Monday, January 14, 2019

Which Home-Remodeling Project Do Owners Most Regret Doing Themselves?

From the Compass California Real Estate Blog:
Taking a do-it-yourself approach to home improvements can save owners a significant amount of money and give them a sense of accomplishment, but those who do not have much remodeling experience should likely expect at least one misfire along the way.  In fact, 63 percent of homeowners surveyed by ImproveNet regret doing at least one of the average eight renovation jobs that they have undertaken.   Find out which projects went wrong . . .

Friday, January 4, 2019

Homebuyers Equally Rely on the Internet and Real Estate Professionals

From the Compass California Real Estate Blog:
More than nine in ten homebuyers employed the Internet at some point in their search process and near equal amount counted on the expertise of a skilled real estate professional to seal the deal.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Compass’ November 2018 Real Estate Update

From the Compass California Real Estate blog:
East Bay homes sold in an average of 22 days in November, faster than they did anywhere else in the Bay Area.  Homes in the region continued to command the largest premiums, fetching 111.9 percent of original price, slightly less than at the same time last year. .  For more information about buying or selling a home, call FRITZ.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Home Remodeling: How Much Can You Save by Doing It Yourself?

From Compass California Real Estate blog:
Nearly half of homebuyers run into unexpected repairs within the first year of ownership and those who are handy enough to do the work themselves can save enough money to put a dent in their mortgage balance.  Remodeling costs are top of mind for homeowners and 80 percent say that professionals charge too much for materials and labor.  Still, more than two-thirds of Americans say that they prefer to pay the pros to handle a renovation rather than do it themselves.  Read all the details at:

Monday, November 26, 2018

Compass’ October 2018 Real Estate Update

From Pacific Union/Compass blog:
The median sales price rose from October 2017 in most Northern California regions in which Compass does business, except for Sonoma Valley, where it was down by almost 10 percent.  Elsewhere, annual appreciation ranged from 0.3 percent in Sonoma County to more than 25 percent for single-family homes in Lake Tahoe.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Bay Area Cities Rank Among the Nation’s Best Small and Midsize U.S. Places to Live in 2018

Street scene in  city of Santa Clara
From the Pacific Union blog:
Despite the Bay Area's top-dollar cost of living, the region's rapid home price appreciation and booming economy have helped land a handful of local cities on lists of the best places to live in America.  Read more at . . . . For help to buy or sell a home, call FRITZ.

Friday, October 26, 2018

California Housing Inventory Near a 3-Year High in September

From the Pacific Union blog:
The nine-county Bay Area saw the number of homes for sale improve on both a monthly and annual basis, as the month's supply of inventory rose to 3.2.  All counties posted year-over-year gains, with the monthly supply of inventory ranging from 2.7 in Alameda County to 5.6 in Napa County.
Read all the details . . .

Monday, October 22, 2018

Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q3 2018

From the Pacific Union blog:
As in the second quarter, the median home price in the third quarter of 2018 increased year over year in every northern California region in which Pacific Union operates.  Get all the latest market data, plus expert commentary from Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp in out latest quarterly real estate report.