Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin Named Nation’s Top Real Estate Leader

San Francisco, November 11, 2013 – Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union, has been named the recipient of the 2013 RISMedia Real Estate Leadership Award. McLaughlin accepted the award at RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Dinner on November 8, held … Continue reading

Home Prices Are Rising in Palo Alto’s Popular Crescent Park Neighborhood

With handsome homes situated on large lots but still just a short stroll from happening downtown Palo Alto, quiet Crescent Park is one of the northern Santa Clara County city’s most coveted neighborhoods. Separated from neighboring Menlo Park (and San Mateo County) to the north by … Continue reading

Mortgage Rates Will Top 5 Percent in 2014, Bankers Say

Look for mortgage rates to rise above 5 percent next year and average 5.5 percent by the end of 2015, according to the latest forecast from the Mortgage Bankers Association. Those rates are low when compared with historical levels – which averaged … Continue reading

Rooftop Solar Panels in California More Affordable Than Ever

For many California homeowners, installing a residential solar-power system is little more than an attractive dream: Sure, it would be great to sell power back to PG&E, and the environmental benefit is obvious, but solar installations are simply too expensive to be … Continue reading

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. Data from the United States Census Bureau reveals that Americans in … Continue reading

Real Estate Roundup: Lengthy Government Shutdown Could Stall Housing Recovery

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious: PROLONGED GOVERNMENT CLOSURE MAY HINDER MORTGAGE LOANS The U.S. government shutdown, which began October 1, could prove to be more than just a temporary annoyance … Continue reading

Real Estate Roundup: Home Prices Post Gains for 17th Consecutive Month

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious: U.S. HOME PRICES INCREASE FOR 17TH STRAIGHT MONTH Year-over-year increases in U.S. home prices continued for the 17th consecutive month in July, according to CoreLogic. The company’s … Continue reading

Shortage of Lots Will Drive New – Home Prices Even Higher

Are you trying to choose between buying an existing home or a newly constructed one? Look for new-home prices to jump dramatically in the coming months, as homebuilders face a shortage of suitable lots. USA Today reported this week that a … Continue reading

Have Low Housing Inventories Hit Bottom?

Tight supplies of homes for sale have stymied would-be buyers in the Bay Area – and in many parts of California and the U.S. – for many long months. And the shortages have spurred bidding wars, driving up home prices … Continue reading

Marin schools fare well in state test score rankings

Twenty-three Marin schools scored perfect 10s in school rankings based on test scores released Friday by the state Department of Education. Public school rankings, which are released each spring, range from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible … Continue reading