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Articles Will The Corona Virus Create A Housing Crisis …And Our New Norms Concerns about the impact COVID-19 will have on the global and local economy are real. They’re scary too as the health and wellness of our friends, families, and loved ones are high on everyone’s emotional radar. While we don’t know the exact impact the virus will have on the housing market, we do know that […]
Articles Cities Where Homeowners Haven’t Moved in Decades When it comes to planting roots, San Francisco area homeowners have some of the deepest in the country (who can really blame homeowners for not moving when they have all of that beautiful California sunshine to soak in?) ☀️ Can you guess which Bay Area City ranked #2 after Detroit? Find out more in this […]
Articles How to Avoid a Gender Gap When Investing in the Real Estate Market   Ladies, please listen up! When buying a home, we all want to feel like we’re making the right decision, paying a fair price, and making the best investment of our lives. According to a recent gender-based study, men and women can unknowingly walk away with very different financial outcomes when the deal closes. Thankfully, […]
Articles CA Prop 60/90: Transfer of Base Year Value for Age 55 & Over Happy 2020! Hi friends~ As we head into another property tax season, it is important for homeowners and investors to better understand CA’s Proposition 60 and 90 (Prop 60 & 90), which provide certain tax relief for qualified homeowners age 55 or over. Understanding Prop 60 & 90 Prop 60 & 90 are initiatives both […]
Articles Real Estate News in the San Francisco Bay Area Home sales shift to ‘neutral’ “Bay Area home sales swooned in June, tumbling to recession levels of a decade ago as buyers grew increasingly weary of skyhigh prices and scant choices. Sales of existing homes in the Bay Area fell 13% last month from the previous year, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic. Last […]
Articles Why Access Is One of the Most Important Factors in Getting Your House Sold! So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you through the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is access, followed by […]
Articles Mortgage Rates Decline – Great Time for Buyers to Come Back If you were discouraged as a home buyer a year ago or were worried about interest rates going up, take a look again, and meet with your lender or if you don’t have one, feel free to contact me for a referral to help you prequalify. Prequalification is how lenders determine if you fit the […]
Articles Mainstream Concerns about an Economic Slowdown Revisited Recently, we reported that many believe a recession could happen within the next two years. We explained that 70% of economists and market analysts surveyed last year believe that a recession will occur in 2019 or 2020 and that 42% of consumers currently looking to purchase a home also agree that a recession will occur […]
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Articles 5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Spring! Here are five compelling reasons listing your home for sale this spring makes sense. 1. Demand Is Strong The latest Buyer Traffic Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! […]
Articles Looking to Upgrade Your Current Home? Now’s the Time to Move-Up! In every area of the country, homes that are priced at the top 25% of the price range for that area are considered to be Premium Homes. In today’s real estate market there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners who want to upgrade from their current house […]
Articles Data Says April is the Best Month to List Your Home for Sale The spring housing market is off to the races! The inventory of homes for sale is increasing, buyers are out in force, and interest rates have remained low, peaking the interest of buyers and sellers previously on the fence about making a move. New research from realtor.com shows that the first week of April is actually the best time to list […]
Articles What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy A House? There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The reality is they are misinformed! Only 25% of the Americans have a FICO® Score between 740 and 800. Here is the breakdown […]
Articles Yu Ai Kai’s 45th Anniversary Celebration One of San Jose’s Japantown treasures is the Japanese American senior center, Yu Ai Kai. We celebrated it’s 45th anniversary with an evening gala of festivities including entertainment by the San Jose Taiko, ukelele performance by Hawaiian native, Herb Ohta, Jr. and keynote speaker, gold medalist U.S. Figure Skating champion, Kristi Yamaguchi. It was an […]
Articles U.S. House Prices Rise 1.1 Percent in Fourth Quarter to 5.73% – FHFA U.S. house prices rose 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI).  House prices rose 5.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018.  FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for December was up 0.3 percent from November. “House prices rose throughout 2018 but at […]
Articles Two New Commercial Projects Coming to Santa Clara & San Jose As locals in Silicon Valley we can’t help notice all the cranes, increased traffic and new construction going on everywhere around us. What is going on?! We’re about to experience a new age in the changing landscape in San Jose / Santa Clara as Silicon Valley makes way to retain its reputation and dominance as […]
Articles Need an excuse to move to Santa Cruz County? “City life stresses us out psychologically and physically, but an occasional retreat to the sea can help us avoid stress-related health problems, researchers say. In a survey of over 1000 California beachgoers, Hipp and his team found those who experienced the most stress in daily life found the beach the most psychologically restorative.”   (See article […]
Articles CALIFORNIA PROPERTY TAX REMINDER (DECEMBER 10) TAXES Just friendly reminder for California property owners: Don’t forget that your 1st installment of your property taxes are due today. If you don’t get the bill postmarked by 5PM today there will be a 10% penalty. Your 2nd installment tax bill is due Feb 1st, but becomes delinquent after 5PM on April 10th. A simple […]