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The Santa Clara County real estate market is adjusting to the tightening credit standards and subsequent loss of Buyers. From about 2002 to 2006 the real estate market was kept more active than the underlying fundamentals would justify because of the liberal financing and easy credit standards. Buyers didn't need a down payment, they didn't to verify their income and they used deeply discounted adjustable interest rate loans to qualify to financing. All of this is "coming home to roost" and the low-end of the market, in particular, is very soft. Well-priced homes in good locations are still active.



Wordless Wednesday in the Saratoga CA Garden, Aeonium Urbicum Most Aeonia grow great in Saratoga CA.   This Aeonium Urbicum thrives in my Saratoga garden slightly under a huge Cedar Deodora.  The reddish edging is caused by direct sunlight, but it doesn't like hot, midday sun in the summer.  This...
126 Sunol St., San Jose, CA 95126   Attractively Upgraded Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom  Georgetown townhouse with 1,463 Sq. Ft. built in 2004 per county records.  The Split-Level Design combined with Large Dual Pane Windows and French Doors and High Ceilings create an Open and Airy Ambiance. Spe...
Almost Wordless Wednesday-In The Saratoga CA Garden-Valley Oak People call these "Valley" Oak.  This one is across the street from my home.  Saratoga squirrels love them and build their nests in them.  I should support squirrel home ownership, I suppose, but I don't.  I like them homeless and far...
Campbell Ca, Homes Sales in November 2011 The Map and Chart show all Campbell, CA homes sales in November 2011 according to the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS;MLSlistings, Inc.).  The source of the square foot information on the Chart is designated by A (assessor's office), V (paid vendor su...
Saratoga CA Home Sales in November 2011. The Chart and Map show all Single Family Residences sold in Saratoga, CA in November 2011 according to the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS;MLS Listings, Inc.).  The source of the square foot information is designated by A (assessor's office), V (paid v...
Wordless Wednesday--In the Saratoga CA Garden--Crassula Falcata for Holiday Color Crassula Falcata grows great in drought tolerant Saratoga gardens.  It blooms beautifully in December, when bright colors "pop". 
Weird Stuff in Real Estate: Patch the Cracks and Then Disclose the Cracks. Cracks in sheetrock are very common in Silicon Valley homes.  We have earthquakes and we have expansive clay soils in some in parts of the Valley.  As a result many homes shift enough to crack the sheetrock.  Usually they'...
Trends in Distress Sales in Santa Clara County; A Market Report. The graph shows the percentage of MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Single Family Residence sales that were reported to be either Foreclosures (REO) or Short Sales, according to the local MLS (MLSListings, Inc.).  Foreclosures refer to...
Saratoga CA Residents are Tops in Education. That's the conclusion from the Demographic Research Unit of California's Department of Finance.  They analyze U.S. Census Bureau data.  Seventy-six percent of Saratoga residents have a bachelor's degree, or higher.  That ranks third highest among ALL C...
What the News Media Keep Secret--How Much Buyers Can Negotiate off the Asking Price of a Home in Santa Clara County, CA. The Graph shows the Percentage of the List Price received in the final Sale Price for Single Family Residences sold in each city in Santa Clara County, according to the local M...

Lloyd Binen

Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411
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