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. In its 2016 Housing Forecast, Realtor.com projects … Continue reading

Bay Area Housing Markets Highly Unaffordable for Low-Down-Payment Buyers

Although nine out of 10 U.S. homes are more affordable than their historic averages for buyers using low-down-payment programs, that’s not the case here in the Bay Area, according to a recent report. In a study conducted with Down Payment … Continue reading

Golden State Real Estate Markets Stay Sizzling in June

Demand for homes in California showed no sign of cooling as summer officially began, with three Bay Area cities named among the nation’s five most booming real estate markets. In a new report, Realtor.com ranks the hottest U.S. real estate markets … 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

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

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

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