Weekly Real Estate Update

California Ranks Fifth in the U.S. for Annual Job Growth in May

Although unemployment claims inched up in California and across most of the Bay Area from April to May, the Golden State ranks among the top five in the country for year-over-year job growth. And here in the Bay Area, employment levels are further above their prerecession peaks than anywhere else in the state. Read more at http://bit.ly/1HbQ6C0

First-Time Buyers Help Boost U.S. Home Sales in May

Thanks in part to a healthy job market, first-time buyer activity is on the upswing and helped propel U.S. existing home sales to the highest level in five-and-a-half years last month. For details, go to http://bit.ly/1QRQr34

Gay, Lesbian Neighborhoods Lead Home Price Increases

Home prices are higher and grow faster in neighborhoods with large concentrations of gay and lesbian couples, according to a recent report. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1eMhf3V

Petaluma's D Street Neighborhood Brims With History and Charm

Perhaps best locally known for its concentration of handsome and historic homes, Petaluma's D Street neighborhood also earns points with Sonoma County homebuyers for its excellent schools and proximity to the city's thriving downtown. Read our neighborhood profile at http://bit.ly/1J5pfH5

Real Estate Roundup: East Bay Community Named California's Wealthiest

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that California's wealthiest homeowners hail from a small Alameda County city. Also, affluent homeowners from around the country are spending major money to convert historic barns into extravagant entertaining venues. Get all the week’s top news at http://bit.ly/1Lyd8F3