16 Buck Meadow Drive, Portola Valley – Sold For $6.26M

This attractive Tuscan Villa is situated on apx 2.75 acres of land within the Blue Oaks subdivision of Portola Valley. Located just off Los Trancos Road and at the end of a private road, this 16 year-old estate enjoys privacy amongst a grotto of majestic oak trees and is surrounded by 285 acres of open space.

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48 Pasa Robles Avenue, Los Altos – Sold For $2,650,000

We were pleased to represent a trust company in the sale of this this original condition 2 bedroom entry-level home. Frankly, we also take pause in referring to $2.65M as entry level, but within the context of North Los Altos, this is where the rubber ultimately hit the road. Through strategic re-painting, restoration of the hardwood flooring beneath 40 year-old carpet and by staging with contemporary furnishings, we believe that we were able to achieve a very high return on the $10k of capital invested during the preparation of this property.

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Has The Real Estate Market Shifted? Graphical Analysis For Santa Clara County

As real estate agents, we are often asked these days whether the market has shifted. To that end, we have created a brief graphical analysis for Santa Clara County that addresses this question. Please let us know if you have any thoughts or questions.

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215 E Edith Avenue, Los Altos – Sold Off Market For $3,200,000

We enjoyed working with a buyer in their acquisition of this off market North Los Altos property.  Prior to coming to market, we were able to present an offer and negotiate the sale of the property to all of the party’s satisfaction and close the transaction in less than 30 days.

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The Anatomy of a Los Altos Tear Down

We are often asked about the process and economics associated with purchasing a property for the purpose of tearing down the existing structure and building a new home.  As there are virtually no remaining vacant lots in Los Altos, this will most often include the demolition of an existing structure.  We have selected 3 recent Los Altos sales where the buyer may have purchased the property for the purpose of tearing down the existing structure and intends to rebuild a new single family home.  Read more

24221 Hillview Road, Los Altos Hills – Sold For $7,150,000

We were pleased to represent both the buyer and seller in this transaction. This property includes 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, plus a study and game room. This single level home with expansive valley views is close in and enjoys many of the benefits of a Los Altos home, specifically, quick access to all of the amenities that one would expect to utilize day to day, yet enjoys nearly an acre of land, privacy, breathing room from neighbors and beautiful valley views.

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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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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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