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Sonoma County Market Statistics 2017

The robust home sales we have seen the last few years show no signs of slowing. Moderate economic growth, solid job gains, still historically-low mortgage interest rates, and even more limited inventory due to the North Bay fires all point to another favorable year for home sellers.

Vacation Homes Offer Great Income-Generating Potential

Vacation Homes Offer Great Income-Generating Potential The arrival of summer is always a popular time to scout for the perfect vacation home, whether it be in the mountains or near the beach. Many people dream about purchasing a vacation home and there are many benefits to owning one. Not only can the home serve as Read More

Low Inventory in Northern California

Low Inventory Preserves Sellers’ Market in Northern California Northern California continues to experience a healthy sellers’ market with median and low priced properties and, in some areas, with reasonably priced luxury properties. Due to the limited inventory and high demand for median priced properties, most reasonably priced listings receive multiple offers above asking price. According Read More

California Dominates Top-Performing Housing Market Lists

California Dominates Top-Performing Housing Markets List San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento were among the nation’s top-performing housing markets in January, according to an analysis by®. The same analysis by® revealed that homes were selling 4 percent faster nationwide than they did a year earlier, but housing supply hit new lows. Prices, meanwhile, Read More

Coldwell Banker Survey Finds Voice Control Next Big Thing in Smart Home Technology

Coldwell Banker Survey Finds Voice Control Next Big Thing in Smart Home Technology Coldwell Banker Real Estate is continuing its efforts to be the smart home leader in real estate. This month, Coldwell Banker Real Estate teamed up with Vivint Smart Home to conduct a survey on the types of smart home technology consumers want Read More

INSURING LIVING TRUSTS – Title Company Requirements

By Barabara Pronin To understand title insurance requirements for insuring title in a living trust, it’s helpful to review a few terms: A trust is an agreement between one or more trustors and trustees to hold title to and administer the designated assets of the trustor for the use and advantage of the beneficiaries. The Read More

Coldwell Banker Enhancing Luxury Real Estate Program

Coldwell Banker has long been a world leader in the sale of luxury homes, thanks to its Previews International luxury market program. Now, the company is taking that prestigious program to even greater heights by elevating its Previews agent certification program, expanding global marketing offerings and cultivating growth in its digital and print content. Last Read More

First-Time Home Buyers Finally Jumping into the Market

One of the big headwinds of the housing market nationwide has been the lack of first-time home buyers – millennials in particular. But the market got a bit of good news on that front last month as a surge in first-time buyers resulted in existing-home sales nationally rebounding strongly in September, according to the National Read More

Tips for Buying a Home While Selling One

Tips for Buying a Home While Selling One We all know that this housing market can be challenging, especially for buyers. Although the market in Northern California has gradually started moving back towards a bit more balance, it still is a seller’s market in many communities. No one knows the challenges of being a buyer Read More

Helping Buyers Understand Today’s Mortgage Market

Q&A: Update on the Mortgage Market and Helpful Tips on Home Loans The mortgage market has definitely changed in the years following the financial crisis. Underwriting guidelines became much more stringent, requiring higher FICO scores and better credit histories in order to secure loans in many cases. But the good news is that interest rates Read More

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