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Sunnyvale Is About To Get A Lot Bigger, Thanks To Google

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The 27th largest company in the world is about to get a lot bigger and Sunnyvale is about to gain a lot more jobs.

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According to Mercury News:

Blue Angels LLC, an entity with direct ties to Google, and with offices at the tech giant’s headquarters, paid $18.9 million on Sept. 14 for a low-slung industrial building at 1190 Borregas Ave. in Sunnyvale. The building totals just under 33,000 square feet and the price works out to $576 a square foot.

Google on Sept. 20 bought a 27,000-square-foot building at 270 E. Caribbean Drive, according to Santa Clara County property records. That price was even higher: $20.2 million, or $747 a square foot.

Google is purchasing, and in some cases, leasing, several buildings in Moffett Park. The buildings were originally built for the aerospace, defense and tech industries.

They are also moving into a couple of office towers just a half mile away near Crossman Avenue and East Java Drive. The towers are part of a 15.5 acre campus called Moffett Gateway.

“No one has witnessed the magnitude of growth that Google has exhibited over the last decade, not from Cisco, not from Apple,” said Phil Mahoney, vice chairman with Santa Clara-based Newmark Cornish & Carey, a commercial realty brokerage.

What about jobs at Google?

Google plans on filling those buildings with up to 15,000 to 20,000 employees. Presumably, a good number of those will be already existing employees, but they will still be hiring several. After all, they are growing at a steady rate of 21 percent per year. More than 75,000 people currently work for the internet behemoth.

What about housing?

Where Google plans to house their new employees is still a mystery. Housing in Sunnyvale is so tight that earlier in the month, a home sold for a whopping $782,000 over list price.

Your eyes do not deceive you: The four-bed, two-bath house — less than 2,000 square feet — listed for $1,688,000 and sold for $2,470,000.

Source: Mercury News

Even now, some Google employees are living in the parking lot at Google’s campus. With the average rent at over $2,500 per month, who can blame them?

How To Find A Mover

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In the two decades I’ve been in the moving industry, the biggest change is in the way people now have to find movers. It used to be relatively easy. All a person had to do was pick up their local Yellow Pages. If a moving company had a listing, or better yet had taken out an ad, it was a pretty sure sign that if nothing else, the company had been around for at least a little while.

Things have absolutely changed. You might find a few movers in the Yellow Pages, but most have taken their advertising dollars to the web and there’s a good chance you haven’t cracked open a Yellow Pages in years either.

The problem with finding a mover (or anyone) on the internet is that advertising on the internet is cheap and instantaneous. That means that any fly-by-night company can appear right next to a very reputable company, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to tell.

Let me start with a very basic primer on how search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo work. They have two kinds of listings. One are paid listings, which are ads. Those are at the very tops and the sides of your search results. You’ll also see ads related to previous searches during your web browsing.

The second kind are called “organic” listings. Organic listings are the ones that are in the body of the search engine and are most similar to Yellow Pages listings. Companies don’t pay for them.

Advertising on search engines can be expensive, depending on the search terms used, so that sort of rules out the fly-by-night companies right there, but it takes a while to show up on organic searches, so companies have to at least put a little time in the business.

There’s a third type of listing on search engines and those are their business listings. If a company is registered with the search engine, they will appear in the middle of the first page of results, with the ability to map the company. You might also see reviews.

Truth be told, though, finding a moving company through a search engine is only half the picture. Google (with the exception of Google business listings’ reviews) can’t tell you a whole lot about a company, except for what the company wants you to know.

You still need to do a little legwork, which can also be done online. If business listings have reviews, read them. Look on Yelp and Angie’s List. The Better Business Bureau is a little antiquated these days, but as one source of information they are fine.

It’s also a great idea to check with people like your real estate agent.

Ask your final choices for their licensing information and run that through SafeSys.org.

Finally, and this is very important, have the company give you an in-person estimate and make them guarantee their price.

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