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Pacific Union Earns Prestigious Award for Custom Technology Tool

Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that we recently won a prestigious accolade for our custom-built digital tool, which allows real estate professionals to give high-quality client presentations with the click of a button. The Web Marketing Association … Continue reading

Remodel or Move Up?

Have you noticed lately how it seems that everywhere you look people are either remodeling their existing homes or considering a new one? Not surprising when you look at what is happening in Marin Real estate. The local real estate … Continue reading

California Housing Shortage Holds Back Sales

A typical seasonal slowdown coupled with an exceptionally tight supply of available homes for sale held back California’s housing market at the start of 2013. Home sales in January were down 6 percent from December and 3.9 percent from a … Continue reading

Survey: Americans Give Their Homes High Marks

Most Americans are happy with their living arrangements, with 71 percent rating their homes highly – from eight to 10 on a 10-point scale – and 29 percent giving their homes the “best” rating of 10, according to a broad … Continue reading

San Rafael’s Dominican Neighborhood Offers Tree-Lined Streets, Convenience

Known for its East Coast feel, beautiful tree-lined streets, and elegant homes, San Rafael’s Dominican neighborhood also offers great walkability and convenience. The neighborhood, sometimes called Black Canyon, surrounds Dominican University of California, from which it gets its name. Its … Continue reading

Real Estate Roundup: Affordability Rises in Bay Area; Bullish Sales Reports; FHA Programs Safe

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious: HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IMPROVES Housing affordability improved in four Bay Area counties in the fourth quarter of 2012, while declining in one county and holding steady … Continue reading

2013: Timing Is Right for Bay Area Sellers

The Bay Area’s real estate markets are poised for a busy year ahead. Buyers are eager and anxious. The pent-up demand that sparked bidding wars and pushed home sales into record territory in 2012 shows no sign of slowing down … Continue reading

Home Inspections: A Primer and Checklist

Home inspections are an essential part of the homebuying process, but what constitutes a thorough inspection and how do you find the right professional to do the job? A general inspection is meant to identify structural or systemic problems in a home: Construction: Condition of walls, ceilings, floors, foundation, … Continue reading

Marin Monthly Market Update – January

This is a great document that shows by city, by price and property type percent of properties in contract. Over 35% of in contract is generally indicative of a sellers market. A balanced market is usually  25-35% in  contract Generally, … Continue reading

The Federal Reserve Board Meeting

Important information from one of my trusted mortgage brokers, Jill Carothers at All California Mortgage: jill@thecarothersgroup.com, 415-686-0699. The Federal Reserve Board (the Fed) is holding the first of its eight scheduled meetings for the year, which takes place at approximate … Continue reading