Author Archives: Bill Smith

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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Positive Trends in Venture-Capital Activity to Impact Bay Area’s Tech Employment

Original Post May 12, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary Despite the drop in venture-capital (VC) activity and IPOs in the last quarter of 2015 and into the first quarter this year, confidence among … Read More

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‘The Crazy Way I Paid Off My Mortgage Fast’

andresr/iStock Original Post By Jennifer O’Neill | 6:00 am ET | April 27, 2016 The average American homeowner owes $164,217 on his mortgage. That’s a hefty sum, which explains why most of us chip away at paying it back over, oh, 30 years. And yet, certain homeowners pay off … Read More

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How To Find The Best Real Estate Agents In Your City

Posted in: Insights for Home Buyers, Insights for Home Sellers by Top Agent Network | March 24, 2016 When you’re selling a unique and valuable property, the importance of using a top-ranked agent can’t be overstated. In any given area, the top 10% of … Read More

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Marin Voice: Life sciences — building the economic well-being of Marin

By Robert Eyler and Christopher L. Stewart | Original Post 04/07/16, 11:30 AM PDT Sometimes what’s going on hides in plain sight. In the past couple of weeks, several reports have caught our attention both because of what they pointed out … Read More

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The National Housing Conundrum: Is There a Supply or Demand Shortage?

Original Post March 24, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary The biggest obstacle to a more balanced market between buyers and sellers is a lack of homes for sale. Many areas across the country … Read More

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Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Counties Have State’s Most All-Cash Buyers

Original Post March 21, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Weekly Real Estate News Roundups Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious. ONE-QUARTER OF CALIFORNIA HOMEBUYERS PAYING ALL CASH Despite high … Read More

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Pacific Union’s February 2016 Real Estate Update

Original Post March 8, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Pacific Union Monthly Real Estate Updates For the most part, the months’ supply of inventory (MSI) was up from January to February across Pacific Union’s Bay Area markets, with … Read More

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The Bay Area Is Home to One-Third of the World’s Young Billionaires

Original Post March 2, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Real Estate Trends Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg,who is currently worth $47 billion. The Bay Area’s high-tech renaissance has created massive amounts of wealth for young entrepreneurs, making our region a … Read More

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