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Real Estate Roundup: Hot Bay Area Market Locking Out Many First-Time Homebuyers

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a trend that finds many first-time buyers unable to get a foot in the door in the Bay Area’s pricey, competitive housing market. Also, another report finds that things are getting even tougher for middle-class homebuyers in the Bay Area and California.

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Uptick in Bay Area Home Prices Will Slow Down

The frantic run-up in Bay Area home prices is expected to settle down in the coming months as a result of three factors seen in real estate markets nearby and nationwide: rising mortgage rates, expanding inventory, and declining investor demand.

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Real Estate Roundup: New Rental Homes Reach Capacity; Pending Sales Retreat

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report that rental rates have stalled after investors bought millions of homes and converted them into rental properties. Also, the tight supply of available homes is holding back sales nationwide.

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What Words Will Make Your Real Estate Listing Get Noticed? That Depends.

Researchers at Trulia sorted millions of property listings to find the most-used words and phrases. They ranked them according to most- and least-expensive homes, with a sidelong glance at regional differences. The results are curious, to say the least. (Hint: If you live in San Francisco and a Whole Foods grocery store is nearby, you’re golden.)

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Why Real Estate Brokers Are Alive and Kicking

Businessweek recently published an article that asked why companies like Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin haven’t killed off real estate brokers. We don’t think it’s a tough question at all. Here’s a look at why consumers continue to value the expertise of real estate professionals — and why it can’t be matched in the virtual world.

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Real Estate Roundup: Fewer Markdowns, a Website Warning, and Homebuilders Busy

Recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious includes a report showing that markdowns in home prices are becoming rare, especially in Oakland. Also, a warning about a suspect real estate website and news of rebounding home construction.

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