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Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: November 2, 2015

Pacific Union, John Burns Real Estate Consulting Offer Bay Area 2018 Outlook

Pacific Union is excited to share the news that, for the second straight year, we will join forces with John Burns Real Estate Consulting to forecast real estate activity and economic conditions across the Bay Area and the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region over the next three years. Details are at http://pacunion.us/1GZuuL3

Pacific Union Opens New Palo Alto Office

Pacific Union is thrilled to announce that we've officially opened a new office in Palo Alto, our company's first in Santa Clara County and the next step in growing our presence in the crucial Silicon Valley market. For more, go to http://pacunion.us/1XFT7Rq

Most Bay Area All-Cash Buyers Are Putting Down Roots

Two-thirds of Pacific Union's all-cash buyers are purchasing homes as primary residences, while a smaller than expected percentage is employed by a tech company. Get the full story at http://pacunion.us/1LZWL4x

Majority of San Francisco, San Mateo County Home Sales Above the $1 Million Mark

Bay Area property prices continue to enjoy double-digit-percent annual increases, even as appreciation slows across the rest of the Golden State. And in Silicon Valley, homebuyers seem to have no shortage of cash at their disposals. Get the details at http://pacunion.us/1kRMyNv

San Francisco's Parkside Offers Peaceful Atmosphere, Access to Nature

Tucked away in San Francisco's southwestern corner, the Parkside neighborhood will appeal to families who seek a quiet, suburban environment without having to sacrifice a city lifestyle. Read our neighborhood profile at http://pacunion.us/1M3oscT

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: October 26, 2015

Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q3 2015

Pacific Union takes in-depth look at real estate activity across the Bay Area and the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region in our recently released third-quarter report. Get all the facts and figures at http://pacunion.us/1XiW36a

Bay Area Annual Home-Price Gains Double California Rate

Although home prices eased a touch across the Bay Area from August to September, they still grew at more than twice the statewide rate on a year-over-year basis. For details, go to http://pacunion.us/1XkBupW

California Unemployment Rate Drops to Eight-Year Low

The Golden State's economy was firing on all cylinders in September, with the unemployment rate dropping below six percent for the first time since the previous housing boom. And in the Wine Country, unemployment rates also hit a milestone, dipping under the 4 percent mark for the first time in as many years. The report is at http://pacunion.us/1Xilkxm

As El Niño Looms, Check Out These Flood-Prevention Tips

After years of drought, Bay Area residents now face the threat of torrential rain this winter with the approach of El Niño storms. Don't wait until it's raining to safeguard your home against flooding, and ensure your loved ones know what to do in the event of high water. For more information, go to http://pacunion.us/1KtLRhW

Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Suburbs See Fall Home Sales Spike

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes data showing that home sales are up significantly in three inland Bay Area counties from one year ago. Also, Airbnb's recent snarky ad campaign in San Francisco didn't go over well with locals. Get all the week’s top news at http://pacunion.us/1LXba1p

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: October 20, 2015

Pacific Union Acquires Premier Real Estate Marketing Firm The Mark Company

Pacific Union is thrilled to share the news that we have acquired San Francisco-based The Mark Company, the premier urban residential real estate marketing and sales firm in the Western U.S. The acquisition gives our company a stronger foothold in the Bay Area's new-home market and expands our geographic footprint on the West Coast. Learn more at http://pacunion.us/1Xg2Rl4

California Home Sales, Prices Projected to Grow Moderately in 2016

Both Golden State home sales volume and prices are likely to increase next year, though slim inventory levels could hold back activity in the Bay Area. For more information, go to http://pacunion.us/1Ova3rP

Less Than One-Third of Homebuyers Comparison Shop for Mortgage Rates

Here's a curious trend: While most Americans consider themselves bargain hunters, a much smaller number actually shop around for mortgage rates. Details are at http://pacunion.us/1RaYWSF

Americans Agree: Homeownership Is a 'Good Financial Decision'

An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that buying a home makes smart financial sense, according to a just-released survey by the National Association of Realtors. Get the full story at http://pacunion.us/1RMvJON

Dining, Shopping, and Prime Location Make Oakland's Grand Lake a Hot Destination

As in other highly walkable and vibrant East Bay neighborhoods, demand for real estate in Oakland's Grand Lake remains intense, driving up home prices and ensuring speedy sales. Check out our community profile at http://pacunion.us/1KbDebG

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: October 12, 2015

Economists: Low Interest Rates Will Linger Longer

Hoping for a new home? Experts say interest rates will remain low for many months ahead, with the first rate increases not expected before December and quite likely not until next year. And even then, mortgage rates will crawl higher, not jump. Get the facts at http://pacunion.us/1MeVabq

3 Bay Area Counties Are Among the Nation's Least Affordable

Even though price gains have outpaced wage growth across the majority of the U.S., homes began the year more affordable than they had been in two years. That's not particularly true in the Golden State, where half of the country's least-affordable real estate markets are located. For more information, go to http://pacunion.us/1FUTtPe

U.S. Sees Big Spike in All-Cash Chinese-Speaking Buyers

Almost half of Chinese homebuyers across the country are paying for their purchase entirely in cash, a substantial increase over the past decade. Read more at http://pacunion.us/1jcLu5J

As Home Equity Rises, So Does Cash-Out Refinancing

California homeowners are becoming equity-rich, and an increasing number of them are taking advantage of their property's increasing worth by opting for cash-out refinances. Get the full story at http://pacunion.us/1WRNZJs

Real Estate Roundup: What a Tech Bubble Could Mean for Bay Area Housing

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that examines the impact that a tech bubble would have on the world of Bay Area real estate. Also: San Francisco remains the country's priciest rental market, while Oakland has seen costs explode over the past year. Get all the week’s top news at http://pacunion.us/1WXg4iB

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: October 5, 2015

California Still Dominates the Ranks of Hottest U.S. Housing Markets

California cities account for more than half of the nation's hottest real estate markets as autumn gets underway, with San Francisco at the top of the list for the fourth consecutive month. Read all about it at http://pacunion.us/1FIc29k

Homebuyers: It's October. Are You Ready?

October is here. If you're a buyer in the Bay Area or the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region, you need to act fast to make your dream a reality in 2015. Need an incentive? It's likely that the superlow interest rates of recent years will soon be a memory. For details, go to http://pacunion.us/1VvgRVd

U.S. Homeownership Rate Continues to Decline

Homeownership levels across the country have been steadily dropping for the past eight years, evidence that the U.S. housing-market recovery is still a work in progress. And both nationwide and here in the Bay Area, fewer homeowners face a cost burden than do renters, thanks in part to low mortgage rates. Get the full story at http://pacunion.us/1MDUnzi

Lake Tahoe's Schaffer's Mill Offers a Wealth of Activities for All Four Seasons

Homebuyers in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region are even more active than usual this fall thanks to the brewing El Niño and the hopes that it brings plenty of fresh powder to the Sierra Nevada range. And while the private Martis Valley community of Schaffer's Mill is indeed a fine place to enjoy many memorable ski seasons, residents have no shortage of things to do regardless of the time of year. Check out our community profile at http://pacunion.us/1GkV9fT

Real Estate Roundup: Baby Boomers Are Biggest Drivers of Housing Demand

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that older Americans have formed the most households in 2015. And if you think your commute is a beast, check out how far some Bay Area residents travel to get between home and the office. Get all the week’s top news at http://pacunion.us/1VBefp5

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: September 28, 2015

Pacific Union Ranked as Bay Area's Third Largest Residential Brokerage

The San Francisco Business Times recently ranked Pacific Union as the third largest residential real estate brokerage in the Bay Area, the latest industry accolade our company has received thus far in 2015. Read all about it at http://pacunion.us/1Wl0nS1

California Unemployment Rate Falls to Half of Recession Peak

The Golden State's unemployment rate dropped in August, reaching half of the level recorded during the depths of the recession five years ago. Bay Area jobless claims followed suit, falling from the previous month in all nine counties. Details are at http://pacunion.us/1QWO9vN

Bay Area Millennial Renters Less Certain of Homeownership Plans

Three out of four millennial renters plan to buy a home, although most of them plan to wait a few years before making a move. Perhaps not surprisingly, expensive regions of the country such as the Bay Area have lower rates of expected Generation Y homeowners. For more information, go to http://pacunion.us/1KH5Wmc

Bay Area Communities Continue to Rank High for Livability

Fifteen percent of the most livable 100 small and midsized U.S. cities are located right here in the Bay Area, with Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, and San Mateo ranked among the top 20. Get the full story at http://pacunion.us/1G2Hmdy

Real Estate Roundup: Buying Versus Renting in San Francisco Is a Toss-Up

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes an index that calls the decision whether to purchase or rent property in the San Francisco metro area a draw. Additionally, another analysis says that a Tudor home is worth three times as much as a more common ranch-style home. Get all the week’s top news at http://pacunion.us/1O4ZwmY

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: September 22, 2015

Bay Area Home Sales Slip in August as Inventory Shortages Persist

Although California home sales eased a bit as the summer wound down, activity is at its highest level in nearly three years. Here in the Bay Area, a lack of available homes caused sales volume drops across the board and should keep prices rising for the remainder of 2015. Read more at http://bit.ly/1KRUAkI

Bay Area Homeowners Underestimate Property Values, Bucking National Trend

Homeowners across the country continue to have overly lofty expectations concerning their property values, while those in the Bay Area's two largest cities are in fact underestimating what their homes are worth. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1US7fcf

Buying a Home? Insist on an Inspection.

Home inspections are so important that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently began instructing lenders to urge all mortgage applicants, at first contact, to hire a licensed home inspector before signing a sales contract. Get the full story at http://bit.ly/1UZYg3m

Guerneville: Spectacular Scenery, Outdoor Activities Draw Homebuyers to Sonoma County Community

Situated on the banks of the Russian River amid towering redwood trees, the small, scenic, and relaxed community of Guerneville is becoming an increasingly popular spot for Sonoma County homebuyers, particularly given that real estate there remains quite affordable. Check out our community profile at http://bit.ly/1NzU0Ha

Real Estate Roundup: College Degrees That Buy the Most House

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that ranks the college degrees that offer the most real estate purchasing power. Also, foreclosure activity in San Francisco took one of the largest drops in the country in August. Get all the week’s top news at http://bit.ly/1MECfrL

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: September 14, 2015

Pacific Union’s August 2015 Real Estate Update

Bay Area homes were even tougher to come by in August than they were at the end of last summer, as the months' supply of inventory (MSI) fell year over year in every Pacific Union region but Lake Tahoe/Truckee. Get all of the latest, most relevant sales data and commentary in Pacific Union's August 2015 Real Estate Report. It’s online at http://bit.ly/1Qo4XeX

Bay Area Millennials Pulling in the Nation's Biggest Bucks

Generation Y workers in the Bay Area earn the largest salaries in the U.S. for their age group, one more reason to suspect that intense demand for real estate will persist for the foreseeable future. Read more at http://bit.ly/1O3wgwM

Educational Opportunities, Exceptional Job Market Propel Palo Alto Home Prices

Palo Alto has seen home prices rise by more than 50 percent over the past three years, thanks to a thriving job market, the allure of Stanford University, and an excellent public-school system. Read more at http://bit.ly/1FBQOEv

Real Estate Roundup: The Best Day of the Year to Buy a Bay Area Home

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a study that pegs the exact best day to purchase home in the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas. Also, the Bay Area's limited levels of construction can't even begin to keep up with the region's phenomenal job growth. Get the latest news at http://bit.ly/1Kib3s4

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: September 8, 2015

San Francisco Retains Title of Nation's Hottest Real Estate Market

For the third month in a row, Realtor.com has ranked the San Francisco metro area as the hottest housing market in the U.S. based on buyer interest and fewest days on the market. Three other Bay Area cities also made the top 20 list. Read more at http://bit.ly/1EyVC2k

California Homeowners Hesitant to Sell Due to Affordability, Inventory Concerns

Rising prices have tempted some Golden State property owners to consider putting their homes on the market in the past year. But the majority of them are wary of actually pulling the trigger, as they are not sure where they will find their next home. Get the full story at http://bit.ly/1N0gCR8

Average U.S. Credit Score Climbs to Record High

The average consumer credit score has reached an all-time high, enabling more Americans to leverage today's low mortgage rates and save big bucks over the life of their home loans. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1ECcx3X

Faculty, Students Raise Housing Demand in Inventory-Lean Berkeley

Tech workers who are priced out of San Francisco's exorbitant real estate market aren't the only Bay Area residents scrambling for homes in the East Bay. Recently ranked as one of the country's top 10 colleges and a perennial breeding ground for entrepreneurs, the University of California, Berkeley, is also a prominent driver of demand for East Bay real estate. Read more at http://bit.ly/1NffDOo

Real Estate Roundup: Will Job Growth Spur Interest-Rate Hikes?

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes predictions of looming interest-rate increases due to the latest U.S. jobs report. Also, the San Francisco Bay's only privately owned island is on the market – and at a drastically reduced price. Get all the week’s top news at http://bit.ly/1ERyRXu

Weekly Real Estate Update

Posted: August 31, 2015

New Report Further Examines California, Bay Area Housing-Affordability Gap

Less than one-third of California's housing stock is affordable for a median-income household, and in certain Bay Area counties, the amount of affordable properties on the market is practically nonexistent. Read more at http://bit.ly/1PyqoJh

Bay Area Employment 10 Percent Higher Than Prerecession Levels

California continues to outpace the U.S. for job growth, with the Bay Area's thriving economy at the forefront of the state's recovery. Get all the facts and figures at http://bit.ly/1JW7nlU

Coming Soon: A Spike in Demand for U.S. Housing

A new report from the Mortgage Bankers Association predicts that nearly 16 million additional households will be formed by 2024, making the next decade "one of the strongest in housing in U.S. history." For details, go to http://bit.ly/1JBn3EB

Stately Homes, Top Schools Are Highlights of Hillsborough's Prestigious Ryan Tract Neighborhood

An attractive location; access to excellent public schools; and grand, historic homes combine to make Hillsborough's Ryan Tract neighborhood one of the affluent San Mateo County town's most popular and desirable enclaves. Read our neighborhood profile at http://bit.ly/1VdPjFG

Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Home Price Reaches New Peak

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that the median home price in the San Jose metro area climbed to a new high in July. Also, some Bay Area homeowners are looking to pull in big bucks by renting their homes during next year's Super Bowl. Get all the week’s top news at http://bit.ly/1EvS2qb