Accessory Dwelling UnitsHome ImprovementHomeownersmultigenerationalReal EstateWealth November 28, 2022

Can An ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) Fit In My Lot in Silicon Valley? | Lynne MacFarlane Realtor

 

If you’re curious and wonder if your existing home lot or a home you’re considering to buy fits an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), I can help you! In this video I walk you through an example using the Symbium website (under California law it will show if an ADU is allowed; Your city may have more restrictions.)

Symbium - Learn if an ADU is possible - MacFarlane Homes website

With my help with Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, we have a wonderful partnerships with Abodu, an innovative housing solution company, to provide Intero clients with beautiful prefabricated accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and concierge-level service.

With space at a premium for most Bay Area / Silicon Valley residents, the need for inventive living solutions has never been higher. Couple this with upcoming housing laws—such as Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), which is paving the way for backyard homes to help tackle California’s housing crisis, and you can see why this partnership between Intero and Abodu makes so much sense.

This new partnership allows me to assist my current, future and past clients to quickly connect with Abodu and rethink every yard’s potential! Whether you want to work from home, keep the kids around longer, rent it for extra cash, or welcome Granny to live with you, an ADU such as Abodu is all about knowing your options and adding value to the property.

Feel free to give me a call to arrange a consultation to help you with any questions.

I’m a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) and have a background in senior care. I’m also an affiliate member of the Professional Fiduciary Association (PFAC) of Silicon Valley Chapter and can assist with any questions and referrals that may concern your desire for you and family members who wish to “Age In Place” safely.

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Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor # 02066698

Intero Real Estate Services, Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

Los Altos Office covering the Bay Area & Coastal Communities

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

LMACFARLANE@INTERO.COM

www.LynneMacFarlane.com

Mountain ViewReal EstateSANTA CLARA COUNTY November 12, 2021

PENDING ~ Multiple Offers! 234 Jason Way Mountain View

PENDING SALE IN 4 DAYS!!!

We are so happy for our wonderful sellers (who found their dream home in Oregon) but also thrilled to announce that Jason Way will be getting another new wonderful family in the neighborhood!

(We also can’t wait to reveal what this great home sold for! Any guesses? We had 4 strong multiple offers.) 😁

 

Pending! 4 Days! 234 Jason Way Mountain View

 

 

EconomyHousing MarketJob MarketMONTEREY COUNTYReal EstateSAN MATEO COUNTYSANTA CLARA COUNTYSanta Cruz County October 21, 2021

How’s the Market? Q3 Insights with Chief Economist Elliot Eisenberg, PhD.

 

In summary, Dr. Eisenberg comments:

“This market continues to surprise and delight despite tight inventories and simply staggering levels of price appreciation over the last several years. We see little, if any, let up in buyer demand for homes, regardless of the obstacles they must overcome. This may be due, at least in part, to a general acknowledgement that work-from-home, in some form, is here to stay, and that the communities included in the MLSListings area provide excellent opportunities for work-from-home employees who want the ability to easily go into the office on a hybrid basis.”

Click on the link below to read about the different real estate market overview in your county!

Question on any specific target market area, please reach out to me, I’m always happy to assist with any real estate needs!

LYNNE MACFARLANE, MCDM, SRES, SRS

Intero| Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

408-800-1141 831-346-2743

lmacfarlane@intero.com

Lic# 02066698

www.lynnemacfarlane.com

EventsOpen HouseSanta Cruz County August 22, 2021

Open House + Tech Talk at Spectacular New Construction 12 Panorama Lane in Santa Cruz [Video]

Join us at 12 Panorama Lane Santa Cruz in the gated community of Pasatiempo.

Jennifer Cosgrove and Lynne MacFarlane at 12 Panorama Lane Santa Cruz, PasatiempoThis Saturday we will be highlighting the property’s expansive indoor/outdoor living spaces, perfect for entertaining guests and clients.

We will be hosting a tech talk featuring guest speaker Druce MacFarlane, Head of Threat Intelligence and Analytics at Infoblox.

“Cybersecurity: Home Edition” will be about things you can do to protect yourself against hackers. Join us for refreshments & the grand tour of the property.

Open House + Tech Talk 12 Panorama Lane Santa Cruz

Aug 21 Saturday 1 PM – 4 PM

2,500 SqFt indoor/outdoor patio living space, perfect for entertaining also with 2 gigantic garages perfect for auto enthusiast, movie/game entertainment or artistic studios.

4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths 4,678 SqFt Living space

Learn more about 12 Panorama Lane Santa Cruz https://bit.ly/PasatiempoModernLuxury

Call for private tour

JENNIFER COSGROVE | Realtor Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. | a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate

Executive Circle Top 10% | Intero Value Award Winner

408.930.8425

DRE# 01334273

 

LYNNE WATANABE MACFARLANE, MCDM, SRES, SRS | Realtor

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate

phone 408.800.1141 or 831.346.2743

DRE# 02066698

Cupertino June 20, 2021

Open House – Relaxed Elegance Montebello Villa in Cupertino Wine Trail on 51 Acres [Video]

Get ready to be wowed!

I’ll be hosting this stunning estate in Montebello Road, Cupertino Hills tomorrow, Sunday June 20th, from 3PM – 5PM limited hours.
Located at 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014
4 Bedroom, 5 Bath, 5,400 SqFt living, on 51 acres.
Stunning views of Santa Clara County and watch the twinkling lights below as the sunsets.
Inspiring – excellent for family gatherings & corporate entertaining
Inspirational secluded gated retreat feels like you’re on top of the world with evening twinkling lights and panoramic views. This 4 bedroom, 5 bath has plenty of room for family and entertaining guests with 5,400 SqFt living space, decks that face views. With each bedroom with its own bath, entertainment media room downstairs with bar, outside patios, decks for entertaining, large French Provencial style kitchen with huge granite island & Indoor BBQ brick fireplace, rock-lined pool with waterfall, and your own wine cellar. Warm and cozy primary suite features a Santa Fe style fireplace, high wood beam ceilings, and a step down jet jacuzzi bath for two overlooking the view & large shower & steam room, with a deck right off the primary bedroom with an outdoor spa facing the views. Spectacular living spaces and perfect for family entering company guests. Broadband internet also available (15Mps), perfect for work at home video conferencing. And for your auto enthusiasts there’s a 4 car garage on top and two garages below. Must see! It’s all here with 51 acres of natural beauty, best luxury property value! 20 mins to get to #AppleHQ and other #SiliconValley companies.
Located at 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014
**Schedule your private tour, give me a call:
(408) 800-1141 or (831) 346-2743
Call me for reports too. Very special opportunity for a stunning property. 
Schools:
Argonaut Elementary (9/10)
Redwood Middle (9/10)
Monte Vista High (10/10)
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Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane

SRS, SRES, MCDM | Realtor
Intero Real Estate Services
Silicon Valley to Monterey Bay
Call for private tour:
(408) 800-1141
LMACFARLANE @ Intero.com

 

SANTA CLARA COUNTY June 6, 2021

Tour of 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino [Video]

Get ready to be wowed!

15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014

Inspirational, relaxed, luxury gated estate feels like you’re on top of the world (Silicon Valley!) with views that go on for miles!

This 4 bedroom, 5 bath has plenty of room for family and guest with 5,400 SqFt living space. With each bedroom with its own bath, entertainment media room downstairs with bar, outside patios, decks for entertaining, large French Provencial style kitchen with huge granite island & Indoor BBQ brick fireplace, rock-lined pool, and more. Warm and cozy primary suite features a Santa Fe style fireplace, wood beam ceilings, and a step down jet jacuzzi bath for two overlooking the view & large shower & steamroom, with a deck off the primary bedroom with an outdoor spa facing the views! Spectacular living spaces and perfect for family entering company guests. Broadband internet also available (15Mps), perfect for work at home video conferencing. And for your auto enthusiasts there’s a 4 car garage on top and two garages below. Must see! It’s all here with 51 acres of natural beauty, best luxury property value! 20 mins to get to #AppleHQ and other #SiliconValley companies.

Located at 15681 Montebello Road Cupertino, CA 95014

**Schedule your private tour, give me a call:
(408) 800-1141 or (831) 346-2743

Schools:
Argonaut Elementary (9/10)
Redwood Middle (9/10)
Monte Vista High (10/10)

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane
SRES, MCDM | Realtor
Intero Real Estate Services
Silicon Valley to Monterey Bay
DRE#02066698
PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate
(408) 800-1141
LMACFARLANE @ Intero.com
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Housing MarketmultigenerationalRetirementseniorsSREStrends August 14, 2020

Why Search For Multi-Generational Housing In The SF Bay Area [Video]

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES | Realtor

PFAC Silicon Valley affiliate

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

phone 831.346.2743

DRE# 02066698

BuyersCommunity StoriesHomeownersOpen HouseReal EstateShelter in place July 7, 2020

Open Houses During a Zombie Apocalypse [Video]

 

Residential real estate is considered an essential service, but we no longer host public open houses during health crises.

You may wonder how realtors show properties these days. Well, we do this mindfully with our clients’ health and safety in mind. Firstly, before entry, all visitors must sign a PEAD-V form and we schedule a private tour with agents. All buyers/visitors need to sign the PEAD-V every day they tour properties. 

 

The rules outlined by the new posted pictogram which are posted in homes simply state everyone to:

a) wear a mask

b) stay six feet apart

c) wash your hands upon entry

d) discard all PPE after visit

e) Do not touch anything unnecessarily

 

The PEAD-V form includes an eight page “Best Practices Guidelines and Prevention Plan for Showings.”

It requires all listing agents to ensure:

1) That the “rules” are followed during showings (no touching surfaces, masks worn, ext.)

2) That handrails, light switches, clipboards, knobs, toilet handles, keyboards, and other commonly touched areas need to be wiped down with disinfectant before and after showings (soap/towel, Lysol wipes)

3) Soap or sanitizer needs to be available

4) Doors must be left open to outside to allow for fresh air

5) Doors throughout inside must be left open to decrease need for opening by visitors.

 

Learn more: https://www.car.org/legal/Recent-Lega…

If you have any questions about buying or selling under these conditions, don’t worry, give me a call and I’ll share with your our best practices to keep you and your family safe and healthy!

Be Well!

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

Lynne Watanabe MacFarlane, MCDM, SRES Realtor

PFAC Silicon Valley chapter, affiliate member

Lmacfarlane @ intero. com

831.346.2743 text/voice anytime

ArticlesEconomyHomeownersMONTEREY COUNTYReal EstateSAN MATEO COUNTYSANTA CLARA COUNTYSanta Cruz County March 23, 2020

Will The Corona Virus Create A Housing Crisis …And Our New Norms

Lynne MacFarlane, Realtor - Together, we got this!

I provide a Home & Lifestyle Consultation to prepare what buyers want now! Today’s modern savvy realtor uses virtual real estate technologies. I provide what buyers and sellers truly want in experience and safety. Click on image to learn more!

Concerns about the impact COVID-19 will have on the global and local economy are real. They’re scary too as the health and wellness of our friends, families, and loved ones are high on everyone’s emotional radar.

While we don’t know the exact impact the virus will have on the housing market, we do know that housing isn’t the driver as it was in 2008.

Lynne MacFarlane Realtor explains

A Recession Does Not Equal A Housing Crisis:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an economic slowdown.
  • The good news is, home values actually increased in 3 of the last 5 U.S. recessions and decreased by less than 2% in the 4th.
  • All things considered, an economic slowdown does not equal a housing crisis, and this will not be a repeat of 2008.

As our country begins to collectively roll out shelter in place, I hope we can come together, take the time to share gratitude; let’s remember that this will pass. As a country we’ve experienced multiple divisive events such as Civil War, WWII, and more recent traumatic events as 9/11. The concerns about an impending recession are real, but housing isn’t the driver. During the Dot.com bubble starting in late 90’s, a period of massive growth of Internet & telcos, in 2002 (the dot.bomb) I personally would have lost my entire wealth because I was young (& mostly naive)  never imagined stocks could crash! The only thing that helped preserve it was a little Los Altos house we divested. I sure am grateful for owning real estate – I am not a financial planner by any means, but I am conservative and because I’ve seen these recessions I advise my buyers to diversify their portfolios; try to have 6 months to a year’s worth of savings, have savings that are a mix of stocks, bonds, mutual funds but work towards owning property.  the SF Bay Area our homes are not only places to live, but a wonderful wealth generating asset over time. With our current ongoing global uncertainty, including a U.S. stock market correction, no one could have seen coming. We first should do what’s best for our country, and for our families and that is to take care of one another. 

Let’s fight this COVID-19 epidemic together by staying indoors & practicing social distancing, and checking up on loved ones and neighbors. 

 

Lynne MacFarlane says "No Dancing"

Take care of your needs now & let me know if I can help in anyway!

We’ve got this!

Lynne MacFarlane Homes

 

Lynne MacFarlane, MCDM, Realtor, PFAC affiliate

DRE# 02066698

(831) 346-2743 text/voice anytime

 

BuyersHomeownersinvestorstrendsWhy buy January 6, 2020

3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year

3 Benefits to Buying Your Dream Home This Year

Outside of a strong economy, low unemployment, and higher wages, there are three more great reasons why you may want to consider buying your dream home this year instead of waiting.

1. Buying a Home is a Great Investment

Several reports indicate that real estate is a good investment, topping other options such as gold, stocks, bonds, and savings. Why? Real estate helps build equity, a form of investing for you and your family. According to CoreLogic’s Equity Report,

“U.S. homeowners with mortgages (roughly 64% of all properties) have seen their equity increase by a total of nearly $457 billion since the third quarter 2018, an increase of 5.1%, year over year.”

This means the average homeowner gained approximately $5,300 in equity over the past year. If you want to start building your equity, put your housing costs to work for you through homeownership this year.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Low

The Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac indicates that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have fallen since November 2018 when they hit 4.94%. In their latest forecast, Freddie Mac expects rates to remain low, leveling out to a yearly average of 3.8% in 2020.

When you purchase a home at a low mortgage rate, it will impact your monthly mortgage payment, giving you the opportunity to buy more house for your money.

3. Investing in Your Family is a Win

There are some renters who haven’t purchased a home yet because they’re uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you’re living rent-free with your parents, you’re paying a mortgage – either yours or that of your landlord.

Today, rental prices continue to increase, and when you’re paying your landlord’s mortgage instead of your own, you’re not the one earning the equity. As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ you can use later in life to reinvest in your family. You can use it for a variety of opportunities, such as saving for your children’s education, moving up to a bigger home, or starting your own business. As a renter, it can be more challenging to achieve those types of dreams without home equity working for you.

Bottom Line
Buying a home sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings and long-term financial growth for you and your family. Let’s get together to determine if homeownership is the right choice for you this year.

Lynne MacFarlane, MCDM, Realtor

lmacfarlane@intero.com

831.346.2743 call/text

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