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Evolution of a Home

What today’s homeowners desire in a residence has changed dramatically over the past 50 years,Back in 1966, smaller, one story homes were the norm, laundry rooms were hidden in remote basements, rooms were separated and efficiency was not much of a consideration.In 2016, 60% of homes are two
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Are Single Female Homebuyers Making a Come Back?

Since the housing crisis, the percentage of single female home buyers has declined. Going from 21% in 2009 to 15% in 2016, this group may be ready to make a come back.Women earning $100,000 or more increased between 2012 and 2014 in Fresno, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the top three California
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What Boomers Want

The Baby Boomer generation makes up 32% of the population. Two-thirds of all primary home equity is owned by those 55 years and older. 52% of those 55+ years own their homes and have no mortgage payments while 19% of people 55 years and younger have no mortgage. Choices this group makes will have a
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The Old Rules No Longer Apply

Prior generations followed a distinct, straightforward path through life, including at what point in life they purchased a home. Today's lifestyle is much less defined, following a path that meanders rather than one that is linear.Only 20% of Millennials own a home while 75% of the Baby Boomer
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Technology VS Community

In the Silicon Valley especially, we tend to be very tech savvy, as we are surrounded by the companies that create the latest, greatest devices and applications for work, school, socializing as well as home. But even though we are becoming more techy, especially in the manner in which we communicate
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Why Buy? What's Important to First Time Buyers VS Repeat Buyers

Depending on whether you're a first time home buyers or are a seasoned purchasing pro, odds are you will have very different priorities when it comes to why you're making a real estate move.With 55% stating this as a main reason, the most important factor for first time purchasers is that they are
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Renovation Realities

Owning a home is the American dream but for many in California, that dream isn't complete until they make their personal mark by renovating their house. A significant number of homeowners, 93% to be exact, embark on a major remodel, employing professionals including architects, general contractors
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7 Energy-Saving Resolutions for the New Year

With winter finally in full swing as well as with 2016 just beginning, its a great time to review the various energy items in your home to make sure they're operating effectively.Here are 7 tips from PG&E to make sure your home is energy efficient.1. Program your thermostatSchedule the times you
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First-Time Home Buyers & Financing

Despite above-average all-cash offers in 2015, the majority of first time home buyers financed their homes. It is common for young first time buyers to rely on obtaining a mortgage to purchase a home. There are many avenues to get valuable information about financing, including the California
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Home Improvement Projects That Pay Off

Homeowners want to balance property improvements that both benefit lifestyle while they occupy a home but also those that increase their home's value and provide a worthwhile return on investment. In 2015, the improvements that paid off included many exterior upgrades such as updating the entry
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