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Weekender 12/8/16

Weekender 12/8/16

We have a South Bay centric Weekender this time!  As I am from this area, I hope that you’ll be able to join in some of the fun and wonderful atmosphere of one of  my favorite areas of the greater SF Bay Area.  Take a look:


First-Ever Winterfest at Avaya Stadium, Saturday, 12/10 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm.  This event is tied to the Earthquakes Toy Drive for Sacred Heart Community Services (the toy give away will precede the 12:00 noon start).  For the actual event, think snow, without the long drive to the mountains!  There will be over 2100 cubic feet of snow just to play in, giant snow globes, jump houses and much more.  Please review all the information and activities on the link below.


Ready for some old-fashioned holiday fun?  There’s no better place than San Jose’s downtown Willow Glen.  The city is bringing back the cable car rides for viewing the nearby neighborhoods and their holiday lights.  This event begins on Friday night, 12/9/16 and runs through Wednesday, 12/21.  Pick-up is at the Bank of America on Lincoln Ave.  Please click on the link below to see the cable car’s schedule and associated fees.  Downtown also has great spots for holiday photos…grab a hot chocolate and walk through town!


Perfect time to catch a San Jose Sharks game too.  They are in town taking on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, 12/10.  Game time is 7:30 pm.  Our beloved Tiburones  are having a good year, finding lots of ways to win.  See link below for their whole schedule and additional information.  Go Sharks!!

Here is the link for additional details:  Weekender 12/8/16

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


Weekly Stats – 12/1/16

For the folks following the stats – here is a snapshot of Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties as of 12/1/16.  Graphs show both Active Listings and Pending Sales for single family homes and condos/town homes for both counties.    Stay informed.  Take a look.  Have a question?  I am just a phone call away and honored to assist you sort out your individual situation.  Here is the data:



Weekender 12/1/16

Weekender 12/1/16

True confessions:  I took last Thursday and Friday off to celebrate Thanksgiving.  I had my chef hat on as my wife and I cooked up a wonderful meal and were able to share the day with folks near and dear to us.  Hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was a good one too!

Today is the first of December.  Wow.  Has this year flown by!  The chill is in the air and there are lots of holiday themed activities going on this weekend.  Here are a few:


This Saturday and Sunday, 12/3 and 12/4, CalTrain will be running it’s Holiday Train between San Francisco and Santa Clara.  Their decorated train cars will make nine, 20 minute stops over the two day period.  At each stop, children can have a meet & greet with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the whole gang.  This event is a fundraiser, so if you are able, please bring an unwrapped toy for donation.  You can help bring magic into your child’s Christmas and into the life another child too.  See the link below for additional details and schedules!


Great America in Santa Clara is open with a holiday themed experience that has something for everyone!  It is called their “Winterfest”.  They have decked the halls just for you.  Come out and bring your little ones too.  This event runs through the holidays – see the link below for hours and additional details.


If you are in the Campbell area, do not miss the 31st annual Carol of Lights.  This annual event is on Saturday, 12/3 beginning at 5pm, running till 8:00 pm.  There are bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus and SNOW!


Are you ready for some football?  The Raiders host the Bills at home on Sunday.  Looks like game time is at 4:00 pm.  See the link below for additional details.

Here is the link:  Weekender 12/1/16

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, go out and make it a great one!


Weekender 11/17/16

As we savor the last few days of Fall, here are some of the happenings going on this weekend – Hope you a great weekend even if it consists of a comfy couch, a mug of hot chocolate and good book!  If you are out and about, think about catching one of these:

It’s Baacckkk….San Jose’s Downtown Ice!  The ice rink, located at 120 S. Market St in the heart of Downtown San Jose, opens on Friday, 11/18 at 5:00 pm.  If you miss this weekend, it will be operating until after New Year 2017.  See link below for hours of operation, specific date and planned events.


In the City?  Pier 39 will have its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, 11/19 at 2:00 pm.  This year the production will include performers from the current production of Disney’s Lion King.  Fun, music and crafts.  Kids of all ages can drop off their letters to Santa while they are there too!  See link below for additional details.


Are you a Harry Potter fan?  Premiering this week….the film based on J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts.  See link below to find theater near you!


49er Faithful?  They are in town this weekend hosting the New England Patriots at Levi Stadium.  Looks like they have the Sunday night game with a 4:25 start time.  See link below for additional details.


Link to additional details as noted above:  Weekender 11/17/16

And….should you be a collegiate Water Polo fan, Santa Clara University is hosting their league championships this weekend at the Sullivan Aquatics Center.  Competitions will be held Friday, 11/18 through Sunday, 11/20.  Below is a snapshot of the tournament and  a link to the website if you are looking for updates:  WWPA Schedule 2016


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


Weekly Stats 11/10/16

Keeping you informed.  Part of what I do.  It is a glorious Fall day here in the SF Bay Area.  Before you head out, take a look at my updated market stats for both Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.  Looks like we are entering a period of having more pending listings for single family homes in Santa Clara County than we have active listings.  Santa Cruz County still has an inventory of active listings.  Have questions?  I am just a phone call away.

Go out and make it a great day!




Weekly Stats 11/4/16

Good habits help people live good lives…this relates to your financial well being too.  Part of what I get out of bed for everyday, is for the opportunity to help someone with one of, if not THE most important transactions of their adult lives:  Buying or Selling a home.

I coach my clients to stay informed about the market.  One way to this is to review my weekly market statistic blogs (Ok, I do miss a week here and there, but….).  Take a look.  Check-in once or twice a month and follow the trends.  All market information will help you make a better decision when the time comes for you and your home.

Charts below show both Active Listings and Listings in Contract for both Single Family Homes and Condos/Townhouses.  There is a chart for Santa Clara County and a separate one for Santa Cruz County.  You will see that although geographically near each other,  both markets are unique.  Have a question?  I am just a phone call away and happy to be of service.  In the mean time, take a look.  Stay informed.




Weekender 11/3/16

Weekender  11/3/16

The weekend is just around the corner!  Looking for something new to get out and see or do?  Take a look at this weekender for some inspiration:


Rain in The Valley must mean snow in the Mountains!  This Saturday and Sunday,  November 5th and 6th  don’t miss the SnowBomb Ski and Snowboard Festival.  There are activities in San Francisco, San Jose and the Sacramento Area.  Admission is free and if you buy a Powder Pass or VIP ticket, you will also get free lift tickets, beer and wine tasting.  See link below for additional details!


Speaking of Mountains, the Mountain Winery is hosting their New Orleans Party in the French Quarter evening this Friday, Nov 4th.  Live Entertainment and of course great food and wine.  Doors open at 6:30.  See link below for additional details!


Then….Sunday is always a chance to catch some football.  While the sports world has been a buzz about the 49ers, the Raiders have been quietly winning, a lot.  They are hosting the Denver Broncos this weekend for the Sunday night game.  See link below for additional details!

Here is the link:  Weekender 11/3/16


And of course, the Broncos of Santa Clara University Men’s Water Polo Team is hosting it’s last regular season league game this Saturday at 12:00, noon.  They are taking on LMU and it promises to be a great game!

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, go out and make it a great one!


Weekender 10/6/16

Weekender 10/6/16

No matter how busy you are this Fall, be sure to make time to get out enjoy this special time of year here in the greater SF Bay Area.  The days are gloriously sunny, the evenings cool and cozy!  Browse through my Weekender for some inspiration, but whatever you do, get out there and make it a great one!  Rob


San Francisco Feet Week

Be a part of the fall tradition here in the Bay Area. Check out Fleet Week.  Official viewing area is on the Marina Green, but much of the event is visible on the waterfront area.  Ships are docked and visitors may go onboard; The Blue Angels are in town along with the Air Force’s F22 (Pictured Above).  Visit the Humanitarian Relief Village;  Learn how the Air Force prepares both itself and our communities in case disaster strikes.  Event runs through 10/10 with Air Show on the 7th, 8th and 9th.  See link below for additional details.


Los Altos Wine Walk

Enjoy the bounty of our local wineries at this year’s Los Altos Wine Walk.  Event to be held this Saturday, 10/8, at the Rancho Shopping Center.  Check-in near the stage.  Early Bird pricing is $30.  Day of will be $35 and runs from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  See the link below for additional information.

Local Sports

Football:  The SF 49ers are in town this weekend, hosting the Arizona Cardinals at Levi Stadium tonight.  See link below for additional details.


Baseball:  Another reason I love the Fall….the best of baseball is happening right now.  Catch our  local team in the Wild Card hunt as they take on Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Friday night at 6:15 game time.

At the Box Office

I have seen this book everywhere I go lately….and the movie debut is this Friday:  The Girl on the Train.  Catching a good movie is always a great get away.  See link below for additional details.


Here is the link:  Weekender 10/6/16

Real Estate Market Stats – Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties

The number one question I am always asked is “what is the real estate market doing right now?”  I truly believe our market is the best example of a true, real time model of free market economics.  As I have in the past, I am posting a couple of graphs showing data for both the Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.  Each graph shows one set of stats is for the Condo/Townhouse market and another for the Single Family Home market.

Take a look.  Have questions.  I am just a phone call away and always willing to help dissect the myriad of market information out there so you understand exactly where you are within your current situation.

Go make it a great one!