San Carlos School District-City, Land Swap Deal Being Considered

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The Basics An issue which is quickly gathering steam around town is the proposed land swap deal between the City of San Carlos and the San Carlos School District.  One week ago, the SCSD sent a letter to the City of San Carlos, asking them to consider the a land swap which would include the City's four acre parcel on the top of Crestview.  Before going further, here are some background facts: (1) Tierra Linda Middle School and the San Carlos Charter Learning Center (SCCLC) both occupy a piece of property in San … [Read more...]

All Cash Offers Are Now Common in San Carlos: Here’s How Buyers Are Pulling It Off

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Leaving The Stratosphere I really do pride myself on being a pretty even-keeled person.  I always try to maintain a sense of stability and not get too high or too low with whatever the San Carlos market may be doing. I have always been more of a big picture person.  However, what is currently happening with the San Carlos market is testing the outer limits of many, including myself, who are trying to remain analytical and rational about the now-18-month surge in the market.  I was one who believed that we were … [Read more...]

An Angry San Carlos Real Estate Market

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If the San Carlos real estate market could be personified it would be viewed as a gritty, stubborn prizefighter known for carrying grudges. The current grudges that it seems to be carrying can be summed up as 2009 and 2010.  Almost angry at the fact that it faced losses in those years, the San Carlos market has been taking its frustration out on would-be buyers for the last eighteen months and seems content to deliver a decisive blow each time they decide to slowly pull themselves up off the canvass to one knee … [Read more...]

Two New San Carlos Listings

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I am very pleased to release my latest San Carlos listings.  Please see below for the details. 1320 Greenwood Avenue, San Carlos   Open Saturday & Sunday 1:00-4:00 *  Four bedrooms/two baths *  2,000 square feet of living space/7,380 square foot level lot *  One and a half blocks from downtown San Carlos *  Offered at $1,450,000 *  For the complete photo and virtual tour, click here.   34 Hilltop Drive, San Carlos Open Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00 *  Three … [Read more...]

“Sell Your Home For $1″ Auction Item Back at SCEF’s Spring Fling

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2014 San Carlos Education Foundation's Spring Fling I am very pleased to announce that I have partnered with the San Carlos Education Foundation once again this year and will be their Diamond Sponsor at this year's Spring Fling event.  My sponsorship will provide a minimum donation of $25,000 to San Carlos schools. This will be my seventh consecutive year donating cash and services to Spring Fling.  It is a worthwhile endeavor and one that I am exceedingly proud of.  I hope that you will consider attending this … [Read more...]

A Primer For San Carlos Multiple Offers: Being The Best Package Deal

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Expect 2013 to Look Similar to 2014 I had someone ask me the other day to sum up the 2013 San Carlos real estate market in just one word.  Exhausting. It was the first word that popped into my head.  Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled for the advancement of our market but what we just went through, and are apparently headed back into for 2014, is a severely lopsided market where sellers are king.  When the market is this lopsided it creates added stress for buyers.  Purchasing a home is stressful enough.  Add to … [Read more...]

2014 San Carlos Real Estate Preview & 2013 Year In Review

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San Carlos Blog Entering Its 8th Year Ahead of getting to the 2014 San Carlos Real Estate Preview & The 2013 Year In Review, I want to thank all of you for your loyalty to the San Carlos Blog.  The first of its kind to hit San Carlos in 2007, the San Carlos Blog was developed around a unique premise that makes it different than other real estate blogs.  The goal was and remains to give our readers that hard-to-get information that goes well beyond the numbers.  You can view numbers on hundreds of different … [Read more...]

Patxi’s Coming to San Carlos, JoeyRae to Get New Space

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Patxi's For those of you unfamiliar with Patxi's, you are about to get a dose of what a true pizza craze is all about.  The wildly popular Patxi's, Chicago style pizza will be moving into the building currently holding Laurel Street Antiques on the 600 block of Laurel Street.  The Patxi's in Palo Alto can be standing room only at times due to overwhelming demand.  It is also the recipient of numerous notable awards.  To be taken to the Patxi's site, click here. JoeyRae The trendy JoeyRae Boutique will be sharing … [Read more...]

San Carlos Blog Holiday Toy Drive….With A Twist

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***UPDATE*** THE FIRST ANNUAL SAN CARLOS BLOG TOY DRIVE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS.  ALL TOYS HAVE BEEN TURNED OVER TO THE SAN MATEO COUNTY FIRE ASSOCIATION.  A BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED! First Annual I am very pleased to announce the first annual San Carlos Blog Toy Drive.  As a distributor for the Redwood City and San Mateo County PAL, Police and Fire Associations, San Mateo County Sheriff's Department Toy and Book Drive of 2013, our goal is to collect as many toys as possible by December 15, 2013.   Twist:  For … [Read more...]

San Carlos Real Estate: A Look Ahead to 2014

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2013: A Space Odyssey Part II It was just about fourteen months ago that the San Carlos real estate market shed its rocket boosters and started heading out of the atmosphere and it now appears as a fading black dot that you need a telescope to see more clearly.  The 3/2 in White Oaks that was 1M two years ago, is now apparently 1.4M, and in some cases, higher.  2013 was a steady game of "one-up" and a constant re-setting of never-before-seen-highs for all segments of the market.  Now, as we start to wind down the … [Read more...]