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Sheppard
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Todd
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Archive for February 2014

Real Estate Roundup: San Franciscans Say Homebuying Cost Is City’s No. 1 Issue

February 27th, 2014   by lisasheppard

paintedladies

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a poll that finds San Francisco residents now cite the high cost of real estate as the most important issue facing the city. Also, recently released data shows that about half of Bay Area buyers are paying above asking prices for homes.

To read the full report, Click Here.

Top Tips for Mortgage Borrowers in 2014

February 25th, 2014   by lisasheppard

Yellow road sign bearing the word "Mortgage

In the market for a mortgage? You can save money and aggravation by first taking a look at these 10 helpful mortgage tips for 2014.

To read more, Click Here.

Bay Area Home Prices Highest in U.S. in Fourth Quarter

February 24th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Two recent reports recount an exceptional 2013 in Bay Area residential real estate and deliver an optimistic forecast for the coming year.

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Real Estate Roundup: Current Real Estate Market Favors Older Buyers

February 24th, 2014   by lisasheppard

Some couples are putting off marriage to buy a home together.

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that younger buyers are struggling to afford property in the current real estate market. And just in time for Valentine’s Day, many couples are apparently putting off marriage to buy a home instead.

To read the full report, Click Here.

Looking for a Home, Like Looking for Love, Is an Affair of the Heart

February 20th, 2014   by lisasheppard

Heart-shaped Valentine's Day candies

Here’s a Valentine’s Day revelation: A recent survey found that prospective homebuyers frequently develop “crushes” on certain properties and drive by or hit the Internet for a second or third look while technically still playing the field.

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HUD Report Tracks Bay Area Housing Recovery

February 20th, 2014   by lisasheppard

Map of the Bay Area

The recession of 2007-2009 hit the Bay Area harder than the nation as a whole, but the region recovered faster and today outperforms the country in terms of economic growth and housing market conditions, according to a just-released report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

To read the full report, Click Here.

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Luxury Home Sales Reach Record Highs

February 13th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that homes priced at more than $2 million sold like hotcakes throughout the Bay Area in 2013. And another study points to one reason why — the bustling Silicon Valley economy, which is back at dot-com-era highs.

To read the full report, Click Here.

San Francisco Metro Area Posts Big Home Price Increases for Ninth Straight Month

February 11th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller report shows that San Francisco year-over-year home prices rose 23 percent in November, the ninth consecutive month of 20-plus percent increases. We took things a step further and compared how yearly price gains stacked up across our individual Bay Area regions.

To read the full report, Click Here.

This Winter, Don’t Invite a Mouse into Your House. Pest-Proof Your Property.

February 10th, 2014   by lisasheppard

A mouse in the house

Perhaps the only thing worse than the flying pests of summer — houseflies, wasps, and gnats, to name a few — are the crawling bugs and filthy rodents that look for shelter indoors during winter.

With another six weeks of wintry weather ahead (who are we to contradict a groundhog?), it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t have any unwanted guests in your home.

Rodents are known to carry diseases such as salmonella and hantavirus; squirrels can chew through wiring and wood boards; certain spiders can bite, causing serious side effects; and cockroaches, besides being unsanitary and just plain gross, can trigger asthma and allergies.

Frequent cleaning — wiping all kitchen surfaces, sweeping floors, vacuuming carpets and rugs, and picking up stray crumbs of food — will make your home less inviting to winter pests, but it’s not enough.

The National Pest Management Association has several other tips to help keep your home free of nuisances:

  • Seal cracks and holes outside and inside your home to help prevent rodents from getting in. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Replace loose mortar and weatherstripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Mice and ants can make their nests in wood piles and easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized. Store boxes off of the floor.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms, as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
  • Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements, and crawlspaces well ventilated and dry.

Real Estate Roundup: Listing Video Is for the Dogs, Mortgage Rates Dip

February 7th, 2014   by lisasheppard

Golden retriever

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that a pair of golden retrievers are busy selling homes in New York (or at least narrating listing videos!). Also, bidding wars decreased nationwide in December but were up in San Jose and San Francisco.

To read the full report, Click Here.