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Archive for February 2015

Small-Town Appeal, Festive Events Draw Homebuyers to Sonoma County’s Cotati

February 24th, 2015   by lisasheppard


A laid-back, small-town atmosphere and plentiful community events draw Sonoma County homebuyers to the city of Cotati, ensuring that properties remain an in-demand commodity.

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Among Top 5 U.S. Spots for Gen Xers

February 23rd, 2015   by lisasheppard


Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that major Bay Area regions have some of the largest pools of Gen X homebuyers in the nation. Also, January’s excellent U.S. employment numbers have already begun to affect mortgage rates.

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U.S. Consumer Income Confidence Hits 5-Year High

February 19th, 2015   by lisasheppard


Americans are currently more optimistic about their personal financial situations than at any time in the past five years, and that positive outlook should help fuel housing activity in 2015, say results from a recent Fannie Mae consumer poll. That certainly seems to be the case in Oakland, where job growth has led to one of the largest annual asking price gains in the nation.

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To Stage or Not to Stage? Survey Shows a Gap.

February 18th, 2015   by lisasheppard


Real estate professionals are divided on the impact of home staging depending on whether they represent buyers or sellers, a recent survey found. But they can all agree on which rooms are the most important to trick out when preparing a home for sale.

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A Parade of Internet-Connected Home Devices at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

February 17th, 2015   by lisasheppard

Remote control

As more and more devices for the home are connected to the Internet, tech companies are trying to develop an easy-to-use digital hub that would allow consumers to communicate with a variety of gadgets and technologies from a single Web page or a smartphone.

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Real Estate Roundup: Impact of Down Payment Programs Varies Greatly Across Bay Area

February 16th, 2015   by lisasheppard


Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that breaks down how many properties qualify for down payment assistance programs in different Bay Area counties. Also, the owner of Contra Costa County’s only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home is asking the city of Orinda to cut him a hefty tax break.

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Homebuyers Willing to Pay Extra for Solar Power, Study Says

February 13th, 2015   by lisasheppard

The sun

Thinking about adding solar panels to your home? Not only will you score substantial savings on your home energy bills, you’ll also make your property more attractive to buyers if and when you decide to sell.

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Pacific Union Honored for Unique China Concierge Program

February 10th, 2015   by lisasheppard


Pacific Union has been honored as the “Best San Francisco Bay Area Luxury Real Estate Agency” by Hurun Report, a respected and influential publication that targets high-net-worth individuals in China.

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Real Estate Markets Tops for Flips

February 6th, 2015   by lisasheppard


Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes news that home flippers are seizing their opportunity in the high-priced world of Bay Area real estate. And wealthy foreign buyers are currently hot on Silicon Valley real estate, with one executive purchasing a trio of top-tier luxury homes in the town of Atherton.

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Is a Low Down Payment Program an Option for You?

February 3rd, 2015   by lisasheppard


Last December, Freddie Mac launched Home Possible Advantage, a program designed to help buyers with limited savings purchase a home by allowing for a down payment as low as 3 percent. And with mortgage rates projected to increase later this year, those who qualify for the program – particularly first-time buyers — should consider leveraging it to make their homeownership dreams a reality.

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