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Real Estate – How Do I Buy an Entry-Level Luxury Home in Los Altos?

There are a lot of  real estate buyers who have decided they want to live in Los Altos. However, with prices rising and competition fierce, they are often stuck with buying  a Los Altos fixer upper homes or overpaying.   While buyers get more house in Los Altos than they do in other nearby “luxury”…

To Auction or Not to Auction? That is (Often) the Question

To Auction or Not to Auction? That is (Often) the Question

There are many reasons real estate auctions are viewed in this fashion when it comes to the sale of multi-million-dollar properties. After all, auctions were the chief tool used to liquidate many properties during the Great Depression, and the images of those sales on the courthouse steps have burned deep and lasting impressions into America’s…

How To Deal With a Low Appraisal Result which Complicates Buying or Refinancing in Today’s Market

How To Deal With a Low Appraisal Result which Complicates Buying or Refinancing in Today’s Market

Home appraisals are based on recent sales prices of comparable properties.  In rising price markets, those sales prices might not be high enough to support new home sale prices. Here are some ways sellers can improve their home appraisal results: Make sure the appraiser knows the neighborhood.  Sellers can request that the lender send a…

Three “Easy” Ways to Invest in Real Estate

Three “Easy” Ways to Invest in Real Estate

For newcomers to the market, the term “real estate investing” often conjures up two thoughts: “That sounds like a good idea” and “I wouldn’t even know where to start.” Don’t be intimidated. Real estate doesn’t require market expertise or advanced degrees in economics. All you need is starting capital and good guidance. This article is…

Just HOW Unaffordable is SF Bay Area Real Estate?

For decades now, the SF Bay Area has been one of the most expensive regions of the US and even “The World”.  Right now, SF Bay Area home prices are at an all time high.  The median price paid for a home in the 9-county SF Bay Area in June was $735,000.   If you only…