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Archive for September 2014

Student Loan Debt Holding Back Housing Recovery

September 30th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Researchers say student loan debt is holding back U.S. home sales by 8 percent, and the problem is getting worse.

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Unemployment Drops in All Nine Bay Area Counties as Summer Ends

September 25th, 2014   by lisasheppard

 

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The Bay Area economy was riding high as summer came to a close, with August unemployment rates down from the previous month in all nine of our local counties. Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Napa counties have the lowest jobless claims in the state — all coming in at less than 5 percent.

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Real Estate Roundup: Homebuilder Confidence at 9-Year High

September 24th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious a report that builder confidence is currently higher than it has been since late 2005. Also, bigger TV sizes are driving demand for larger media rooms among buyers.

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Bay Area Home Inventory Inches Up in August

September 23rd, 2014   by lisasheppard

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The amount of homes on the market increased modestly across the Bay Area as summer came to a close, while prices and sales volume headed in the opposite direction, according to a just-released report from the California Association of Realtors.

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Low Mortgage Rates Linger Longer Than Expected

September 19th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Bankers and economists had forecast mortgage rates to climb higher in 2014 and top 5 percent by the end of the year. But the reverse happened, and rates today on a 30-year mortgage are nearly one-half a percentage point lower than where they stood a year earlier.

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Friendly Neighbors Are Good for the Heart. Really.

September 17th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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People who know and trust their neighbors are less likely to have heart attacks, according to new research. Study participants who gave the highest rating for neighborhood cohesion had a nearly 70 percent reduced risk of heart attack.

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Real Estate Roundup: Inventory, Affordability Stifle Bay Area Home Sales in August

September 17th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes news that August sales volume across the Bay Area was down more than 10 percent year over year. Also, one company has rated Marin County as California’s best.

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Baby Boomers Are in No Hurry to Downsize Homes

September 16th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Contrary to what trend-spotters say, baby boomers are in no rush to leave their large, single-family homes in favor of condominiums. In fact, a recent AARP survey found that 90 percent of boomers want to stay in their current home as long as possible.

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Pacific Union’s August 2014 Real Estate Update

September 12th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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SONOMA COUNTY

After breaking the half-million dollar mark in July, the median sales price for a property in our Sonoma County region fell to $470,000 in August. At 2.2, the MSI was up a touch from the previous month but didn’t vary greatly from what we’ve observed in the rest of 2014.

As in July, properties took an average of about two months to leave the market. Buyers paid nearly 98 percent of asking price, a bit more than they did the preceding month.

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Real Estate Roundup: Fall Season Strong for Bay Area Home Shopping

September 10th, 2014   by lisasheppard

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Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that three Bay Area metropolitan areas experience some of smallest autumn slowdowns in the U.S. Also, Pacific Union’s CEO explains the factors driving Bay Area home price growth to the San Jose Mercury News.

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