5D Playday at Santa Clara Valley Horsemen’s Association

5D playdayThe Santa Clara Valley Horsemen’s Association 5D Playday summer event series continues on Sunday, June 25, 2018, and then again on August 26, 2018.

The events of the 5D Playday series include Barrels, Speed Barrels, Single Stake, Pole Bending, Birangle and more. If you have a horse and want to join the events, the fees are $30 for members (cash only) and $35 for day-members, for all events. Participants of all levels of experience are welcome.

Sign-ups are at 8:00 am; events begin at 9:00 am. Parking and admission are free. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase at the snack shack.

If you would rather just soak in the fun, take your kids, family and friends and head to the Santa Clara Valley Horsemen’s Association this weekend for an exciting day right here in Almaden Valley.

The Association was formed in 1939 to promote a better understanding of horses and an enthusiasm for riding. It is located at 20350 McKean Road, San Jose, CA, 95120.

For more information, visit: http://horsemens.org

Bevy Produce and Goods Spring Event

Bevy produce and goodsBevy Produce and Goods, Almaden’s neighborhood organic produce store, is holding its first Spring Event, ‘The Bevy Market’, tomorrow. Patrons and organic food lovers can taste and sample a variety of produce, dairy products, snacks and much more, all sourced from local vendors and farmers.

Bevy Produce and Goods is the brainchild of Yesie Chang, a young Almaden resident. After graduating from Leland High School, Yesie devoted her energies to the study of agriculture and farming, an area of keen interest for her. “While working at the farm I decided that this was going to be my life career,” she said.

Yesie’s stint in farming also determined the focus of Bevy Produce. All of Bevy’s produce and dairy products are grown and made by farmers locally from within a 300-mile radius. “A lot of local farmers grow organic produce and we source only from them to ensure everything is fresh. I want our customers to know where their produce is coming from.”

Besides edible produce, Bevy also has a line of handmade and natural soaps and cleaning products. And why a store in Almaden? “I believe in being neighborly and giving back to the community”, Yesie said with a proud smile.

So, if you have not yet stepped inside this quaint little neighborhood organic store, be sure to do so tomorrow, Saturday, May 26, 2018, between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Location:

Bevy Produce and Goods
6948 Almaden Expressway, San Jose CA, 95120
www.Bevygoodproduce.com

April 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

April 2018 Almaden Valley real estate market statistics indicate we are entering the summer peak season. The number of single family homes on the market increased almost 61% from March to April, and sales increased by 56% during the same time period. Although the price per square foot dropped about 3.5% from March to April, this is also a trend we tend to see as we enter summer.

Homes for sale in April 2018: 37 units

  • Up 60.9% compared to last month
  • Up 8.8% compared to last year

Homes closed in April 2018: 39 units

  • Up 56% compared to last month
  • Up 5.4% compared to last year

If you’d like more information about current market trends or are thinking about buying or selling a home in the Almaden Valley, give me a call!

April 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market

Almaden Community Center Summer Camps 2018

Registration is now open for Almaden Community Center summer camps!

The Spring 2018 activity guide details a huge variety of summer camps offered from June through August, designed to keep teens and kids of all ages creatively engaged this summer.

The camps are broadly categorized into the following groups: Music and Dance, Art and Craft, Sports, Science, Engineering and Robotics. Many of them have full-day and half-day options. Here’s a sample of what’s in the guide…

Art and Craft

  • Art Start – Painting, drawing and collage
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Art and reading camp for tiny tots
  • Origami
  • And more!

Music and Dance for Tiny Tots

  • Anna and Elsa Dance Camp – A fantasy adventure with song and dance party and Frozen themed games
  • Cheerleading Dance Camp – Learn the latest in hip hop and cheer leading moves
  • Princess Dance Camp Royal Ball – Tiny tots attend balls with fairy princesses
  • And more!

Lego Camps

  • Jedi Engineering, Jedi Master and Jedi Cadets
  • Minecraft Build Adventure Games using Lego
  • Lego Robotics using Wedo and EV3
  • And more!

Camps by Mad Science

  • Spy Academy
  • Eureka Young Inventor’s Camp
  • NASA Journey into Outer Space
  • And more!

Camps by Engineering for Kids

  • Electronic Game Design
  • Minecraft Virtual Education
  • 3D Printing – Superheroes to the rescue
  • And more!

Sports camps by Skyhawks

  • Basketball, golf, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and more!

For more information including schedule and fees, visit: https://issuu.com/sjparksandrec/docs/almaden_community_center_4ef9f0ee2c0588

Spring Is In The Air – Prepare Your Home! (Part 2)

prepare your homeSprucing up for Spring – from Hardscapes to Roof

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to prepare your home! In this, the second in our series on home and yard maintenance for spring, we focus on everything from hardscapes to the roof. Here’s the checklist of do’s for this season:

Repair and refurbish hardscapes – After the rains, it is a great idea to clean all hardscapes – walkways, patios, steps and retaining walls which have brick, pavers, stone or tile. Pressure wash to remove any dirt or moss which might make the area slippery. Replace broken tiles or flagstones and fill in new sand in the joints.

Roof check – Check for and replace any broken tiles or shingles in the roof. If there are signs of moss or lichen, call a professional roofer for a clean-up.

Trim large trees – Trim away any overgrowth from trees and shrubs. If you have large trees like oak or redwood, get an arborist, if needed, to trim back branches. This will allow more sunlight into the yard and encourage new growth. It’s also important to keep tree branches at least six to seven feet away from the house.

Foundation vents – Walk around the perimeter of the house and check all foundation vents to ensure that they are clear of leaves, debris or anything that would prevent air circulation in the crawl space. Good air circulation is important for the moisture in the crawl space to dry. Repair any holes or rips in vent screens to prevent rodents and critters from getting in.

Drains, ditches, rafters and gutters – Sweep clean all leaves and debris which may have gathered in drains, ditches and gutters. If possible, connect gutter pipes to the sewage. This will take overflow water away from the foundation of the house. Check rafters for wood rot. Replace any broken ones. It’s also a good idea to give the rafters a coat of paint to prevent wood rot.

Check irrigation systems – With the onset of spring, it is time to check irrigation systems for leaks and repair any broken sprinkler heads. Check rain sensors and booster pump for proper operation. Secure drip irrigation lines properly to respective plants.

Fences and trellises – Check fences and trellises and replace any broken or rotten panels.

Bird baths and fountains – Check fountain pumps and fix leaks if any. Scrub clean bird baths and fill with fresh water.

January 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

January 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update… January’s data for Almaden Valley real estate is showing the effects of tight inventory. The number of single family homes on the market in January remained virtually unchanged from the previous month: 10 versus 9. The number of sales dropped during the same time period, from 22 in December to 15 in January. This drop is a direct effect of the incredibly low inventory of single family homes that we’ve been experiencing. The price per square foot edged up from $671 to $672, a further indication that the usual cooling of interest we see during the holiday season didn’t really happen this year.

Buyers are clamoring for Almaden Valley homes, as is evidenced by the fact that area homes often experience multiple offers within a short time of being put on the market. It is an excellent time to be a seller in Almaden Valley. For more information on how you can take advantage of our hot market, call, text or email me.

January 2018 almaden valley real estate market

Spring Is In The Air – Prepare Your Yard! (Part 1)

prepare your yardSpring Gardening

It is not officially spring yet, but with winter on the wane and the days getting warmer, it certainly feels like spring is in the air… and this is the perfect time to prepare your yard! With a little bit of work now, you will have a bountiful spring and summer garden, rich in vibrant colors with plenty to harvest.

There are four main tasks which are recommended for your garden this month.

Pruning and fertilizing

Late winter and early spring is the best time to prune fruit trees. If you haven’t already done it, now is the time. Pruning before the buds bloom will relieve the plants resulting in better growth and a better crop later on. Fertilize fruit trees with an organic fertilizer or compost for better quality yield.

Prune evergreen trees and shrubs leaving out branches in the direction you want to encourage growth. Rose plants and bushes should be pruned before they start budding. For spring flowering plants, wait until after blooming. Fertilize the rose plants at this stage. Fertilize garden beds at the top soil level and let the nutrients percolate down.

Planting

Now is the perfect time to plant fruit trees, perennial crops like berries and spring crops like beets, carrots, peas, spinach, leeks and lettuces. Bare fruit trees root in the winter and begin sprouting leaves and branches through spring summer.

Weeding

Control weeds in the garden while they are young. You can also use a weed preventing product like Preen.

Lawn care

Lawns should be watered deeply once or twice a week at this time, depending on the amount of rain. Avoid overwatering. Spread lawn seeds on bare patches and fertilize.

For more garden maintenance tips, visit:

http://eartheasy.com/grow_garden_early_spring.html

https://www.almanac.com/gardening/tips/CA/San%20Jose/02

 

December 2017 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

December 2017 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update… 2017 ended on a high note for Almaden Valley real estate. The inventory of single family homes has been tight all throughout 2017, and our December numbers demonstrate the general trend we saw this past year: low inventory and brisk sales. Of course, we expect to see activity drop to yearly lows in December due to the holidays, and 2017 was no different. The number of homes offered on the market dropped dramatically as the last month of the year rolled past, from 15 in November to 9 in December. The number of homes that sold dropped from 25 to 21 and the number under contract from 23 to 18  during the same time frame.

However, when we compare December 2017 with December 2016, we get a pretty good indication of just how active the market was last year. There were over 18% more homes for sale in 2016, yet the number of single family homes under contract was 20% higher this past year, and the number sold was over 10% higher. Less inventory plus higher sales is a pretty solid indicator that Almaden Valley real estate remains in a strong seller’s market, which generally translates into stable to increasing prices. And, this is indeed what has played out. December price per square foot was $670, a whopping $74 higher than November’s $586 and a decidedly healthy increase over the $614 we saw December 2016. In fact, December’s price per square foot is the highest we’ve seen it in over five years.

Is the timing right for you? Give me a call!

December 2017 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

Almaden Valley Home Prices Reach New High

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great time ringing in the New Year.  But don’t put away those champagne glasses just yet.  We have more to celebrate as Almaden Valley home prices have once again reached a new record high!

I have included a couple of graphs showing trends for Almaden Single Family Homes since 2008.  Data was obtained from MLSListings Inc.  The first graph shows that the Median Sales Price reached a new high for the year in 2017 of $1,462,500, up 6.9% from 2016.  While this figure and the graph incorporate all sales throughout the year, the Median Sales Price for December 2017 was a whopping $1,547,250, up 17.9% from $1,312,500 in December 2016.  In fact, we had an amazing 4th Quarter as many buyers rushed to beat the signing in of the new tax law and the threat of rising interest rates.  October 2017 was up 13.4% from October 2016, and November was up 10.2%.  However, some months in 2017 saw a price decline from the prior year.

The second graph shows the number of new listings compared to the number sold.  As we closed 2017 just about all the inventory was gobbled up, and by the beginning of 2018 there were only 8 single family homes on the market in Almaden.

We had the good fortune this week of having Oscar Wei, Senior Economist from California Association of Realtors, speak at our office meeting.  He forecasts that we will continue to see prices increase at least through this year.  Zillow is a bit less optimistic and forecasts a slight decrease for Almaden Valley home prices over the next year.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly and I’ll be glad to help you out!

 

 

 

Almaden Sporting League Registrations Winter 2018

Almaden Sporting League RegistrationsHello Almaden friends and neighbors,

Winter break is underway and I trust many of you are enjoying it with your families at home or at wonderful holiday destinations.

For families with young kids who are excited to start or get back to sporting leagues, here’s a little reminder of Almaden sporting league registrations that are open now or scheduled to start in January.

The Almaden Valley Girls Softball League – Registration for the 2018 Spring / Summer season is open now. For more information, go to http://avgsl.org/index.html.

The Almaden Valley Recreational Soccer registration opens Jan 8, 2018. Check out their page on http://www.almadensoccer.org/news_article/show/866156?referrer_id=2633.

Registrations are also open for the Almaden Little League Baseball team. Visit their page at http://tshq.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1844237.

As we prepare to wind up this year and ring in the new, I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a fun-filled and joyous holiday season, and a very happy new year!

Watch this space for more blogs on Almaden news and events in 2018.