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Cupertino Housing Market Update

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The city of Cupertino, California has seen a 8.3% increase in home prices over the past year according to the Zillow real estate website. This puts the average price of a Cupertino home at just over $1.9M. Prices are beginning to settle down and the economists at Zillow expect that prices next year will only increase a modest 2.7%. This calm in the market should allow buyers who have been dealing with competitive bidding situations a chance at getting into a home.

Home prices in Cupertino have skyrocketed over the past six years. In 2012 prices were around $900k. The market is generally considered healthy with a little more than 1% of home owners sitting on property with negative equity.

Of course, making smart home improvement/remodeling choices is one of the best ways to increase your home equity. Make bad choices and you will actually decrease your equity. By investing more in a project that you are likely to be able to recoup when you sell, you are losing money/equity in your home. Working with a real estate expert in Cupertino is the best way to make these decisions. A local realtor will be able to advise you on where you money will be well spent and where it will be wasted.

One amazing statistic we discovered while reviewing the data on Zillow is that currently 0% of home owners in Cupertino are in default.

Remodel Your Cupertino Home With Reclaimed Barnwood

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Homes in Cupertino are usually remodeled before they’re marketed and sold by a local real estate agent. Home owners who want to maximize the resale value of their house will take the time to educate themselves on the latest design trends in order to appeal to the most buyers. One of the hottest trends currently is the use of reclaimed material, in particular lumber. It’s difficult to replicate the look and feel of old wood that has stood the test of time, punished by the elements to create a beautiful patina. Some companies try using new lumber and using a variety of technique they will try to age the wood to look the real thing. The result typically looks cheap and tacky.

There is no substitute for using a reclaimed beam for your fireplace mantel, paneling, kitchen cabinets, shelving or even your hardwood floors. Open any design magazine and you will see the uses for reclaimed lumber are endless. There is a company called Reusable Lumber Company (http://www.reusablelumber.com/) that specializes in recovery, resale and reuse of old growth lumber located in Woodside, California. Another option is Global Wood Source (https://www.globalwoodsource.com/). They bring in wood from all over the world including may exotic woods that are hard to find. Lastly, there is a company based in Minneapolis, MN that ships across the country called The Old Grain Co, (https://getreclaimed.com/).

We suggest that home owners discuss their ideas with their realtor if they are hoping to increase the resale value of their house. Your agent will help you to budget for the project and should be able to connect you with local contractors who can handle the design and installation for your project. If your realtor doesn’t have any contractors who specialize in working with reclaimed lumber, contact any of the companies referenced in the post. They will likely have a number of installers they can suggest for your project.

7 Best Tips for Selling Your Home During the Winter in the Bay Area

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#1- When possible it is always best to take pictures of the house during the spring. These pictures will have more color and make the house and yard look more appealing to potential buyers. Since the most succesfull marketing is done online, quality pictures will play a big role in brining buyers through your house. They don’t want to see brown grass and shrubs when they are looking for a home. If you have some personal home pictures that you have taken, feel free to share these with your San Jose or Cupertino area real estate agent to use for the listing.

#2 – Don’t decorate your house with religious decorations that may turn off buyers who are not the same religion that you are. You can make the house look seasonal and well decorated by including holiday decorations such as greenery, flowers, pillows, blankets, candles, etc. This will give the house the ambience home buyers are looking for and will set your house apart from the competition.

#3 There isn’t as much light during the winter, so you might want to add extra lamps or use higher wattage bulbs to make sure that your house is nice and bright.

#4 Make the house look festive and fun as potential buyers approach with garlands or boughs and containers of greenery. You can even place fresh greens in pots near the front door to welcome bueyer to your home.

#5 – Don’t get discouraged if your house doesn’t sell right away. It is typical for homes to sit on the market longer during this time of year. One potential benefit is that there are fewer homes on the market for your house to compete with

#6 Know the local football schedules and other big sports schedules. In many real estate markets around the Bay Area, having an Open House during a “big game” is asking for a slow open house. Be flexible with timelines and ask your agent to open early or stay open late to avoid competing with a popular local game.

#7 – People like to party and hang out with friends during the winter. So stage your house in a way that buyers can envision entertaining their friends in the house. You can set out dieshes, flowers or even cake stands with holiday cookies or other treats. Another benefit of setting out baked goods is that you will add nice smells to the house which is very welcoming to buyers.

Keep our suggestions in mind if you are thinking about trying to sell your house this winter season. By spending a small amount of money to get your hosue ready to sell, you will appeal to more buyer and you will be more likely to sell your house. Your real estate agent will also be able to make additional suggestions on getting your house ready to sell. Some of the local real estate agents in Cupertino are doing a great job of preparing their clients homes for sale. Check out some of the Cupertino homes for sale.

Here are a few staging tips to get your house ready to sell from Realtor.com. They have tons of great resources for home sellers.

Cupertino Homes for Sale in the MLS

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Current Homes for Sale in Cupertino

As of February 17th, the number of homes for sale in Cupertino is 51. Many of these homes are development opportunities. Let’s take a look at some of the homes currently for sale.

Stevens Canyon Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

The list price of this property is $500,000. It is an undeveloped 2.64 acre lot.

17320 Stevens Canyon Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

This is another vacant lot ready for your custom home or build. The lot size is 2.03 acres and the current list price was recently reduced to $575,000.

17320 Stevens Canyon Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

This is another tear down opportunity. The lot size is 2.03 acres. There is currently a small one bedroom, one bathroom shack on the property. There are some unique issues with this property so if you’re interested, please talk with a real estate agent who can explain the details. The list price is $575,000.

20701 Garden Manor Ct., Cupertino, CA 95014

This is a condo with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, This is the cheapest livable home for sale in Cupertino and it appears that there is currently an offer pending on this home. The list price is $938,888. The unit is small with 1202 square feet of living space.

20192 Northcove Square, Cupertino, CA 95014

Another condo/town house. This is the least expensive home for sale that has no pending offers. There is a scheduled open house for 2/18 and it will likely sell quickly. If you are in the market for an affordable option in Cupertino, you might want to check out this 2 bed, 2 bath, 1060 square ft property that is currently priced at $988,000.

17085 Montebello Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

This is a nearly 80 acre lot with incredible views. It is listed for sale by Erick Sondeno with Hacienda Real Estate. The currentl list price is $1,100,000.

22680 Silver Oak Ct, Cupertino, CA 95014

The current list price for this condo is $1,275,000. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with 1313 finished square feet of living space. The MLS is currently showing that this property is in Pending status which means the sellers hav accepted an offer and it is likely no longer available for showings.

863 Betlin Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014

This is the cheapest house for sale in Cupertino. This is a single family home located on a 5974 square foot lot. The house has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 1248 finished square feet of living space. Unfortunately, it appears an offer has recently been accepted on this house as well and it is likely that they are no longer accepting showings of the house.

18631 Runo Ct, Cupertino, CA 95014

Again, although listed in the MLS for sale, REALTOR.com is showing that this home is Pending so if you’re interested in buying the property, you are likely too late. The house has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The list price is $1,299,000.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the homes mentioned here or if you would like to learn more about other homes for sale in the Bay Area, we recommend that you contact your local real estate agent. There are lots of licensed real estate agents in Cupertino who would love to help you buy a great house.

Homes for Sale in Cupertino

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Cupertino currently only has 36 homes listed for sale. The real estate ranges in price from a low of $500,000 for an undeveloped lot at 0 Stevens Canyon Rd. to a 13.69 acre lot at 22045 Regnart Rd, Cupertino, CA which is currently listed for sale at $5,500,000. This property is listed with Intero Real Estate, one of the leading real estate companies selling property in Cupertino. The majority of the real estate currently listed for sale is tear down homes or lots/development opportunities with views of the Open Space Preserve.

According to Trulia, home prices in Cupertino increased by 4% this past year. This price increase represents a value of $72,000 compared to prices last year. The average square foot price is currently $981. Looking at the values of current homes for sale in Cupertino compared to home sales just a few years ago, we see a startling uptrend which is resulting in home prices that are out of reach to all but the wealthiest residence. Looking at values dating back to 2012, we see prices where only about $900,000. This pricing trend shows us that prices hav doubled in only four years! According to multiple economists including those from Zillow, prices are expected to stabalize this year and the may possibly even decrease by about 1%. If these pricing predictions hold, it would be a relief to local residence who are hoping to afford a home.

Suprisingly, rent for homes in Cupertino is relatively affordable. Looking at the current homes available, it appears that monthly rent has been stable, hovering around $3800 to $4000/month, which seems pretty reasonable considering the current average home prices.

A few of the top Cupertino real estate agents who are available and offering both buyer and seller services according to Zillow include Sunita Merchia, a real estate agent with the Intero Real Estate Company. Another option is Sophie Tsang a REALTOR with Alain Pinel Realtors. Lastly, Julie Wyss works with clients in Cupertino. She is a broker with Keller Williams and one of the best reviewed real estate agents on the Zillow network. She has more than 200 five-star reviews from her past clients. Her current average review is five-stars. She has been ranked by the Wall Stree Journal as one of the top 250 agents in the country as of their most recent rankings in 2016.

Of course, Homes For Sale Cupertino is another great resource for finding and hiring a Cupertino real estate expert. The team can assist clients with hiring a local real estate agent who can handle residential, condos, multi-family housing, commercial opportunities as well as vacant land and development real estate. The team has a solid history of helping people find and buy homes in Cupertino.

The real estate team provides regular news and market updates throughout the communities of Cupertino, San Jose and cities throughout the Bay Area. You can check out their blog here.




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The Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and San Jose real estate markets are made up of many smaller communities and neighborhoods. These present variety and each has its own unique characteristics. Whether it’s location and what’s in the neighborhood or nearby, or it’s simply the price ranges of the homes in the area, there will be differences and we want to help our site visitors to understand those differences and use the information here in making lifestyle decisions.

Use our neighborhood profiles here and map resources to determine the best areas for you, or just to familiarize yourself with the Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and San Jose real estate markets from a “neighborhood–up” approach. Knowing the amenities and culture of these various neighborhoods will give you a better perspective on living in the Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and San Jose real estate markets, or in selling your home’s neighborhood to potential buyers.

Contract to Closing Process

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Our seller clients really appreciate our services in listing, marketing and getting a buyer signed on the dotted line on a purchase contract. However, neither they nor we can rest just because a contract is inked. There are more than 50 tasks and deadline deliveries on our normal residential seller side real estate transaction checklist. And, we take our responsibilities seriously in the processing of all documents and meeting of all deadlines.
The process of taking a signed purchase contract through to closing involves a great many details, deliveries and document submissions. We coordinate all of this for our sellers, making sure that all phases of the closing process move along smoothly.
  • Title – We work closely with the title company and attorneys to make sure that all documents and deliveries are processed in a timely manner. We work with our sellers to examine all of their title and recorded documents to uncover all material defects and items of importance. Though this is normally of more concern to the buyer, sellers must respond to their objections, so it’s important to know what’s in all recorded documents. Example:  while there are normally few items in a title binder that can be corrected as they’re recorded and pass with the property, sometimes there are requirements or exceptions that weren’t expected but must be addressed.  With the more careful lending environment, more “quit-claim” deeds are being required as one example.  Perhaps you have a previous divorce and the lender wants better protection against claims and will require a quitclaim deed from your former spouse.
  • Inspections, Survey & Appraisal – Our job is to coordinate access for inspectors and the appraiser, and to accept deliveries of reports as well as any objections or correction requirements from the buyers. We take this job seriously and will be with our sellers every step of the way. Every instance of delivery of an inspection and/or buyer objections requires a response in most cases, and there are deadlines.  We stay on top of these deadlines, make sure reports are delivered to you on time or extensions are put into place, and that you respond within required time lines.  Failure to do so could obligate you to repairs or other corrections or kill the deal.
  • Repair Negotiations – If the buyer submits requirements for corrective actions to items on reports, we work with our sellers to determine the cost of those requirements and the appropriate response necessary to keep the deal going in a way beneficial to our seller clients. Should you agree to make certain repairs, there will be deadlines associated with completion, and possibly requirements for the buyer’s inspector to return and re-inspect for completion and repair quality.  We keep all of this on track for you, and can recommend contractors we know do quality work at fair prices.
  • Lender Document Coordination – One of the leading causes of delayed closings is some problem with funding due to lender last minute requirements or other document demands. We are monitoring all document flows to make sure this doesn’t happen for our sellers. As the seller, you aren’t getting a mortgage, but you need to be very concerned with the buyer’s ability to do so and their lender’s process and ability to meet deadlines and fund at closing.  Mortgage problems kill a lot of deals, so we’re going to be involved in the buyer’s process to protect you, our seller client.

Locating the Right Property For You

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Have you ever worked with a real estate agent who showed you where to search for properties then told you to call them when you find what you want to see? That’s what we’d call Level 1 service. We are recommended highly by our past buyer clients because we provide a much higher level of property search services!

Yes, we provide an MLS® search page on our site, but we do more for our buyers. We provide help in knowing how to use the search for optimal results, including explaining some of the information fields and real estate jargon.
From our search page you can request more information on any listings of interest with a quick and simple form.
Once we know the characteristics and neighborhoods that you want for your property, we create a custom search for you that will alert you with emails when new listings that meet your criteria hit the market. It will also alert you to price reductions.
Start now by giving us your property criteria in the form here and we’ll set up your custom search today!

Search Area Listings

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The MLS® is a cooperative database that is set up and managed by the local real estate association. Only REALTORS® are able to participate in the MLS® and contribute listings to the MLS® for inclusion in the database. Local real estate companies who feed their area listings into the database includine Coldwell Banker, Intero Real Estate, Keller Williams, Sotheby’s Real Estate, plus area listings and homes for sale that are provided by small local real estate brokers.

All of the local brokers participate, so you’re searching all of the active Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and San Jose real estate listings on this site.

How We Serve Sellers

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Our past seller clients in the Mountain View real estate markets send us new business by referral constantly. This is because they’ve experienced our stellar seller services package and want their friends and family to experience it as well. We realize that the value we bring to the Mountain View real estate selling process is in a package of services that takes a seller from an idea to sell through a very complex and detailed process and culminates in leaving the closing table with a check.

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We’re not doing our sellers a service by misleading them or letting them proceed without a thorough, honest and objective evaluation of their property prior to pricing and going to market. Let us give you this opinion, but also ideas and strategies to improve your property in the current market environment.
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Properties listed at the right price sell fastest and put the most money into their sellers’ pockets. Under–pricing, isn’t common, but can cost you money you really need to move on in life. Over–pricing is a really bad practice that can keep a property on the market longer than necessary and end up with price reductions and low–ball offers.
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Markets are like the weather, always changing. We’ll keep you updated on market conditions and how they may call for price changes or other actions to adapt.
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Good markets or slow markets, buyers are always trying to pay the lowest price or negotiate for seller concessions. We do this every day, and we’ll help you to respond to offers and counter offers unemotionally and with the very best end result.
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Price negotiations are only the beginning. Once a contract is in place, there are documents, disclosures and inspections to get past. Any of these items can result in further negotiations and can make or break a deal.
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Dozens of detailed tasks, document deliveries, deadlines, inspections and mortgage details are all in store between a price agreement, contract and a closing. We’re on every one of them and will keep your transaction organized and moving.