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Bay Area Second Quarter Home Prices

Jul 30, 2019 (0) comment

Bay Area Second Quarter Home Prices

Except for San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, home prices in the Bay Area remained relatively flat according to data provided by local Multiple Listing Services.  Year-over-year prices flatlined across the Bay Area, except in Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties where prices retracted. All four of these counties, however, have reached historically high real estate…

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Multigenerational Homes Are in Greater Demand

Jul 02, 2019 (0) comment

Multigenerational Homes Are in Greater Demand

In 2018 the Pew Research Center released a report showing that almost 1 in every 5 Americans lives in a multigenerational home.  In fact, the numbers of two or more adult family members living under the same roof increased from 26.8 million in 1960 to 64 million in 2016.  Why the increase in this type…

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Downsizing Can Be Stressful

Jun 28, 2019 (0) comment , , , , ,

Downsizing Can Be Stressful

Last year a survey conducted by Trulia reported that 60% of Americans living in homes over 2000 square feet, reported that they would prefer a smaller home for their next move.  Such a move can prove to be financially and mentally a positive experience, while the actual process can be exhausting.   The following tips were…

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Don’t Get Caught Up in the Drama du Jour – Real Estate Stability

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Real Estate Stability

Lately, we have seen the financial media spouting fear, uncertainty, drama, and doubt.  Wall Street sends us on a roller coaster ride every day, while the Everyman continues to go to work, get the same paycheck, pay the bills and largely tries to ignore all the drama.  This explains why investing in Main Street has…

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Thinking of Renovating? Buckle up!

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Thinking of Renovating Buckle up Hard Money

Renovations have been known to lead to many unforeseen disasters, but it doesn’t need to be that way.  With the proper preparation and due diligence, pretty much anything can be avoided. We have all heard the horror stories of living a totally upended life during a renovation, and of timelines being ignored by professional contractors.…

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Four Things Parents Should Consider Before Buying a Home

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Four Things Parents Should Consider Before Buying a Home

Parents shopping for a home have different considerations than other demographics.  As parents, their primary concern is the safety and well-being of their children, at the same time, they are also concerned with the happiness of the entire family.   Most buyers start their home search with a list of “must-haves”.  When children are a…

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The 2 R’s: Real Estate and Retirement

May 14, 2019 (0) comment , , , , ,

Real Estate and Retirement

More and more baby boomers are arriving at retirement age and are facing the question: “To sell or to stay?”.  A wise step to take at this juncture is to evaluate your home’s ability to adapt to your retirement needs. Below are some of the factors that a National Board of Realtors have suggested: Affordability:…

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Increase Your Wealth While Paying Your Mortgage

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Increase Your Wealth While Paying Your Mortgage

Home ownership is a unique opportunity to use housing costs to build wealth over time.   The NAR (National Association of Realtors) recently published a report which broke down the equity gained from appreciation and principal payments.  According to this report, homeowners who purchased their home five years ago realized an 80% gain in appreciation…

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Let’s Garden! Spring Has Arrived!

Apr 23, 2019 (0) comment , , , , , , , ,

Let’s Garden Spring Has Arrived

After one of the worst winters in a decade, Californians are looking forward to a warmer, drier Spring.   Warmer weather tends to bring out the farmer or gardener in many of us…but where to begin? I for one love to garden and each week you can find me doing something to make my garden more…

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Spring Is in The Air For Housing

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Spring Is in The Air For Housing

As Spring arrives, the housing market is looking considerably more buyer-friendly compared to a year ago.  The inventory shortage of homes we have witnessed has decreased, and higher inventories are driving price cuts.   According to Realtor.com, inventories have increased by an average of 6% year over year. Markets with some of most impressive numbers…

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