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Solar Power Challenge for Saratoga

Solar Power Challenge for Saratoga

Akeena Solar, whose solar panels were invented in Saratoga and commercialized in Los Gatos, has put together a Solar Power Challenge that will encourage the adoption of clean, renewable power in Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos. Here are the general outlines of the Challenge: The first city to install…

Tax-Free Exclusion on Second Homes?

Tax-Free Exclusion on Second Homes?

Thinking about selling that second home that you have converted to your personal residence? Beware! Deep in the new housing bill is a tax code change that limits the typical $250,000 or $500,000 exclusion on an investment property that has been converted to a personal residence (living in it two…

Saratoga Grammar School Reunion

Saratoga Grammar School Reunion

Today I attended a reunion of Saratoga Grammar School, which included gratuates from the 1920’s to 1965 when it was a K-8 school. As a member the class of 1957 I was among the younger senior citizens there! I wonder how many grammar school reunions there are in the USA?…

Highest 2008 YTD Sale in “Saratoga Market Area”

Last week the $6,250,000 sale of Austin Way, listed by Baniani & Bonetti, became the highest priced MLS listed home to close escrow in 2008 YTD in Saratoga market (area 17). For more information on this spectacular Monte Sereno home click >here.…

Get the Skinny on Local Demographics

Get the Skinny on Local Demographics

An interesting website ZipSkinny has summary information on local areas – all you do is put in the zip code.  This source is based on 2000 census data so it is not be entirely reflective of current conditions; another source of statistics for Saratoga is the US Census. It shows that…

West Valley School Scores Support Strong Housing Market Demand

West Valley School Scores Support Strong Housing Market Demand

Click >here for the latest school API scores now available from the State for Silicon Valley. Saratoga elementary schools all ranked very high: Argonaut (969), Foothill (945) and Saratoga (952); Redwood middle school is also high (951).  Los Gatos elementary schools were not far behind with Blossom Hill (918), Daves (879), Louise Van…

What Are County Property Tax Reassessment Procedures?

What Are County Property Tax Reassessment Procedures?

There has been much media attention about declining property values.  As a result I am starting to be asked if it makes sense to appeal for a reassessment of property values.  Here are some basics to get you started: The lien date for the assessment of property on the assessment…

Latest Scoop on Saratoga Buy and Save

Latest Scoop on Saratoga Buy and Save

Buy and Save Market, a long time fixture in downtown Saratoga, CA has closed, but the latest information from the Saratoga Village Development Council (SVDC) is that the shopping center is not for sale, nor has it been sold!  Apparently the former Buy and Save will be gutted and fixed…

Are Short Sale Properties Good Investments?

Are Short Sale Properties Good Investments?

We are sometimes asked about short sale properties (where a lender agrees to take less than the full amount due on a loan). We do not keep a list of short sale properties nor is it a business that we pursue because of some practical problems. Our recent experience has…

Rick Bonetti Realtor Testimonial

Rick Bonetti Realtor Testimonial

Saratoga LED Holiday Light Contest

Saratoga LED Holiday Light Contest

Notice how quickly Halloween decorations  come down after 10/31 and how long Christmas decorations stay up?  Well, that means lots of electricity expended to brighten our holidays.  So the West Valley Green Leaf Committee is running a contest to encourage residents of Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos to convert…

Saratoga 4th Wealthiest Silicon Valley Zip!

Saratoga 4th Wealthiest Silicon Valley Zip!

According to the San Jose Business Journal (using statistics provided by ESIR), Saratoga (zip code 95070) has a 2006 median annual income of $179,963 and median net worth of $500,001, which places it as the forth wealthiest zip code in Silicon Valley, ranking behind only Atherton, Portola Valley and North Los Altos. West…

Welcome to Saratoga Voice

Welcome to Saratoga Voice

Saratoga Voice is an interactive weekly magazine-style blog on news, views, market trends, lifestyles and other items of interest regarding Saratoga, California 95070. We also cover stories in adjacent Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Cupertino, west San Jose and Campbell in Silicon Valley where we are active Realtors with Alain Pinel.…

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