Hillsborough Living

June 24, 2019

Check us out in the latest issue of Hillsborough Living. We are featuring this kitchen overhaul from our Clydesdale listing that just closed for $651,000 OVER list price. This really is #BeforeandAfter goals 💪. The most exciting part though – we covered all the upfront costs to get this home ready to sell. By investing in your home’s potential, the Sternsmith Group provides a faster, more profitable sale by covering the costs upfront – from staging to home improvements and more, with no hidden fees or interest charged, ever. See what we can do for you and your home!

Summer Guide

June 17, 2019

Summer is officially here this Friday! 🌞 Which means there are all kinds of great things to do on the Peninsula starting today! Look for our comprehensive list from Burlingame to Redwood City in your mail box – all color coded by type of event plus dates and times 🤓 – or DM us here and we will send you the list so you can load up your calendars. Your kids will especially appreciate it 😊.

Understanding School Scores

March 12, 2019

On Saturday March 9 we had a great turnout to our free seminar on understanding school scores. With a seasoned school administrator leading the discussion, we learned how to navigate choosing the right school for your child, what to look for in a school, questions to ask, and how to understand the new school scores. Here are some of the slides that were presented. Be sure and check out the resources that were provided including:

California School Dashboard www.caschooldashboard.org
School Accountability Report Card www.sarconline.org
Local Control Accountability Plan (prominently displayed on the home page of school district websites)

If you missed the seminar, get in touch and we would be happy to share the information.

Work Life Harmony: Part 1

November 6, 2018

Work Life Balance

Work Life Harmony

  • Jeff Bezos

#RealTalkWithCasey | While I was out and about I had the good fortune to catch a show on SiriusXM radio Wharton Business School channel. The guest was Randy Komisar of Kleiner Perkins in Menlo Park. I was so taken with his insight that I went back to re-listen to some of it online. Here’s my takeaways: Strive for harmony👈. There is no balance; the balance is dynamic. Be all in when working with a client. But also cut out enough time to exercise, eat well, and think (and for us at Sternsmith, it means making quality time with our husbands and children👨‍👩‍👧‍👦). He went on to say “if you put down the limits, you’ll be surprised how well people will work around your limits and you’ll also be surprised how little those limits impede your ability to succeed. I’m going to remember this. Who’s in for a life of harmony. 🧘♀PS – I have lots more to share from this listening experience but don’t want to overwhelm you. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3.😊

September 17, 2018

Gentry Real Estate Roundtable 2018 Participants:

Joe Brown, COO, Intero
Carol Burnett, Executive VP, Alain Pinel
Jeff Gibson, Senior VP, Sotheby’s International Realty San Francisco
Selma Hepp, Chief Economist, VP Business Intelligence, Pacific Union
Tim Proschold, VP of Strategy & Success, Sereno Group
Michael Repka, CEO, Deleon Realty
Nancy Robinson, Regional Vice President, Coldwell Banker

Let’s talk about trends in the market—what you’ve been observing so far in 2018, and what’s on the horizon.

Carol Burnett: In our market (Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and the surrounding
area), everything has been going really great. I think everybody agrees that 2018 has been a good year and the balance of the year looks positive. I don’t think there is anything on the horizon that should be forecasting any sort of a change.
Michael Repka: It’s been holding in there, but I am actually a bit nervous. Tax changes have a lot of people concerned about the future, especially at the highend market. I’ve seen a greater number of listing appointments for people looking to retire and/or move out of California than I typically do. Either these people are moving to be closer to grandkids, or they’re moving to be in a state with no taxes. Everyone knows, at this point, that the new tax changes eliminate the deductibility of state and local taxes that is particularly hard-hitting on California. There is a movement towards getting out of the state for people who don’t really need to be here. We’ll just have to see how this all unfolds and if people go through with their plans of possibly relocating, which could then result in a spike of high inventory.


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