Weekly Real Estate Update

A College Degree Is Nearly Essential to Buy a Home in Coastal California

If you're a millennial and hope to someday own a home in the Golden State, you'd better make sure that you have a college degree under your belt, a recent study found. Read all about it at http://bit.ly/1NRfUnn

Nearly One-Half of California Homeowners Removing Lawns in Response to Drought

Homeowners in the drought-stricken state are nearly three times as likely to remove their lawn during an outdoor home-improvement job, say results from a survey that examines landscaping and gardening trends. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1J2oEU1

Update Your Home-Security Plans, Then Enjoy Your Vacation

Going away for an extended trip? Here are 10 common-sense tips to make sure your home is safe and secure while you're away. Now relax and have fun! http://bit.ly/1RoqN6m

East Bay City of El Cerrito Offers Convenient Commute, Views, and Affordability

East Bay home shoppers in search of a favorable location and relatively affordable real estate when compared with neighboring communities should put El Cerrito on their list of places to explore, though buyers should still expect to pay a premium to close a successful purchase. Read our community profile at http://bit.ly/1RkB5o7

Real Estate Roundup: Second Bay Area County Breaks Property-Value Record

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that property values in San Mateo County have reached a new peak. Also, second-quarter rental rates in San Jose were up 7.2 percent from a year earlier, while San Francisco rents rose 6.8 percent. Get all the week’s top news at http://bit.ly/1dWg3JZ