June 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

June 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update… Although June’s listing, pending and sold data for single family home sales in Almaden Valley is for the most part the “same old, same old” story of short supply and hot demand, we DID reach a milestone for the average price per square foot of $757. According to MLS data, this is the highest it has been in over ten years. Although prices have been gradually increasing since 2012, quarterly trends show robust gains since the end of 2017.

In evaluating the market over the last year, we saw inventory slightly up from June 2017 but remaining unchanged from May to June 2018. The number of pending and sold single family homes is lower in June compared to May of this year. To see why we saw this drop happen, all we need to do is step back to April when we saw a sudden influx of new single family home listings. Combined with the increase in price per square foot, it is probably safe to say that buyers responded heartily to the increased inventory from April which drove the pending and sold numbers up in May.

Any way one looks at it, we are in a distinctly seller-driven market. Summer is traditionally one of the most active times of the year for Almaden Valley real estate, and we have another month or so before the traditional seasonal slowdown starts. If you are thinking about selling your home, contact me and let me show you how you can make the most out of the summer hot market!

June 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market

4th of July 2018 in Almaden Valley – Fireworks, Parade and More!

4th of July 2018 in Almaden Valley4th of July in Almaden Valley is traditionally an exciting day of festivities and fun-filled family events. This year promises no less!

Montevideo Neighborhood Parade and ‘4 on the 4th’ Run/Walk

The Montevideo neighborhood celebrates the 50th year of its annual Independence Day Parade. This is certainly one of the most festive neighborhood celebrations in the South Bay. Events begin in the morning with the ‘4 on the 4th’ Run/Walk through the neighborhood, and then the unique parade with colorful floats.

The parade begins and ends at the Montevideo Improvement Association (MIA) Clubhouse, looping through Camden Avenue, Puerto Vallarta Drive, Vera Cruz Drive, Monteverde Drive and Montellano Drive. Both the parade and the run/walk are open to all.

For more details, visit: https://montevideoneighborhood.wordpress.com/fourth-of-july/

Annual Family Fun Festival and Fireworks Show at Almaden Lake Park

The spectacular display of fireworks at the annual Family Fun Festival and Fireworks Show at Almaden Lake Park on the 4th of July is a must watch! Festivities begin at 3:00 pm with various activities for families. There will be a fireworks safety demo and a booth to write thank-you letters to soldiers. There will also be food trucks and booths by various local organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Almaden Valley, which will be serving all-American hot dogs, the entire proceeds of which will go back into charitable activities serving the community.

The fireworks show kicks off at about 9:00 pm. The event is free to all, so bring your family and friends. Please note that alcohol, pets, barbecues and personal fireworks are not allowed.

The Almaden Lake Park 4th of July celebration is the destination to enjoy a stunning and safe fireworks display. Don’t miss it!

For more information, visit: http://www.sjd10.com/4th-of-july-annual-event-.html

May 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

May 2018 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update… Tight inventory continues to dominate the Almaden Valley single family residential real estate market. The number of sales has been keeping up and often exceeding the number of single family homes on the market for quite a while, creating a shortage of homes. When we compare May 2018 with May 2017, we see that although the number of homes for sale and those under contract are unchanged, the number of sold homes is up over 15%, meaning competition is even keener for available inventory.

This shortage is reflected in the average price per square foot, which has reached a high point of $713, up dramatically from the $668 we saw in April.

If past trends are any indication, things should start cooling down in the next 30 days or so as we slide into autumn and the seasonal slowing we tend to see this time of year. However, given the tight inventory and robust demand, we’ll just have to see.

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!

May 2018 Almaden Valley real estate market

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