Author: Neil Collins (Neil Collins)

Collins: Building equity with modern-day mobile homes

Several months ago, I heard a presentation about mobile homes from Franco Perez, a Santa Clara County Association of Realtors member. His presentation really opened my eyes and changed my perception of the amenities a mobile home could provide. I have had family members reside in mobile homes, mostly around the Brentwood area, that were basic in...

Collins: Building ADUs in Santa Clara County

Since 2016, several significant pieces of legislation have passed in California, removing regulatory barriers that created obstacles to building accessory dwelling units, commonly known as ADUs. As a result, permits for ADUs have increased more than tenfold from 1,269 in 2016 to 14,702 in 2019. With the popularity of ADUs on the rise, I want...

Collins: Will this market offer homebuyers an opportunity?

Based on past market cycles, one would predict the recent wave of volatility in the stock market would cause hesitation among would-be homebuyers that are considering cashing out their stock options in order to purchase a house. Another prediction would be that the Federal Reserve would consider withdrawing scheduled interest rate hikes to keep the economy...

Collins: Why aren’t more homeowners selling?

Santa Clara County saw one of the hottest housing markets in a decade last year, but 2022 has started out with some of the lowest available inventory ever. This month, we will be taking a dive into the reasons that homeowners are not selling and why turning over housing stock is critical to maintaining vibrant neighborhoods....

Collins: Will the housing market slow down in 2022?

Overall, 2021 was one of the hottest years for the housing market in a decade. Low-interest rates were the key driver of the market and consumers redefined what “home” meant to them. The pandemic continues to have a lasting impact on the real estate market. We see consumers’ desire for more space and larger homes....

Collins: What will the next San Jose mayor do to remedy homelessness and the housing crisis?

When I speak with my neighbors, there is a consistent list of issues they want to see addressed throughout San Jose. Those include public safety, clean neighborhoods, traffic congestion, affordable housing and assisting the homeless off the streets. Since this is a column about real estate, I will focus on housing and homelessness. I reached out...

Collins: In our housing market, is it a better time to buy or sell?

The number one question asked of realtors is, “How is the market?” While I am not a realtor myself, I have access to many knowledgeable Santa Clara County Association of Realtors members to confer with. “Our housing market is showing signs of stabilizing,” says Dave Walsh, the 2021 president of the California Association of Realtors. “In...

Collins: What does SB 9 and SB 10 really mean for our neighborhoods?

When Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 9 and SB 10 into law, the headlines read, “It’s the end to single-family zoning.” However, contrary to popular belief, SB 9 does not prohibit the building of single-family homes, but rather offers a choice to existing homeowners of how they can develop their property. Prior to the passage...

Collins: How do school ratings impact real estate?

Homebuyers conduct a considerable amount of research before they ever contact a real estate agent. One of the criteria high on a buyers’ list is the quality of neighborhood schools and how those schools rank against other districts. Just last week, Lupe Silva of Silva Real Estate Group had a buyer who was initially searching...

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