What to Do When Your Home Appraisal is Too Low

Home appraisals can be tricky. Though we recently discussed how to get the best outcome for your home appraisal, things don’t always go as planned. Many factors, both internal and external, can impact the final result of your appraisal. So, what to do when your home appraisal is too low? 1. Realize that you aren’t alone Particularly in rising housing markets, a lower-than-expected appraisal happens more often than you might think. Appraisal results can be influenced…

Contra Costa County Real Estate Market Data

If there were any doubt, today’s Bay Area real estate market can be summed up as described by a recent Mercury News article: “Bay Area real estate: too many buyers, not enough houses.” Despite our continued seller’s market, you can still prepare to make a great investment with current Contra Costa County real estate market data in hand. In 2016, sales and median home prices increased in Alamo, Clayton, El Cerrito, Martinez, Oakley, and Orinda, making these…

2016 Real Estate Trends

Things are looking good for real estate in 2016! With a stabilized market and confident consumers, this is the year to buy or sell a home. Read on for more details on 2016 real estate trends and how you can benefit from the state of the current housing market. 1. The return of normalcy Once upon a time, the housing market seemed reasonably predictable. According to Realtor.com, home prices will continue growing this year, but at…

The Housing Market: From Bust to Boom

The housing market is a hot conversation topic across the nation. While some markets crawl back from the last housing bust, other markets–the San Francisco Bay Area included–vaulted to a housing boom. You’ve likely seen news articles stating that the Bay Area’s housing market is the hottest in the country. With record rents, skyrocketing home prices, and tons of new commercial and residential building, the Bay Area housing boom is impossible to ignore whether you are a…

Do Green Homes Sell Better?

Eco-friendly living is a trend on the rise and here to stay. Green homes save money on energy costs, so what’s not to like? Despite monthly cost savings and environmental benefits, home owners often wonder if the effort they put into making a green home will pay off when the time comes to sell. Is an eco-friendly home synonymous with a higher price tag? It depends. Installing ceiling fans, energy-efficient windows, and rain-catching systems all increased…