Los Altos Homes Up $30,000+, Year over Year!

Yesterday I had a client call me asking if I could help him calculate what his home was worth every year for the last 5 years. While I couldn’t say what his home was worth, I could run a quick analysis across the entire neighborhood of Los Altos on a yearly basis for home similar to […]

Organic Recovery or Fabricated?

If your personal financial household was experiencing a rough time, and you dipped into your savings or used credit cards to shore up your finances, make purchases or take trips, would you feel good about your newfound economic recovery? Probably not. But if you were the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics you would be […]

Lack of Inventory, a Problem for Agents Looking for Open Houses.

As an individual agent, my personal business does not provide enough statistical data to draw relevant market conclusions. For valid market data I rely upon the Multiple Listing Service. But what experiences I do have, becomes anecdotal evidence. I can then follow up on these anecdotal stories to see if my personal observations are market […]

Neighborhood Garage Sale Dates – 2012

Garage Sale 2012 Dates:   La Marina – June 23rd Printable Registration Form El Dorado Park South – July 14th Printable Registration Form College Park Estates – July 21st Printable Registration Form  

What are the Secrets to getting YOUR offer accepted?

You just saw a home. Your excited about the future. You can picture yourself coming home from work to your new home, working in the yard, or in the garage, or preparing dinner for the family. This new home is everything you could want. There is only one problem. Many other buyers feel the same […]

Barron’s Says Housing Market “Ready to Rebound”

 I just re-read Barron’s cover story from story from two weekends ago. Barron’s is the only paid subscription newspaper I get, in addition they tend to be conservative or on the bearish side of the coin. While I thought the article was quite lacking in substance, their timing I believe is of value. So here […]

Investors With Cash, the Federal Reserve & the Misallocation of Capital

What do these items have in common? Well, a lot. I recently met with a general parter of a prospective Real Estate syndication. This general partner said he has investors willing to throw money at him, but having integrity, he didn’t want to accept the money because he wasn’t sure if he could obtain the […]

Banks are Idiots – Wells Fargo Prefers You Screw Them, Than Be Paid Back.

Today I got to speak with Larry and Sean at Wells Fargo. This was my second day of three way calls with my client on the line, trying to get somewhere in an attempt to “Do the right thing” and save Wells Fargo $20,000, or more. Jenny & Jim bought their home about 10 years […]

The Importance of an “Accurate” List Price

The list price you choose serves two purposes: One –  Get people in the door & Two – Be high enough to not compromise your best possible outcome. Sellers often think the best way to choose a list price is determine the true value of a home, and then add some or a lot of negotiating room, but […]

How to Evaluate a Rental Property Quickly (Video)

When scanning new listings I use quick rules of thumb. This enables me to know within 20 seconds or less whether a property has the potential to break even, or have a positive cash flow. Is the monthly rent around 75% of the Price (divided by 100)? If this is the case, or close to […]