San Jose, CA Real Estate News

By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Almaden Valley is located in San Jose ~ Santa Clara County ~ California. San Jose is known as the Capital of Silicon Valley. Almaden Valley is one of the most attractive residential areas of Silicon Valley. Almaden Valley Zip Code is 95120Property Type:  Single Family Homes ~ Almaden Valley California There were 27 single family homes reported sold in Almaden Valley California during the month of August 2008 compared to 29 homes sold in Almaden Valley during the month of July 2008. The current inventory of homes in Almaden Valley in August 2008 = 117 The current inventory in the month of July 2008 = 121 The average sales price was $1,252,370 The average sales price in July 2008 was $1,094,883 The median sales price in August 2008 was $1,000,000 compared to $1,025,000 in July 2008 The av...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
The 32nd Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival will take place on September 21, 2008.Mark your calendar ~ you won't want to miss it. The Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival was voted one of the best festivals in San Jose. Over 20,000 people attended the festival last year. The festival is family oriented and includes entertainment on two stages, beer and premium wine tasting, arts, crafts and more. There is sure to be something there for everyone!The Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival will be held at Almaden Lake Park in San Jose, California.  Almaden Lake Park is located Almaden Expressway, Coleman Road and Winfield Boulevard. There is a $6.00 charge for parking. Be sure to look for open parking spaces on Winfield.  The festival opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m.  Thank you for be...
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By Denise Stuart, Coldwell Banker
(Coldwell Banker San Jose Realtor )
Have you ever really wanted something so bad, but knew it was just too good to be true? I have! Knowing working hard and doing the right thing would someday pay off. I have met many people in my adventures as a Realtor and a Mother and a friend, but I think all my hard work is about to pay off. It all started with going away for the weekend, leaving the kids at home with Auntie and having a one on one with my husband for a whole weekend. I came back refreshed and ready to take on the world. Having a home listing around the corner and the calls started coming in, knowing the area (since it is my own area) I have picked up 3 new clients and the same amount of days, then friends have offered me things that I never would have expected. I feel so blessed and the outcome of such a wonderful w...
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Fabulous one story Willow Glen home. This well maintained 3 bedroom 2 bath house features 1387 square feet of living space, gleaming hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, double pane windows, central air conditioning and more. Gorgeous backyard! List Price: $749,000Open House Saturday 9/6 & Sunday 9/7 1:30pm - 4:30pm MLS# 821925 More photos & Virtual Tour http://www.jimhoulihanrealestate.com  
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By Mary Pope-Handy, CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
(Sereno Group Real Estate)
Today I got an email from a buyer couple with a question about permits (and finals). I'd sent them information on a home I previewed in the Cambrian Park and Los Gatos border area near Alta Vista School. The house is in the Garcia tract and the MLS offers to the public the warning that "permits are unknown" for the fourth bedroom and addition.That's what we call a red flag.My buyers, who are not from this area, asked me if that's common and what it means.Yes, it's common to have SOME work that's not permitted, but NO it's not common to have an entire addition appear to be non-permitted! What does it mean? Usually "permits unknown" means "we think there aren't any, but aren't positive" or it means "buy at your own risk". The City of San Jose has the permit files online now, and anyone (y...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
The 33rd Annual Tapestry Arts Festival is happening this weekend in downtown San Jose, California. The Tapestry Arts Festival is one of San Jose's oldest and largest community events and it is one of my favorite events to attend in San Jose. There will be four entertainment stages featuring - Jazz, Rock, Classical and Blues Over 35 food booths Free hands-on art activities for kids Rock climbing wall Antique appraisal clinic on Monday only from 11-2 in the Ridder lounge at the Center for Performing Arts (fee for appraisal service) And Much More! The event supports arts education in the community. Over 200,000 people attended the event last year.Location: Parkside Hall, Park Avenue, San Jose, California Saturday ~ August 30, 2008 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday ~ August 31, 2008 ~ 10:00a...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Closed Sales in Willow Glen in San Jose, California in July 2008Property Type:  Single Family Homes ~ San Jose ~ Willow Glen There were 40 single family homes reported sold in Cambrian in San Jose during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 248 The Average Price was $872,375 The Median Sales Price was $802,500 The Average Days of Market (DOM) was 57 % LP Received = 96.66% There were 110 new listings reported in Willow Glen in San Jose, California in July 2008. Property Type:  Condo / Townhomes ~ San Jose ~ Willow Glen There were 4 condos / townhomes reported sold in Willow Glen in San Jose during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 47 The Average Price was $548,462 The Median Sales Price was $580,000 The Average Days on ...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Property Type:  Single Family Homes ~ San Jose ~ Santa Teresa There were 24 single family homes reported sold in Santa Teresa in San Jose during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 156 The Average Price was $563,708 The Median Sales Price was $547,500 The Average Days of Market (DOM) was 54 % LP Received = 96.72% There were 50 new listings reported in Santa Teresa in San Jose, California in July 2008. Property Type:  Condo / Townhomes ~ San Jose ~ Santa Teresa There were 6 condos / townhomes reported sold in Santa Teresa in San Jose during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 29 The Average Price was $424,166 The Median Sales Price was $421,500 The Average Days on Market (DOM) was 64 % LP Received = 100.42% There were 9 ...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Property Type:  Single Family Homes ~ San Jose ~ Cambrian There were 47 single family homes reported sold in Cambrian in San Jose during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 245 The Average Price was $696,921 The Median Sales Price was $690,000 The Average Days of Market (DOM) was 45 % LP Received = 97.73% There were 106 new listings reported in Cambrian in San Jose, California in July 2008.  Property Type:  Condo / Townhomes ~ San Jose ~ Cambrian There were 9 condos / townhomes reported sold in Cambrian in San Jose during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 73 The Average Price was $402,711 The Median Sales Price was $333,000 The Average Days on Market (DOM) was 68 % LP Received = 98.84% There were 25 new listings repor...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
San Jose Stage Theater ~ Downtown San Jose ~ 490 South 1st Street ~ San Jose, California  95113Altar Boyz ~ This is the holy, inspiring musical of small town boys whose band are trying to save souls. Friday ~ August 22, 2008 ~ 8:00pm Saturday ~ August 23, 2008 ~ 8:00pm Sunday ~ August 24, 2008 ~ 2:00 pm Information: 408.283.7142 Tickets: $25.00 - $50.00  Historic Hoover Theatre ~ 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126Brian Copeland - Not a Genuine Black Man ~ Come see what all the shouting is about. A hilarious historic comedy about life in the most racial town in America during the 70's. Friday ~ August 22, 2008 ~ 8:00pm Saturday ~ August 23, 2008 ~ 8:00pm Sunday ~ August 24, 2008 ~ 3:00 pm Information: 408.985.5500 Tickets: $35 Kathleen Daniels is a San Jose ~ Silicon Valley Real Estate...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
San Jose ~ Blossom Valley Closed Sales in July 2008Property Type:  Single Family Homes ~ San Jose ~ Blossom Valley There were 58 single family homes reported sold in Blossom Valley during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 333 The average sales price was $582,425 The median sales price was $574,500 The Average Days on Market (DOM) was 65. % LP Received = 97.62% There were 99 new listings reported in Blossom Valley in San Jose, California in July 2008.  Property Type:  Condo / Townhomes ~ San Jose ~ Blossom Valley There were 30 condos / townhomes reported sold in Blossom Valley during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 263 The average sales price was $340,960 The median sales price was $295,000 The Average Days on Mark...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
San Jose ~ Almaden Valley Closed Sales in July 2008Property Type:  Single Family Homes ~ San Jose ~ Almaden Valley There were 29 single family homes reported sold in Almaden Valley during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 121 The average sales price was $1,094,883 The median sales price was $1,025,000 The average Days on Market (DOM) was 43 % LP Received = 97.91% There were 54 new listings reported in Almaden Valley in San Jose, California in July 2008.  Property Type:  Condo / Townhomes ~ San Jose ~ Almaden Valley There were 2 condos / townhomes reported sold in Almaden Valley during the month of July 2008. Current Inventory in the month of July 2008 = 16 The average sales price was $640,000 The median sales price was $640,000 The average Days on Mar...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
San Jose, California Seller REFUSES to begin to move until Buyer's loan funds.On the surface the question you may be asking is:  and ....so?  I mean Seller says I won't even order the storage POD until I get confirmation from the title company that the buyer's loan has funded.  Mr. & Mrs. Listing Agent:  "We have never had this happen before." Did you inform the sellers that they promised they would surrender possession on August 20, 2008 at 5:00pm?Mr. & Mrs. Listing Agent: Yes. We have never had this happen before.And the Sellers believe they can do this at the buyer's expense?Mr. & Mrs. Listing Agent: The Sellers tell me they will be out by 5:00 p.m.The Sellers are out of town until the morning of the close. Nothing is packed. The house is full of furniture - not even one dish is pack...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
A client called me the other day and asked if I knew of anyone who cleans clothes dryer ducts. Of course I responded. He is the best in the San Jose area - he is the same person who does my chimney inspections. My client lives in a condo in San Jose, California. Recently they opened the door to their utility room and discovered it was really hot inside the room. It would have puzzled them less if their dryer had been running - however that was not the case. In fact, they had not run their dryer for approximately four days.  My client began to look for clues as to why the room was so hot. They felt the top of their dryer and it was hot. They opened the dryer door and it was hot and moist inside - condensation was building up on the inside dryer walls. They felt the vent from the dryer to...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Saturday ~ August 16, 2008  ~ From 10:00 am - 2:00 pmDowntown Street Fair - Enjoy live music and shop for arts and crafts. While you are there be sure to also enjoy eating at one of the many downtown restaurants.Downtown Morgan Hill ~ 2nd Street at Depot ~ Tickets: Free Sunday ~ August 17, 2008 ~ From 11:00 am - 4:00 pmFirst 5 - Community Arts Festival - The Arts Festival is a great event for families with young children with a variety of performances and art workshops which help prepare them for kindergarten.Mexican Heritage Plaza ~ located at the corner of Alum Rock and King in San Jose, California ~ Tickets: Free Kathleen Daniels is a San Jose ~ Silicon Valley Real Estate Consultant serving the needs of home buyers and home sellers in San Jose and Silicon Valley.Kathleen Daniels ~ Sa...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
I was previewing a San Jose home earlier this week for one of my clients. In my typical fashion I had the MLS printout on top of my clipboard with pen in hand making notes about the property. The seller was home, and as sellers will do, the seller was graciously giving me a tour of her San Jose home. As we were standing at a landing on the stairs chatting about the home, the seller looked down at the MLS printout and asked: "What is the price on that?"  This is the dialogue that followed:Seller: What is the price on that?Me: What do you mean?Seller: What is the price? What does it say on the MLS printout?Me: As I held the MLS printout in front of the seller and said - as you can see - the list price is $750,000.Seller: "Can he do that?"Me:  Who is he?Seller: My agent.Me: Do what?Seller:...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Almaden Lake Park is my favorite park in San Jose.Almaden Lake is the only City Park in South San Jose that has a sand beach and swim area. I recall earlier this year watching the City of San Jose workers spread mounds of fresh white sand over the beach area to prepare for the opening on the new season. I feel the same way about visiting Almaden Lake Park as I do going to the beach at Half Moon Bay. I prefer to be there with few people and be among the wildlife.  Earlier this year I experienced several families of geese and duck and other fowl with their babies. I visited two to three times a week with several loaves of bread. It got to the point where the geese would see me standing at the lakes edge - each time at the same location - and they would automatically begin to make their wa...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Dolce Hayes Mansion is my favorite place to go in San Jose for Sunday Champagne Brunch as well as Mother's Day and even an occasional Thanksgiving dinner! The food and service is outstanding. As you can see from the photo - the mansion is beautiful.Dolce Hayes Mansion was once a private estate. In 1994 the Mansion opened to the public. It is now a well known Northern California conference center.It is a perfect place for a weekend getaway. Many local residents, including me, take mini-retreats to Dolce Hayes Mansion which is located in Blossom Valley in San Jose.  A dear friend of mine, also a real estate agent in Boston, spent an entire three-day weekend at Hayes Mansion. It was great fun spending time with my friend. There were surprisingly few people there that weekend ~ it felt like...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Reporting Cambrian resale single family residences and condos as well as new Cambrian homes sold by zip code in June 2008.% Change is from the same month last year at the Median Price. Cambrian home sales include all attached and detached Cambrian homes, both new and resale, including FSBO, family transfer and out of area sales.The information is gathered from public records at county recorders offices where documents are filed after the close of escrow. Source: DataquickCambrianZip: 95124Sales: 55% Change: -19.1%Med. $: $700,000% Change: 0.2%High $: $1,115,000$/Sq. Ft. $442% Change: -14.5%CambrianZip: 95118Sales: 26% Change: -33.3%Med. $: $650,000% Change: -7.5%High $: $855,000$/Sq. Ft. $432% Change: -11.7%Real Estate Agent ~ Kathleen Daniels ~ Cambrian Real Estate
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