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Recently Sold Featured Listing: 19 Grove St

After five months & several written offers, I was finally able to help my clients buy their dream home in Los Gatos, CA!

This extremely rare in-town home, with one of the most spectacular views in Los Gatos, was sold late last year. Unbelievable quality of construction with timeless design and the finest materials throughout. Incredible attention to detail with gorgeous views and privacy from virtually every room. Great entertaining house, with multiple decks, expansive gourmet kitchen with adjacent dining and living rooms, separate family room with faulted ceilings and surround sound. Each oversized bedroom has its own private bath. Tremendous 3-car garage and additional off-street parking. Square footage includes a 500 Square Foot Bar and Entertainment room that was completed at a cost of over $100,000 with custom bar, stonework, surround sound, and wood floors.

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What does a perfect neighborhood mean to you?

While the idea of the “perfect neighborhood” is different for every homeowner, more Americans are expressing a desire to live in communities with access to public transit, shorter commutes, and greater walk-ability.

Check out this infographic for some interesting statistics from the National Association of Realtors:

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Make Your Property More Attractive for Homebuyers

Ensure a Good First Impression

Homebuyers make up their minds about a property in the first few minutes. Make sure your home makes that vital first impression. New paint does wonders. Make sure the front yard is flawless with manicured lawns and attractive foliage. Add a hanging basket or some flower pots at the door. The front door is also critical, make sure the hardware is presentable.

Make them Feel Welcome

Don’t forget buying a home is in many ways an emotional decision, so it’s important to give buyers that warm and fuzzy feeling! Keep the temperature in the home at a comfortable level. Light some candles in the bathrooms and make sure it smells nice and clean. Have fresh flowers around the house.

But don’t make it too personal

Make them feel welcome, but don’t go too far. Too much personality, for example in the form of personal possessions and family photos makes it hard for buyers to visualize living in the space.

Clear out the Clutter

Make sure your property is clutter-free for all your viewings. This will make your home look and feel bigger, and the buyers will be able to imagine how they could make the space their own. Make sure that there is a clean, logical flow through the home by getting rid of all excess furniture. Less is more.

Improve Lighting

This is another way to make your home seem more spacious. Open all your curtains and flood the space with natural light. Make sure the darker rooms are also lit. Invest in some light fixtures and fittings, and place them strategically to illuminate even the gloomiest of areas.

Decorate to Sell That House

Slap on a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color to give it that blank canvas look but do not be too sterile. Have some contrast in the trim as well as the ceiling. Neutral colors make properties appear lighter and brighter, so take advantage of this inexpensive and easy option. You may also add color with decorative window coverings, rugs, and towels.

Clean Up Your Act

Your home should be spotless. Make sure the beds are made and the countertops are free of clutter. The dishes should be put away and nothing should be scattered on the floor. Don’t forget to tidy your garden too: Cut the shrubs back, sweep the patio, and wipe down the backyard furniture.

Those Minor Repairs You Put Off

It is easy to forget things such as broken doorknobs, cracked tiles, holes in walls and damaged but buyers will notice them first thing as they are walking around your home.

Maximize Your Space

The golden rule of selling is to make your space look and feel bigger and better than what your competitors have to offer. We’ve already mentioned that lighting your home, both naturally and artificially, can maximize your assets, but getting rid of bulky furniture can also be a great way of making the most of what you have. Large pieces of furniture make a space feel smaller, so put these items into storage and dress your home with more compact pieces.

Don’t Forget Your Floors

Make the investment of improving and investing in those floors. Worn carpets and damaged vinyl floors need to be replaced, and wooden floors especially should undergo some maintenance. This is not chap by any means, but the prospect of selling your home for the best possible price will likely outweigh the cost.

Remove Pets During Showings

You do not need to remind the potential buyer that the previous owner kept pets.

Try to remove your pets from your home when you are showing the home. Having a pet in the house or yard can create complications for your agent while trying to show the house, and puts your pet at risk of accidentally getting out during the showing. There are also liability issues to deal with as well. They may react differently to stranger and it may cause them stress. All pet-related damage should be repaired prior to showing the home. Make sure to also remove all odors and stains. New visitors will notice smells when they come to view the house. This is not something you want to happen. Have your carpet and floors professionally cleaned or replaced. Pick up any messes in the backyard and have any sod replaced and other damage repaired.

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Los Gatos Real Estate – North40

The North 40 Specific Plan Area is approximately 44 acres and is bounded by Highway 85 on the north, Lark Avenue on the south, Highway 17 on the west, and Los Gatos Boulevard on the east.

The Town Council will hold a public hearing to continue their consideration of potential amendments to the North Forty Specific Plan. The meeting will occur on January 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at 110 E. Main Street. The intention is not a rewrite of the entire Plan.

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Recent Events

On September 19, 2017, the Town Council adopted a temporary Urgency Ordinance extending for a period of ten months and fifteen days the moratorium prohibiting the processing and issuance of future land use entitlements within the North 40 Specific Plan area until an update to the North 40 Specific Plan has been completed.
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On August 15, 2017, the Town Council adopted a temporary Urgency Ordinance prohibiting the processing and issuance of future land use entitlements within the North 40 Specific Plan area until an update to the North 40 Specific Plan has been completed.
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In response to the Judge’s ruling, the Town Council heard public testimony on July 24, 2017 regarding the reconsideration of the development applications submitted by Grosvenor USA Limited, SummerHill Homes LLC, and Eden Housing, Inc. The hearing was continued to August 1, 2017. On August 1, 2017, the Town Council adopted a resolution to rescind Resolution 2016-04 denying the applications (Resolution 2017-044) and adopted a resolution to approve the applications, making certain findings and placing conditions on the development (Resolution 2017-045).

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