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Archive for July 2013

Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q2 2013

July 31st, 2013   by lisasheppard

The Bay Area’s white-hot housing market showed few signs of cooling in the second quarter, leading us to believe that the momentum we’ve seen in 2013 will continue building during the second half of the year. Pacific Union’s comprehensive quarterly report has everything you need to know.

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Real Estate Roundup: Fewer Distressed Homes on the Market in California

July 30th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Imae of a house made of hundred-dollar bills

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that distressed homes accounted for only 20 percent of sales in June, down from 42 percent a year earlier. Also, new-home sales reached a five-year high in June, while existing-home sales were up 15.2 percent from a year ago.

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The Rise of the All-Cash Offer

July 25th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Photo of hundred-dollar bills

The saying “cash is king” rings true in today’s Bay Area real estate market, where all-cash offers account for nearly 40 percent of transactions in some regions. Find out why all-cash offers are so seductive to sellers and how financed buyers can compete.

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The Bay Area’s Most Walkable Locations for Homebuyers

July 23rd, 2013   by lisasheppard


Want to get exercise, save gas money, and help the environment all at once? Buying a home in a walkable neighborhood offers all of these perks. Find out which regions of the Bay Area are best for pedestrians.

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Home Prices Spike 33 Percent in a Year

July 22nd, 2013   by lisasheppard

Stacks of coins

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that Bay Area home prices in June rose 6.9 percent from May and 33.1 percent from a year ago. Also, as banks face a shortfall in refi activity, they may ease restrictive mortgage rules for homebuyers.

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The Pros and Cons of Buying a Home with a Swimming Pool

July 21st, 2013   by lisasheppard

Swimming pool

With summer in full swing, owning a home with a pool is a tempting proposition, but it might not make sense for all buyers. Here are some points to consider before springing for a home with this classic backyard feature.

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California’s Economy Poised to Pass Italy, Russia

July 18th, 2013   by lisasheppard

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Just how strong is California’s economic recovery?

Strong enough that the state will pull past Italy and Russia by the end of 2013 to stand alone as the eighth-largest economy in the world.

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Real Estate Roundup: Down Payments Likely to Rise With Mortgage Rates

July 17th, 2013   by lisasheppard


The prospect of climbing interest rates has prompted more potential homebuyers to plan on making a larger down payment. Also, a combination of all-cash offers and limited housing supply are conspiring to keep first-time buyers off the playing field.

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Sebastopol Retains Small-Town Feel Near Bustling Santa Rosa

July 16th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Just seven miles west of Santa Rosa, the city of Sebastopol offers quick access to Sonoma County’s seat, while clinging to its rural, small-town roots.

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Fannie Mae: Rising Interest Rates May Spur Buyers

July 15th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Illustration of a person in front of a for-sale sign

Instead of putting a damper on sales, the prospect of rising interest rates will likely drive homebuyers to make a deal sooner rather than later, making for a busy summer and fall.

In its latest monthly housing survey, Fannie Mae said 57 percent of Americans expect both interest rates and home prices to rise over the next 12 months.  An even greater majority of those surveyed — 72 percent — believe now is a good time to buy a home.

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