2017 Real Estate Trends

With 2016 behind us, you are likely wondering what is in store for the 2017 real estate market. Should we expect a steady market or a volatile one? Will it be a good year to buy or sell? Or will it be better to stay put? These 5 anticipated 2017 real estate trends will help you decide how to handle this year’s market: 1. Mortgage Rates Since mortgage rates steadily rose in late 2016, they…

What Does Generation X Look for in a Home?

According to Realtor.com, the Generation X homeownership rate was 58.9% in early 2016 and is expected to rise in 2017. If you are planning to sell a home soon, be sure to consider this important demographic! Now you’re probably asking yourself: what does Generation X look for in a home? Taking a look at a demographic’s preferred pastimes is a good way to gain insight regarding which home features will be of greatest interest to a…

Schools and Home Buying

When it comes to real estate, schools and home buying go hand in hand. Did you know that 75% of home buyers feel that educational considerations are an important part of their home search? Sixty-four percent of buyers say that the quality of local schools is very important when purchasing a home. And as we’ve discussed previously, 62.4% of buyers would forgo a pool or spa in their backyard if meant living in a neighborhood with…

Which Homes Sell Best?

It’s no secret that the real estate market is hot these days, particularly in California and the Bay Area. But even with today’s seller’s market, not all homes sell equally well.  So, which homes sell best? As we’ve noted previously, a home located near good schools is a likely candidate for a swift sale. Of course, a view will always help too, but city skyline views sell best in today’s market. Though Spanish-style homes only make…

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…