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Why invest in real estate?

Since 1968 real estate values have increased 6.3% nationally. Nationally real estate values have never experience a year to year decline in values. Compare it to the stock market which has experienced no less than a dozen year to year declines in the same time period. Where will your investment be more secure? Real estate. Take into account the major reason prices continue to increase; people will always … [Read more...]

Investing in top appreciation areas.

If you have a rental home in the East Bay you probably wont see more than a few percentage points of appreciation this next year. If you sold it and invested (1031 exchange) in lower priced faster appreciating areas, you would not only make more money on your investments, but also diversify your investments through multiple locations across the country, making your investment more secure. More secure … [Read more...]

Now is the right time to buy a home

This is a follow up to a recent post from Monday. Timing the market is not a possibility, yet so many people are trying to do it. I became fascinated with the idea that people can actually think they know how to do so. So I wrote an article to the editor of the Pleasanton Weekly on this topic. Follow the link below to read this recently published article. Now is right time to buy a home, Realtor says … [Read more...]

For Quick Condo Sale, Make it Stand Out

In areas of the country where the condo market has been on overdrive, sellers can face major competition for buyers. The challenge is especially tough if several similar units in the same building or complex already are on the market. Condo sellers in this situation need to think strategically, says Mark Nash, a real estate broker and author of "1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home." Here are five ways … [Read more...]

When is the right time to buy a home?

With reports of a busted market or soon to get even worse market. Is there ever a right time to buy a home? The answer is no. There is never a right time other than right now. If it is a ‘sellers’ market people are always saying “this can never last”, and did so for most of the late 1990’s and early 2000. Now those same people are saying to wait and hold out for the market to go bust. The problem … [Read more...]

Sales and prices soften, but rates are falling too

Total existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – dropped 4.1 percent since July 2005, and were 11.2 percent below the 7.13 million-unit level in July 2005 to 6.33 million units. Not only are we seeing a softening in the prices of homes due to rising inventory, but the rates buyer will be paying on a home are also moving in the right direction. "Many potential … [Read more...]

Paying Room & Board? It may be cheaper to buy.

Money Magazine recently reported that college tuition is increasing faster than the rate of inflation. If you have high school-aged children, buying a condo could be less expensive than paying for room and board for the next four or five years – especially with the tax break and charging rent from your children’s friends. Perhaps downsizing to a smaller home makes more sense now with the children gone. … [Read more...]

Paying Room & Board? It may be cheaper to buy.

Money Magazine recently reported that college tuition is increasing faster than the rate of inflation. If you have high school-aged children, buying a condo could be less expensive than paying for room and board for the next four or five years – especially with the tax break and charging rent from your children’s friends. Perhaps downsizing to a smaller home makes more sense now with the children gone. … [Read more...]

Paying Room & Board? It may be cheaper to buy.

Money Magazine recently reported that college tuition is increasing faster than the rate of inflation. If you have high school-aged children, buying a condo could be less expensive than paying for room and board for the next four or five years – especially with the tax break and charging rent from your children’s friends. Perhaps downsizing to a smaller home makes more sense now with the children gone. … [Read more...]

Save thousands with a home purchase

There are many great reasons for purchasing a home. Whether you purchase a home to save money by not paying rent, make money on increasing property values (6.8 % per year since 1968. source N.A.R.) Or you just want to have a home to call your own. One of the best reasons to purchase a home is the money you save by not paying taxes. Homeowners can deduct both interest and property taxes. If you purchase a … [Read more...]

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