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Archive for November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Wishing you a relaxing, happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

I hope you’re taking a much-needed break from work and enjoying a festive gathering and meal with friends and family, and I hope that the year 2013 has brought you much to be thankful for thus far.

Next week I’ll have more Bay Area real estate news and content. Until then, enjoy your day off, and remember to count your blessings!

October Home Sales Rise in Bay Area, Bucking Statewide Trend

November 28th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Homs in San Francisco's Bernal Heights

Bay Area home sales rose 13 percent from September to October, in marked contrast with the statewide average, which fell 3 percent for single-family homes. San Francisco and San Mateo counties posted the highest sales gains in the region, both up 30 percent.

To read more, Click Here.

Real Estate Roundup: Most California Renters Hope to Become Homebuyers

November 26th, 2013   by lisasheppard


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

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

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that most renters in California hope to become homebuyers. Also, the number of underwater homes in the Bay Area fell at the fastest rate in more than two years in the third quarter.

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Home Price Per Square Foot: The Bay Area’s Most- and Least-Expensive Cities

November 25th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Bay Area homebuyers who are concerned with a property’s size would do well to investigate prices per square foot in their target markets, which can range from nearly $1,500 to less than $200. We took a look at some current MLS data to find out where buyers are paying the most and least per square foot.

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Housing Affordability Down in Bay Area, California as Prices Continue Rising

November 21st, 2013   by lisasheppard

Stacks of coins

Rising prices pushed Bay Area homes even further out of reach for most buyers in the third quarter, with barely one in five able to afford a median-priced home. Housing affordability is down statewide, too.

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Most-Popular Features in Luxury Homes Change With the Times

November 20th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Marble bath

Changing tastes in consumer preferences are revealed in a recent report that lists the favorite amenities found in luxury real estate listings. Some of the most popular current luxury-home features include marble floors, rooftop decks, and large windows.

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Real Estate Roundup: San Jose Home Prices Highest in the Nation

November 19th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a recent report that shows that our two largest Bay Area cities top the nation in terms of median home sales price. And though home prices in the region aren’t softening, an uptick in price cuts in the Bay Area should encourage sidelined buyers.

To read the full report, Click Here.

Mark A. McLaughlin, Pacific Union CEO, Named Nation’s Top Real Estate Leader

November 18th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Pacific Union’s CEO Mark A. McLaughlin has just received this year’s RISMedia Real Estate Leadership Award, which honors the industry’s top innovators.

The national award recognizes a member of the real estate community who embraces innovation and exercises resilience to blaze new paths to success for real estate professionals and consumers alike.

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Pacific Union’s October Real Estate Update

November 15th, 2013   by lisasheppard



With an October median price of $464,000, homes in Sonoma County are up 3 percent from September and a healthy 21 percent from this time last year. Buyers paid a few points less than list prices – 4 percent – which is consistent with patterns that began in June.

Homes stayed on the market an average of 66 days, almost identical to the levels established over the two previous months. And after four months of holding at or above 2.0, the MSI began to shrink again, dropping to 1.9.

To read about other Bay Area counties, Click Here.

Walkable, Mixed-Use Neighborhoods Rate Highest, Survey Finds

November 13th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Children walking

Walkability is emerging as a major factor in homebuyer preferences, as families increasingly turn away from cookie-cutter developments devoid of retail stores and restaurants in favor of mixed-use neighborhoods.

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