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Archive for October 2013

The Sun Is Shining, but It’s Never Too Early for Home-Winterization Projects

October 16th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Clogged gutters

Winter is waiting in the wings, and all those home-maintenance and winterizing projects you set aside during the summer months still need to be completed before the rain and cold of December in Northern California kicks in.

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Real Estate Roundup: Hot Bay Area Market Locking Out Many First-Time Homebuyers

October 15th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a trend that finds many first-time buyers unable to get a foot in the door in the Bay Area’s pricey, competitive housing market. Also, another report finds that things are getting even tougher for middle-class homebuyers in the Bay Area and California.

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Government Shutdown Already Cooling Housing-Market Confidence

October 14th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Ice Cubes

Several publications are predicting that a prolonged budget standoff in Washington, D.C. could stall the nation’s ongoing housing-market recovery. But according to Fannie Mae’s recently released September 2013 National Housing Survey, the government shutdown that began on October 1 had already affected many Americans’ confidence in the real estate market before it was even a reality.

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Bright Forecasts for Real Estate Markets

October 11th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Look for U.S. housing markets to continue expanding at healthy levels next year, with the pace of sales-price appreciation to slow down and construction of new homes to pick up, according to a pair of recent forecasts.

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Americans Staying in Their Homes Longer

October 9th, 2013   by lisasheppard

U-Haul moving truck

Americans today are staying longer in their current homes than at any time in at least the past 50 years, moving to a new home, on average, once every 8.6 years.

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Your Home’s Walls May Hide Wiring Hazards

October 8th, 2013   by lisasheppard

Faulty electrical wiring

Is it time to have your home’s electrical system inspected? It can wear out like any other part of your home, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says faulty wiring is responsible for an estimated 46,000 house fires and 440 deaths each year.

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Real Estate Roundup: Lengthy Government Shutdown Could Stall Housing Recovery

October 8th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes ominous predictions that a lengthy U.S. government closure could stall the nation’s housing and economic recovery. Also, one software firm expects that home-price-appreciation rates in the Bay Area and state will cool off in 2014.

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Bay Area Unemployment Rate Lower Than State, National Average

October 7th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Recent employment statistics show that Bay Area counties have some of lowest unemployment numbers in the state — a good sign for our economy and our real estate markets. Also, jobs in the construction sector showed the highest gains in the state, suggesting some relief may be coming to California’s short supply of housing.

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Buyers Pay the Most for Homes in Top School Districts

October 2nd, 2013   by lisasheppard

School buses

This week’s roundup includes the following:  U.S. homebuyers seeking a good education for their children pay an average of $50 more per square foot for houses in top-ranking school districts’; 30-year fixed mortgage rates fell to 4.32% last week; equity sales in California reached their highest levels since November 2007, and pending home sales slipped 1.6% from July but are still up 5.8% from August 2012.

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