Business & Real Estate

S&P 500 takes rare dip last week

U.S. stocks dropped for the fifth straight day Thursday, with declines attributed to a different reason each day. Wall Street braced for further losses Friday.



Los Altos/Los Altos Hills

1621 Kingston Court, Li Trust to Y. Kim for $2,250,000

624 Loyola Drive, K. Washington to P. He for $2,398,500


Downtown hotel to host open house

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The French-inspired Enchanté Boutique Hotel at 1 Main St. is slated to host an open house Saturday.

Developer Abby Ahrens’ quest to bring a hotel to downtown Los Altos will soon become reality.

Ahrens has scheduled an open house 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday at her recently completed Enchanté Boutique Hotel at 1 Main St.


Look for stocks to go on the rise again

Predicting the timing for the end of a bull market is an impossible task, and anyone with credibility avoids it. However, the stock market is currently highly volatile because of interest rates, world oil pricing, jobs growth and a surprising economy.

When the market dropped more than 1,000 points after Santa returned home, numerous forecasters predicted that by the end of 2015, there would be plus signs in front of many asset classes, including the stock market.



Los Altos

471 Border Hill Road, Rado Trust to K. McHugh for $3,625,000

1140 Border Road, Liao-Lai Trust to K. Dayal for $2,550,000


Realtors discuss mobile technology advances

Image courtesy of MLS Source
Mobile apps like MLS Source, above, give homebuyers another option in real estate searches.

Mobile technology advances have the potential to radically change the ways consumers search for real estate online, according to a session at the 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo.

The recent event in New Orleans drew realtors from across the country, including members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors’ (SILVAR) leadership group such as president David Tonna, SILVAR President-elect Chris Isaacson, SILVAR National Association of Realtors Director John Tripp and Executive Officer Paul Cardus.


Taking a quick peek ahead to 2015

Looking at recent all-time highs, it becomes more difficult to find stocks to purchase at reasonable prices, because most of those gains occurred during 2014.

With high volatility and fewer firms to consider, the year 2015 could become critical for the investor. Forecasts call for a gain of 10 percent in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.


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