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Tom Merigan


Realtor/Keller Williams Cupertino
20230 Stevens Creek Blvd. Ste. E

Tom Merigan

Cupertino CA 95014
Phone (408) 559-1069
Fax (408) 850-6901
Email tmerigan@yahoo.com

Keller Williams


California is still the top relocation spot in the country, and with good reason. We invite you to get in touch with us to learn more about Silicon Valley, which has an excellent climate and offers many things to do. Silicon Valley is comprised of a portion of Northern California suburbs and communities which stretch to include: San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Milpitas, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Fremont, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. Further up the peninsula, people relocating to Silicon Valley discover additional innovative communities such as Burlingame, San Mateo, San Carlos and Redwood City. Heading toward Oakland the communities of Hayward, San Martin and Alameda all offer a Silicon Valley presence that is within a convenient commute.





Gazumping - outbidding rivals at the last minute -

is a horror estate agents are powerless to stop, even if they wanted to.

Unless you're lucky enough to live in Scotland

where there are laws to protect the buyer.

There's little you can do to repel a determined bidder,

but there are ways to lessen the chance of it happening,

or at least reduce the impact if it does.

When buying property you can offer the full asking price

and request the property be removed from the market.

Be flexible with the vendor and don't quibble over minor points.

Make it clear you're willing to complete on their timescale, not yours.



If you wish to avoid someone else purchasing the property

you have decided to buy, be prepared to

exchange the contract with a cooling off period.

It's important that agents regard you as a serious applicant.


Show willing and be eager to view, and you'll be top of the list

when something new comes on the books.

Call them regularly - they'll think of you first when

a property comes on the market.





Buying property is the biggest financial commitment of our lives. When buying properties it is a must that buyer and agent must have instant communication access. Maintain instant access to each other via office phone, voice mail, fax, pager or cellular phone.

Whether you are buying property for investment or to live in extreme care should be exercised to ensure your purchasing experience is stress free and risk free. These few buying tips will make you aware of some of the pitfalls and ways to avoid them.

Think about why you are purchasing the property. If you intend living in the property does it really suit your needs? If you have young children or elderly people living with you, you might wish to avoid stairs and prefer a level block.

Do you intend to install a pool in the future?

Is the garden too big or too small? Will you need more bedrooms in future?


Be sure to have reports for building inspection and pest inspection prior to committing to the purchase.


If you are buying a villa, apartment or townhouse you may be sharing a common wall with your neighbors. It would be advisable to check noise levels if possible.


Try to meet your new neighbors. They may not share the same values as you. By researching the real estate market in a particular area you will be much better informed on property values.





If a property has been renovated recently you might wish to check with the local council to ensure planning or building permits were approved.



Deciding how much to offer can be difficult. You might wish to make your best offer up front or start with a lower offer and be prepared to negotiate up. However, purchasers who make higher offers might secure the property without giving you the opportunity to increase yours.