How to Determine Your Property Value

Foreclosures hit a six-year low in 2013–a strong economic indicator. And if you live in the Bay Area, it is hard to miss the countless headlines discussing skyrocketing home prices and low inventory. The Bay Area’s real estate market will continue to be healthy in 2014; news we have all been hoping for! Whether you’re planning to buy, sell, or stay put this year, you’ll want to know the value of your home. But how do you…

2014 Real Estate Trends

With all of the changes we’ve seen in real estate over the past several years, you are probably wondering what to expect in 2014. As tends to be true in the real estate industry, it will certainly be an exciting year ahead! From home price trends to a new generation of home buyers, we’re here to report on the top 2014 real estate trends. 1. Millennials are buying homes. The first major trend we saw…

California’s Median Home Prices

Much of California has a reputation for a high cost of living, but did you know that home prices in the Golden State actually have a wide range? The vast difference in California’s median home prices by county mean that, no matter what your budget, you really can have it all in California. What is a “median” home price?  If you organize the cost of homes in a particular county from lowest to highest and…

5 Home Renovations to Avoid

You have lived in your home for several years and decided 2014 is the year to upgrade. Congratulations! As you begin preparing for your move, you will likely have a long list of to-do items and home renovation projects to ready your home for the big day. As you make your list of home improvements, remember that some common–and expensive–upgrades will not reap a good return on investment when the time comes to sell your…

Bay Area Home Prices Soar

San Francisco Bay Area home prices have been in the news a lot this year. As of this week, the median home price in the Bay Area reached $510,000–the highest we have seen in five years. For homeowners, this is great news. Many who own homes with underwater mortgages are now able to sell at a profit after spending years fearing short sales and not knowing when the market would be in their favor again….