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Business & Real Estate

Transactions

Los Altos

100 First Street No. 110, Los Altos8 Limited to Sarpa Trust for $1,605,500

926 Aura Way, Rassai Trust to Phukan Trust for $3,200,000

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Los Altos

100 First Street No. 102, Los Altos8 Limited to R. Hwang for $1,495,000

100 First Street No. 112, Los Altos8 Limited to Feigenbaum Trust for $1,495,500

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Are you guilty of extrapolation bias?

In the jargon of behavioral finance, “extrapolation bias” refers to the tendency to overweight recent events when making decisions about the future. Also known as “recency bias,” this is a very real challenge we must learn to overcome if we are to invest rationally.

Have you ever flipped a coin a number of times in a row and gotten all heads? If so, what did you expect to get on the next flip? If you’re like most people, the answer is “tails.” But even if you flipped 20 heads in a row, the statistical likelihood of getting tails on the next flip is still 50 percent. Many people struggle to intuitively grasp that fact.

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Transactions

Los Altos

100 First Street No. 217, Los Altos8 Limited to Hartenbaum Trust for $1,625,500

692 Benvenue Avenue, J. & V. Green to Duterme Trust for $2,860,000

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Realtor survey finds investors shifting focus toward multifamily properties

With the depletion of available distressed homes on the market over the past two years, more investors are shifting their focus to multifamily properties and away from single-family homes, according to a survey conducted by the California Association of Realtors.

The association’s 2015 Investor Survey, which asks members about their interactions with investors, revealed that 21 percent of investors purchased multifamily properties in the past year, up from 19 percent in 2014 and 14 percent in 2013.

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SILVAR ventures to Washington, D.C.


AR Realtors meet with U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, center. Los Altos resident Carole Feldstein, second from right, serves as SILVAR’s federal political coordinator for the congresswoman.

Silicon Valley Association of Realtors representatives traveled to Washington, D.C., last month for the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

SILVAR members met with U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier, as well as staff of U.S. Rep. Mike Honda during the May 11-16 conference. They urged the elected officials to preserve current real estate-related tax policies and extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which expired at the end of 2014 and prevents distressed homeowners from facing excessive income-tax bills on forgiven home-loan debt.

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Are stop-losses good for reducing risk?

Equity investments are among the most volatile of the many types of publicly traded investments available to the public.

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