Monthly Archives: March 2013

Deep Freeze: Home Sales to Barely Budge in Spring

“Only new home construction can genuinely help relieve the inventory shortage, and housing starts need to rise at least 50 percent from current levels,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors in a release. “Most local … Continue reading

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Home prices in Bay Area up 17.5% in January

Home prices in the five-county San Francisco metro area surged 17.5 percent in January versus a year ago – one of the biggest gains nationwide – according to a key gauge released on Tuesday. Overall, U.S. home prices registered their … Continue reading

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Beyond the Numbers, Confidence Returns to Housing

While first-timers are getting more interested, current homeowners are getting less interested, according to the Campbell survey. Meanwhile investor interest in housing rose to a four-month high, accompanied by a rise in sales of distressed properties. Investors, who largely buy … Continue reading

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Proposition 8 same-sex marriage battle heads to Supreme Court: Bay Area …

From a cupcake bakery in Oakland and a Latino church in San Jose to the snowy steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, Bay Area residents are anxiously awaiting arguments to begin Tuesday in the contentious and historic same-sex marriage debate … Continue reading

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The Housing Bubble Is Back

Cullen Roche is worried that the trajectory of housing prices might deviate from what practical assumptions would predict Real estate returns are not rocket science.  Because they’re such a huge portion of the consumer balance sheet they tend to be … Continue reading

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