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Life Planning Made Easy: The Best Tips On Preparing For The Future

Some of us get stressed at the mere mention of the words “life planning”, which can be quite an undertaking, but these days, there are so many ways to plan for the future that it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. The resources available to you range from college planning to saving for retirement, and all it really takes is a good plan and some commitment.

Here are some of the best ways to start planning for the future.

Start saving

It’s often easier said than done, but saving money is an important part of planning for your future. If you don’t have a savings account already, open one up with strict instructions to yourself not to access it until you’re ready. Try not to miss a deposit on payday, even if it’s just ten or twenty dollars. Every little bit helps.

You can also set up a 401K at work and have your employer take the money right out of your paycheck, so you’ll never even miss it.

Write down your goals

You can’t plan for the future without clear-cut goals for yourself, your family, and your way of life, so sit down and write out what you hope to accomplish in the next ten or twenty years. Is your biggest goal to buy a home? Start saving for your child’s college education? Get serious about your career, or go back to school? All of these things are attainable with the right preparations.

Plan for higher education

If you have children or you’re thinking about going back to school, the first step is to start saving. Your family may qualify for financial aid, but in many cases there are still out-of-pocket expenses. You can either open up a basic savings account at your bank, or you might consider a 529 college savings plan for your child. These plans are designed to cover school costs only, but you receive a generous tax incentive for opening up an account.

Plan for that move

If you’re thinking about buying a home, do some heavy research before making a decision. Think about which neighborhood you want, which school district the home needs to be in, how much room you need, and whether you’ll still be living there when you reach your retirement years. If you will, some things to consider include whether there are stairs to navigate and how big the lawn is; as a senior, it may be difficult for you to use stairs every day or take care of a big lawn. If the move is in the near future, plan for packing and finding help on moving day and consider whether you need to downsize.

Plan for your career

If you feel as though you’re stuck in a professional rut, it might be time to go to your boss and figure out your future with the company you work for. Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise, promotion, or to be assigned to new projects that challenge you. As an employee, it’s your right to desire to do your best work and be aptly compensated for it.

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Stage Your Home Like This to Make it Stand Out From the Crowd

This charming Santa Clara home has been recently renovated and upgraded to include some pretty luxurious features—so we staged it to stand out from the crowd of other Silicon Valley homes to be sure buyers really notice—and remember—all its great qualities.

2867 Kearney Ave: Quaint on the Outside, Shiney New on the Inside

silicon valley homes for saleFirst impressions are the most important! Notice the pristine front landscaping (all drought-resistant), the immaculate front walkway, and the fresh paint and trim, all of which entice curious buyers to look inside.

Welcome In: A Bright, Sunny Living Room

staged living roomVisitors feel warm and welcome in this room of bright, natural lighting, neutral coloring, tasteful decor, and comfortable seating, yet the air of luxury—glossy floors, custom ceiling fan, elegant furniture and immaculately-placed pillows—is still definitely predominant.

Room to Dream: Keep it Simple in the Kitchen

staged kitchen Warm lighting pours through the overhead skylight, and the counters are pristinely clean but not stark, allowing visitors to begin mentally placing their own belongings and appliances throughout one of the most-used and well-loved rooms in the house.

Casual Class: A Cozy California Bedroom

beautiful bedroomSimplicity, elegance, and a sense of warmth and coziness—this bedroom has it all.

Stark Elegance: A Pristine, Newly-Remodeled Bathroom

newly remodeled bathroomThis bathroom was just recently completely renovated—note the elegant shower tiling, the marble bathroom counters, and the custom hardware and lighting. The best way to showcase elegant new features like this is to let them stand on their own to be admired.

Neatly Maintained: A Place to Spend the Afternoon

landscaped backyardThe backyard is important! Where else will you spend a sunny afternoon gardening or an evening barbecuing on the patio under the stars? Tidy landscaping, neat walkways, a tasteful fence, and a large patio area set the scene for your guests’ outdoor visions.

Ready to Stage Your Silicon Valley Home Just Like This?

If you’re selling a home in the Silicon Valley, then you should know the dire importance of good staging! If you want your home staged right, then it’s time to contact Gary & Robert. We’re your expert local Realtors and home stagers, and we’re ready to help you sell your home!

Want to See This Home in Person?

Did our staging work? If you liked the beautiful home you saw above, then give us a call! It’s on the market, and it’s ready to see in person. Not quite the right fit? We can help you search homes for sale in the Silicon Valley until you find the perfect home.

The Silicon Valley: Home to the Most Expensive Zip Codes in the US

RS201_iStock_000005961236Medium-scrLooking for luxury in the Silicon Valley? It won’t be hard to find—some of the most expensive and luxurious homes can be found throughout the communities of the Silicon Valley and Bay Area. In fact, according to a 2015 Forbes study, California zip codes, and especially those of the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, dominate the charts for most expensive zip codes in the US.

The Most Expensive Zip Codes in America

Coming in at the #1 most expensive zip code was the Silicon Valley’s own 94027 of Atherton, a luxurious community located just north of Palo Alto (which had a high-ranking zip code of its own). The median home price of this extravagant community was just over $10.5 million, a cost that might seem absurd, but with the abundance of lavish mansions, lush landscaping, and top-rated schools within its boundaries—not to mention its easy commute to top-tier tech jobs in Menlo Park and Palo Alto—it’s not an unbelievable pricetag.

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Following Atherton for most expensive zip codes in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area were 94062 of Woodside and 94010 of Hillsborough (both Bay Area communities). The next Silicon zip was 94022 of Los Altos Hills, coming in at number 11 nationally and second in the Valley. Its median price of $2.4 million is due in part to its scenic landscape of rolling hills and valley, and partially to its absolutely breathtaking architecture of stately mansions. Following just behind San Francisco (#22 nationally) came Palo Alto’s 94301 (#36 nationally, third in the Valley) with a median price of $2.2 million. Los Gatos and 95030 came in fourth (51st in America) at $1.8 million.

What Does This Mean for the Silicon Valley?achievement-18134_640

The Valley is growing, demand is rising, and prices are climbing. Luxury has a price, as does the convenience of living in the technology hub of America. The Valley is fast becoming an exclusive Hollywood-esk location for corporate business execs and tech wizards—the place that calls to the rich, the famous, the important, and those seeking the absolute in modern luxury.

If you’re one of those seekers of extravagance, now is the time to act. Start by learning more about the communities of the Silicon Valley and exploring luxury homes for sale. And when you’re ready to find that dream palace, contact us and we will help you make that dream a reality.

San Jose’s Top 10 Fastest-Growing Companies

Silicon Valley is acclaimed for its thriving job market and employment opportunities. But San Jose, in particular, is the site of many of the area’s fastest-growing private companies.

A Spot at the Top:

San Jose’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Inc. came out with its annual list of the fastest-growing companies in the US. San Jose proves why it reigns supreme in Silicon Valley, with its fastest-growing companies sitting on a coveted spot starting more than halfway up the list. Here are San Jose’s top 10 companies on this prestigious list:

10. Clean Solar — 2014 Revenue: $8.5 million | Growth rate: 177%

9. Richter10.2 Media Group — 2014 Revenue: $3.7 million| Growth rate: 179%

8. Malwarebytes — 2014 Revenue: $48.1 million| Growth rate: 264%

7. TechShop — 2014 Revenue: $12 million| Growth rate: 345%

6. Early Growth Financial Services — 2014 Revenue: $6.5 million| Growth rate: 436%

5. Untangle — 2014 Revenue: $18.6 million| Growth rate: 487%

4. NorCal CrossFit — 2014 Revenue: $4.3 million| Growth rate: 641%

3. Ensighten — 2014 Revenue: $19.6 million | Growth rate: 1,012%

2. 360 Payment Solutions — 2014 Revenue: $2.5 million | Growth rate: 1,865%

1. Kukui — 2014 Revenue: $4.1 million | Growth rate: 3,944%

View the interactive map below or read more about San Jose’s fastest-growing companies for the location and further details about each company on the list.

San Jose Has a Hot Real Estate Market, Too

Since the city is such an attractive place to work, San Jose has an attractive real estate market.

Are you relocating to San Jose for work? Want to find the perfect place to live that’s convenient to your place of employment? Let us help you find your dream home in San Jose or the surrounding areas.

Search through the homes for sale in San Jose by your price range and find out more about the community, and when you’ve found the perfect property to call home, contact us and we can schedule a showing.

San Jose: One of the 35 Best Cities for People Under 35

San Jose California Earlier this year, San Jose made the list of “35 Best Cities for People 35 and Under.” And it’s small wonder that this area is attractive, with its prime location in Silicon Valley and entertainment options.

Let’s explore what makes San Jose an ideal city for people under age 35.

Tech Employment Options

Last week, we discussed how nearby Sunnyvale ranked #2 in the nation for jobs. San Jose shares the same tech appeal, and Forbes cites the area as “the capital of Silicon Valley.”

For professionals under the age of 35, the nation’s cutting-edge technology hub is automatically appealing for those who are starting or continuing their careers.

Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment

San Jose offers an array of diverse entertainment options, from its plethora of shopping centers and outdoor spaces ideal for relaxing.

Walkability is important to young professionals, especially since many people in San Jose tend to walk or bike to work and around the area.

You can view more about San Jose’s individual rankings on Vocative’s livability report.

It’s Appealing as a Fit City

Alongside San Francisco, San Jose made the top 10 in the 2015 American Fitness Index. The report primarily cited the city’s abundance of farmers’ markets, low percentage of people who smoke cigarettes, and high percentage of commuters who bike or walk to work.

young professional at computerSearching for Housing?

If you’re relocating to San Jose and would like information about homes for sale, local schools, or home buying resources, contact us at 408.357.4611 or Info@GaryandRobert.com to get started. We would be happy to answer any of your real estate questions.