Nation’s Housing Market Still Recovering From the Bust

Some of us may remember the nation’s housing bust from the not-so-distant past and saw the value of our homes drop to an all-time low. There are a few states that weren’t affected, but many states are still struggling to reach the prices that housing was selling for back in 2006 and 2007. Click on the link below to see how each state’s current prices compare to what they were in the real estate market heyday.

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Los Altos Restaurant Faces Closure!

Maltby’s restaurant in downtown Los Altos has been serving customers great food at great prices for almost two decades. It’s also the kind of place where people like to hang out with family and friends because of it’s warm, laid-back and friendly atmosphere. This is exactly the vision that the owner, James Maltby, had when he first opened the restaurant 17 years ago. But, sadly, due to an increase in the monthly lease rate, Maltby’s is likely facing it’s final call in January. Yes, next month! Maltby says he simply cannot afford the increased rent. So, barring a last minute change of the terms with the landlord, he will need to shut it down. It makes him sad but he’s thankful for the friends he’s met and how the business has helped his family. Click on the link below to read the full story.

Please patronize this iconic establishment in the coming week, let’s see if we can save Maltby’s!

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Los Altos Neighborhood Bands Together to Save Tradition

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in one neighborhood in Los Altos! When elderly residents Jerry and Jean Jensen had difficulty continuing their annual tradition of setting up a Nativity scene on their front lawn, their neighbors organized a “random act of kindness” to continue the beloved scene. Approximately 30 of their neighbors gathered at the Jensen’s front yard earlier this month to help set up the decorations, socialize and sing carols. Click on the link below to read the full heartwarming story.

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Long-time Los Altos Hills Dog (and Owner) Trainer Retires

As someone who has always had a way with communicating with animals, Los Altos Hills resident Rosalie Alvarez is considered the “go-to” person when local Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents train their dogs. After many years of training pets and their owners (mainly owners…) she is retiring this December.

Rosalie’s specialty is Doberman Pinschers, and she has worked with me to train my dogs (see below). She formerly created and commandeered the Los Altos Hills Doberman Pinscher Drill Team in the 1970’s, going on exhibition tour with the team throughout the United States and Canada.

Keara Reagan

Keara, aged 1 year                                                 Reagan, aged 5 months

Click on the link below to read more about Rosalie and how she’s shaped the lives of many dog owners.

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To Buy or Not To Buy?

Many young adults today are wondering if they should continue to rent or to bite the bullet and buy their first home. The prospect of purchasing a home is pretty scary financially but according to a recent study, there are two main reasons why doing so would make more budget sense.

First, renters can expect to pay almost 30% of their income towards their rental home or apartment, whereas homeowners will pay roughly 15%-17% of their income towards a mortgage.

Second, the study shows that owning a home is 30% more affordable today than renting prior to the housing explosion back in the 1980’s and 90’s.

Click on the link below to see the related article on this subject.

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San Jose’s Rainfall in December Breaks Record

According to the National Weather Service, the recent rainfall during the first half of December is breaking records all over the Bay Area .  In San Jose alone, the recent rain has exceeded the previous record set in 1906…by 2 1/2 inches! San Francisco and Oakland are experiencing similar record-breaking rainfall. Click on the link below for the full story.

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Let There Be Light!

If you’ve been thinking about installing some skylights into your home but want to visualize what it would look like in advance, help is only a few clicks away. There’s a new FREE easy-to-use app called the Velux Skylight Planner that you can download onto your iPhone, iPad or Android device. This app gives you the freedom to design and share your ideas with family and friends before making the financial commitment. Here’s a YouTube video with a demo:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORanXy0o8Ew. Once you’re satisfied with your design, a specialist from the Velux can help make it a reality! So, get started by clicking on one of the links below.

iTunes Store: http://tinyurl.com/lzmuh2o

Google Play at: http://tinyurl.com/lbwecnl

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