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Sheppard
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Todd
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Archive for May 2014

San Francisco Area Home Price Gains Still Strong But Show Signs of Cooling

May 30th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Monthly home price appreciation in the San Francisco metro area was the largest in the U.S. in March, though long-term gains appear to be moderating, according to the just-released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.  Price appreciation was most vigorous in Wine Country, with year-over-year gains of 42 percent in our Sonoma Valley region and 21.5 percent in Sonoma County.

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Homebuyer Alert: Minimum FICO Scores Are Falling

May 29th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Fair Isaac Corp., the company behind FICO credit scores, is urging lenders to lower the minimum score requirements for home loans.

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Home Sales Bloom in April

May 28th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that sales volumes in San Jose and San Francisco jumped by about 25 percent from March to April. Also, some luxury homebuyers, including one in Napa County, are converting their dining rooms into something more practical.

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Happy Memorial Day!

May 26th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and safe Memorial Day, and to recognize and sincerely thank the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.

No matter how you’re enjoying your much-deserved day off, I hope you take a few moments to remember our nation’s fallen heroes.

Employment Above 95 Percent in 3 Bay Area Regions

May 26th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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California’s unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time since late 2008 in April, while four Bay Area counties boast unemployment rates at or below 5 percent.

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Bay Area, California Home Prices Reach Prerecession Levels

May 23rd, 2014   by lisasheppard

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April median home prices in the Bay Area and California have returned to levels not seen since late 2007 but still fall short of their historical peaks.

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Pacific Union Gains More Ground in National Industry Rankings

May 23rd, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Pacific Union’s exceptional 2013 results have propelled our firm upward on two notable industry indexes: REAL Trends 500 and RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Report.

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Remodeling in Advance of a Sale? Pay Extra Attention to the Kitchen.

May 22nd, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Extra efforts to make your kitchen more attractive and inviting will catch the eye of prospective homebuyers.

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Real Estate Roundup: San Jose Region Still Most Expensive U.S. Housing Market

May 22nd, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that the San Jose and San Francisco regions still have the highest median home prices in the country. Also, one company’s data places the Bay Area median price at levels observed before the recession, and foreclosures are down 20%.

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California Luxury Buyers Far Prefer Hilltop Views to Oceanfront Homes

May 21st, 2014   by lisasheppard

A stunning view from the Oakland Hills.

Luxury homebuyers in California love hilltop views. According to a recent survey, 41 percent of luxury buyers purchased a home with a hilltop view, compared with just 10 percent who bought an oceanfront home.

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