Sunnyvale, CA Real Estate News

By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Sunnyvale is located in central Silicon Valley, freeway or light rail close to just about everything.  Many of the Valley’s major employers have either their headquarters or major facilities in Sunnyvale.  Home values have suffered in recent years, making Sunnyvale relatively affordable compared to most of Silicon Valley.  Foreclosed, bank-owned (REO) homes offer an even more affordable opportunity for buying in this area. Here are REO homes for sale in Sunnyvale as of December 30, 2011.  Drop me a line for more information about homes in Sunnyvale and elsewhere in Silicon Valley. john@jsrealproperty.com   Note: there are 82 homes for sale in Sunnyvale today, but only 8 REO homes.   Type Price Bed/Bath Sq. Feet Notes Single family $649,900 5/3 1,447 SOLD Condo $565,500 2/2.5 1,576 Reduc...
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Sunnyvale, California is located in central Silicon Valley, freeway or light rail close to just about everything.  Many of the Valley’s major employers have either their headquarters or major facilities in Sunnyvale.  Home values have suffered in recent years, making Sunnyvale relatively affordable compared to most of Silicon Valley.  Foreclosed, bank-owned (REO) homes offer an even more affordable opportunity for buying in this area.   Here are REO homes for sale in Sunnyvale as of December 27, 2011.  Drop me a line for more information about homes in Sunnyvale and elsewhere in Silicon Valley. john@jsrealproperty.com   Note: there are 82 homes for sale in Sunnyvale today, but only 8 REO homes.   Type Price Bed/Bath Sq. Feet Notes Single family $649,900 5/3 1,447   Condo $579,900 2/2.5 ...
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By Robert Lei, Sunnyvale Cupertino Santa Clara, Palo Alto Mountain View Saratoga Campbell
(Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA) - (408) 893-2410)
What would be involved to convert an electric range to a gas range if the kitchen currently does not have a gas connection? Some initial factors to consider are the location of the gas meter and existing gas lines. The house in this video already ran a gas line to the furnace in the garage. Another factor is the diameter of pipe you need to safely transport the gas. Typically for most gas ranges you need a 3/4" diameter pipe to feed it. If your gas meter is way over at the other end of the house, then you'll need to run a calculation that takes into account the BTUs and distance of travel. Specifically, you will need to take into account the worst case scenario of all gas appliances running at the same time, (i.e. all appliances pulling gas simultaneously). If the pipes are not wide en...
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By Robert Lei, Sunnyvale Cupertino Santa Clara, Palo Alto Mountain View Saratoga Campbell
(Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA) - (408) 893-2410)
Different people have different tastes, so often home buyers plan to remodel the kitchen to their individual tastes after buying their house. What is an approximate cost for kitchen remodel? Many contractors will tell you that the overall cost of a complete kitchen remodel could run from $60k-$100k. Some of the costs are components that the homeowner chooses: Appliances could cost from $10k - $30k, depending on which appliances you choose. Cabinets (whether paint-grade or stain-grade) could run from $12k -$14k Countertops, assuming nice granite countertops, could cost from $5k-$7k The Electrical Circuits often need to be upgraded in the kitchen to get a permit Count on 7 new circuits for an approximate cost of $7k 1. Dishwasher 2. Refrigerator 3. Garbage Disposal 4. Microwave 5. Oven 22...
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By Robert Lei, Sunnyvale Cupertino Santa Clara, Palo Alto Mountain View Saratoga Campbell
(Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA) - (408) 893-2410)
For Asians, an address of 1344 means one life, four deaths   The number 3 (pinyin san1) sounds similar to the character for "birth" (pinyin Sheng1).The number 4 (pinyin si4) is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it sounds like the word "death" (pinyin si3). Similarly, the address 1314 sounds like "one life, one death" in both Mandarin and Cantonese. However, this is often used romatically to mean "until death do us part".Whether you believe in these superstitions or not, it helps to know which addresses are lucky or unlucky in judging the resale value of the property later down the line. Even if not true, if a certain segment of the population is worried about living in a house with an "unlucky" number, then that may hurt future resale.   POSTED BY ROBERT REAL ESTATE (408) ...
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
Christmas Celebration Tonight at Iranian Christian Church in Sunnyvale by Michelle Carr Crowe, Silicon Valley guide and San Jose real estate expert Iranian Christian Church in Sunnyvale invites the public to join them in a special Christmas season celebration performance tonight, Sunday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. Regular Sunday morning worship and prayer service for both Persian and English language speakers starts at 9:00 am. Services are held in both Farsi and English. The English service is at 10:00 am. If you’re looking for a great Christmas present to give to someone you love (or even yourself), one of the Iranian Christian Church worship leaders, Sogol Navai, offers two professionally produced albums of original and favorite worship songs in both English and Farsi for free. Iranian...
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By Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
First time home buyers almost always start their home search on the internet. Next is to go out looking at open houses and driving neighborhoods. Eventually they usually pick a real estate agent to help them buy their first home. Along the way, they often stop in to a new home development. That is when the trouble can potentially start. If a buyer goes into a new home development with out an agent the first time they will generally not be able to use a realtor to help them if they decide to purchase in that development.  There are some exceptions to this but for the most part it is a big problem.  If you have already made this mistake there are a few things you can do. 1. You can ask a realtor to talk to the developer about making an exception and paying that realtor to represent you. 2...
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By Sophia Lin, Sunnyvale CA Real Estate Specialist
(Intero Real Estate Services)
Come on down and join us for an evening full of fun and cheer! Save the date for Saturday, December 3rd, 4:30pm on historic Murphy Avenue in downtown Sunnyvale. Bring the family and celebrate with us by watching the Mayor light the Christmas tree! Entertainment includes: a special performance from DANCE ATTACK, movies, Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Band, Homestead High Choir, Columbia Middle School Concert Choir and FREE Photos with Santa. You don't want to miss this event! For more information contact the office 408.516.7217
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By Tom McEvoy, MBA, SRES / Broker Associate / Realtor
(RE/MAX Gold Santa Clara Valley)
As you may know, I serve on the Board of Directors and am Treasurer of Sunnyvale Community Services.  Our mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger in our local community. I’d like to personally invite you to: ·         Sunnyvale Community Services’ (SCS) annual holiday auction ·         5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1st ·         Location at SCS, 725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale The SCS auction features delicious food and beverages, as well as the chance to bid on exciting gifts, all donated by local businesses and friends of SCS!  Auction items include platters of home-made cookies; gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses; gift baskets in diverse themes; tickets to A’s, Giants, and Sharks games; vacations in Cancun and Sonoma County; wine and olive oil tastings; a red Rad...
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By Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
If you can not pay your mortgage you might want to do something about it sooner rather than later. Here's why: 1. The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 is set to expire at the end of 2012 2. This act says that if you sell your primary residence as a short sale or it is foreclosed then no federal tax is owned on the debt foregiveness, the difference between what you owe and what the bank was paid back after the short sale or foreclosure. 3. In 2013, unless the act is extended there will be taxes owned on homes that are foreclosed or sold as short sales. 4. Do you really think the congress is going to pass anything like an extension of this tax relief during the election season?   So, if you can not pay your mortgage DO SOMETHING NOW. Don't be stuck with losing your home and then still owi...
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By Sophia Lin, Sunnyvale CA Real Estate Specialist
(Intero Real Estate Services)
Right in our own backyard, we have neighbors, friends and relatives that are hungry and cold and need our help!    Each year we are proud to support coats for kids and the Second Harvest Food Bank.   Our Second Harvest Food bin sits in our lobby at 761 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA Won't you donate a few cans of food, a box or two of noodles, or rice.  Your donation is greatly appreciated.   A second bin is empty too for coats for kids.   Second Harvest Food Bank mainly run by volunteers and serves meals daily to those families that are experiencing hard times!   Thank you all in advance
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By Tom Stynes, Silicon Valley Real Estate Simplified
(StynesGroup Inc a Keller Williams team)
Sunnyvale, California Eichler Homes Eichler homes became popular in the early to mid 20th century, establishing a casual living style using simple, clean designs.  Eichler homes are a branch of Modernist architecture that has become know as “California Modern”. In 1947, pioneering San Francisco developer Joseph Eichler began building high quality and affordable middle-class residences throughout California. Eichler homes are typically only found as single story homes. Sunnyvale, California along with Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose is full of Eichler homes waiting to be bought and loved. Sunnyvale, California is a beautiful, flourishing community that strives to provide convenience to it's residents, with local shopping, dining, health care and a school district that is constantly...
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By Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
There are several new developments in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara that are a big hit with buyers.  These homes are priced from the mid 400's to mid 600's, seemingly a sweet spot for Silicon Valley buyers. I have visited several of these communities and am pretty impressed with their size, floor plans, price, and finishes. Fusion in Sunnyvale is a large development off of Duane between Wolf and Lawrence.  It has a more modern look, and has some great amenities like an exercise center.  There are 2, 3 and 4 bedroom models with the 3 and 4 bedrooms selling the fastest. they only release a few homes at a time and so far the sales of the larger models has been swift! the smaller units are selling, but not as fast and there are more of them, so they are easier to get.  Fusion  built by O'Brian ...
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By Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
Many buyers face the question should I buy smaller than I can afford or a larger home that I can afford but is at the higher end of what I can afford. the answer to this is complex and very personal but here are some things to consider: If I buy smaller: 1. More affordable so better cash flow and safer if unexpected bills or income decreases occur 2. Less money for utilities 3. May have to move sooner if family grows   If I buy larger: 1. More expensive so riskier for cash flow 2. More money for utilities 3. Can expand household without having to move. This may be important if conditions are not favorable for selling in the future or if interest rates are much higher in the future. There is no way to know what the market will look like 3,5, or 10 years from now, so there are always goin...
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By Robert Lei, Sunnyvale Cupertino Santa Clara, Palo Alto Mountain View Saratoga Campbell
(Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA) - (408) 893-2410)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 Sunnyvale Cherry Chase Elementary Houses Near Highway 85 Power Lines   In a previous blog article, I wrote about the various school attendance boundaries in the Sunnyvale Union School District.http://siliconvalleyhouses.blogspot.com/2010/05/sunnyvale-elementary-school-district.htmlAs you can see from the Sunnyvale School District Elementary School Site Boundaries Map, the western portion of the Cherry Chase Elementary attendance area is close to highway 85 and therefore is relatively close to the power lines that run along highway 85.Those power lines can be an eye sore and the humming noise can sometimes get on your nerves, but the more important question is "Does the extra EMF radiation from those power lines increase the likelihood of cancer in the homeowners...
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By Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
(Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty)
Recently I was invited to join this investing opportunity using "Groupon" buying power to purchase Real Estate.  Is this a fad, a trend, or will it become a standard in the home purchase and selling process?  I've used Groupon to make "deal" purchases for smaller material items in the past but never considered investing in purchasing real property in this manner?  I remember hearing that someone put their home on eBay and sold it.  I was told another homeowner put an ad on Amazon, and I've seen hundreds of homes on Craigslist and other classified sites but Groupon power?  I'm curious how many others have this happening in their areas and if so, what are your thoughts? is this something you would participate in?  Can they really do this?  Dumb question: Looks like they already are... Wou...
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By Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
There is a new law that mandates Carbon Monoxide monitors be installed in all residential properties in California. Lenders are taking this seriously! I had a buyer purchasing a short sale in Sunnyvale that was scheduled to close last Friday, after several extensions. (The first lender kept asking for closings that were not physically possible to adhere to due to a second loan.) We managed to get to loan docs being drawn within 3 weeks of the approval on the second, a miracle in itself. This was on Wed., 2 days before drop dead close date.  Loan docs were signed and sent by currier (for a cost of $180) back to the lender. Thurs morning, when they were supposed to fund, the lender said they wanted to see a picture of the required carbon monoxide detectors before they would fund. The pic...
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By Marcy Moyer, Probate, Trust, and Investment Specialist
(eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales)
If you find yourself in the position of having to sell your home and it is not worth as much as you owe, you may be wondering what you should do. I am assuming here that you have either been turned down for a loan modification or have to move because of divorce, job transfer, or other circumstance. So you have to sell. Here is what you should do. FIND A REALTOR 1.  You can not do this on your own. The banks will want the home to be extensively marketed and you can not do that as a FSBO. Since the lender will pay the real estate commissions that should not be a concern. 2.  Gather your financial information. You will need 2 years tax returns, 2 months bank statements form all accounts, 2 months statements from all investment accounts, profit and loss for 2 years from any self employment....
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By Robert Lei, Sunnyvale Cupertino Santa Clara, Palo Alto Mountain View Saratoga Campbell
(Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA) - (408) 893-2410)
"Somerset of Sunnyvale" is a cluster of Single-Family Homes built by Summerhill Homes in Cumberland Elementary, Sunnyvale Middle, and Homestead High School district in the mid 1990s. These homes are a good combination of being relatively new, yet built early enough that they have decent-sized lots and are located in a good neighborhood just south of Washington Park. To get to this community from Washington Park, walk south on Pescadero Terrace or Sunset Ave. The other streets in this community are Markham Terrace, Kearney Terrace, Redondo Terrace, and Pismo Terrace. The schools for this community are all highly rated: Cumberland Elementary Sunnyvale Middle Homestead High The most common models and their price trend are as follows: Large: 1644 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms 4/16/...
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By Sophia Lin, Sunnyvale CA Real Estate Specialist
(Intero Real Estate Services)
Voted Best Band 5 years in a row by Diablo Magazine, "Busta Groove" is the hottest party band playing hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today. "Busta Groove"  was founded in 1997 and is based out of Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area.  Corporate parties, weddings, casinos, sporting events, festivals, private parties, and night clubs are just some of the events they play at.  Enjoy a variety of music, everything from disco, to top 40's, to Motown. Downtown Sunnyvale Summer Series concertBeginning at 5:30pmJuly 20, 2011
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