Friday, September 12, 2014

City of Los Altos Single-Family Residential DESIGN GUIDELINES for New Homes & Remodels

The City of Los Altos provides a 26 page booklet on Single-Family Residential DESIGN GUIDELINES for New Homes & Remodels on their website.

Los Altos requires a design review for all residential construction.  Most design reviews are performed by Planning Department staff.  However, applications for 2-story construction or unusual architectural designs are heard by the Architectural and Site Control Committee (A&S), a subcommittee of the Planning Commission.

New iPhone App helps attract Customers to your Open House

Tunedra recently unveiled a new iPhone app that helps Agents and Sellers attract Home Buyers to their Open Houses.  The usual real estate text description doesn't really stand out.  To make your home descriptions more memorable, the Tunedra iPhone App allows you to SING the description.  The result is a catchy tune that potential home buyers cannot get out of their mind.

For an example, click this link to musical description of Bertha Taylor Elementary listing.
then click the triangle play button at the lower left corner to play.

To help understand the song:
49ers = The San Francisco 49ers.  On Sundays when the 49ers play, the traffic to open houses drops precipitously.  On Saturdays you have no excuse not to come visit my open house

API = Academic Performance Index (Bertha Taylor is the highest performing elementary school in the Oak Grove School District.  Of course, after listening to this song, that point should be drilled into your head.)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Open House Saturday 1pm-4pm with Bertha Taylor Elementary (API 903)

Open House Saturday 1pm-4pm with Bertha Taylor Elementary (API 903)

For more details about the open house, listen to this Song

Lyrics:
Come to my open house Saturdaaaay
1pm to 4pm
Saturday.  This Saturday you don't have anything better to do
because there's no 49ers for you to watch
So why don't you come to my open house
My open house in South San Jose
The schools are so awesome
Bertha Taylor Elementary...
with its API over 903
Your kids will be smart
Your kids will be smart
They will become geniuses
after they go to Ber Tay
They'll learn so much
They'll become doctors, lawyers, ... or software engineers
Making lots of money
Making apps for your iPhone or your Android phone
just because you bought this house
2014 was the turning point of your children's lives
Just because you were so smart to buy this house in...
Bertha Taylor Elementary in the Oak Grove Elementary school district
The #1 school in Oak Grove Elementary
Make sure it's Bertha Taylor
because Bertha Taylor is the one with API of 903.
Come on to my open house.
Come on to my open house.
Bring your kids because they are going to become....so smart
after going to Bertha Taylor Elementary
The house with the white picket fence.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Waiting period to buy again after foreclosure or short sale

Waiting period to buy again after foreclosure or short sale

After a distressed sale, how long is the wait before you qualify for a new mortgage to help you get back to becoming a homeowner?
a) If you did a short sale for your last house, you normally have to wait for 4 years before you can qualify for a loan to purchase a house again.  However, with Extenuating Circumstance, you might be able to get a loan after 2 years.
b)    If you let your last house go to foreclosure with a valid hardship, then you still need to wait only 4 years to qualify for a conforming loan to get back to becoming a homeowner.
c) If you
let your last house go to foreclosures with no valid hardship (i.e. strategic foreclosure), then for both conforming and non conforming loan, you will need to wait 7 years
For an FHA loan, you only need to wait 3 years.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Open House Saturday 8/9/14 from 1-4pm. 3274 Payne Ave, San Jose, CA 95117


Open House Saturday 8/9/14 from 1-4pm.  3274 Payne Ave, San Jose, CA 95117

To view the flyer, click here.

High Ceiling
3 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms
New Interior Paint
Granite Counters in Kitchen
Master Suite has Large Walk-in Closet
2 Car Garage

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Trumark Homes' Momentum at Pace in Milpitas

Trumark Homes' Momentum at Pace in Milpitas offers 2 floor-plans. 

Click here to see the brochure.

Page 1 lists the Features and Amenities.  Pages 3-4 show the two floor-plans (which they call "residences"). 

Both Plans 1 and 2 have tandem garages.

Both Plans 1 and 2 are more rectangular in shape.

Both Plans 1and  2 have the master and the 2nd bedroom separated by a laundry room.

Both Plans 1 and 2 are tri-level.  However, plan 1 has kitchen, great room, and half bath down on the 1st floor, which minimizes the occupants' climbing and descending of stairs.  Plan 2 is organized like a typical tri-level from other home builders in the Bay Area (1st floor has garage, den, guest bedroom, guest bathroom; 2nd floor has kitchen/dining/living rooms; 3rd floor has the remaining bedrooms).

Trumark Homes' Velocity at Pace in Milpitas Offers 6 Very Different Floorplans

Unlike some other new communities whose floor-plans are all very similar to each other with only minimal tweaks, Trumark Homes' Velocity at Pace in Milpitas offers 6 very different floor-plans. 

Click here to see the brochure.

Page 1 lists the Features and Amenities.  Pages 3-8 show the six floor-plans (which they call "residences"). 

Plans 1, 2, and 5 have tandem garages.
Plans 3, 4, and 6 have side-by-side garages.

Plans 1 and 2 are more squarish.
Plans 3-6 are more rectangular.

Plan 2 has the master and the 2nd bedroom open right next to each other in case you are a parent who wants to keep close tabs on your kids.

Plan 6 has only two levels, which is great for people who are tired of seeing tri-level new homes.  Aside from the garage and office and bathroom on the 1st floor, the remaining common rooms (kitchen, dining, living) and bedrooms/bathrooms (master, 2nd) are all on the 2nd floor, which minimizes the occupants' climbing and descending of stairs.