Scammers target seniors

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging recently released its 2018 report on the top 10 scams targeted to seniors as reported to its toll-free fraud hotline. While I feel disheartened by the sheer volume of fraud taking place, I share the government’s belief that raising public awareness together with rigorous prosecution of offenders will make a difference.

Following are some of the most common ones and what to do to avoid being scammed.

Transactions for the week of April 10

Los Altos

28 Deep Well Lane, Chambers Family Trust to M. & R. Aubert for $2,250,000

100 First Street No. 109, Hyman Family Trust to Sander-Digiovanni Family Trust for $1,475,000

County offers new mobile app for paying property taxes

Business and personal property taxpayers in Santa Clara County now have access to SCC DTAC, a mobile app launched by the county’s Department of Tax and Collections to enable more than 500,000 property owners to pay the second installment of their annual property taxes, due today.

“There is no longer a need to spend time in traffic, finding parking or standing in line at the Department of Tax and Collections to pay property taxes in Santa Clara County,” said Margaret Olaiya, director of the Department of Tax and Collections.

BBB warns of email phishing scam

The Better Business Bureau staff almost fell for this clever email con. Watch out for this latest twist in a long line of phishing emails that look like messages from workplace software.

How the scam works

You receive an email at your work address. It looks official, like a message from your office’s project management software. It alerts you that you’ve been added to a new project team, and your “director” is urging you to “follow up on this team urgently.”

Transactions for the week of April 3

Los Altos

1052 Echo Drive, Moore Family Trust to J. & A. Morris for $3,900,000

100 First Street No. 108, S. Leland to Von Kaenel Trust for $1,420,000

The differences between a buyer's and a seller's market

You may have heard people reference a “buyer’s market” or a “seller’s market.” Is this a real thing? In a word, yes.

Seller’s market

In a seller’s market, increasing demand for homes drives up prices. Here are some of the drivers of demand:


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