Weekly Real Estate Update

California: Home to Most of the Country's Priciest ZIP Codes

Seventy percent of the most expensive U.S. communities in which to purchase a home are located in the Golden State, with Silicon Valley of course well represented. Read all about it at http://bit.ly/1I5LkrZ

Stanford, UC Berkeley Rank Among the Nation's 10 Best Colleges

Money magazine ranked hundreds of colleges for overall excellence and value, and two Bay Area powerhouses were among the top 10 – with Stanford University taking the No. 1 spot. Get the full story at http://bit.ly/1HMLjmh

Bay Area Rental-Property Return Rates Lower Than National Average

Even with the Bay Area's astronomical rental costs, expensive home prices mean that buyers who purchase an investment property they plan to rent will see smaller returns than those in the rest of the country. Details are at http://bit.ly/1L65GBS

First-Time Buyers' Toughest Hurdle: The Down Payment

In a recent survey of would-be homebuyers, nearly two-thirds said that they would like to provide a sizable down payment of 20 percent or more, but most were unable to do so. In fact, needing to save money for a down payment was the biggest deterrent to buying a home. Read more at http://bit.ly/1Hzh2KH

Real Estate Roundup: U.S Foreclosures Drop to Decade Low

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious: U.S. and California foreclosure starts have reached precession lows, Google's stock price has climbed to a record high, and mega-basements are all the rage in Silicon Valley. Get all the week’s top news at http://bit.ly/1DqmWd6