Worried About Interest Rates? Just Be Glad It’s Not the 1980s

Rising interest rates are a real concern today, but a recent blog post on Freddie Mac’s website helps put the topic in perspective. The average interest rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage this week was 4.4 percent, up from 4.32 percent last week … Continue reading

Homebuyers Are Happy, Led by Millennials

Recent homebuyers are overwhelmingly happy with their purchases, according to a recent survey, but the reasons why depend on the age of the buyer. Most younger buyers consider their homes strong investments, while older buyers view their new homes as … Continue reading

California, Bay Area Economic Recovery Still Going Strong

As we reported earlier this week, Freddie Mac recently issued a sunny 2014 forecast for the U.S. housing market but noted that job growth will play a key role in the ongoing recovery. California’s February unemployment report bolsters Freddie Mac’s optimistic outlook here in … Continue reading

Home Prices in Three Bay Area Counties Near the Million-Dollar Mark

If home prices in certain parts of the Bay Area continue their steady rise, even more buyers will find themselves staring at seven-figure price tags in the near future. Strong appreciation over the past year has pushed the median single-family … Continue reading

REAL ESTATE MARKETING DRONES SPOTTED IN CONTRA COSTA COMMUNITY

Back in December, we relayed how an Illinois real estate agent had constructed drones for the purposes of taking aerial photographs of his listings. It seems the same idea has taken wing and flown west, landing in the Contra Costa County community … Continue reading

SILICON VALLEY ECONOMY EXPLODING

The current tech boom is bringing high wages and low unemployment rates to Silicon Valley, so much so that a recent SFGate article claims that its economy has returned to heights seen in the dot-com era. Using data from Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s annual … Continue reading

Looking for a Home, Like Looking for Love, Is an Affair of the Heart

Looking for the perfect home, it turns out, is a lot like looking for love. Prospective homebuyers frequently develop “crushes” on certain properties and drive by or go online for a second or third look while technically still playing the … Continue reading

U.S. HOME PRICE GAINS BEST SINCE 2005

Home prices across the nation grew year over year for the 22nd straight month and saw the largest gains in eight years, according to CoreLogic’s December Home Price Index. “Last year, home prices rose 11 percent, the highest rate of annual … Continue reading

$2 MILLION-PLUS HOME SALES SOAR IN BAY AREA

High-end homes throughout the Bay Area sold at a record pace in 2013, according to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News. Citing figures from research firm DataQuick, the publication reports that 2,604 homes priced above $2 million sold in … Continue reading

21 Reasons Marin County Is The Most Beautiful County

1. Sunrises. Flickr: arrighi / Creative Commons 2. The view of the Bridge from the Headlands. Flickr: opusbloo / Creative Commons 3. Except for when it gets shy. Flickr: pwinker / Creative Commons Which is also still very beautiful. 4. The Headlands in general. Flickr: l1mey / Creative … Continue reading