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Archive for March 2013

Real Estate Roundup: Lending Standards Loosen, Bright Forecasts for Spring

March 26th, 2013   by lisasheppard

 

Image of a house made of hundred-dollar bills

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes word from Fannie Mae that not all buyers need a 20 percent down payment to get a home loan, forecasts for a strong spring homebuying season, and a survey that found that nearly 90 percent of Americans dream of owning a home.

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Rising Prices Mean Fewer Homes Underwater

March 25th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Photo of homes partially under water.

A report from the research firm CoreLogic found that underwater homes — those with mortgages greater than their appraised value, also known as negative equity – fell steadily last year.  More good news: Housing prices rose steadily throughout 2012, and if that trend continues, even more homes will regain equity.

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Pacific Union’s Monthly Real Estate Update

March 22nd, 2013   by lisasheppard

February home prices posted exceptionally strong gains across the Bay Area.

Sales prices topped asking prices in many regions, and local real estate markets remained exceptionally tight in February, with the supply of available homes down from a year ago in every region.

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Real Estate Roundup: Home Sales Down Across the Bay Area, but Prices Shoot Higher

March 19th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Illustration of a house

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that home sales were down in February across most of the Bay Area, although median sale prices showed no such decline. Also, California is no longer on a list of the top-10 states with high foreclosure rates.

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Housing Leads California, U.S. Recovery, Signals Strong Sales in 2013 — UCLA Analysis

March 18th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Monopoly toy houses

The prospects for robust real estate activity in the coming year just got a shot in the arm with a report from UCLA’s business school that predicts a steady drop in unemployment across California and continued improvements in the state and national economy.

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Real Estate Roundup: Mortgage Rules to Loosen While Home Prices Keep Rising

March 12th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Illustation of a house on a stack of money
Tight mortgage standards are starting to loosen, home prices will continue to rise until at least 2017, Americans are more optimistic than ever about the housing market, and the U.S. household wealth has regained its peak.

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The Time is Right for Buying Rental Properties

March 11th, 2013   by lisasheppard

for-rent signs

If the idea of becoming a landlord seems attractive, you should move quickly. Home prices have been rising gradually for almost a year and will soon reach pre-2007 levels, ending the price advantage that currently favors buyers.

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In Bay Area, Numbers Add Up in Sellers’ Favor

March 8th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Image of a calculator on a pile of money

A new report says the San Francisco metro area is among the top five best places in the United States to sell a home in the coming year, thanks to robust sales prices. We agree, and local sales data shows homes in some Bay Area regions are going for well above asking.

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Sonoma’s East Side Keeps History Alive

March 6th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Sonoma City Hall

Sonoma’s East Side neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of vintage housing styles, with adobe-brick homes alongside Victorian and Craftsman properties. Many of the homes have mature landscaping and present a well-maintained, homogenous streetscape that is rare today.

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Real Estate Roundup: Affordability Rises in Bay Area; Bullish Sales Reports; FHA Programs Safe

March 5th, 2013   by lisasheppard

House built of $100 bills

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that found housing affordability rising in four Bay Area counties, and sharp increases in home sales and pending sales.

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