Alain Pinel Realtors Market Report: Year to Date Through June 2018

While overarching trends in real estate such as interest rates, economic factors, and consumer confidence all influence the purchase or sale of a home, smaller monthly changes in our local markets can affect your transaction just as much. Our real time market data gives you the most accurate and timely snapshot of your city or neighborhood.

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Let’s Take a Look at a New $7.288M Los Altos Modern Farmhouse

Before homes are formally put on the market and open to the public, the listing agent often hosts an open house for the real estate agents to preview the property. Join Rick and Suzanne in discussing various properties, the state of the market and other interesting details.

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5 Affordable Tips to Refresh Your Home

Do you ever feel the urge to switch things up in your home or get bored of the same old decor and accessories? I do, but where to begin? Whether it’s one room or your entire home, it can be fun to give your home a mini makeover here and there – and it’s easier than you think.

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Are You up to Speed on The Key Tax Law Changes of 2017?

As part of our ongoing public interest interview series, we recently sat down with Marc Leardini of the Mountain View based CPA firm Young, Craig & Co. LLP.  Our discussion centered on some of the key Tax Law Changes of 2017, including provisions surrounding SALT, which bear particular relevance to those in California.
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Let’s Meet at The Post in Los Altos!

As part of our ongoing public interest interview series, we recently interviewed Vickie Breslin, proprietor of The Post restaurant on Main Street in Los Altos.  From it’s newly constructed interiors, to its “Comfort Food You Can Feel Good About” menu, The Post is certain to be a hit in Los Altos.  Listen in on our discussion regarding the restaurant’s origins, cocktail mixology, menu strategy and the upcoming Kentucky Derby event.

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Investing in Commercial Real Estate in Downtown Los Altos

We know this will be a familiar face for many of you! We recently sat down with Dr. David R. Boschken, D.M.D. of Los Altos Orthodontics regarding the recent purchase of a facility in downtown Los Altos for his orthodontic practice. David discusses his thinking behind this investment and the revitalization of downtown Los Altos.

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Los Altos Super Home and Charming Cottage

Before homes are formally put on the market and open to the public, the listing agent often hosts an open house for the real estate agents to preview the property. Join Rick and Suzanne in discussing various properties, the state of the market and other interesting details.

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Transferring One’s Personal Residence Property Tax Basis to a New Residence

Rick interviews Dennis Young (CPA) of Young, Craig & Co., LLP regarding the guidelines and process under which one may be able transfer the property tax basis from their personal residence to a new residence following the sale of their home. As an alternative, Dennis explains a strategy for utilizing the proceeds of the sale of a personal residence in purchasing an investment property and the tax implications.

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The Process and Complications of Building a New Home Today

Rick Bell is a real estate agent with Alain Pinel Realtors in Los Altos and interviews Shawn Owen of Owen Signature Homes. Rick and Shawn discuss various aspects of the residential home building process, including, site vetting, timing, obstacles and general costing. The interview is conducted on an Owen Signature Homes construction site and specifically addresses development in Los Altos Hills.

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