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Los Altos Hills : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 3, 2013
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Only a geologist can tell you the composition of soil beneath each geographic location and can then tell you the likely movement of the land in an earthquake. Also remember that Palo Alto encompasses both hill area as well as bay lands, while Los Altos has no bay land exposure and thus greatly reduced possibilities of liquefaction. So risk is relative, depending on the area.

To better understand risk in any area, check the natural hazard reports for the properties in question as this will provide you with more information about the zones and locations of active faults in the areas.

Good luck
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Wed Jan 2, 2013
Shanna Rogers answered:
Hi Vincent,

The property tax will be based on the purchase price. Have your Realtor look in the tax records for the tax rate and any Special Assessments. This will allow you to calculate the yearly taxes.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
www.RealtyBySR.com
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Fri Jan 4, 2013
Dot Chance answered:
I'm not sure why you want this. The commission is paid by the seller not by the buyer. As savvy as you are, have you studied real estate and gotten your license? I'm afraid there may be a little more to it than you assume. You want an agent that knows what they are doing and is protecting you. Looking for someone that will work on a discount may not be able to offer you the service and experience you deserve.

All my best,
Dot Chance, REALTOR, CDPE
DRE #01494182
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
John Souerbry answered:
As a resident of Los Altos Hills, all I can say is - we're still here.
Do you have a real question?
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Grace Hanamoto answered:
Hi Crusoe and thanks for your post.

Personally, I love both the Town of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills areas! Having lived in Los Altos, I know that the denizens of the town are highly educated, family oriented, health minded individuals whose varied backgrounds and differences work to make an extremely vibrant community. You won't experience anything quite like Los Altos in other communities--from the community parade to the Christmas pageant to the small farm museum--and this is what makes the town such a highly desired community as well as great place to live and, if you can't live there, to visit.

Los Altos Hills is as varied and different as is the Town of Los Altos. I represent buyers in this area, and no two houses are alike in this section of town. The hills can definitely be "hilly" with lots that have great views but little areas where children can run, but there are plenty of lots that are mostly flat or all flat from which to choose. Most of Los Altos Hills will attend Los Altos schools, and parts will be in the Palo Alto school district--but both districts are excellent. You need only decide which schools work best for your family members. Since the children have no yet attended school, you can be flexible regarding school districts.

As to which areas are more desirable, it depends, again, on what school district you prefer and also your price range. LAH homes range in value from the high $1 million to the upper $8+ million range, with most of the homes for sale landing in the range between $2.5 and $4 million in price. There are several very good homes that I can think of right off the top of my head that would be PERFECT for a family with a 4 and 5 year old--but, of course, everything depends on your housing budget.

If you're interested in buying a home in this area and would like assistance locating a desirable area or learning more about what's available, give me a call and I'll be happy to help. Remember, our company provides buyers with rebates equal to as much as 1.5% of the sales price (some restrictions apply) without any loss in service or expertise! And for homes in the LAH area, a rebate of this size can be substantial. Give me a call if you have any questions as I'm actively working with buyers in the LAH area now!

Sincerely,
Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty-People's Choice
Lic No 01521941
Tel (408) 426-1616
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Mon Nov 1, 2010
John Souerbry answered:
Yes! There are at least 14 homes on the market that fit your initial criteria, possibly more. Gunn remains a huge draw as the best public school in the area. If you'd like more information, let me know. ... more
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Sat Apr 26, 2014
Charlene answered:
Hi,

I am an agent in Los Altos for over 2 decades...you may want to consider Mountain View HS area of Los Altos. or perhaps the northern Los Altos locations that would be Gunn HS.....

Please contact me for further discussion....I was a HS teacher for 8 years in the Cupertino District before I became a Realtor and did work at Los Altos HS for a short period.

Best of Luck,

Charlene Sawe
Sereno Group Real Estate
Los Altos, Ca
Mobile: 650.704.7596
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Tue Jul 31, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are not familiar with the area, visit the neighborhood more than once and at different times of day, look at everything that is important to you and since you are concerned about noise--look at traffic patterns, listen to the noise, chat with locals if the opportunity arises, etc., and then make a determination--will your comfort level be reached--keep in mind that opinions are often subjective and what's good for one may not be the case for another. As far as property values, you need to be aware of recently sold similar properties in the immediate area--review the data and make a determination--your agent can best advise. ... more
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Sat May 23, 2009
Glen Mitchell answered:
It's currently listed as pending no show. So looks like they have a fairly solid offer. Let me know if I can help you find something similar.

Glen
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Tue Oct 21, 2008
John Souerbry answered:
Hi Elissa,
I'd be happy to provide that information, as it is available publically, but I'd prefer to do it via email rather than posting it on this public forum. I hope you understand and will contact me via email if you would like me to do this for you. My email is john@jsrealproperty.com .
John
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Sun Jun 27, 2010
Janie and John Barman answered:
Hi Eli,

As with Ladera, pricing trends in Los Altos Hills are pretty flat when compared to last year. Keep in mind that we aren't exactly comparing apples to apples here since the homes tend to be fairly unique in terms of design, views, lot contour, etc. A more thorough level of comparison would need to be done on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis to really nail down the trends.

I can say that a quick look at the listings shows that about 25% fewer listings have come on to date in 2008 vs. the first 5 months of 2007. There are of course other influences in Los Altos Hills that impact price and time on the market. The swath of Los Altos Hills that goes to Palo Alto Schools usually generates more interest than the rest of the Los Altos Hills. In addition, parts of Los Altos Hills climb pretty high into the hills.

I think it is fair to say that homes that are priced aggressively sell more quickly than those that are not. Updated homes are considered more desirable by most buyers. Lower level properties with views garner more interest than those further up the hill. These are all common sense considerations that apply virtually everywhere.

The mid-Peninsula has been much more resilient that much of the Bay Area and beyond when it comes to home prices holding. Palo Alto and parts of Menlo Park have seen appreciation. Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Woodside and Atherton have all held their own. Of course conditions in particular neighborhoods can vary, so even generalizations here can be problematic.

Best Regards,

John Barman
Coldwell Banker
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Sun Jul 12, 2009
Ali Moein answered:
Hello T.
That is a Million dollar question. I am an optimist and I believe prices will increase by at least 20% by 2010. Historically, home prices in the Silicon valley have at least doubled every ten years. I believe this trend will continue.
Hope this helps!
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Sun Feb 7, 2010
Dominique Van Ryckeghem answered:
large lots -> more dirt = more expensive
Although the price/s.f. is more reasonable than e.g. a $6000sf lot with house purchase in the midtown part of Palo Alto.
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