Home Buyer Expenses

If you are planning to buy a home soon, you’ll want to consider how much money to set aside for additional expenses beyond those associated with the home purchase, moving expenses, and insurance changes. If you haven’t moved in awhile it can be difficult to determine just how much you’ll be spending after moving day. This infographic includes details on some common home buyer expenses to make post-move budgeting a little easier.   If you’re…

Home Size in Today’s Real Estate Market

There are many reasons why people move: from job changes, to schools, to lifestyle desires such as urban or rural living. But did you know that over 60% of Americans wish to downsize their home? Home size is a major factor for owners, renters, and house hunters alike. Only 32% of Americans would choose a home the same size as the one in which they currently live. And among affluent Americans, 53% wish to downsize. According…

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…

Today’s Home Buyers

It’s no secret that the housing market has been hot for the last few years. In America’s most popular metro areas, there simply is not enough supply to meet today’s housing demand. High demand makes prices sky rocket, of course, which begs the question: who are today’s home buyers? Did you know that 44 is the average age of 2016 home buyers? Gen X is still a dominant presence in the housing market. If you’re…

What Matters to Home Buyers in 2017?

As the 2017 real estate market begins heating up, are you considering selling your home? If so, you’ll want to be up to date on what buyers are looking for. As we mentioned in our recent post on 2017 real estate trends, walkability and urban-style amenities are very popular these days. There is even a new term for urban-meets-suburban living. Get ready for a lot of discussion surrounding “surban” living this year. So, what matters to…