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Second-Quarter Home Prices Rise in 9 of 10 U.S. Metro Areas

lisasheppard | August 27, 2015
A limited number of homes for sale fueled prices across the country in the second quarter, with more than 90 percent of metro areas posting annual gains. San Jose and San Francisco were the nation's two priciest housing markets, where homes...

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Today’s Smart-Home Devices Add Convenience, Value

lisasheppard | August 21, 2015
Can smart home technology make a difference in the value of your home?  Turns out it does! A recent survey found that smart-home devices such as connected lighting and thermostats, remote-access security, and smart locks could make a bi...

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Pacific Union’s July 2015 Real Estate Update

lisasheppard | August 19, 2015
SONOMA COUNTY At $545,000, the July median sales price in Sonoma County was essentially unchanged from the previous two months, dropping a mere $500 from June.  The MSI shrank to 1.6, which ties one-year lows recorded last December. Th...

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Millennial Homebuyers Face Credit-Score Challenges

lisasheppard | August 19, 2015
Millennials make up the largest percentage of the U.S. population and recently surpassed Generation X as the biggest portion of the labor force, but the younger generation's credit score could be a factor that's delaying or preventing more ...

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Homebuyers Paying Less in Closing Costs in 2015

lisasheppard | August 17, 2015
Good news for home buyers: Average closing costs have dropped 7.1 percent over the past year, according to a nationwide survey. In California, closing costs fall slightly below the national average. To read more, Click Here.

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New Homes Today Are Larger, With More Amenities

lisasheppard | August 12, 2015
How does your home compare with the latest trends in residential construction? Data from the U.S. Census Bureau details new-home characteristics for 2014 and shows how trends in residential construction have changed over the decades. ...

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