Category Archives: Homebuyers

Bay Area’s most beautiful homes of 2017

These abodes made us gasp, swoon, and sigh Photo by Open Home Photography This year proved an excellent time for sellers; not so much for buyers, who faced catapulting prices with not nearly enough vertical growth options. The annual income needed … Read More

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Key Takeaways From Pacific Union’s Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020

Yesterday, Pacific Union held its fourth annual Real Estate and Economic Forecast in partnership with John Burns Real Estate Consulting to project Bay Area activity through 2020. Below are some key, high-level takeaways from the live event. To watch the … Read More

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9 Things Typical Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Actually Cover

designbase/iStock Think your home insurance policy covers every mishap that can come your way? Keep thinking, friends. The exact instances that are and aren’t covered by typical home insurance depend entirely on the details of your policy—and, contrary to what you may think, each policy … Read More

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Peace of Mind Is a Well-Stocked Earthquake-Preparedness Kit

When was the last time you refreshed the supplies in your earthquake-preparedness kit? What? You don’t have one? In one of the most active earthquake zones in the world? You’re not alone, of course. It’s a fact of life that … Read More

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5 Things Your Accountant Wishes You Knew About Owning a Home

Elizabeth Simpson/Getty Images What’s not to love about tax season? The chill you get when you realize you owe the IRS thousands, the fear that you may be getting a bit too aggressive on your deductions, the fleeting hope you’re due for a big return … Read More

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Buying a House With Cash? Don’t Forget These Added Expenses

ismagilov/iStock There’s no question that buying a house with cash will make you feel like a million bucks. Maybe you came into a large inheritance, or you’re just really good at saving. Either way, paying the price of the home in full means … Read More

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7 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Before Your Home Inspection Even Begins

(iStock) What are some questions to ask a home inspector? Given this professional is charged with checking out a home for any flaws before you buy it, he’s an important safeguard who could protect you from purchasing a lemon—and squandering tons … Read More

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Pacific Union Quarterly Report – Q2 2017

For the most part, the number of Bay Area homes for sale did not improve in the second quarter from one year earlier, except in Marin County and Sonoma Valley. Consequently, home prices rose in all regions year over year … Read More

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10 Steps to Secure Your Smart Home

Lock down your network in 20 minutes Getty Images / Morsa Images  Safety first Whether you and Alexa are already on a first-name basis, or you’re about to pull the trigger on investing in a Nest, chances are you’re a … Read More

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House-Hunting Secrets for New Parents, Empty Nesters, Job Seekers, and Others

 baranozdemir/iStock; A-Digit/iStock; realtor.com Life is unpredictable, no matter how carefully you plan. And yet, when you buy a house, you are essentially committing to live in the same place for a certain period of time. The number of bedrooms, the … Read More

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