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Buyers Get More House Eight months ago, economists were predicting that interest rates would rise in 2019—we know that the opposite has occurred. What the majority missed was the trepidation and stagnation that have been caused mostly by geopolitical issues and instability. Inflation has fallen below the predicted 2+%, so buyers benefit with more purchasing […]

No Vacation!

Silicon Valley has become so unaffordable that hundreds of recreational vehicles, or RVs as they are more commonly known, are being used as permanent residences for workers who simply can’t pay the local rental premiums or high prices. It’s not a joke, and it’s not fun or funny. There are even laws being passed to […]

Bumpy Ride

It’s a bumpy ride right now in real estate. Some weeks are booming, and some weeks are quiet. Some months are record setting, and some are ho-hum. There are many factors to consider when we try to explain our market—consumer confidence is always the most important driver, and it has fallen and flattened steadily since […]

What is going on? And why now?

Amazingly interest rates have remained low—in fact, interest rates are lower now than they were at this time last year! This isn’t the only reason for this incredibly busy market. There are many “stagnant” properties that were on the market at the end of 2018 that are still waiting for their perfect buyer. These properties […]

Gen X, Millennials and Old Dogs

Millennials and Gen X will be the primary homebuyers this year—no surprise, as they make up pretty much the entire working population! Gen X is still building equity, investing, moving up. But of course, as numbers go, this group will only make up less than 20% of our market. The mid to upper priced housing […]

10 years, $10 Million, $10’s of Millions

It’s estimated that one million millennials will buy a home each year for the next ten years! Homeownership is STILL the American dream, and though millennials may want smaller, more environmentally friendly homes, they are NOT going to sacrifice the perfect walkable location. The rate scare has subsided for now, prices have dropped, and inventory […]

Have you met ROI?

ROI can be positive or negative, you just have to catch him at the right time. ROI-Return On Investment. With the losses on 401k’s, company pensions and stock heavy annuities many of our newest clients over the last 5 years or so have been Investors looking for a positive ROI through Real Estate. One of […]

Practical Inspiration

Here’s some practical inspiration for your new year’s resolutions, your 2019 goals, your focus. I read this in a business magazine as the “new” characteristics desired by employers: INITIATIVE and IDEATION. It sounds new, fantastic and, like, “Oh ya, I’ve got to improve on my ideation skills.” Of course we all know these as the […]

2019, Be Ready!

Certainly, the market slowed the second half of 2018. There are numerous explanations and all have contributed to the drop. Yes, rates and prices went up simultaneously to make affordability a challenge. Yes, consumer confidence dropped and trepidation regarding international tariffs rose to cause some buyers and investors to take pause. Yes, there has been […]

Evolving and Remembering

4 decades is a long time to do ANYTHING! During that time I have experienced a ton of changes in the Real Estate industry. The last 5 years have brought hyper changes, high speed evolution. At the start of my career we had fat volumes of property pages with tabbed areas. The massive books were […]

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