THE OUTLOOK: North Berkeley & Berkeley Hills, Fall 2020 wrap-up

I find this sort of amazing given what’s been going on in the world this year, but our real estate market has continued to do remarkably well through the fall season.  The combination of super low interest rates and the desire to [...]

LOW RATES & HIGHER CONFORMING LOAN LIMITS

LOW RATES AND HIGHER CONFORMING LOAN LIMITS Interest rates are low, low, low right now! As I write this, the 30-year fixed rate is lower than it’s been since Freddie Mac began tracking mortgage rates in 1971. While it’s not surprising that [...]

2020-12-22T21:05:17+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: Data, General Interest, Home loans, Interest rates|Tags: , , , |

THE OUTLOOK: Berkeley (North & Hills), Summer 2020 wrap-up

Between the pandemic, the wildfires, and the blanket of smoke we’ve had to live with lately, one would think that the local real estate market would have gone into hibernation, but this has not been the case.  The pandemic has caused many [...]

ARE YOU UNDER-INSURED?

ARE YOU UNDER-INSURED? The huge wildfires this year are a reminder that we should all periodically evaluate our insurance coverage, and make sure that we could rebuild if we ever needed to.  Most insurance policies auto-renew each year, and the coverage may [...]

2020-09-22T22:29:56+00:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Berkeley, Data, General Interest, Insurance, Resources|Tags: , , |

THE OUTLOOK: Berkeley (North & Hills), Spring 2020 wrap-up

I’m going to shift focus somewhat for this issue of The Outlook. We’re living in a time right now when many of our usual concerns seem trivial.  Compared to the importance of the growing calls for an end to systematic racism and [...]

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: Why should you pull a permit for work done on your home?

Why should you consider pulling a permit for work done on your home? The #1 reason you should get a permit if you’re having work done on your home that requires it is the obvious one: it’s required by law, and you [...]

Home Loans, Interest rates, and Real Estate Newsletters

HOME LOANS AND INTEREST RATES x Interest rates on home loans have been very low lately!   If your interest rate is close to, or above, 4%, it could be worth your while to contact your favorite loan person and see if you [...]

2020-03-21T20:42:36+00:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Berkeley, Data, General Interest, Resources|Tags: , , , |

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: I’m considering selling my home next year. What should I start doing now to get ready?

I’m considering selling my home next year.  What should I start doing now to get ready? It’s a well-known fact that right now is not the optimal time to sell a home in our area.  It is, however, the right time to [...]

Bridge Loans

BRIDGE LOANS Did you know that it’s possible again to get a bridge loan?  A bridge loan is a short-term loan that can be used to access the equity in a home you are planning to sell in order to purchase a [...]

2019-12-17T22:49:37+00:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Berkeley, General Interest, Resources|Tags: , , |

REAL ESTATE ANSWERS: Why do list prices sometimes increase after a property has been on market for a while?

Why do list prices sometimes increase after a property has been on the market for a while? In most parts of the country, properties come on the market, and if they don’t sell after a period of time, motivated sellers will reduce [...]