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October 22, 2020
The September Jobs Report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.9%. Though that percentage is well below what experts projected earlier this year, it still means millions of people are without work. There’s no way to minimize the tremendous impact this pandemic-induced recession continues to have on many Americans.
October 14, 2020
Since hitting a low point during the initial stages of the pandemic, the only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market. Housing has experienced a strong V-shaped recovery and is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels.”
October 8, 2020
One of the best ways to build your family’s financial future is through homeownership. Recent data from the Federal Reserve indicates the net worth of a homeowner is actually over 40 times greater than that of a renter. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about buying a home, especially when they’re so affordable in today’s market.
October 1, 2020
If you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make your decision to sell this fall an easy one.
September 23, 2020
Whenever there is a shortage in supply of an item that’s in high demand, the price of that item increases. That’s exactly what’s happening in the real estate market right now. CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that values have increased by 5.5% over the last year. This is great news if you’re planning to sell your house; on the other hand, as either a first-time or repeat buyer, this may instead seem like troubling news. However, purchasers should realize that the price of a house is not as important as the cost.
September 16, 2020
The real estate market has changed in many ways over the past 10 years, and current homeowners are earning much more equity today than they used to have. According to CoreLogic, in the first quarter of 2020 alone, the average homeowner gained approximately $9,600 in equity.
September 9, 2020
When most of us begin searching for a home, we naturally start by looking at the price. It’s important, however, to closely consider what else impacts the purchase. It’s not just the price of the house that matters, but the overall cost in the long run.
September 3, 2020
The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging times of our lives. A worldwide pandemic, a recession causing historic unemployment, and a level of social unrest perhaps never seen before have all changed the way we live. Only the real estate market seems to be unaffected, as a new forecast projects there may be more homes purchased this year than last year.
August 26, 2020
In today’s housing market, it can be a big challenge for buyers to find homes to purchase, as the number of houses for sale is far below the current demand. Now, however, we’re seeing sellers slowly starting to come back into the market, a bright spark for potential buyers.
August 10, 2020
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.
August 6, 2020
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.
May 6, 2020
Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market
April 1, 2020
With the housing crash of 2006-2008 still visible in the rear-view mirror, many are concerned the current correction in the stock market is a sign that home values
February 27, 2020
One thing helping homeowners right now is price appreciation, especially in the entry-level market. In the latest Home Price Insights report, CoreLogic reveals how home prices
January 4, 2020
8 Tips for Keeping a Healthy Home. We spend a lot of time in our homes, which is why it’s important to ensure that they’re a safe and healthy environment for ourselves and our families.
December 5, 2019
Whether your goal is to lose one or 100, shedding pounds is no walk in the park (pardon the pun). If you’re seeking to better your lifestyle or know someone else who is, look no further for motivation than these five simple tips.
November 1, 2019
Are you getting ready to haul that so-called junk out of your attic? Or haphazardly driving by another yard sale without giving it a second thought?
October 3, 2019
Looking for a local pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayride, gourds, and other Halloween activities in Marin and Sonoma Counties in California?
August 30, 2019
History of Labor Day Labor Day 2019 On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world – […]
June 6, 2019
4 Ways to Sleep More Guests in Your Home. Do the in-laws and their brood stay at your home for the holidays? Do long-time friends drive up with their kids?
February 3, 2019
It’s natural to want to make children happy, but they also need rules and boundaries. Sometimes well-meaning relatives spoil kids in ways that parents find frustrating or unacceptable.
January 8, 2019
Many real estate agents consider an open house a vital part of the home-selling process. An open house allows several prospective buyers to see a home in a single day. In some cases, the sellers receive one or more offers soon after an open house and are able to close the deal in a relatively short period of time.