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Economic Straight Talk: Is Cash King? Certainly in Some Bay Area Housing Markets.

All-cash buyers are more likely to purchase a home for investment and/or tax advantages, while those with mortgages are most likely to buy because they are tired of renting.

Real Estate Roundup: Which Grocery Store Chain Boosts Home Values the Most?

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Real Estate Roundup: More Than Half of Californians Are Worried About a Housing Bubble

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Get Cooking (Outside) With an Outdoor Kitchen

Adding an outdoor kitchen sees an average return on investment of 100 percent to 200 percent.

Market Focus Report July 2017

We are about two years into a national trend of dropping housing supply and increasing median sales prices. It is evident that a favorable economy keeps hungry buyers in the chase.

Pacific Union’s 12 Favorite Bay Area Day Trips

From beaches to boardwalks to lakes to overlooks, we’ve collected some of our staff’s favorite Bay Area day-trip getaways.

A Plea to Homeowners: Honeybees Need Homes, Too!

You’ve read news reports about the dangerous drop in honeybee populations in recent years.

Real Estate Roundup: Know the Unexpected Costs of Buying a Home

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Economic Straight Talk: Sizing Up the Competition – How Many Offers Are You Betting Against?

Competition has increased again in Bay Area housing markets this summer, with 6 in 10 homes selling over the asking price.

What Color to Paint Your Home’s Exterior? White Is the No. 1 Pick of Buyers.

What’s the best color to paint the exterior of your home if you’re looking to put it on the market?

Market Focus Report June 2017

There has been a general slowdown in sales across the country, and this cannot be blamed on negative economic news – low inventory is the primary culprit for any sales malaise rather than lack of offers.

Market Focus Report May 2017

The overall economy is in better shape than it was a decade ago, in addition to a stronger base upon which to conduct real estate transactions.

Real Estate Roundup: Is the U.S. Headed for a Housing Inventory Crisis?

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

The Bay Area’s Five Fastest Appreciating (and Depreciating) Housing Markets

Check out the 10 Bay Area ZIP codes that experienced the largest housing price gains and losses.

No Vacation Necessary: The Best Bay Area Summer 2017 Events

If you plan to stay put this summer and shop for homes while the competition is less fierce, there’s plenty of entertainment options all around the Bay Area.

How Much Do Utility Bills Add to Bay Area Home Ownership Costs?

Some home shoppers may overlook electricity, water, and gas bills when calculating affordability, but utilities can add a significant amount to the cost of ownership.

Real Estate Roundup: The College Degree That Buys a Home the Fastest

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

You’re a New Homeowner? Congratulations! Now Get to Work.

Your new home is finally all yours! Here’s a look at the most important tasks facing new homeowners.

First-Time Buyers Spending Significantly More on Home Renovations

First-time buyers pumped quite a bit more money into renovations in 2016 and they’re especially keen on installing smart technologies.

Real Estate Roundup: How Much Does a Golden Gate Bridge View Cost?

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Market Focus Report April 2017

With the improved employment rate and wages, the number of people participating in the home-buying process has increased. SFAR’s April Market Focus Report thinks this creates great opportunities!

Market Focus Report March 2017

When the year began, most people were worried about the direction 2017 was headed. Luckily, SFAR’s March Market Focus Report can put us at ease, as the first quarter was off to a good start.

Creating an Older-Adult-Friendly Home

With an increasingly aging population comes the need to modify homes to suit that demographic.

Lawn Care: Know the Difference Between Not Enough and Too Much

Springtime is in full gear, and so is the temptation to tackle your lawn. Heed these warnings.

Gates, Plugs, and Guards, Oh My: Childproofing Your Home

Here are some items, big and small, that you will want to consider when creating a child-friendly home.

Market Focus Report February 2017

Buyer activity is easily outpacing seller activity in much of the country, culminating in relatively quick sales and low supply.

Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Is Still the Most Profitable U.S. Market for Home Flippers

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

San Francisco Homeowner Remodeling Spend Is Among the Nation’s Highest

U.S. home-remodeling spend has surpassed its previous peak, as owners in metro areas like San Francisco, spare no expense on upgrades.

More U.S. Workers Are Telecommuting Amid Traffic Woes

Home sellers with an office space or a bonus room will likely find it an increasingly attractive amenity to buyers, as the number of Americans who telecommute is on the rise.

What Are Homebuyers’ Biggest Regrets?

Half of all U.S. homeowners would do something differently if they could repeat the purchase process.

Pets Have a Big Say in the Homes We Buy, Sell, and Remodel

A new report from the National Association of Realtors shows just how far we’ll go to keep our pets happy.

First-Time Buyers Overestimate Down-Payment Size

The down payment may not be as big of a hurdle as many first-time buyers believe.

Market Focus Report January 2017

January usually brings out a rejuvenated crop of buyers with a renewed enthusiasm for a new year. But in case you missed it, we have a new U.S. president, and in his first hour in office, removed the .25 percentage point rate cut on mortgage insurance premiums for loans backed by the FHA.

Direct From CES: Digital Gadgets Galore and Smart Home Technologies

This year’s International CES didn’t disappoint. It showed off a dazzling array of digital gadgets you didn’t know you needed.

Home Amenities More Important Than Size, Buyers Say

A recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that more than two-thirds of home buyers are willing to accept less living space in exchange for specific amenities.

A Checklist for Finding Your Dream Neighborhood

We’ve put together a high-level list of things to consider when plotting the location of your next home.

Q4 2016 Real Estate Report

The Q4 2016 Real Estate Market Report – brought to you by Payton+Binnings in conjunction with Christie’s/PUI!

How Long Will This Take? A Look at Major Home-Renovation Projects

Here’s a short guide on what timelines to expect for some common home-renovation projects.

San Francisco: Still a Top Five Global City for Foreign Real Estate Investors

San Francisco has ranked fifth best city for real estate investors on a global scale, unchanged from last year’s survey. It also ranks as the fifth most popular U.S. city for real estate investors

Real Estate Roundup: Voice Control Is the Leading Smart Home Feature

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

New Year Resolutions for Homebuyers and Sellers

Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying a home in 2017 — or selling one. Now is a good time to set some realistic goals!

What’s Happening in the Bay Area Jan 6-8, 2017

Regular roundup of events across the Bay Area, from the South Bay to the North – brought to you by Payton+Binnings!

Pacific Union Expands in California, Merges With Los Angeles-Based John Aaroe Group

Pacific Union is very excited to share they’re extending the firm’s geographic footprint to key Southern California real estate markets.

Update Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank

You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to make changes to your bathroom that will make you feel like you have a new space.

Suburban Communities Fit the Bill for Millennial Homebuyers

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of millennials are suburbanites, and most of them are buying their first homes in these types of communities.

Which Bay Area Housing Markets Are Hot and Which Are Not?

A review of the housing market performance of individual Bay Area cities and how they compare.

Keep Your Home and Loved Ones Safe This Holiday Season

Take a moment and review our checklist to help keep you and your loved ones safe during the holidays.

Something Winter This Way Comes: Tips for Protecting Your Home

Check out these tips for winter-proofing your home to prepare for the seasonal storms, which have already started.

Real Estate Roundup: Apple’s New Campus Boosts Silicon Valley Home Prices

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Smart Home Technologies Have Broad Appeal and Can Cut Insurance Bills

Internet-connected smart home devices have wide appeal with today’s buyers and some insurance carriers are offering discounts to owners who wire their home with smart amenities.

Demystifying Homeowner Associations

Homeowners associations act as both landlords and mini-governments to their members, which means homeowners have rights that HOAs should both acknowledge and protect.

It’s Fire Prevention Week: How Old Are the Smoke Alarms in Your Home?

How old are the smoke alarms in your home? Did you know that state and federal fire-safety officials recommend that smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years?

San Francisco: America’s Greenest City in 2016

The City by the Bay ranks No. 1 in the country for green lifestyle and policies, including job opportunities, local green-energy programs, and number of farmers’ markets.

Q3 2016 Real Estate Report

The Q3 2016 Real Estate Market Report – brought to you by Payton+Binnings in conjunction with Christie’s/PUI!

What’s Happening in the Bay Area Sept 30-Oct 2, 2016

Regular roundup of events across the Bay Area, from the South Bay to the North – brought to you by Payton+Binnings!

Smart Home Technology Gains Traction With Home Remodelers

Nearly half of all homeowners are adding smart technology upgrades when they undertake a remodeling project.

What’s the Value of Your Home? It Depends on Who’s Doing the Estimating

Owners’ estimates of home values rarely match the estimates of professional appraisers.

Real Estate Roundup: Very Few Bay Area Millennials Own Homes

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Real Estate Activity Takes a Backseat to the New School Year

Real estate activity takes a brief pause every year at this time as home buyers with young children settle into the new homes they bought in advance of the new school year.

Title Insurance — Is It Really Necessary?

Title insurance is one of those arcane parts of the home buying experience that many people don’t pay much attention to — until they have to.

Average Down-Payment Savings Time: 3 Years

According to a new NerdWallet survey, which found that one in four homeowners saved money every month in order to swing the down payment on their property.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area Aug 5-7, 2016

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Public Transit a Major Value-Add for Homebuyers, Survey Finds

A recent poll backs up what we here in the Bay Area have long known to be true: Access to public transportation is quite important to today’s home buyers.

Q2 2016 Real Estate Report

The Q2 2016 Real Estate Market Report – brought to you by Payton+Binnings in conjunction with Christie’s/PUI!

Real Estate Roundup: Golden State’s Energy Costs Are a Bargain

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area July 22-24, 2016

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Visualize! : Using Virtual Tools When Remodeling

Virtual reality is developing quickly and in five to ten years it will be an integrated part of people’s lives.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area July 1-4, 2016

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 23-26, 2016

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What Did Bay Area Home Prices Look Like 25 Years Ago?

We examined archived data from the California Association of Realtors to find out just how different U.S., state, and Bay Area home prices were when Joe Montana was the king of San Francisco and Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco reigned supreme in Oakland.

Real Estate Roundup: Affordable Housing, Top Schools Mix in These Bay Area ZIP Codes

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Researchers Say Your Backyard Is Good for Your Health

The benefits of an outdoor environment are many and varied. If you have a backyard, no matter how small, do yourself a favor and add greenery wherever you can.

Bay Area Inventory Opened Up in February but Remains Low

Inventory improved throughout most of the Bay Area from January to February, although the supply remains tight, helping to drive more homebuyers to inland markets both locally and statewide.

Springtime Beckons. So Does Your Backyard.

With springtime here, now is a good time to start planning those backyard improvements.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Feb 26-28, 2016

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Market Focus Report January 2016

December gives way every year to the optimism of January. This is particularly pronounced when the economy is strong and economists across the land are predicting increases in both prices and home sales.

Market Focus Report December 2015

Residential real estate is considered a healthy piece of the national economy. Declining unemployment, higher wages and low fuel prices have also conspired to improve personal budgets.

Bay Area Cities Rank Among Best in U.S. for Public Transit

San Francisco ranks No. 2 in the U.S., behind Washington, D.C., for best public-transit systems, with an overall index score of 98.12 out of a possible 100.

Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Millennials Are the Nation’s Highest Taxed

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

To Panic or Not to Panic: Think the Bay Area’s Real Estate Market Has the Jitters?

Real estate economic analysis, insight, and advice from leading expert and Pacific Union Economist Selma Hepp.

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Vacancy Rate Almost Nonexistent

VACANCY RATES EXTREMELY TIGHT IN SAN JOSE, SAN FRANCISCO The number of people flocking to the Bay Area to take advantage of our region’s booming economy, pleasant climate, and active lifestyle has pushed down local vacancy rates to the lowest in the U.S. while drivng up home prices and rents. RealtyTrac’s Q1 2016 U.S. Residential […]

A Variety of Homes for White House Contenders

It seems that the candidates from both political parties would rather talk about where they intend to live next — 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — than their current living arrangements. Here is a look at the private homes of the current Republican and Democratic party candidates.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Feb 12-15, 2016

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Homeowners Open Up to Open Kitchens

Almost half of all homeowners who recently renovated their kitchens were motivated by the desire to open it up to surrounding rooms.

Latest Home Design Trends Are Familiar in the Bay Area

Experts have confirmed what we in California have known all along: The Golden State continues to lead the way with the latest home-design trends.

Q4 2015 Real Estate Report

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area Jan 22-24, 2016

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area Jan 8-10, 2016

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U.S. Home Sales Projected to Reach Decade High in 2016

U.S. home sales should climb in 2016 to levels we haven’t seen since the last housing boom — with millennials leading the charge — as continued economic prosperity appears to be on the horizon.

Market Focus Report November 2015

Residential real estate is experiencing its best year since the recession. Home sales are actually set to have their best national showing since 2006.

Market Focus Report October 2015

Transitory periods in the market are common this time of year and jobless claims have also been at low levels.

Real Estate Roundup: Credit Restrictions to Ease in the New Year

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Winter Storms Are Coming. Are You Ready?

There is no debate about the strength of the El Niño weather patterns this winter. The steps you take now will greatly improve your chances of weathering the storms high and dry.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Nov 27-29, 2015

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Is Your Home Properly Insulated? Are You Sure?

90 percent of American homes don’t have enough insulation. Increased home insulation reportedly would also reduce levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

New-Home Construction Costs Explained

When you purchase a newly built home, what are you actually paying for?

3 Bay Area Cities Rank Among America’s 10 Greenest

It’s no big surprise that three of our local cities rank among the “greenest” in the U.S. Green communities, resulting in happier and healthier residents, but also helping to boost local economies and property values.

Pacific Union, John Burns Real Estate Consulting Offer Bay Area 2018 Outlook

For the second straight year, Pacific Union will join forces with Irvine, CA-based John Burns Real Estate Consulting to forecast real estate activity and economic conditions across the Bay Area.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Nov 6-8, 2015

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Market Focus Report September 2015

With positive economic news coming from many angles, there are no imminent factors to prepare for beyond the typical seasonal drop-off. The one thing we were anticipating in September, an increase in interest rates, did not happen. It most likely will before year’s end. Until then, get out and enjoy the season.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Oct 9-11, 2015

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Homebuyers: It’s October. Are You Ready?

October is a busy month for real estate. Buying a home is one the most important transactions of your lifetime, and it’s smart to have a strategy.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Sept 25-27, 2015

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Buying a Home? Insist on an Inspection.

If you’re in the market for a new home, don’t forget to include a home inspection on your list of priorities before you even think of signing a contract.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Sept 18-20, 2015

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Market Focus Report August 2015

With the economy on full mend, the Federal Reserve has predicted a fine-tuning of monetary policy before the year ends. In tandem with the improved economy, the unemployment rate remained at 5.3% for the second month in a row.

Real Estate Roundup: The Best Day of the Year to Buy a Bay Area Home

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Bay Area Millennials Pulling in the Nation’s Biggest Bucks

Generation Y workers in the Bay Area earn the largest salaries in the U.S. for their age group, as this demographic represents the largest share of home buyers.

California Homeowners Hesitant to Sell Due to Affordability, Inventory Concerns

Rising prices have tempted some California property owners to consider putting their homes on the market in the past year. But the majority are wary of actually pulling the trigger, as they are not sure where they will find their next home.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Sept 4-7, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area Aug 28-30, 2015

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Median Home Price Just Shy of Record High

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Today’s Smart-Home Devices Add Convenience, Value

There are plenty of reasons to incorporate smart-home technology into your life — especially greater home resale value.

Market Focus Report July 2015

According to the U.S. Census, the rate of home ownership is at its lowest since 1967.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area Aug 7-9, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 31-Aug 2, 2015

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3 Factors Contributing to Bay Area Home Sales Declines

So what’s causing the drop in sales at a time when so many people want to own a home in the Bay Area? Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin believes that three major factors are at work.

Bay Area Rental-Property Return Rates Lower Than National Average

Even with the Bay Area’s astronomical rental costs, expensive home prices mean that buyers who purchase an investment property they plan to rent will see smaller returns than those in the rest of the country.

Q2 2015 Real Estate Report

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 17-19, 2015

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Market Focus Report June 2015

Having six months of 2015 data in the books is great, but it is still just intermission at this halfway point of the year.

Market Focus Report May 2015

The U.S. economy has been pretty even so far this year. Nobody is predicting that the market will take a sudden turn.

Nearly 1/2 of California Homeowners Removing Lawns in Response to Drought

Home owners in drought-stricken California are nearly three times as likely to remove their lawn during an outdoor home-improvement job.

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Buyers Willing to Pay Large Premiums for the Right Neighborhood

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 3-5, 2015

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25 Pacific Union Professionals Rank Among Nation’s Best for Sales

The Payton+Binnings team, along with 24 of our colleagues at Pacific Union, have been ranked among the top 250 real estate professionals in the US on REAL Trends & The Wall Street Journal’s ‘The Thousand List.’

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 26-28, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 19-21, 2015

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California Homebuyers Say Neighborhood Safety Is Top Concern, Followed by Walkability, Schools

Neighborhood safety is the most important factor in choosing a new home, according to a new survey of California home buyers. Other top concerns include walk-ability and quality of schools.

Real Estate Executives Forecast More Growth in 2016

New home sales and prices should rise in the coming year, while the chance of a downturn over the next three years appears less likely than it did one year ago.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 12-14, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area May 22-24, 2015

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Buying a Home in the Bay Area Is Still Cheaper Than Renting

Home prices grew slightly faster than rents across the country over the past year, but purchasing a property remains the less-expensive option, thanks in part to low mortgage rates.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area May 15-17, 2015

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Buying a Home Can Be Stressful, No Question

People are more anxious about the home buying process (70 percent) than they are about getting a root canal (64 percent)!

Market Focus Report April 2015

As we turn the page to the second quarter of 2015, a proliferation of new listings is expected in most markets across the U.S.

Pacific Union Opens New San Francisco Headquarters

Pacific Union is pleased to announce that we’ve officially opened our new headquarters in San Francisco.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area May 1-3, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area April 17-19, 2015

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Market Focus Report March 2015

On average, more people are employed and making more money than they were at this time last year. All expectations in 2015 are for a healthy and energetic selling season.

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Homes Selling Fast This Spring

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area March 27-29, 2015

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In California, Water Conservation Begins at Home

Whether you are a home buyer or a seller, water conservation will increasingly be a part of your real estate discussions — and decisions.

Market Focus Report February 2015

There has been talk of abundant cold and snow this winter (unless you happen to live in California!). When weather patterns turn bad, like wicked bad, real estate industry pundits tend to go gloom, assuming that Americans hungry for homeownership are bothered by a little frozen precipitation. The nation will unfreeze, inventory is expected to […]

Whats Happening in the Bay Area March 13-15, 2015

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Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley a Hot Spot for U.S. Millionaires

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

March is a Busy Month for Buyers and Sellers. Are You Ready?

March is one of the busiest months of the year for Northern California home buyers and sellers. Are you ready for the springtime real estate rush?

Whats Happening in the Bay Area March 6-8, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area February 27-March 1, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area February 20-22, 2015

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San Francisco County’s Plan to Ease Housing Crunch

Mayor Ed Lee hopes to address affordability and pent-up demand in a plan to introduce 30,000 new and rehabilitated housing units throughout the city.

Market Focus Report January 2015

Housing inventory remained tight in January, but we hope to see an increase as Spring draws near.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area February 13-15, 2015

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The Coffeehouse Effect: Follow Starbucks for Neighborhoods With Rising Home Values

The opening of a Starbucks store is a remarkably accurate predictor of rising home prices in the area.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area February 6-8, 2015

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Real Estate Markets Tops for Flips

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area January 30-February 1, 2015

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Q4 2014 Real Estate Report

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area January 23-25, 2015

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area January 16-18, 2015

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Market Focus Report December 2014

The market has shifted from being drastically under supplied to approaching equilibrium. Price gains are still positive but less robust than last year.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area January 9-11, 2015

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Plan Ahead to Make Your New-Year Real Estate Resolutions a Reality

Follow these sensible steps to help make your 2015 real estate resolution a reality.

Bay Area Cities Rank Among Nation’s 10 Most Livable

Three of our local communities have been named among the 10 most livable in the U.S., which should help drive continued demand for local real estate in 2015.

Real Estate Roundup: Will San Francisco Rental Property Owners Soon Cash Out?

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area December 19-21, 2014

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Market Focus Report November 2014

With 2015 near, some are pontificating about a potential change in interest rates. With virtually no inflation, rates will likely remain low for most of 2015 but could flirt with 5.0 percent toward the end of next year.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area December 12-14, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area December 5-7, 2014

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2015 Guide to Bay Area Private Schools

Considering private school for your children? Read the 2015 Guide to Bay Area Private Schools from San Francisco Magazine.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area November 21-23, 2014

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November May Be the Perfect Time to Sell Your Home

Several studies show that, on average, homes listed in November and December are more likely to sell, and at a quicker pace and closer to asking price.

Bay Area Real Estate Outlook 2017: 5 Key Takeaways

Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin, JBREC CEO John Burns, and JBREC Senior Vice President Dean Wehrli  introduced the report and expanded on the factors that will shape the Bay Area and Tahoe/Truckee real estate landscape over the next three years.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area November 14-16, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area November 7-9, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 31-November 2, 2014

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Q3 2014 Real Estate Report

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 24-26, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 17-19, 2014

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Rent Prices Increasing Faster Than Home Prices

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 3-6, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area September 26-28, 2014

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Market Focus Report August 2014

The macro trend is still positive; the micro trend involves more moderate pinching up and down the month-to-month timeline.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area September 5-7, 2014

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What’s the Right Asking Price for Your Home?

Setting the right asking price depends on a variety of practical factors.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area August 29-September 1, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area August 22-24, 2014

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Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley – Home to Highest Salaries in U.S.

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area August 15-17, 2014

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Market Focus Report July 2014

Rising inventory levels will lead to more choices for qualified buyers, but as the summer reaches toward fall, the prospect of more homes coming on the market begins to wane.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area August 8-10, 2014

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The 10 Best San Francisco Neighborhoods for Home Sellers

Find out which specific neighborhoods San Francisco home sellers could expect to rake in the highest premiums.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area August 1-3, 2014

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Q2 2014 Real Estate Report

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 25-27, 2014

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Three Reasons Why This Housing Cycle Is Not a Bubble

“Warren Buffet said, “Buy all the real estate you can,” in a 2009 television interview. I suspect we will all feel the same way in 2019 when we look back at today’s market.”

Market Focus Report June 2014

Housing seemed to have a slow start to the spring selling season, but appearances deceive.

Bay Area a Top Destination for Buyers From China — and From France and Russia, Too

NAR said that San Francisco was also a top destination for buyers from France, Russia, New Zealand, and Singapore who conducted property searches on Realtor.com in May.

Statistics Reveal ‘Typical’ California Homebuyer

The typical California home buyer is 48 years old and an ethnic minority, with a college degree and a household income of more than $100,000.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 11-13, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 3-6, 2014

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Bay Area Still Best in U.S. for Job Satisfaction

Bay Area employees are also the most satisfied in the country, an intangible that will surely help our region continue to attract highly skilled workers and drive fierce demand for housing.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 27-29, 2014

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Drought Conditions Call for Special Attention to Landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is much more than simply choosing a desert motif and packing your yard with cacti and succulents.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 20-22, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 13-15, 2014

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Market Focus Report May 2014

The American Dream of home ownership is alive and well, but here in San Francisco, buyers must contend with an array of market factors.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 6-8, 2014

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Curb Appeal Starts With a Smartly Painted Home

A smartly painted home will catch the eye of a prospective buyer before anything else.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area May 30 – June 1, 2014

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Home Sales Bloom in April

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area May 16-18, 2014

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A Reminder to Homebuyers: Annoy Sellers at Your Peril

Prospective buyers would do well to remember that they won’t get any closer to their goal of home ownership by annoying sellers.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area May 9-11, 2014

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Real Estate Roundup: Home Flippers Net Handsome Profits

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area May 3-4, 2014

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Real Estate Tops Gold as Best Long-Term Investment

Real estate ranks ahead of gold, stocks, bonds, or savings accounts as the best long-term investment today.

Q1 2014 Real Estate Report

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area April 25-27, 2014

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San Francisco Luxury Real Estate Prices Growing But Still a Relative Bargain

Even with vigorous price and sales volume gains, San Francisco remains a relative bargain when compared with other top international cities.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area April 18-20, 2014

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Market Focus Report March 2014

Low inventory has been the headline grabber across the nation, but it’s especially evident here in San Francisco where properties continue to be snapped up at a furious pace.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area April 11-13, 2014

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area April 4-6, 2014

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Freddie Mac: Bay Area Housing Markets Gaining Strength and Stabilizing

The San Francisco metro area ranked 13th among the nation’s top 50 metro markets in terms of stable housing conditions.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area March 28-30, 2014

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Spring Home-Maintenance Checklist

Although the Bay Area enjoyed an unseasonably warm winter with fewer than average storms, that doesn’t necessarily mean your home emerged unscathed.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area March 21-23, 2014

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The 7 Best Improvements to Make Your Home Sell Faster

Some home-improvement projects will go a long way in helping your property stand out above others.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area March 14-16, 2014

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Market Focus Report February 2014

As mortgage delinquencies fade, banks are listing bargain-priced product less often. That means investor activity – which accounts for a substantial market share – is moderating.

Buying a Home in the Bay Area Is Still More Affordable Than Renting

Even with a sustained rise in home prices over the past year, buying a home is significantly cheaper than renting one in the Bay Area.

Some Remodeling Projects Pay Off Better Than Others

If you’re thinking of making improvements before putting your home on the market, the National Association of Realtors suggests you focus on outdoor projects first.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area February 28 – March 2, 2014

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Top Tips for Mortgage Borrowers in 2014

In the market for a mortgage? Take a look at these helpful mortgage tips for 2014.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area February 22-23, 2014

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Market Focus Report January 2014

Potential trends to watch for in 2014 include increased seller activity, more new construction and fewer foreclosures on the market.

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Luxury Home Sales Reach Record Highs

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area February 7-9, 2014

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San Francisco Metro Area Posts Big Home Price Increases for Ninth Straight Month

Home price appreciation in the San Francisco metro area remained robust in November, with 20-plus percent year-over-year gains for the ninth consecutive month.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area January 31 – February 2, 2014

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Spotlight on Sellers: They’re Eager to Buy Again

After regaining equity in their homes last year, sellers are eager to get back into the market again.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area January 24-26, 2014

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Home Automation Moving Closer to Reality

Real smart-home technology is advancing rapidly and may become an integral part of our daily lives in as soon as five years.

Q4 2013 Real Estate Report

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Market Focus Report December 2013

Here in San Francisco, the proverbial glass remained more than half full throughout the year.

Real Estate Roundup: Study Shows Winter Hottest Season for Home Sellers

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area December 13-15, 2013

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REX HomeBuyer Helps Pacific Union Clients Buy More Home for Less Down Payment

Take advantage of a whole new way to buy a home while saving cash in this current market of high prices: REXHomeBuyer down-payment funding from San Francisco-based FirstREX.

Market Focus Report November 2013

As families gather together, fewer house hunters are scheduling showings and writing offers.

Twelve Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter Months

In today’s super-heated Bay Area real estate market, eager home buyers are on the lookout year-round. When other homes are temporarily off the market, yours will be the center of attention.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area December 6-8, 2013

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area November 28-December 1, 2013

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area November 22-24, 2013

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Most-Popular Features in Luxury Homes Change With the Times

The shifting sands of consumer tastes are revealed in the latest “lab report” from Trulia, which examined the last two years of luxury-home listings to see what amenities are trending up and down.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area November 15-17, 2013

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Walkable, Mixed-Use Neighborhoods Rate Highest, Survey Finds

It turns out that walk-ability is emerging as a major factor in home buyer preferences as families increasingly turn away from cookie-cutter developments devoid of retail stores and restaurants in favor of mixed-use neighborhoods.

Market Focus Report October 2013

This year has been spectacular for residential real estate. Robust gains in sales and prices were felt throughout San Francisco’s 10 Residential Districts, with median single family home prices cresting the $1 million mark in both April and May.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area November 8-10, 2013

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Moving? Plan Ahead for Your Pet’s Welfare

Days of confusion as your home is packed up are followed by the move itself, ending in unfamiliar surroundings at the new home. It’s no wonder if your dog or cat is freaked out by the whole experience.

Foreclosures Take a Steep Dive in California; Shadow Inventory Is Gone

A year ago, as the housing recovery started to take hold in California, analysts warned of a “shadow inventory” of homes on the verge of foreclosure that could stop the recovery in its tracks.

Bay Area Move-Up Buyers: Now Is the Time to Act!

Many would-be move-up buyers have been sitting on the sidelines in recent months, crossing their fingers that the Bay Area’s super heated real estate market will cool. But conditions are about to get tougher – so hesitant move-up buyers should act now.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 25-27, 2013

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Q3 2013 Real Estate Report

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 18-20, 2013

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Market Focus Report September 2013

While children returned to classrooms in September, buyers continued to scour the City for available housing stock and sellers closed transactions in fewer days than any other month this year.

The Sun Is Shining, but It’s Never Too Early for Home-Winterization Projects

Winter is waiting in the wings, and all those home-maintenance and winterizing projects you set aside during the summer months still need to be completed before the rain and cold of December hits.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 11-13, 2013

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Rooftop Solar Panels in California More Affordable Than Ever

The dream of a rooftop solar installation is quickly becoming a reality in California, with prices falling to that of a moderately priced new car and lenders increasingly willing to offer financing.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area October 4-6, 2013

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Americans Staying in Their Homes Longer

Americans today are staying in their current homes longer than at any time in at least the past 50 years, and it’s not just a result of the 2007-2012 housing downturn.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area September 27-29, 2013

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Real Estate Roundup: Homebuilders Keep Busy

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Whats Happening in the Bay Area September 20-22, 2013

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Your Age Helps Determine the Home You Buy

A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors found sharp differences in the choices made by younger and older home buyers, reflecting different life situations and changing priorities.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area September 14-15, 2013

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Market Focus Report – August 2013

Despite rising mortgage rates, single-family homes, condos, TICs and cooperatives throughout the city were snatched up in an average of 37 days.

Looking for Home-Improvement Ideas? Consider Upgrading to a ‘Smart Home’

Never mind painters and interior designers. Your next remodeling job at home may call for technology consultants.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area September 6-8, 2013

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Pacific Union’s Best San Francisco Outdoor Activities

Though September marks the beginning of autumn for residents in many parts of the U.S., here in San Francisco, the month unofficially ushers in Indian summer.

Cigarette Smoke Snuffs Out Higher Home Prices

If health warnings haven’t been able to get you or a loved one to quit smoking, maybe financial incentives–we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars–will do the trick.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area August 30-September 2, 2013

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Bay Area Ranks High Among US Housing-Recovery Leaders

Two Bay Area regions rank among the top five leading the U.S. housing recovery, outperforming most of the nation in decreased foreclosure activity, growing median price, fewer underwater homes, and rising employment.

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Sales Volume Reaches Seven-Year High

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Market Focus Report – July 2013

Housing continues to help the greater economy with flourishing activity in sales and prices. Housing has made a positive contribution to real GDP growth for 11 consecutive quarters.

The Bay Area’s Hottest Real Estate Markets

Over the past year, Bay Area homes have become an extremely valuable commodity, as buyers grapple not only with rising prices but also slim supply.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area August 9-11, 2013

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One-Third of US Homebuyers Willing to Pay More Than List Price

In certain regions of Bay Area, above-list sales prices have been the norm for the past year.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 26-28, 2013

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Q2 2013 Real Estate Report

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The Bay Area’s Most Walkable Locations for Homebuyers

Here are the best neighborhoods, cities, and towns for Bay Area homebuyers who want to leave the car in the garage and lace up their walking shoes.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 19-21, 2013

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The Pros and Cons of Buying a Home with a Swimming Pool

Before diving into a home with this classic backyard amenity, would-be homeowners should weigh the pluses and minuses.

Market Focus Report – June 2013

Housing activity is a bright spot in the current economic recovery. Watch for continuing indications that more homes are selling in less time and at higher price points.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area July 12-14, 2013

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Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Prices Expected to Lead US in 2014

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Scam Alert: Beware of Moving Companies That Hold Belongings Hostage

Moving your household belongings is difficult enough. Getting into a dispute with your moving company can be a headache on steroids.

Real Estate Roundup: City Home Prices Edge Suburbs in Most US Metro Areas

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Seismic Retrofitting: The Nuts and Bolts of Securing Your Home

While most Californians likely push the possibility of an earthquake to the back of their minds, potential seismic activity is an inevitable fact of life in the Bay Area. That’s why it’s essential for homeowners to know whether their house could indeed withstand an earthquake and take the necessary precautions to protect their family and property.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 28-30, 2013

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Benefits of Homeownership Are Deep, Lasting

Recent research has found that owning a home can make families healthier, happier, and more financially secure.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 21-23, 2013

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Housing Inventory Levels Continue Upward Trend in US, Bay Area

We’re not out of the woods yet, but housing inventory levels seem to be improving in the Bay Area and the U.S. after a long, painful drought.

Market Focus Report – May 2013

While our unique neighborhood market conditions may differ, the market as a whole has summertime heat.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 14-16, 2013

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Real Estate Roundup: Trouble Getting a Loan Means Trouble Buying a Home

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

Whats Happening in the Bay Area June 7-9, 2013

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San Francisco, Santa Rosa Metro Areas Ranked Among Top 25 Spots for Home Flipping

Did home flipping make a big comeback in the Bay Area last year? A recent report suggests that’s the case.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area May 31-June 2, 2013

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area May 24-27, 2013

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To Buy or Sell First in Today’s Hot Bay Area Real Estate Market?

The age-old real estate quandary of whether to buy a new home or sell your existing property first can prove tricky in any market.

One-Fifth of New Homes are ‘Green’

“Green” homes are quickly moving into the mainstream of the housing industry as component costs drop and consumer interest continues to grow.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area May 10-12, 2013

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area May 3-5, 2013

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Market Focus Report – April 2013

Spring has sprung alongside housing prices.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area April 26-28, 2013

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Q1 2013 Real Estate Report

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area April 19-21, 2013

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Bay Area Included in Study That Links Public Transit With Stable Property Values

Living near a public transit line can be a desirable perk in crowded cities, but a recent study revealed that it also helps keep home prices stable.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area April 12-14, 2013

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area April 5-7, 2013

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Market Focus Report – March 2013

Love and (Bidding) Wars in the San Francisco Home Market

What’s Happening in the Bay Area March 29-31, 2013

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Real Estate Roundup: Lending Standards Loosen, Bright Forecasts for Spring

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area March 22-24, 2013

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Take Steps to Protect Your Home From Mold

Mold spores are present everywhere in our environment. But with a little bit of effort you can keep household mold in its place – out of your home.

Housing Leads California, U.S. Recovery, Signals Strong Sales in 2013 — UCLA Analysis

The prospects for robust real estate activity in the coming year just got a shot in the arm with a report from UCLA’s business school that predicts a steady drop in unemployment across California and continued improvements in the state and national economy.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area March 15-17, 2013

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area March 8-10, 2013

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Digital Tools Make Home Inventories Easy

Whether you are preparing to move or happily settled, it’s important to keep an inventory of your household possessions.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area March 1-3, 2013

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Planning an Open House? The Right Scent May Help You Sell Your Home

Sellers preparing their home for an open house may be tempted to put a batch of cookies in the oven, following the conventional wisdom that the smell of baked goods will make buyers feel at home – and more likely to buy.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area February 22-24, 2013

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Market Focus Report – February 2013

San Francisco homes continue to sell fast and high as inventory drops.

Busy Season for California Homebuyers Is Just Ahead — Are You Ready?

Springtime is just around the corner, and that means a whole new crop of prospective homebuyers will soon emerge in towns and neighborhoods across the Bay Area in search of the home of their dreams.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area February 15-17, 2013

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San Francisco’s Housing Market in Two Words: ‘Healthy’ and ‘Booming’

San Francisco is home to the second-healthiest housing market in the United States, according to a recent analysis, a distinction that bodes well for home buyers and sellers all over the Bay Area.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area February 8-10, 2013

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2013: Timing Is Right for Bay Area Sellers

The Bay Area’s real estate markets are poised for a busy year ahead.

Real Estate Roundup: Luxury Homes in Demand; Mortgage Rates, Home Prices Rising

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to home buyers, home sellers, and the home-curious.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area February 1-3, 2013

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area January 25-27, 2013

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Market Focus Report – January 2013

San Francisco housing market maintains positive outlook for the new year.

Q4 2012 Real Estate Report

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area January 18-20, 2013

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Home Inspections: A Primer and Checklist

Home inspections are an essential part of the home buying process, but what constitutes a thorough inspection and how do you find the right professional to do the job?

Planning to Sell? Get Cleaning, Get a Stager.

The decision to sell your home may come after many months of deliberation, but once you’ve made the decision and have talked with a real estate professional, give yourself some additional time to prepare the property.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area January 11-13, 2013

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2012 to Set a Record for Housing Affordability

The year 2012 was one of the most affordable years ever to buy a home as prices hit bottom and mortgage rates set record lows.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area January 4-6, 2013

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A Last Look at a Busy Year in Bay Area Real Estate

The new year dawns with bright prospects for an active and successful year in Bay Area real estate.

Strong Jobs Report Helps Ring in the New Year

The latest employment numbers confirm that the Bay Area continues to drive California’s economic recovery, with employers increasingly calling back laid-off workers and thousands of new jobs helping to expand the economic base — and keep our real estate markets busy well into the new year.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area December 28-30, 2012

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What’s Happening in the Bay Area December 21-23, 2012

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Market Focus Report – December 2012

San Francisco housing market remains upbeat throughout holiday season.

A Look at Real Estate Trends in the New Year

The new year is less than two weeks away, and with it come all sorts of questions and uncertainties about the housing market in 2013.

Conditions Are Improving, but Tight Housing Supply Is Limiting Growth

The tight supply of homes for sale in Western states held back pending sales in October, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area November 30-December 2, 2012

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Market Focus Report – November 2012

While the fall season typically signals a slowing down for most real estate markets, San Francisco’s housing market has continued to remain active and in some areas, vibrant.

Bay Area Job Growth, Healthy Housing Markets May Outshine Washington’s Fiscal Cliff

Like the Grinch at Christmas, dire warnings of an approaching “fiscal cliff” threaten to steal any goodwill remaining from the November elections and turn the holiday season into a political nail-biter.

What is a TIC and is Owning One Risky?

Tenancies-in-common, also called tenants-in-common or TICs, remain a popular housing option in San Francisco – but they can prove befuddling to the uninitiated.

Russian Hill Offers Stunning Views, Cable Cars, and the World’s Crookedest Street

A classic San Francisco neighborhood, Russian Hill offers stunning views, vibrant businesses, and plenty of local history.

Bay Area Leads U.S. in Home Price Gains; Homeownership Still Lags

The Bay Area leads the nation in rising home prices over the past three-and-a-half years, according to statistics the Wall Street Journal compiled from the monthly S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

Realtors’ 2012 Housing Survey: Competition Is the Name of the Game in California

A highly competitive market pushed California’s housing recovery into high gear in 2012, forcing homebuyers into bidding wars for available homes and rewarding sellers with the strongest prices seen in years.

Is It Risky to Buy a Home with Unpermitted Work?

Many Bay Area homebuyers have been there. You’re checking out listings online and find a great two-bedroom house with a “bonus” in-law unit downstairs. Or you get the disclosures for what looked like your dream home — only to discover the current owner added a bathroom without permits.

Petaluma Celebrates Ghoulies and Ghosties and Things That Go Bump in the Night

A century ago, Petaluma was rightly famous as the “World’s Egg Basket.” Today, chicken farms have given way to cattle ranches and vineyards, and Sonoma County‘s second largest city enjoys a reputation as a relaxed community that effortlessly blends rural and urban sensibilities.

Head to Kentfield for Great Weather, Schools

Nestled in the heart of Marin County, the unincorporated community of Kentfield enjoys beautiful weather, large lot sizes, and a highly ranked school system.

Q3 2012 Real Estate Report

The Q3 2012 Real Estate Market Report – brought to you by Payton+Binnings in conjunction with Christie’s/PUI!

Extraordinary Excellence from an Americas Cup Champion

At Christie’s/Pacific Union we value teamwork, excellence, and extraordinary effort — and so does the Artemis Racing America’s Cup team.

Bay Area Homes More Affordable Than Ever

The California Association of Realtors has released its quarterly Housing Affordability Index…

3 Marin County Towns Among Favorite Seaside Spots

Not one, but three Marin County towns have been named to an exclusive list of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.

Bay Area Real Estate Is Up, Even Though U.S. Ecomony is Down

U.S. employment numbers released last week helped renew fears that the U.S. economic recovery is sputtering, but it’s a very different story here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

America’s View of Real Estate Professionals Improving

Americans are increasingly confident in the honesty and integrity of real estate professionals, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Christie’s/Pacific Union Expanding To Lake Tahoe!

Pacific Union is the largest independent real estate firm in the Bay Area, and we’re getting bigger!

What’s Happening In The Bay Area June 8-10, 2012

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What’s Happening In The Bay Area May 25-28, 2012

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What’s Happening In The Bay Area May 18-20, 2012

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What’s Happening In The Bay Area May 11-13, 2012

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Trend Watch: More Renters are Ready to Become Buyers

Deep inside a home renter lurks a potential home buyer. And as the housing industry climbs toward firm footing, renters are thinking more about owning a piece of property they can call home.

May Real Estate Market Update

It’s a sellers’ market across the Bay Area, with buyers in April snapping up properties in all six counties served by Pacific Union / Christie’s real estate professionals.

What’s Happening In The Bay Area May 4-6, 2012

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Multiple Offers Are Back – But With a Twist

Looking for signs that a housing recovery is finally taking hold in the Bay Area? Look no further than the number of multiple offers we’re seeing in properties across the region.

Vacation Homes Give Housing Markets a Lift

Weekend getaways and summer vacations are good at reviving your spirits. Turns out they’re good at reviving the housing industry, too.

America’s Cup a Draw for SF Homebuyers

There’s a new real estate boom under way in San Francisco, with a select group of properties commanding top prices among buyers frantic to make a deal. And it’s all due to the America’s Cup.

What’s Happening In The Bay Area April 27-29, 2012

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Housing Down? Not In Our Back Yard.

A pair of home sales reports released this week seemed to splash cold water on the prospects of a housing market recovery. But here’s one thing the reports don’t mention: You can’t paint the Bay Area with the same broad brush as the rest of the country.

What’s Happening In The Bay Area April 20-22, 2012

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San Francisco Market Focus Report | April 2012

As inventory remains low and unchanged, San Francisco homes sell even faster.

Christie’s/PacificUnion Named to 2012 Power Broker List

The accolades keep coming for Pacific Union International: We have been named one of the nation’s top “Power Brokers” in a report just released by RISMedia’s Real Estate Magazine.

To Get a Mortgage, Start With the Perfect Loan File

Getting a mortgage approval isn’t what’s tough for most consumers. Rather, it’s the challenge of meeting the new documentation requirements that sends most people screaming for the hills. So says Mark Greene in Forbes. Greene argues that most lenders aren’t looking to underwrite the perfect loan (e.g., one that pays back the lender on time). Instead, they are looking for the perfect loan file. Here’s how to make sure yours is up to snuff.

What’s Happening In The Bay Area April 13-15, 2012

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Where Do You Want To Live Your Life?

Watch this video to get the creative juices flowing as you attempt to answer this question…

What’s Happening In The Bay Area April 6-8, 2012

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Christie’s/Pacific Union of San Francisco Ranked #5 in USA for Agent Productivity!

It’s official: Christie’s / Pacific Union International’s sales professionals are among the most productive in the United States!

San Francisco Market Focus Report | March 2012

Poignant observations of our local market from our friends at the San Francisco Association of Realtors…

What’s Happening In The Bay Area March 30-April 1, 2012

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Much Needed Inventory Could Be Coming Soon!

What’s one of our secrets to predicting the arrival of new, fresh inventory to the market? We talk regularly with different stagers to get an idea of their sales pipelines- which can become a useful leading indicator of an inventory surge or an inventory shortage.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area March 24-25, 2012

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Finally a Good Time for Sellers?

Market dynamics are setting the stage for an amazing post-Super Bowl selling season, absent one critical ingredient. Sellers are now encouraged to join the party! In all six Bay Area counties served by Christie’s/PUI, properties under contract are growing at accelerating and exciting rates.

How Interest Rates Affect Purchasing Power

We’re sure it comes as no surprise to most of you, but did you know that interest rates have a direct affect on what one can afford? A little number crunching shows just how much purchasing power is lost with interest rate increases. Ae the economy recovers, we outline why it may be better to buy now than waiting for the market to bottom out.

NYT: If Silicon Valley Costs a Lot Now, Wait Until the Facebook Update

As the New York Times reports: “It will be some time before the first Facebook shares are sold to the public, and even longer before Facebook’s employees are able to turn their paper wealth into cash and officially take their places as the newest members of the 1 percent. But the mere anticipation of the event may pour a little kerosene onto what is already a fairly hot local real estate market.”

San Francisco Market Focus Report | February 2012

Low interest rates and spring-like weather have brought more buyers into the market—but despite these encouraging trends, inventory has tightened. The San Francisco Association of Realtors weighs in.

What’s Happening in the Bay Area – February 24-26, 2012

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