Silicon Valley outlook is bright, claims housing market expert


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Real estate analyst Carole Rodoni, right, pictured with Kathryn Tomaino, SILVAR’s Los Altos/Mountain View district chairwoman, paints a rosy picture for investing in real esate.

The housing outlook continues to look bright for Silicon Valley in 2017, even if the region is challenged by a tight housing supply and low affordability, according to Bay Area real estate analyst Carole Rodoni.

At a district realtor meeting in Los Altos last month, Rodoni told members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors that she expects the economy to continue to grow this year.

Communication is key when opening a new LA business

For people looking to open a business in Los Altos, how quickly they can get up and running often depends on how long it takes to get the city’s permission to do so.

Permits depend not only on the type of business, but also on what the owners want to do with the space they will occupy.

Women entrepreneurs share journeys to success


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Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos hosts get-togethers to socialize and discuss business.

Los Altos businesswomen are celebrating Women’s History Month in March by making it.

Women Entrepreneurs of Los Altos, a year-old social group founded by Upuia Ahkiong of Kua Body Studios on First Street, is scheduled to host an RSVP-only event at which women will tell the story of their businesses and share their journeys to success.

Politicians: Improve, don't eliminate

Suppose you have a hot water heater in your home that works only intermittently. You go to your local Home Depot only to find that it won’t have a replacement model available for six months. Would you wait until the replacement is available before removing the old unit, or would you immediately yank the defective water heater out of your garage and live without hot water for half a year?

OK, maybe this isn’t totally realistic. I suppose even if you live in the middle of Alaska, you can get hot-water heaters in less time than that. And yet our federal government seems bent on the latter path: taking away stuff that works, albeit perhaps not perfectly, and without providing a replacement.

Realtors warn of new industry scam


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Scammers are targeting homeowners with homes for sale.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors recently learned of a new scam involving the real estate industry.

The scam involves phone calls purportedly from a company identifying itself as “The Association of Realtors” that seeks permission to visit the person’s home. SILVAR officials want to inform the public that they would never make such calls, nor insist on visiting a person’s home.

Revelation in Fit celebrates measure of a woman


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Charlotte Nix, manager of Revelation in Fit, introduces the bra library.

At Revelation in Fit, the new lingerie store that opened last week at 386 State St. in Los Altos, the bras in the showroom – seasonal and, in some cases, rather fashion forward – are only the tip of the bosom iceberg.

The Los Altos location includes an appropriately drape-y lounge area studded with fitting rooms, but don’t stop there. The real surprise remains cloaked behind a curtain even farther back in the shop – a voluminous and workmanlike “library” of approximately 2,500 bras that stretches the length of the store. Revelation welcomes walk-ins to browse in front or try an entire fitting, but also book appointments in advance to guarantee a leisurely consultation. Pieces range from $40 to $190.


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