Year of the Earth Dog will bring chaos and market volatility

The year 2018 will be filled with highs and lows, but have no fear, as the economy should improve by Labor Day, according to astrologer and feng shui master Y.C. Sun.

To mark Chinese New Year and the Year of the Earth Dog, Sun recently shared his forecast with members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

State tax-filing season opens

California’s Franchise Tax Board is now accepting 2017 state tax returns for a filing season that extends through April 17, two days beyond the traditional deadline because of a federal holiday.

Tax board officials advise taxpayers to use the agency’s online services and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their refunds.

Realtors Charitable Foundation offers scholarships for high school seniors

The 19th annual Silicon Valley Realtors Scholars Program for graduating seniors from 18 public high schools in Silicon Valley is underway.

The program is sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, a professional trade organization representing more than 5,000 realtors and affiliate members engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

Mountain View Chamber of Commerce to hold honors dinner

The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 23rd annual Celebration of Leaders Awards Dinner 5:30 p.m. March 2 at the Computer History Museum.

The awards honor Mountain View businesses and leaders who have made “exceptional contributions” to the community, according to organizers.

Assessor reminds homebuyers about supplemental property tax

At a recent Silicon Valley Association of Realtors meeting, Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone enlisted the help of realtors to remind new homebuyers about the supplemental property tax.

Stone said that while he is aware realtors mention the tax when explaining the real estate transaction process, he indicated that often new homebuyers are so excited about purchasing a home, they don’t remember that they will be receiving the supplemental property tax bill months after they move in.

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Realtor hosts workshop on tax reform

Realtor Matt McCormick has scheduled the real estate workshop “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How Will It Affect You?” 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

McCormick will discuss new federal tax-cut proposals for homeowners and answer questions.

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