Author Archives: Bill Smith

3 interest rate hikes in 2017? Not a chance

New American exec explains why Original Post January 12, 2017 | Kelsey Ramírez In December, the Federal Reserve made its first and last interest rate hike for 2016, but left the industry with the notion that three more could be on … Read More

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5 Habits to Start Now If You Hope to Buy a Home in 2017

Original Post By Cathie Ericson | Dec 29, 2016 It’s the end of another year (thanks for nothing, 2016), which means it’s also time for our end-of-year new resolutions series for home buyers. This installment: good habits to start! Have you … Read More

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Keep Your Home and Loved Ones Safe This Holiday Season

Original Post December 2, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homeowner Tips The holiday season is fast upon us, with a flurry of shopping, home decorating, and festive parties. It is a joyous time, certainly, but it presents some unique challenges, too. Please take … Read More

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Key Takeaways From Pacific Union’s San Francisco Bay Area Forecast to 2019

Original Post November 17, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Economic Straight Talk, Market Forecasts, Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary: Yesterday, Pacific Union held its third annual Real Estate and Economic Forecast in partnership with John Burns Real Estate … Read More

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Trump win may shake up Bay Area housing market

Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle Realtor Joan Kermath of Sotheby’s International Reality, right, speaks with broker Lynn Reid of McGuire Real Estate, during a broker’s open house for a condo in Sausalito, CA Wednesday, November 16, 2016.   … Read More

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Trump victory creates great divide among housing experts

Is a December rate hike still on the table? Original Post November 9, 2016 by Kelsey Ramírez Tuesday night, now President-elect Donald Trump shocked the world as he took the victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Now, Twitter is trending … Read More

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How to Shop for Mortgages: The Guide to Finding a Great Home Loan

Original Post By Cathie Ericson | Nov 1, 2016 Mortgages might not be as much fun to shop for as new shoes or a new car, but if you know how to do some smart comparison shopping, you’re going to save … Read More

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Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q3 2016

Original Post October 18, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Pacific Union Quarterly Reports           Bay Area home price growth continued to moderate in the third quarter, with most regions posting single-digit percent gains from … Read More

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Stop! 5 Things You Should Never Do With Your Down Payment

Original Post By Angela Colley | 6:00 am ET | October 5, 2016 So you finally saved up a good chunk of change for your down payment, and now you think you’re in the clear. Savings goals (and #lifegoals) = reached. But hold it right … Read More

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Here’s the Salary You Need to Buy a Modest Home in New York City, San Francisco & 25 Other Places

Original Post by Taryn Williford | Sep 7, 2016  Inside The Home of ModCloth Founders Susan & Eric (Image credit: David Dines) It’s funny how buying a home became known as “The American Dream,” because for decades, it wasn’t a dream at all. … Read More

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