Business & Real Estate


Los Altos

101 Second Street No. 5, Tanczos-Szabo Trust to Chen Trust for $705,000

4388 El Camino Real No. 178, L. Sheflin to MacDonald Trust for $1,175,000


How to diversify your company pension plan

If your company pension plan supports a lump-sum distribution when you retire, you will have to decide whether to roll over the pension into an IRA or take it as an annuity (i.e., guaranteed income for life).


Ignoring the stock-market antics

As an investor in the stock market, the biggest surprise to grapple with during the holiday season is a hidden pattern that could put us in for an early correction in 2015.

On the positive side, we can look to continue the rally off the October lows and into the first quarter of 2015 before a correction presents itself. However, long-term investors looking for stocks to buy know that the key to successful investing lies in ignoring day-to-day market moves and focusing on longer periods. As we look forward, it’s the ideal time to explore the best stocks to buy for the long haul.


Housing market success hinges on inventory

The California Association of Realtors recently reported that the U.S. economy is doing well after recovering the 8.8 million jobs the country lost during the downturn.


Business Brief

courtesy of Cobalt Power Systems Inc.
The Cathedral of Faith campus in San Jose, above, recently selected Cobalt Power Systems Inc. to design and install its new solar photovoltaic system.

Local firm to install cathedral’s solar system

The Mountain View-based Cobalt Power Systems Inc. recently reported that it has been selected to design and install a 658-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at the Cathedral of Faith in San Jose.

“We are very pleased to be selected for this significant installation on the Cathedral of Faith campus,” said Daniel Hill, Cobalt’s director of sales and marketing. “We expect the project to be complete and producing power for the campus by March.”



Los Altos

1694 Ben Roe Drive, Joslin Trust to Harrison Trust for $1,850,000

939 Clinton Road, S. & L. Poonen to S. & A. Krishnamachari for $2,850,000


Report: Los Altos homes priciest in U.S.

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The average cost of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Los Altos is 30 times more than the price of a similar home in Cleveland, according to a Coldwell Banker report.

The average cost of one Silicon Valley home can purchase as many as 30 homes in the Midwest, according to the recent Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report.

The report ranked Los Altos as the most expensive market in the U.S. for the second time in three years. Overall, eight Bay Area cities ranked in the top 10 in the national survey.


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