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Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – September 26, 2011

The Almaden Valley real estate market continued its post-summer improvement. The total number of single family residences that are currently for sale dropped from 83 last week to 77 this week, and the percentage of homes under contract remained at 38%. The number of traditional (ie non-distressed) homes that are on the market decreased from 76 last week to 68 this week, and the percentage under contract increased from 31% to 33%.

As we approach the holiday season, we anticipate that the number of homes put on the market will drop somewhat. However, the number that I concentrate most on is the percentage of homes that are under contract. This number indicates whether inventory is in over supply, under supply, or balance . Generally speaking, the larger the percentage is, the healthier the market.

Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – September 12, 2011

We experienced another week of slow but steady improvement of the Almaden Valley real estate market. The number of available homes remained steady at 85, but the number of pending listings increased from 35% to 36%. Traditional (ie non-distressed) sales showed similar activity, with available properties remaining at 79 and pending listings showing an increase from 26% to 28%. Mortgage rates remain at historic lows, and buyers appear to be taking advantage of this fact.

Mad Science Crazy Chemworks After School Program at Almaden Valley Elementary Schools – UPDATED 2022

logo: Mad ScienceMad Science presents “Crazy Chemworks,” an eight week after school program for children in 1st-5th grade.

The program explores a variety of exciting chemistry experiments including glow-in-the-dark technology and things that cling. Get more information about each week’s experiments.

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Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – August 15, 2011

The number of available single family properties continued the decline we first noted in late June, from 99 last week to 98 this week. However, this last week saw a decrease in the percentage of pending listings, from 39% last week to 33% this week. Researching this further, we saw a decrease in the number of new pendings this past week accompanied by a dramatic increase in the number of properties that completed the sales process. We’ve observed the same pattern in traditional (ie non-distressed) sales; available single family listings dropped from 92 last week to 90 this week, and the percentage of listings under contract dropped from 30% to 24%. Many families are squeezing in the last days of summer vacation before their kids go back to school. Plus there may be a few jitters with the volatility of the stock market in recent weeks. As is typical with the Almaden market, we expect the market to start picking up again soon once kids are settled back in school. Interest rates are at record lows and buyers want to take advantage of that.

Speakers to Discuss Proposed Almaden Ranch Retail Center at Next AVCA Meeting – UPDATED 2022

map: almaden ranch retail centerThe next Almaden Valley Community Association meeting will focus on the proposed Almaden Ranch Retail Center, and how it affects our egress from the Almaden Valley. [THIS EVENT IS CLOSED]

The first speaker, Gerald De Young, President of Ruth & Going, will describe the plans for the proposed retail center.

The second speaker, Dan Collen, Deputy Director of Infrastructure Development for Santa Clara County Roads & Airports Department, will discuss concerns County Roads has about the project and answer questions.

The third speaker, Manuel Pineda, Acting Deputy Director for San Jose Department of Transportation, will discuss the city’s perspective on the project, impacts on area traffic, options involving new road connections, and answer questions.

The meeting is at the Almaden Community Center on Monday, March 14, 2011 from 7:00-9:00pm.

Almaden Valley Community Association is a nonprofit that was incorporated in May 1961 for the purpose of stimulating interest in civic affairs, circulating of information about our community, and making recommendations for community improvements and protection. AVCA consists of members that live within the 95120 zip code.

Lend a Hand Ministry at Holy Spirit in Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

logo: Holy Spirit in Almaden ValleyHoly Spirit in Almaden Valley has a new ministry program called Lend a Hand.

The ministry is focused on reaching out to the elderly and those in our community who need help with simple tasks around the house. Volunteer to help someone with repairing fixtures, cleaning windows, mowing the lawn, or other to do’s and errands.

If you are in need of assistance or you can volunteer to help, please contact Leah Harris or Mike Ferrero:

Therese Swan, Almaden Valley Realtor, Sponsors AccessAlmaden – UPDATED 2022

Therese SwanAs a sponsor of AccessAlmaden, Therese Swan helps make it possible for residents of Almaden Valley to easily learn about all of the fun and interesting events and activities happening in their community.

Therese is a Realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors, and is focused on Almaden Valley real estate. [UPDATE: Compass purchased Alain Pinel Realtors in spring of 2019, and Therese is now a Realtor with Compass.] You may recognize Therese’s name through her ongoing involvement in the Almaden Valley community, as well as her numerous Almaden listings and sales.

According to Multiple Listing Service data, Therese is the #1 Real Estate Agent for Almaden Valley in 2009 and 2010 for both total number of homes sold as well as total dollar volume. [UPDATE: Therese has been the #1 Almaden Valley Real Estate Agent each year from 2009-2021. During each of these years she has sold more homes in Almaden than any other Agent, as measured by Dollars per Agent per Year. Data from Multiple Listing Service.]

Therese’s unique mix of sales and analytical abilities, proven market tenure, and personal brand recognition in Almaden Valley gives her clients a distinct advantage and positive experience when buying and selling their homes in the area.

For the past two years Therese has made generous donations to a number of Almaden Valley elementary schools. She supports Williams Elementary School by promoting its Annual Crab and Pasta Feed, which is the school’s biggest fundraising event of the year. She also makes contributions to our community through sponsorships of the Williams Wins Foundation, Graystone Spring Celebration, and Almaden Country School Yearbook.

Prior to becoming involved in real estate, Therese worked in the high tech industry, starting as a programmer and eventually growing into a top sales performer for both software and high-end business and technology consulting services. She leverages both her technology background and vast network of contacts when marketing and selling Almaden Valley homes for her clients.

logo: Therese Swan

Therese’s personal network extends beyond Almaden Valley and greater Bay Area to an international audience of potential home buyers and sellers through the leading real estate companies of the world and Alain Pinel’s own luxury home division, Luxury Portfolio. In fact, just this month she consummated a deal with buyers from overseas on one of her high-end listings.

Contact Therese today if you plan to buy or sell a home in Almaden Valley or the surrounding area. You can reach her at 408-656-8240 or

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Free Solar Power Seminars by Akeena Solar – Spring 2010 – UPDATED 2022

Akeena SolarAkeena Solar is holding free educational solar power seminars in Almaden Valley. The following topics will be covered:

  • How a solar power system works
  • Residential solar system case study
  • Optimized solar energy photovoltaic system
  • Return on investment, rebates, incentives, and financial strategies
  • How to choose a solar power solution
  • Go solar now for as low as $1,000 down

The seminar is being held at UNWINED Wine Bar in Almaden Valley. Attend Tuesday, March 23, 2010 or Tuesday, April 6, 2010 from 7-8pm. Pre-register today: [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Kitchen and Bath Seminar at Case Handyman and Remodeling – UPDATED 2022

Kitchen and Bath Seminar at Case Handyman and Remodeling in Almaden Valley. Learn the differences between a custom remodel and simpler solutions to update the look-and-feel of your kitchen and baths. Saturday, 2/27/2010 from 10:00am – 11:30am. [EVENT IS CLOSED]