Brendan Aiello

Lake Tahoe: The Bay Area’s #1 Vacation Destination!

Hello Everyone,

My name is Brendan Aiello and I will be your tour guide. This post will serve as the first of many posts about Lake Tahoe; arguably the #1 weekend vacation getaway to most Bay Area residents.

Why have I been chosen by the team to serve as a “tour guide” to the Lake Tahoe area? Simply because I was born and raised in the Bay Area and have been visiting the Lake Tahoe area since I was a baby.

My mom spent a lot of time here when she was youngster too. In the late 1950’s my grandfather decided that he wanted to spend more time in the place where he and my grandmother spent their honeymoon. So in 1962, he completed construction of the “Shamrock Inn” in South Lake Tahoe, CA. This was prior to the casino “strips” construction. The hotel/apartment complex was eventually purchased by Harrah’s to house the many construction workers that would be building the high-rises that are seen on the strip today. Although no longer in the hotel industry our family still rents out some luxury single family PLUSS at vi gir deg 50 kr gratis NAIC number: 69094State Farm Annuity online casino and Life Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of State Farm Life Company, is organized under the laws of the State of Illinois and licensed in all states except Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin. a spille for pa Odds eller automaten Jackpot 6000!Garanterte utbetalinger og trygg spilling med en hoy standard!Folg oss paAffiliate? Finn ut mer her!Det er kjapt og enkelt a registrere en bruker hos ComeOn! for a ha muligheten til a spille i casino, odds og online casino poker med en gang. properties in South Lake Tahoe as Vacation Rentals (Link to

In 1987, My grandfather completed construction of a single family house in South Lake Tahoe, CA designed to house the family whenever they decided to come up to Tahoe and I have been taking advantage of it ever since.

Whether it is skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, lounging on the beach, jet skiing, boating, golfing, gambling, dining or another Lake Tahoe attraction I have become very accustomed to the Lake Tahoe Vacation lifestyle.

Now that you know my Lake Tahoe history, stay tuned for reviews on many aspects of the Lake Tahoe. As I have a lot of information on this area, if you are curious on solely Lake Tahoe information. Click the drop-down “Lake Tahoe Tab” under the “Weekend Getaway” tab in header navigation.

If you are looking to purchase or sell a vacation home in the Lake Tahoe area or are interested in owning vacation rental income property always feel free to contact me.

David Tapper

“What is the address of Carolands Mansion?”

Hello Readers,

By using a program called “Google Analytics“, I can see how people come to our page. We have had a lot of inbound traffic because of the map of the Carolands neighborhood map we posted a while back. I can also see that some people came looking for the address of the Carolands Mansion address but did not find the information they were looking for. So here it is, The address of the Carolands Mansion in Hillsborough, California.

565 Remillard Drive – Hillsborough, CA 94010

If you click the link above it will take you to a satalite view of the mansion. Also be aware that the lot of the manison streches from street-to-street. Therefore, the back of the mansion can also be viewed from Craig Road in Hillsborough, CA.

Brendan Aiello

Top 5 Reasons To Live on The Peninsula!

There are some reasons why it is so expensive to buy real estate on the San Francisco Peninsula. Here are five:

#1 Conveniently Located to two Large Cities/Areas:
The Mid-Peninsula is just 20 minutes south of San Francisco and about 30 minutes north of San Jose/Silicon Valley. Being located in close range to two large cities allows our suburbs to be a stone’s throw from local grocery stores, downtown shopping areas, movie theaters, parks, and restaurants.

#2 The Weather:
Our weather is AMAZING! Rarely is it extremely cold or extremely hot. It rains enough to keep our reservoir stocked and our faucets working.

#3 We’re Hiring:
Always. The Bay Area is home to jobs even during the bad economy. Such renowned companies include; Genentech, Oracle, Google, Twitter, Hewlett Packard, Gap Inc., Adobe, Cisco Systems, and MANY MORE!

#4 Close to “Weekend Getaways”:
No matter where you live, every once and a while everyone needs to escape. We are close to Lake Tahoe and Reno where you can Ski/Snowboard, Go Gambling, Hiking, etc.
We are close to Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles; home to world class wine producers. Sonoma County is also home to Sears Point/Infineon Raceway where you can watch many national race events. Or you can shoot over to Monterey home of Laguna Seca Raceway another world class race track. Monterey boasts one of the best aquariums on the west coast: Monterey Bay Aquarium is a great place to see marine biology at its finest.

Like the water? Love to surf? We have that too! Half Moon Bay is home to Mavericks – one of the world’s most extreme surf spots. We have milder waves for beginners to learn how to surf on too. But, don’t forget to wear a wetsuit, our Pacific Ocean waters are a bit chilly.

#5 The People!
Something about the people in northern California gives for great friendships. A little bit of respect and kindness goes a long way. In San Mateo/Burlingame people say, “Hello” as they pass each other walking in the morning. “Thank You” when you open a door for them, and “Happy Holidays” during the season. Needless to say, I never feel uncomfortable asking my neighbors for sugar or milk.

These are just my five reasons, Why do you like living on the Peninsula?

Brendan Aiello

Bay Area Fall Events in October!

Howdy Readers,

Check out 5 of my favorite fall events! All in the month of October!

October 11th, 2009 – The 13th Annual Roosevelt Elementary School (Burlingame, CA) Chili Cook-Off and BBQ

October 12th, 2009 – The 36th Annual Safeway Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay

October 16th & 17th – Saint Paul’s Nursery School Annual Halloween Fun Faire Friday from Noon-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm!

October 17th-18th, 2009 – The 39th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

October 23rd, 2009 – California Certified Organic Farmers’ Fourth Annual Organic Beer & Wine Tasting Event @ The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Building

Please attend and enjoy these events. Feel free to provide feedback via comments!

Brendan Aiello

Real Estate Market Statistics & Summary

Good Morning Readers!

The number of Active listings is higher than the previous three years at this time.  However, the trend line seems to be flattening out and the number of actives is somewhat lower than last week. I have not verified this, but “my gut” tells me this is typical for this time of the season.  Typically the listing inventory slows down in November and December.  It will be interesting to see if the “shadow inventory” (next round of foreclosures) will impact these communities and the number of active listings during those months.  For the most part, these communities have been relatively insulated from foreclosures, but not short-sales.
The encouraging news continues to be the trend line for the Pending sales, as that number is up significantly.  While I believe the majority of this increase is due to improved market conditions (tax credit, lower prices, and favorable interest rates), some home sales are remaining in the Pending status for longer periods of time for a variety of reasons and mostly are lender-related.  Short Sales sometimes take months to get approved, but must be reported as a Pending Sale once the Seller executes the contract.  Because of all the new regulations imposed upon lenders, longer loan contingency periods are necessary to accommodate the process and thereby incease the time periods to close escrow.  Buyers, in their frantic attempts to get the best deal, not only on the price of the home, but also on their interest rates keep shopping around during the contingency period and switch lenders at the last minute, requiring an extension of the loan contingency.  This one is a problem because many sellers are reluctant to provide the extension.  The asset managers handling the REO properties typically put a “per diem” charge in the contract for any delays caused by the Buyer.  All that being said, we are seeing some improvements in time requirements  on the lenders side, both short sales and buyer loan approvals.
The number of Closed Sales are now moving  up above the previous three years.  I think that is partly attributable to the improvement in the lending segment mentioned above.
One thing that surprises me is the amount of cash available in these communities.  Many of the REO and Short Sales, primarily in the entry levels of these markets are all cash transactions or very, very low Loan-To-Value Ratio’s.
Prices:  While the median price is really no indication of where the values are, they are all over the map in each community.  It would be safe to say that no community was immune from a decline in their value.  The difference in the decline of values depends on the community and the price ranges for those communities.
Enjoy the Statistics & Have a great week!


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