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Archive for November 2013

California, Bay Area Yearly Home-Price Gains Double National Average

November 13th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Home prices across the U.S. saw yearly increases of about 10 percent in the second quarter, while most California markets posted gains of near 20 percent or more, according to a new report. And while the report predicts more modest national price growth into 2014, buyers in Oakland should still expect to see double-digit jumps.

To read the report, Click Here.

Pacific Union Named One of Bay Area’s 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

November 11th, 2013   by lisasheppard


Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that we’ve been named as one of the Bay Area’s 100 fastest-growing companies in 2013 by the San Francisco Business Times. The publication ranks Bay Area-based companies based on revenue growth between 2010 and 2012.

Pacific Union placed 96th on the list, with 70.7 percent revenue growth from 2010 to 2012. We were one of just two Bay Area real estate brokerages to make the list.

After purchasing the company in August 2009, CEO Mark A. McLaughlin helped Pacific Union grow revenues to $92.4 million by the end of 2012.

This honor marks the latest in a string of accolades Pacific Union has earned from the media and our industry in 2013. In August, we were named to Inc’s 5000 list, which ranks the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. based on revenue growth between 2009 and 2012. And in March, the San Francisco Business Times named Pacific Union the third-largest residential real estate company in Northern California.

This spring, we also made RISMedia’s PowerBroker list, and REAL Trends rated us third in the nation in terms of average home sales price.

Moving? Plan Ahead for Your Pet’s Welfare

November 6th, 2013   by lisasheppard
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Planning a move is certainly stressful, and that goes for your pets, too.

Days of confusion as your home is packed up are followed by the move itself, ending in unfamiliar surroundings at the new home. It’s no wonder if your dog or cat is freaked out by the whole experience.

To read more, Click Here.

Real Estate Roundup: Half of California Buyers Pay More Than Asking Price

November 5th, 2013   by lisasheppard

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Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a survey that finds that almost half of Californians are currently paying more than list prices for homes. Hefty prices in San Francisco, meanwhile, aren’t going away; in fact, home prices in the city just saw their biggest yearly gains in more than 12 years.

To read the full report, Click Here.


Pacific Union’s Best Napa County Wine-Tasting Options

November 1st, 2013   by lisasheppard


If you’re planning a visit to Napa Valley, you very likely have a wine-tasting excursion on your agenda. Pacific Union’s real estate professionals in the region know the area better than most people; get their advice on the top spots to sample Napa’s finest wines.

To read more, Click Here.