However are you only looking at Palo Alto-or are you really seeking a home at a certain price point located within top schools? I have access to a specialized program that helps you search either by school or by API scores.
Let me know how I can help. I always provide free buyer consultations-Just Call 408-252-8900.
The key is making a winning purchase offer which does not follow a fixed sequence of steps. Experience makes the biggest difference.
To see some information about recent sales in Palo Alto please visit
http://julianalee.com/palo-alto/palo-alto-home-sales.htm I will have updated information there within 3 days.
Palo Alto real estate statistics at http://julianalee.com/palo-alto/palo-alto-statistics.htm
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#1 for number of homes bought/sold through the MLS in Palo Alto
Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 homes sold in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Both Gunn and Palo Alto have great reputations and good API scores. For more information about each school go to http://www.greatschools.com.
Now the harder part...finding an available home in these areas. To be frank, we have low housing inventory pretty much all around the Santa Clara County, and, as a result, homes in many of the more popular areas such as Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Altos, and parts of Sunnyvale, are sold quickly and for far more than the listing price. Unless you can afford to exceed the listing price by as much as 20-25 percent in some cases, finding a home in these areas can be tough and tougher.
The best way to do this, of course, is to work with a great Realtor. But beyond that, if you--like most of the buyers out there--have a budget on what you can afford for housing, you might want to wait it out just a bit to see if 1) more houses come on the market or 2) rising interest rates affect the pool of available buyers. You can also maximize your buying power by controlling those expenses that you cn control! For example, the loan fees and costs and the commission that your Realtor is paid. Many of us rebate as much as 1/2 of our commission back to the buyer, so while this doesn't substantially lower the price of the home, it can pay for a LOT of interior repairs inside the home.
So work with a good agent who will help you monitor the market. Good luck!
Allison James Estates & Homes
Buyer Rebates Up to1.5% of the Purchase Price, 1% Listing Fees to Sellers
Tel (408) 426-1616
Both schools are good, so a single family home for either would work well. It just depends on what Your family's personal needs and requirements are for the specification of the home and what your budget is.......If you are not working with a Realtor, please do get in touch with me, and we can take it from there.......Be well and safe, and wishing you the Best,