Real Estate Roundup: 4 Bay Area Cities Rank Among Best for Millennials

Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious. GENERATION Y FLOCKING TO THESE BAY AREA COMMUNITIES The Bay Area’s top-notch job market and cosmopolitan lifestyle are a big draw for millennials, the generation … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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