Weekender 1/21/16

Looking of some Weekend fun?  As always, lots going on around the Bay Area!  Believe it or not, we’re talking baseball this weekend.  For our fans of Green Collar baseball, The Oakland A’s Fan Fest is happening this weekend.  Don’t miss The Golden State Warriors;   they continue to keep it fun as they continue on through a great season.  Catch a game.  Ready for a little exercise and an adult beverage?  Check out this Saturday’s Beerwalk in San Jose’s Japantown….so many great restaurants down there too.

Here’s the link – Take a look:  Weekender 1/21/16

Whatever you end-up doing, make it a great one!



Weekly Stats 1/15/16

Knowledge is power.  Power to make informed decisions.   One of my business goals is to make sure my real estate clients understand current market conditions.

This graph is a snapshot of the market in Santa Clara Valley as of 1/14/16.  Within the greater market, there are all kinds of geographical micro-markets.  Need more information?  I am just a call or email away.

Make it a great one!  Rob

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Weekender 1/14/16

The Weekender is Back!  Celebrate this post holiday weekend with some fun….San Francisco has 9 Historical Walks organized in celebration of MLK.   A great way to get some exercise and perhaps get better educated on some local history.  If that’s not your thing, how about a drive over to Santa Cruz?  The waves have been crazy huge with all the storm activity out in the Pacific and UCSC is having a Chocolate festival!  Always new movies coming and our local hockey pros are back home at SAP Center, catch a game.

Here is the link:  1/14/16 Weekender

Whatever you end up doing, make it a great one – Rob

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New Year – Find that Balance

2016 is off and running.  This weekend marks the half-way point of the month of January already!!  I realize that food appears to have no direct correlation to Real Estate, but, as many who know me understand, I believe you need to be the best you can be in order to be successful.

Real Estate is my passion, but I know the more balance I have in my life around my health, family, spirituality, finances, fitness, the better I will be able to pursue my passion.  Here are some food tips as we set off on this Yew year that can help you be the best “you” possible too.

Go make it a great one!  Rob

10 Foods to Eat Everyday

With all of the different healthy eating habits that are trending these days, it is hard to keep track of them all. To keep up, you need to know which foods are healthy, which to substitute, and what superfoods you should eat regularly for optimal health.

Get back-to-basics with this list of foods you should eat every day—and the benefits of doing so.


Berries are a good source of fiber, which is needed for a healthy digestive system and helps to promote weight loss. Raspberries have the most at 8 grams of fiber per cup.


Nuts contain sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. To be more specific, walnuts have high levels of alpha-linolenic acid, which may help with improved mood and heart health


Spinach contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It also is a healthy source of folate, which can form healthy new cells and produce DNA.


Oranges are a good source of fiber, folate, and vitamin C. One orange contains a day’s dose of vitamin C, and helps to create white blood cells and antibodies to fight off infections.


Eggs are a good source of protein, which can keep your appetite satisfied for a longer period of time. Egg yolks have two antioxidants that can help keep your eyes healthy and shield your skin from damaging UV rays.


Broccoli contains vitamins C, A, and K, which are good for keeping your bones healthy. It also has a healthy amount of sulforaphane, which is thought to help prevent cancer.


Yogurt contains good bacteria that can help decrease the risk of intestinal illness. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin B12, and protein. 

 sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a good source of alpha- and beta carotene, which convert into vitamin A and help with your eyes, bones, and immune system.


Beans are a good source of iron, and contain the kind of fiber that benefits blood cholesterol levels. A 1/2 cup of cooked navy beans provide 7 grams of fiber.


Tea contains flavonoids that can lead to healthier teeth and gums as well as stronger bones. You can boost the power of the flavonoids by drinking your tea freshly brewed.


Where to find Sandbags in Santa Clara County

Its  finally raining!  Now that El Nino is here, we are beginning to witness the effects of too much rain in a short period of time.  Some folks might find the detailed information noted below useful.  As reported today by Campbell Patch, below is a list of location through-out Santa Clara Valley where sand bags are available. As noted in the article, it would be prudent to bring along a small shovel, just in case you may have to bag your own sandbags.  Stay safe my friends.  Rob

The storms that we all hope break the drought, or at least put a dent in it, have finally arrived. Unfortunately, flooding and mudslides are also expected.

Cities in Santa Clara County, along with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, have set up more than two dozen sites where you can pick up free sandbags. Most are pre-filled, but piles of sand and empty bags are also provided in case the pre-filled bags run out. If you have one available, take a shovel – just in case.

Since most of us live in one city while working in another, all sandbag sites are listed for your convenience. Some sites require proof of residency so take a photo ID.

2016 Sandbag Locations in Santa Clara County:

  • Alviso: northeast corner of Gold and Catherine streets
  • Campbell: City Corporation Yard, 290 South Dillon Ave., (408) 866-2145, Mon.–Fri. 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.
  • Cupertino: City Corporation Yard, 10555 Mary Ave. Bags and sand available all day. (408) 777-3269, Mon. – Fri. 6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., after hours: County Communications (408) 299-2507
  • Gilroy: Fire Station, 7070 Chestnut St. at 10th Street, bags and sand available in the parking lot behind re station. (408) 846-0451, after hours: (408) 846-0350 (leave msg)
  • Los Altos: Municipal Service Center, 707 Fremont Ave. at McKenzie Park parking lot. Bags and sand available all day. (650) 947-2785, after hours: (650) 947-2770
  • Los Altos Hills: Corporation Yard, 27500 Purissima Rd. at the Little League Field. (650) 941-7222, Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Los Gatos/Monte Sereno: 41 Miles Avenue at Balzer Field parking lot (Monte Sereno citizens pick up at Los Gatos site), bags and sand available anytime at lot. (408) 399-5770, after hours: (408) 354-8600
  • Milpitas: 540 S. Abel Street
  • Milpitas: Additional bags located at the Sports Center at 1325 E. Calaveras Blvd. (408) 586-2643, after hours: (408) 586-2400
  • Morgan Hill: City Corporation Yard, 100 Edes Ct., Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., open all day, bags and sand available antyime outside gate. (408) 776-7333, after hours (408) 779-2101
  • Morgan Hill: El Toro Fire Station, 18300 Old Monterey Road
  • Mountain View: Public Services, 231 N. Whisman Ave. (Located at Whisman Rd. and Gladys Ave.) (650) 903-6329, after hours: (650) 903-6395. Bags and sand available all day at parking lot
  • Palo Alto: 1925 Embarcadero Road, adjacent to Palo Alto Air Terminal
  • Palo Alto: Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive near baseball eld. Bags and sand available all day. (650) 496-6974, after hours: (650) 329-2413
  • Palo Alto: Rinconada Park Tennis Court Parking Lot (intersection of Hopkins Avenue and Newell Road). (650) 496-6974, after hours: (650) 329-2413
  • San Jose: City Mabury (Service) Yard, 1404 Mabury Road, San Jose, CA 95133
  • San Jose: City Central Service Yard, 1661 Senter Road at Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA 95122
  • San Jose: Santa Clara Valley Water District Winfield Warehouse, Winfield Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95123
  • San Jose: County East Yard, 1505 Schallenberger Rd., Mon. – Fri., 7:30 am. – 4 p.m. (408) 494-2750, after hours: County Communications (408) 299-2507 10 San Jose • County West Yard, 11030 Doyle Rd., bags and sand available anytime outside gate (408) 366-3100, after hours: County Communications (408) 299-2507 11
  • San Jose: City West Yard, 5090 Williams Road,  sandbags available anytime outside gate. (408) 277-4373
  • San Jose: City South Yard, 4420 Monterey Rd. at Skyway Drive,  sandbags available anytime outside gate. (408) 361-6818
  • Santa Clara: City Corporation Yard, 1700 Walsh Ave. (408) 615-3080, after hours: (408) 615-5640 Available 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. inside gate
  • Saratoga: Corporation Yard, 19700 Allendale Ave., near Post Ofce, bags and sand available anytime outside gate. (408) 868-1245, after hours: County Communications (408) 299-2507
  • Sunnyvale: Corporation Yard, 221 Commercial St. at end of California Street. Bags and sand available all day. (408) 730-7510, Mon. – Fri. 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., after hours: (408) 730-7180

Some Healthy Food Ideas for the New Year

Healthy Food Hacks

In our busy everyday lives, healthy eating can be difficult—especially with the convenience of takeout and vending machines. But small steps go a long way toward an overall healthy lifestyle. These healthy food hacks into your daily routine to help steer you in the right direction.

Simple substitutes.
Finding healthy alternatives to your favorite foods is an easy way to cut calories fast without depriving yourself. A simple switch of using plain greek yogurt instead of mayo, or olive oil instead of butter, can help you feel better about what you eat while treating yourself to your favorite foods.


Use smaller plates.
One of the best ways to eat less is to serve yourself less. Scientists have found that larger plates make you think you have less food, which results in dissatisfaction. So trick your brain into being full by decreasing your plate size.

Check out the quick and handy tips for measuring portions.

Cook once, eat twice.
After a long day, it is hard to find motivation to make a healthy dinner. Cut your kitchen time in half by making larger meals that you can eat for the next two days, or freeze leftovers for a night you really don’t want to cook.

Make your own flavored water.
We have all heard it before, “Drink more water.” For some of us, this is hard because water can be boring. But drinking water doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. Infuse waters by steeping fruits and other ingredients in the fridge overnight.


Sneak seeds into everything.
Seeds are both small and mighty. These superfoods help you stay full longer by helping you reach your daily recommended protein intake. Add some quinoa into your morning oatmeal for key essential nutrients and disease prevention benefits.

Learn about other superfoods you can add to your daily routine.

Get a good night’s sleep.
There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep to reset your body and mind. Studies have shown that people who get quality sleep on a daily basis tend to make better food choices, which can result in smaller waistlines.