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Finding Your Perfect Bay Area Home in a Fixer Upper


If you’re trying to buy a home and are having a hard time finding one you can afford, it may be time to consider a fixer-upper. That’s a house that needs a little elbow grease or some updates, but has good bones. Fixer-uppers can be a really great option if you’re looking to break into the housing market or want to stretch your budget further. ...

Why We Aren't Headed for a Housing Crash


If you’re holding out hope that the housing market is going to crash and bring home prices back down, here’s a look at what the data shows. And spoiler alert: that’s not in the cards. Instead, experts say home prices are going to keep going up.

Today’s market is very different than it was before the housing crash in 2008. Here’s why.

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The Truth About Down Payments


If you’re planning to buy your first home, saving up for all the costs involved can feel daunting, especially when it comes to the down payment. That might be because you’ve heard you need to save 20% of the home’s price to put down. Well, that isn’t necessarily the case.

Unless specified by your loan type or lender, it’s typically not required to put 20% down....

Some Experts Say Mortgage Rates May Fall Below 6% Later This Year


There’s a lot of confusion in the market about what’s happening with day-to-day movement in mortgage rates right now, but here’s what you really need to know: compared to the near 8% peak last fall, mortgage rates have trended down overall.

And if you’re looking to buy or ...

Will a Silver Tsunami Change the 2024 Housing Market?


Have you ever heard the term “Silver Tsunami” and wondered what it's all about? If so, that might be because there’s been lot of talk about it online recently. Let's dive into what it is and why it won't drastically impact the housing market.

What Does Silver Tsunami Mean?

A recent article from HousingWire calls...

3 Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability


Over the past year, a lot of people have been talking about housing affordability and how tight it’s gotten. But just recently, there’s been a little bit of relief on that front. Mortgage rates have gone down since their most recent peak in October. But there’s more to being able to afford a home than just mortgage rates.

To really understand home affordability, you need to...

Why Pre-Approval Is Your Homebuying Game Changer


If you’re thinking about buying a home, pre-approval is a crucial part of the process you definitely don’t want to skip. So, before you start picturing yourself in your new living room or dining on your future all-season patio, be sure you’re working with a trusted lender to prioritize this essential step. Here’s why.

While home price growth is moderating and mortgage...

Retiring Soon? Why Moving Might Be the Perfect Next Step


If you’re thinking about retirement or have already retired this year, it’s a good time to consider if your current house is still a good fit for the next chapter in your life.

Fortunately, you may be in a better position to make a move than you realize. Here are a few things to think about as you decide whether or not to sell and make a move.

How Long You’ve Been in Your Home

From 1985 to 2008, the average length of time homeowners typically stayed in their homes was only six years....

Top 7 Reasons Why People Move from San Francisco to Marin County

top reasons to move to Marin

Are you considering a move from the bustling streets of San Francisco to the serene beauty of Marin County, California? You're not alone.   It's a common transition for many (including my own family which moved from SF to Marin in 2004) and homebuyers are finding their slice of paradise just a short drive across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Why Move to Marin from SF

While the reasons for moving from SF to Marin County will vary, there are some reoccuring themes that we often see as Realtors. Below are some of the main reasons we see others make the transition from the city to Marin: 

1. Marin's Natural Beauty and Outdoor Recreation

One of the...