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Archive for January 2013

Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove Neighborhood Has a Unique Past and a Promising Future

January 30th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Fountaingrove's landmark round barn

Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove neighborhood is a short drive from downtown Santa Rosa yet cloaked in the greenery and scenery of the nearby hills. Residents there have a choice of everything from starter homes and condominiums to luxurious planned communities and million-dollar estates.

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Real Estate Roundup: 2012 a Good Year for Home Sales, Prices, Bad for Housing Forecasts

January 28th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Monopoly toy houses

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes several reports dissecting the past year in real estate: Home sales were dramatically higher by several measures, and prices, too. Also, foreclosures in California fell 38 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, a look at 2011 predictions for the coming year in real estate shows that experts don’t know everything.
To read the full report, Click Here.

Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q4 2012

January 24th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Cover of Pacific Union's Q4 Report

The year 2012 was exceptionally busy in the Bay Area, with the housing recovery in full swing and most of our regions reporting their highest number of home sales since 2005. Pacific Union’s fourth-quarter real estate report has the facts and numbers behind the good news, and it sets the stage for a robust year ahead!

To read more about the various regions, Click Here.


Luxury Home Buyers Changing Their Ways

January 23rd, 2013   by lisasheppard

Poolside view of Villa Montana.

Goodbye, bling. Hello, quality and value.

That’s the new approach luxury home buyers are adopting in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to Alf Nucifora, chairman and founder of the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco.

He says lessons learned from the recession, baby-boom buyers eyeing legacy purchases, and young tech turks who value function over form are fueling the trend.

To read the full post, Click Here.

Real Estate Roundup: Fewer Markdowns, a Website Warning, and Homebuilders Busy

January 22nd, 2013   by lisasheppard

View of Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

To read the full post, Click Here.

Home Inspections: A Primer and Checklist

January 21st, 2013   by lisasheppard

Broken electrical outlet

Home inspections can spot problems that may not be evident.

Home inspections are an essential part of the homebuying process, but what constitutes a thorough inspection and how do you find the right professional to do the job?

To find out more, Click Here.

Big Jump in State, Bay Area Home Prices

January 18th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Illustration of a house sitting on a stack of $100 bills.

Home prices rose dramatically across the Bay Area in December, led by Contra Costa County, where the median sale price of single-family homes jumped 22.9 percent from a year earlier.

To read the full report, Click Here.

2012 Analysis Points to an Even Stronger 2013

January 15th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Chart comparing home prices with bank-owned homes.

This chart from CoreLogic tracks the median price of non-distressed homes, in red, compared with the share of bank-owned properties, in blue, from January 2001 to 2013.

Research firm CoreLogic issued the first full analysis of the 2012 housing market Monday, and it confirms the good news we’ve been reporting for months now: Homes sales and prices are rising, new-home construction is back on track, and foreclosures are down dramatically.

To read the full report, Click Here.


Real Estate Roundup: New Mortgage Rules, Bold Housing Forecast, Foreclosure Cash

January 14th, 2013   by lisasheppard

House of cash

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious:

Federal officials released new mortgage lending rules last week in an effort to curb risky lending practices and make it easier for borrowers to know exactly what they’re getting into.

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules will reshape the U.S. mortgage industry, changing the process homebuyers go through to obtain home loans. Their ultimate goal: keep lenders from giving loans to borrowers who can’t afford to pay them off, which was widely blamed for the mortgage meltdown that ultimately led to the recent recession.

Click Here to read the full report.

2012 to Set a Record for Housing Affordability

January 11th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Photo of a roll of $1 bills

The year 2012 was one of the most affordable years ever to buy a home as prices hit bottom and mortgage rates set record lows.

To read the full report, Click Here.