by / Thursday, 09 February 2017 / Published in News Letters

We recently made a major decision to move from our own independently owned brokerage, Perfect Harmony Properties, to the Willow Glen office of Coldwell Banker.The industry has changed so much since we first launched PHP and opened our office on Lincoln Avenue in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose! We loved our office, and its huge storefront window looking out on the bustling “The Avenue” of our little local downtown. That office was very good to us, but eventually we moved on and out, working from home and sharing conference space for meetings with clients. We were in charge of our own destiny, our own marketing/branding/advertising, and our own way of doing things. A true entrepreneurial lifestyle in a Valley known for doing just that! And for a long time, our business as an independent thrived.

However, there are major pressures and influences coming to bear now on the real estate industry, not the least of which are many startups in our area that are making some important inroads into the purchasing/selling process and even the buyer/seller/Realtor relationship. At the same time, the public’s perception of who they can trust has altered dramatically in this era of cyber warfare. We find now that it is very important to have a recognized, trusted, and experienced brand behind us to match our own reputation and experience, and to have the power of ever-evolving real estate technology at our fingertips that a company like Coldwell Banker offers.  BUT….we’re still the Nick & Barbara Team, and you’ll see our personal logo below along with Coldwell Banker’s.

Finally, we have come to appreciate and desire the community of excellence-craving, dedicated, hard-working, and successful professionals sitting in the next offices down the hall – they challenge us, spur us on, cheer our wins, and offer helpful advice when asked…..and commiserate when things are difficult. We’re so happy we made the move…..and we will bring that happiness and passion for our work with us as we continue to assist you with real estate. Change is good, and life is good!

Here are the stats for Greater San Jose as we begin February 2017: 

Single Family and Condo/Townhome/Multifamily for sale:  675, 16 more than same time in 2016
Total homes Pending:  833, which is 36 less than same time in 2016
Average list price in January 2017:  $954,249, a 9% increase over 2016
Average sold price in January 2017:  $968,930, an 8% increase over 2016

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Ever had a fence issue?  Here’s some good advice: 
Thinking about a kitchen remodel?  Want to be healthier?

If your email or your Facebook accounts have been hacked, you know the hassle that follows.  But that could only be the tip of the iceberg.  Your identity, your family, and your life could be turned upside down and even ruined, unless you take steps early on to prevent disaster.  Here are some easy fixes:
  • Do NOT trust any email from a source you don’t recognize that is requesting money, contact information, or a change in wire transfer arrangements
  • Do NOT click on any links or boxes you don’t recognize or trust
  • Do NOT give your user names or passwords out, even to people or companies you may recognize
  • DO use 2-factor authentication
  • Use long, strong, secret passwords
  • Do NOT use the same password for anything else – and at the very least, use different passwords for your email and your online financial dealings 
  • DO keep your systems updated all the time

“A remarkable, unique and beautiful work…”
– Dallas Magazine
The Choral Project is pleased to announce its first concert of the New Year, Street Requiem, featuring internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade – described by the New York Times as “one of America’s finest artists and singers,” – February 15 and 18, San José and Santa Cruz. This multi-movement work also features local Bay Area jazz vocalist Juanita Harris.
Composed in 2014 by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon WelchStreet Requiem helps to bring a sense of peace, remembrance, and hope to communities struggling with homelessness, poverty, war, hate crime, and street violence.
The work is neither secular nor religious, but is intended to be spiritual and includes English and African lyrics, as well as traditional Latin text. While at times deeply moving, the work is optimistic and uplifting, and employs Gospel, Celtic, neo-Romantic, neo-Baroque, and contemporary compositional styles and instrumentation to reflect the multicultural and multi-faith traditions of modern city living.
Ms. von Stade added “Any chance to be a part of this wonderful work and honor all those individuals in our cities who know the sorrow of homelessness is a great privilege. To have music as our connection is pure joy and I am deeply grateful for the experience.”
10% of ticket sales will be donated to nonprofit organizations working with the homeless in San Jose and Santa Cruz. Please join us to support those living on our city streets. Street Requiem gives these souls a voice.

This is a very important issue in San Jose – and this will be an incredible concert.  You may purchase tickets to the performance on Feb. 15 at St. Joseph’s Basilica downtown, by visiting .

We have over 16 years of experience in real estate in Silicon Valley, coupled with Nick’s legal background and Barbara’s expertise in marketing. We depend on the goodwill of our clients, and we are never too busy for your referrals.  Please tell your friends about our thoughtful, value-added, and personal attention approach to real estate representation.

We’ll be back next month or so, with another Real Estate Update.  In the meantime, pull out your sweaters and stay warm and dry this Winter!
Barbara and Nick Lymberis
Cell:  408-893-6306
Coldwell Banker – Willow Glen
2012 President, Santa Clara County Assoc. of REALTORS
2015 REALTOR of the Year, Santa Clara County Assoc. of Realtors
State Board of Directors, California Association of REALTORS
CalBRE 01342934 and 01322651

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