Category Archives: Economy

Earnest Money Deposit vs. Down Payment: What’s the Difference?

ayzek/iStock When you buy or sell a home, you get used to hearing words you’ve never heard before. The mortgage lenders and insurance agents who help you through the process will throw around so much real estate jargon, somewhere along the … Read More

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The Wall Street Journal Investing in Real Estate With Your IRA: A Primer

Chris Gash Real estate can fund your retirement—but brace yourself for lots of risk and rules. Self-directed individual retirement accounts allow people to diversify their investments into assets other than the traditional stocks, bonds and mutual funds that make up … Read More

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How to Claim Your 2016 Energy Tax Credits for Greening Your Home

Petmal/iStock You’ve no doubt heard that solar panels, insulation, and other energy-efficient upgrades can help curb your electric bills—but did you know these renovations can help save you money at tax time, too? That’s right, Uncle Sam likes to reward eco-conscious Americans by showering them with … Read More

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Mortgage Math Made Simple

thodonal/iStock What’s more terrifying than global warming, national economic collapse, or a zombie apocalypse?  For many of us, it’s math—especially the type involved in securing a mortgage to buy a home. But mortgage math doesn’t have to be intimidating. Though a home … Read More

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Most Bay Area Home-Remodeling Jobs Projected to Pay Back in 2017

Homeowners in the nation’s hottest real estate markets can expect to reap substantial returns on home-renovation projects that they undertake this year, with the majority of jobs in San Francisco and San Jose projected to earn back 100 percent of … 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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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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