Almaden Elementary Schools the Best San Jose has to offer

I just looked at  to see the top 5 elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District. Four of them were in Almaden Valley.

Bravo to the teachers and kids in these schools. Williams, Simonds and Graystone all rated in the top 10 percentile with API scores of 972, 968, and 958 respectively. Los Alamitos is in the 90th percentile on the site with 916 API score.

These top 3 schools rank right along with Cupertino Elementary schools.

Pat Chadwell
Realty World – Residential Specialists

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Buyer decides more eyes are better…

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I met a buyer at a bank-owned property. He invited a trusted friend/co-worker that was knowledgeable about construction to attend the showing.

I loved it! We were able to comb over the home and felt we knew quite a bit more than the standard previewing of the home. We determined what inspections were needed to be completed. That left the buyer time to also recognize other things regarding the neighborhood that he wanted to check out  further.

I love informed and engaged buyers.

Pat Chadwell, Broker
Realty World – Residential Specialists

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Southwest airlines rocks!!

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 They make getting ticket easier online. You can cancel and get a credit for your ticket. You can log in online 24 hours before the flight to be an early boarding pass. The attendants have a sense of humor. An all-round great airline.

love the humor –

Also just some fun humor by flight attendants and pilots!

Southwest airlines rocks!

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The new San Jose Airport Terminal is Beautiful

The new San Jose airport terminal I fly into and out of often.

The terminal is beautiful – light and bright.

The only objection I have is there are NO people movers except wheelchairs pushed by attendants. I wonder if this was their idea of how to go green. Use less electricity, hire an attendant. I sadly see lots of elderly folk waiting for someone to assist them away from the gate. Is this the future of airports?

But the terminal is beautiful!

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Short sale negotiators in left field

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When will short sale negotiators for lenders be given ethics training or maybe it is just training in the 1st place?

One of the agents in the office has been “lucky” enough to hit the jackpot on out-ethics and, in my mind, suppressive individuals – whether working alone and under the guidance of a senior/supervisor.

First on one property the negotiator for the 2nd loan requested additional funds and wanted them not reported on the HUD1 (a governmental document designed to show exactly where money is going in the transaction). To have “hidden” funds is a violation of the law yet the bank’s representative requested it. My agent has to point this out.

HELLO!! If the banks don’t clean up their act they will sink into more problems again!

Second was a different property with two loans on it. A buyer came forth with an offer. The 2nd lender approved the short sale with $25K from the seller and the 1st lender. They gave the parties a whopping 23 days to close the sale. The problem was the 1st lender had not yet approved the short sale on their end. But the 2nd did not even consider 23 days (including weekends) is not enough time to have the buyer inspect the property, to get the new buyer’s loan approved, loan documents to title, get the parties in to sign off and close the loan. It is barely enough time to get a cash buyer sale complete. 

Here is where the actions are suppressive.  I will use an analogy. You are a baker and want to bake a cake. It takes 45 minutes to do (5 minutes to mix and 40 minutes to bake). Someone says they need a cake but they need it in 25 minutes or the deal is off. You try to see how you can accommodate the request. You mix faster and turn up the heat on the oven but even then you only get the total time down to 35 minutes for a cake that the person wants in 25 minutes. The person is setting the baker up to fail at the outset.

And that is what happens the seller is being set up to fail.

You might say “Why not get an extension?”  This seems logical doesn’t it?  Here comes the extortion plot just to really make your blood boil.  Here comes the suppressive action.  On this last example the letter from the 2nd lender stated that it would cost more if the property did not close on time. In my agent’s case the lender wanted $8500 more!  Already they were getting $25K!  Some from the 1st lender but more from the seller in an earlier extortion bid.  The seller to accommodate sold a car and borrowed money from a friend but he has nothing more.  Another analogy – this is like being raped again by the same party who raped you earlier.

The irony of this is the seller could have just let the home be foreclosed upon and have NO funds out of pocket and no deficiency because these were purchase money loans.  He wanted to be more responsible and do a short sale (after all the home will sell for more in short sale than as a bank owned property).

If the seller decides enough extortion is enough he can just let it go to foreclosure and the 2nd lender would get NOTHING!

There needs to be a public outcry about the extortion and the out-ethics situation of requesting funds outside of the legal means.  Care to comments?

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Get a credit for energy savings

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So if you are thinking about upgrading or need to replace something because of failure of the system here is a way to save money. Get a credit from the government.

Did you know you can get up to $1500 if do some energy saving improvements such as replacing windows, doors, insulation, some roofing, furnaces? You must do by 12/31/10.

Also want to get a 30% credit for such things as geothermal heat pumps, solar heaters, solar panels. Again they must be placed in service by 12/31/10.

For more information click here –  (#2 from the Frequently Asked Questions.)

So make an action note to yourself – Get a credit for energy savings!

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Community Emergency Response Training is complete!

Wow.  I feel I have accomplished a lot with this 20 hour training.  The last night we went through a scenario with numerous disasters around the city.  We had to operate under the command structure that the city uses.  In our scenario we lost 7 victims but our instructor said it could have been much worse.  Continue reading

Emergency Response Training Continues

The training for becoming a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is invaluable.  I am not only learning how to help others but I am getting my family emergency planning set up. 

I never used a fire extinguisher before.   We learned P.A.S.S. – Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.  Fun but now if the emergency hits I can help effectively.

Here is the manual on this segment –

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