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8 Best Non-Toxic Interior Paint Brands for Your Home

January 16, 2019
Pelin Erdal
According to the EPA, the average home's interior air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and interior paints are often the primary source of poor air quality in our homes.* We’re all familiar with the smell of a newly painted room. What you’re smelling is a combination of volatile organic compounds (aka VOC’s) — chemicals like benzene, toluene, chlorobenzenes, phthalates, heavy metals like mercury and preservatives like formaldehyde. Often times people think opening the windows is enough and that once the paint has dried, and no ...

Top 5 Favorite Bay Area Holiday Events!

December 05, 2018
Pelin Erdal
The holiday season is finally upon us, and the lights, trees, and cheer are all over. There is no better time of the year to be with our closest friends, family and loved ones and enjoy all the holiday season has to offer. Here is a list of our Top 5 Favorite Bay Area Holiday Events. Our kids' personal pick this year is the ice skating rink in Downtown San Jose. They've never been, so we're excited to see how they like it. Enjoy and happiest holiday wishes, Kevin and Pelin Christmas in the Park: This Downtown San Jose annual classic is ...

Air Purifying House Plants

November 06, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Given that people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, air quality is an important issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the air inside our homes can be more polluted than the air outdoors. In fact, the EPA has ranked Indoor air pollutants among the top five environmental risks to public health. Common culprits of indoor toxins include cleaning products, air fresheners, and many household items, including mattresses, floors, furniture, and cosmetics. Indoor air pollution can also be caused by ...

Bay Area Oktoberfest Events

October 10, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Concord Oktoberfest: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13. Mayor Edi Birsan and Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch will tap the kegs at 6 p.m. Friday to kick off this city’s celebration. Beer tent with 20-plus craft breweries; German music and dancers; food trucks selling Bavarian fare; strongman contests; children’s games and petting zoo. Free admission; $25 buys commemorative stein and two half-liters of beer. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Todos Santos Plaza. www.concordoktoberfest.com Peninsula Oktoberfest: Saturday, Oct. 13. ...

3 Reasons to Sell Your Home This Fall

September 24, 2018
Pelin Erdal
“When is the best time to sell my home?” This is a question all homeowners face when deciding when to put their home on the market. While spring is widely regarded as the best time to sell, but that’s not always the case. Here are three reasons why this fall is an ideal time to sell your home. 1.Lower inventory Spring may have higher demand, but it also comes with higher inventory since it’s traditionally regarded as the most popular selling season. Listing your home in the fall or winter means less competition for you and usually a better ...

September 2018 Bay Area Festivals Calendar

September 10, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Just because schools have started and summer vacations have ended, doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. We’ve put together a list of September festivals and events that will keep the summer vibes flowing a bit longer. Silicon Valley Fall Festival September 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Memorial Park,10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino. Multicultural family festival of games, education, food, and entertainment. http://cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=1088 Lafayette Art & Wine Festival September 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and September 16 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown ...

A Shifting Real Estate Market

July 20, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Now that the dust has settled from spring's selling frenzy, we are starting to see some major shifts in the housing market. After years of double-digit appreciation, average and median home prices are slowing down. Inventory of homes on market has increased over the past six weeks, as has the average days on market (the number of days a home is on the market before getting into contract). Even though home prices have not fallen yet, we are finding open houses are less busy, price reductions are more common and homes simply aren’t getting ...

Best Places to Watch 4th of July Fireworks!

June 27, 2018
Pelin Erdal
We’ve decided to put together a list of Silicon Valley spots to watch this year's 4th of July fireworks. Although the San Francisco waterfront is the obvious go-to for most bay area residents, there are many great options that are a little closer to home, especially if you would like to try and avoid sitting in traffic, large crowds, and long lines. 4th of July All-City Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza, Santa Clara -Bring family and friends because there is something for everyone to enjoy. The activities begin at 2 and last all day ...

Home Energy Audit

April 05, 2018
Pelin Erdal
We’re going to say it. Every homeowner should have an energy audit done to measure their home’s current energy use. According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the average American household spends roughly $2,060 per year on energy costs: heating, cooling, powering your appliances, lighting. Studies show that most homes could be about 30% more energy efficient. That would mean a potential savings of $618 per household! And yes, while new construction homes have become considerably more energy-efficient over the years, most homes ...

Women Of Design

March 08, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Women's role in architecture and design is often overlooked. Today, in honor of International Women's Day, we take a look at some of the amazing women who have pioneered architecture and design.   Ray Eames Ray Eames was one of the most iconic female designers in modern design history. Born and raised in Sacramento, Eames studied with the German Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann in New York City, and then continued her education at the Art Academy in Cranbrook, Michigan. Her husband and business partner, Charles Eames, said it all: ...

Earthquake Preparedness Tips

February 23, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Lately, the bay area has been rockin’ and rollin’ with some minor earthquakes. Luckily, there are some things you can do to help protect your home and your family. Strategize with Family: Make sure you have a family emergency plan. Designate a meetup spot if you get separated for some reason and have a plan for reuniting. You can also download certain apps on your phone, like the Red Cross Earthquake app, to communicate with other family members during an emergency. Mind the Walls: Make sure that heavy mirrors and artwork are ...

Candy-Free Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids

February 09, 2018
Pelin Erdal
We know kids get a ton of candy on Valentine’s Day, ours certainly do. So we thought it would be fun to round up some of our favorite non-candy gift ideas that we think your kids will LOVE just as much as chocolate! Girls' "whole lot of love" sweatshirt or this "heart breaker" T-shirt for boys - Adorable tops for your kids to get into the valentines spirit. Grimm's Little Pink Wobbly Stacker for baby -Colorful stacking toy designed to help little ones polish up their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. In My Heart: ...

The Stock Market: Should you be worried?

February 08, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Another wild day today of trading in stocks has sent many into panic mode. While I don’t enjoy being the bearer of bad news, this bumpy and highly volatile ride could continue for a while longer. But not to worry. The reality is that, over the long term, declines in markets are equalized by general uptrends. From what we’ve read and heard, the trick is to avoid making portfolio decisions based on emotions (we know this is hard) or short-term swings. So sit tight and strap on your seatbelt. To help us put things in perspective, here is an ...

New 2018 Tax Law Implications on Current and Future Homeowners

February 08, 2018
Pelin Erdal
Just days before Christmas 2017, Congress approved and President Trump signed in law sweeping tax cuts and tax reform laws that would go into effect on January 1, 2018. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” has thrown everyone for a loop. Inundated with calls about how to navigate the changing tax landscape, tax specialists, CPAs and financial advisors themselves are still trying to fully understand the new tax laws! Obviously, the big question on most people’s mind is, ‘How will the new laws affect me?’. Well, as any tax expert (who actually takes ...

Holiday Activities in Silicon Valley

December 05, 2017
Pelin Erdal
Christmas in the Park - Holiday fun for the whole family! Open now through January 7th, Christmas in the park is a free event that benefits the community and local businesses. The park features 40 exhibits, food vendors, live entertainment and Downtown Ice. See website for hours. Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train – Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz as passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa ...

Silicon Valley Pumpkin Patches

October 11, 2017
Pelin Erdal
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  9am-7pm   Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park - Join Uesugi Farms ...

Sunnyvale Parks Guide

September 25, 2017
Pelin Erdal
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 amenities - whether there are playgrounds, ...

Time blocking for busy professionals

September 07, 2017
Pelin Erdal
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 that get thrown my way. But the truth is, reactionary work keeps us all from being ...

Things to do in Sunnyvale with Kids

August 25, 2017
Pelin Erdal
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 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+). Lemon Tree. 3427 El Camino Real. This play is the sweetest. A stylish cafe-style indoor childrens play center, which caters to ...

8 Simple Tricks to Decluttering your Home

August 11, 2017
Pelin Erdal
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 sale, but for everyday living as well. The reason ...

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