Author Archives: Bill Smith

Supervisors consider rent control, other tenant protections as housing crisis reaches boil

Claudia Ramirez of San Rafael addresses the Marin Board of Supervisors as others wait to speak during a forum about affordable housing at the Civic Center in San Rafael on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (County of Marin photo) By Richard … Read More

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Bay Area Home Price Growth to Moderate to 2018, Forecast Says

Original Post appeared November 19, 2015 by Pacific Union • Posted in Pacific Union Insights Home price growth should normalize throughout the Bay Area over the next three years, although demand is likely to remain high based on our region’s … Read More

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75 Percent of California’s Best Job Markets Are Located in the Bay Area

Original Post Appeared November 3, 2015 by Pacific Union • Posted in Economic & Employment News Bay Area communities overwhelmingly lead the Golden State for healthiest job markets, a key indicator that population growth and demand for housing are likely … Read More

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Fed again delays interest rate hike

FOMC: The economy is just not ready yet Original Post by Ben Lane | October 28, 2015 2:16PM The Federal Reserve said today that it is not going to raise the federal funds rate this month, citing the fact that the country’s economy … Read More

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As El Niño Looms, Check Out These Flood-Prevention Tips

Original Post Appeared October 23, 2015 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homeowner Tips After years of drought, Bay Area residents now face the threat of torrential rain this winter with the approach of El Niño storms for the first time in nearly 20 years. … Read More

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Real Estate Roundup: Baby Boomers Are Biggest Drivers of Housing Demand

October 5, 2015 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. OLDER AMERICANS LEAD U.S. FOR HOUSEHOLD FORMATION For all the talk … Read More

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Getting your home ready for El Niño

Firefighters remove pieces of a tree that crashed trough the roof of a home near Sebastopol in February. (JOHN BURGESS/ PD FILE) It sounds almost absurd after four years of drought, two months of smoking wildfires and a September of … Read More

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Marin luxury real estate market holding its own

An aerial view of Locksley Hall in Belvedere. The house sold for $47.5 million. Mike Jacobsen photo By Janis Mara, Marin Independent Journal Original Post: 09/05/15, 4:31 PM PDT | UPDATED: 4 DAYS AGO Marin’s luxury real estate market is … Read More

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These are the 20 hottest housing markets right this minute

The summer seller’s market is started to swing a little more in favor of buyers as of August, according to the research from realtor.com looking at the number for the first three weeks of August. A combination of market volatility … Read More

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How well do you understand your credit score?

Original post published August 25, 2015 | Brena Swanson The world of credit scores if often misunderstood, which is not a good thing since scores play a large role in whether or not you will qualify for a mortgage. For example, … Read More

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