Thu01292015

Business & Real Estate

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.

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Transactions

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

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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.

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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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Transactions

Los Altos/Los Altos Hills

635 Greenview Place, Klein Trust to Akhavan Trust for $2,300,000

591 Hollingsworth Drive, Keeth Trust to McLaren Trust for $4,300,000

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Local realtors celebrate 2014 achievements


Photo courtesy of Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
Judy Hannemann, board chairwoman of JustREAD, accepts a check from Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation Trustee Susan Sweeley and SILVAR Los Altos/Mountain View District co-chairman Joe Brown.

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors’ Los Altos/Mountain View District celebrated the holidays recently with a breakfast at Los Altos Golf and Country Club.

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Is there protection against rising rates?

On top of concerns that the stock market may be highly overvalued right now, investors also have to worry about their bond portfolios.

With interest rates continuing to hover near historic lows, bond investors worry that as rates rise, the value of their bonds will drop. We painfully experienced this effect in May 2013 when interest rates spiked by 0.75 percent in one week after Federal Reserve officials announced that they were thinking of tapering off the Fed’s quantitative easing program. Ten-year bonds dropped more than 7 percent that month, one of the largest monthly drops in a generation.

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