Author Archives: Bill Smith

Title Insurance — Is It Really Necessary?

Original Post August 5, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Consumer Advice Title insurance is one of those arcane parts of the homebuying experience that many people don’t pay much attention to — until they have to. So it seems reasonable … Read More

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15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgage? How to Decide

Original Post By Jamie Wiebe | 4:00 pm ET | August 2, 2016 Banks offer a dizzying array of mortgage options, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is how long your home loan will last. In other words, you’ll have … Read More

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San Francisco: Home to America’s Happiest Homeowners

Original Post July 28, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Industry Surveys & Studies The Bay Area’s excellent job market and high wages, pleasant climate, and natural splendor are attracting plenty of new residents from all over the globe, … Read More

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An Etiquette Guide for Homebuyers and the Home-Curious

Original Post July 22, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homebuyer Advice Maybe you’re a first-time buyer and you’ve never walked into a complete stranger’s home and poked around in the closets and up in the attic before. Or … Read More

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Tiburon rated California’s third-safest place to live

 A sailboat leans into the wind near Tiburon, which was named third in safety in the state based on its low crime rate. IJ photo — Frankie Frost By Janis Mara, Marin Independent Journal | Originally Posted: 07/06/16, 6:19 PM … Read More

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Brexit: Something Is Rotten in Denmark.

Executive Summary: The United Kingdom’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union, otherwise known as “Brexit,” was not accounted for in global financial markets prior to the vote. Thus, stock market volatility is sorting out the anticipated effects going forward. … Read More

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8 Smart Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill Costs

Hero Images/Getty Images Energy use sneaks up on you. One day, you think you’re being responsible—flipping off lights, not running the AC excessively, turning the TV off after “Game of Thrones”—and the next day, you’re standing slack-jawed by the mailbox, staring at … Read More

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SMART plans dry runs in September, sets $3.50 one-way base fare

Sonny Hogg, president of VenTek Transit, shows the user interface of the SMART train’s new ticket vending machines at the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District offices in Petaluma, Calif. during a district board meeting on May 18. VenTek is … Read More

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6 Reasons Real Estate Agents Aren’t Extinct

kokouu/Getty Images It’s 2016, and it seems our need for real live people is ever-diminishing. There’s self-checkout instead of cashiers, selfie sticks instead of photographers, self-driving cars, self-watering plants, self-administered colonoscopies … well, you get the idea. Given that technology has … Read More

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Million-Dollar Homes New Normal in Top Urban Markets, Says Report

Original Post By BARBARA ELDREDGE @BARBARAELDREDGE May 19, 2016, 8:58AM A $13.25 million home on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. A new report shows million-dollar listings make up more than half the homes for sale in San Francisco.Zillow More than half … Read More

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