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By Juliana Lee,MBA | Agent in Palo Alto, CA
  • Home for Sale - 140 Daley Ct, San Bruno

    Posted Under: Home Buying in San Bruno, In My Neighborhood in San Bruno  |  March 27, 2013 9:01 AM  |  577 views  |  No comments

    Home For Sale: 140 Daley Ct, San Bruno.

    This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has 1,780 sq ft of living space on a 9,583 sq ft lot. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, on a gentle slope, with open space belonging to the Earland Glenview Park behind it, the location is very desireable.

    One of the great features of the house is the spacious family room located above the garage. The family room has a wet bar and a half bath.
  • High Speed Rail - road crossings in Palo Alto

    Posted Under: Traffic & Public Transportation in Palo Alto, In My Neighborhood in Palo Alto  |  January 25, 2013 12:07 PM  |  405 views  |  No comments

    The Caltrain HSR Compatibility Blog posted on Dec 29, 2012 an article titled "Grade Separation: The Decadal View" showing what the High Speed Rail plans. Homeowners living near East Meadow Rd or Charleston Rd have been very concerned about the impact of the HSR.

    The blog post shows that these crossings are planned to be grade separated by both raising the tracks and trenching the roads to go beneath them. This is planned to be completed in the late 2020s. High speed travel requires very gentle changes in direction. These crossings seem to assume a raised track through south Palo Alto.

    An earlier post dated Dec 21, 2008 shows that the University Ave train station will have to be modified because curves in the tracks do not support high speed travel. The east side of the station platform and the University Ave overpass are predicted to be very strongly impacted.


    Juliana Lee
    Cell: 650-857-1000
    Top 3 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty

    Over 20 years experience
    Over 1,000 home sales completed in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
  • Atherton Home with warm country feel

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Atherton, In My Neighborhood in Atherton, Property Q&A in Atherton  |  December 5, 2012 5:38 PM  |  335 views  |  No comments
    I've just listed a wonderful Atherton home for sale - located at 90 Walnut Ave, Atherton.

    If you are interested in buying a home in Atherton or Menlo Park be sure to take a look at this one.
    4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
  • Palo Alto Schools - A Great Community

    Posted Under: Schools in Palo Alto, Home Buying in Palo Alto, In My Neighborhood in Palo Alto  |  November 16, 2012 1:11 PM  |  385 views  |  No comments
    I recently talked with Dr. Kevin Skelly, the superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District, and Kathy Schroeder, the executive director of Palo Alto Partners in Education. They are two examples of why Palo Alto is a great community.

    Although the passage of proposition 30 will help free up thoughts and time from controlling damage, funding will still be below earlier levels. When asked about how parents can help their children "succeed", one of the first things brought up by Dr. Skelly was to support your child's curiosity.

    Palo Alto Partners in Education has been raising funds to support our schools for eight years. They provide money for classroom aides, counselors, elective classes and more. You will be supporting your child's curiosity and education very effectively by giving to the Partners in Education - I do!

    Although Chinese are known for their educational goals, it is not just my Chinese heritage which causes me to highly value education. I believe much of my success and enjoyment of life and people was advanced by my education.
    People are what make a community great. I no longer have any children in the PAUSD. Even college is mostly behind for my family. Still I want to support my community and my country by giving to education. I believe very strongly in our Palo Alto schools.

    I support Palo Alto Partners in Education

    Passing propositon 30 helps but much more can be achieved by donating both time and money to our schools. Support your schools. Help your children become great, amazing people. 

  • A Weekend Open House - One Stop On A Journey

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Palo Alto, In My Neighborhood in Palo Alto  |  April 27, 2012 5:43 PM  |  296 views  |  No comments

    When you see a collection of gorgeous pictures of a home and begin thinking "I really like this house, will it meet my needs..." the first thing you do as a home shopper is to plan to walk through the house so you can look and feel how your family will fit.

    In times past you almost always had two options: 1) call your agent and schedule an appointment to view the home,  or 2) visit the home during an open house. Now that a few companies have created a business model where they believe the listing agent should show the house to buyers, some buyers rely very heavily on open houses. However sellers weigh the "costs" to them of  an open house versus the expected advantages.

    Each buyer is unique. Will this house make my family feel happy and proud to have it as their home? Are the rooms sized appropriately for my family? Are there any problems with the house or the neighborhood? These three questions are always present.  There are always many unique questions. If the buyers have a large dog, they want to be certain they will have a good home for it. Conversely if they have young children or work at home, they may want to be certain the neighbors don't have a large defensive dog. The things to look for are almost infinite. Be ready to learn from each open house encounter.

    Buyers have very different behaviors when visiting an open house. Some buyers briskly walk through the house asking every question they have: How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms? ... Other buyers want to quietly walk through the house paying attention to how it makes them feel, then ask very specific knowledgeable questions such as "the termite report indicates there is damage near the front of the garage, does it get wet or damp?" An open house is an opportunity for buyers and sellers to learn from many people.

    A real estate sale is a journey. Each open house encounter is a stop on that journey where people can learn from each other. Questions are asked and answered, opinions shared, bringing forward ideas, some unexpected, from many sources, sometimes very efficiently.  An open house provides benefits to all.

    Buyers want the open house host to be knowledgeable, to point out attractive or special features, and to honestly discuss any problems about the house. Being with the right people always helps. Experience and passion are excellent teachers. An open house host is the tour guide for that stop on a journey. Some have more experience and passion for the work than others. Other open house visitors can both add and detract from the experience.

    If you are pursuing a real estate sale, visit open houses. Every open house encounter is a stop on a unique high value journey. An experienced tour guide for your journey can make it more enjoyable and effective. Unlike many journeys, this one has a goal of completing a major sale. Make the journey with and learn from others. Make it enjoyable and effective for both yourself and those you encounter.

  • Off-Market Single Family Home in Palo Alto

    Posted Under: General Area in Palo Alto, Home Buying in Palo Alto, In My Neighborhood in Palo Alto  |  March 30, 2012 10:38 AM  |  455 views  |  No comments

    Want to get into Palo Alto without competing with multiple offers? I can show you a contemporary single family home 5BR/3BR in Palo Alto with an 8,360sqft which is NOT on the multiple listing service and can be seen by appointment only. Make an appointment at homes@julianalee.com today!

  • Want an Energy Rebate? Up to $800 for a Home Energy Assessment

    Posted Under: General Area in Santa Clara, Quality of Life in Santa Clara, In My Neighborhood in Santa Clara  |  January 9, 2012 12:19 PM  |  619 views  |  No comments
    Save money on your utility bills and make your home more energy efficient this year! 

    If you own a single family home or detached home in Santa Clara county then you should definitely consider this. For a limited time only, Santa Clara country is offering rebates that cover 80% of the cost of a home energy assessment, that can be up to $800, performed by a participating contractor. 

    I think is a great way to both consider making some upgrades on your home to reduce energy use, improve comfort and air quality and also check up on your water heater. 

    This diagnostic basically determines how much energy your home consumes and suggests how to make your home more energy efficient, which will definitely save you money down the road. 

    Most homes loose up to 30% of its heating through fualty ducts and poor insulation. 

    A contractor will thoroughly assess your home by using blower doors to measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope. Also, he will use infrared cameras
    to find hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.

    After your assessment, the contractor will give you an explanation of possible upgrades. And you may also be eligible for additional rebates of up to

    Feel free to call me (650)857-1000 or email me at homes@julianalee.com  if you want would like to get more information on how to find a contractor and start the process. 

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