Sunday, February 12, 2017

Forecast: U.S. Home Sales and Prices to Rise in 2017

From the Pacific Union blog:
U.S. home sales volume and prices should continue to increase this year, although rising mortgage rates and declining affordability will prove challenging - particularly in expensive markets like the Bay Area. For the outlook, go to .  For more information contact FRITZ.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Election Outcome and Rising Mortgage Rates Temporarily Slow Bay Area Home Sales

From the Pacific Union blog:
Home sales across the Bay Area declined more than usual in the final month of 2016.  Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp takes a look behind the numbers in her latest analysis.  Read the full story at

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year Resolutions for Homebuyers and Sellers

From the Pacific Union blog:
Maybe you've been thinking about buying a home in 2017 - or selling one.  Now is a good time to set some realistic real estate goals (call them resolutions, if it helps!) for the weeks and months ahead. Here are some ideas to help you get started.  For more, go to
For more information about this and all your real estate needs, call FRITZ.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Economic Straight Talk: Bay Area Homebuyers Push November Sales 10 Percent Higher Than Last Year

New on the Pacific Union blog:  Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines November home sales trends across the Bay Area and individual counties.  Get her expert take on the numbers and what they mean at .  For more information on homes sales and buying or selling a home, contact FRITZ.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Keep Your Home and Loved Ones Safe This Holiday Season

From the Pacific union blog:
Keep Your Home and Loved Ones Safe This Holiday Season.
The upcoming holiday season is a joyous time, but it presents some unique challenges, too.  Take care to keep you and your loved ones safe in the coming weeks.  Read more at
For information on this and all your real estate needs, call FRITZ.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Real Estate Roundup: The Bay Area Has 1 Million More Jobs Than Homes

From the Pacific Union blog:
A new report further details the Bay Area's housing supply shortage compared with job growth, just as news comes that Tesla Motors wants to add thousands of more workers in Alameda County.  Get the skinny on the housing situation and other news items at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Add Privacy to Your Yard and Patio

A yard or patio is a perfect spot for enjoying the outdoors, whether fun with the family or quiet relaxation after a long day--and privacy goes a long way to create that perfect tranquil retreat.  Here are a few things you can do . . .
Fencing -- Probably the most straightforward solution--be sure to check city ordinances and HOA policies before installing one.
Hedges -- Shrubs like the boxwood and privet are commonly planted along property lines. Choose an evergreen variety for year-long privacy--make sure it's suited for your climate.
Screens -- Stylish and effective, wood panel screens add a nice visual element. Opt for weather resistant options for the best results.
Trellis -- The lattice configuration is perfect for hosting vines and plants for additional coverage.
Pergola -- A pergola helps block views from second-story windows and balconies and offers shade along with privacy.
Drapes -- budget-friendly, panels can be moved as necessary---use fabric suitable for the outdoors.
Vertical Garden -- Consider a living wall--a beautiful element that adds additional landscaping---grow anything from flower baskets to your own herb garden!
For information on how to improve your home for buying and selling, contact FRITZ.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Ridge: Northern Ca's Largest Retail Development

Guaranteed to be Oakland's largest shopping and hangout spot when it opens in the fall of 2017, The Ridge just got underway with the last phase of the project that will be approximately 300,000+ sq ft when it's completed.  Read all about it at