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The Connection Between Healthy Food and Real Estate Values

A new Urban Land Institute (ULI) report shows that a focus on local choices and innovative cuisine options can increase property values. According to the report — Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate — a growing interest in fresh, accessible food nurtures the communities that surround it and spurs […]

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Proposition 13 Saves on Property Taxes

California homeowners saved more than $12.5 billion in property taxes this past year due to Proposition 13—the state law that caps both the property tax rate (to 1 percent of home value) and the rate at which assessed home value can increase (at 2 percent annually)—with longtime residents in more affluent cities receiving the biggest […]

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Zillow’s Predictions for the 2017 Housing Market

The housing market’s economic recovery is expected to enter a new state in 2017. According to a recent Zillow forecast, the homeownership rate is expected to bounce back from historical lows and millennials will play a significant role in increasing the homeownership rate. Here, Zillow’s look ahead at the 2017 housing market: • Cities will […]

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What Are America’s Biggest House Guest Pet Peeves?

With the holidays in full force — along with the likelihood that you might be staying with friends and family during the season — we thought it might be fun to offer a look at some of biggest house guest pet peeves. According to a recent HomeAdvisor survey of 2,000 Americans, the top worst things […]

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How Could President Trump Change the U.S. Housing Market?

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th U.S. president. How could his presidency impact the future of residential housing? According to Realtor.com, the incoming president will limit the federal government’s role in the real estate market, as was outlined in the 66-page Republican Platform 2016. So, the long-term implications for homebuyers, sellers, and owners could […]

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Busting the Appraisal Myths

Ever wonder why the house next door that’s exactly the same as yours is listed at a higher price? Or why an update didn’t add more to your home’s value? You’re not alone. Sometimes, real estate valuation can come off as complicated and random. To shed some light on the appraisal process, Inman.com talked with […]

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Steady Growth Projected for the South Bay

Steady growth will continue in all of the South Bay’s primary economic indicators—employment, wages, housing and taxable sales—through 2017, according to the second annual South Bay Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook. The new study—which was commissioned by the university’s Economics Institute—was compiled by LA-based Beacon Economics—also shows that the region is well suited for a […]

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The New Rule of Luxury Living

Luxury Portfolio International and YouGov have unveiled a new report that examines how affluent individuals live, work and play in and around the world of luxury. The New Rules of Luxury Living—which included more than 6,000 online interviews as well as in-person focus groups—shows continued confidence in the real estate market among the world’s most […]

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Buying a Home Later In the Year Could Save You Thousands

Contemplating a move to a new school district next summer so you can get settled in before classes start? You’ll probably end up paying more on average than if you bought a house in the fall or the winter, according to a new study by NerdWallet. To determine the most affordable time to buy a home, […]

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California Dominates Realtor.com List of Counties With Most Expensive Real Estate

Although Manhattan ranks No. 1 when it comes to luxury real estate prices, seven of the top 10 counties were in California, according to Realtor.com’s newly released Luxury Homes Index. Coming in second, after Manhattan, was San Mateo ($2.384 million), followed by San Francisco ($2.383 million) and Marin ($2.154 million), while Santa Clara ($1.83 million) […]

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