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Livermore Market Update for September

The Livermore real estate market saw an increase in the number of sold homes from July to September, as well as seeing a decrease in the number of units available for the month of September '06. Overall market time remaines at 5.3 months for all price ranges in Livermore. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL SIZE CHART … [Read more...]

Pleasanton Market Update for September

The number of single family homes sold in Pleasanton for the month of September was 60. Up from 53 sold homes in September of '05. In September of '05 there were about 80 homes available, compare that to 234 at the end of September of '06.  FOR A FULL SIZE CHART CLICK HERE … [Read more...]

East Bay Communities Market Time

Not all of the communities in the East Bay are the same and neither are the days on the market. Fremont is still seeing the best market time where communities like Brentwood and San Ramon are above 8 months of supply in homes. This information is useful when comparing communities that are not yet in a buyer's market. As you hear reports of a buyer's market, remember that real estate is local and from town … [Read more...]

Pleasanton Schools Continue to Exceed

Again, all Pleasanton schools exceed the state's goal of 800 on California's API. Attached is a report from the Pleasanton Unified School District on the success of Pleasanton schools. Not only did every school in Pleasanton exceed the 800 API mark, but seven individual schools had API scores above 900. Pleasanton schools are one of the key components of this communities continued strong real estate … [Read more...]

I think I’ll wait until the market picks up.

"I think ill wait until the market picks up." Obviously a great idea because we never want to buy something and see it lose value the next day. The only problem with this thinking is that we do not know when the market will pick up or even what "pick up" means. Does pick up mean an increase of 5% from values year to year or does it mean prices are increasing 1% month to month? One of my greatest concerns … [Read more...]

I think I’ll wait until the market picks up.

"I think ill wait until the market picks up." Obviously a great idea because we never want to buy something and see it lose value the next day. The only problem with this thinking is that we do not know when the market will pick up or even what "pick up" means. Does pick up mean an increase of 5% from values year to year or does it mean prices are increasing 1% month to month? One of my greatest concerns … [Read more...]

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...]

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