Nov. 17, 2017

Thank You for Your Support

Happy holidays! I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your support over the years. Your support allows us to give back to the community in a number of ways.

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I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you for watching these videos, for being my client, and for referring clients to me. 

Your support helps me give back to the community. We have a number of initiatives in place to give back to local organizations, and I want to highlight those for you today. 

First of all, I want to mention our Discover South County video series. We recently started our journey of supporting local business through video interviews and behind the scene video insights. Check out these episodes to explore what South County has to offer. 

For every home we sell this year, we are giving a bike away to Toys for Tots. In December, we will give them all of the bikes. We are hoping to get some of our preferred partners on board to participate in that to make this a big, successful event. 

We are also giving away sweaters and jackets to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Those who know me personally know how dear the Ronald McDonald House and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital are to my family. The Ronald McDonald House reached out to me to let me know that sweaters and jackets for teenagers would be the most useful things they could use this year.


The Ronald McDonald house needs sweaters and jackets this year.


We also donate to the Make A Wish Foundation. We like to support this foundation by playing in the annual softball tournament organized by Chicago Title. This year, our team, the South County Sluggers, actually won. This was the 25th anniversary of that tournament, and total donations are now over $1 million. 

Here in South County, we held a Golf for Graduates Tournament in September. We raise money for scholarships to give to local graduates. If you have a high school senior, reach out to me for more information. We raised $20,000 this September that will go to local graduates from Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy sometime in June, so get ready to apply for that this spring.

Giving back to local organizations is very important to us, and we are able to do all of this thanks to your support of our business. 

I just want to take a minute to wish you and your family a happy holiday season. 

As always, if you have any questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 9, 2017

Discover South County - The Little Gym of Morgan Hill

This episode of DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY features The Little Gym of Morgan Hill. Check out this video to see what they have to offer kids of all ages.

The Little Gym helps children build the confidence and skills needed at each stage of childhood while keeping learning fun! Each week, structured classes and their unique learning environment create opportunities for children to try new things and build self-confidence. As your child grows and develops new physical skills, you will see noticeable positive differences with each new achievement. But your child will simply see The Little Gym as a place to have fun, laugh, and make new friends. 

In addition to classes, they also offer awesome birthday bashes for children of all ages, camps, parent's survival nights, and several fun members-only events year-round. 

Call for more information and to sign up for a free introductory class, and begin your child's journey into serious fun!



15750 Vineyard Avenue #190
Morgan Hill, CA 95037



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Oct. 11, 2017

Discover South County - Coffee Guys in Morgan Hill

On this episode of DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY, John Fagan visited Coffee Guys in Morgan Hill, who proudly serve Verve Coffee. Check out this video to learn more about what makes Coffee Guys unique.


We are diving into local businesses and South County staples with our new Discover South County episodes. This time, we’re in downtown Morgan Hill at Coffee Guys. Henry Holguin, Coffee Guys’ general manager, sat down with us recently to talk about how Coffee Guys got started and where they’re at today.

Although Coffee Guys has only been in downtown Morgan Hill for less than a year, they’ve already begun to become a favorite for locals. They feature Verve coffee, a premium roast that tends to be a little lighter than most. 

Coffee Guys rotates their fresh-brewed coffee and tea every few months. A few of their recent seasonal brews included a tangerine white tea. They also have some great seasonal specialty drinks like the coffee mojito. They even have kid-friendly drinks like the delicious orange creamsicle. 

Coffee Guys is located at 50 E. 3rd St. Suite 140 in Morgan Hill. It’s right in the heart of downtown next to Orangetheory. If you work out at Orangetheory, bring in your next workout summary to Coffee Guys for 10% off your order! 

If you want to learn more about Coffee Guys, visit their website here. Do you know of any local businesses that we should feature in our next episodes or do you have any questions about real estate, we’re always here to answer them. We hope to hear from you soon.

Oct. 3, 2017

Has Fall Changed Our Silicon Valley Market?

It’s still a great time to be a seller now that we’ve entered the fall market, but that doesn’t mean you can skimp on preparing your home for the market.

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As we head into fall, how are things looking in our Silicon Valley market?

Even though kids are back in school and the holidays are right around the corner, it’s still an incredible time to be a seller. In August 2016, there were more than 1,700 active homes on the market in Santa Clara County. In August 2017, there were just over 800 active homes on the market. 

In that timespan, we went from having 1.8 months of inventory to having less than a month of inventory. This means if no new homes came on the market, every single one currently available would be sold in less than a month.


Don’t cut corners or skip things that will ensure your home gets a good, solid offer.


Even though there isn’t much inventory, if you are thinking of selling your home you should know that there are still some important things you need to do to it to prepare it for the market and sell it for top dollar.

For example, we recently had to prepare a 30-year old home for the market. This home showed some signs of wear and tear, so we recommended to the seller that they repaint the interior and then stage it. They agreed to do both of these things, and the house ended up looking fantastic. 

After that, we ordered home inspections and were able to locate and fix some plumbing issues and make note that the roof was at the end of its lifespan. Once those were done, we were able to move forward with marketing the property. We ended up getting four offers for it, and the sellers were thrilled with the final price we sold it for. 

So, don’t cut corners or skip things that will ensure your home gets a good, solid offer after you list it. 

If you have any questions about our Silicon Valley market or you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

Posted in Market Update
Sept. 13, 2017

The Magic of Staging, With Special Guest: Lilly Rahbar


Staging and redesign can really make your home pop in a listing. Lilly Rahbar has some ideas to help. 

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Yesterday, I was inside one of our newest listings that’s getting ready to go on the market. We just had the whole interior painted, and as I was admiring the beautiful fresh paint, I couldn’t help but think that something was missing.

Today I’m here with a special guest—Lilly Rahbar from Simplistic Staging. She has the answer to what this home was missing.

What was the magic thing this home was missing? It was actually missing furniture and pops of color. When you walk into a home like this, where the focal point is the windows, you want to have additional colors to tie it all together. With a home of this size and layout, people often have a hard time visualizing themselves living in it—especially when it's vacant. 

Having furniture, pops of color, artwork, etc. creates focal points. Everything is strategically placed to help buyers see the beauty of the home, and also to see their own furnishings in the property.


About 80% of buyers need help visualizing where their furniture will go in a new home.


A lot of buyers can’t visualize where things should go in a house—they see an empty home. About 80% of buyers need help visualizing where their furniture will go in a new home. When they’re looking through the MLS, if there isn’t any furniture in a property, those are the homes they’ll pass over, paying attention to ones that are furnished. It gives them an idea of where they’ll put their own things.

If a property is staged, it may not be how a person’s going to have their own furniture, but we want to basically give them a blueprint. 

Our preferred stager does a good job of putting together a report that says what you should move around or declutter. Staging isn’t necessarily about bringing in all new furniture. Even with redesigns, most stagers typically like to use the client's furniture and accessories—you may not realize that things you have in your cabinets or bookshelves can be used for centerpieces, whether it’s on the coffee table, in the bedroom, or in the office. I’d rather people use their own items, rather than having to go out and purchase all that.

That’s why we’ve brought our preferred stager Lilly Rahbar in on every one of our listings. We see the importance of redesigning and staging to some extent. Buyers are flipping through those properties online looking to see photos that really pop to them to make them want to go see those properties.

If you have any questions about staging or redesign, feel free to give us a call.

Posted in Selling Your Home
Sept. 7, 2017

Discover South County - 9Round in Morgan Hill CA

This episode of DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY features 9ROUND in Morgan Hill. Check out this video to see what this unique gym has to offer. Visit their website to schedule a free workout.


This is going to be the
best 2% of your day!



1295 E. Dunne Avenue #160
Morgan Hill, CA 95037



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Aug. 10, 2017

What to Look for in a Painting Company, According to an Expert


If you want to find a good painting company, there are a few tips you need to follow—according to the advice of an expert. 

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If you’re on the lookout for a good painting company, what should you look for before hiring one?

According to Gary Rosyski of WOW 1 DAY Painting, it’s most important that you get multiple quotes—at least two or three is sufficient. The company you hire should also have good references and online reviews. Lastly, make sure they have a contractor’s license, they’re fully bonded, and they have all the proper insurance forms, including general liability and worker’s compensation.


The company you hire should have good references and online reviews.


Gary is an expert in this area. Based out of Santa Clara County, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING has been in business for six years. They specialize in residential interior and exterior repaints but also do commercial work. In addition, they offer deck and fence staining, power washing, and other prep services. 

What separates WOW 1 DAY PAINTING from other painting companies is the speed and time in which they finish their jobs. They base their estimates on man hours and staff accordingly, and with bigger crews, they’re able to start and finish their work quicker. In fact, 70% to 80% of their jobs are completed in just one day.

If you’d like to get a quote from Gary, book an appointment, or find out more about the services WOW 1 DAY PAINTING offer, you can visit them online at or call them at 1-888-969-1329.

If you have any questions for me or you’re interested in buying or selling a house, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d be happy to help you.


Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 9, 2017

Discover South County - Active Spinal & Sports Care, Morgan Hill CA

This episode of DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY features Active Spinal & Sports Care in Morgan Hill. Check it out.



88 West 2nd Street
Morgan Hill, CA 95037



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July 28, 2017

Discover South County - DUB Baseball, Morgan Hill CA

This is the first episode of our new video series DISCOVER SOUTH COUNTY where we spotlight local businesses and community organizations. This episode features DUB Baseball in Morgan Hill. They offer travel ball teams, private lessons, camps, and even have a non-profit organization. Check it out.


Our non-profit, DUB Foundation, makes us very unique compared to other programs.



700 Jarvis Drive, Suite 120
Morgan Hill, CA 95037



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July 17, 2017

What Do You Need to Look for in a Moving Company?

Knowing what to look for in a moving company involves several factors.


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I recently had the opportunity to talk to with Tony Sandoval, the general manager of You Move Me, about what people should look for from a moving company.

What Tony explained first and foremost was to make sure that you are working with a company that is licensed, has the proper insurances, and follows the PUC laws for your specific state. 

Outside of just these things though, he mentioned that it’s also important to check a company’s reputation. Whether that means looking them up on the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Homeadvisor, Angie’s List, or elsewhere, it is always a good idea to get a sense of what is being said about a company.

Tony’s company, You Move Me, has a five-star rating overall.  

Equally essential, he says, is knowing who you are working with. You Move Me doesn’t contract any work out. Their team is their team, so you can be sure that training and screening have been done internally and thoroughly.


You Move Me has a five-star rating throughout.


Tony himself is the first and last person who oversees the process when he works with people to help them move. 

Even in portions of the process that his team is responsible for, he is always there checking in to make sure that everything is going smoothly for them and for the client. 

Back on the subject of insurance, Tony also told me that you should always check a company’s liability insurance. This is especially true if you’re moving into a high-rise or an apartment. 

Not only does You Move Me have $2 million of liability insurance, they also have worker’s comp insurance and are otherwise covered in every aspect. 

To get in touch with You Move Me, you can visit or call at 1-800-926-3900. 

If you have any additional questions you can also reach out to me by giving me a call or an email. I look forward to hearing from you, soon.


Posted in Buying a Home