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In Silicon Valley achieving the dream of home ownership can seem like an emotional roller coaster.  Folks trying to buy or sell in this marketplace are apt to either get burned or scared away!  Getting hard hitting historical data and clear insight on market trends is a must for anyone facing one of the biggest decisions of his or her life.

Here to guide those brave souls looking to make their next move are two consummate professionals — Jeff Stricker and Steve TenBroeck of Alain Pinel Realtors.

Jeff, the eagle-eyed lawyer, and Steve, the analytic data expert, are skilled at helping their clients prevail in a tough marketplace.  With a thorough command of the real estate market in Los Altos, Palo Alto and surrounding areas, unyielding client advocacy, expert negotiation skills and hands on service, Jeff and Steve help their clients achieve their goals without losing their sanity.

Combining a passion for analyzing market conditions with a firm belief that residential real estate simply can’t be reduced to price-per-square-foot analysis, they form a powerful resource for anyone thinking of buying or selling Silicon Valley real estate.

Specializing in the areas of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View and bordering communities for over 22 years, Jeff and Steve blog regularly about weekly about local housing trends and publish monthly market snapshots for clients and homeowners in the communities they serve.

To view and subscribe to their monthly snapshot, visit Jeff and Steve’s website:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cyrus permalink
    December 26, 2008 6:12 pm

    Hello Jeff and Steve,

    We have been looking at some new constructions of townhomes in Palo Alto and Los Altos. Due to limited number of such new properties in these towns, they seem to be selling fast. Would you guys recommend that we hurry in buying or wait for a while hoping that prices will drop next year.

    We’ve looked at Altaire, Vantage, and Echelon in Palo Alto and planning to see Peninsula Real in Los Altos. Would you happen to know about any other new townhome construction in Palo Alto or Los Altos?

    Do you charge for your services as a buyer agent?

    Thanks and Happy Holidays,

    — Cyrus

    • December 27, 2008 9:20 am

      Hello Cyrus
      As long as you’re willing and able to hold the property for a minimum of 5 years (always recommended), we believe that “selection” is generally more important in the long run than timing in our area. Not all properties appreciate – or depreciate – at the same rate. Nor do all similarly priced homes provide the same overall satisfaction. It’s a very complicated and financially risky decision which is why most folks rely upon an experienced, knowledgeable, and trustworthy Realtor for guidance. The seller’s broker pays the buyer’s broker in the vast majority of sales. Some new home developments do not “cooperate” with buyer’s brokers, however. It varies from development to development, but at this point in the market cycle, most developments are “cooperating”. Jeff and I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your goals Cyrus.
      Best of luck and Happy New Year!
      Steve TenBroeck

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