Latest Edition of Jane's Journal

seejane  How do you get your home appraise for more?  Best Bay Area Suburb is?   Read more

Oakland's Housing Market Tops Bay Area for Overbidding

Hot Oakland Market   Oakland saw the Bay Area’s highest percentage paid over asking price in the second quarter, capping what’s been a strong recovery over the past five years, according to the latest research from Paragon Real Estate Group.   Read more

Market Mania!

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Homeowner’s Net Worth is 45x Greater Than a Renter’s

Homeowner's Net Worth  Every three years the Federal Reserve conducts a Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey, which includes data from 2010-2013, reports that a homeowner’s net worth is 36 times greater than that of a renter    Read more

Sell NOW Before Competition Hits the Market

Sell NOW

In their current edition of the Home Price Expectation Survey released last week, Pulsenomics asked this question of the 100+ economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists they surveyed: “In your opinion, what is the primary driver of recent home value growth in the U.S.?”   Read more

San Francisco’s Housing Mania May Finally Have Reached Its Limit

SF Housing Market After four years of crammed open houses, heated competition and dizzying price gains that sent the median cost of a home to $1.2 million, San Francisco’s real estate market is starting to lose steam.   Read more

Renting vs. Buying: What Does it Really Cost?

rent-versus-buy If you are renting and think you can’t afford a home……….Think again!    Read more

Capital Gains Tax Hurts the Housing Market

Capital Gains Tax  “The Land of Facelifts” (Mansion, May 6) points to Proposition 13 in California as one of the main reasons homeowners are staying put rather than moving, thereby further suppressing the inventory of home listings and helping to keep home prices high.    Read more 

In a Seller’s Market: Is it Time to Downsize?

Downsizing  A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their house in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market.  Read more

Bay Area Home Prices Continue to Skyrocket

Bay Area prices skyrocket  Home prices are still skyrocketing. The Case-Shiller 20-City Index rose 5.7 percent from last year. San Francisco, Denver, Portland and Seattle all registered double-digit price increases. Home prices can vary widely in the Bay Area from city to city, even by neighborhood, but the pressure on sellers and buyers is similar. Demand exceeds supply, pushing prices up.   Read more

What If I Wait Until Next Year To Buy A Home?

wating to sell  As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As either a first-time or repeat buyer, you must not be concerned only about price but also about the ‘long term cost’ of the home.     Read more

Why millennials are staying away from homeownership despite an improving economy

Millennials     For millions of young adults who make up the largest and best-educated generation in American history, coming of age in the wake of the Great Recession has been particularly painful.  With jobs and opportunities scarce, many were forced to return to school or take refuge by moving back in with their parents. The idea of buying a place of their own seemed impossible.  Read more