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Posted on 08/06/2020
How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs?
How Is Remote Work Changing Homebuyer Needs? With more companies figuring out how to efficiently and effectively enable their employees to work remotely (and for longer than most of us initially expected), homeowners throughout the country are re-evaluating their needs. Do I still need to live close to my company’s office building? Do I need a larger home with...
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Posted on 08/01/2020
Another Property Sold - 1280 Redwood Boulevard #B, Novato, CA 94947
Adorable Western Oaks townhome offers cozy, convenient living with big views. A perfect starter home with fresh paint and new flooring, an open living/dining area leads to spacious deck for entertaining. Two bedrooms upstairs with ample closet space. Amenities include washer/dryer in unit, separate storage, covered parking, and beautiful community pool & facilities. Great south Novato commute location close to Vintage Oaks and Downtown Novato. HOA Dues of $446/mo include grounds maintenance, pool, insurance, management, exterior maintenance, and...
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Posted on 07/31/2020
Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020?
Where Is the Housing Market Headed for the Rest of 2020? Some Highlights: The housing market is forecasted to finish the year with growing strength. Historically low mortgage rates are creating great potential for homebuyers, and home sales are on the rise. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, let’s connect to maximize your opportunity...
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Posted on 07/28/2020
Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home
Guidance and Support Are Key When Buying Your First Home In June, the number of first-time homebuyers accounted for 35% of the existing homes sold, a trend that’s been building steadily throughout the year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “The share of first-time buyers increased in March through June—right into the heart of the pandemic period...
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Posted on 07/20/2020
Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time
Thinking of Selling Your House? Now May be the Right Time Inventory is arguably the biggest challenge for buyers in today’s housing market. There are simply more buyers actively looking for homes to purchase than there are sellers selling them, so the scale is tipped in favor of the sellers. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from...
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Posted on 07/17/2020
Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3%
Mortgage Rates Fall Below 3% Some Highlights Mortgage rates hit another all-time low, falling below 3% this week. If you’re ready to buy a home, now is a great time to truly get more for your money at this historic moment. Let’s connect today to determine your best next steps toward homeownership....
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Posted on 07/15/2020
Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows
Mortgage Rates Hit Record Lows for Three Consecutive Weeks Over the past several weeks, Freddie Mac has reported the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to record lows, all the way down to 3.03%. Last week’s reported rate reached the lowest point in the history of the survey, which dates back to 1971 (See graph below:) What does this...
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Posted on 07/10/2020
Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment for 7 Years Running
Some Highlights Real estate has outranked stocks, savings accounts, and gold as the best long-term investment among Americans for the past 7 years. The belief in the stability of housing as a long-term investment remains strong, despite the many challenges our economy faces today. Of the four listed, real estate is also the only investment you can also live...
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Posted on 07/08/2020
Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low
Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That concern seems reasonable considering the current condition of the economy....
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Posted on 07/01/2020
A Historic Rebound for the Housing Market
A Historic Rebound for the Housing Market Pending Home Sales increased by 44.3% in May, registering the highest month-over-month gain in the index since the National Association of Realtors (NAR) started tracking this metric in January 2001. So, what exactly are pending home sales, and why is this rebound so important? According to NAR, the Pending Home Sales Index...
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Posted on 06/25/2020
Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate
New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Earlier this month, realtor.com announced the release of their initial Housing Recovery Index, a weekly guide showing how the pandemic has impacted the residential real estate market. The index leverages a weighted average of four key components of the housing industry, tracking each of the following: Housing Demand – Growth...
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Posted on 06/19/2020
7 Strategies for a 2020 Open House
7 Strategies for a 2020 Open House Some Highlights Buyer interest is high right now, so this summer is a great time to sell your house. Here are 7 strategies to help make your house showing a safe and effective one. Let’s connect today to get your house on the market while buying is hot....
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