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Work, School, Schedules, Projects….  Life in Silicon Valley is fast paced and a little crazy at times.  Adding a house move to the mix can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. We’re lifestyle designers, we help busy people reconnect with their families, engage in their community and achieve their financial goals by investing […]

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Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

April 22nd, 2014 – Happy Earth Day from the Slater Thomson Team! Sustainable landscaping is part of a growing national effort in the landscaping industry to create aesthetically pleasing landscapes while improving and conserving the environment and saving resources and money. Learn more about creating a sustainable garden and yard.    

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Factors of Credit Scoring

Wondering how your credit score is calculated? There are several different factors that contribute to your overall score. Follow the link below to learn how your score is calculated and the best ways to earn a high score. The Five Factors of Credit Scoring      

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Intero Prestigio: Silicon Valley Luxury Homes

Recently listed as the 6th most expensive place to buy property in the USA, you can imagine that Los Gatos has plenty of luxury properties to offer those looking for that little bit more. At Slater Thomson we will work with you to discover your ideal Bay Area luxury home.  By choosing us you can rest assured […]

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Free Neighborhood Shredding Party – Saturday, November 16th

Please join us for a free neighborhood shredding party tomorrow at the Intero Los Gatos office – we’ll be in the back parking lot with food and drinks!  More details below, and feel free to give us call us with any questions 408-357-5720.

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Considering a Relocation to Silicon Valley? Decision Making Tips

Are you tempted by the lifestyle and the seemingly endless job opportunities in and around Silicon Valley? How do you decide if a move to the Bay Area is right for you? Before you even start talking salary, benefits and move logistics, make sure you do your homework and do a little pre-relocation decision analysis. […]

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Smoke Alarms: Every Home Should Have One (or Two, or Three…)

Today I had the unwelcome honor of watching a neighbor’s house burn down.  Thankfully a couple of brave souls working close by entered the burning house and woke the owner allowing him to escape without harm.  What if they hadn’t been there?  I couldn’t hear any smoke alarms screeching which, given the owners have lived […]

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Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

by Gail Thomson on April 22, 2014

in Blog

April 22nd, 2014 – Happy Earth Day from the Slater Thomson Team!

Sustainable landscaping is part of a growing national effort in the landscaping industry to create aesthetically pleasing landscapes while improving and conserving the environment and saving resources and money. Learn more about creating a sustainable garden and yard.

Sustainable Landscaping Prezi

 

 

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Factors of Credit Scoring

by Gail Thomson on March 6, 2014

in Blog

Wondering how your credit score is calculated? There are several different factors that contribute to your overall score. Follow the link below to learn how your score is calculated and the best ways to earn a high score.

The Five Factors of Credit Scoring

5 Factors of Credit Scoring

 

 

 

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Intero Prestigio: Silicon Valley Luxury Homes

by Gail Thomson on February 14, 2014

in Blog

Recently listed as the 6th most expensive place to buy property in the USA, you can imagine that Los Gatos has plenty of luxury properties to offer those looking for that little bit more.

At Slater Thomson we will work with you to discover your ideal Bay Area luxury home.  By choosing us you can rest assured we will take the time to thoroughly understand your needs as a homebuyer, assist you in searching for the perfect home, and guide you through the complete transaction. 

Intero Prestigio is a division of Intero Real Estate Services focusing on the finest and most exclusive properties. The latest February 2014 Prestigio virtual magazine has over 60 pages of luxury homes.  Take a look to find inspiration for your dream home, then contact us to get your search started!

Prestigio Issue 10

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Please join us for a free neighborhood shredding party tomorrow at the Intero Los Gatos office – we’ll be in the back parking lot with food and drinks!  More details below, and feel free to give us call us with any questions 408-357-5720.

Shredding Party

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Los Gatos Schools 2013 API Scores

by Gail Thomson on September 20, 2013

in Schools,Uncategorized

Schools serving Los Gatos addresses are listed below with their 2013 API score.

Los Gatos Union School District

  • Blossom Hill Elementary School – 959
  • Daves Avenue Elementary School – 917
  • Louise Van Meter Elementary School – 947
  • Lexington Elementary School – 907
  • Raymond J Fisher Middle School – 934
  • Alta Vista Elementary School – 959
  • Carlton Elementary School – 931
  • Union Middle School – 932
  • Marshall Lane Elementary School – 958
  • Rolling Hills Middle – 910
  • Lakeside Elementary School – 966
  • Loma Prieta Elementary School – 926
  • C.T. English Middle School – 939
  • Los Gatos High – 886
  • Leigh High School – 819
  • Westmont High School – 795

 

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Historic Almond Grove District

by Gail Thomson on August 23, 2013

in Neighborhoods

Almond grove houseThe Almond Grove District is a historic residential neighborhood located near (and in) downtown Los Gatos.  The borders are generally considered to be from Saratoga-Los Gatos Road to Bean Avenue and from North Santa Cruz Avenue to Glen Ridge Avenue.

Almond Grove is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and was created in 1887 by the Los Gatos town fathers John Bean, Alphonse Wilder, Augustine Nicholson, Fen Massol and Captain Magnus Tait.

Over a century later, Almond Grove remains a highly popular neighborhood with beautiful historic homes and scenic streets, and homeowners take pride in the appearance of their property.

almondgrovehouseRemodeling can be a challenge due to historical preservation rules, and many of the older homes do not include garages.  However, with its proximity to downtown Los Gatos along with its charm, character, community atmosphere, and over the top holiday decorating, Almond Grove is a wonderful Los Gatos neighborhood.

To find homes available in the Almond Grove District or if you have any questions about the area feel free to contact us.

Almond Grove BEST

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Are you tempted by the lifestyle and the seemingly endless job opportunities in and around Silicon Valley?

How do you decide if a move to the Bay Area is right for you?

Remodeled Traditional Style

Before you even start talking salary, benefits and move logistics, make sure you do your homework and do a little pre-relocation decision analysis.  From realistic expectation-setting to understanding family needs to anticipating costs,  getting some knowledgable pre-decision support assures you that the decision to move forward is the right one.

Completing a thorough Needs Assessment means answering such questions as…  What are my individual and family lifestyle requirements? Should I buy or rent a new home?  How much will it cost and do I qualify for a mortgage?  What are the costs associated with moving?  Should I rent or sell my current home?   What neighborhoods are within commuting distance of my workplace?  Can I afford to live in a Bay Area neighborhood that I like?  Will my kids be able to attend a good school?  How will my family get established in our new location?

Gail and StephenAnswering these questions honestly and knowledgeably will help ensure your relocation success.  We’ve helped numerous families answer these questions and would be delighted to help you through the process too.  If you’d like a copy of our comprehensive Bay Area guide or you’d simply like to chat about your options, contact us today.  We’re happy to help.

 

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Today I had the unwelcome honor of watching a neighbor’s house burn down.  Thankfully a couple of brave souls working close by entered the burning house and woke the owner allowing him to escape without harm.  What if they hadn’t been there?  I couldn’t hear any smoke alarms screeching which, given the owners have lived there since the 70s, makes me think perhaps they didn’t have any.  By the time the fire trucks got there the house was totally engulfed.  I shudder to think what could have happened…

American homes suffer an unwanted fire every 10 seconds and every 60 seconds there’s a fire serious enough to warrant a call to the fire department.  Are you prepared for a fire at your home?  Take a walk through of your home today to check for potential fire hazards.  Plan your escape routes.  Install smoke alarms if you don’t already have them and replace the batteries on them if you do.  Place smoke alarms on every level of your house and test them regularly; you should also have alarms located inside and outside of all sleeping areas.

You can find out more about protecting yourself and your home from fire on the FEMA website.

Stay safe and always be prepared.

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The end of the summer buying season shows a traditional slowdown in the market but doesn’t detract from the fact that U.S. home prices have risen in October by the most in 6 years.

Record low mortgage rates, rising rents and renewed confidence boosted demand in the once battered housing market.  At the same time, the number of available homes is at the lowest level in 10 years according to the National Association of Realtors.  The resulting combination of low inventory and rising demand pushes up prices.

The Spring market in Santa Clara County took off in early March this year.  It will be interesting to see how it fares in the coming season.

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How’s the housing market? Is your company hiring?

by Gail Thomson on September 12, 2012

in Blog,Buyers,Sellers

Real estate agents are often asked where we think the housing market is headed by people we meet.  By way of response I often reply with a question “How’s your company doing?   Are you hiring?

Here in Silicon Valley we definitely see a direct correlation between the hiring patterns of local companies and the health of the real estate market.    When job reqs disappear so do home buyers and when companies are fighting for new employees, we’re fighting to get offers accepted in a bidding war.   There’s good reason to expect this correlation to continue; the Bay area has limited space and there’s not much room to expand beyond our current boundaries.

When we try to predict the future of our housing market we can look to job growth predictions as a point of reference.   While not an exact science it’s probably the best indicator we have of future housing demand in our area.   According to a recent independent study looking at Bay Area job growth through 2040, by far the largest percentage of job growth in the US is expected in areas that are all key components of the Bay Area economic base.   That’s good news for our local economy as well as our real estate investments.

Obviously many things factor into the creation of a healthy housing market; interest rates, economy, affordability, desirability, election cycles; but if the job growth predictions are accurate it looks like we have sustained demand for housing in our mid to long term future.  Excuse me while I go buy some investment property…. :)

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