With rental occupancy rates at 95%, Bay Area rents increased 11.4% from last year and are the highest rates in the past two decades. Trulia Trends blog reported that it “the cost of buying a home is 23 percent less than renting in San Jose and 25 percent less in San Francisco.”

Thinking of remodeling? Here are some improvements to consider that add functionality to your home.

The national average rate for a 30-year mortgage loan fell again for the third straight week to 4.12%.

Buying a home can be one of the biggest investments you make. Some tips on how to keep your cool and make the right financial decision when buying your home.

There are many services a Realtor can provide for buyers to make the process of their home purchase easier. Negotiating ability is key to help you get the most for your money - especially in a competitive market.

There are many services a Realtor can provide for buyers to make the process of their home purchase easier. Negotiating ability is key to help you get the most for your money - especially in a competitive market.

Permits for new pools have been dropping or in a lull for most Bay Area cities. California’s drought, pool maintenance costs and lack of use are some of the reasons why permits for pool demolitions are on the rise. Some water districts even give rebates to encourage pool removal.
Fall officially arrives next week. An out-of-shape house could cost you money during the appraisal but good maintenance can help you add value. Here is a maintenance checklist to help you keep your home in shape before winter arrives.
 
Second Whole Foods to open in Downtown San Jose

A 2nd Whole Foods is opening in San Jose on December 10th. The 35,000 sq foot store “will be home to the first in-store microbrewery and taproom for Whole Foods Market in California.” Whole Foods is also pursuing LEED certification for the store to be located at The Alameda and Stockton near the SAP Center in downtown San Jose.  Learn more at http://bit.ly/1CSPwGb

Here are some great ideas on how to update your home without having to spend a lot of money or time remodeling.
 
A majority of homeowners say that having their child attend their school of choice is an important determining factor in purchasing their next home.

A majority of homeowners say that having their child attend their school of choice is an important determining factor in purchasing their next home.