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  • Homestead High School Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary

    Celebratory Gala is Being Held in Downtown Sunnyvale

    Posted on February 23, 2013 by Nikki.

    On March 1, Homestead High School in Sunnyvale will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a gala at the historic Del Monte Building in downtown Sunnyvale. There will be good food, good wine, and an auction that will help raise money for the school. Auction items will include Sharks and 49er tickets, as well as parties donated by school parents. Auction winners can designate which department, sport, or club they would like their donation to support. The $85 ticket price will also include a delicious dinner buffet offering chicken piccata, tournedos of beef, and penne fresco. Ticket prices a... Read More »

  • Euphrat Museum of Art – “War and Healing”

    Euphrat’s latest exhibition

    Posted on February 21, 2013 by Nikki.

    Here's something you might be interested in this weekend! 1. Euphrat Museum of Art If you’ve never visited the Euphrat Museum of Art at De Anza College, you owe it to yourself to check it out! It’s much more than just a museum. I creates an experiential environment for visual ideas and communication. They offer programs in arts, education, public art programs and lectures to stimulate creativity and interest in art. The latest exhibition is “War and Healing.” It looks at the healing potential of art and runs through March 21. A reception takes pl... Read More »

  • February is Spay/Neuter Month at the Humane Society Silicon Valley

    Sunnyvale Vets Join Forces to Ensure the Health of Area Pets

    Posted on February 20, 2013 by Nikki.

    The Humane Society Silicon Valley is combining with Silicon Valley and Sunnyvale veterinarians to offer discounted spaying and neutering in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted cat and dog litters. Through the month of February, cats are only $50, dogs under 50 lbs. are $80, and dogs over 50 lbs. are $100. Your pet need not have been adopted from the Humane Society to qualify for the discount. But your pet will need to be current on vaccines. Vaccinations can be updated the day of surgery. This special discounted rate includes a pre-op exam, anesthetic, a nail trim, hospitalization on th... Read More »

  • Single Family Residential Home in Sunnyvale for $899k

    172 Piedra Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

    Posted on February 19, 2013 by Nikki.

    You can own a fantastic single family residential home in Sunnyvale for only $899,000! This beautiful single-story home has 1,720 square feet of living space on its 6,099 square foot lot. It is in a ideal location of Sunnyvale: safe neighborhood, close to Washington Park for exercise and leisure, close to downtown for shopping and dining, and close to freeways for commuting. It features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and the master suite has been enlarged. The kitchen has a breakfast bar and has been upgraded with granite countertops. There are separate family and dining rooms, and the living ... Read More »

  • Property Owners Tapping Into Home Equity Again

    Optimism on the rise as equity is source of money again

    Posted on February 18, 2013 by Nikki.

    A recent CNBC article written by Diana Olick showed the home owners are tapping into home equity once again. This was a very popular option during the booming market when home prices were skyrocketing upward. This time, however, the movement seems much more careful and prudent. There isn’t a mad dash to just increase cash flow by refinancing, taking out a home equity line of credit, or home equity loan. In the past, people just tapped into their homes to purchase extravagant vacations, buy luxury cars, etc. Near the peak in 2006, there was a total of $28 billion in home equity lines ... Read More »

  • Homeownership in Sunnyvale for $399,000?

    A great 2 bed/2bath condominium at The Terraces at Sunnyvale

    Posted on February 16, 2013 by Nikki.

    929 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, 94087 - This wonderfully updated condo has 1,082 square feet in a great open floor plan. The remodeled kitchen has new cabinets and granite counters. It opens to the spacious living/dining room. Doors to the outdoor balcony let in lots of natural sunlight. The master bedroom suite also opens onto the balcony. Both bathrooms have been updated with new granite-topped vanities. The entire condo has new paint, carpet, baseboards, and blinds throughout. Interior laundry is very convenient.The Terraces at Sunnyvale is conveniently located on El Camino Real at S. W... Read More »

  • Upcoming Sunnyvale Events

    Sunnyvale events for the weekend

    Posted on February 14, 2013 by Nikki.

    1. Tango Trio Concert, Friday, February 15 8:30pm Tango Trio is a group that plays new tango compositions. It is composed of master accordionist Gianfranco, pianist Nancy and violinist Griff. On Friday they will perform a concert at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery at 251 El Camino Real. They encourage dancing if you feel the music, and if you don’t know how to tango yet, come early because Joanna Bresee and her friend Alex will teach you tango moves at 7:30pm before the concert. 2. Evening of Cultural Arts, Saturday, February 16, 8pm http://sunnyva... Read More »

  • Sunnyvale Challenge Team Honored With YMCA Award

    Steve Young will be keynote speaker at Awards Breakfast

    Posted on February 13, 2013 by Nikki.

    What started as a grassroots think tank in response to gang violence is now being nationally recognized for their outstanding efforts. The Sunnyvale Challenge Team is being awarded the Community Values Youth Award for 2013 by the YMCA of Silicon Valley and Project Cornerstone.For the past five years, Sunnyvale Challenge Team, which was spearheaded by the Department of Public Safety’s Captain Doug Moretto, has connected trouble teens with community activities, from sports to cooking classes. By using three key tactics – mentoring, improving parenting skills, and providing connection... Read More »

  • Largo Condo in Sunnyvale for only $795k!

    1049 Jena Terrace, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

    Posted on February 12, 2013 by Nikki.

    A large condo just came to market in Sunnyvale for $795k. It is 1,725 square feet and is only 6 years old. This three level residence features four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, a spacious living room, separate dining area and a cozy family room off the gourmet kitchen. It is located in a quiet neighborhood yet is also just minutes from major freeways, light rail, and parks. It has separate family and dining rooms, a breakfast bar, and an eat-in kitchen for family meals. There is also a fireplace in the living room for those cold winter nights and an attached two-car garage. Ameni... Read More »

  • Sunnyvale Maintains Aaa Credit Rating

    Sunnyvale has great credit rating still

    Posted on February 11, 2013 by Nikki.

    Moody's Investors Services recently granted the city of Sunnyvale a fantastic credit rating of Aaa. Sunnyvale is one of only eight California cities to be granted Moody’s highest credit rating. Other notable cities include Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, and Palo Alto. Moody’s decided to evaluate more than 30 California cities due to the state’s struggling financial crisis. However, the city of Sunnyvale passed with outstanding grades due to “strong fiscal operations featuring healthy reserves” and “sound prospects for continued near-term economic growth,&... Read More »

  • Blood Drive

    Save a life!

    Posted on February 07, 2013 by Nikki.

    Do you want to save lives? You don’t have to become a doctor, police officer, or firefighter to save lives. You can save lives by donating blood! To make it even easier, Red Cross is staging a blood drive right here in Sunnyvale. Next Wednesday, February 13, come to the Moffett Towers Club at 1080 Enterprise Way in Sunnyvale from 10am – 3pm to donate blood. For more information, call 1-800-733-2767 or look at their website at Read More »

  • Beautiful Custom Home in Cupertino School District in Sunnyvale

    142 Connemara Way, Sunnyvale 94087 - $1,238,000

    Posted on February 06, 2013 by Nikki.

    This beautiful ranch home in the Ortega neighborhood in Sunnyvale has 4 bedrooms, an office, and an artist studio, plus 2 ½ baths in a spacious 2,036 square foot open floor plan. This home has been upgraded with so many wonderful touches – gorgeous hardwood floors, custom doors, imported tile floors, recessed lighting, in-ceiling speakers, the list goes on and on.The huge combination living and dining room has beautiful hardwood floors, a lovely fireplace, and expansive views to the backyard. The eat-in kitchen has a custom tile backsplash, a large skylight that lets in plenty of ... Read More »

  • Foreclosures Down Yet Again

    The number of foreclosures continues to dip

    Posted on February 05, 2013 by Nikki.

    Inman news recently reported that the “Number of homes in foreclosure down 19.5 percent from a year ago.” They reported on two categories: the number of homes in the foreclosure process and the number of homes actually lost to foreclosure. The number of completed foreclosures in December was 56,000, 21% lower than this time last year. The number of homes in the process of foreclosure in December was 1.2M, down 19.5% compared to that time last year. In all, the number of foreclosures is about 3% of all homes with an active mortgage. This trend continues to show that the housing m... Read More »

  • Single Family Home in Sunnyvale for only $549k!

    618 East Duane Avenue, Sunnyvale 94085

    Posted on February 04, 2013 by Nikki.

    If you are looking for an affordable single family residential home in the great city of Sunnyvale, look no further. A 1,449 square foot home with a lot size of 5,200 square feet just came to market for $549,000. It features four bedroom and two baths, and it’s in a perfect location in the safe city of Sunnyvale. It is near 101 for commutes, near Fair Oaks Park for walking, and near plenty of companies for jobs. It has an open floor plan with separate dining and family rooms and an eat-in kitchen to enjoy a peaceful breakfast. It also has a bonus room, a master suite with a large cl... Read More »

  • Sunnyvale Library Welcomes Silicon Valley Reads

    Community Events Encourage Families to Read Together

    Posted on February 02, 2013 by Nikki.

    Now in its 11th year, Silicon Valley Reads is a community event focused on encouraging all family members to read, fostering a life-long love of learning. All of Santa Clara County is encouraged to read the same books at the same time. This year’s Silicon Valley Reads theme is the Invisible Wounds of War. The unique diversity of Santa Clara County can offer differing perspectives and thoughts on the subject of war.The featured adult books for 2013 are The Long Walk and Minefields of the Heart. The Long Walk is soldier Brian Caster’s story of his three tours of duty and his difficul... Read More »

  • Housing Market to Ignite Economy?

    Can the recovering housing market lead to a economic boom?

    Posted on January 31, 2013 by Nikki.

    Floyd Norris wrote a recent New York Times article entitled “Housing Offers Hope of Strength in the Economy.” When the market was booming several years ago, too many homes were built and/or sold to under-qualified buyers. When the mortgage crisis finally reared its ugly head, it sent the housing market into the doldrums for almost four years. It has taken a long time to rid the market of these excess homes and loan situations. Now, the inventory of homes for sale is as low as it’s been in decades. Naturally, prices have been slowly increasing in most U.S. markets, and it&... Read More »

  • Home Prices in December Give Strong Showing

    Silicon Valley and Sunnyvale Price Going Up, Up, Up

    Posted on January 30, 2013 by Nikki.

    Even with incredibly low inventory, single-family home prices in the Bay Area showed a huge spike in December. Overall, the median sale price in the nine-county Bay Area rose almost 25% year over year in December according to real estate data reporters DataQuick.The median sales price of Bay Area homes was $470,000, up from $380,000 a year ago December. The last time the median sales price rose faster in Silicon Valley was almost three years ago in May 2010. The median sales price of single-family homes in Sunnyvale was just over $1M.What’s even more encouraging is the trend of more high... Read More »

  • Columbia Middle School and Stanford Launch New Program

    Columbia Middle School is teaming with Stanford on a new program

    Posted on January 29, 2013 by Nikki.

    If you have children in school, you are probably interested in the quality of local public schools. This is often measured by an API test score. Your local Sunnyvale middle schools usually post impressive API scores. See a previous blog for more details, Basically, Cupertino Middle School often leads the way, recently scoring 935 out of a possible 1000. Marian A. Peterson Middle School and Sunnyvale Middle School aren’t too far behind at 862 and 843. Columbia Middle School struggles in this regard though, r... Read More »

  • Own Your Own Sunnyvale Condo for $699,000!

    438 Hogarth Terrace, Sunnyvale 94087

    Posted on January 28, 2013 by Nikki.

    A new Sunnyvale condo just came to market for $699,000. It is 1,419 square feet and features three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. It has been recently updated with granite countertops, copper pipes, new baths, and new carpet in the stairwell and bedrooms. It also has recessed lights, hardwood floors, and vaulted ceilings. There is an eat-in kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, and a two car garage. Amenities include central heating and a laundry area. It is in the excellent school districts of Louis V. Stocklmeir, Cupertino Middle, and Fremont High Schools. If you would like mor... Read More »

  • Modern Townhouse in the Cupertino Union School District in Sunnyvale

    822 KINGFISHER TERRACE, Sunnyvale 94087 - $699,950

    Posted on January 27, 2013 by Nikki.

    This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1,700 square foot Sunnyvale townhouse is in the highly desirable Cupertino Union School District in Sunnyvale. This end unit features private access to the community pool, soaring ceilings in the living room, new paint, and a newly remodeled kitchen and bath.The living room has large windows that let in tons of natural sunlight, engineered wood floors, and a gas fireplace. The kitchen features beautiful Shaker style cabinets and granite slab counters. There is a family room with wet bar, gas fireplace, and lots of cabinets for storage.The master bedroom suite has a ... Read More »

  • Upcoming Events Around Sunnyvale

    Here are some things of interest in and around the Sunnyvale area

    Posted on January 24, 2013 by Nikki.

    1. Friends of the Sunnyvale Library Book Sale, Jan 26-27 Find some good books to cozy up with this cold winter season at the Sunnyvale library book sale. Teachers receive a 20 percent discount with a school-issued ID. On Saturday from 10am-4pm, you can pay with cash, check and credit/debit card. On Sunday from 1-4pm, you must pay with cash or check only. The library is located at 665 W. Olive Ave. Find more information at 408-730-7300,, or 2. Kindergarten Readiness, Jan 29 Do you have any children who will be going to school for the firs... Read More »

  • Sunnyvale Schools Begin Renovation and Improvement Projects

    Voter Approved Bond Measures Finance Projects

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by Nikki.

    Voters in all three Sunnyvale school districts - Cupertino Union, Sunnyvale and Fremont Union High School districts – approved funds that are resulting in numerous construction, renovation and improvement projects.Cupertino Union School DistrictIn June 2012, district voters passed Measure H, a $220 million school facility and repair bond measure. The money will be used to modernize and build additional classrooms, upgrade safety systems, replace infrastructure, and update science labs and technology systems. Each of the district’s 25 schools will receive a “technology refresh... Read More »

  • New Foreclosure Rules

    New Rules for Foreclosure to Protect Struggling Homeowners

    Posted on January 22, 2013 by Nikki.

    A recent Realtor magazine article reported last Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released new guidelines for mortgage lenders, These guidelines are designed to help struggling homeowners who are facing foreclosure. Their new guidelines include the following. * Mortgage servicers are prohibited from foreclosing on a home owner who is seeking loan modifications. Servicers will be unable to file a foreclosure notice until a home owner is at least 120 days behind on a mortga... Read More »

  • Own Your Own Sunnyvale Home for $490,000!

    1069 Duane Court, Sunnyvale, CA 94085

    Posted on January 21, 2013 by Nikki.

    If you are looking for an affordable single family residential home in Sunnyvale, look no further than this new listing on Duane Court. It’s listing price is only $490,000! It is 1,425 square feet and sits on a lot size of 5,200 square feet. It is located near Lawrence Expressway and is close to many businesses, stores, and freeways for your commute. It features three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. There is even a tub in the master bathroom, Amenities include central heat and air, a breakfast room, a breakfast bar, an interior laundry area, and a office room. It sits in the sc... Read More »

  • Catch the 49ers NFC Championship Game in Sunnyvale

    Catch the Big Game on the Big Screen

    Posted on January 19, 2013 by Nikki.

    Join fellow sports fans as the San Francisco 49ers invade the Georgia Dome on Sunday at noon on their Quest for Six. Cheer them on at one of these Sunnyvale bars:Fibbar MaGee’s156 S. Murphy Avenue in downtown SunnyvaleEnjoy authentic Irish dishes and beer and plenty of TVs to watch the big gameThe Peacock Lounge102 E. Fremont Avenue at Sunnyvale Saratoga Road2 jumbo screens, 16 HDTVs to catch all the actionSt. John’s Bar & Grill510 Lawrence Expressway Ste. 110 at Arques AvenuePlenty of TVs and great burgers and sandwiches. A Sunnyvale institutionTL Beer Garden 769 N. Mathilda A... Read More »

  • Gorgeous Sunnyvale Condo for $568,000

    984 Alpine Terrace #1, Sunnyvale 94086

    Posted on January 17, 2013 by Nikki.

    A beautiful Sunnyvale condo just came to market at $568,000. It is a 1,553 square foot two bedroom, two-and-a-half bath end unit townhouse. It has a formal entry with tile floors, and it has lots of windows for great natural lighting throughout the house. The kitchen has been remodeled with granite countertops, and the dining area overlooks the living space. Both bedrooms are master suites. Amenities include central air and heat, a fireplace in the living room for those cozy evenings, and a breakfast bar. There is also a two-car garage and an interior laundry area. The list price includ... Read More »

  • Have Fun While Learning at the Sunnyvale Public Library

    Story Time, Computer Skills, and So Much More

    Posted on January 16, 2013 by Nikki.

    Did you know that not only is your local Sunnyvale Public Library home to a vast collection of books and periodicals that make research a breeze, but it’s also a great place for children of all ages to learn to read, and for teens and adults to learn new skills or share their love of reading with other like-minded Sunnyvale residents?Babies and toddlers can enjoy storytime at the Sunnyvale library with program designed specifically for them. Baby Lapsit, Terrific 2’s & 3’s, and Fantastic 4’s & 5’s prepare young minds for a life-long love of reading. School... Read More »

  • Own Your Own Sunnyvale Home for $750K!

    1320 Eleanor Way, Sunnyvale 94087

    Posted on January 15, 2013 by Nikki.

    A new Sunnyvale home just came to market at $750,000. This short-sale is a fantastic deal! It is a 1,711 square foot single family residential home on a 6,000 square foot corner lot. This ranch-style home features four bedrooms and two baths. It is in a great location near El Camino Real and South Wolfe Road, within walking distance of many great stores and restaurants. The kitchen has been fully upgraded with ceramic tile floor, full slab bull-nosed granite countertops, new appliances, and glazed cabinets. The living room has a fireplace for cozy evenings together. The yard is spacious... Read More »

  • $8.5B Mortgage Settlement

    Banks Agree to an $8.5B Mortgage Settlement on Foreclosures

    Posted on January 14, 2013 by Nikki.

    A recent Realtor magazine article reported that several banks agreed to an $8.5B mortgage settlement due to foreclosure errors, Ten major banks were involved and agreed to terms with federal regulators over prior mistakes in processing foreclosures:Aurora Bank of America Citibank JPMorgan Chase MetLife Bank PNC Sovereign SunTrust U.S. Bank They are going to pay $3.3B to help 3.8M eligible homeowners who were foreclosed on in 2009 and 2010. The other $5.2B will be paid as assistance to curr... Read More »

  • Events Around Sunnyvale to Start the New Year

    Here are some things of interest in and around the Sunnyvale area

    Posted on January 10, 2013 by Nikki.

    Here are some events around Sunnyvale to keep you entertained if you don’t want to watch the NFL playoffs this month.1. Sunnyvale Farmers’ Market The Sunnyvale Farmers’ Market is held year ‘round in downtown Sunnyvale at Murphy Avenue and Washington on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Support your local growers and buy fresh produce! 2. The Silicon Valley Story If you’re interested in networking, don’t miss this event on Wednesday, Jan 16 from 7 to 11pm at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery. Here’s the agenda. 7 ... Read More »

  • Charming Bungalow Near Downtown Sunnyvale

    493 Southwood Avenue, $649,000

    Posted on January 09, 2013 by Nikki.

    This quaint 3 bedroom, 1 bath home in the Heritage District of Sunnyvale is move-in ready. This 979 square foot home is on a large 5,000 square foot lot – tons of room to add on in the future. This updated Sunnyvale home features beautiful hardwood floors, double-paned windows, and central A/C. The large open kitchen has beautiful granite counters and a dine-in area. The living space has a separate dining area. The bedrooms are spacious, and the bathroom has been updated and features a solid surface vanity with integrated sink, as well as a tile surround shower over tub. There is a dedic... Read More »

  • Beware of Underwater Scams

    Be wary of any too-good-to-be-true offers

    Posted on January 08, 2013 by Nikki.

    The Sunnyvale real estate market has been improving steadily, but unfortunate buyers during the mortgage crisis several years ago may still be underwater. That is, they may owe more on their loan than the home is currently worth. Naturally, they may seek some type of relief or help to address their situation, i.e. some type of payment reduction. As the saying goes, always beware of offers that seem too good to be true. Recently, it has been discovered that scammers have targeted these underwater homeowners. Basically, con artists claim to be from government programs trying to help modify a... Read More »

  • Own a Sunnyvale Condo for $350K!

    1001 East Evelyn Terrace #120, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

    Posted on January 07, 2013 by Nikki.

    A new Sunnyvale condo just came to market at only $350,000! If you are looking for an affordable place to call your own in a great town like Sunnyvale, this might be your best bet! This 1,123 square foot home features two bedrooms, two baths, and a den! It’s the largest unit in this complex. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated, and amenities include double pane windows, central air conditioning, central heat, a formal entry, and interior laundry area. The list price even includes the washer and dryer as well as the dishwasher and refrigerator. Condo benefits include a car w... Read More »

  • Happy Holidays!

    Enjoy the holiday season!

    Posted on December 21, 2012 by Nikki.

    Due to the holiday schedule, I will not be updating this blog until the new year.  However, I will still be working, so if you'd like any help with your Sunnyvale real estate needs, please contact me, Nikki Langendorf, at 1-408-896-4221 or  Happy Holidays!... Read More »

  • Christmas Movies for Everyone

    What are you going to watch this Christmas?

    Posted on December 20, 2012 by Nikki.

    Do you spend a lot of time with family or friends during Christmas watching movies? If so, here is a reminder of some non-classic movies you might want to consider… …if you are just looking for some laughs 1. Elf Will Ferrell stars in this comedy. He plays an elf from the north pole who learns he’s a human. He travels to New York City to meet his biological father, and he spread Christmas cheer to even the cynical NYC crowd. 2. Four Christmases Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn star in this comedy about a couple visiting all four of their divorced parents in one day. 3.... Read More »

  • How to Handle Low Appraisals (Part 2 of 2)

    What should you do if an appraisal is lower than the selling price?

    Posted on December 19, 2012 by Nikki.

    See previous blog entry for part 1. Just to recap, a low appraisal can cause many problems, not the least of which are issues to fund your mortgage loan which might prevent you from being able to purchase your home. There are a few things you can do in that situation. First, there’s a saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is applicable here because, hopefully, you should be working with an agent who will do their best to prevent this in the first place. They can proactively provide the appraiser with a set of accurate comparables and/or market analys... Read More »

  • Sunnyvale Home at $669,950

    725 Carolina Avenue, Sunnyvale 94085

    Posted on December 18, 2012 by Nikki.

    A new Sunnyvale home just came to market at $669,950. It’s a great buy! This single story home features three bedrooms and two full baths. It is 1,440 square feet on a 6,084 square foot lot. It has a beautiful, open floor plan, and it is fully remodeled with a permitted addition. Upgrades include new granite, cabinets, fixtures, hardwood floors, interior doors, texture, paint, new roof, new copper plumbing, and new heating ducts. It also features a large shed that can alternatively be used as an office. The yard feature automatic sprinkers and a large deck. The master suite has a ... Read More »

  • How to Handle Low Appraisals (Part 1 of 2)

    What should you do if an appraisal is lower than the selling price?

    Posted on December 17, 2012 by Nikki.

    As prices of Sunnyvale real estate continue to rise, a unique problem is starting to occur. Appraisals are sometimes coming in lower than the selling price. That can present a strange set of problems. To review, here’s how the process generally works. Let’s say you are seriously looking for a Sunnyvale home, and you’ve already been pre-approved and pre-qualified for a $600k loan. You also have $110k for a down payment. As you are shopping for a home, you find a perfect one at an asking price of $700k. You really want that house, and you bid $710k. After reviewing sever... Read More »

  • Evaluating a neighborhood properly

    Be thorough in your housing search

    Posted on December 14, 2012 by Nikki.

    One of the top considerations in shopping for a new Sunnyvale home is of course location. Most people generally know what they are looking for in terms of location, i.e. school district, neighborhood, length of commute, etc. Here are a few other details to think about while you look around. 1. School District If you have or will have children in school, it’s probably important for you to look at the quality of the school district your home will be in. Of course this is important, but remember that private schools may be an option too. There are a lot of great private schools in the S... Read More »

  • Sunnyvale Happenings

    What is going on in our lovely city of Sunnyvale?

    Posted on December 13, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are a resident of Sunnyvale, here are a few developments you might be interested in. 1. Downtown Sunnyvale Parking On December 4, the Sunnyvale city council voted to install paid parking in the north and south Mathilda overpass lots. Based on a study that started in 2011, it has been decided that this paid parking system is the best solution to help the ongoing maintenance required of the five existing city-owned downtown parking lots. More information can be found from the above hyperlink... Read More »

  • Beautiful Sunnyvale Home in Great Location for $1.2M

    454 Cumulus Avenue, Sunnyvale 94087

    Posted on December 12, 2012 by Nikki.

    A gorgeous two-story, single family residential Sunnyvale home just came to market for $1,199,000. This large 2,888 square foot home features four bedrooms and three baths and sits on lot size of 6,300 square feet. It has separate family and dining rooms, a fireplace in the living room, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a two-car garage. There are multiple master bedrooms as well as a room on the first floor. Upstairs includes an office that you must check out! The home itself is in a fantastic location, within walking distance of Las Palmas Park, shopping, and dining, yet it’s... Read More »

  • Holiday Foreclosure Reprieve

    Enjoy the holidays if you have a mortgage with Freddie, Fannie, or BofA

    Posted on December 11, 2012 by Nikki.

    Realtor magazine recently reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be suspending foreclosures beginning on December 17 and 19, respectively, They will both resume on January 2. Fannie Mae Executive Vice President of Credit Portfolio Management Terry Edwards said “The holidays are a chance to be with loved ones and we want to relieve some stress at this time of year.” Bank of America also announced a holiday suspension of evictions for foreclosure victims for loans it owns as wel... Read More »

  • Single Family Sunnyvale Home for $484k!

    1030 Colusa Ave., Sunnyvale 94085

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Nikki.

    You can own a single family residential Sunnyvale home for $484,000! This bank-owned three-bedroom, two bath home just came to market. The home itself is 1,165 square feet, and the lot is 5,200 square feet. It has an eat-in kitchen and a fireplace in the living room. Recent upgrades include new carpet, new interior paint, remodeled bathrooms, new flooring in the kitchen and bathroom, new appliances in the kitchen, and new sod in the front and back yards. The home will include the cooktop range, the refrigerator, and the microwave oven. It is in the school districts of San Miguel Elementa... Read More »

  • Foreclosure Auction Cancellations

    Don’t rely on buying a foreclosure these days

    Posted on December 07, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are waiting, hoping to find a can’t miss deal on a foreclosed property, you may want to rethink your strategy. Foreclosures in the south bay are declining according to an article written by Pete Carey of the Mercury News,  He wrote that foreclosure auctions declining for a few reasons. First, since the housing prices are increasing, people are able to hold onto their homes a little longer, and they can get above water. This makes it much easier to sel... Read More »

  • Weekend Events for December 7 to 9

    What to do as a Sunnyvale real estate owner the weekend of December 7 to 9

    Posted on December 06, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are a Sunnyvale home owner, here are just a few things you might be interested in this weekend, December 7 to 9.1. Cogswell Polytechnical College Open House you or your child interested in getting a unique and/or specialized education, do yourself a favor and attend the free open house at Cogswell Polytechnical College. It’s in our own backyard at 1175 Bordeaux Drive and has been around more than 100 years! It specializes in merging arts and technology, and you can learn more about their programs in Animation, Game Design... Read More »

  • Become a Sunnyvale Land Owner!

    Own land at 963 South Wolfe Rd., Sunnyvale

    Posted on December 05, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you’re in the market to invest in Sunnyvale real estate, a unique opportunity has opened up. A great property at South Wolfe Road and El Camino Real has just come to market for $1,850,000. It is 13,802 square feet, and it has already been approved for a complex to house six townhomes at 1,570 square feet each. Each would have three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and two-car garages in three stories. These townhomes will sit in the Santa Clara Unified school district with Braly Elementary, Peterson Middle, and Wilcox High School. It is fully entitled and ready to pull permits and... Read More »

  • Fear of Commitment

    Why you should NOT wait on buying a house

    Posted on December 04, 2012 by Nikki.

    Are you afraid of committing? I’m not talking about committing in your relationship, that’s a different blog! No, I’m talking about committing to the purchase of a house. If you’ve been in the Sunnyvale real estate market for a while, perhaps you are waiting for the perfect home in the perfect area for the perfect price with the perfect loan. If so, you might be better off not wasting your time. You should just stop looking now. You might never be able find the absolute perfect scenario to buy your dream home. If you really search and scour, you can probably find... Read More »

  • Single Family Sunnyvale Home for <$500K!

    293 Hiddenlake Dr., Sunnyvale 94089

    Posted on December 03, 2012 by Nikki.

    Own your own single family residential Sunnyvale home for only $499,888! This 1,000 square foot home features three bedrooms and two baths and sits on a lot size of 5,800 square feet. It features a breakfast nook, a living room/dining room combo, and a one-car garage. Amenities include a wall furnace, a patio, and area carpeting. The home will include the refrigerator and the security alarm system. It is in the school districts of Lakewood Elementary, Columbia Middle, and Fremont High School. If you would like more information on this property, please contact Sunnyvale real estate specia... Read More »

  • Sunnyvale School Scores

    How do Sunnyvale schools rank?

    Posted on November 30, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you have or will have a child in school, you will be interested in the rankings of Sunnyvale’s schools. Even if you don’t have a child in school, knowing about school rankings might help you choose a location as better schools equals higher property value. There are a lot of websites on the internet to find school rankings, but probably the most important score you’ll see are the Academic Performance Index (API) scores.The API is a score between 200 and 1000, the higher the score the better. A score of 800 is the statewide goal for all schools. Also, schools are compar... Read More »

  • 5 Bedroom Single Family Sunnyvale Home for < $1M

    776 Sequoia Dr., Sunnyvale 94086

    Posted on November 29, 2012 by Nikki.

    Own a two-story, five-bedroom single family residential Sunnyvale home for $968,800. This 2,149 square foot home also has two and a half baths and sits on a lot size of 6,014 square feet. It features a breakfast nook, a living room/dining room combo, a separate family room with a wood-burning marble fireplace, and an attached two-car garage. Amenities include central air and heat, granite counters, double-pane windows, recessed lighting, and copper plumbing. The home will also include a dishwasher, cooktop range, refrigerator, and built-in oven. It is in the school districts of Ponderosa ... Read More »

  • Christmas Events Are Coming

    What to do as a Sunnyvale real estate owner the weekend of November 30 to December 2

    Posted on November 28, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are a Sunnyvale home owner, here are just a few things you might be interested in this weekend, November 30 to December 2. Holiday events are filling the Sunnyvale calendar, so start planning now!1. Lakewood Village Holiday Parade Christmas season kicks off with the 21st Annual Lakewood Village Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 1. It runs from Lakewood Elementary School at 11am to Fairwood Park, and it includes the Columbia Choir, pictures with Santa, and a food truck area at the Valley Faith Church.2. Christmas Tree Lighting Celebra... Read More »

  • Affordable Single Family Sunnyvale Home

    706 San Tomas St., Sunnyvale 94085

    Posted on November 27, 2012 by Nikki.

    An affordable single family residential Sunnyvale home just came to market for $549,999. This 1,345 square foot home has three bedrooms and two full baths and sits on a lot size of 5,600 square feet. Located on San Tomas St., it’s a perfect starter home and is in a great location for commuters.  It's just minutes away from 101 and not that much further from 237. It features a separate family room, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, and an attached one-car garage. Amenities include central air and heat, hardwood floors, double-paned windows, and a built-in barbecue. Re... Read More »

  • Working with a Real Estate Agent

    Why should you work with a real estate agent?

    Posted on November 26, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are in the market to buy or sell Sunnyvale real estate, then you may be searching the internet on your own to start. That’s a fine way to gather some initial information, but there are a lot of reasons you should quickly start working with a real estate agent. Here are a few of them.1. ComplexityA Sunnyvale home is very likely the most expensive and important purchase you’ll ever make. It’s also the most complex, both in terms of paperwork involved as well as issues to research. A real estate agent specializes in the whole process and can both educate you as well a... Read More »

  • Thanksgiving Potluck?

    What to bring to a Thanksgiving Potluck

    Posted on November 21, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are a guest to a Thanksgiving potluck, hopefully you and your host figured out who is responsible to bring what. If not, here are a few ideas so you don’t have to walk in empty-handed.1. Dinner RollsYou can always bring [more] dinner rolls. They can be used as appetizers or eaten during the Thanksgiving meal itself, so it's hard to have too many.2. CookiesCan you ever have too many cookies? Cookies can be eaten during dessert, but they will also last for a few days should dessert already be provided.3. SaladSalad can always be eaten before the big meal. Just be sure not to put... Read More »

  • Tips On Selling Your Home

    Advice to sell your home

    Posted on November 20, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are in the market to upgrade, move, or otherwise just sell your Sunnyvale real estate, then here are a few tips to consider.1. Be realisticDon’t get too emotional. You may have intangible attachments to your home and consider it more valuable than it’s really worth. Try to use reason as much as possible to price your home appropriately. It is important to evaluate as many comparables as possible, certainly homes in the same geographic area that are about the same size. However, each home is ultimately unique because of it’s exact location, layout, yard size, landsc... Read More »

  • Great Sunnyvale Home for Commuters!

    215 Alturas Ave., Sunnyvale 94085

    Posted on November 19, 2012 by Nikki.

    Own a single family residential Sunnyvale home for just $539,000. This 1,152 square foot home has three bedrooms and two full baths and sits on a lot size of 6,534 square feet. Located on Alturas Ave.. It’s a perfect starter home and is in an ideal location for commuters, just minutes away from 101, 237, and 85! You can get almost anywhere in the Bay Area in a reasonable amount of time! It features an eat-in kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, and an attached two-car garage. Amenities include central heating, a dishwasher, a built-in oven, and a laundry area in the garage. It... Read More »

  • Home Buyer’s Checklist

    Bring a checklist to help evaluate homes

    Posted on November 16, 2012 by Nikki.

    Before you start seriously shopping for a new Sunnyvale home, create and bring with you a checklist to help evaluate properties. Work with your real estate agent to come up with your own checklist, but here’s a start.DoorsDo all the doors open and close properly with ease? Any issues with doors should be noted and carefully inspected. Misaligned doors could signify shifts in the foundation which could be a big problem.FlooringPay special attention to any warping as that could indicate a water problem underneath. If it has been recently replaced, find out when it was done, if it was d... Read More »

  • Things To Do As A Sunnyvale Home Owner This Weekend

    What to do as a Sunnyvale real estate owner the weekend of November 16 to November 18

    Posted on November 15, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you are a Sunnyvale home owner, here are just a few things you might be interested in this weekend, November 16 to 18.1. Violin Concert you are a fan of violin music and would like to support a local child, get tickets to the Flint Center in Cupertino for a special concert this Sunday, November 18, at 2:30pm. Local 11-year old prodigy Alex Zhou will perform with the California Youth Symphony. He already won first place in an instrumental division of the symphony’s annual Young Artist competition. He was the youngest winner ever! Tickets are $30 for a family, $... Read More »

  • Price Cut! Exquisite Sunnyvale Home Near Cupertino Schools

    1673 Lachine Dr., Sunnyvale 94087

    Posted on November 14, 2012 by Nikki.

    There has been a price cut to $1,350,000 on a beautiful new three bedroom two bath Sunnyvale home. If you have schoolchildren, it sits near great Cupertino schools and is in the districts of West Valley Elementary, Cupertino Middle, and Homestead High Schools. It is a 1,512 square foot three bedroom two bath home on a huge 8,720 square foot lot. This Brown and Kauffman house has just completed a high-end remodel. The gourmet kitchen features cherry cabinets, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace with a custom-made mantel. The doubl... Read More »

  • Buying a Home After Foreclosure

    You can still buy a home after a foreclosure

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by Nikki.

    If you were an unfortunate victim of some bad circumstances and have a foreclosure on your record, don’t give up on owning a house again, perhaps sooner than you thought. Even Sunnyvale homes may not be out of consideration. If you were part of the 2009 housing bust, then the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) might provide you a path to buy a new home today!The FHA approves home loans as early as three years after foreclosure. Of course, you must otherwise be a great candidate for a mortgage loan. You must have a good history of credit in the past three years. You must have a goo... Read More »

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