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Gail & Stephen’s Remodel Vlog

About a year ago, we began a total remodel on our Blossom Manor home in Los Gatos. We are happy to announce that it’s just about finished (or at least just about livable)! Check out our Home Remodel Project Playlist on the Slater Thomson YouTube Channel that follows our remodeling process all the way from demolition to the finished product […] Read More

Exciting News for Intero Real Estate

We are excited to announce that last Thursday Intero Real Estate Services officially became part of HomeServices of America, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, a company with unparalleled diversity and financial strength led by Warren Buffett. We must be doing something right if one of the world’s most iconic investors is looking to align […] Read More

Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

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.     […] Read More

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       […] Read More

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. […] Read More

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 […] Read More

U.S. home prices rise in October by most in 6 years

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 […] Read More

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

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 […] Read More

Los Gatos schools score top marks in the API results

Los Gatos schools have come out ahead again, with most schools and districts gaining ground from 2010’s already stellar performance. Scores are based on testing administered to students in grades K-12 in the previous academic year. The excellent API results add yet another reason to the lengthy list that makes Los Gatos such a desirable […] Read More

It’s Deja Vu all over again

I feel like I should be watching reruns of Lost – Season 1 and listening to Boulevard of Broken Dreams on my playlist (except I didn’t have a playlist back then). It’s like 2005 all over again, with buyers bidding 10 and even 20 percent over asking, zero contingencies and multi-million dollar cash offers all […] Read More

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