What Matters Most To Home Buyers [Inforgraphic]

What Matters Most To Home Buyers A growing popularity of urban housing in some metropolitan areas suggests that an increasing portion of home buyers desire more urban-style amenities. Key characteristics home buyers defined as “very important” 39% – Walkability 32% – Proximity to Work 26% – Neighborhood Diversity 25% – Access to Public Transportation Check out […]

Buyers’ Social Media Use On The Rise [infographic]

Searching for tips, looking for agent referrals- These are just some of the ways today’s Buyers are turning to social media as part of their home-buying process. Here’s an infographic showing how many, and why, buyers are using this tool:   C.A.R. 2014 Survey of California Home Buyers indicated that 77% of home buyers used […]

Things Homebuyers Should Never Say

Buying a home is a very emotional process and can lead some to say more or less than what is needed to successfully negotiate the best deal. I am always scouring the web for real estate news and articles to not only stay on top of the real estate market but also to see what […]

3 Reasons NOT To Buy Real Estate Today

It may be counter intuitive for a real estate professional to suggest clients not buy a home yet that is exactly what I’ve advised a half-dozen of my clients for the time being. Last week I shared the historical view that San Diego’s current real estate market is not a Housing Bubble but that does not […]

Home Buyer Focus: Schools over Price, Size & Condition

A recent study by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® showed today’s home buyers are likely to compromise on price rather than schools. If you’ve ever purchased a home or even thought of doing so, you’ve probably had a home buying wish list consisting of various features, the neighborhood, perfect price, just the right size and upgrades […]

Interest Rates: Sharp Rise Costs Buyers Thousands

Most home buyers don’t realize the true impact interest rates have on their buying power aside from the higher/lower payment they lock in for the foreseeable future. The fact is, mortgage rates have taken a sharp upturn now near 4% compared to 3.25% just a few months ago.

Headlines in Real Estate for week ending March 8th 2013

3 Reasons Why Home Sellers May Miss the Boat Di Matteo Group With home prices steadily rising in most areas of the country, a lack of inventory of homes for sale, and plenty of demand from buyers before the spring selling season even begins, some home sellers may find themselves missing the boat all together. […]

Headlines in Real Estate for week ending March 1st 2013

More first-time home buyers have tough time entering the market Los Angeles Times Los High unemployment for young people, strict lending standards and massive student debt loads are among the factors hurting entry-level buyers. Read Full Story Survey: Single-family renters more likely to stay longer The Wall Street Journal Renters who opt for single-family homes […]

Headlines in Real Estate for week ending February 22nd 2013

Here’s what you might have missed this week in real estate news. Neighbors’ effect on appraisals The New York Times When calculating the value of a property, an appraiser also factors in surrounding conditions. Neighborhood nuisances like an overgrown yard or a resistant odor could, in some cases, bring down the value of adjacent homes […]

Headlines in Real Estate for week ending February 8th 2013

As prices continue to push higher, FHA continues to raise its reserves passing the cost on to new borrowers which could leave many wouldbe home buyers on the outside looking in. Here are the real estate headlines you may have missed this week: FHA to hike premiums on mortgages CNNMoney The Federal Housing Administration, which […]