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By Marcy Moyer | Agent in Palo Alto, CA
  • If I Sell My Home In Palo Alto Can I Stay There Until School Is Out?

    Posted Under: Schools in Palo Alto, Home Selling in Palo Alto, In My Neighborhood in Palo Alto  |  January 15, 2013 12:57 PM  |  439 views  |  No comments

    In case you have not noticed this is an amazing time to sell your home in Palo Alto. However, if you have children who are still in school you may not want to disrupt their school year so you may be thinking of putting off selling your Palo Alto home until school is out. This may not always be necessary.

    There are dozens of people who just want to buy in Palo Alto. It does not matter to many of them if they have to wait a few months for possession because it could take many more months to get an offer for a Palo Alto home accepted.

    Selling a Palo Alto Home

    If you are selling your home in Palo Alto and you want to stay until school is out you need to tell your agent to explain to buyers that while you are able to close before June, the house will not be available for the new buyers until the end of June. You may have to pay the buyer rent for the time between the close of escrow and when you leave your Palo Alto home, but you may not. Some very motivated buyers may offer to let you live in the home for free in order to entice you to take their offer.

    The only potential snag when you are selling your home in Palo Alto is that some lenders will not allow a rent back longer than 30-60 days so if your buyer is getting a loan you may need to adjust the close of escrow for those number of days. If you have a cash buyer this will not be an issue.

    So if you want to take advantage of the unbelievably low number of homes for sale and Palo Alto, and the huge number of people looking for homes in Palo Alto then by all means, if you want to sell your Palo Alto home now, then do it. Just make sure everyone involved knows your wish to stay put for a few months, and it will be granted.

    If you have any questions about selling a Palo Alto Home please feel free to contact me.

    Marcy Moyer

    Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto



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  • Does Sunnyvale Win for Having the Most Variety in School Districts?

    Posted Under: Schools in Sunnyvale, Home Buying in Sunnyvale  |  May 15, 2012 2:38 PM  |  821 views  |  No comments

    Many cites in the Silicon Valley have multipe school districts that the homes feed into, but I think Sunnyvale wins for the most variety.  All of these combinations are possible:

    1. Sunnyvale with Sunnyvale Schools

    2. Sunnyvale with Cupertino Schools

    3. Sunnyvale with Santa Clara Schools

    Within these districts there are numerous combinations of Middle Schools and High Schools

    So, with Sunnyvale with Sunnyvale Schools there are 2 possible middle schools: Columbia or Sunnyvale. Columbia covers the eastern part of Sunnyvale and Sunnyvale Middle the western portion.

    High Schools for Sunnyvale elementary schools are either Fremont High or Homestead High.

    Ok, so Sunnyvale with Cupertino Schools. Here the possibility of Middle school is Cupertino Middle and again either Fremont High or Homestead High.

    And finally there is Santa Clara Unified. The Middle School would be Peterson and the High School Wilcox.

    It can be confusing! So if you are doing a home search and are interested in a particular school or school district, go to the district's web site and look up the boundaries and also the specific address if you are interested in a particular home.

    If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in Santa Clara or San Mateo County please feel free to contact me.

    Marcy Moyer

    Keller Williams Realty




    D.R.E. 01191194

  • Palo Alto CA Open House This Weekend! Location, Location, Location...

    Posted Under: Schools in Palo Alto, Home Buying in Palo Alto, In My Neighborhood in Palo Alto  |  September 12, 2010 10:25 AM  |  981 views  |  No comments

    Welcome to this lovingly upgraded 2 story Midtown Palo Alto townhome in a fantastic location.  

    Exterior View 

    September 11th & 12th, 1:30-4:30.

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    This home boasts pergo flooring throughout the home, corium kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances, a built in entertainment center, granite faced fireplace, granite vanity top in the half bath, and a spectacular back patio and deck. 

    Additionally there is a large kitchen, separate dining room, step down living room, and three bedrooms plus 2.5 baths. The complex has all new hard scape with gorgeous walkways and planters.  

    There is also a pool and spa, and underground parking with an elevator to the main level. The HOA fee of $575 covers exterior maintenance including the roof, painting, pool, and landscaping, water and garbage, and earthquake and fire insurance.  

    Fantastic schools include Palo Verde Elementary, JLS Middle School, and Palo Alto High School (buyer to verify.) 

    Come see this gem, you will not be disappointed!

  • Palo Alto CA Home Prices in Wake of Santa Clara County School District Consolidation Discussions

    Posted Under: Schools in Palo Alto  |  July 5, 2010 11:38 AM  |  853 views  |  2 comments

    There was an article in this morning’s Mercury News about a grand jury investigation into Santa Clara County’s school districts and what to do about soaring deficits while keeping the level of education from suffering. The recommendation was to combine feeder elementary districts with the high schools that they feed into.  

    So, for example, they recommend combining the Whisman/Mountain View and Los Altos elementary districts with Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools.  They also recommend the same for Saratoga and Los Gatos.  On the surface, while one can argue the merits of one big district vs smaller districts, both from an educational and financial stand point, these combinations do not stand out to me as having a huge change in what parents perceive as quality vs non quality education.  I'm not saying there would not be some level of concern, but I don't think that these consolidations would cause great panic.

    However, I believe that just the talk of combining the Fremont Union School District with both Sunnyvale and Cupertino Elementary Districts could send shock waves through the real estate community.  Anyone in this area is aware of the desirability of the Cupertino School District.  Buyers pay huge premiums to be in the Cupertino district. If the district is combined with the Sunnyvale Elementary district fear might arise that the quality of education will be diluted.  I'm not sure I believe that, but what I believe, and even what would actually happen, is irrelevant. 

    The worst thing for real estate values is uncertainty.  When buyers don't feel comfortable with what will happen in the future they don't open their pocketbooks.  The proposed high speed rail is a great example.  People have been buying homes next to Cal train tracts for decades and they trade the known noise for a lower price. Now that there may be a high speed train, and no way of predicting how that train might disturb the area from a visual or noise perspective, selling a home near the tracts is almost impossible. 

    It's the uncertainty that is paralyzing home buyers.

    So the point of this post is that Palo Alto already has a unified school district with K-12 in the same district.  There will be no talk of changes here.  Since it's a known rather than an unknown quantity,  like the other districts, I think that Palo Alto will look even more attractive to buyers looking for good schools for their families and who are not comfortable with possible changes. 

    As I said, just talk of possible changes is enough to spook buyers in this very fragile housing market.

    Marcy Moyer
    Keller Williams Realty
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