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Archive for June 2014

Amazing Views Abound in Santa Rosa’s Upscale Montecito Heights

June 16th, 2014   by lisasheppard



Sonoma County homebuyers seeking privacy and a rural setting just minutes from all areas of Santa Rosa should certainly eye the high-end Montecito Heights neighborhood, which offers residents access to some of the region’s top schools.

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Coming in 2015: No-Surprise Mortgage Closings

June 16th, 2014   by lisasheppard

Yellow road sign bearing the word "Mortgage

New mortgage guidelines, set to take effect in August 2015, will prohibit lenders from making last-minute changes to closing documents such as imposing a higher interest rate, changing the loan product, or adding a prepayment penalty to the loan.

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Pacific Union’s May 2014 Real Estate Update

June 12th, 2014   by lisasheppard


After declining from March to April, the median sales price in our Sonoma County region headed back up toward the half-million dollar mark, to finish May at $486,000. Sellers took home nearly 99 percent of asking prices, the most since May 2013.MonthlyMarketUpdate_May14_SoCo

Sonoma County’s MSI fell below 2.0 for only the second time in the past year. Homes left the market in an average of 58 days, by far the quickest we’ve seen in quite some time.

Defining Sonoma County: Our real estate markets in Sonoma County include the cities of Cotati, Healdsburg, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Windsor. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes all single-family homes and farms and ranches in Sonoma County.

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Transform Your Backyard Into a Stellar Entertaining Space

June 12th, 2014   by lisasheppard

Comfortable patio

The backyard has become an extension of a home’s living space, with landscaped patios and outdoor kitchens that put a charcoal grill to shame. And if you’re looking to sell, staging a home’s backyard is a great way to set your listing apart.

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Inventory on the Upswing

June 3rd, 2014   by lisasheppard


Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes two nuggets that Bay Area shoppers are sure to relish: Inventory expanded in San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco in April, while mortgage rates recently dipped to seven-month lows.

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Curb Appeal Starts With a Smartly Painted Home

June 2nd, 2014   by lisasheppard

Paint swatches

An attractively painted home will catch the eye of a prospective buyer before anything else. But whether you hire professionals or tackle the job yourself, an exterior paint job requires plenty of forethought, from color selection to type of paint.

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