Keller Williams plans to open Los Altos realty office in new year

Keller Williams Bay Area Estates will expand to Los Altos in early 2018, adding to the realty company’s offices in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Carmel, Burlingame and San Francisco.

According to Mark von Kaenel, operating partner at Keller Williams, extending the company’s services into Los Altos makes good business sense.

MV Chamber of Commerce foundation launches #GivingTuesday initiative

The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation has joined the #GivingTuesday movement, a global day of giving aimed at harnessing the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity.

#GivingTuesday, scheduled Nov. 28 this year, is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to inspire people to collaborate in improving their communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Better Business Bureau: beware of scammers on Facebook Marketplace and meet in person

Facebook Marketplace may be a great place to find deals on items for sale in your neighborhood, but like any online classified site, watch for warning signs before handing over money. The Better Business Bureau reports Facebook Marketplace scams on its BBB Scam Tracker, especially for big-ticket items such as used cars and RVs.

How the scam works

You are shopping on Facebook Marketplace and spot a listing that looks like a good deal, so you contact the seller. The seller replies, claiming that he or she is out of the country, in the military or otherwise unavailable. Instead, the person tells you they are using “eBay,” “Amazon” or another reputable third-party company to sell and ship the item.

County sells first wave of affordable-housing bonds

Santa Clara County last week sold the first $250 million of general obligation bonds to build affordable housing for vulnerable populations, including the homeless, disabled and foster youth, and offer loan assistance to first-time homebuyers.

Voters approved the $950 million Measure A bond in November 2016 to combat the region’s problems with homelessness and lack of affordable housing.

SILVAR earns fifth award for global, multicultural work

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors recently earned the National Association of Realtors Platinum Award for Global Achievement.

The platinum award is the highest distinction presented by NAR to an association for demonstrating through its global business council exceptional commitment to building member awareness of global and multicultural business opportunities in its local market.

Mountain View mom takes design skill from kitchen table to factory floor with baby bowl

Photos courtesy of Brooke Boak
The Nummy Bowl is the work of Mountain View mom and product developer Brooke Boak. Boak’s daughters were heavily involved in the testing phase.

After having two daughters, Mountain View resident Brooke Boak had an experience familiar to all parents – scoop oatmeal into a glass bowl, microwave, transfer it to a less fragile vessel for the sloppy circus of baby self-feeding, then face a sink full of dishes. But she also brought a product design focus to her experience in the family kitchen.

“I’ve been in China and seen how the plastics are made. Even if they say they are BPA-free, I wouldn’t trust it,” she noted. “Everything in our house is glass, steel or silicone.”

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