Home Buyers Frustrated With Pocket Listings

Home Buyers Frustrated With Pocket Listings

A recent INMAN blog post by Associate Editor Andrea V. Bramila outlined the recent statistics from CoreLogic regarding the practice of real estate brokers not submitting a listing to the publicly accessed and syndicated Multiple Listing Service.  So called, “pocket listings” are frustrating buyers in markets with low inventory and MLS boards across the country […]

Which neighborhoods in San Jose are the best?

Which neighborhoods in San Jose are the best?

There are a lot of great neighborhoods to consider, now it is finding out more about what you want in a neighborhood. Here are brief summaries of neighborhoods in the Greater San Jose area. – Los Gatos, Willow Glen, and Campbell have nice little downtowns with walk to coffee, dining, and some entertainment. From a […]

Don’t Be Afraid Of Multiple Offers- Be Afraid of Rising Rates!

Don’t Be Afraid Of Multiple Offers- Be Afraid of Rising Rates!

The Wall St Journal is predicting rising interest rates, even though the rates are the lowest they’ve been in three months. This week. I have seen predictions of 5.35% by the end of 2014.  But right now, I am seeing about 4.5%.  What is that difference in house payment when comparing this rate difference for […]

5 Reasons You May Not Get Top Dollar When Selling Your Home

5 Reasons You May Not Get Top Dollar When Selling Your Home

Q. CJ, my neighbor down the street needed to sell quickly and he ended up getting a lot less than he expected for his home. There wasn’t an open house, he didn’t want a lock box on his house so it was harder to show and  the agent said it would sell fast so they […]

Should I Have Home Inspections Done?

Should I Have Home Inspections Done?

Q.  CJ, do I really need to get home inspections done before I put my Los Gatos home on the market or would it be better to wait for offers before I fix things?In addition how much do inspections cost? It seems like a lot of work to do if we don’t have to. CJ’s […]

December Housing Market Report Mountain View, Ca

December Housing Market Report Mountain View, Ca

Looking back at December 2013 in the Mountain View Housing Market. Active listings in Mountain view were down by 33% from last year and down 43% from November. The media listing price was $715,000 and houses on the market sold more quickly with the average days on the market down to just 12 days. The […]

San Francisco Condo

San Francisco Condo

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November Real Estate Market Report- San Jose

November Real Estate Market Report- San Jose

This housing market report is for the area of downtown San Jose, Ca. If you are interested in a more specific report for a different neighborhood, just let me know. I’m happy to give you neighborhood information in the bay area. Summary Active listings are down 28% from last year The median listing price just […]

Maintaining an Unsold Home throughout Winter

Maintaining an Unsold Home throughout Winter

As Daylight Saving Time ends, so does the real estate selling season, and many buyers and investors are left with a home that didn’t sell. The question then becomes whether you should keep the house on the market and plug away at trying to sell during the off-season, or take it off the market until […]

Update Real Estate Market Report For Campbell, Ca

Update Real Estate Market Report For Campbell, Ca

Let’s look at how the market for single family homes has changed in Campbell, Ca. over the last month (October 2013). Active listings are down by 38% since last year at this time, and down by 16% from last month to just 26 listings. The median listing price for a single family home in Campbell […]

What Is A Qualified Mortgage Loan?

What Is A Qualified Mortgage Loan?

When you apply for a mortgage you may wrestle with deciding how much you can afford to pay. Your lender can help you with this decision, and  as of Jan. 10, 2014 the  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Ability-to-Repay/QM rule  requires lenders  to look at a consumer’s financial  information and be sure that the consumer can […]

Which Home Addition can increase its resale value?

Which Home Addition can increase its resale value?

Q. I just purchased a 900 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bath home. I am considering either adding an additional full bathroom off the master bedroom and/or enclosing the patio to make a sun room. My questions are: 1. What is the better addition to make in terms of resale value, resale potential, return on […]

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