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APR's North Bay Fire Relief Fund Nears $50K Goal

October 25, 2017

Brokerage pledges dollar-for-dollar match of first $50,000 raised


Launched on Oct. 13, Alain Pinel Realtors’ (APR) fundraiser to help those affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay is now only $10,000 away from its $50,000 goal. With Alain Pinel Realtors’ matching pledge, the fundraiser is expected to contribute $100,000 in total.
The funds raised will be given to the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, with 100 percent of donations going to relief efforts for victims and first responders. Thank you to everyone who has donated and spread the message about this worthy cause.
For more information or to make a donation to APR’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund, please visit our GoFundMe page.
 

Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 343 Durant Way in Mill Valley

July 28, 2017

Light-filled comfort with enviable views


Where: 343 Durant Way, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (listing | tour)
So close, yet so far away… This peaceful and inviting contemporary home has verdant views to soothe even the most frenetic soul. Vaulted ceilings frame the living/dining room and its copper fireplace. Enjoy the outdoors on the private patio or enclosed sunroom, which overlooks the vast Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The master bedroom suite is conveniently located on the main level. All these comfortable details and sweeping views are located close to Mill Valley’s finest restaurants and top-rated schools. Plus, it makes for an easy commute to San Francisco.
Details:

  • Three bedrooms
  • Three baths
  • 1900+ square feet
  • Built 1973
  • Listing# 21713780

Take in the beautiful views for yourself at an open house Sunday, July 30 from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Listed at $1,095,000 by Jonathan Marks of the Alain Pinel Realtors Corte Madera – Central Marin office.
View more homes for sale in Mill Valley | Learn more about Marin County


 

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 9 Summit Road in Woodside

December 2, 2016

9 Summit Road, WoodsideWhere: 9 Summit Road, Woodside (listing | tour)
Newly listed, this contemporary home is a unique must-see. The beauty of the design and the quality of the construction is sure to impress. The open floor plan, soaring ceilings and beautiful finishes make this special property the perfect quiet getaway and the ideal place to entertain friends and family.
The 2,650 square foot home has two bedrooms, one elegant and airy master bedroom and an spacious second bedroom, plus two well-appointed baths. A massive, gourmet kitchen makes prepping family meals a joy and entertaining easy. Tackle projects in the sun-lit study with built-in cabinets or the large workshop above garage, then relax in front of the family room’s fireplace. Enjoy panoramic views of the redwoods and Silicon Valley from one of the home’s tree-shaded decks—and don’t miss the view from the meadow.
Listed at $4,195,000 by Loren Dakin of Alain Pinel Realtors – Menlo Park Downtown.
View more homes for sale in Redwood City & Woodside | Visit our San Mateo community page

Notable Listings / Sales

401 Palomar Drive in Redwood City

October 21, 2016

Elegant Palomar Park manor offers a charming escape

EntranceWhere: 401 Palomar Drive, Redwood City (listing | tour)
Just listed! This impeccable five-bedroom, three-bath Palomar Park manor is offered for sale for the first time in 30 years. A design jewel of the West, the classic English kitchen has been featured in Sunset Magazine. The home offers nearly 3,000 square feet of living space on beautifully landscaped third of an acre.
From the master bedroom, enjoy enviable views of the San Francisco Bay and Stanford’s famed Hoover Tower. The formal living and dining rooms afford ample opportunities to entertain family and friends in style, with large bay windows and intricate picture molding. White wood paneling lends the bonus room and light and airy feel—with plenty of natural light.
Tinker freely in the detached artist’s studio soaking up inspiration by the natural surroundings. The quiet back garden truly is a tranquil retreat populated by roses, bougainvillea, and azaleas.
To top it off, the home is just minutes to highway 280, highway 101, shops, restaurants, miles of trails, and state parks. It’s an ideal central location for exploring the best the Bay Area has to offer.
Listed at $2,088,000 by Vanetta Wiseman of Alain Pinel Realtors – Los Gatos.
View more homes for sale in Redwood City | Visit our Redwood City & Woodside community page

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 22395 Diericx Court in Mountain View

August 12, 2016

Mountain View family comfort in a park-like setting

38391771Where: 22395 Diericx Court, Mountain View (listing | tour)
This stunning home on its large cul-de-sac lot is like owning your own private park in one of Mountain View’s most coveted areas, served by popular Huff School.
In addition to the three roomy bedrooms, the home offers an isolated fourth room perfect for guests, home office or family room. The newly remodeled family kitchen boasts gorgeous marble counters (including center island) and stainless steel appliances. A family area includes a gas fireplace, and in the sunny living room, you will find the second fireplace. The formal dining room includes a bay window, which offers a view of the back yard. This expansive yard, shaded by majestic trees, is perfect for private relaxation or epic entertaining.
Close to Stevens Creek Trail access, schools the YMCA, Cuesta Park and more, all tucked away on a serene court that is a joy to live on.
Other amenities include: front entry court, side storage area, garage with epoxy floor, hardwood floors, air conditioning, an impressive formal entry, many skylights, recessed lighting and countless other special touches, inside and out.
Offered at: $2,195,000. Listed by Tori Ann Atwell of Alain Pinel Realtors, Los Altos
See more homes for sale in Mountain View | Visit our Silicon Valley community page

Community Spotlights

Alain Pinel Presents 12 Days of Holiday Fun!

December 17, 2012

We love the holidays here at Alain Pinel Realtors – and we want to share that with you! Check out our Facebook where we’ve just launched our 12 Days of Holiday Fun. Each day, we’ll post another holiday activity in the Bay Area for you to enjoy with your family and friends.
We’re already on our 5th Day! Here’s a taste of some of the events you’ll see …

Join the fun and like us on Facebook.

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The APR Brand – You Tell Us!

October 24, 2012

At Alain Pinel Realtors, we hold our brand and our image to the highest standards. We believe that quality is the universal language. We don’t just project that image, but deliver on the promises that our image suggests – delivering only the best training, technology, and tools to our agents and ensuring they provide their clients with the most professional and distinguished customer service.
But what is the APR image? What is the APR brand? We asked the managers of all our offices recently to describe what they believe is the APR brand and values in three sentences or less. Below is a tag cloud of their results:

 

What does the Alain Pinel Realtors brand / image mean to you?
To see our past ad campaigns, see The Gallery on apr.com.

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ALERT: Google Yourself

October 17, 2012

Do you Google yourself?

For many of you (hopefully), the answer is of course.

If the answer is no – do it right now. What comes up? Does your LinkedIn? does your website? Does a negative review on Yelp come up?
In a previous entry, I talked about reputation and Yelp. However, Yelp is not the only place we show up. You need to be on top of everything that’s being said about you online. You need to know what photos are out there. You need to know if after Googling your name, someone is going to want to work with you.
I’m 26 years old. I grew up surrounded by the internet – so for me I Google everything:

  • In college, I Google’d my professors before signing up for classes.
  • I Google new restaurants before I eat anywhere (and if I can’t find a menu online, I’m disappointed).
  • I Google festivals and events before I decide if I want to go to them.
  • I Google’d TV’s before I chose one.
  • I Google’d dentists before choosing one.

This is normal. It is the new normal – and you better believe that your clients are Googling you. If they Google all these silly things before deciding what park to go to or what camera to purchase, when it comes to buying a home – an incredibly important event in life – they will be Googling their potential Realtors® before deciding on one.
Google provides an awesome tool that searches your name FOR you and helps you manage your online reputation. It’s called Google Alerts. You can set them up here: http://www.google.com/alerts.

What Google Alerts allows you to do is set up search words that Google will then search for you and email you the new results. You can choose what type of content you want it to search, how often to search, how many results you’d like to know about and what email you’d like the results to be sent to.
Name show up in the paper? You get an email alert. New review on Yelp? You get an email alert.
I use it everyday – I have multiple Google Alerts set up: for my name, for Alain Pinel Realtors, for my old employer, for my old boss, for my siblings, and more. This way, I’m always on top of the latest stuff that’s hitting the internet about me, my professional connections, and my family. It is the easiest way to begin proactively monitoring your online reputation.

Every PERSON, not just Realtors®, should have a Google Alert set up for their name or their business name.

If you don’t have it set up already GO NOW and do it. It takes seconds.

It isn’t fool-proof – you should still actively be Google yourself to see how different content about you is ranking in search results. Also, some site (personal profiles on Facebook, for example), block search engines from accessing them. However, setting up Google Alerts is the first step in beginning to have more control and awareness of your online reputation.


About Author:
Andrew Violante is the Social Media and Communications Coordinator at Alain Pinel Realtors where he oversees social media strategy and implementation for the brokerage. 

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APR.COM Through The Ages

September 11, 2012

Did you know Alain Pinel Realtors was one of the very first real estate brokerages to have a website that featured online listings?

While the old apr.com might not look impressive by modern standards, in 1994 Alain Pinel Realtors was at the forefront of technology. Apr.com was launched before many fortune 500 companies even had a public web presence, let alone real estate companies. Based in Silicon Valley, we have always been committed to using and leveraging new technologies to help assist our agents and our clients. We have continued that tradition with the launch of the latest apr.com. Check out the pictures below to see apr.com evolve overtime:

We’ll be regularly posting fun facts on all different topics ranging from APR history, real estate, consumer insights, and more. These posts are tagged with “fun facts” and can be accessed by clicking the “Fun Facts” button on the Insight Blog’s right sidebar. Enjoy!