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Older Californians are growing in number, at 11.5% of the state’s population in 2015. The number of Californians 65 years of age and older increased 4% from the prior year. Three-out-of-four Baby Boomers are homeowners today and will remain so in retirement, though most will sell and downsize, purchasing a replacement home of equal or… Continued

September 19, 2016

10 best real estate tips for 2016

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Buyers: Don’t overreach A bidding war might spur you to overspend, but paying an inflated price can make it tough to resell when prices stabilize or sink. (Read 2008-2009 real estate columns as a reminder.) A decision to pay a premium isn’t always an errant one, though, when you plan to live in the house… Continued

June 27, 2016

Mortgage Phishing Scam!

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On March 18 the FTC Consumer Blog issued a post focused on hackers who have been breaking into some consumers’ and real estate professionals’ email accounts to get information about upcoming real estate transactions. After figuring out the closing dates, the hacker sends an email to the buyer, posing as the real estate professional or… Continued

March 24, 2016


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By Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog The largest methane gas leak in California history began more than four months ago and has driven residents with nosebleeds, vomiting, rashes, and dizziness out of 5,000 homes. Shouldn’t we know why, how and who caused the mess by now? Even though the leak has been capped there are many… Continued

March 9, 2016


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For the past three years, the western region of the U.S. has been infamous for its exorbitant housing markets. Western metros consistently topped lists of the hottest housing markets from each month last year. Homebuyers in these markets have long struggled to make purchases because of a shortage of inventory and rising home prices… Continued

January 20, 2016

Housing Outlook 2015: Predictions from the Experts!

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Good news for regular people: the homebuying process should get a little less hectic in 2015, thanks to eased inventory and credit plus the exit of investors from the market. We’ve already begun to see the shift. As prices rose in 2014, more people put their homes up for sale. (In October, the stock of… Continued

July 16, 2015

7 tips for picking a real estate agent

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7 tips for picking a real estate agent Real Estate » 7 tips for picking a real estate agent Real estate agent Ever wish you could see through the hype to hire the best real estate agent for buying or selling your home? When it comes to choosing real estate agents, “we don’t have the… Continued

May 15, 2015

This Spring’s Hottest Real Estate Markets…

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Buyers need to move a bit faster this year in order to snag their dream house, even in some of the slowest-moving markets. Homes are going especially quick in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, Seattle, and Salt Lake City. Housing inventory remains tight, and one of the questions on the minds of many… Continued

April 27, 2015


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You’re ready to buy a home, but there hasn’t been a new home built in your area in 10 years, leaving you no choice but to buy an older home. You could appreciate older homes more if you know a little about their history and why they were designed the way they were at the… Continued

April 20, 2015