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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 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 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! 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 or look at their website at ... 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, 3. Freebies – Everyone loves freebie... Read More »

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