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April 2016
April 2016

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A death in the family is hard enough on its own, but add to the mix the process of probate and you have a heartache and a headache all wrapped into one. So what is required in the State of California to sell real estate through probate? Well, let’s take a look at the process and break it down to make it a bit easier to understand and deal with.

Once an administrator or executor of an estate has been appointed, they will begin the process of assessing and managing all the assets of the estate, which includes real estate. If they choose to sell some or all of the real property, then there are steps required before listing the property.

The first item of business is to determine if the probate will be a formal or informal process. A formal process requires every step of the sales transaction to be approved by the court and can be a lengthy process, typically taking more than 6 months in the state of California. It will also require an attorney, further increasing the cost of the ...


August 2015
August 2015

San Carlos has a vibrant downtown area, with Laurel Street lined with thriving restaurants and boutiques. The changes have been gradual over the last decade or so, but big things are happening that will change the dynamic of this downtown.

Soon to be under construction is the Wheeler Plaza Development Project, located between Laurel Street, San Carlos Avenue and Walnut Street. This 2.65 acre property, which currently consists of small businesses and a public parking lot adjacent to the tracks is set to transform into 109 housing units with below-grade parking, a two-level parking structure and 10,000 square feet of retail space along San Carlos Avenue.

Wheeler Plaza Site Area The project will demolish the old Foodville grocery store and all the buildings on the San Carlos side from the alley to Walnut Street, displacing many small businesses. (The building on the corner on San Carlos and Laurel Street will be spared.) While the end result will benefit the city and its residents, parking is already at a ...


July 2015
July 2015

The rate that home prices are rising in the Bay Area, it can be like a needle in a haystack finding a decent home under the $1,000,000 mark. I thought I would introduce you to some of the better buys as well as a few homes with some unusual characteristics, such as a lakefront condo, a tiny home, a mid-mod condo with beautiful bay views, and a live/work loft, among others.

Redwood City and Redwood Shores are some of the best bets for finding said needle, with 26 homes available under that magical price point. In Redwood Shores, I really like this 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo at 441 Cork Harbor Circle (Unit H). This is a top floor corner condo that feels light and airy, with high ceilings, hardwood floors, a great kitchen and large master suite. It’s priced to sell at $880,000.

Tiny houses are all the rage these days, as is evidenced by the popularity of the FYI network show Tiny House Nation and the large number of blogs and websites on the subject. If you have a small budget, want to ...


July 2015
July 2015

August is just a short few weeks away, meaning school will be starting along the Peninsula. Which is why it is important to make sure that your child’s immunizations are up to date.

Immunizations have been a hot button topic over the last two years due to outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other preventable diseases amongst school-aged children. California legislators have taken action to prevent future outbreaks with SB277, signed into law on June 30th, 2015. SB277 will eliminate personal and religious belief exemptions from vaccinations as of July 1, 2016. Parents have until January 1, 2016 to file one exemption that will be in effect until their child moves up a grade. (You can find more information on SB277 here.)

To enter into public and private elementary and secondary schools (grades kindergarten through 12, including transitional kindergarten), children under age 18 years must have the following immunizations:

Polio: 4 doses at any age, but… 3 doses meet ...


June 2015
June 2015

We’re a little sad that the 4th is falling on a Saturday, and we won’t get an extra day off for this annual holiday, but there is still plenty to celebrate and a lot of fun can be had in San Mateo County over the celebratory weekend. Starting in the north and working our way down the Peninsula, the following events and activities are available:

Pacifica

  • You can start your day off with Pacifica’s annual Independence Day Rocket Run, a five-mile loop that begins and ends at the Pacifica Community Center. The race, open to all ages, kicks off at 8:45 a.m. and pre-registration can be done online. Cost is $20.
  • Following the run, the Park and Recreation Department has planned a community celebration at Frontierland Park. This is the 41st annual 4th of July celebration featuring live music, food vendors, and craft fair. And there will be plenty for the kids to do with face painting, hair coloring, temporary tattoos, and free games. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

San Mateo

  • Get your ...