Category Archives: Homebuyers

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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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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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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San Francisco: America’s Most Livable Big City

Original Post August 24, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Consumer Advice Just last month, survey results found that homeowners in the San Francisco metro area are the happiest in the U.S., with more than 8 in 10 locals calling … 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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Title Insurance — Is It Really Necessary?

Original Post August 5, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Consumer Advice Title insurance is one of those arcane parts of the homebuying experience that many people don’t pay much attention to — until they have to. So it seems reasonable … 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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