July 2018 Market Report

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Properties are not selling as fast, nor with as many offers, as has been the norm. This may be somewhat seasonal as many people turn their attention to vacations and travel over the summer, with real estate...

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Interest rates, after having defied all predictions for several years, are now rising. For homebuyers, this affects affordability. Sellers are concerned that the buyer pool will shrink. So it's a good time...
Rapidly Shrinking Home Affordability

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Friends and Clients —Some potentially worrying news came out this month:Home affordability is shrinking rapidly, according to research by Arch Mortgage Insurance.In the first quarter, affordability...
March 2018 Market Report

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Buyers in the current San Mateo County real estate market should continue to expect an exceptionally competitive landscape, especially in the lower price ranges.
Time to Think about Flood Insurance

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Just having spent this week at Mega Relief with thousands of KW colleagues helping muck out houses in Houston, I've been thinking more about the importance of having flood insurance.  It's important as...

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https://www.ortconline.com/Web2/Videos/Buyer1.mp4Congratulations on getting into contract for your home purchase!
Dealing with Financing

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As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the...
Preparing to Sell

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Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.Repair. Just...