May 15, 2013
Check out this video where Sarah explains some of the reasons to consider if your house isn't selling in today's market.
March 25, 2013
March 25, 2013
Have you tried to put your home on the market but let it expire because you couldn't get the price you wanted? You should think about putting it on again. Listen to Sarah explain why.
March 06, 2013
Have you tried to sell your home in the last couple of years but let it expire because you couldn't get the price you wanted? It's time to try again. Listen to Sarah explain why.
March 06, 2013
Sellers preparing their home for an open house may be tempted to put a
batch of cookies in the oven, following the conventional wisdom that
the smell of baked goods will make buyers feel at home – and more likely
to buy. You may get a tasty snack for your efforts, but don’t count on a sales contract. Recent research says complex smells, such as chocolate chip cookies
or potpourri, are a distraction and have no bearing on buying decisions. Instead, Eric Spangenberg, dean of the college of business at
Washington State University, recommends simple scents, such as orange,
lemon, green tea, cedar, pine, basil, cinnamon, ...
February 28, 2013
This just in from the Wall Street Journal... The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday what home
buyers in many parts of the United States have known for months: it’s
becoming a seller’s market. The number of homes listed for sale in January fell by 4.9%, leaving
1.74 million properties on the market. That’s the lowest since December
of 1999, when there were 1.71 million homes on the market. By contrast,
there were 2.91 million homes on the market two years ago at this time. After adjusting for seasonal factors, home sales rose by just 0.4% in
January, to an annual rate of 4.92 million ...
February 25, 2013
Contractors in Piedmont and nearby communities who participate in an
energy conservation program can help you decide what can be done at your
Theresa Waldrop Time is money, the old adage goes, but so is a well-winterized house. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials estimate homeowners can
reduce their monthly utility bill by 10 percent to 30 percent by taking
energy-efficient measures. PG&E has a list of energy saving tips for your home on its website. The utility also has information on Energy Upgrade California, a program overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission that helps residents make their homes more ...
February 24, 2013
Home prices in Piedmont will rise about 5 percent this year, according to a study done by an online real estate site. The site, zillow.com, predicts home
prices in 244 of the 245 zip codes in the Bay Area will rise in 2013.
The only exception will be the 94515 area in Calistoga, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle. The story says the biggest reason for the projected price increase is a lack of homes for sale on the market. Even with the increase, prices are still well below the peak prices of a few years ago in ...
February 18, 2013
Springtime is just around the corner, and that means a whole new crop
of prospective homebuyers will soon emerge in towns and neighborhoods
across the Bay Area in search of the home of their dreams. Are you ready? Data analysts at Trulia, the online real estate marketplace, say more
Californians go on their site to search for available homes in March
than any other month of the year. They found that home searches peak in
other months in some other states, but March is the most active month in 18 states including California. That means sellers need to make plans now so their homes will ...
February 14, 2013
high rent prices and low interest rates cause more and more renters to
look towards home ownership, the Bay Area rental market may have finally
reached its peak.
an apartment data source, predicted last year that "San Jose and San
Francisco metro area (rents) would plateau in early 2013, but it appears
that this has already happened in the fourth quarter."
Reports Pete Carey with the Mercury News This may also be true on a national level.
Broderick Perkins, a writer for theRealty
Times, released an article in January, stating "In the fourth quarter
of 2012, rents simply stopped growing, actually dropping an average ...