Author Archives: Bill Smith

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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Is It Time to Downsize? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions First

Original Post By Deborah Kearns | 1:00 pm ET | September 10, 2015 GraphicaArtis/Getty Images When is the right time to “rightsize” to a home that’s better suited to your needs? Well, if you’re in the 60+ crowd (or have a parent in that … Read More

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Fixes for Your Remodeling Regrets

The new high-gloss cabinets show every fingerprint, the handsome farmhouse sink is a wine-glass graveyard. You sprang for the best your money could buy. So why aren’t you totally elated? Here, readers reveal the downside of some of their upgrades, … Read More

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Weekday Hike: Stunning Views and Great Eats in Tiburon and Belvedere

Original Post by Chas Blackford | Sep 08, 2016   If there’s one thing the movies have taught us, it’s that arriving by boat always makes the destination more romantic. Give picturesque Tiburon that advantage by starting your weekday hike with a quick … Read More

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