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How Much Do Utility Bills Add to Bay Area Homeownership Costs?

Aug 08, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , ,

Last month a Pacific Union Blog ran an eye-opening article on what the cost of utility bills added to homeownership in the Bay Area.  Surprisingly, the Bay Area’s utilities impacted the cost of owning a home far less on a percentage-point basis compared with the rest of the U.S! You’re probably saying, “That’s not my…

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Increase The Value Of Your Home

Jun 14, 2017 (0) comment , , , , ,

In a recent article published by The Pacific Union, there are some interesting statistics on the home remodeling dollars being spent in the Bay Area. It appears that it is at an all-time high. With housing inventory in shorter supply, many homeowners are opting to improve their present homes instead of risking selling and not…

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Is 2017 The Year Of Real Estate Investing?

May 30, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , ,

Recently a chief economist for Fannie Mae, Douglas Duncan, told a group of financial professionals he sees no recession in sight.  His group forecasts the economy will grow by a conservative 2% this year.  But, he added, “Frankly, from a housing perspective, I think there will be a strong growth.” Mr. Douglas is particularly optimistic…

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Rescuing a Realtor and His Home Buyer

May 24, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , ,

Santa Rosa, California Bridge Loan A busy Realtor in Sonoma County contacted me to help rescue a frantic client, who was trying to buy a home while her current house was being sold.  The home buyer was having difficulty getting loan approval elsewhere because she didn’t make enough income; however, she did have a free…

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Crystal Ball Reading for Real Estate in 2017

May 17, 2017 (0) comment , , , , ,

According to the most respected real estate prognosticators, California remains one of the safest places to invest your money in 2017.   Several Western urban markets are still “red hot’, and 5 of them are in California.  Realtor.com has predicted that some cities will see sales growth as high as 5-6%. If you are experiencing or…

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Are You Ready To Spring Into Some Real Estate Action?

May 01, 2017 (0) comment , , , , ,

We have all noted and experienced the tightness of the real estate market over the past several months.  But just as a tightly wound spring can leap forward at any moment, the real estate market is preparing to take such a leap.  I’m sure we all want to be ready for the opportunities that lie…

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What Are Homeowners’ Biggest Concerns?

Apr 20, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , ,

Buying a home in California is one of the biggest purchases we will most likely make in our lifetime. There was a good article recently from Pacific Union about homebuying (see link below). This experience is a major investment in time, money, and emotions.  The process can definitely be intimidating for first time home buyers,…

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Get Ready For Spring!

Apr 06, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , , ,

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported that the top 10 dates Sellers listed their homes in 2016 were mostly all in April, May or June.  If you are considering taking advantage of this “real estate season”, it is time to examine your best mortgage options.   If you should find yourself in a…

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Property Refinance in Santa Clara, California

Mar 14, 2017 (0) comment , , , ,

Property Refinance in Santa Clara, California I work with many loan Brokers and Realtors.  One of my Brokers called with a transaction he needed to get done for a borrower on a rental property refinance. The clients needed a $770,000 first mortgage at 10% interest only for 2 years – and it was needed quickly…

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Useful Investment and Real Estate Apps & Websites

Feb 08, 2017 (0) comment , , , ,

The internet has spawned several helpful apps for anyone involved in the real estate world.  I found some to be especially helpful, both in locating and in evaluating possible investment properties.  Below are some of the more notable ones: Bigger Pockets This app contains searchable forums where most every question that you can think of…

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