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October 2017
October 2017
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Spina Farms - Spina farms is conveniently located between San Jose and Morgan Hill. The pumpkin patch is surrounded by picturesque fields of sunflowers. After perusing the pumpkins, take a break and enjoy a tour on an antique tractor-pulled hayride or grab some food at the snack shack. On the weekends they offer pony rides and have a petting zoo for the kids!

Santa Teresa Blvd. At Bailey Ave. San Jose, CA 95141 | (408) 763-1093

Open Sunday - Thursday 9am-6pm & Friday - Saturday ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Sunnyvale has 17 parks and 1 plaza, equating to over 476 acres of space to play! According to the City of Sunnyvale’s website, the Sunnyvale Park system was designed with the goal that every neighborhood would be within walking distance of a park. The City’s great efforts certainly show. All the Sunnyvale parks I've been to have been clean, nicely maintained with plenty to do.

Don’t know where to start? I absolutely love this handy graphic the City put together, comparing all parks and their ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Time blocking for busy professionals

Time management is a real issue for most people, especially busy professionals. With packed schedules, endless to-do lists, looming deadlines and demanding clients, I know how easy it is for the day to get away from us.

As a real estate agent, I'm convinced that I must be 100% reachable at all times - that every text, email and call received needs my immediate attention. As a result, the day becomes reactionary, merely responding to the myriad of things ...


August 2017
August 2017
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  1. Safari Run - 1180 Kern Ave. We all need to let our kids run “wild” sometimes, and Safari Run is the best place to do it. Great for kids 3 and older. They have an open play time

  2. Color Me Mine 302 W. El Camino Real. The perfect place to let your creativity flow. Paint some pottery or they even have candle making. They have monthly events, a private party space and new Kids Canvas Painting Party (ages 9+).

  3. Lemon Tree. 3427 El Camino Real. This play is the sweetest. A stylish ...


August 2017
August 2017
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We all have clutter. It's just a fact of life. What's really interesting about my work is that I get to see people in their homes “au natural” -  toys strewn across the floor, laundry half folded, dishes in the sink, and I’m never phased by it. I’ve grown a sort of tolerance to clutter and the ability to see through it to the real “bones” of a home.

But home buyers don’t usually share my special talent, which is why I’m a huge advocate of decluttering - and not just for preparing a home for ...


July 2017
July 2017
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Bay Area home prices remain far more expensive than statewide home prices, according to a new California Association of Realtors report. This is no surprise to any of us living in the Bay Area. Prices keep inching higher, as housing supply simply cannot keep pace with job growth and buyer demand.

So far this year we've had historically low inventory - with fewer listing hitting the market the first half of 2017 than in 2016 and 2015. We saw inventory levels peak in March ...


June 2017
June 2017
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The San Francisco waterfront is the obvious go-to for most bay area residents, but with two toddlers in tow and an aversion to sitting in traffic, large crowds and long lines, we’ve decided to put together a list of Silicon Valley spots to watch this year's 4th of July fireworks that are a little closer to home.

[Oh, and if you do insist on heading to San Francisco, the fireworks barges will be located in the Bay just north of Aquatic Park and Pier 39 in Fisherman’s WharfMarina Green, ...


June 2017
June 2017
Centennials

We have been talking about Millenials for a while now, and next up are the Centennials. The Centennials were born from 1997 to present, and they have grown up a little differently living through two large recessions. They have a different world view as a result of the time they came of age; valuing experiences over things, having constraints growing up, and growing up learning that hard work and grit are important.

Depending on how things shake out, this generation could potentially ...


June 2017
June 2017
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Herschel Supply Co. Duffel Bag

This stuff is is not only handsomely made, but incredibly practical. Founded in 2009 by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, Herschel Supply Co. has an endless variety of accessories, from tech-savvy messenger bags to simple backpacks to handsome travel luggage. And the colors are so unique (the one called Raven Crosshatch is my fav).

 

Every Man Jack Body Kit Cedarwood Gift Set

This stuff should be in every man’s bathroom. I’m all about removing toxins from my ...


June 2017
June 2017
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Kevin and I have bought two homes, the first was a small condo we purchased when we were engaged, and later a home to accommodate our growing family. We know first hand that buying a home can be overwhelming, confusing and expensive - especially in Silicon Valley, am I right? Even though both of us were experienced agents, we still learned a lot with each buying experience. So here are 6 things I wish I knew before buying a home.

  1. Get pre-approved before you start looking. Lending laws ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Kate Spade Initial Pendant

This "one in a million" initial pendant is sure to be a hit. All us moms love to wear our kids initials (and even our hubbies initials) around our necks. It's an easy go-to that pairs with anything, casual and formal, day and night. 

Women can never have too many candles. Thats a fact. In my opinion, Voluspa makes the most delicious smelling candles ever. The scents are really unique and last a long time. I have one in almost every room of my ...

May 2017
May 2017
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Sunnyvale Events and Activities: Summer 2017

Summer is almost here (finally!) and I know I'm not the only one looking to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Sunnyvale is one of Silicon Valley’s most popular places to live and play, so it’s no surprise to us that there are so many fun events this summer to entertain Sunnyvale’s residents and visitors.  From beer and food pairings to movie nights in the park, there is a little something for everyone.

And if you’re looking for a way to spend an ...

May 2017
May 2017
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Don’t underestimate this fast-growing Silicon Valley suburb. Sunnyvale’s restaurant scene has really blown up over the last several years, and Sunnyvale is now home to an abundant array of foods to please any craving. Working in Sunnyvale we’ve gotten rather familiar with many of it’s lunch time hot spots, so here are a few of my favorites. You won't see anything fancy on my list, because 99% of the time I’m in a mad rush from meeting to meeting (hopefully without spilling sauce on my sh ...


January 2017
January 2017
Once red hot, Bay Area housing market still…

One of the things Simon Yee and his wife Tamara Corduck like about their new home in Danville, Calif., is the large front yard where they are photographed with their children Bella Yee, 7, and Colin Yee 4, on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The family moved from Dublin and are excited about having more space in their new home. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

 

BY: RICHARD SCHEININ I BAY AREA NEWS GROUP I THE MERCURY NEWS

Bay Area home sales sagged in December from a year earlier, but — ...


October 2016
October 2016

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6 Reasons to support single-story overlays in eichler neighborhoods

Unity. Something our country seems to be lacking right now amidst the presidential debate, Black Lives Matter protests, disturbing clown appearances, etc. However in different tracts around the Bay Area, unity is being displayed, encouraged and publicized by Eichler homeowners in an effort to preserve the historic landscape of their community.

Just to give you some context on what’s been going on, there’s been a good deal of controversy recently between veteran Eichler homeowners and the ...


June 2016
June 2016
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Since Eichler roofs are distinctively designed to be flat and minimally sloped, homeowners tend to have more difficulties when it comes time to replace or renew the roof of their home. Whether the need for a replacement is due to leaks, weather damage, renovation or old age, homeowners must sort through a range of conflicting options to find the roofing solution that best fits their needs. While water will naturally drain off of a pitched roof because of gravity, with flat and low-sloped roofs ...


May 2016
May 2016

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community in sunnyvale california

If you've ever been to Sunnyvale, California or any of the neighboring cities, you'll notice that the area tends to leave a lasting impression on you. Whether it's the all-too-perfect weather, the diverse melting pot of people or the endless amount of employment opportunities, there's an exhilarating energy that makes it one of the top destinations for new homeowners. Although we could go on about the amount of pride we have for this city, we wanted to focus this blog post on something ...


March 2016
March 2016

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Joseph-Eichler

Whether you're a loyal fan of Donald Trump's campaign to "Make America Great Again" or you're in disbelief by how mad our country's gone for even considering a supremacist as a viable presidential candidate, it's an inarguable fact that Donald Trump is the hot topic of every conversation. His pedigree, his demagoguery and his inscrutable platform — including the proposed mass deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants — make him a giant story. While he has the ...

February 2016
February 2016

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Bay Area Home Design Trends

It's all over the news: The Bay Area is setting the real estate market on fire with thousands of people flocking to the area each month wanting to take advantage of the booming economy, pleasant climate, and active lifestyle. Although all this media attention has definitely come with some perks, one of the more recent perks being that the Super Bowl 50 was hosted right here in Santa Clara, it also comes with a certain level of expectation.  Bay Area homes aren't just known to ...

January 2016
January 2016

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2016

First off, we wanted to start by apologizing for the lack of blog posts over the holidays. Rest assured that we’ve been using this time to gear up for a phenomenal new year, so stay tuned for some coveted real estate content. Second of all, can you believe it’s already 2016? It’s a bit daunting to think about how fast time flies, but we’re excited to ring in the new year nonetheless. For those of you looking to buy your first home in 2016, we’ve got some great news for you. A ...


September 2015
September 2015

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milllineal buyers

If you're a thriving young professional looking to move to an upbeat city with a diverse community and tons of job opportunities, it's almost certain that the Bay Area has come across as one of your prime options. Niche.com evaluated 232 U.S. cities in order to find the most suitable cities for millennials across the nation and not surprisingly, four Bay Area cities made the top 20 list (#4 - San Francisco | #9 - Berkeley | #15 - Sunnyvale | #20 - Santa Clara). Some factors that were ...


August 2015
August 2015

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Lets face it: We treat our pets like our children and more often times than not, we like to spoil them. Every time we walk through the doorsteps of our home, we know we have a furry friend anxiously waiting to greet us and that unconditional love can sometimes drive us to do some over-the-top things. I mean common, you can't tell us that we're the only ones seeing more and more pets featured in Christmas cards each year. Heck one of our former clients threw a dog-themed ...


August 2015
August 2015

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Interior Design Tips & Inspirations for Eichler & Mid-Century Modern Homeowners

What attracts people to Eichler homes is that there's an everlasting quality portrayed in the design where old and new blend together in a harmonious way. In essence, Eichlers respect the era they originated from, while staying true to the wants and needs of today's homeowner. Since Eichler homes were quite innovative for their time and reflect the underlying philosophy of modernism, which was to create a new way of living during a pivotal time in our country's history, it's important ...


July 2015
July 2015

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Eichler's in Sunnyvale

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Keycon Inc. Construction & Design to host the FIRST ever Eichler Inspired Sunnyvale Home Tour! Now whether you're a long-time Eichler homeowner looking for remodeling ideas or you're just curious about Eichlers in general and want tips from Eichler experts and seasoned homeowners, this is the perfect event for you. Anyone and everyone is welcomed to join us, so we encourage all of you in the Bay Area to come check it out. We're ...


July 2015
July 2015

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One can inarguably say that the Bay Area has some of the most notable, yet strangely unique homes in all of the nation. If you don't believe us, try take a stroll down the streets of San Francisco and take pictures of the homes that stand out to you. If you've done this correctly, you should have an album that rigorously reflects the political and historical values of the city. The homes we mention in this article have more than just an eye-catching exterior; They each have a one-of-a-kind ...


July 2015
July 2015

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globe pendant light

The globe pendant light is perhaps the most ubiquitous mid-century modern home fixture. Especially in Eichler built homes, stem-mounted globe lights, also called ball lights, were used as the primary source of interior lighting, and could be found in the entry, living and dining, kitchen and hallways. They work well as single pendants, but they're especially head-turning when hung in pairs or multiples at different heights. To give you a little background: Globe lighting fixtures are ...


June 2015
June 2015

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CALIFORNIA-DROUGHT

California drought ditch

If you haven't heard about the serious drought in California by now, you're either not a fan of the news or you've just been hiding in your shell for too long. For over four years, state officials and California residents have desperately been trying to find solutions to avoid a statewide catastrophe of seeing wells run dry amidst a drought that seems to have no end. After seeing the lowest snowpack measurement on record in Sierra Nevada, which provides nearly a third of California's ...


June 2015
June 2015

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golden state warriors

June 16th will be a day that all Bay Area residents will remember as the Golden State Warriors take home the 2015 NBA Championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Firecrackers, honking horns and occasional celebratory gunshots boomed across San Francisco on Tuesday night as residents celebrated their first NBA championship in 40 years. After years of unwavering dedication and loyalty through dreadful decades (some say it's insanity while we consider it to be admirable fandom), the city ...


June 2015
June 2015

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If there was ever a place that proved that small-space living doesn't need to feel like a sacrifice, it's the Sonoma County in the Bay Area. This county is the hotbed of the small house movement with an annual exhibit at the Sonoma County Fair, several small-house companies and at least 100 tiny dwellings.  The movement seems to be gaining popularity throughout the Bay Area as well since the idea of living more efficiently in less space comes with many financial benefits. If you've been ...


June 2015
June 2015

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Fathers Day

Since we wrote about some DIY gift ideas you could surprise mom with for Mother's Day, it's only fair to write about some exciting things to do with the man of the household on his big day. If you're in the Bay Area this Father's Day, which is on June 21st (Sunday) this year, there's a bunch of activities you and dad can partake in. Let's be honest - celebrating Father's Day with dinner at a restaurant has become somewhat overrated. Sure it's a great fallback option, but why not step ...


May 2015
May 2015

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Sunnyvale, better known as the home to many high-tech companies such as Yahoo!, is located in Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a population of 147,559 people and 27 constituent neighborhoods, Sunnyvale is the 39th largest community in California. Now whether you're reading this because you're planning on moving into Sunnyvale in the near future or you're just itching to learn more about this vivacious city, our goal is to make you more knowledgeable about the area by the ...


May 2015
May 2015

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The Past, Present and Future of Eichler Homes

Like many home designs, people will either fall madly in love with Eichlers or just find no interest in them. Many people thought that Joseph Eichler was ahead of his time with his designs, and turned off those who were seeking more conventional rather than innovative homes. However what a lot of people don't seem to know is that Joseph Eichler stood for much more than just the revolution of modern architecture; He stood for equalism and nondiscrimination, which is probably why he saw so ...


May 2015
May 2015

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When it comes to selling your home in Sunnyvale, or any home in fact, it's really important to tune into the mindset of a buyer who's looking to move into the area. Keep in mind that your potential buyers could either be the couple from a nearby town or a family coming from halfway across the country. In either case, you're going to want to highlight the aspects of your home that truly give it that Sunnyvale feel so that it's a comfortable transition for your potential buyers. With over 20 ...


May 2015
May 2015

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open-house

Spring and Summer are the busiest times in real estate according to statistics nationwide. For home buyers, this busy season means doing your homework to find as many homes that fit your needs and scheduling times to attend open houses. For home sellers, it’s all about the prep work and taking those extra steps to boost your homes curb appeal so that it stands out from your competition. In any case, an open house is a long-standing tradition that's essential in any real estate transaction....


April 2015
April 2015

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Whether you’re celebrating a mother, grandmother, sister or friend this May, we find that homemade gifts really hit the spot for any mother figure in your life. And with Mother's Day coming up on May 10th, a DIY gift is perfect for those on a time constraight or budget. For the less crafty audience out there struggling to get a grip on this whole DIY craziness, don't be scared because we made sure that these gifts are indeed easy to make. The best part of it all is that it'll accentuate the ...


April 2015
April 2015

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With Earth Day coming up tomorrow (April 22, 2015), we thought it'd be a good idea to give you all some pointers on how to make your home, as well as your lifestyle, more green. Now when we talk about greening your home, we're not talking about investing in major home renovations that'll cost you thousands of dollars. We're talking about adopting a healthier, greener lifestyle by doing basic things like recycling, sourcing local materials and repurposing items from your home. A lot of people ...


April 2015
April 2015

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With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, there's no doubt that homeowners should consider investing in water saving remodels that'll reduce unnecessary water usage.  In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.  Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. In some communities, costly ...


April 2015
April 2015

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Spring is in the air which means that in addition to longer days and warmer weather, summer is just around the corner and it’s time to shed our winter ways and get into the spirit of spring! And what better way to kick off this spring than with an organized home that looks brand new?  If you're the type of person that'd rather spend your spring bathing in the sun than at home scrubbing away at tiles, then we wrote this blog just for you. We're here to share some of the tips and secrets we've ...


April 2015
April 2015

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The proliferation of technology is not only changing the way Americans live, it's also changing their tastes and expectations when shopping for real estate. As smart home technologies and appliances are becoming more mainstream within homes, it's important to understand how this growing trend impacts you as a home seller. A recent study performed by Coldwell Banker shows that 64% of realtors surveyed agreed that buyers today are more interested in homes with smart features compared to two to ...


March 2015
March 2015

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Getting ready to buy or sell your home this spring break? If not now, then perhaps you're preparing for a home transaction sometime this year? As your Sunnyvale real estate experts with 27 years of experience buying and selling homes in the area, we want to tune you into what makes us so successful as realtors. Whether you decide to hire a realtor or go through the buying/selling process on your own, the first thing to really grasp your hands around are the market trends in your area. Before ...


March 2015
March 2015

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As your Sunnyvale real estate experts, we want all of you to get the most out of this beautiful city we call home. With the Silicon Valley, the home to many of the world's largest tech corporations, located in the South Bay and San Francisco, a popular tourist destination, located up north, Sunnyvale is always flourishing with affordable & family appropriate activities to partake in. Whether you're a local resident or an interested home buyer that's new to the area, Spring is the primal ...


March 2015
March 2015

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Whether you're looking to give your kitchen a fresh look in 2015 or you're remodeling for a resale, there's no doubt that kitchens can play a huge role in determining a home's value. Overall, designers predict that contemporary designs will continue to dominate kitchen trends in 2015 and even carryover into 2016. They also noted, based on a group of survey respondents, that industrial chic and mid-century modern kitchen designs were preferred amongst home buyers. Guess Eichler had the right ...