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Work, School, Schedules, Projects….  Life in Silicon Valley is fast paced and a little crazy at times.  Adding a house move to the mix can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. We’re lifestyle designers, we help busy people reconnect with their families, engage in their community and achieve their financial goals by investing […]

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Intero Prestigio: Luxury Homes

Recently listed as the 6th most expensive place to buy property in the USA, you can imagine that Los Gatos has plenty of luxury properties to offer those looking for that little bit more. At Slater Thomson we will work with you to discover your ideal Bay Area luxury home.  By choosing us you can rest assured […]

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Home Remodel Vlog

Gail & Stephen’s Remodel: June 20th – July 29th Progress Check out the first five installments of a video series that will follow our progress as we remodel our Los Gatos home. Watch all the way from demolition to the finished product reveal! PART 1: JUNE 20th, 2014 PART 2: JUNE 27th, 2014 PART 3: […]

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New Slater Thomson Team Listing: 419 North 5th Street, San Jose

419 North 5th Street, San Jose Downtown San Jose Victorian with endless investment opportunities -Approx. 2,388 Square Ft. with 9,404 Square Ft. Lot -6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths -Offered at $780,000 Located on a wide, tree-lined street in the Historic Hensley District of San Jose, this intriguing Victorian home has so much to offer for a savvy investor. Complete […]

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Slater Thomson Team Sale Pending: 205 Gregg Drive, Los Gatos

New Listing from the Slater Thomson Team 205 Gregg Drive, Los Gatos Offered at $1,049,000 This stunning single story LEEP-style home is located in an established Los Gatos neighborhood close to parks, dining, shopping, and top-rated schools. The picturesque backyard boasts new sustainable landscaping and the light and bright living spaces allow the outdoors in, accentuating the California […]

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Exciting News for Intero Real Estate

We are excited to announce that last Thursday Intero Real Estate Services officially became part of HomeServices of America, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, a company with unparalleled diversity and financial strength led by Warren Buffett. We must be doing something right if one of the world’s most iconic investors is looking to align […]

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Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

Happy Earth Day from the Slater Thomson Team! Sustainable landscaping is part of a growing national effort in the landscaping industry to create aesthetically pleasing landscapes while improving and conserving the environment and saving resources and money. Learn more about creating a sustainable garden and yard.    

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Intero Prestigio: Luxury Homes

by Gail Thomson on August 22, 2014

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Recently listed as the 6th most expensive place to buy property in the USA, you can imagine that Los Gatos has plenty of luxury properties to offer those looking for that little bit more.

At Slater Thomson we will work with you to discover your ideal Bay Area luxury home.  By choosing us you can rest assured we will take the time to thoroughly understand your needs as a homebuyer, assist you in searching for the perfect home, and guide you through the complete transaction. 

Intero Prestigio is a division of Intero Real Estate Services focusing on the finest and most exclusive properties. The latest August 2014 Prestigio virtual magazine has over 60 pages of luxury homes, many of them located in Silicon Valley and surrounding Bay Area locations.  Take a look to find inspiration for your dream home, then contact us to get your search started!

 

Prestigio

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Home Remodel Vlog

by Gail Thomson on August 4, 2014

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Gail & Stephen’s Remodel: June 20th – July 29th Progress

Check out the first five installments of a video series that will follow our progress as we remodel our Los Gatos home. Watch all the way from demolition to the finished product reveal!

PART 1: JUNE 20th, 2014

PART 2: JUNE 27th, 2014

PART 3: JULY 11th, 2014

PART 4: JULY 20th, 2014

PART 5: JULY 29th, 2014

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419 North 5th Street, San Jose

Photoshopped Exterior Intero Sign

Downtown San Jose Victorian with endless investment opportunities

-Approx. 2,388 Square Ft. with 9,404 Square Ft. Lot

-6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths

-Offered at $780,000

Located on a wide, tree-lined street in the Historic Hensley District of San Jose, this intriguing Victorian home has so much to offer for a savvy investor. Complete the current owners’ renovation as a single family home or return it to its likely highest and best use as a duplex or a six unit shared housing rental.

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New Listing from the Slater Thomson Team

205 Gregg Drive, Los Gatos

Gregg Pending

Offered at $1,049,000

This stunning single story LEEP-style home is located in an established Los Gatos neighborhood close to parks, dining, shopping, and top-rated schools. The picturesque backyard boasts new sustainable landscaping and the light and bright living spaces allow the outdoors in, accentuating the California lifestyle this home embodies. This is a fabulous Silicon Valley home at a phenomenal value.

  • MLS # 81423029
  • 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms
  • Approximately 1,640 Square Ft Home
  • Approximately 6,300 Square Ft Lot
  • Remodeled Contemporary Kitchen
  • Refinished Hardwood Floors Throughout
  • Updated Bathrooms
  • Scenic Outdoor Spaces with New Drought-Tolerant Landscaping
  • 2-Car Attached Garage
  • Close to Schools, Shopping, Dining & Parks
  • Top Rated Union Schools
  • View Virtual Tour
Email: Team@SlaterThomson.com
Phone: (408) 357-5720

 

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Exciting News for Intero Real Estate

by Gail Thomson on May 14, 2014

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We are excited to announce that last Thursday Intero Real Estate Services officially became part of HomeServices of America, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, a company with unparalleled diversity and financial strength led by Warren Buffett.

We must be doing something right if one of the world’s most iconic investors is looking to align Intero with his vision of acquiring top-tier companies – Berkshire Hathaway owns dozens of well-known brands including Heinz, Geico, Fruit of the Loom, See’s Candies, Helzberg Diamonds, and Benjamin Moore. According to Fortune’s 2014 ranking, Berkshire Hathaway ranks among the world’s most influential and respected companies.

“Intero is a strong company with an excellent reputation in a growth market,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO, HomeServices. “This transaction aligns with our vision of acquiring distinguished companies in leading markets that share our core values. We are excited to be in Silicon Valley and are looking forward to having the Intero Real Estate team join the HomeServices family.”

What does it mean to us? We do expect to begin to see some of the benefits of being part of a bigger organization over time but in the short term not much will change. We will retain the Intero name and continue to work with one of the strongest and most energetic real estate teams in the Bay Area. We’re still here for you!

We’re excited that Intero’s reputation and quality of customer service has attracted the attention of Warren Buffett and we’re looking forward to the future as part of the Berkshire Hathaway family.

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Guide to Sustainable Landscaping

by Gail Thomson on April 22, 2014

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Happy Earth Day from the Slater Thomson Team!

Sustainable landscaping is part of a growing national effort in the landscaping industry to create aesthetically pleasing landscapes while improving and conserving the environment and saving resources and money. Learn more about creating a sustainable garden and yard.

Sustainable Landscaping Prezi

 

 

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Factors of Credit Scoring

by Gail Thomson on March 6, 2014

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Wondering how your credit score is calculated? There are several different factors that contribute to your overall score. Follow the link below to learn how your score is calculated and the best ways to earn a high score.

The Five Factors of Credit Scoring

5 Factors of Credit Scoring

 

 

 

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Los Gatos Schools 2013 API Scores

by Gail Thomson on September 20, 2013

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Schools serving Los Gatos addresses are listed below with their 2013 API score.

Los Gatos Union School District

  • Blossom Hill Elementary School – 959
  • Daves Avenue Elementary School – 917
  • Louise Van Meter Elementary School – 947
  • Lexington Elementary School – 907
  • Raymond J Fisher Middle School – 934
  • Alta Vista Elementary School – 959
  • Carlton Elementary School – 931
  • Union Middle School – 932
  • Marshall Lane Elementary School – 958
  • Rolling Hills Middle – 910
  • Lakeside Elementary School – 966
  • Loma Prieta Elementary School – 926
  • C.T. English Middle School – 939
  • Los Gatos High – 886
  • Leigh High School – 819
  • Westmont High School – 795

 

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Historic Almond Grove District

by Gail Thomson on August 23, 2013

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The Almond Grove District is a historic residential neighborhood located near (and in) downtown Los Gatos.  The borders are considered to be from Saratoga-Los Gatos Road to Bean Avenue and from North Santa Cruz Avenue to Glen Ridge Avenue.

Almond Grove was created in 1887 by the Los Gatos town fathers John Bean, Alphonse Wilder, Augustine Nicholson, Fen Massol and Captain Magnus Tait.

As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Gatos, Almond Grove remains popular with beautiful historic homes and scenic streets.  Remodeling can be a challenge due to preservation rules, and many of the older homes do not include garages.  However, with its proximity to downtown Los Gatos along with its charm, character, community atmosphere, and over-the-top holiday decorating, Almond Grove is a wonderful Los Gatos neighborhood.

To find homes available in the Almond Grove District or if you have any questions about the area feel free to contact us.

Almond Grove BEST

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Are you tempted by the lifestyle and the seemingly endless job opportunities in and around Silicon Valley?

How do you decide if a move to the Bay Area is right for you?

Remodeled Traditional Style

Before you even start talking salary, benefits and move logistics, make sure you do your homework and do a little pre-relocation decision analysis.  From realistic expectation-setting to understanding family needs to anticipating costs,  getting some knowledgable pre-decision support assures you that the decision to move forward is the right one.

Completing a thorough Needs Assessment means answering such questions as…  What are my individual and family lifestyle requirements? Should I buy or rent a new home?  How much will it cost and do I qualify for a mortgage?  What are the costs associated with moving?  Should I rent or sell my current home?   What neighborhoods are within commuting distance of my workplace?  Can I afford to live in a Bay Area neighborhood that I like?  Will my kids be able to attend a good school?  How will my family get established in our new location?

Gail and StephenAnswering these questions honestly and knowledgeably will help ensure your relocation success.  We’ve helped numerous families answer these questions and would be delighted to help you through the process too.  If you’d like a copy of our comprehensive Bay Area guide or you’d simply like to chat about your options, contact us today.  We’re happy to help.

 

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