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Archive for June, 2007

Demanding Homebuyers are Satisfied Homebuyers

Guest Author in Homeownership, Other   •   2 comments Jun 28, 2007

In reviewing the latest California Association of Realtors Real Estate Market Update I noticed some fascinating trends. Most notably, is the fact that internet homebuyers are much happier with their Realtor than those who don’t use the internet to assist with their home buying process. Internet homebuyers rate their overall satisfaction with their agent 4.5

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Get a second home in Palm Springs for under $200,000?

Guest Author in Market Trends, Southern California, Vacation Property   •   1 comment Jun 25, 2007

Palm Springs started as the Playground for the Stars, but do you need to be a star to get a second home in the area for weekend vacations? I took a quick survey for what you can get in the area for less than $200,000. The city Palm Springs is one of the several cities

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Location. Location. Location.

Guest Author in Buyer Tips, Real Estate Tips   •   0 comments Jun 22, 2007

Everyone says the three most important things in real estate are Location, Location, Location. What does that mean? One of the reasons for that is the only thing you cannot change about a property is the location. You can rebuild the whole house, or just do parts of it, but you can never change the

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Is there a Real Estate Bubble – A Bay Area View

Guest Author in Interest Rates, Market Trends   •   3 comments Jun 18, 2007

Guest writer: Nick Testa of Coldwell Banker Los Altos Almost everyone reads the newspaper. It seems that on a daily basis the newspapers are warning the public about a “real estate bubble”, and that it is expected to burst. As a Realtor for Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, California, and Movoto, the real estate website,

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Good Time to Buy or Sell? A Bay Area View

Guest Author in Market Trends   •   0 comments Jun 15, 2007

Guest writer: Jim Roberts of Coldwell Banker San Jose You want to buy or sell but maybe you are not sure if the time is right. If you base your real estate buying or selling decision on what you read in the newspapers, no doubt you would be thoroughly confused. Today’s headline reads, “Home sales

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San Diego Market Conditions in June 2007

Guest Author in Homes for Sale, Market Trends, Southern California   •   0 comments Jun 13, 2007

Guest writer: Roberta Murphy, The Murphy Group and author of Luxury Home Digest blog. The San Diego real estate market has been terrific for savvy home buyers this past year. Interest rates have remained favorable, inventory levels have been rich and home prices have softened. Median prices for single family re-sale homes in San Diego

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An Affordable Beach Property in Los Angeles Area?

Guest Author in Market Trends, Southern California   •   2 comments Jun 13, 2007

Who wouldn’t like to have a beachfront property in warm Southern California? The question is whether you can find one that is affordable, and then the next question is out of all the homes for sale, where would you buy one. Fortune magazine writer Jon Birger writes that Beach property is hot despite global warming.

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Northern and Southern California Home Price Comparison

Guest Author in Homes for Sale, Market Trends   •   1 comment Jun 10, 2007

Movoto released its California home inventory report recently. The Movoto report, drawn from seven different local California multiple listing services, shows that Northern California homes are generally selling more quickly than homes in Southern California. Four Northern California counties show more than 40% of their for sale home inventory on the market for less than

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Are Home Prices Going Down? A Bay Area Analysis

Guest Author in Market Trends, Median Home Price   •   6 comments Jun 9, 2007

National media definitely portray that picture. The Associated Press states “Projections dim further for housing“. Investor Business Daily reporter Paul Katzeff reported in a recent article that quoted the national median price for homes sold in April, 2007 dropped 0.8% to $220,900 from $222,681 a year ago. Chicago Tribune reporter Kathleen Howley in her U.S.

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Make More Money: Buy in Cheaper Neighborhoods

Guest Author in Market Trends, Median Home Price   •   0 comments Jun 7, 2007

I have often heard from people or real estate agents that say investing in the best neighborhood always gives you the highest return on your money. It is commonly believed that you should buy in the areas with the best schools, so that the home prices go up more and you can get the best

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