27th Apr 2014
California Water-Saving Plumbing Law Effects Investment Property Owners, Sellers, Property Managers and Property Management Companies A California law enacted in 2009 is finally taking effect and causing concerns among property owners, sellers, buyers, and realtors. California Civil Code Section 1101.4 requires owners of single-family residences which were “built or available for use on or before…
23rd Apr 2014
Home Improvements Cost-Value Cash-On-Cash Returns Rise as the Overall Market Rises I am often surprised when I see homeowners getting their homes ready to sell without anticipating doing any repairs or improvements. I am even more surprised when I see realtors counseling their clients not to do repairs or improvements because “the market is hot,…
21st Apr 2014
New Flood Insurance Law Provides Relief for Palo Alto Property Owners In March of this year President Obama signed into law the Federal Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 which amends previous law – now homeowners in flood plains and districts, like Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park will be provided relief.
15th Apr 2014
New Shared Fence Law As Of January 1, 2014 Have you ever heard “Good fences make good neighbors?” Now, adjoining landowners are statutorily equally responsible for shared fences and boundary fences pursuant to California Civil Code Section 841 which took effect January 1, 2014. Adjoining or contiguous landowners are now faced with a presumption that…
13th Apr 2014
High Energy Efficiency of Your Heating and Air Conditioning Systems Makes Your Home Comfortable and Cost Effective With the rising costs of energy making your home more energy efficient is tantamount to a comfortable and cost effective living environment. Comfortable interior environments make for a more friendly and welcoming home. Improving the efficiency of your…
10th Apr 2014
Seven (7) Things to Consider and Research before Buying a Home So you’ve made the decision to stop renting and buy a home. Buying a home is very emotional, incredibly stressful, and requires diligence and strategy. To make sure your pursuit is not fraught with pitfalls you should consider the following ideas:
8th Apr 2014
Palo Alto Main Library Name is “Rinconada” After a long drawn out process Palo Alto’s main library has been renamed to “Rinconada Library” by the Palo Alto City Council. Supporters of the new name have consistently argued that the library is not the main library because it is not the biggest library in the system,…
5th Apr 2014
El Camino Real Sidewalk Widening Plan Hears Opposition from Palo Alto There is currently a wide-based effort to widen El Camino Real into a pedestrian friendly thoroughfare, however, those portions of real estate within the city limits of Palo Alto will not be widened without a fight. Palo Alto City Councilmembers have proposed an ordinance…
5th Apr 2014
Menlo Park Hiring Expert to Research Initiative to Revamp Downtown Plan The Menlo Park City Council has actually authorized investing up to $150,000 on a consultant to examine the brand-new effort proposed by locals that would significantly change the city’s downtown/El Camino particular strategy.
3rd Apr 2014
Curb Appeal Adds Value to Your Home An important but often overlooked component of a well-designed residential property is the landscaping surrounding a home. Savvy homeowners know that 15-20% of a property’s value should be spent on well-thought out architectural design and installation of quality landscaping materials and elements.