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Thank you for visiting my site! I am excited and proud to be associated with RE/MAX Gold. This site is designed to provide you relevant information to assist with decisions regarding your real estate requirements. The design of this site is representative of my business model. I use a consultative approach with all of my clients. After I inquire regarding the client's goals, I assemble relevant data to support high quality decision making. Finally, I execute the plan to accomplish their goals. Together, we get the results my client's desire.

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To speak with me directly, please contact me at 408.944.0144 or geraldbuten@att.net. My CA DRE # is 01437276.

There are 8 properties for sale in the RIVERMARK/RIVER OAKS VILLAGE/CA RENAISSANCE/CA IMPRESSIONS areas, 5 in Rivermark and 3 in the River Oaks Village, California Renaissance and California Impressions areas. Please see the "Listings" section for details. I will be happy to promptly e-mail you additional details regarding these listings upon request. Contact me today at geraldbuten@att.net or 408.944.0144.

MARKET ANALYSIS/RECENT SALES RIVERMARK--See "SOLD" section of this site. Monitor all the activity in your neighborhood and become a market expert. This section is updated every several days so your information is the most current available.

MARKET ANALYSIS/RECENT SALES RIVER OAKS VILLAGE/CA RENAISSANCE/CA IMPRESSOINS--SEE "SOLD" section of this site. Monitor all the activity in your neighborhood and become a market expert. This section is updated every several days so your information is the most current available.

Recently RE/MAX Real Estate Services was purchased by RE/MAX Gold. Founded in 1994 with just two offices and 40 agents, RE/MAX Gold in association with Southern California's RE/MAX Gold/One, have grown into 91 locations, serving 26 counties with over 1870 of the industry's most productive agents. This great accomplishment reflects the outstanding agent population and led to consistently increasing its market share, expanding and growing as top agents join and thrive.

Nearly 40% of real estate transactions in California involve consumers moving to and away from their communities. Our agents live locally, however they are supported by the largest real estate network in the world. Global exposure insures your home gets the maximum exposure needed to sell for top dollar and in the quickest time possible.

We are continually searching for new and better innovations to help our agents do what they do best. SELL REAL ESTATE! We understand the real estate industry is constantly evolving and our goal and commitment to our agents and clients is to ensure that RE/MAX Gold remains now and in the future, ABOVE THE CROWD.

BUYER'S AGENT--Buying a home in Silicon Valley is a major investment. The real estate agent you meet at the open house is generally working for the seller. Who is representing you?

Buyers need a professional real estate agent representing them during the purchase of a home. I am happy to work for you and help you find a new home.

Since I also represent sellers, I have a solid understanding of what your offer needs to include, in order to make you a successful buyer in this competitive real estate market.

The best news is that my services will not cost you anything, since the commission for the buyer's agent is paid by the seller.

SERVICE FOR VETERANS PROGRAM In honor of Dick Buten, my Dad who served with distinction in World War II, if you are a veteran who served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11/2001, I will provide my real estate services to you for free. To qualify for the program, veterans must provide a DD 214 or other appropriate form, documenting their service. My family and I have benefitted from your service and sacrifices, and now is a good time to repay those who served.

My name is Gerald Buten, CA BRE #01437276, a Broker Associate at Re/Max Real Estate Services, 20111 Stevens Creek BL #245, Cupertino, CA 95014, direct phone 408.944.0144. I have over 14 years experience representing residential buyers and sellers in Santa Clara County, California. More information about my real estate practice, including my biography, is available on this site.

If you qualify for my Service For Veterans Program, I will assist you with your real estate transactions for free. This means if you are a seller, I will reduce the amount of commission you pay. If you are a buyer, I will credit you at close of escrow with the amount of commission I earned as the buyer's agent. As a general estimate, in both types of transactions, you will save approximately 2.5% of the purchase price, less the total administration fees Remax charges me for each transaction. On a $500,000 transaction you will save approximately $9000.

I am a Rivermark, River Oaks Village, and CA Renaissance areas specialist who provides outstanding service and saves you money on commission. I will match any commission offer you receive from another Realtor. As a full service broker associate, I also provide professional interior design and staging services.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, I would be honored to assist you with your real estate requirements. Call me today at 408.944.0144.

CLIENTS AND REFERENCES

Paul Ciccolella, Director, SMRT Cell Manufacturing Engineering

Jerry is extremely detail oriented and truly a full service Real Estate Professional. He helped me from the initial market analysis, through a remodel, to the final contract signature. Jerry was in tune with my expectations, is extremely trustworthy, and was always available to answer questions and concerns. I highly recommend Jerry to anyone looking to buy or sell in the North San Jose area.

Bud Genovese, Chairman at AuditOne LLC

Jerry was very thorough, providing useful and timely information that we requested during our property transaction using his services. In fact Jerry is the best real estate professional that we have ever used.

Eric Peters, Experienced Fire Captain at City of San Jose, California

Gerald is a top notch real estate broker. Gerald is very knowledgeable about the area and the current market conditions. He was readily available at all times to answer our questions pertaining to the sale of our home. He was patient and understanding even during trying economic times. We HIGHLY recommend Gerald to anyone looking for a honest, loyal, and dedicated Broker to sell their home. He truly has the customer's best interest at heart from the moment you meet him until the job is complete.

Anna Fastenko, Owner, BayHomeopathy

Gerald is almost an ideal real estate agent, and by that I mean more than just a very knowledgeable professional. He is very supporting and helpful during the whole process. We were selling our condo and decided to work with him because he was a neighbor, and we thought an extra knowledge of the immediate situation is a benefit - that turned out very true when Gerald told us everything about the immediate area development, how we can market it in our favor, plus of course knowing asking and sale prices for the houses in our neighborhood in the past 10 years also helped a lot.

Gerald was there for us to recommend the staging and cleaning teams, advise on how to go about necessary repairs, didn't mind stopping himself often and checking on how the work was done. We had him strongly on our side during those very strenuous weeks of preparing the house for sale, and also felt psychologically very comfortable discussing all the issues with him because of Gerald's exceptional work ethics and tact (I guess that comes from his background as a lawyer and government worker).

On the big day of choosing offers Gerald also showed a very accurate and experienced approach to dealing with other agents, negotiating, and choosing the right offer. So we would definitely recommend Gerald as a superb real estate agent, one who combines confidence with attention to detail with and a very respectful attitude to his clients.

Martin Dorey, Senior Member of Technical Staff at Hitachi Data Systems

Jerry is the consummate professional and a nice guy to boot. He knows the real estate market in River Oaks and Rivermark like the back of his hand, always backing his many years of experience with hard data. It was obvious to us, long before we moved, that Jerry's the agent to use in this area and I'm only reinforced in that opinion having been through two successful transactions, buying and selling, and two previous offers with him. He's gentle with his opinions but, trust him, he knows what needs doing, has recommendations for who and how to get it done and makes himself available to make that happen despite your busy schedule. In order for us to be able to make the most competitive offer, Jerry advised us to commit to a contingency-related expense when there was chance that our offer would be eliminated. He offered to eat the cost himself if that happened. He doesn't just do the right thing - he goes above and beyond. I'd use him again in a heartbeat.less.

Rudy Sotelo, CEO at Petalon

I've had the pleasure to work with Gerald over the past few years as a client and a vendor and have found him to be one of the most honest, reliable, and knowledgeable people I have ever met. His dedication to the needs of his client is exceptional and goes well beyond the norm.

Andy Radosevich, former homeowner in Crescendo.

Jerry is a River Oaks neighborhood expert and did an excellent job during every phase of my sale, going beyond my expectations in several areas.

Rhyta Iudica and Federico Pescarmona, new home owners in Los Gatos.

Our experience with Jerry was nothing short of fantastic. He patiently helped us to buy our home, being always available for us, coming with us to open houses and helping dealing with the disclosures and the paperwork. We especially appreciated him helping us understanding and dealing with the dynamism of the local market, and his ability to give advice without being intrusive. He has been very responsive also after completing the purchase. We highly recommend Jerry as a realtor for the area.

Hi River Oaks Neighbors, my wife Tee Low, Tiani our 12 year old daughter, and I have lived in River Oaks since 2003. We love the neighborhood and are looking forward to the new schools. In addition to the new parks, two of our favorite places are Starbucks and Premiere Pizza at the River Oaks Market Place. We also love walking our dog Ku'uipo (Hawaiian for my sweetheart) around the neighborhood. I am a Broker Associate who specializes in River Oaks Village and Rivermark. Whether you are buyer or seller, I am happy to help you any way I can. Jerry at geraldbuten.com.

One of the many interesting things about River Oaks Village is the memorial park dedicated to Iris Chang, a former resident of River Oaks Village. The park is a beautiful contemplative natural area tucked away behind the Epic Apartment Community, adjacent to the Coyote Creek Trail.

An engraved stone at the entrance displays the following description of Iris Chang.

Iris Chang (1968-2004) a former San Jose resident, was a writer, investigative journalist, historian, lecturer and humanitarian. She had a deep reverence for humanity, was concerned about the rights of all humans, and fought tirelessly to bring light to injustice. Iris believed our path to freedom lies in our belief in the power of one person to make a difference.

"Please believe in THE POWER OF ONE. One person can make an enormous difference in the world...One discovery can cure a disease or spawn a new technology to benefit or annihilate the human race. You as One individual can change millions of lives. Think big. Do not limit your vision and do not ever compromise your dreams or ideals." ~Iris Chang

I am happy to announce a new community service initiative for 2020! I recently read a Harvard Business Review publication in their Emotional Intelligence Series, Purpose Meaning + Passion. I was very impressed with the idea that many successful people often do not find their life's purpose, they build it.

An outstanding example is the story of Blake Mycoskie, the founder of Toms Shoes who built a very successful company while also providing outstanding community service to the disadvantaged members of our society. Toms Shoes donates one pair of shoes to the needy for every pair of shoes they sell.

I greatly enjoy working with families and individuals to assist them in finding and acquiring the best possible home to meet their current needs. Throughout my life I have always maintained a commitment to community service and the idea of working to make the world a better place. Previously, I served in the United States Department of Justice in various cities throughout the United States. In addition to my current community volunteer service activities with the American Red Cross, Discovery Charter Schools, Washington Open Elementary School, The Vivace Children's Chorus of San Jose, Villagio Homeowners Association and my Service for Veterans program, I am offering a $1000 charitable donation, in the name of my client, to their favorite charitable organization. The only requirement is that we complete a successful real estate transaction. Once the transaction closes, I will make the $1000 donation to the charity of your choice and provide you with documentation.

Gary Baldocchi, a friend and former colleague recently published Actions of Violence. As a former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive, I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable. The book is realistic, contains excellent characters based on Gary's extensive experience and has a most interesting plot. It is a great read, available on Amazon and can be downloaded for electronic readers. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know how the real Federal agents spend their time safeguarding the American people. Gary's insights are remarkable!

amazon.com/Actions-Violence-Jack-Connor-Baldocchi/dp/1732485208.

Looking for a great pizza place? Try Premier Pizza (several locations in the Santa Clara area, including River Oaks Village and Rivermark). High quality ingredients, outstanding friendly staff and tremendous service. Enjoy!

Excited about the three new schools on the Agnews Property in River Oaks? See a fabulous aerial rendering and learn all about the award winning project at santaclarausd.

Homelight.com analyzes millions of real estate sales to find the best performing real estate agents in your area. The top agents they recommend all have a proven track record of success, unmatched local expertise and keen negotiation skills.

Homelight.com describes Gerald Buten of Remax Real Estate Services as follows:

Gerald is a top selling San Jose agent with 14 years experience - having sold over 76% more properties in San Jose than the average agent.

Gerald sells properties fast - more than 64% quicker than the average San Jose agent.

Gerald also has Townhouse expertise - working with over 5 more townhomes than the average agent.

Gerald has worked with sellers 76% of the time.

Gerald is a top dollar real estate agent and negotiator because he consistently sells homes above their list price.

As a resident and parent in the Santa Clara Unified School District, I am highly committed to improving the quality of the education provided to our children and keeping them safe while attending school. While the school district and its dedicated employees do an outstanding job providing high quality education and safety for our children, there is always room for improvement.

I have been an active advocate for improving the safety for our schools for the past six years. During this time I have been greatly assisted by programs provided by the Safe and Sound Schools Organization Safe And Sound Schools.

They are currently launching a new program Parents for Safe Schools. Visit their website to download the free Parents for Safe Schools program guide today. Whether you're a parent, stepparent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or community member, the Parents for Safe Schools program can help you get started.

Together we can make a difference. Together we can make our schools safe and sound.

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