What Experts Are Doing About Real Estate

If you are shopping for a home right now, are you enjoying the feeding frenzy?  (At least here in Silicon Valley…) We’ve all heard that investors were snapping up homes left and right, paying all cash, and pushing regular home buyers out of the market. Some of this money came from outside the country, but...

Foreclosures Finally Settling Down?

This is a quick update from one of my favorite sources for economic analysis, the Calculated Risk Blog. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rates declined in March Posted: 01 May 2013 03:09 PM PDT Fannie Mae reported that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate declined in March to 3.02% from 3.13% in February. The...

Win the bidding war without overpaying

5 Keys to Making a Successful Offer Buying a home in Silicon Valley right now is not easy.  Listings are scarce and buyers are plentiful.  Most homes are selling very quickly with multiple offers.  Winning the bidding war can be hell…unless you know the keys to the most attractive offer.  Here they are: Be Qualified...

Buying Up is Hard to Do

I’m sure you’ve heard that the real estate market is coming back on strong right now, especially where we are in Silicon Valley.  If you bought your home before 2007 you might have thought you’d be in it for just a few years and you had planned to move up, but you didn’t because of...

3 Top Tips To Selecting The Right Home For Your Family

Whether you are moving to a new house with children or you are buying your first home with the intention of raising future little ones there, many factors will come into play when making your decision.

Look For Improvements In The Real Estate Market In 2013

The previous couple years' doom and gloom outlook is looking like it is turning more upbeat and robust for the rest of 2013.

5 Simple Indoor Do-It-Yourself Projects for Your Home

With spring right around the corner, you might be thinking about sprucing up your home.

Boring but Important: How Banks Force Taxpayers to Overpay for Insurance

A very interesting article about an arcane issue appeared Tuesday in Originator News, a magazine aimed at mortgage originators.  Although boring, this message is so important that it should get out to the general public.  As the old saying goes, “If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.” The issue: Force-placed insurance.  What is this? ...

5 Important Tips To Save Money On Your Tax Bill

Owning real estate can make a big difference on your tax return, so make sure that you're taking advantage of all the deductions you're entitled to.

Existing Home Sales Rise As Home Inventory Shrinks

Home sales rose for the 11th consecutive month according to the National Association of REALTORS® Existing Home Sales Report for January.