ve been trying to sell your home but not having much luck, perhaps it’s time to reconsider your asking price. According to the National Association of Realtors’’ (NAR) latest  Existing Home Sales Report, 14,164 homes are sold every day in the United States. But, some homeowners overprice their homes and wait for months hoping for someone to bite. Bottom line is this: If you want your house to sell, it’s important to make sure it’s priced right. For more information on this topic, click on the link below.


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Los Altos Schools Among Highly-Ranked Schools in Top Neighborhoods

One of the key things that people look at when purchasing a home is the quality of the neighborhood schools but this requires some research to find the best schools in the area that you’re looking to purchase. Luckily, we live in the age of the internet so this task is readily available at your fingertips! Check out the following websites to find a highly-ranked school in your neighborhood:  http://www.greatschools.org   and http://www.schoolandhousing.com.  Not surprisingly, Los Altos schools continues to be among the best in the Bay Area!

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Teacher Uses Past Experience to Aid with Los Altos Police Department Work

From Los Altos Online, October 15, 2014

A former teacher who is currently working for the Los Altos police department finds her experience invaluable in teaching Los Altos and Mountain View schoolchildren and school teachers about safety.  Read more at:



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Do You Want To Buy A Home? Don’t Let Fear Get in Your Way!

Do you want to buy a home but aren’t sure if you’ll be able to handle the mortgage? Are you afraid of the whole home buying process, including applying for a loan and negotiations with the seller?  Are you afraid that the home values in Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto are at their peaks?

Here is an article that might help put you at ease.



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Are All Real Estate Agents Equal?  Heck No!

Before internet use was widespread you needed a real estate agent to help you find a home. These days you no longer need an agent to obtain information on available homes or sale prices of homes in specific neighborhoods.  That information is easily available online.  You do, however, need someone to deliver a thoughtful analysis of all of the information available.  Information without analysis is essentially useless.  What is truly important is being able to understand, analyze, and use the information for the best outcome.  What you really need is someone who can:

  • Analyze all available information
  • Determine if it is the best time to buy or sell
  • Determine the value of the home you have to sell or the home you wish to buy
  • Explain your options
  • Utilize their relationships within the industry to get you the best outcome

Not all agents are the same, and not all are experts.  Rely on performance and reputation for the best results!

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