Los Altos’ Festival of Lights Shines On

The annual Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Los Altos is scheduled for Sunday, November 28, starting at 6pm. This beloved Thanksgiving weekend tradition started in the 1970’s and has become one of the most popular events in Los Altos. Many residents and visitors alike typically arrive early to place lawn chairs and blankets along the parade route to “reserve” a good viewing spot.

For more information, visit http://losaltosparade.com or send and email to losaltosfestivaloflights@gmail.com

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? Sell Now…

If you are thinking of selling your home there are several reasons why it’s advisable to do so now…before the winter season kicks in. The demand for housing is strong RIGHT NOW. With the holidays coming up the momentum will slow down as most people focus on spending time with family and friends. Also, the housing supply is still below normal levels so there are more willing and able buyers out there than available homes to purchase. Remember the law of supply and demand?  Supply low, demand high.  Demand high, price high.  As of November 16th there are only 7 single family homes available in Los Altos, 14 single family homes in Mountain View, 31 single family homes in Palo Alto, 39 single family homes in Santa Clara, and 30 single family homes in Sunnyvale.  There are more than 121 buyers out there, trust me…

The inventory of available homes is expected to go up in January/February. And, when the supply goes up, the demand goes down….along with home prices. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the highest reasonable price for your home. Click on the link below for more reasons why you should sell now rather than later.



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Is There Really a Housing Bubble in Silicon Valley?

As we have all been witnessing for a while now, Silicon Valley has been on the fast-track in regards to the influx of hi-tech businesses. Apple, Google, LinkedIn and Facebook are only a few of the companies that have been gobbling up land in the Bay Area to accommodate their growth plans. If fact, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute predicts that 1.2 million jobs will be added to the nine-county Bay Area by 2040. That’s a whopping 32% increase over the current 3.7 million jobs. And, all those new employees will need a place to sleep. That means the demand for housing and home prices will continue to go up, not down. So, if you’re waiting for the bubble to burst before purchasing a home, that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.


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Setting the Right Price for Your Home

If your house has been on the market but hasn’t sold yet, you may want to have a sit down with your real estate agent to discuss a new pricing strategy. The top reason for homes not selling in today’s “seller’s market” is because the asking price is over 10% of the market value. This alone will dramatically reduce the number of prospective buyers from even looking at your house. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.


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Los Altos: Are You Ready for El Nino?

No one knows exactly when the much-anticipated El Nino storms will arrive or how harsh they will be when they hit the Bay Area, but residents are taking heed of their city’s recommendations to be prepared. The City of Los Altos has stepped up their yearly preparation for the rainy season by taking steps to minimize problems during the storms.  They are also reaching out to homeowners to do their part as well by trimming trees, getting rid of heavy leaf falls and clearing debris from storm drains near their homes. Sandbags supplies are also available 24/7 to Los Altos residents, free of charge, at the Municipal Services Center. The city recommends that homeowners located in flood-prone areas get their sandbags now before the storms hit. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.


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Air Quality Management Board – Increases in Restrictions

The winter “Spare the Air” season starts this Sunday, November 1st, and ends February 29th.

In the past the Air Quality Management District has allowed exemptions from “spare the air” days to those who burn wood as their sole source of heat and those with broken furnaces.  This year those exemptions will be tightened.  If you burn wood as your sole source of heat you must have a US EPA-certified device AND register with the Air Quality Management district.  Where the broken furnace/heater exemption used to be an open-ended exemption, it now is allowed for only 30 days.

To read more go to:  http://tinyurl.com/o6p4hk9

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Apple – Expansion Plans?

Apple, Inc. has just purchased another large plot of land in North San Jose, prompting speculations as to what they’re planning to use it for. After all, they just purchased 43 acres in the same general area less than two months ago. Applie has not publicized it’s plans for the property but some suspect Apple may be branching out into the business of building electric cars. Others think it will be used for more R&D facilities and  office space closer to the San Jose Airport. Click on the link below to read the full story.


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