More Google Self-Driving Vehicles to Hit Mountain View Streets

Google is set to launch up to 25 new custom self-driving cars into local Mountain View roads in the coming weeks and is asking residents to provide feedback on how these cars “behave” in their surroundings. They’ve already been conducting tests the last two years with Lexus SUVs equipped with their self-driving software but their new prototype is considered the next step before making the cars available to consumers. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.

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Help for Decorating Woes in Los Altos

Many residents have thought about “refreshing” their homes with a new look but the challenge of pulling it all together with the right patterns and colors can be pretty daunting. One solution would be to hire an interior decorator but that can get quite expensive. Then there’s the DIY (Do It Yourself)  option with research and purchases done via the web but many times the colors and patterns don’t quite look the same when they arrive and the items end up being sent back. Now you can combine both options in the form of a “pop up” store called The Guildery, a new walk-in shop in downtown Los Altos that combines interior design with technology. Click on the link below to read more about The Guildery and how it can help get your house color-coordinated.

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Tips for the First-Time Home Buyer

If you haven’t taken the steps of purchasing a home because you think you can’t afford it, think again. The cost of renting is skyrocketing and, in many cases (especially here in Silicon Valley), you’re better off investing your hard-earned money in a property YOU own. The rent you’re paying is going towards a mortgage anyway….let it be yours and not someone else’s!

A few tips if you are just getting started:

  1. Find a Realtor who works in the area you are considering.  It is not important to have a “neighborhood specialist” necessarily (and few agents really limit themselves to a neighborhood), but you should work with someone who has done business in the area where you would like to live.
  2. Make sure your credit is clean and your scores are high.  This will affect the type and rate of the loan you can afford.
  3. Talk to lenders recommended by your Realtor.  Someone may quote you a better rate, but if they can’t get you the home it doesn’t really matter, does it?  Your Realtor AND your lender decisions are critical to your success in this competitive market.  If your Realtor and lender can’t work closely together you won’t be successful.
  4. Don’t give up!  Many buyers write a number of offers before they get into contract.  Buying a home is a learning process, you have to learn the market before you can be successful.
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Sell Now….Rents Are Going Up!

If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, now is a great time to do it. Why? Because landlords are expected to impose another rent increase this year and tenants, who are already exasperated with the high cost of renting, are looking for an alternate option that makes more financial sense for themselves. And, the option that makes more sense is owning a home and putting that money towards their own mortgage. This translate to more potential buyers out there who will be competing to buy homes, which leads to multiple offers and a financial gain for the sellers. Click on the link below to read more on this topic.

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Mountain View Decision Favors LinkedIn over Google

Google ended up with the short end of the stick in the battle over the North Bayshore land coveted by several hi-tech companies for development of additional office space. The Mountain View City Council voted 4-3 to grant LinkedIn more than two-thirds of the total allotted space, effectively forcing Google to seek additional land from neighboring cities. Google had planned to build a dramatic glass-canopied office park in the North Bayshore area and are shocked and disappointed with the council’s decision.  Click on the link below for the full story.

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Mountain View High Narrows Achievement Gap

Cited as one of the most outstanding accomplishments in decades, Santa Clara County educators has credited Mountain View High School for successfully increasing the number of minority students enrolled in the Advanced Placement and honor classes. The school had set a goal of bridging the achievement gap just 3 years ago and is now ranked as one of the top schools in the United States for integrating it’s student diversity into their higher level curriculum. Click on the link below to get the full story.

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Los Altos/Mountain View Schools Honored with Blue Ribbon Award

Five schools within the Los Altos School District (LASD) and MountainView/Los Altos High School District (MVLA) have been selected as recipients of the Gold Ribbon School Award, a new program designed by the California Department of Education to recognize schools for their increased gains in academic standards. Blach, Graham and Crittenden Middle schools and Los Altos and Mountain View High are among the 373 schools chosen for the award (out of over 2600 middle and high schools in the state) and all will be recognized at an award ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco on May 29. Click on the link below for more information and to see the full list of schools selected for this award.

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