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Brand New Teak Hardwood Floors and New Blinds Throughout
New Roof, Doors with Gatehouse Knobs and Dual Pane Windows
New Kitchen with Granite Counters, Cherry Wood Cabinets, Brand New Stainless Steel Appliances and Tile Floor
Crown Molding in the Living Room and New Baseboards Throughout
White Carrer Marble Bathroom with New Valves and Fixtures
New Lights and Switches in All Bedrooms
New Central Air Conditioning and (1 comments)
Compass Place Arcadia Terrace Sunnyvale California with Embedded Video - 01/28/11 03:40 AM
Compass Place Arcadia Terrace Sunnyvale California Compass Place is a condo complex in northern Sunnyvale, California. In this video, I point out key features of two different units that are for sale in the Sunnyvale Compass Place complex on Arcadia Terrace. Compass Place Arcadia Terrace Sunnyvale California This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain Kodak Video Challenge contest. I have the chance to win the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Pocket Video Camera, great for realtors looking to create wide angle home tours and real estate marketing videos! (1 comments)
Compass Place Arcadia Terrace Sunnyvale California - 01/27/11 04:13 AM
Compass Place Arcadia Terrace Sunnyvale California Compass Place is a condo complex in northern Sunnyvale, California. In this video, I point out key features of two different units that are for sale in the Sunnyvale Compass Place complex on Arcadia Terrace. Compass Place Arcadia Terrace Sunnyvale California This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain Kodak Video Challenge contest. I have the chance to win the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Pocket Video Camera, great for realtors looking to create wide angle home tours and real estate marketing videos! (0 comments)
Art of Home Seminar Report - The Art of Staging by Staging Artists of San Jose - 01/26/11 10:22 PM
One of the more useful seminars I attended at the "Art of Home" show was the staging seminar conducted by Amy West of "Staging Artists of San Jose". Amy discussed many reasons why it is important to stage a home: Sell faster for top dollar. Stand out from competition. Many buyers will choose a nicer-looking home than a beat-up foreclosure. Help raise the value of appraisals. Make a great first impression in person, online, virtual tours, and in advertising An empty house has no personality. While people are living in a home, usually they place their furniture in a functional layout (1 comments)
Art of Home Report - Plamar USA Inc. - 01/26/11 09:58 PM
During the Art of Home show this past weekend, I picked up some information on a company called "Plamar USA Inc." Plamar is stationed right here in Sunnyvale up on 1319 E. Moffet Park Drive. Moffet Park Drive is just East of the Moffet Field Naval Air Station. Plamar specialize in custom fabrication and installation of marble and granite for homes and businesses. To get a better feel for them, you are encouraged to visit their showroom and slabyard. According to them, the benefits of using Plamar USA are: AutoCad / State of the Art Fab Shop After-the-sale Customer Care technicians Large Showroom (0 comments)
Post-Show Report after the "Art of Home" Show - CAL Landscaping - 01/26/11 09:41 PM
I checked out the Art of Home show this past weekend. I attended some of the seminars and visited a lot of the booths. Here are the booths I visited: CAL Landscaping - CAL stands for Curb Appeal Landscaping, so technically speaking CAL Landscaping stands for Curb Appeal Landscaping Landscaping. The reason for "Curb" in the name is this company features a product called Kwik Kerb. Kwik Kerb makes continuous edging with slate impression, which uses their Kwik Kolor process for long-lasting appearance. They claim it is superior to painted finishes because it is actually part of the concrete. The high quality (0 comments)
Grand Opening of new DR Horton Townhomes in Sunnyvale - 01/21/11 11:49 PM
Saturday January 22 is the Grand Opening of Lotus, the new DR Horton Townhomes in Sunnyvale. Located off Taylor Street between Fair Oaks and Wolfe, Lotus is conveniently located close to downtown shopping and dining. Lotus Townhomes at Sunnyvale is a community of 36 new townhomes that range in size from 1,363 to 1,745 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. The projected range in initial starting prices is from the high $400s to the low $700s. (0 comments)
South Bay's Art of Home Show "THE Show About Your Home" - 01/21/11 03:28 AM
South Bay's Art of Home Show "THE Show About Your Home" at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, 95054 will take place this weekend Friday Jan 21- Sunday Jan 23, 2011 FREE PARKING HOURS are Friday: Noon - 7pm, Saturday: 10am - 7pm, Sunday: 10am - 5pm General Admission costs $10, online $7; Seniors (65+) get in for $6, both at the door and online; Children 12 & Under are Free Active Military in uniform or per valid ID will receive one FREE admission, Wine Tasting Garden costs $10 additional. (0 comments)
Prequalify the Seller - 01/16/11 11:51 PM
Prequalifying Questions Why are you selling? When do you plan to move? What's most important to you in this sale? Price, speed, easy transaction? How much of the proceeds of this home will you need to purchase your next home? What did you like least and most about other real estate agents you've worked with? What have your past homebuying and selling experiences been like? Do you prefer phone or email? When would be a good time for me to come to your house to meet you - X or Y? How did you hear about me? Separating the Question into (8 comments)
Features of zipLogix Digital Ink that my fellow realtors may find helpful - 01/15/11 01:02 AM
The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) now offers zipLogix Digital Ink electronic signatures to C.A.R. members. zipLogix Digital Ink works seamlessly with zipForm6. Just hit the "eSign" button under the File menu. Here are some of the features of the zipLogix Digital Ink Program: 1. An address book which stores client information which reduces the need to repetitively enter client information on forms. 2. Pre-defined signature, initial, and date fields on zipForm6 documents to speed up document prep. 3. Text boxes that allow clients to insert additional information on forms like C.A.R. Standard Forms TDS and SPQ. Here's a feature that (14 comments)
Tips to Help Fellow Realtors Use DigitalInk Signatures - 01/15/11 12:29 AM
The California Association of Realtors recently started providing DigitalInk Signatures as a member benefit for all members. Check to see whether your state's AOR also provides this service. If not, you may purchase this service for yourself to make your life easier. With digital signatures, you and your clients no longer waste gas, time, and paper. Your clients no longer have to drive to your office. Agents no longer have to print reams of paper. Both you and your client save time. Since most realtors are new to digital signatures, I thought I could help by giving a few tips I (1 comments)
Registration is extended for the MATH KANGAROO Competition - 01/13/11 12:28 AM
Registration has been extended for the 14th Annual Math Kangaroo Competition in the United States. The original January 10th deadline has been extended to January 17, 2011 or when rooms are full.Competitions like this are a great way to get kids excited about math and friendly competition. In my childhood days, my favorite times were when I got a chance to compete against the smartest kids from across the state. Your child will learn to think clearly and fast under pressure, enjoy competition in a fun way, and take pride in doing well.Here are the specifics of the Math Kangaroo.
75 minute multiple choice (0 comments)
Cupertino Special Schools offer Creative Model or Traditional Model - 01/13/11 12:23 AM
All parents who live in the Cupertino Union School District have an opportunity to apply to one of the four special schools offered by the Cupertino Union School District. Two of those schools, Faria Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Elementary are on opposite ends of the spectrum.Faria Elementary follows the traditional education model. The principal is no-nonsense. He stresses reading, writing, and arithmetic. Children sit in a traditional classroom with all desks facing the teacher at the head of the class. With this stress on core academics, Faria Elementary consistently scores at or near the top of all schools in the Bay Area (0 comments)
Cupertino Union School District Parents Discuss PISA Survey in Education - 01/13/11 12:18 AM
One topic of concern to Cupertino parents last month were the PISA results. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA ) is an internationally standardized assessment jointly developed by participating countries and administered to 15-year-olds in schools. PISA assesses how far students have acquired the knowledge and skills essential for full participation in society - reading, mathematical and scientific literacy are covered. Korea and Finland top the OECD's latest PISA survey of reading literacy among 15-year olds. Strong performances also were turned in from Hong Kong-China, Singapore, New Zealand and Japan. Canada also scored highly.Some findings and discussions (Note: These are findings and/or (0 comments)
Cuong discusses how the Flowerbed and Rock Walkway in the Front Yard and the Concrete Border, Retaining Wall in the Back Yard should be laid out. Large slabs of concrete need to be cut into manageable pieces. If you want a Brick Divide he needs to place the Boards during the pouring of the concrete. Drainage System. 20070809_3337-3758_CuongRockFlwr-BrickDivideBoard-DrainSys_50Bri.mpg
1. Clean up the Outside and Inside a. Exterior: The home must look nice outside so that potential buyers will want to walk inside. Just as with a rental house, you need to create curb appeal. Clean up and trim up to have a neat and tidy fron and back yard. Open up a clear view of the front of the home. Trim extra tree and shrub growth. Clear up the path to the doorway. b. Interior: Hire a professional house cleaner, carpet steam cleaner. c. Exterior: Power wash the driveway and (1 comments)
I recently attended a meeting to discuss school emergency preparedness. This topic has been on the top of parents' minds since the tragic massacre of school kids at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
Here's some of what I learned in this meeting.
In an emergency situation, the authorities need to account for every child. Parents would need to go throught he appropriate channels to retrieve their child from the emergency. Parents cannot just come and take their child without letting the proper people know because then the authorities will wonder what happened to your child and will divert resources to go look for your child.
One of the middle schools in the Cupertino Union School District is designated as the central location for students in case of an emergency. That middle school is stocked with ample food, water, electrtical generators, etc. The authorities expect that in an emergency, most parents would take a break from their work to retrieve their child within 2-4 hours. However, if some parents continue to work during the emergency, they will be able to pick up their child from this designated middle school gathering point.
There are 25 schools that would feed kids to that designated middle school in the event of an emergency.
One of the officials at the meeting was instrumental at getting a $250,000 grant from Congressman Honda after a visit to Washington DC. Using that money, he subcontracted with a security company that devised a comprehensive $82,000 plan for school safety.
That official is a personal friend of Carla Holdsclaw, the person who trademarked the terms "code red" and "code blue". Other schools, who don't have permission from Ms. Holdsclaw will have to use the terms "Full lockdown" and "Shutdown in place" instead.
The biggest topic of this meeting was the discussion about whether a fence around the campus would be effective in preventing a Sandy Hook disaster. The cost of installing a fence for the 15 schools that don't have a fence would be in the millions of dollars. Some of the people questioned whether a fence would be effective in holding out a determined potential assailant. Another issue was in the event of a fire on campus, would a fence hold kids trapped inside with the flames, as was the case with the Brazilian tragedy where over 200 people perished.
One of the officers brought up the idea of having more parent volunteers patrolling campus. He also urged parents to talk their kids about safety.
The overall topic of safety in our schools will continue to be a hot topic for a while.
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