Monday, July 3, 2017

What are some areas in Silicon Valley that have a good public high school (850+) but not so good elementary and middle? We plan on using private schools for educating our kids early on and then use public high schools.

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What are some areas in Silicon Valley that have a good public high school (850+) but not so good elementary and middle? We plan on using private schools for educating our kids early on and then use public high schools.

Robert Lei, REALTOR, E-PRO at Century 21 M&M and Associates

Hi, Yes, I know the perfect spot within Silicon Valley for you if you want excellent high school but do not need excellent elementary. One part of Sunnyvale has just this scenario. To see what region I’m talking about, go to this link: Silicon Valley School Districts . Scroll down and click on “Sunnyvale Elementary”. Look for the light-blue region along the western edge of Sunnyvale bordering Mountain View that says “Vargas Elementary”. This is the part of Sunnyvale that has an excellent public high school (Homestead High School API=873) but not as good elementary (Vargas Elementary API=776). Usually, elementary schools have higher API and the API gets worse as you move from elementary to middle to high school. However, this pocket of Sunnyvale is an exception because Vargas Elementary is joined by the two star elementary schools Cherry Chase Elementary (API = 952) and Cumberland Elementary (API = 947) when they reach high school at Homestead High.

Note: The API scores I’ve reported above are the 3-year average of the last 3 recorded years of the Academic Performance Index (API) from the California Department of Education website.

I’m guessing you are asking for “not so good” elementary because you are hoping to get the good high school without paying such a high price for the house as you would be forced to pay if you bid on houses that had all 3 schools — elementary, middle, and high school — all highly ranked. If so, you are correct that the prices of these homes aren’t quite as high as the homes that are in the Cherry Chase Elementary and Cumberland Elementary attendance areas.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Santa Clara County Real Estate Market Trend (May 2017 vs. Last Year vs. Last Month)

 
Single-Family Homes May 2017 Apr 2017 May 2016
Median Price: $1,200,000 $1,160,000 $1,117,900
Average Price: $1,446,930 $1,429,430 $1,419,890
Home Sales: 1,061 833 962
Pending Sales: 1,306 1,179 963
Active Listings: 943 898 1,290
Sale/List Price Ratio: 105.8% 106.1% 104.4%
Days on Market: 18 17 19
Days of Inventory: 27 31 40
 
Townhomes/Condos May 2017 Apr 2017 May 2016
Median Price: $710,000 $710,000 $695,000
Average Price: $764,090 $778,377 $778,407
Home Sales: 412 338 386
Pending Sales: 513 488 339
Active Listings: 239 290 391
Sale/List Price Ratio: 104.9% 104.7% 105.3%
Days on Market: 16 19 16
Days of Inventory: 17 25 3

Santa Clara County Real Estate Statistics 2017 May

May 2017 Sales Statistics

SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES
Year-Over-Year 
  • Median home prices increased by 7.3% to $1,200,000 from $1,117,900. 
  • The average home sales price rose by 1.9% to $1,446,930 from $1,419,890. 
  • Home sales rose by 10.3% to 1,061 from 962. 
  • Total inventory* fell 0.2% to 2,249 from 2,253. 
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 1.3% to 105.8% from 104.4%. 
  • The average days on market fell by 6.2% to 18 from 19.
Compared To Last Month 
  • Median home prices improved by 3.4% to $1,200,000 from $1,160,000. 
  • The average home sales price rose by 1.2% to $1,446,930 from $1,429,430. 
  • Home sales up by 27.4% to 1,061 from 833. 
  • Total inventory* increased 8.3% to 2,249 from 2,077. 
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio dropped by 0.3% to 105.8% from 106.1%. 
  • The average days on market increased by 5.9% to 18 from 17.
CONDOMINIUMS
Year-Over-Year 
  • Median home prices increased by 2.2% to $710,000 from $695,000. 
  • The average home sales price dropped by 1.8% to $764,090 from $778,407. 
  • Home sales rose by 6.7% to 412 from 386. 
  • Total inventory* rose 3.0% to 752 from 730. 
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio fell by 0.4% to 104.9% from 105.3%. 
  • The average days on market fell by 2.7% to 16 from 16
Compared To Last Month 
  • Median home prices slipped by 0.0% to $710,000 from $710,000. 
  • The average home sales price fell by 1.8% to $764,090 from $778,377. 
  • Home sales up by 21.9% to 412 from 338. 
  • Total inventory* dropped 3.3% to 752 from 778. 
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 0.2% to 104.9% from 104.7%. 
  • The average days on market dropped by 16.8% to 16 from 19.
* Total inventory is active listings plus pending listings. Active listings do not include pending.


Jun. 2, 2017 -- Even with a Monday holiday, there was lots of fresh data out this week for markets to consider, but most of it seemed to tend toward the softer side of things. As expected, mortgage rates were mostly level this week, but current indications are that we might see a bit of a decline next week, should markets hold where they are at the moment. Spending on new construction projects dropped off in April. The overall decline of 1.4 percent in outlays contained no bright spots this time around, as outlays for residential projects fell 0.7 percent, commercial construction dipped by 0.6 percent, and spending on public-works projects slumped by 3.7 percent. The residential figure is surprising, but already suspected from the easing in the housing starts report; commercial interests are probably growing a little wary given the troubles that retailers are having, but there should be plenty of public works projects that need attention. Spending on roads and schools and the like using taxpayer dollars have now declined in four of the last six months. A spate of mostly modest to moderate date (to borrow a phrase from the Beige Book) and a lack of emergent price pressures would be sufficient to trim interest rates a little bit even if we didn't continue to have a difficult political climate. Expectations for significant tax and regulatory relief haven't completely bled out of the market, but those hopes have faded considerably on recent months, tempering the outlook and expectation that the economy will soon be growing faster. Collectively, the environment is sufficient to keep rates both low and stable, and we'll need to see some warmer news to move rates up. That may come, but probably not next week; based upon where we finished this one, we are likely looking at another 3-4 basis point decline in the average conforming 30-year fixed rate mortgage as reported by Freddie come next Thursday morning. Softer

BofA "Doctor" Loans helps new doctors become home owners

New medical professionals have a difficult time qualifying for a home early in their careers because they often have a sizable student loan debt, which in turn makes it difficult for them to save up down payment funds early on.  The BofA "Doctor" Loan aims to help this segment of people.  The benefits of the Doctor Loan include:

--Low down payments.  As little as 5% down on mortgages up to $1 million and 10% down on mortgages up to $1.5 million.  (Minimum down payment requirements vary by property type and location.)

--Student loan debt may be excluded from the total debt calculation.  This helps lower the applicants debt-to-income ratio, which helps them qualify for the mortgage loan.

--Delayed job starts are ok.  The new position can start up to 60 days after the close of escrow of the home purchase.

How to Opt-Out of "Prescreened" Offers of Credit

After applying for a loan, you might notice you are suddenly getting more "Prescreened" Offers of Credit based on information in your credit report indicating that you meet certain criteria.  How do you Opt-Out of this?

OptOutPrescreen.com

If you get lots of credit offers and want them to stop, you can request that through OptOutPrescreen.com. The service works with all the major credit reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion, Equifax and Innovis) and you can use it to opt out of credit offers for 5 years or permanently—or opt back in if you decide you'd like to receive them again.

https://www.optoutprescreen.com/opt_form.cgi
Please select from the options listed below to Opt-Out of lists supplied by Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion for firm offers of credit or insurance. If you have previously completed a request to Opt-Out from receiving firm offers and would like to Opt-In, you may also complete your request on this website.
To exercise your right to Opt-Out of firm offers of credit and insurance, you'll be asked to provide your personal information set out below.
• Name
• Address
• Social Security Number
• Date of Birth
Your Social Security Number and Date of Birth are not required to process your request. However, providing this information will help to ensure that we can successfully process your request. This website’s security protocols and features are designed to protect your personal information from unauthorized access or alteration. As an added security measure, we only display the last four digits of your Social Security Number on the confirmation screen. If you do not provide your Social Security Number, we will attempt to process your request without this information.
Once you click submit, you will be prompted to enter your personal information. You will have 15 minutes to complete your request.

Opt-In:Your name will be eligible for inclusion on lists used for Firm Offers of credit or insurance.
Electronic Opt-Out for Five Years:Your name will not be eligible for inclusion on lists used for Firm Offers of credit or insurance for five years.
Permanent Opt-Out by Mail:Your name will no longer be eligible for inclusion on lists for Firm Offers of credit or insurance (In order to complete your Permanent Opt-Out election, you must print and mail the Permanent Opt-Out Election form. See FAQ - What is Permanent Opt-Out)


After you fill out all the requested information and submit, you will get the following confirmation screen:

The following is a confirmation of your 5 year Opt-Out request. Please click here to print this confirmation for your records. Your request will be completed within 5 business days. Although your request becomes effective with Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion within five business days of your request, you may not see an immediate reduction in the amount of offers you receive. This is because your name may have already been provided to some companies that have not yet mailed their offers to you. You may continue to receive certain firm offers for several months.
While your name will be removed from the lists that Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion provide to businesses for the purpose of making you a firm offer of credit or insurance, you may continue to receive offers from sources that do not use Consumer Credit Reporting Companies to compile their lists.
Date and Time:
2017/06/09 07:28:14


Tip for managing junk mail:

When junk mail does arrive, don't let it pile up. Instead, get rid of it as soon as you walk in. If you don't have a shredder, keep scissors on hand so you can cut up anything that might contain sensitive information (like credit card offers). Sorting your mail as soon as you get it will keep it from cluttering up your home.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What types of buildings are subject to Rent Control in SAN JOSÉ


The current San Jose rent control ordinance only applies to triplexes and larger buildings that were built before Sept. 7, 1979 and excludes:
• Multifamily units built after September 1979
• Rental units located in a building containing two or fewer dwelling units
• Single family homes
• Condominiums
• Townhomes
• County property within San José’s boundaries

Friday, May 19, 2017