Real Estate transactions for the week of May 22 2019

Los Altos

1655 Alexander Court, Nardini Trust to Y. & A. Cao for $3,250,000

1469 Brookmill Road, Neth Trust to R. & G. Subramanian for $2,700,000

Settling real estate disputes

Most real estate contracts contain optional agreements to participate in nonbinding mediation or binding arbitration should a dispute arise.

Getting everyone on the same page: Linden Tree Books' search for a new chapter

Linden Tree Books is in danger of closing unless an acceptable buyer can be identified. Co-owners Dianne Edmonds and Jill Curcio organized two information and Q&A sessions, including one today, to discuss options that could prevent a permanent shutdown.

Linden Tree Books co-owners Dianne Edmonds and Jill Curcio have been working to sell their shop for approximately a year, with a focus on finding a buyer committed to preserving the atmosphere that has attracted area residents of all ages for more than 40 years. Now, they’re inviting the store lovers themselves to be part of the conversation.

Edmonds and Curcio placed an advertisement in the May 8 Town Crier with an intriguing banner: “What is the next chapter for Linden Tree Books and what does it look like?” These are questions the business partners have been asking themselves since early 2018.

Diversify your bonds more than your stocks

Most 529 college savings plans and 401(k) company retirement plans offer a pretty broad range of U.S. stock mutual funds. There are large-cap funds, small-cap funds, value and growth funds, and even sometimes actively managed versus passively managed funds.

When it comes to bond funds, however, many such plans limit you to just one fund that tracks a single bond index – typically, the Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index, also known as the Agg. This is backward. They should be providing more choices for bond funds than for stock funds.

How to make yourself safer online

We have allowed for-profit technology corporations access to all our personal data in exchange for some “free services” – data these firms sell to advertisers for massive profits. With our lives online whether we like it or not, taking steps to ensure security grows more important.

The usual response is: “But I have nothing to hide.” Sure. So why don’t we just leave our cars and homes unlocked, maybe even remove the doors and windows to our homes? I don’t think so.


Los Altos

680 Berry Avenue, T. & D. Musick to Littlewood Trust for $2,650,000

11 Farm Road, C. Santa to Rose Marc LLC for $1,418,000


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