Home Evaluation

If you’re thinking of, or planning to sell your home in Silicon Valley in the upcoming 6 – 24 months, you probably have a lot of questions about the process of listing, marketing and selling your home as well as the cost and time involved.  You may be wondering:


  • Should you sell your home without the help of an agent?
  • Should you hire a Realtor? If so, how to choose the best one?
  • What do you need to do to prepare your San Jose area home for sale?
  • What inspections will you need to have before selling your home?
  • How important is staging the home?
  • What will it cost to get the home ready to sell?
  • How important is staging? Do I have to move out to get top dollar for my property?
  • What happens “in escrow”?
  • Who pays for what in Santa Clara County?

Particularly if you haven’t bought or sold a home in Santa Clara County (or nearby areas) in recent years, there are many unknowns to the whole home selling process. Some Santa Clara County home sellers will be content to hire an agent and be guided through the process. Others, though, would like details on what to expect when selling a home upfront, before they talk with an agent or are asked to sign paperwork.

If you are one who’d like to get a head start by reading up on selling homes in the Los Gatos, Saratoga, and San Jose areas ahead of time, I have several resources for you, including a book I’ve co-authored with you in mind.

Online Home Seller Resources:
What’s for Sale?

Some Silicon Valley home owners would prefer to glean information off the web rather than read a book. We’ve got you covered! Below please find links to information on this website and on my other sites and blogs – info specific to you, the Silicon Valley home seller.

Would you like to see homes for sale in your area of Santa Clara County? This provides more detailed info on Silicon Valley properties, including lots and lands, commercial real estate, residential real estate, some rentals, and more:

View Silicon Valley homes for sale by map (no registration).

What Is My Silicon Valley Home Worth
in Today’s Market?

Perhaps the biggest question is this: “what’s my home worth“?  Even if you aren’t thinking of selling just yet, but would like an estimate of what your Silicon Valley real estate is worth in today’s market, I can help with that. Ask for a ballpark valuation online to get a “sight unseen” range. The more details you provide, the more accurate my information will be. Also, you can see what’s listed, sale pending and sold near any address in Santa Clara County on the property analysis tab of my REReport.  Please note that it loads slowly, so be patient!  It’s worth the wait as you will get photos and great descriptions as well as a map showing all relevant properties. It does this automatically – immediately see listings, pending sales, and solds from the last year in your immediate neighborhood or around any Santa Clara County address you input.

If you would like the most precise valuation for your San Jose, Saratoga, or Los Gatos area home, please call or email me for an appointment. I will visit your home, take notes, and get back to you with a probable buyer’s valuewithin a short period of time.

What about real estate market statistics for Silicon Valley?

If you’d like to see monthly, quarterly or annual reports on closed sales for condos, townhomes and houses in San Jose, Campbell, Almaden Valley, Cambrian Park, and all over Santa Clara County, please visit my online Silicon Valley Real Estate Report, which is updated each month somewhere between the 5th and 8th for all of the county, by cities/town, and major areas of the city of San Jose.

Additionally, you can view my printable, 4 page report on the state of the current market by clicking on the following link: http://rereport.com/scc/print/Mary.PopeHandySCC.pdf

For in-depth real estate market commentary on many areas of Santa Clara County, please visit my blogs, where I focus on Los Gatos, Almaden Valley, Cambrian Park, Campbell, Willow Glen, Monte Sereno and Saratoga but include many other areas as well (mostly those in the “west valley”) at www.ValleyOfHeartsDelight.com/blog.

More information for homeowners wanting to sell in Los Gatos, San Jose, Saratoga, and across Silicon Valley

Pre-listing package for home sellers (by Mary Pope-Handy)Want to read more?  I have a booklet, approximately 60 pages, which you can download as a PDF file – again, no registration – from my ValleyOfHeartsDelight.com website.  Loads of great info on every topic imaginable on the selling of residential real estate in San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and the greater Siicon Valley area.Click here or on the image at left to get the Pre-Listing Package for Home Sellers.





The Book:
Get the Best Deal When Selling Your Home in Silicon Valley

Mary Pope-Handy & Ken Deshaies' Book on Home Selling in Silicon ValleyKen Deshaies and I wrote this book to assist Silicon Valley home sellers to better understand and navigate more profitably the process of selling a home in Santa Clara County in any market, up or down. I provide the book to all who meet with me for a free, no cost, no obligation initial consultation on buying or selling homes here in Silicon Valley. (The book is also available on Amazon and in local bookstores.) Or, if you’d prefer, I can email you a chapter in pdf form.What’s covered in the book? All the basic questions a home seller in Silicon Valley might have are discussed, and perhaps some that many haven’t even considered. Questions are included for when or if you decide to interview real estate professionals to assist you in marketing and selling your property.

Section One includes the basics of selling a home in Silicon Valley:

  1. Going It Alone
  2. Using A Real Estate Agent
  3. The Role Of The Internet
  4. How Much Is Your Home Really Worth?
  5. Selling Your Home In A Up or Down Market
  6. Pre-Sale Preparation
  7. Screening Prospective Buyers
  8. We’re In Escrow, Now What?
  9. Preparing for Uncle Sam

Section Two considers buying the next home as well:

  1. Play The Field And Lose The Game
  2. Mortgage Rate Deals
  3. Loan Abuses
  4. Finding Your Next Home

And finally, we’ve included an appendix with a detailed moving checklist.

If you would prefer to not read the book but would like to get brought up to speed on how to sell a home in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell or San Jose in today’s market, please give me a call or send me an email. It would be my pleasure to meet with you for an hour and discuss your situation and the current market.

More resources – Topics covered on one of these websites,
popehandy.com, ValleyOfHeartsDelight.com or SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes.com


How to choose an agent? Staging 
Marketing Your Home Working together
Why Use a Professional? Targeting full priced buyers
FSBO? Discount? Traditional marketing too
Pricing your home competitively My 24×7 response system
Benefits of realistic pricing Staying in touch
Preparing your home to sell Receiving an offer
The escrow process Moving timetable
Tips for sellers Moving checklist
Free reports 


Please also visit my blogs – and call or email me for a private, confidential consultation!

Los Gatos blog (includes real estate topics) Live in Los Gatos
Silicon Valley Real Estate blog, The Valley of Hearts Delight

Possibly also of interest: www.AlmadenSeniorHomeSeller.com.


Content from here:

http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/aquot-get-the-best-deal-when-selling-your-home-in-silicon-valleyaquot/ (a page about my book and requesting an online CMA on my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog)

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