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pilajunk, Both Buyer and Seller in 95135
pilajunk answered:
Impact on home values: quality of the elementary, middle, or high school? Or some holistic view of the school district overall?
API scores does not necessarily only mean a school is good at "teaching", but it also has parents living in that neighborhood who care about academic education (API scores don't measure ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 5, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Bryan Sweeley, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Bryan Sweeley answered:
Moving to the area, looking to rent roughly 1500 sqft with yard. Have no idea where to start. Never been to there, love the Eichler homes online.
Craigslist is the definite go-to site for rentals. Zillow and Trulia have some too, however not as current. Today's rental market is moving really fast. Property Managers expect to re ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 27, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Suzanne Bakh…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Suzanne Bakhtiari answered:
When is usually a good season to buy i.e. more houses on the market, in Los Altos?
Hi Maria,

For the past two years the inventory has been very low in Los ALtos. There is a high demand for properties in this area and not enough inventory which leads to a multiple o ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 22, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Grace Morioka, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Grace Morioka answered:
Is it worth updating older stucco in L.A. Hills, great bay view, 3300 sq feet, 3 car garage, pool?
Hi Dan:

Frankly, unless you have the money and time (both the time needed to plan, obtain permits, and construct AND the time needed to sell in a less densely populated market) to re ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Nov 21, 2013 Home Buying in 94022
Karishma Cha…, Real Estate Pro in Saratoga, CA
Karishma Chandani answered:
If looking for a September 1st start date on a 1yr house lease, how many weeks beforehand should we look for a place?
Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Cupertino and most central parts of Silicon Valley are very desirable areas for lease. One should start at least two to three months earlier than the ... more
1 vote Share Flag Mon Oct 21, 2013 Rentals in Los Altos
Susan Sweeley, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Susan Sweeley answered:
How is the commute from Los Altos near I-280 to SF, east edge of Market ? I am thinking to take a job in the city, but do not want to leave Los Altos.
Plan on 90 minutes. I plan on 60 minutes door-to-door to make a 10am meeting. Add some time for the commute traffic.

My friend highly recommends the train. She lives in Palo Alto ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu Oct 17, 2013 Traffic & Public Transportation in Los Altos
Susan Sweeley, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Susan Sweeley answered:
Why is this property 1434 Fremont Ave, Los Altos still on market after 20 days?
The home listed for $1,478,000 on April 10th. Sold for $1,450,000 on May 14th.

Yes the market was really moving fast then with multiple offers after one weekend on the market. Thi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 17, 2013 Home Buying in 94024
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
Why this house is a short sale? http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Altos/10549-Creston-Dr-94024/home/1764446
This house (10549 Creston Dr.) finally was sold for $1,245,000 (http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Altos/10549-Creston-Dr-94024/home/1764446)

Now compare the above house with its almost si ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 15, 2013 Home Buying in 94024
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee answered:
can anyone recommend any general contractors/home inspectors?
Inspectors who do a lot of work for a particular real estate agent will often respond very quickly to requests made by that agent. It is one of the factors to consider when you choose y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Aug 16, 2013 Home Buying in 94022
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
Does $2.2m really only get you a tear down/ major fixer upper in Los Altos now?
Home prices in Los Altos have been ridiculous in the past 6-12 months. There has to be more factors besides the low inventory explanation. Before we talk about low inventory, what would ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Jun 22, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Matt Skrabo, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Matt Skrabo answered:
Is it a good time to buy a house in Los altos?
Hi there,

Los Altos has become a very hot market this year Spring, hitting numbers that put it right under Palo Alto. Home buyers like the flat land, the larger lots and great school ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 16, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee answered:
How to grandfather/legalize un-permitted "workshop" structure?
Most cities have similar but not identical requirements. Palo Alto has a useful zoning manual online at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/8569

If the structure ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu May 30, 2013 Home Selling in 94024
Tony, Home Buyer in Los Altos, CA
Tony answered:
How bad is the traffic noise for properties with backyards that are right against Foothill Expressway? (e.g., Deodora Dr.)?
Most people here have already concluded that it will be noisy to live with the backyards against Foothill Expressway, but there are ways to seal off the noise so it is more quiet inside ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 29, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Juliana Lee, Real Estate Pro in Palo Alto, CA
Juliana Lee answered:
Does it makes sense to build a high end modular home (i.e. livinghomes.net) type home in Los Altos if the cost (excluding land) comes to about $400/SF
Building a house for $400 per square foot puts the cost about in the middle of historical returns when building in Los Altos. See http://julianalee.com/los-altos/new-los-altos-homes.htm ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 18, 2013 Home Buying in 94022
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Home sales/Los altos,ca
Notice! nine month's old!
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 14, 2013 Home Buying in Los Altos
Vinicius Bra…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Vinicius Brasil answered:
Rental home in Los Altos/Mountain View HS District
I have one available on 1614 Hollingsworth Drive in Mountain View.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/apa/3719873852.html
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 12, 2013 For Rent in 94024
Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Cindy Davis answered:
Can some one publish data on home purchases in Los Altos by investors vs. individual families?
Perhaps you should contact a Realtor in your community!
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 9, 2013 Home Buying in 94024
Philip Cabral, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Philip Cabral answered:
What is the typical property tax on average for a 1.0M, 1.5M and 2.0M SFH in Los Altos?
The assessor's office re-evaluate individual property taxes on an annual basis and there can be reductions based on tax incentive laws passed on any given year but the general rule of t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 13, 2012 Home Buying in Los Altos
Grace Morioka, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Grace Morioka answered:
How do "podium" condos hold their values?
Hi Joe and thanks for your post.

I do agree with the others that, right now, we're seeing as much value retention in the condominium market as we are in some single family homes, and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 5, 2012 Home Buying in 94022
Hob9, Home Owner in Los Altos Hills, CA
Hob9 answered:
Is there an inexpensive way to get someone to sketch our your existing floor plan? I thought I remember seeing a poplar service in bay area?
Anyone should be able to do this themselves with even a grammer school education and a tape measure from Home Depot.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 4, 2012 Home Buying in 94022
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