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Archive for September 30, 2014

Real Estate Roundup: Homebuilder Confidence at 9-Year High

lisasheppard | September 24, 2014
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. To...

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Bay Area Home Inventory Inches Up in August

lisasheppard | September 23, 2014
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 Realtor...

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Low Mortgage Rates Linger Longer Than Expected

lisasheppard | September 19, 2014
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 ...

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Friendly Neighbors Are Good for the Heart. Really.

lisasheppard | September 17, 2014
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. To rea...

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Baby Boomers Are in No Hurry to Downsize Homes

lisasheppard | September 16, 2014
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 ...

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Pacific Union’s August 2014 Real Estate Update

lisasheppard | September 12, 2014
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...

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