Monthly Archives: November 2013

Wonderful Homes on Mountain View, Los Altos Broker Tour_Nov 22

326 Church St, Mtn View. Courtesy Michael Galli, Alain Pinel

326 Church St, Mtn View. Courtesy Michael Galli, Alain Pinel

By Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Nov 22 Broker Tour: Really unique homes on tour today! Top of the list is 326 CHURCH ST in Mountain View, built by Ugo Mancini, with an architecture blend of Eichler meets Art Decco and Palm Springs with a touch of Italianate Style. The home boasts 2,005 Sq.Ft. with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, and a spacious backyard listed at $1,398,000.  Mancini had owned a car dealership on El Camino called Mancini Motors. Agent Michael Galli, from Alain Pinel states that Mancini, also built the fascinating, iconic home next door as well.

420 CHIQUITA AVE in Mountain View is a jewel of a home, with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and 1,147 sqft of living space. The spacious backyard invites relaxing and entertaining. It is listed at $899,000. Continue reading

“Pocket” Listings Can Pick Your Pocket   

by Ronald R. Rossi

Pickpocketing, one of the world’s oldest and most common crimes, involves stealing money so cleverly that the victim doesn’t notice he’s been robbed until the pickpocket is long gone. This particular crime appeals to many thieves because it’s safer than many other criminal pursuits. It has been said that someone skilled in the art of pickpocketing can steal as much money as an armed robber with much less risk of getting caught. Pickpockets depend on speed, sleight of hand, and clever tricks designed to distract a victim, directing attention away from the crime in progress.  Continue reading

Nov 15_ AWESOME Jumbo Rates and Mortgage Update

November 15, 2013 Friday Rate Sheet and Market Commentary _ Courtesy Tony Guaraldi VP of Mortgage Lending

As we had hoped the Mortgage Bond markets bounced back this week recovering some of the losses from last Friday’s Jobs Report.  The highly anticipated event for this week was the Confirmation Hearing for our new Fed President Janet Yellen which took place yesterday morning.  She is perceived to be “Dovish” which in our world means likely to continue the stimulus that has been keeping interest rates low and the stock market rising.  In her Q and A session at the hearing she did say as expected that the Fed would continue the bond purchases until the economy improves.  She did also mention that she believes the real unemployment rate is closer to 10% rather than the number from last week’s Jobs report at 7.3%.

CLICK HERE for the November 15 Mortgage Rate Sheet.

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New Homes on the market_Sunnyvale Broker Tour_Nov 14

By Jeni Pfeiffer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Really great homes on Sunnyvale Broker Tour today – BRAND NEW Construction TUDOR Style 2,069 sqft Home located at 1216 Hollenbeck AVENUE in the CHERRY ORCHARDS Neighborhood, $1,348,000 with Cumberland Elementary School.

515 Carroll St Courtesy Maha Intero Real Estate

515 Carroll St Courtesy Maha Intero Real Estate

Another newly remodeled and expanded home in the HERITAGE DISTRICT located at 515 Carroll Street boasts 2,263 sqft of living space with 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths. It features an open floor plan, kitchen with granite counters and mosaic backplash, stainless steel applicants listed at $1,380,000.

Looking for a Pool? 1458 ORMSBY DRIVE $1,547,000 4 Bed/2 Baths 1,944 sqft of living space s.f.,  also features a home theater area and cherry wood floors in the Chester W. Nimitz Elementary and Homestead High School District. Continue reading

Steve Jobs house added as ‘historic resource’

By Jason Green Oct 30, 2013

Steve Jobs' childhood home on Crist Drive in Los Altos Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. The house will eventually become listed on the Registry of HIstoric Places, to preserve it. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

Steve Jobs’ childhood home (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

The humble home where Silicon Valley tech titan Steve Jobs built some of his first computers and co-founded Apple was added to a list of historic Los Altos properties Monday night.

The Los Altos Historical Commission voted unanimously to designate the home at 2066 Crist Drive a “historic resource” due to its association with Jobs, as well as to place it on the city’s historic resources inventory.

CLICK HERE for the San Jose Mercury News story.