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  • Almaden Home for Less than $450k!

    21530 Almaden Road, San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on February 26, 2013 by Joey.

    Believe it or not, you can own your own single family residential Almaden home in the for less than $450,000! It’s a quaint 1,392 square foot home with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, but it also features a studio unit on a lower level. It also has an eat-in kitchen and an attached one-car garage. Most importantly, you will get to own a nice property that is 12,300 square feet in size, so you’ll have plenty of space to build and upgrade in the future as you see fit.  In the meantime though, you can still enjoy the quiet location on the outskirts of Almaden Valley. You will be withi... Read More »



  • New Housing Development – The Meridian

    New housing development to open in March 2013 near Hillsdale Avenue

    Posted on February 25, 2013 by Joey.

    A brand new housing development is scheduled to open next month near Hillsdale Avenue and Meridian Avenue. This community will have 4 different floorplans ranging from 1,502 to 2,053 square feet, 3 and 4 bedrooms, all with 2-car garages. These homes will obviously have all new features and appliances. The kitchen will have granite slab countertops with full splash, built-in GE ovens with microwave ovens above, 5-burner stove, recessed maple cabinetry, stainless steel sink, and tile flooring. You will be able to save money on energy with dual pane windows, high efficiency faucets, showers, a... Read More »



  • Pre-Crash Home Prices Return

    Higher-end Zip Codes Like Almaden Valley Among the First to See a Return to Positive Equity

    Posted on February 23, 2013 by Joey.

    There's good news for Almaden homeowners. Housing website Zillow.com is reporting that rising home prices in the Silicon Valley have finally pushed many homes back above water. It’s yet another sign that the Bay Area’s housing market is recovering. At the end of 2012, Santa Clara County saw the number of homes underwater drop from 22% to 15% from a year prior.While the numbers are encouraging, that negative equity is keeping many homes off the market, forcing buyers to scramble to purchase anything that is for sale. Almost non-existent inventory is causing a huge rise in home price... Read More »



  • Upcoming Events in Almaden Valley

    Here are some upcoming events of interest in and around the Almaden Valley community

    Posted on February 21, 2013 by Joey.

    Here are some upcoming events around Almaden Valley that may be of interest to you. 1. Montalvo Arts Summer Camp http://www.montalvoarts.org/programs/camps/ Montalvo Arts Center is sponsoring a children’s camp for the fourth year in a row. They are offering a one- and two-week camp for children focusing on music, dance, culinary arts, theatre, design, visual arts, and world culture. Classes start as early as June 10, and the last one ends on August 16. Registration begins on February 22. To learn more or register, use the website above or call the Montalvo Box Office at 408-961-5858.... Read More »



  • Your Almaden Valley Home Can Earn You a Tax Break

    Here are some deductions you may qualify for.

    Posted on February 20, 2013 by Joey.

    With April 15 approaching, do you know which deductions owning your Almaden home may qualify you for? Tax laws can be daunting, so make sure to consult a tax professional or the IRS if you’re unsure which deductions you can take. Here are a few of the home related tax breaks you’ll want to investigate:Mortgage Interest Paid at SettlementOn a mortgage of up to $1 million, you can deduct the interest that you pay at closing if you itemize your deductions. The interest amount should be included in the mortgage interest statement provided by your lender.PointsIf you paid points on your... Read More »



  • Glenview Serenity Home for $719,950

    1111 Corvallis Dr., San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on February 19, 2013 by Joey.

    Own your own single family residential Almaden home in the Glenview Serenity neighborhood for only $719,950! This 1,740 square foot single-story home features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on its lot of 9,894 square feet. It has a great floorplan with a breakfast room, a breakfast nook, and an eat-in kitchen to go along with its living room/dining room combo with a wood-burning fireplace. There is an interior laundry area to make that mundane task a little more bearable. The two-car garage is attached to make storing and retrieving items a little more convenient. Amenities include central ai... Read More »



  • Return of 100% Mortgage Loans

    Almaden home buyers are once again looking at 100% financing

    Posted on February 18, 2013 by Joey.

    The recent housing bubble was caused in large part to home buyers overextending and over-leveraging themselves. Would it surprise you to learn that, once again, 100% financing is starting to make a return? On the surface, it would appear that perhaps we didn’t learn from our mistakes. However, all things evolve, including intangible products such as mortgage loans. The latest variation of 100% mortgage loans comes with a few caveats. First, the loan must be backed by sizable and “tangible” collateral such as an investment portfolio. Often, this investment account must b... Read More »



  • Price Reduced on This Spectacular Almaden Valley Home

    1106 Barnes Lane, San Jose, 95120 - $1,795,000

    Posted on February 16, 2013 by Joey.

    This beautiful single-family Almaden home has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and is only eight years old. The home is 3,980 square feet and is on a large 12,250 square foot lot in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Almaden Valley. There are upgrades galore – gleaming hardwood floors, granite slab counters, top-of-the-line appliances, just to name a few. Custom paint and crown molding can be found throughout the home. The huge great room has built-in cabinetry to hide electronics, and a beautiful stone fireplace. The gourmet kitchen has a large center island, granite counters, and fabulou... Read More »



  • Almaden Valley has lots to do in February

    Here are some upcoming events of interest in and around the Almaden Valley community

    Posted on February 14, 2013 by Joey.

    1. Free Prom Dresses!http://www.mercurynews.com/almaden/ci_22494788/san-jose-vice-mayor-madison-nguyen-collecting-dresses If you are searching for an inexpensive (free even!) prom dress for your daughter this season, San Jose vice mayor Madison Nguyen is once again driving Operation Prom Dress. For the fifth year in a row, donations are being accepted for dresses in new or gently used condition that can be worn by high school juniors and seniors this season. There are many drop-off locations include the following. Almaden Branch Library (6445 Camden Ave.) PG&E Office (111 Almaden Blvd.) ... Read More »



  • New Outdoor Super Store to Open in Almaden

    Bass Pro Shop Coming to San Jose in 2015

    Posted on February 13, 2013 by Joey.

    A 145,000 square foot outdoor and entertainment retail showroom is planned for the new Almaden Ranch retail center at the corner of Highway 85 and Almaden Expressway in the Almaden Valley. The Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World mega-store is due to open in 2015 and will feature a showroom for fishing boats, hunting, fishing and all kinds of outdoor gear. There will also be a bowling alley with an underwater theme as well as Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill restaurant.San Jose officials think a Bass Pro Shops will be a destination for locals and folks from further afield. And with the healthy, o... Read More »



  • Country Club Home for $1,890,000

    6798 Elwood Road, San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on February 12, 2013 by Joey.

    A brand-new Almaden Valley single family residential home in the Country Club neighborhood just came to market for $1,890,000. This 3,600 square foot four bedroom three bath home was built in 2013 and sits on a lot of 18,295 square feet. The kitchen has granite countertops, top of the line Thermador kitchen appliances, and a walk-in pantry. There is also a huge bonus room and storage area. The house itself is ultra-modern as it’s wired with cable, ethernet, and & surround sound. Amenities are almost too numerous to mention. They include central air and heat, a tankless water he... Read More »



  • Investors Bet on Real Estate

    Investors show optimism in real estate

    Posted on February 11, 2013 by Joey.

    Almaden Valley home owners will be happy to learn that major investors are placing their wagers on the real estate market right now. Hedge funds and private equity firms have been purchasing assets in all parts of the housing supply chain, including undeveloped land, foreclosed homes, and even manufacturing parts. In the last two years, a major hedge fund manager, John Paulson, has grabbed enough land in California, Arizona, and Nevada to build 25,000 homes. He’s not stopping either. His hedge fund is just one of the players investing heavily in real estate. Private equity firms are ... Read More »



  • New Mortgage Rules

    New mortgage rules designed to protect consumers

    Posted on February 07, 2013 by Joey.

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) officials unveiled new mortgage rules last month to protect consumers. Basically, they are attempting to reduce risky lending and improve transparency so borrowers understand exactly what they are agreeing to. This should prevent a mortgage crisis that spawned the housing bubble several years ago. During that housing bubble, many lenders had extremely relaxed underwriting standards. It seemed as if the goal was to simply obtain more and more loans with no attention to actually qualify borrowers. Documentation was not verified, minimum credit scor... Read More »



  • Pierce Ranch Home For Sale in Almaden Valley

    6504 Hirabayshi Drive, San Jose 95120 - $875,000

    Posted on February 06, 2013 by Joey.

    This single-family Pierce Ranch home in Almaden Valley near Camden and Meridian Avenues has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 2,383 square feet of space. This updated home has a formal entry with immense cathedral ceilings. The separate living and family rooms both have gas fireplaces. The gourmet eat-in kitchen features granite slab counters, a double-oven, and gas cooktop. There is also a formal dining room with wet bar.The master bedroom suite has a full bath with a jetted tub. One of the additional bedrooms has been converted to an office with a built-in office suite. There is an interior laun... Read More »



  • The Ultra Hot Silicon Valley Housing Market

    Better buy soon if you’re in the market for an Almaden Valley home

    Posted on February 05, 2013 by Joey.

    The San Jose housing market continues to run hot. According to RedFin’s monthly report, the home prices are up drastically in the San Jose area. The average price per square foot rose 23.1% year-over-year to $375 in December, the most expensive of all the nineteen markets covered by RedFin. Only Phoenix had a higher percentage gain (28.8%), but their price per square foot was only $91. Part of this drastic increase is due to the extremely limited inventory of houses for sale. In December of 2012, there were only 645 homes for sale in the San Jose metropolitan area, a decrease of 67.9... Read More »



  • Country Club Home for $850,000

    6518 Bose Lane, San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on February 04, 2013 by Joey.

    A new Almaden Valley single family residential home in the Country Club neighborhood just came to market for $850,000. This ranch-style home is 1,867 square feet and sits on a lot of 8,250 square feet. It features four bedrooms and two baths. The kitchen has a breakfast nook, and there is a separate dining room and living room. The living room has a fireplace for those chilly winter nights. The property also has a in-ground heated pool for those warm summer days. Amenities include double pane windows, a TV antenna for going cable free, and central heat. The list price includes a dishwas... Read More »



  • Silicon Valley Reads Comes to the Almaden Branch Library

    Join other Almaden Valley residents in discussing this year’s topic

    Posted on February 02, 2013 by Joey.

    Since 2002, the Silicon Valley Reads program has selected a contemporary theme and chosen books about that theme. The program encourages everyone in Santa Clara County to read the same books at the same time. Free events are offered throughout Santa Clara County. The main objective is to engage the public to think about and discuss the topic, and offer their own perspective on the subject. Silicon Valley Reads’ goal is to encourage a love of reading and a life filled with learning. The unique diversity of Silicon Valley encourages different viewpoints and ideas.In recent years, Silicon V... Read More »



  • Upcoming Events Near Almaden Valley

    Here are some things of interest in and around the Almaden Valley community

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by Joey.

    Besides settling down to watch the 49ers in the Super Bowl this weekend, here are some other upcoming events around the Almaden Valley community. 1. Leland Bridge Night, February 2 Leland High School’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Leland Bridge Night, will be this Saturday from 5-8pm in their cafeteria. You can celebrate Chinese New Year with good food, live performances, and a raffle to win an iPad Mini! Tickets are $30/person and will support your local school. For more information, contact Ken Leung at chief@lelandbridge.org or look at their website at www.lelandbridge.org. ... Read More »



  • Home Prices Show Huge Jump

    Bay Area Sales Up 24%

    Posted on January 30, 2013 by Joey.

    Median home prices of existing single-family home in the entire Bay Area jumped almost 24% from a year ago December, according to real estate data reports from DataQuick. The median home price in the Bay Area was $470,000 in December, up from $380,000 a year ago. That price is the highest it’s been for any month since July 2008. Even better news is that the mid to high level homes sales are increasing, while lower-end home sales have been slower due to lack of inventory and fewer homes ending up in foreclosure.The median price in Santa Clara County rose 21% to $602,500. Sales rose about ... Read More »



  • Tips to Sell Your Home

    What are some unorthodox ways to sell your home?

    Posted on January 29, 2013 by Joey.

    If you are in the market to sell your Almaden Valley home, here are some tips you may want to consider to make it more marketable. 1. Be Creative - Almost everything can be positive with the right perspective. For example, if it’s small but near good schools, focus on the neighborhood. 2. QR Code – Add a QR code to your signpost. This will make it easy for foot traffic to save and remember your property in case the flyers are all taken. Generating a QR code is incredibly easy.  Look here for instructions, http://www.qurify.com/en/. 3. Freebies – Everyone loves freebie... Read More »



  • California Ridge Condo for $695,000

    1361 Shelby Creek Court, San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on January 28, 2013 by Joey.

    A new Almaden Valley condo in the California Ridge neighborhood just came to market for $695,000. It is 1,585 square feet and sits on a corner lot of 3,038 square feet. It features three bedrooms and three full baths. The kitchen has been remodeled with slab granite counters, stainless steel appliances, tiled floors, and stainless steel faucets. All bathrooms have also been upgraded with slab granite counters, tiled floors, and faucets. Amenities include central air and central heat, a breakfast room, and a living room in the fireplace. It is in the school districts of Williams Elementar... Read More »



  • Beautiful Townhouse in the Desirable Villas of Almaden

    5874 DRY OAK DRIVE, San Jose 95120 - $899,000

    Posted on January 27, 2013 by Joey.

    This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Almaden Valley townhouse has many upgrades in its 2,334 square feet of space. A stunning 3 3-level entry greets you as you enter the townhouse. Soaring ceilings and a multitude of windows allows tons of natural light in. Beautiful hardwood floors add a sense of warmth. The gourmet eat-in kitchen boasts granite slab counters and stainless steel appliances. Beautiful views of the surrounding Almaden hills can be had from the first and second levels, as well as the outdoor patio.The private master suite has a generous sitting area, hardwood floors, a bay window, and outdo... Read More »



  • Upcoming San Jose Events

    Here are some things of interest in and around the Almaden Valley community

    Posted on January 24, 2013 by Joey.

    Here are some upcoming events around Almaden Valley. 1. San Jose Sharks Return! The NHL lockout has finally ended, and our beloved Sharks have already returned to action on the ice. Our first home game of the year is tonight at 7:30pm at HP Pavilion against the Phoenix Coyotes. Find out the rest of our home schedule here, http://sharks.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm. 2. Silicon Valley New Year Business & Tech Mixer - Successful Planning in 2013 Also tonight from 6-9pm is the Silicon Valley Business and Tech Mixer at the Silicon Valley Athletic Club, Corinthian Grand Ballroom, 196 N. Third / S... Read More »



  • Almaden Valley Meeting to Promote Neighborhood Safety

    Learn to Protect Your Almaden Home

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by Joey.

    In light of the recent home invasion of an elderly couple in the Graystone neighborhood of Almaden, the timing couldn’t be better for the neighborhood safety meeting that is being held on January 27 at Amato Pizza.District 10 Councilman Johnny Khamis will join a San Jose Police Department lieutenant and organizer Mia Burnham in trying to get a better understanding of the recent criminal activity in the 95120 area. They will be offering advice for Almaden homeowners on how to protect their homes and themselves.Ms. Burnham is asking Almaden Valley residents to send questions they’d l... Read More »



  • Loan Hoaxes

    How to avoid loan modification hoaxes

    Posted on January 22, 2013 by Joey.

    With foreclosure rates as high as they are and mortgage interest rates as low as they are now, it’s not surprising that scam artists have concocted methods of taking advantage of that and preying on unsuspecting victims. The most recent scam involves loan modifications. Victims near foreclosure are prey for these scam artists as outlined by a recent New York Times article, Avoiding Loan Modification Hoaxes. Basically, scam artists claim to be able to modify a struggling homeowner’s mortgage loan in return for an up-front fee, often a very expensive one. These criminals often pos... Read More »



  • Sunrise Almaden Single Family Home for $729,000

    6397 Vegas Dr., San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on January 21, 2013 by Joey.

    This single family residential home just came to market in the Sunrise Almaden community. It is a 1,468 square foot single story home and sits on a lot of 7,316 square feet. It features three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. It has an open floor plan with a large living room and family room with a wood-burning fireplace. It’s in an ideal location in Almaden, near great schools, shopping, parks, and the great community center. You can start of the day enjoying breakfast in your eat-in kitchen or breakfast nook. The house includes an attached two-car garage. The list price includes ... Read More »



  • Spend This Sunday Watching the 49ers with Local Almaden Residents

    Are You Ready For Some Football?

    Posted on January 19, 2013 by Joey.

    This Sunday the San Francisco 49ers will continue their Quest for Six in Atlanta as they take on the Falcons for the NFC Championship. Root them on along with other Almaden Valley homeowners at one of these local watering holes:The Branham Lounge1116 Branham Lane at Almaden Expressway$15 Bottomless Rolling Rock PintsThe Britannia Arms5027 Almaden Expressway18 Large Screen HDTVs, authentic British menu with 18 Beers and Ales on Draught5th Quarter Sports Bar1373 Kooser Road at Blossom HillPlenty of TVS, bar food, and beer choicesTouchdown Tommy’s5837 Camden Avenue24 oz. beer cans, tequila... Read More »



  • 2013 Housing Market

    What will the housing market be like in 2013?

    Posted on January 17, 2013 by Joey.

    According to a recent online article by Nin-Hai Tseng for Fortune magazine, 2013 real estate projections include rising home prices. Basically, the housing bust in 2007 created some of the cheapest real estate prices in recent history. When you combine that with historically low interest rates, the last few years have been some of the best times to purchase Almaden Valley real estate. However, home prices are starting to rise now. Last November, asking prices for homes increased 3.8% from the same time last year. That was one of the largest increases since the bust in 2007. Furthermore, l... Read More »



  • Have Fun While Learning at Your Almaden Valley Public Library

    So Much To Do at the Almaden and Vineland Branch Libraries

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Joey.

    Your local Almaden library is a wealth of information and fun times. Not only are the libraries home to a vast collection of books, periodicals, and videos, they are great places to study and do research. But they also offer fun and educational activities galore.Both Almaden Valley branches of the San Jose Public Library system offer toddler and preschool storytimes. Children can practice their reading skills with Reading Buddies and Reading to Furry Friends. Teens can take SAT/ACT practice tests. And adults can join an ESL Conversation Group or Book Club. Do you need help with computer skills... Read More »



  • Almaden Springs Single Family Home for $1,260,000

    1158 Fox Meadow Court, San Jose 95120

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by Joey.

    This single family residential home just came to market in the Almaden Springs community. It is a large 2,862 square foot two-story home and sits on a lot of 7,930 square feet. It is simply gorgeous and spacious, both inside and outside. It features four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, completely updated and remodeled. It’s in a quiet location as part of a court, but the open floor plan is inviting and great for hosting get-togethers. The kitchen has new appliances and new hardwood floors, the living area has new carpet, and the exterior has a new roof and new landscaping. The m... Read More »



  • Capitalize on Low Mortgage Rates Now!

    Rates can’t get much lower!

    Posted on January 14, 2013 by Joey.

    In an article for Fortune magazine, http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/01/03/mortgage-rates-federal-reserve/, senior editor Stephen Gandel writes that mortgage rates may be as low as they are going to get. If you are in the market to buy an Almaden Valley home or refinance your property, you should probably do it soon. At least, that’s what two economists at the New York Federal Reserve conclude. The truth is, we’re in very confusing territory.  Generally, mortgage rates move along with mortgage bond rates. However, mortgage bonds have continued to fall, and based on pric... Read More »



  • Weekend Events for January 11-13

    Here are some things of interest in and around the Almaden Valley community

    Posted on January 10, 2013 by Joey.

    Here are some events around Almaden Valley that might stir your interest as we start off the new year. 1. 2013 Silicon Valley International Auto Show http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/sanjose/ The 2013 edition of the Silicon Valley International Auto Shows will take place starting today and will run through this weekend (January 10-13). If you are into cars, there will be enough to keep you busy the entire day! You can test-drive a Toyota Camry, Nissan Leaf, and a new CODA electric car, sit behind the wheel of a Camaro and Cadillac CTS, and, of course, participate in the legendary Jeep all-... Read More »



  • Happy New Year!

    Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Get Fit?

    Posted on January 09, 2013 by Joey.

    Many of us make the resolution to finally get fit and lose weight in the New Year. There are many places in the Almaden Valley to help you achieve your goals. There are many Almaden parks where you can enjoy the outdoors while getting some exercise. Almaden Lake Park has volleyball, hiking, and biking trails. Almaden Meadows Park has wide open spaces for walking, running, or biking. Fantastic views can be had after hiking to the top of one of the trails at Almaden Quicksilver Park. There are so many parks in the Almaden Valley, there’s bound to be one near your Almaden home.If golf is mo... Read More »



  • Sunrise Almaden Home for $755,000

    1008 Redmond Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on January 08, 2013 by Joey.

    A great Sunrise Almaden home recently came to market for $755,000. It is 1,862 square foot and sits on a lot size of 6,000 square feet. It features four bedrooms and two baths and a beautiful Koi pond entryway. It also has an energy-saving solar feature that will save you lots of money on your utility bill. The kitchen and bathrooms have been remodeled in this ranch-style home. The home also features large bedrooms, a separate family room with a wood-burning fireplace, and an attached two-car garage. Amenities include central heat, an interior laundry area, a view of the mountains, and a... Read More »



  • Fiscal Cliff – Is It Over?

    Is the fiscal cliff over now?

    Posted on January 07, 2013 by Joey.

    Hope your holidays were enjoyable. The real estate market doesn’t take holiday though, and there was an important event that transpired during the last couple weeks. The “fiscal cliff” was finally resolved. There were many provisions contained within, including a few that will significantly affect an Almaden Valley housing search. The “Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act” has been extended another year. Basically, mortgage debt that has been forgiven due to a short sale, loan modification, or foreclosure will be exempt from taxation. This was critically impo... Read More »



  • Happy Holidays!

    Hope you enjoy the holidays!

    Posted on December 21, 2012 by Joey.

    Due to the holidays, I will not be updating this blog until the new year begins.  I will still be working though, so if you need any help with your Almaden Valley real estate needs, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I'm here to help!  Happy holidays!... Read More »



  • Almaden Valley Holiday Spirit

    Here are some things of interest in and around the Almaden Valley community

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Joey.

    Almaden Valley is a great community, and here are a few things you may be interested in this holiday season. 1. The Unicorn Thrift Shop http://www.unicornthriftshop.com/ The Unicorn Thrift Shop is a hidden gem in our community, located at the shopping center on Almaden and Redmond. Generous donations from Almaden Valley community members, friends, and customers have helped this shop thrive for almost 20 years. It is run by volunteers with all proceeds benefiting EMQ Families First, a private non-profit agency that helps children and families in need. They provide many services, mental healt... Read More »



  • Almaden Meadows Home for $929,000

    1461 Athenour Court, San Jose 95120

    Posted on December 19, 2012 by Joey.

    A great Almaden Valley home recently came to market in the Almaden Meadows community. This 2,0008 square foot home sits on a lot size of 8,748 square feet and has a list price of $929k. It features four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. From the living room, you have a spectacular view of the mountains! There are numerous upgrades including double-front doors, double pane windows, new cabinets, granite countertops, and remodeled bathrooms. There are separate family and dining rooms as well as a breakfast room. This tri-level home also has an in-ground pool in the back yard. Amenities i... Read More »



  • 2013 Economic Forecast

    What will the economy be like in 2013?

    Posted on December 18, 2012 by Joey.

    Don Lee wrote a recent Los Angeles Times Article entitled “Economists see mediocre growth in 2013.” The National Association of Business Economics has a panel of forecasters. They are economists who work at companies, universities and government. Together, they predict is a GDP growth in 2013 of 2.1%. This is virtually the same as 2012 growth of 2.2%. They also predict no change in the unemployment rate. It was 7.7% in 2012, and they forecast the exact same rate in 2013. In other words, they don’t see much change from this year. However, this consensus opinion is derive... Read More »



  • Crossgate Home in Almaden Valley for $835,000

    6358 Camden Avenue, San Jose 95120

    Posted on December 17, 2012 by Joey.

    A beautiful Almaden Valley home in the Crossgate neighborhood just came to market at $835,000. It’s a 2,258 square foot home on a lot size of 8,600 square feet. It features four bedrooms and three full baths. There have been many upgrades throughout the years. There is a wood beam ceiling in family room, a beautiful garden with lots of mature fruit trees, double entry doors, tile flooring, new laminate flooring, new carpets, and copper piping. This single story home has separate family and dining rooms as well as a breakfast room. There is a wood-burning fireplace in the family and... Read More »



  • Huge Country Club Home Price Cut AGAIN!

    6521 Fall River Drive, San Jose 95120

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by Joey.

    A huge Almaden Valley home just had another price cut, this time to $1,349,000. It features 5 bedrooms and a whopping 8 baths in this 3,000+ square foot home. It has been completely remodeled with a designer’s touch including custom cabinets, granite counters, refinished floors, and new paint. Other amenities include double pane windows, high ceilings, built-in air purifier, and central air and heat. It has plenty of room for your belongings in the three-car garage. It is in a quiet area of the Country Club neighborhood, but it is also only a short walk to the Almaden Branch Community Ce... Read More »



  • What’s going on this weekend in the San Jose area?

    Here are some weekend events for the San Jose area

    Posted on December 13, 2012 by Joey.

    Do you have plans yet for the weekend of December 14 to 16 in the Almaden Valley area? If not, here are a few ideas. 1. 99.7 [NOW!] Triple Ho Concert http://www.ticketmaster.com/997-NOW-Triple-Ho-Show-tickets/artist/1512443 Catch two of the most viral artists ever at one concert this Friday at the Event Center at San Jose State University. PSY of “Gangnam Style” fame will be there as will be Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” fame. They will be joined by Owl City, Cheryl Lloyd, Conor Maynard, and Austin Mahone. Tickets are actually sold out, but you can try StubHub... Read More »



  • The Important 4 Cs

    What are the 4 Cs in regards to getting a good mortgage loan?

    Posted on December 12, 2012 by Joey.

    Diamond grading has their four Cs: color, cut, clarity, and carat. In Almaden Valley real estate mortgage lending, there are also four important Cs: credit, collateral, capacity, and capital. If you excel in all four categories, you will undoubtedly qualify for a great loan! 1. CreditEveryone knows that you need good credit rating to get a good loan. The basics of having a good credit rating are (a) pay your bills on time and (b) don’t overextend and use more than 30% of your overall credit limit. Note that many bills can affect your credit rating though, not just credit card bills. ... Read More »



  • Price Cut on Crossgate Home

    6309 Desert Flame Drive, San Jose 95120

    Posted on December 11, 2012 by Joey.

    A great Almaden Valley home in the Crossgate community just had a price cut to $869,888. It’s a 1,840 square foot home featuring four bedrooms and two baths. It sits on a lot of 8,000 square feet. It has an eat-in, updated kitchen, large family and living rooms, and a two-car garage. The open floor plan is great for entertaining guests, but the quiet neighborhood is peaceful when you’re not. The backyard has a beautiful patio to enjoy warm evenings outside. Amenities include central air and heat, a double-sided fireplace for both the family and living rooms, and canned lights... Read More »



  • Reverse Mortgage Pitfalls

    Know the pros and cons before taking out a reverse mortgage

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Joey.

    Initially, reverse mortgages were designed to help those who are “house rich” but “cash poor.” Basically, some homeowners have a lot of equity in their homes but not much in monthly income, especially retired people who no longer have jobs. This may be particularly true in areas of expensive real estate such as owners of Almaden Valley homes. The reverse mortgage concept allows these homeowners to take out loans called reverse mortgages against their homes. In many situations, these loans don’t ever have to be paid back while the homeowner is alive. Instead, ... Read More »



  • Top Buyer Concerns

    Before you seriously start looking for a home, you should address these issues

    Posted on December 07, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are in the market to purchase Almaden Valley real estate, then there are a few things you should address immediately before you even start looking at houses.1. Price RangeBefore you get down on underwhelming properties or teased by unaffordable homes, you need to know what price range of home you can truly afford and how much loan you will be approved for. This is something a mortgage broker can help you with, but a previous blog, How Much Home Can You Afford?, outlines some guidelines that you can calculate yourself. Best case is to actually get a pre-approval letter before you start... Read More »



  • Almaden Resident Sports Signups and Volunteering

    Sign your child up now for upcoming sports seasons

    Posted on December 06, 2012 by Joey.

    Signups for upcoming sports teams around the Almaden Valley area have already begun. If you have a child interested in softball or lacrosse, reserve your spots now before they fill up.1. South Valley Chiefs Lacrossehttp://www.southvalleylacrosse.com/Do you have children aged 9 through high school? Are they interested in learning or playing lacrosse. If so, you should look into South Valley Lacrosse. It is a volunteer organization designed to promote the sport of lacrosse. Players of all skill levels are welcome to join. It’s a great chance to learn a new sport, be part of a team, g... Read More »



  • Spectacular Gated Home for $2.3M

    20748 Scenic Vista Drive, San Jose 95120

    Posted on December 05, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have the budget and can afford it, Almaden Valley homes don’t come much better than this great property on 20748 Scenic Vista Drive. It truly is a resort-like property. It is a massive 4,472 square foot gated-home on an even more massive 102,801 square foot property (2.36 acres). It features four bedrooms and three full baths, and the open floor plan is fantastic for hosting parties. It has all the standard amenities that you would hope for in a modern home: central air and heat, breakfast nook, breakfast bar, eat-in kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, interior laundry area, etc.... Read More »



  • Buying Again After Foreclosure

    You can still buy a home after a foreclosure!

    Posted on December 04, 2012 by Joey.

    Do you have a foreclosure on your record? Were you a victim of the housing bust in 2009? Did you give looking to buy another Almaden Valley home because of it? If so, don’t give up hope quite yet!You might be familiar with common loans such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You were required to wait seven years after a foreclosure before you could be approved for one of those loans. However, FHA loans only require you to wait three years. If you had a foreclosure during the housing crisis in 2009 but have had a clean credit report since then, you might be able to qualify for an FHA lo... Read More »



  • Sunrise Almaden Home for $694,950

    6314 Lillian Way, San Jose 95120

    Posted on December 03, 2012 by Joey.

    A single family residential home just came to market in the Sunrise Almaden community. This 1,423 square foot home features three bedrooms and two baths and sits on a lot size of 6,000 square feet. The kitchen has a breakfast bar and has been remodeled with granite counters, custom cabinets, and recessed lighting. It will include the dishwasher, cooktop range, and built-in oven. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace for those cold winter nights, and both bathrooms have been updated recently. Amenities include central air and heat, dual pane windows, and hardwood floors. There is a... Read More »



  • Almaden Valley School Rankings

    How do the Almaden Valley schools rank?

    Posted on November 30, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have children in school, you are probably concerned about the schools in the area of your [future] home. Fortunately, Almaden Valley is full of fantastic schools. In fact, you really can’t go wrong with any school in the entire Almaden Valley. That being said, if you want to research individual schools, there are countless number of sites to find information. Here are a few.Great Schools School Ratings TruliaWhen assessing schools, the Academic Performance Index (API) is the most common referred to figure of merit. Basically, it’s a score between 200 and 1000, the highe... Read More »



  • Christmas Festivities Have Begun!

    Get in the holiday spirit with festivities this weekend

    Posted on November 29, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, Christmas festivities have begun. Here are a few to enjoy for the weekend of November 30 to December 2.1. Vasona Park Fantasy of Lightshttp://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Pages/14th-Annual-Fantasy-of-Lights.aspxVasona Park’s 14th Annual Fantasy of Lights actually began last weekend, and it runs through December 31. However, catch it early to save a few dollars. It’s only $10 per vehicle until Thursday, December 6. After that, it goes up to $15 per car. In case you didn’t know, it is a 1.5 mile drive thro... Read More »



  • Huge Price Reduction on Country View Estates Townhouse!

    1157 Pheasant Hill Dr., San Jose 95120

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by Joey.

    A large 1,835 square foot Almaden Valley townhouse in the Country View Estates neighborhood just had a huge price cut from $849,000 to $765,000! This home features three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. The kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and a gas range. There are separate family and dining rooms, a private patio, and a fireplace in the living room. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet, and the bathrooms have been remodeled with travertine counters and showers. Amenities include central air and heat, an interior laundry area, and a private patio. The... Read More »



  • Beautiful New Shadowbrook Listing

    6847 Dalmeny Ct., San Jose 95120

    Posted on November 27, 2012 by Joey.

    A large 2,167 square foot Almaden Valley home in the Shadowbrook neighborhood just came to market for $918,000. This ranch-style single family residential home features four bedrooms and two full baths, and it sits on a lot of 8,050 square feet. The kitchen has a breakfast nook and will include the dishwasher, cooktop range, disposal, and built-in oven. There are separate family and dining rooms in addition to a utility room. Amenities include central air and heat, an interior laundry area, and a security alarm system. There is an attached two-car garage. It’s in a beautiful area nex... Read More »



  • Foreclosure Auctions Cancelled

    There are fewer opportunities to purchase foreclosures

    Posted on November 26, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are simply sitting on the sidelines waiting for a rock-bottom price on a foreclosure, you might want to stop sitting. The number of foreclosures is declining, so you might have to open up your search for a more conventional Almaden Valley home. According to an report from the San Jose Mercury News, Pete Carey reported that the Bay Area sees a big increase in cancellation of foreclosure options, http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_21990195/bay-area-sees-big-increase-cancellation-foreclosure-auctions?source=email.The numbers clearly show foreclosures are decreasing. ForeclosureRadar... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner Thanksgiving Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of November 22 to 25

    Posted on November 21, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always many interesting things to do on the weekend. Here are a few for Thanksgiving weekend.1. Tree Lightinghttp://www.christmasinthepark.com/tree-lighting.htmlKick off the holiday season in downtown San Jose for the annual tree lighting ceremony to open a new year of Christmas in the Park. The festivities begin on Friday, November 23, at 5:30pm at Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park. After the lighting, enjoy an evening downtown riding carnival rides, looking at arts and crafts, and seeing all the different holiday dis... Read More »



  • Black Friday Shopping Guide

    Some good deals to find on Black Friday

    Posted on November 20, 2012 by Joey.

    If you feel like waking up early after your Thanksgiving feast and want to find some great deals on holiday shopping, there is surely a bargain to be found. Here are a few Black Friday deals courtesy of http://www.bfads.net.If real Christmas trees are too expensive, messy, and time-consuming to maintain, then you can find a great deal on an artificial Christmas tree at Lowes. They have a 6 1/2 foot tree with clear lights for only $48 on Friday, regularly priced at $98. Price is effective Thanksgiving Day at 12:01am ET.http://www.lowes.com/cd_Black+Friday_584207998_?cm_mmc=search_google-_-Ho... Read More »



  • The Time to Buy is Now!

    Prices are on the rise, time to buy now

    Posted on November 19, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are not looking for an Almaden Valley home yet, you should be! Home prices in the entire Bay Area have been increasing steadily as reported by the Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_21995556/bay-area-home-sales-continue-yearly-gains. Data specific to Almaden Valley weren’t reported, but Santa Clara County had a 24% increase over last year in number of single family residential homes sold. Similarly, prices on those homes in Santa Clara County also increased almost 20% over that same time period, to a median of $619,750. Naturally, part of those increases is d... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of November 16 to 18.

    Posted on November 16, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always many interesting things to do on the weekend. Here are a few for the weekend of November 16-18.1. Christmas Treeshttp://www.summerwindsca.com/As you must know as an Almaden Valley real estate owner, our beloved Summer Winds Nursery was destroyed by a fire on August 28, 2012. What better way to show Christmas spirit than to help them get back on their feet again? They will open to sell Christmas trees on November 20 with a Christmas tree lot. They will sell fresh cut trees, poinsettias, wreaths, and more ... Read More »



  • New Glenview Serenity Listing

    6911 Serenity Way, San Jose 95120

    Posted on November 15, 2012 by Joey.

    A large, 2,243 square foot Almaden Valley home in the Glenview Serenity neighborhood just came to market under $1,000,000. This tri-level single family residential home features four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, and it sits on a lot of 10,000 square feet. The spacious kitchen has a breakfast nook and will include the dishwasher and built-in oven. There are separate family and dining rooms in addition to a utility room. Amenities include central air and heat, an interior laundry area, bay windows, and vaulted ceilings. There is an attached two-car garage and enough space on the propert... Read More »



  • Save on your water bill now

    Saving money in the fall

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by Joey.

    If you own Almaden Valley real estate, you might be happy to know that there’s an easy way to save money in the fall. Water your garden less! Water bills can add up over time, and not only can you save money by reducing your garden’s watering, but it can actually be healthier to cut back in the fall.To make a long story short, many plants, including some trees and grass, seek and find water. If you water too much, the soil can get saturated and the plants won’t have to root very deep for water. However, if you reduce your water, the plants will have to root down further i... Read More »



  • Price Slashed! Huge Country Club Home for $1.4M

    6521 Fall River Dr., San Jose 95120

    Posted on November 09, 2012 by Joey.

    A huge Almaden Valley home just had a price cut to $1,399,000. It features 5 bedrooms and a whopping 8 baths in this 3,000+ square foot home. It has been completely remodeled with a designer’s touch including custom cabinets, granite counters, refinished floors, and new paint. Other amenities include double pane windows, high ceilings, built-in air purifier, and central air and heat. It has plenty of room for your belongings in the three-car garage. It is in a quiet area of the Country Club neighborhood, but it is also only a short walk to the Almaden Branch Community Center and Parma Pa... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of November 9 to 11.

    Posted on November 08, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always many fun things to do on the weekend. Here are a few for the weekend of November 9-11.1. Are you a Leigh High graduate?http://www.leigh.cuhsd.org/Leigh High School’s 50th Homecoming Game takes place this Friday. The Frosh Soph game starts at 4pm, and the varsity play 7pm against Live Oak. If you are a graduate of Leigh, a mini-reunion Staff and Alumni tailgate party will take place during the game. Tickets will be $20, and it includes a tailgate dinner above the bowl as well as admission to the foo... Read More »



  • Homeowners’ Associations

    Can HOAs be good?

    Posted on November 07, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are new to home buying and the Almaden Valley real estate market, you might not be familiar with the ins and outs of homeowner’s association (HOA) dues. You probably know that many condominiums and townhouses have these additional monthly fees, but perhaps you didn’t know that even some detached single family homes might have HOA dues! It really all just depends on whether or not your home belongs to an association.HOA dues can range anywhere, from perhaps $75 per month up to $300. It can serve any number of several key functions. It may cover the cost of supporting the ... Read More »



  • Huge Price Cut on Huge Almaden Townhome

    6281 McAbee Road, San Jose 95120

    Posted on November 06, 2012 by Joey.

    A huge 2,183 square foot Almaden Valley townhome in the Crossgate neighborhood just had a huge price cut to $715,000 from its original list of $799,000. This three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house sits in a tiny private development but has a large backyard. It also has a large kitchen, a large utility room, a breakfast nook, two fireplaces, and an attached two-car garage. Amenities include central air and heat, a washer/dryer, a refrigerator, and a built-in oven. It lies within the school districts of Los Alamitos Elementary, Castillero Middle, and Pioneer High Schools. If you would lik... Read More »



  • House Hunting Tips

    Advice for the actual process of house hunting

    Posted on November 05, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are in the market to purchase your first Almaden Valley home, then here are some house hunting tips to consider as you begin your journey.1. Shopping WorksheetCreate a simple worksheet or spreadsheet outlining the features you are looking for in a phone. You can divide them up into perhaps three categories: must have, prefer to have, and unnecessary. Items may include things such as proximity to good schools, safety of neighborhood, space for a home office, eat-in kitchen, large backyard, parking availability, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.2. Measurements and Tape MeasureDo yo... Read More »



  • Large Crossgate Home for $849,000

    1306 Nancarrow Way, San Jose 95120

    Posted on November 02, 2012 by Joey.

    A large 2,331 square foot Almaden Valley home just came to market at $849,000. This single family residential home sits on an equally large lot of 8,000 square feet. It is a ranch-style home in an ideal location in the Crossgate neighborhood, and it has four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. You will be close to Almaden Meadows Park, TJ Martin Park, Jeffrey Fontana Park, and Almaden Lake Park. The Almaden Community Center and branch library will also be nearby. It has a breakfast room, a living room with fireplace, and a separate family room. There is also an attached two-car garage. Am... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of November 2 to 4.

    Posted on November 01, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always many fun things to do on the weekend. Here are a few for the weekend of November 2-4.1. Book Salehttp://www.sjpl.org/blog/almaden%E2%80%99s-fall-book-sale-%E2%80%93-if-you-bargain-you%E2%80%99ll-love-eventThe Friends of the Library plan their popular book sale this Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Almaden branch library. There is always a large selection of books covering all sorts of subjects. Funds raised will support this library’s special programs and services. Come support the community and ins... Read More »



  • First-Time Homebuying Guide

    Advice for buying your first Almaden home

    Posted on October 31, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are in the market to purchase your first Almaden Valley home, then here are a few things you want to keep in mind for your search.1. All About LocationReal estate is about location, location, location. However, what exactly about a location are you looking for? If you are looking for a quiet place, are you comfortable living farther away from shopping and dining? If you are looking for a big yard, are you going to be willing to keep up with the additional maintenance? Think about all the aspects of a particular neighborhood, not just the most obvious details.2. Stay PracticalTry not... Read More »



  • Selling Your Home

    Here are some tips to have a good selling experience

    Posted on October 30, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are in the market to sell your Almaden Valley home, then here are a few pointers to help you along in your process.1. Setting a Reasonable PriceOne of the first things you must do is to set a realistic price for your home. The most reasonable way to do so is to compare your home to comparables in the area. You must take into account the home size, lot size, amenities, specific location, etc. This is obviously a critical step in the process. If you price it too low, you will obviously lose out on money you should have deserved for the value of your home. If you price it too high, yo... Read More »



  • Affordable Country Club Townhouse Listing

    6692 Buggywhip Ct., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 29, 2012 by Joey.

    A 1,354 square foot Almaden Valley townhouse in the Country Club neighborhood just came to market at $552,000. This two-story home is in one of the best locations of the Copperwood complex. It’s an end unit in a quiet cul-de-sac with a large patio. It features three bedrooms and two baths. One bedroom is downstairs, and two bedrooms are upstairs. Amenities include central air and heat, a fireplace in the living room, and an attached two-car garage. Lastly, it is in the great school districts of Williams Elementary, Bret Harte Middle, and Leland High Schools. There is an open house... Read More »



  • New Almaden Meadows Listing

    6205 Meridian Ave., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 26, 2012 by Joey.

    A good-sized Almaden Valley home in the Almaden Meadows neighborhood just came to market at $785,000. This single-story 1,892 square foot single family residential home features three bedrooms and two baths, and it sits on a lot of 8,176 square feet. The kitchen has been remodeled and comes with new appliances and a breakfast nook. It has separate dining and family rooms, and the family room has a wood-burning fireplace. There is also a nice bonus room that has all the necessary permits and private access. It can be used as an office, art studio, exercise room, or whatever you can dream u... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of October 26 to 28

    Posted on October 25, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always many fun things to do on the weekend. Here are a few for the weekend of October 26-28.1. Harvest Festival & Holiday Boutiquehttp://www.sjpl.org/blog/join-us-6th-annual-harvest-festival-almaden-branch-library-and-community-centerThe sixth annual Harvest Festival & Holiday Boutique will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 11am to 4pm at the Almaden Community Center and Library at 6445 Camden Ave. It is a family event as there will be storytime and puppet shows from 11:30am to 2:30pm. There will als... Read More »



  • Credit Score Traps

    These little-known pitfalls can destroy your credit score

    Posted on October 24, 2012 by Joey.

    When purchasing an Almaden Valley home, you will obviously want the best interest rate possible for your mortgage. In order to achieve that, you need to maximize your credit score. Here are a handful of little-known pitfalls that can really damage your credit.1. Do Not Close Credit Card AccountsA general rule is to keep credit utilization (overall credit card debt divided by total credit card limits) below 30%. If you close an entire account, it will reduce your total credit card limit and increase your credit utilization percentage.2. “No Limit” Cards Count as $0Some cards such... Read More »



  • San Jose Real Estate Market Heating Up!

    Don’t Get Left Behind the Hot San Jose Market

    Posted on October 23, 2012 by Joey.

    The website Realtor.com recently published some year-over-year statistics for real estate markets around the country, http://www.realtor.com/data-portal/Real-Estate-Statistics.aspx. In the past year, the San Jose median real estate list price was up 17.50% to $579,000! That is the fourth highest increase in the nation, bested only by Phoenix, our neighbors up north in San Francisco, and Santa Barbara. Compare that to the national median of $191,500, up only 0.78% in the same time frame.Besides the drastic increase in median price, the median age of inventory plummeted to 49 days, a decrease... Read More »



  • Price Cut on Guadalupe Oak Grove Home

    5931 Porto Alegre Dr., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 22, 2012 by Joey.

    A large Almaden Valley home in the Guadalupe Oak Grove neighborhood just had a price decrease to $1,035,000. This tri-level, 2,688 square foot home features four bedrooms and three baths and sits on a lot of 7,242 square feet. It has a lower level bedroom with a full bath. It has separate living, family, and formal dining rooms as well as a bonus room and an eat-in kitchen. Amenities include double pane windows for better insulation, central air and heat, vaulted ceilings with a skylight, and two fireplaces. One is in the family room, and one is in the master bedroom. You are also within... Read More »



  • The New San Jose Area Code (repost)

    What is the new San Jose area code and how does it affect me?

    Posted on October 19, 2012 by Joey.

    This is a repost of the blog from September 21. The new area code changes are scheduled for this weekend, so it might be smart to review its impact.****************If you are an Almaden Valley home owner or resident of the San Jose area in general, you will be impacted by the new 669 area code overlay taking effect in one month.What is it?Due to the proliferation of our population, mobile phones, fax numbers, virtual numbers, etc., we are running out of 7 digit phone numbers in the 408 area code. To remedy that, residents in the San Jose area are going to be subject to an area code overlay. By... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of October 19 to 21

    Posted on October 18, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always many fun things to do on the weekend. Here are a few.1. Meet Thriller Author Hannah Jaynehttp://www.sjpl.org/blog/meet-thriller-author-hannah-jayneHave you ever met a real author in person before? Do you ever wonder what goes into the novels they write? How they do research? What the process involves? Find out and meet author Hannah Jayne this Friday at 4pm at the Almaden Branch library. She writes the Underworld Detection Agency Chronicles including Under Attack, Under Suspicion, and Under Wraps. The... Read More »



  • How Much Home Can You Afford?

    How much can I afford for a monthly mortgage payment?

    Posted on October 17, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are looking to buy an Almaden Valley home for the first time and are overwhelmed by the complicated real estate process, then hopefully this will at least bring some clarity to the affordability picture. New homebuyers are often confused as to what price range they should be looking for, something equivalent to what their rent was, if more, how much more, etc. Here are some guidelines that lenders look at, so it would be a good place to start.1. Monthly IncomeYou must determine your gross household monthly income before taxes. This includes salary, periodic and recurring investment i... Read More »



  • Huge Country Club Home for $1.5M

    6521 Fall River Dr., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 16, 2012 by Joey.

    A huge Almaden Valley home just came to market for $1,499,000. It features 5 bedrooms and a whopping 8 baths in this 3,000+ square foot home. It has been completely remodeled with a designer’s touch including custom cabinets, granite counters, refinished floors, and new paint. Other amenities include double pane windows, high ceilings, built-in air purifier, and central air and heat. It has plenty of room for your belongings in the three-car garage. It is in a quiet area of the Country Club neighborhood, but it is also only a short walk to the Almaden Branch Community Center and Par... Read More »



  • Making a Good Offer

    How do I go about really getting the home I want?

    Posted on October 15, 2012 by Joey.

    Purchasing Almaden Valley real estate can sometimes be a frustrating process. This is a very nice area, and chances are you will not be the only offer a seller has to consider. To make your offer as attractive as possible, there are a few things you must do, even before you begin your search for your ideal Almaden home.1. Pre-Approval LetterGet a pre-approval letter from your bank or lender. This is much more than a simple pre-qualification letter. It will not only prove you are financially capable of moving forward with your purchase immediately, but it shows the seller that you are serio... Read More »



  • Big Woodside of Almaden Home for $1,099,000

    781 Pricewood Ct., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 12, 2012 by Joey.

    A large Woodside of Almaden home just came to market for $1,099,000. It features five bedrooms and three baths in its 2,465 square foot living space. It has been completely remodeled and has new granite countertops, custom cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The backyard is truly like a resort. It has a covered BBQ area, a fire table, a pool and spa, and a side yard large enough to park a boat or RV. Other amenities include double pane windows, central air and heat, cathedral ceilings, ceiling fan, separate family and dining rooms, breakfast bar and eat-in kitchen, and a fireplace. ... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of October 12 to 14

    Posted on October 11, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always lots of things to do on the weekend. Here’s just a few ideas for the weekend of October 12-14.1. Freud’s Last Sessionhttp://www.sjrep.com/plays/1213/freud/index.phpEnjoy a fictional meeting between two great minds in this play written by Mark St. Germain. It features thought-provoking dialogue between the father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud and atheist-turned-Christian C.S. Lewis who was also the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, the Screwtape Letters, and more. It is a... Read More »



  • Fixing Your Home

    Finding a good repairman or contractor?

    Posted on October 10, 2012 by Joey.

    Maintenance and/or home repairs are part of life if you own Almaden Valley real estate or any other property for that matter. If you are handy around the house, then perhaps you can tackle the smaller repairs yourself. However, if major work is required, you will most likely have to hire a qualified professional.By far the best way to find a qualified repairman, contractor, or handyman is a personal reference. Try to ask your friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and if that doesn’t work, try a social network such as Facebook or Twitter. There is a good chance that at least one person i... Read More »



  • Stunning Country View Estates Home Price Cut

    7127 Glenview Dr.., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 09, 2012 by Joey.

    A stunning Almaden Valley home just had a price cut to $1,550,000. This Country View Estates house is 2,498 square feet and and has four bedrooms and two baths. It sits on a huge 16,000 square foot lot. It is designed in the Mediterranean style and has a beautiful view of the hills. The landscaping on this Almaden property is simply stunning, and the backyard is absolutely enormous. It has a gazebo, stone paved patio, retractable awnings, and its own playground! Amenities include double pane windows, vaulted ceilings, an intercom, tankless water heater, and a tub with jets. It’s o... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of October 5 to 7

    Posted on October 04, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there are always a plethora of things to do on the weekend. Here’s just a small sampler.1. Day in the Park Festivalhttp://www.sanjose.com/day-in-the-park-festival-e1678622Come to Lake Cunningham Park off White and Tully Road for the Day in the Park Festival. There will be a cultural celebration with live entertainment, ethnic food trucks, and kids’ activities. Over 3,000 guests are expected!2. Spirit of Japantown Festivalhttp://www.sanjose.com/spirit-of-japantown-festival-e326321San Jose is home to one of the ... Read More »



  • Exquisite Brianna Home for $1,729,000

    6794 Graystone Ln., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 03, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are looking to live a life of luxury in an Almaden Valley home, look no further than this gem in the exclusive Brianna neighborhood. This five bedroom five bath house has a whopping 4,231 square feet of living space on a lot more than 12,000 square feet. The two story contemporary home has a grand foyer and is full of natural light. It features a game room with wet bar for entertaining guests, two pantries in the kitchen for those big dinner parties, a breakfast bar, breakfast nook, and eat-in kitchen for enjoyable mornings, three fireplaces (family room, living room, and master bedr... Read More »



  • Welcome Your Sunrise Almaden Neighbors

    https://10sunrisealmaden.nextdoor.com/news_feed/

    Posted on October 02, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are an Almaden Valley home owner, specifically in the Sunrise Almaden neighborhood, there is a great web site you should check out. It is https://10sunrisealmaden.nextdoor.com/news_feed/. Basically, it creates a neighborhood network where you register and can get to know your neighbors better. You can create events such as a haunted house, garage sale, evening walks, dinner parties, TV viewing parties, etc. Similarly, you can just browse to see what kind of events your neighbors are setting up, then use your imagination to start up something new!In today’s society, it can be d... Read More »



  • Crossgate Home in Almaden Valley for $768,000

    6153 Cecala Dr., San Jose 95120

    Posted on October 01, 2012 by Joey.

    A new Almaden home just came to market in the Crossgate neighborhood. This 1,673 square foot home is on a lot size of 7,434 square feet and features three bedrooms and two baths. It comes with central air and heat, an eat-in kitchen with breakfast nook and bar, and a fireplace in the living room. The backyard is absolutely gorgeous and already has eight established fruit trees. The two-car garage is attached, and this Almaden Valley home is within walking distance to the park and is in the school districts of Los Alamitos Elementary, Castillero Middle, and Pioneer High Schools. If you wou... Read More »



  • Massive Gold Creek Almaden Home

    1120 Grimley Ln., San Jose 95120

    Posted on September 28, 2012 by Joey.

    A massive custom Almaden home in the Gold Creek neighborhood just went on sale. This house is larger than 2,600 square feet. It has four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, and you will fall in love with it from the outset. The 16,102 square foot lot gives you a spacious yard in the front and back. As you step though the front door you will be welcomed by a formal entry space with vaulted ceilings. It has separate living, dining, and family rooms. The eat-in kitchen has a breakfast nook and a breakfast bar. The interior will always be comfortable with central air and heat, and on those in... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of September 28 to September 30

    Posted on September 27, 2012 by Joey.

    If you have an Almaden Valley home or just live in the San Jose area, there will be no excuse no to exercise this weekend. We’re going to have beautiful weather, and there aer a couple great group walking opportunities.1. Hike & MeditateIf you want to get an early and refreshing start to your Sunday morning, come out to the Hike and Meditate walk at 8am coordinated by The Art of Living and Urmila Shinde. You must RSVP at the site above beforehand to find out exactly where to meet at the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. You will go for a hike and end with a meditation, and this eve... Read More »



  • Appliance Features

    What appliance features are worth the money?

    Posted on September 26, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are looking for an Almaden Valley real estate property, then of course you are looking at location, location, and location. Kitchen appliance features are probably not at the top of your priority list, and perhaps rightfully so because they can always be easily upgraded. However, you shouldn’t totally discount them either because many new Almaden home owners will end up buying as expensive a house as they can afford, and they won’t have much leftover to upgrade appliances at any time in the near future. Additionally, some features might be useful on a regular basis and ma... Read More »



  • Beautiful Sunrise Almaden Home Price Cut

    6182 Flowering Plum Rd., San Jose 95120

    Posted on September 25, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are looking to purchase Almaden real estate, a beautiful home in the Sunrise Almaden neighborhood just had a list price decrease to $810,000. This three bedroom two bath single family residential home is absolutely gorgeous. You simply have to look at the pictures of this listing. It is a 1,662 square foot single story home with lots of natural light due to its inner atrium, skylights, and ample windows. Everything is new and absolutely stunning, from its Brazilian cherry hardwood floors to the exquisite formal entryway. There is plenty of room to relax in the large outdoor patio. ... Read More »



  • Different Loan Limits

    What are the loan limits for different types of loans?

    Posted on September 24, 2012 by Joey.

    If you in the market for an Almaden Valley home, then you should know the different loan limits for different types of loans because the type of loan you get affects the interest rate you will be offered. For example, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans in Santa Clara County have an upper limit of $729,750 for a single family residential home. The limits are higher for a duplex, tri-plex, or four-plex. As described in a previous blog entry, FHA loans have some advantages such as low down payment requirements, but they are simply not offered for loan amounts greater than $729,750.Fred... Read More »



  • The New San Jose Area Code

    What is the new San Jose area code and how does it affect me?

    Posted on September 21, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are an Almaden Valley home owner or resident of the San Jose area in general, you will be impacted by the new 669 area code overlay taking effect in one month.What is it?Due to the proliferation of our population, mobile phones, fax numbers, virtual numbers, etc., we are running out of 7 digit phone numbers in the 408 area code. To remedy that, residents in the San Jose area are going to be subject to an area code overlay. By overlay, this means that the area codes 408 and 669 (new) will exist within the same geographic region. Traditionally, two different area codes marked two diffe... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of September 21 to September 23

    Posted on September 20, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are fortunate enough to live in the Almaden Valley area, there are always tons of things to do on the weekend. Here is an example for the weekend of September 21-23.1. San Jose Bike PartyHave you ever been on a San Jose Bike Party ride or been to the party itself? If not, it’s a unique experience that runs every month. Tons, and I mean tons, of bicyclists meet at various locations throughout the Almaden Valley real estate area and beyond, and they bike together to a party location still to be determined. The party lasts until about 1am, and it’s a very responsible organi... Read More »



  • Staging Your Home Properly

    Tips for presenting your Almaden Valley home to buyers

    Posted on September 19, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are selling your Almaden real estate, one crucial area you must consider is proper staging. It can dramatically impact a prospective buyer's first impression of your property. In the competitive environment of selling Almaden Valley homes, you want to stand out as much as possible. Here are a few tips to consider for well-thought out staging.1. Starting with the outside, make sure the property is well-landscaped, or at the very least, well-maintained. You might not get many random visitors for an open house if the yard looks unkempt, and every single lost opportunity could be the on... Read More »



  • Beautiful Almaden Meadows Home Under $1M

    5981 Crimson Dr., San Jose 95120

    Posted on September 18, 2012 by Joey.

    This beautiful Almaden home just came to market in the Almaden Meadows neighborhood for less than $1M! You will fall in love with this four bedroom two-and-a-half bath 2,246 square foot house upon first sight. It has beautiful landscaping, stunning mahogany/leaded glass doors, and a formal entry area with vaulted ceilings. You can grow your own vegetables in your raised vegetable garden, then enjoy meals in your eat-in gourmet kitchen with Italian tiled counters and wet bar. After that, you can relax on your spacious backyard patio looking over your outdoor oasis or sit in your hot tub. I... Read More »



  • Almaden Valley Home Just Over $1M

    1336 Cerro Verde, San Jose 95120

    Posted on September 17, 2012 by Joey.

    A gorgeous new Almaden Valley real estate property just came to market. It is a huge single family residential house at almost 3,000 square feet with four bedrooms and four baths. It’s in a fantastic location as part of a cul-de-sac near Almaden Meadows Park in the Almaden Meadows neighborhood. The backyard includes a beautiful in-ground pool and gazebo where you can enjoy quiet, pleasant meals. The master bedroom has a tub with jets to relax you after a long day at work. The amenities are almost too many to mention. It has an eat-in kitchen with a breakfast nook and granite counte... Read More »



  • Walking Near Almaden Valley Homes

    Buy Almaden real estate, get great places to walk

    Posted on September 14, 2012 by Joey.

    One great benefit of owning an Almaden Valley home is the incredible walking opportunities it provides. The Center for Medical Weight Loss recently published an article, “5 Best Exercise Programs for Weight Loss,” and it states “Walking is probably the very best exercise program for weight loss.” All you need is a pair of walking shoes and a place to walk. You don’t need to travel to a crowded gym. You don’t have to coordinate schedules with a training partner. You don’t have to pay expensive dues to a club.Losing weight isn’t the only benef... Read More »



  • Things To Do As An Almaden Resident This Weekend

    What to do as an Almaden Valley resident the weekend of September 14 to September 17

    Posted on September 13, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are fortunate enough to live in the Almaden Valley real estate area, there are always tons of things to do on the weekend. Here is just a small example for the weekend of September 14-17.1. VivaFest If you enjoy Mexican culture, you absolutely must check out Viva Fest 2012 in downtown San Jose! This is perhaps the marquee weekend of the long festival. There will be plenty of food, cuisine, and culture celebrating “la vida Latino,” and it will culminate in a 20th anniversary screening of the film classic "Like Water For Chocolate" on Friday night at 7pm. The $20 tickets e... Read More »



  • Mortgage Basics

    Mortgage 101

    Posted on September 12, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are new to the Almaden Valley real estate market and are overwhelmed and confused about the different types of loans, here are some basics.  1. Fixed Rate Mortgage  This is the simplest type of loan. You are assessed a fixed interest rate for the entire length of your mortgage, and your monthly payments are likewise fixed for the whole period. It’s very simple, easy to understand, and doesn’t have any surprises. Most home loans are for a 30 year period, though there are some for 15 years and some for even 40 years.  2. Interest Only Mortgage  With th... Read More »



  • Almaden Living for Just Over $500k

    1218 Linder Hill Court, San Jose, CA 95120

    Posted on September 11, 2012 by Joey.

    Yes, you can afford to live in this beautiful Almaden Valley home. A new short sale townhouse just came to market at $600,000. This 1,585 square foot home features three bedrooms and three baths, and it is fairly new at 26 years old. It sits on a corner lot and has great views of the Almaden Valley hills with a two car garage. The double pane windows will help keep the interior at a comfortable temperature in winter and summer, and when that’s not enough, central air and heat will still keep things quiet. Other amenities include a balcony/patio, ceiling fans, a breakfast bar, a cozy... Read More »



  • Real Estate Boom?

    Housing Recovery on Track

    Posted on September 10, 2012 by Joey.

    According to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News, housing prices in the Bay Area reached 4-year highs for the reporting period ending in July, and the Almaden Valley is one of the nicest places to live in the Bay Area.  Thus Almaden Valley Real Estate too is on the boom.  DataQuick reported that the Bay Area had 13 consecutive months of yearly sales increases, and the median home price in the Bay Area’s nine counties was $421,000, the highest since 2008.  As you can see from the two graphs above, both the median sales price and the number of homes sold are tre... Read More »



  • Almaden Home Under $1 Million

    6519 Bose Ct., San Jose 95120

    Posted on September 08, 2012 by Joey.

    Are you looking for a home for less than $1M in a great location? This is it! It is a beautiful place in Almaden Valley at the quiet end of a cul-de-sac. It’s within walking distance of the Almaden library and community center, beautiful lush green parks, and Simonds Elementary and Castillero Middle Schools. It’s also in the school district of Leland High School. This 2,392 square foot home sits on a huge 10,170 foot lot, so be ready to enjoy many pleasant evenings in your spacious backyard. The home itself has been recently remodeled, and you’ll enjoy granite countert... Read More »



  • Stunning New Almaden Listing

    7166 Calcaterra Drive

    Posted on September 07, 2012 by Joey.

    A gorgeous new house in the heart of Almaden Valley has recently come to market. It’s a large 3,404 square foot, four bedroom, and three full bath house. It’s chock full of amenities including dual-paned windows for better insulation, built-in bookcases to save space, and fruit trees to enjoy as well as crown molding and hardwood floors. It also features a breakfast nook, central air and heat, a living room fireplace, and a beautiful view of the mountains. It is within the school districts of Williams Elementary, Bret Harte Middle, and Leland High Schools. If you are in the ma... Read More »



  • Weekend Events in San Jose

    Living the Life in Almaden

    Posted on September 06, 2012 by Joey.

    There are always fun things to do in the San Jose area, and this weekend is certainly no different. Depending on your interests, Almaden home owners are sure to find something to drag you out of your house to enjoy our great weather. Here are just a few examples that Almaden real estate owners can enjoy.  1. Tour of Gymnastics Champions  Come celebrate our 2012 Olympic gold medal winning women’s gymnastics team this Saturday at HP Pavilion at 7:30pm. See our gold medal individual champions Gabby Douglas and Nastia Liukin (2008) as well as standouts McKayla Maroney, Aly Rais... Read More »



  • What If I Can’t Afford a Down Payment?

    Consider an FHA Loan

    Posted on September 04, 2012 by Joey.

    Due to the high prices of Almaden real estate, many cannot afford the standard down payment of 20%. After all, who has $150,000 for a home priced at $750,000? All is not lost, however, as there are options often unknown to the typical homebuyer.  One such option is using a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan. This is a special type of loan offered by some, but not all, private lenders. It was originally designed to help lower income families afford the American dream of owning their own home, but its use has grown over the years, especially as home buying has become more unaffo... Read More »



  • Have we hit bottom?

    The numbers show signs of a recovery

    Posted on August 09, 2012 by Joey.

    The bay area housing market is now a seller’s market officially. Low inventory is forcing pricing up in some areas and multiple offers are common. Add to that, in efforts to get offers accepted, buyers are offering sellers special incentives like free rent back of their home, free time share, paid vacations, and other gifts. Even with these special incentives, oftentimes this isn’t enough to get an offer accepted.  Last month, Zillow rated San Francisco and San Jose metro areas as the Top 2 “Sellers’ Markets” in the United States. Further, the site reports ho... Read More »



  • TEAM USA, Team San Jose 2012 Summer Olympians

    Local Athletes Represent San Jose

    Posted on August 06, 2012 by Joey.

    With thousands of athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, it is hard for the media to recognize each athlete from TEAM USA. Astonishingly, our Golden State produces over 80 athletes of TEAM USA and three are from our own hometown of San Jose. Ariel Hsing represents the USA in table tennis, Michelle Carter is accomplished in shot put, and Scott Weltz earns accolades in swimming.  Ariel Hsing is the youngest of our hometown athletes. At just 16 Hsing is an accomplished table tennis competitor and is the youngest woman in US History to hold the National Table Tennis Cha... Read More »



  • 3 Reasons To Consider Refinancing Now

    You Could Save Some Serious Cash!

    Posted on August 04, 2012 by Joey.

    If you are thinking about refinancing your Almaden Valley home, now may be the best time.  You could see some significant savings in interest, lower your monthly payment, or possibly convert from an adjustable to a fix rate mortgage.  Something to keep in mind when considering refinancing, you do pay costs / fees so you should evaluate whether refinancing is right for you. Reason #1 – Get a Lower Interest Rate According to the Freddie Mac weekly mortgage market survey, 30 year fixed mortgage rates are a full percentage point lower than a year ago.  For rates ending the we... Read More »



  • Los Alamitos Students Become Judges

    What is a Flame?

    Posted on August 01, 2012 by Joey.

    “What is a flame?” was the question actor, Alan Alda posed 65 years ago and received the response, “It’s oxidation”. That answer didn’t satisfy eleven year old Alda, any more than it would most 11 year olds. This innocent questions lead to a quest by Alda to encourage teachers and scientists alike to communicate science to students in a way they can comprehend.  At age eleven, Alda like so many children his age, was curious. He had been mystified by the flame at the end of a candle. He thought “it didn’t have substance, but had power. ... Read More »



  • National Mortgage Settlement

    How does it help you?

    Posted on July 31, 2012 by Joey.

    Many people are asking what does it all mean for me. On April 5, 2012, a federal judge approved the settlement agreements from attorneys general of forty nine states and five large mortgage lenders / servicers concerning lender / servicer misconduct in foreclosures and loan servicing, origination and modification.  These settlement agreements are collectively referred to as the National Mortgage Settlement. The five lenders / servicers include Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.  As part of the agreement, these lenders / servicers will offers assistan... Read More »



  • Almaden Music in the Park

    Its a Wrap

    Posted on July 30, 2012 by Joey.

    As summer quickly comes to an end, so does the Almaden’s Music in the Park. Since the 2012 inception on July 5th, Greystone Park has been the intimate venue as four outstanding bands displayed their talents for fans big and small. Each Thursday evening in July, the cool shady park at the corner of Camden and Mount Carmel Drive featured live music and dancing. While dozens of kids played on the play structure parents enjoyed the free concert and a great time shared with their Almaden neighbors. If you missed this years events, be sure to be on the lookout in 2013. Special thanks to t... Read More »



  • Are your property taxes going up?

    Many homeowners in Almaden will get an unexpected surprise

    Posted on July 29, 2012 by Joey.

    While for many its great news that home prices are going up, it also comes with another side – increased property taxes.  According to the San Jose Mercury News, in Santa Clara County assessed values rose 3.25% to a value of $308.8 billion this year. Many homeowners believe their property taxes can only increase by 2% annually according to Proposition 13 passed in 1978.  However, what many people are unaware of is what was passed that same year Proposition 8 (not the 2008 ballot which banned gay marriage).  Proposition 8 (to learn more click here) is what allows the assess... Read More »



  • June Sees Highest Home Prices Since 2008 in Silicon Valley

    Home Prices are on the Rise in Almaden Valley

    Posted on July 27, 2012 by Joey.

    This past June saw Silicon Valley home prices at their highest levels since July 2008. The median sales prices for existing single family homes were up 6.5% from last year.  June was the 12th month in a row the sale of all types of homes has gone up in the Bay Area. Silicon Valley sales prices increased 10% from the same time last year. Lack of inventory and incredibly low mortgage rates are driving prices up in some areas. It’s definitely a sellers’ market. Buyers are being outbid and are resorting to wheeling and dealing to make the deal. Many buyers are offering well over... Read More »



  • Montevideo Neighborhood 4th of July Parade

    Another Successful Year

    Posted on July 26, 2012 by Joey.

    For about four and a half decades, the Almaden Valley's Montevideo community has been celebrating the Fourth of July in true neighborhood style.  Blocks of friends and neighbors join for their all out annual parade featuring a fun loving competition for the best float.  This year was no exception with floats featuring "Favorite Games".  Entries included themes from The Angry Birds, Twister and one entry featured all the missing pieces.  However, floats are not the only participants.  Scout troops and other marchers are also seen in this morning parade.  If you mis... Read More »



  • 3rd Annual Emerge 5K Fundraiser at Almaden Lake Park

    Journey for Jessica

    Posted on July 25, 2012 by Joey.

    On August 2, 2009, Jessica Huse, a recent graduate of Valley Christian High School, was driving her VW Beetle on her way to Twin Oaks church near Almaden Valley when she was hit head on by an oncoming vehicle. Once at the hospital, her parents, Don and Lisa, received devastating news; their beautiful daughter had sustained a traumatic brain injury and would likely never recover from her vegetative state.Although divorced for the past 12 years, Jessica’s parents refused to accept the grim diagnosis. Instead, they rented a house and have spent each day since caring for their daughter toget... Read More »



  • New Glen Crest Listing

    1168 Valley Quail Circle

    Posted on June 26, 2012 by Joey.

    A great new listing in Glen Crest has come on market.  This four bedroom three full bath home is located near the community pool, and built by Shapell Homes.  The open floorplan of this two story home includes vaulted ceiling and a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops.  Located within the boundaries of Williams Elementary, Bret Harte Middle, and Leland High, this home should not be missed.... Read More »



  • Outdoor Smoking Banned

    Effective, Immediately

    Posted on May 30, 2012 by Joey.

    On April 10, 2012, the City Council unanimously voted to ban outdoor smoking in a number of public spaces.   Where is outdoor smoking off-limits? Moving forward, San Jose has banned smoking in outdoor dining areas, common areas in apartments or condos, and areas where people congregate such as bus stops. This ordinance was put in place to reduce the impact of second-hand smoke on the health of non-smokers.  Due to limited law enforcement, the city is asking business owners, restaurant and property managers to enforce this new rule.... Read More »



  • Condo Homeowners: Read the Fine Print

    Rental Restrictions Imposed on Homeowners

    Posted on May 04, 2012 by Joey.

    In today’s real estate market, we are finding more homeowners who are interested in taking on the role of Real Estate landlord. Some Almaden homeowners have decided to become landlords and purchased investment properties or they currently own an Almaden property and have chosen to hold on to it as a rental vs. selling in this down market. But for many homeowners governed by homeowner associations, renting out their home isn’t always their decision alone. Many homeowners’ associations have made the decision to impose rental restrictions on their members. Often times, this is p... Read More »



  • Almaden Ranch Retail Project Approved

    People weigh in with mixed reviews

    Posted on May 02, 2012 by Joey.

    In March, our city council approved the Almaden Ranch Development by a vote of 7 to 1. The 45 acre parcel of land on the northeast corner of Almaden Expressway and Highway 85, opposite Robertsville Classic Car Wash and the Safeway Shopping center, is the proposed site for this 350,000 square foot retail center. The expected cost of this development is between $30 million and $50 million. Some local residents are concerned with the impact this new development will have on the neighboring community. Specific concerns surround impending traffic as well as the environmental impact such a large cen... Read More »



  • Stunning Almaden Valley Views

    New Listing in Almaden Boasts Stunning Views of the Valley

    Posted on May 01, 2012 by Joey.

    There is a new Almaden home listed for $1,299,000 in the Graystone community of Almaden Valley. This gorgeous Graystone property with five bedrooms, three and a half baths, spans over 4,500 square feet. This home on Woodview Place boasts unprecedented views. With award winning schools, this Almaden Valley home should not be missed. Located in the school boundaries of Graystone Elementary School, Bret Harte Middle School and Leland High School, this Almaden property resides in a prime location. The updated kitchen features granite counters and backsplash. The refinished hardwood floors offers s... Read More »



  • Anything But Short, Short Sales

    Tired of Waiting for Short Sale Bank Approval, Your Prayers may be answered

    Posted on April 30, 2012 by Joey.

    Are you tired of waiting for the bank to approve your purchase offer on a short sale listing? Your prayers may be answered. The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently proposed a new plan to help expedite the short sale process. This new plan may help properties from staying off the foreclosure chopping block. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is aware that the bank(s) delay in reviewing and approving a short pay-off often results in the escrow falling through and properties getting sold or returning to the bank in a trustee sale (foreclosure auction). In fact, last year, 60% of short sale of... Read More »



  • Lucky Number 7

    Rated the 7th Wealthiest Zip Code in Silicon Valley

    Posted on December 12, 2011 by Joey.

    The Almaden Valley ranks number seven on the Wealthiest Zip Codes in Silicon Valley, as published in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, Vol 29 No 36.  These rankings are based on 2010 median household income reports.  Almaden households rank number 65 nationally with a 2010 median income of $159,145.... Read More »



  • Teddy Bear Holiday Tea Party at The Almaden Golf & Country Club

    Sponsored by Power in Purple Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    Posted on December 05, 2011 by Joey.

    Join Power in Purple as they raise funds to beat cancer at the Almaden Golf and Country Club this Saturday, December 10th at 11:00 a.m. Power in Purple (PIPs) was founded in October 2009 by five ordinary moms whose children who attended Los Alamitos Elementary. These moms made the commitment to fundraise for Team in Training supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training for an Olympic length triathlon together.Since their inception, these women have grown to include a sixth member and have raised over $75,000 for various causes. The Holiday Teddy Bear Tea Party held on Saturday... Read More »



  • October 2011 Almaden Home Sales

    Look What Has Sold in Almaden Valley in October

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Joey.

    Thirty homes closed escrow during the month of October 2011 in the Almaden Valley.  Exactly half of the homes sold for over $1million.  The highest priced Almaden home to sell was 7100 Royal Ridge, featuring 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 1 half bath.  At 6,218 square feet, this Almaden Valley home sold for approximately $394/sf with a sales price of  $2,450,000.... Read More »



  • Hot New Almaden Home with Mountain Views

    Almaden Valley Home Just on Market

    Posted on November 15, 2011 by Joey.

    Don't miss the opportunity to own a Almaden Home with mountain top views!  This remodeled four bedroom, two and a half bathroom Almaden Valley home boasts beautiful hardwood floors, crown molding, recessed lighting and much more.  The 2,245 square foot home sits on over 8,000 square feet of property and features a swimming pool, room for boat or RV parking.  With a large family room, separate living room and dining room, there is space for everyone!  This Almaden home is listed at $849,000.... Read More »



  • 50% off Bogey's Pizza - Almaden

    $20 for Food and Drink @ Bogey's Pizza for just $10

    Posted on November 02, 2011 by Joey.

    All you Almaden home owners and Almaden house guests, don't miss today's Living Social offering for $20 on food and drink for just $10 at Almaden's Bogey's Pizza Co.  Mangia!... Read More »



  • Almaden Valley Top 5 Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating

    NBC Bay Area News Reports on the Almaden Valley

    Posted on October 31, 2011 by Joey.

    NBC Bay Area News reports that the Almaden Valley is in the top 5 San Jose Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating.  So whether you own an Almaden Valley home or just visit an Almaden home for the holiday, be sure to enjoy the neighborhood.  Happy Trick-or-Treating!... Read More »



  • Available Almaden Homes 10/20/2011

    Check out what's available in the Almaden Valley

    Posted on October 20, 2011 by Joey.

    As of October 20, 2011 there are 91 available Almaden Homes.  These available properties range in price from $2,598,000 to $300,000.  In the middle of this range are great single family homes in every price range.  Currently 6292 Vegas Drive is an available Almaden home for $709,000.  This home boasts two remodeled bathrooms.  This Almaden Valley house includes three bedrooms and has been remodeled with top end finishes.  There is an Almaden home at every price range.... Read More »



  • 4th Annual Harvest Festival

    Almaden Community Center Harvest Festival, Something for Everyone

    Posted on October 13, 2011 by Joey.

    Almaden Community Center and the Almaden Library are celebrating Almaden Valley's 4th Annual Almaden Harvest Festival on October 22, 2011 from 12 noon until 4 p.m.  This fun event is free and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.  The day promises something for everyone!  The festival will include games, food, a pumpkin patch, craft faire, haunted houses and a spooky storytime.  Enjoy the day in the Almaden Valley.... Read More »



  • October Almaden Home Sales

    Looks What's Selling in Almaden Valley

    Posted on October 12, 2011 by Joey.

    During the first half of October this year,  seven properties were sold in the Almaden Valley.  Of these Almaden homes sold, four went for over $1million and featured at least four bedrooms and 2,825 square feet of living space.  The lease expensive Almaden Valley home to sell was a three bedroom Almaden home on Crestoak Court.  Check back at the end of the month for more details on what sold in Almaden Valley real estate this month.... Read More »



  • Available Almaden Homes

    Check out what's available in the Almaden Valley

    Posted on October 10, 2011 by Joey.

    As of today, October 10, 2011 there are 76 active listings (available) Almaden homes.  Prices on these Almaden Valley homes range from $2.6 million to $300,000.  $2,598,000 could buy you an Almaden home with five bedrooms and four full bathrooms with one half bath.  This property on Glenview Drive boasts 6,251 square feet of living space on an over 20,000 square foot lot.  The Almaden home you could buy for just $300,000 is a small 600 square foot cabin on Cinnabar Hills, but sits on 328 thousand square feet.  There really is something for everyone in Almaden... Read More »



  • Almaden Business Association Event

    Matthew Mahood, CEO, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamer of Commerce, Featured Speaker

    Posted on October 07, 2011 by Joey.

    On October 25, 2011 at the Case Design/Remodeling location (6155 Almaden Expwy, near Redmond, behind Round Table Pizza, the Almaden Business Association will be holding a special event featuring guest speaker, Matthew Mahood, CEO of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.  This Almaden Valley event should not be missed by Almaden Valley home owners.  Business owners and leaders are invited to attend from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for great networking opportunities.... Read More »



  • Silicon Valley Cares Broomstick Ball

    Fun in the Almaden Valley

    Posted on October 06, 2011 by Joey.

    Reserve your tickets now!  Silicon Valley Cares presents the 2011 Broomstick Ball at the Dolce-Hayes Mansion on October 22, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  This costume encouraged evening includes dinner, dancing, live entertainment, casino and silent auction.  Don't miss this fun event just outside the Almaden Valley Homes neighborhood.For more information visit the 2011 Broomstick Ball event page.... Read More »



  • Growing Up In Almaden

    A Personal Reflection

    Posted on September 22, 2011 by Joey.

    Having grown up in a home in the Almaden Valley... it is great to see how the small community has grown and changed, but also witness how so much has stayed the same in Almaden.  My parents still live in the house in Almaden I grew up on just outside Sunrise Almaden.  Recently, some good friends of mine moved into two Almaden homes on the same street in the Almaden Valley, and others live in the homes in the Almaden Country Club neighborhood.  This weekend, I stopped by the home of a friend of mine in Almaden and shortly after, an impromptu neighborhood party ensued.&n... Read More »



  • Almaden Art and Wine Festival, So Hot, Hot, Hot!

    A good time was had by all at the Almaden Art and Wine Festival

    Posted on September 21, 2011 by Joey.

    A great time was had by all who attended the Almaden Art and Wine festival this year located at Almaden Lake Park.  Many of the attendees were seen carrying beautiful sunflowers provided by Bloomster's Florist.  Although it was a hot day, kids enjoyed the wonderfully stages play area while many parents enjoyed libations provded by such vendors as Sierra Nevada and David Bruce Winery.... Read More »



  • Homes in Almaden

    Townhomes in Almaden

    Posted on September 20, 2011 by Joey.

    If you are looking for a townhome as your next Almaden home, there is currently a limited selection.  As of today, there are only twelve active townhomes available in the Almaden Valley.  Prices range from $900,000 for your largest option at 2,532 square feet for a Almaden home and as low as $450,000 for a short sale townhome in Almaden on Trevino.... Read More »



  • Get the Lastest on Almaden Schools

    What's happening this week at Simonds Elementary

    Posted on September 15, 2011 by Joey.

    With Almaden Valley schools back in full swing, be sure not to miss the latest events happening in the Almaden Valley's own Simonds Elementary School.  Tomorrow, September 16th marks Simonds 2011 first Spirit Day.  An opportunity for Almaden's Simonds Elementary School students to show off their spirit at the school wide assembly.... Read More »



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    What's happening this week at Los Alamitos Elementary School

    Posted on September 15, 2011 by Joey.

    This Friday Almaden's Los Alamitos Elementary School will be hosting the WAT Assembly followed by the Munch N' Movie Night.  Dont miss the fun at one of Almaden's great elementary schools.... Read More »



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    What's happening this week at Castillero Middle School

    Posted on September 15, 2011 by Joey.

    It's all about magazines at Almaden's Castillero Middle School.  All orders must be turned in by the students at Castillero Middle on Friday, September 16th.  Be sure to order from your local students to support Almaden Schools.... Read More »



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    What's happening this week at Williams Elementary

    Posted on September 15, 2011 by Joey.

    It's all about science at Williams Elementary School in Almaden Valley this week.  Science camp at Williams Elementary runs from Tuesday, September 13th through Friday, September 16th.... Read More »



  • How's the Inventory for Homes in Almaden?

    The Latest Statistics on Almaden Homes on the Market

    Posted on September 14, 2011 by Joey.

    The inventory for available homes for sale in the Almaden Valley has thinned slightly over the last month.  Currently the Almaden Valley has just 97 residential homes available for sale.  Located on Vista De Almaden, the highest priced available home is listed for $2,975,000 and boasts 6,000 square feet.  The most affordable property is a 600 square foot cabin on eight private acres of land.  Don't miss the opportunity to live in Almaden! ... Read More »



  • Fun for the Whole Family... Four Legged Children Included

    Bark in the Park, Saturday, September 17 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Posted on September 14, 2011 by Joey.

    Don't miss the Bark in the Park located at William Street Park.  This family event draws 3,500 dogs and four times as many two legged owners!  So, if you want to venture outside of Almaden, dont miss the featured look-alike contest, music, beverages and tail wagging events!... Read More »



  • Staying in Almaden Valley Over Labor Day Weekend?

    Replace Weekend Travel with Dining Out

    Posted on September 02, 2011 by Joey.

    Are you stayin home in the Almaden Valley this holiday weekend?  If so, why not enjoy the Almaden lifestyle and hit some of your local Almaden Valley restaurants.  With the uncertainty of the economy, high gasoline prices, and high airfaire, many of the Almaden Residents are opting to stay in town this weekend, but that doesnt mean having to stay at home in Almaden.  La Foret is a classic Almaden Valley restaurant, established in an old boarding house this French restaurant features the best of fine dining with a charming ambiance.  If you looking for more of a Euro Asian f... Read More »



  • Support the Almaden Valley's Leland High School Booster Club

    Have fun and support Almaden's Leland High School Athletics

    Posted on August 31, 2011 by Joey.

    Leland High School's Athletic Booster Club is hosting their Golf Tournament on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Santa Teresa Golf Course.  Whether you are a resident in Almaden Valley, or just a supporter of the Almaden community dont miss a day in the sun to support Almaden Valley athletics.  For more information visit Leland High Schools Booster Club website @ www.lelandhsboosterclub.com.... Read More »



  • Market Statistics for Almaden

    Almaden Valley Market Statistics

    Posted on August 30, 2011 by Joey.

    For the month of August Almaden Home Listings (New in August)      35    Current Almaden Valley Homes Available (Inventory) 105 Closed Almaden Valley Residential Properties 47 Average Days on Market for Home in Almaden Valley 77 Average Residential Almaden Homes Sales Price $872,073 ... Read More »



  • Almaden Valley's Woodside Community New Listing

    Great Property, Close to Los Alamitos Creek Trail

    Posted on August 25, 2011 by Joey.

    If you are a big fan of the Los Alamitos Creek trail, this new Almaden house listing at 793 Portswood Circle might be the perfect Almaden home for you.  This single story home in Almaden Valley’s Woodside neighborhood is just a quick trip to the Los Alamitos Creek Trail and will lead you straight to Almaden Lake Park.  If this Almaden Valley Home is not the right one for you, there are many other property listings located in the Graystone Elementary, Bret Harte Middle, or Leland High School boundaries.... Read More »



  • Something for Everyone... Almaden Art & Wine Festival

    Closing Out the Summer with the Almaden Art & Wine Festival

    Posted on August 23, 2011 by Joey.

    Voted one of the best festivals in San Jose, the Almaden Art & Wine Festival offers something for everyone.  This year, the 35th Annual Almaden Art & Wine Festival will feature crafts for all ages, art, photography, jewelry and much more.  Enjoy the savory food or sweet treats of local vendors.  And quench your thirst with a variety of wines including: Bargetto, Byington, Cinnabar, Coterie Cellars, David Bruce, Fortino, Guglielmo, J. Lohr, Kirgin Cellars, Martin Ranch, or if you prefer beers, your options will include: Bud Light, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Stella Artois, ... Read More »



  • Go Green For Your Valentine in Almaden

    What To Do For Your Almaden Sweetheart

    Posted on January 29, 2011 by Joey.

    Not sure what to get for your Almaden sweetheart this Valentine's Day?  We here at Almaden Residential have a great idea that will no doubt endear you to that special someone but is also good for the environment.  Look no further and Adopt-A-Rose!  For a nominal $5.00 you can adopt a rose for your Almaden sweetheart at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens.  For one full year your rose will be marked with an engraved plaque with your personal inscription.  In addition, you will receive a box of Valentine's box which includes 2 tickets to the Children's Carousel at Are... Read More »



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