RetirementSellers May 25, 2022

SOLD! MacFarlane Homes – Client Testimonial – Seller Mountain View Single Family Home

Here’s another Seller testimonial from my clients who I met when preparing their next door neighbor’s home. They saw us working into the late evening hours and they liked that I work well representing out-of-state home owners, plus I’m a member of Professional Fiduciary Association in Silicon Valley. I enjoy helping others and it’s an honor to receive family referrals.

Let me know if I can assist you with anything at all, even if out of state, I’m here to serve anyway I can!

MacFarlane Homes Testimony
Lynne MacFarlane, Realtor
408-800-1141 SiliconValley/BayArea
831-346-2743 SantaCruz/Monterey

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Buyersmultigenerationalseniors May 20, 2022

What Is Multigenerational Housing

MacFarlane Homes - Blog post about diversification and buying a multigenerational home

Some Highlights

  • If you have additional loved ones coming to live with you but don’t have enough space, it may be time to consider a larger, multigenerational home.
  • Some key benefits of multigenerational living include a combined homebuying budget, shared caregiving duties, enhanced relationships, and more. These benefits might be why more people are choosing to live in multigenerational homes today.

Let me know if you’re interested in finding a house that meets your changing needs and has plenty of space for you and your loved ones. 


SOLD! MacFarlane Homes 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Desirable Adobe Hills Community

Lynne MacFarlane Realtor - sold Fremont Condo in desirable Adobe Hills Community


Congratulations to Nick & Marissa who are proud first time home owners! Thank you for the opportunity to help you find the right home. Making dreams come true! Welcome Home! 💕🏡🙋🏻‍♀️🔑🎉 39152 Guardino Drive Fremont 94538 Adobe Hills Community – Pool, club house, tennis, dog park, gorgeous grounds, secure parking garage. 2 Bedrooms , 1 Bath & large Balcony 844 SqFt Living
Sold $590,000
Silicon Valley to Monterey Bay
I’m Local & I’m global!
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Let me know if I can assist with any real estate questions.
I’m always happy to help with your next move.
Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, Realtor
Lynne MacFarlane Homes
Intero Real Estate Services, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate
Silicon Valley & Monterey Coastal Communities
(408) 800-1141 (831) 346-2743


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Why Diversifying Your Concentrated Portfolio Is A Smart Move

The Bay Area is a hub for many industries, including tech, and investors here often find themselves with a concentrated portfolio due to restricted stock grants and incentive stock options. If this describes you, take note: Diversifying your investments can be a smart move.
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Silicon Valley tech employees have been jolted by their stock options performance lately. At Intero Los Altos’ Monday office meeting, our title company rep brought up a point reminding us that in 2009, people who sold their stocks to buy residential real estate have done very, very well!
The Bay Area has historically been home to many companies that offer stock incentives to high-level executives. If you’re a leader in one of those companies, you may hold far too high of a percentage of wealth in your employer or previous employer’s stock. Here’s a recent article which considers the recent plunge in technology shares providing investors with a harsh lesson in that can hamper employee retention and threaten cash flow when share prices collapse.
“As stock prices fall, companies may have to offer employees even more shares to achieve the same compensation levels.” Here are companies that heavily rely on employee stock rewards.
Having a large percentage of your holdings in a single company can help you build wealth quickly when that company is on the rise. However, that same volatility can wipe you out if something goes wrong.
It may seem counterintuitive to cash out stock options now. Nobody wishes to cash in when their stocks are plummeting, but remember that nobody wants to let go of their stock when it is skyrocketing either. Real estate is a safer haven during times of inflation. It appreciates over time and it’s tangible. There are many ways to profit from real estate, from cash flow of rental properties to
appreciation of assets.
Consider balancing your asset class portfolio and cash out. Why not buy a multigenerational house? Think of an extra guest space for relatives visiting, building an ADU, or buying a property under $800K (I can suggest several areas). Real Estate can create passive income with lower volatility and that might be the right move for you.
Let me know if you would like a no pressure introduction to our financial wealth advisors providing Intero concierge service and advice before making any financial decisions.
Also please keep in mind that I’m always available to help your family/friends with any real estate or financial questions.
Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, Realtor
Intero | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate
408-800-1141 or 831-346-2743
BuyersCommunity StoriesMONTEREY COUNTYRetirementSanta Cruz CountySellers MarketVideoWatsonville February 24, 2022

SOLD!! Single Family Home in Watsonville [video]


Join me in congratulating my happy new homeowner! Dreams do come true! Welcome back to California!
636 Peartree Drive Watsonville CA
2 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS, 2 Car Garage

Delighted to assist my buyer to find that perfect single story, single family home in Watsonville, California. Our client wanted to move back to Monterey Bay where he had many good memories. As a Senior Real Estate Specialist I’m familiar with desirable community lifestyles in the Bay Area & also familiar with home features that are ADA compliant for 55 yrs+ to ‘age in place’ to accommodate current and future needs for the entire family.

Give me a call, I’m here and happy to give an ‘age in place’ consultation’ if you or a relative is considering a move or wanting to live at-home safely for a while longer. Happy to assist with your goals in mind!

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor
Master of Communication Digital Media, Marketing from Univ of Washington
Senior Real Estate Specialist, adv certification
Seller Representative Specialist, adv certification
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Silicon Valley affiliate
Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
phone 408.800.1141 or 831.346.2743
DRE# 02066698

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HomeownersHousing MarketReal EstateSellersSellers Market February 11, 2022

Excellent Time To Sell In Today’s Sellers’ Market

2021 was a GREAT market for sellers!

2021 sets the stage for 2022 with higher median prices & lowest home inventory we’ve ever seen! We’ve seen the return of the sales cycle … Buyers are unrelenting; California is a state full of very rich people! Wealth continues to grow with higher income mostly Silicon Valley tech families worked from home/ $$$$ saved and as buyers they gave up contingencies and pay any appraisal gap problems! Supply and demand meaning there is a LOT of buyers (there is no bubble). The time to buy is now (If you want to buy, buy now with rates going up) and if you’re a seller this is an all time low inventory. The shortage of housing persists in 2022.

*Call me if you’re interested in learning about your local market and home property comps in your area. I’m always happy to help. Have a good Super Bowl no matter your team… 49ers aren’t in it so…meh 😛

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor
Professional Fiduciary Association of California, Silicon Valley affiliate
Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate
phone 408.800.1141 or 831.346.2743
DRE# 02066698

SANTA CLARA COUNTY February 9, 2022

Lynne MacFarlane – Top Listing Agent – Units, Volume and Producer Dec 2021

Top Listing Agents - 2021

Building WealthBuyersEconomyHomeownersSellersSellers Market January 22, 2022

Presentation on Silicon Valley’s Top Real Estate Questions From Buyers and Sellers

This is a presentation that I recently gave about the top questions that homeowners and buyers would like to know about 2022  in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. The average equity gain in California in a year (Nov 2020 – Nov 2021) has been $117,000! The national average was $51,500; California’s average equity gain is more than double the national average (see slide #11).

When you’re a homeowner, especially in California and the SF Bay Area, you are in the business of wealth creation through real estate.

When you buy a home several good things happen:

1. Purchase using good leverage

2. You fix your biggest cost which is housing

3. Provide a hedge against inflation

4. Begin to save outside of the home

If you have any interest in selling and/or pulling your equity from your home in the near future, please contact me for a casual conversation and I would love to assist you with any questions or concerns. I can introduce you to financial planners and CPAs that will help you make wise informed decisions before making a move.
I’m happy to help!
Lynne MacFarlane, Realtor

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor

Intero Real Estate Services | Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

(408) 800-1141 or (831) 346-2743


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Aptos Multigen SFH or Rental | Aptos, Santa Cruz County Home Tour [VIDEO]

‘Sheltering in Place’ has created many changes to people’s living situation.  It has allowed  employees of many Bay Area companies to work remotely, and it’s now very common to see people move out of state and take early retirement.  Employees with corporate jobs have also been able to expand their commute travel radius (1-2 hrs away), as work policies now allow employees to come in to office with less frequency. Families look for more space to live, work, play and teach and they’re finding that this new remote “work from home” is an excellent opportunity to love where they live and that means with more room and yard space!

In previous videos, I have discussed the fact that Santa Cruz County is gaining wealth from neighboring counties, such as from Santa Clara, Alameda, and San Mateo. With much reluctancy from laid back beach locals, those that wish to take their equity and move are grateful that their little Santa Cruz beach bungalows are catching a pretty penny for retirement this high equity growth is across the country!) Here’s another example of a Santa Cruz multigenerational home and why they’re terrific options. Click here 

In this strong sellers market with record low inventory, many smart homeowners are preparing their home to sell this year to take advantage of the opportunity.

Here’s a home I toured yesterday in Aptos, perfect for multigenerational family or someone who’s wishing for a downstairs rental for passive income. Cabrillo College is only 9 mins away and a 1BD/1BA would fetch average $2K/month.

Aptos is a great community – good schools, variety of shops and restaurants and only 8 minutes away from one of my favorite beach, Beer Can Beach!

This is a secret path to Beer Can beach from Via Palo Alto


I hope you enjoy my quick YouTube video tour of 129 Lyle Ct Aptos.
If you’re interested in learning more about multigenerational homes or looking for a beach community, ask me, I’d love to help you find your next home!

Call quickly for more information
I’ll help you write up a winning offer.

MONTEREY COUNTYPacific GroveVacation PropertyVideo January 3, 2022

Pacific Grove – Lovers Point Walk, A Local Treasure [Video]

~Happy New Year!~

Sending good wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! As you chase new heights in 2022, don’t forget to set some time aside for rest, relaxation and family!
Today we spent the afternoon on one of our favorite walks in Monterey Bay; We wanted to start the new year right by being inspired by strolling Pacific Grove, starting at Lovers Point (pretty romantic name, right?)
Here’s the route we walked with HoHo (she kept up mostly, while I struggled climbing the rocks at Lovers Point Park!) 🤪
Pacific Grove - Lovers Point, a local hidden treasure walk with Lynne MacFarlane
Explore the world class walk that Pacific Grove’s Lovers Point Park inspires to tourists and locals!
Pacific Grove is a quaint little seaside community in Monterey Bay. Lovers Point is the perfect destination with rocky outcroppings for children, young and old to climb and explore. See the tide pools, ground squirrels, seagulls, humming birds, otters, sail boats and tours have fun climbing the rocks and enjoy the views!
After exploring Lovers Point Park, walk west on Ocean View Blvd, go south on Asilomar Ave and east on Lighthouse Ave Sights you’ll see on this walk…
  • Point Pinos Lighthouse – 
  • Lucy’s On The Lighthouse –
    • Outdoor, casual seating
    • Pet Friendly, several well behaved doggos sitting in their patios
    • Serving Illy’s espresso
    • Order their delicious crispy brussels sprout dish drizzled with balsamic reduction, tasty!

Lynne MacFarlane Realtor blog - visits Lucy at the Lighthouse in Pacific Grove

Interested in homes in Pacific Grove? Let me know if you have any real estate interest in buying, selling, or investing in the Monterey Bay or Silicon Valley / SF Bay Area.  As you can imagine, Covid has completely changed what’s important to home owners, wouldn’t you agree? If you would like to sell, I will be willing to meet you and share exactly what we could do, my team and I, to get it done. Give me a call!

Pacific Grove Home Search


Lynne MacFarlane Homes



PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

phone 408.800.1141 or 831.346.2743

DRE# 02066698


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