But real estate is local. Although NAR reports that sales in the South and West declined at the end of the summer, areas such as the Bay Area and Los Angeles continued to experience multiple offers and surging sales prices, due to strong business climates and low inventory.
The economy is growing, jobs are being created, and interest rates are low, and due to this, home sales are expected to rise. Now is the time to evaluate your real estate needs and plan for your future.
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Backyard pools losing appeal in some parts of Bay Area
By Pete Carey
Along with the two-car garage and barbecue, the backyard swimming pool defines the American dream home, but lately pools have been losing some of their luster in parts of the Bay Area during the worst drought in decades.
Looking at your Home like a House Inspector
By: Jill HamiltonAlthough you should hire a qualified professional home inspector when buying a home, it's useful to learn the basics of home inspection yourself.
Top Halloween Mishaps and Homeowner’s Insurance
Before you know it, trick-or-treaters will be at your door. Are you ready? We’re not talking about buying candy and carving pumpkins. We mean what if you get more tricks than treats this Halloween. Are you covered? Luckily, homeowners insurance is there to protect you from these common tricks that are apt to happen.
Q: Is real estate still a good investment?
A: Simply put, YES it is. Not only is your home a major investment with strong potential for increased value, but also a rental property may pay big dividends. Last year, overseas buyers spent $92 billion on home purchases according to NAR. That is a 35% increase over the previous year.
Nearly one half of the home purchases were for investment only with no plans to live here, and 25% of the buyers are from China. They are investing in homes mainly in California, Washington, and New York. The promise of good schools and universities, the strong job market in high tech areas, and the proximity to China lure buyers.
If you are considering investing for income, now may be the time to act.
Families going through foreclosure have to make very hard decisions, and sometimes are no longer able to care for their pets. Dogs and cats often end up in public shelters– racing the clock as they hope for adoption. That’s where Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, or ARF, comes in. The ARF team rescues pets who are about to run out of time in these shelters, provides care and comfort, and then finally matches them with the perfect owners.
Check out 4-year-old Colorado! He's a big (94 pounds!), happy Husky/Lab mix who loves being active. He likes to play with other dogs as well as humans.
Many of you know that I have a passion for good wine. I’ve even grown grapes and made my own. I’ve also belonged to a wine group for about 20 years. Every month we get together for a blind tasting and then rank the wines we try.