Category Archives: Economy

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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Uber takes out $8 million permit on Oakland building

Uber-sized work begins turning Beaux-Arts into high-tech Original Post by Adam Brinklow Sep 1, 2016, 3:01P Courtesy Lane Partners Next time you drive by the old Sears building at 1955 Broadway in Oakland, take a closer look. You might not … Read More

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What Does the “Shift” in the Housing Market Really Mean?

Original Post August 16, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Economic Straight Talk, Market Conditions, Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary: Housing markets are increasingly more divergent across the nation, and job growth in each market plays a large role. … 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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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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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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