Business & Real Estate

Balance competing goals and keep your savings from shriveling up

From the 1980s through the dot-com bust, you could have allocated a portion of your investment portfolio to money-market funds knowing that it would grow nearly risk-free at a rate at least 1 percent above the rate of inflation.


How to be the go-to source for your business

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Social media guru Tim Hmelar speaks to local realtors at their monthly meeting in Los Altos.

For any business, two online marketing goals are to get found when people search for you and to get found when people search for your profession in a given area, according to “social media evangelist” Tim Hmelar, who spoke to members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors in Los Altos last month.

Some people believe that if they have a website, they will be found and clients will come.


Mompreneurs: Passion begets business

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Los Altos resident Michelle Higgins took her interest in gardening and made it her industry with Contained Designs.

With the start of the school year, moms may suddenly discover that their days are largely child-free for the first time in years. Many wonder: What’s next? The answer, a local trend would suggest, is to transform a passion into a business.


Prepare for 3Q earning season

The Dow Jones industrial average was up more than 110 points Friday, but the market became mixed as investors processed U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s recent remarks about a possible interest-rate hike by year’s end.



Los Altos

435 Arboleda Drive, Garrison Trust to W. Kim for $2,400,000

1345 Fairway Drive, C. Kumar to A. Smittcamp for $4,250,000


California pending home sales slow in August

The California Association of Realtors reports California pending home sales declined in August but remained strong, marking 10 straight months of year-over-year gains.

CAR’s August Market Pulse Survey indicated realtors saw a drop in sales with multiple offers compared to July.


Library hosts financial workshops

The Los Altos Library and the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley have scheduled a series of free financial workshops. All workshops are slated 2 p.m. in the Program Room of the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

• Oct. 26: “Choosing the Right Long-Term Care Option.” Professionals will discuss the differences between nursing homes and assisted living and advise how to prepare for the cost and care burden.


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