Belmont Real Estate

California to Offer $3,000 Subsidy for Earthquake Retrofitting

By |October 17th, 2018|

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re living near a major earthquake fault. Now if you’re unsure if you live near an active fault, this web site . Temblor, co-founded by Ross Stein from the USGS, is very useful for determining the proximity to, and estimating the damage from, an earthquake near your home.

We don’t have […]

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Nothing Remains the Same, Except Change

By |August 13th, 2018|

Nothing remains the same, except change—with each change being slightly different than the one before…

By The Numbers

Now that the waning dog days of summer are upon us, we felt it was time to summarize the second quarter sales for the year. I mean, doesn’t everyone want to know, “How is the Market”? It’s the question […]

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New Listings in Pricey Bay Area Counties Rose Significantly

By |February 22nd, 2017|

The California Association of REALTORS™  has released a recent report on the state of the California’s housing, naming San Mateo County as having the highest median price in the state. They went one to mention the rising number of new listings. Could this mean that sellers are finally thinking the market is near its top? Will housing […]

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How to Find the Best Schools

By |August 25th, 2015|

This you already know: Parents want to send their kids to good schools. So that’s why they flock to neighborhoods—sometimes paying hundreds of thousands more to live there—that purport to have them. But what does “good school” really mean? Is it really all about the test scores?

Increasingly, educational experts say: not really. These days, many […]

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The Pitfalls of Over Pricing A Home

By |July 7th, 2011|

If you’ve missed this spot it’s not too late. Making a price reduction quickly can thwart the dreaded doomed house syndrome tip the scales your way and bring a fresh batch of buyers to the bargaining table.

Do You Plan on Spending More This Year Than Last?

By |November 22nd, 2010|

You all were so accurate at predicting the school bond poll results we thought we’d send out another one to see if this year retailers will get in the black.
We’ve been out shopping for Thanksgiving and are seeing a lot of activity in the stores. That caused us to wonder if people feel confident […]

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New 3.8% “Real Estate Sales Tax” gets a lot of play

By |October 22nd, 2010|

You may have already heard through an errant email or co-worker that hidden in the health care bill was a provision for adding a 3.8% sales tax on the sale of your home.
We’ve even been forwarded emails with the story contained in a newspaper article. So is there any truth to it? Well, sort of.
The […]

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Why Are Interest Rates So Low and What Does it Mean to Me?

By |July 14th, 2010|

Whether you are thinking of buying or already own a home the current historically low interest rates may help you save thousands of dollars.
Rates in the last week have averaged the lowest point since records were first kept over 30 years ago. Refinancing today may help you save hundreds of dollars in monthly interest […]

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Case-Shiller study finds Bay Area Home Prices up 11.9% in February 2010

By |April 27th, 2010|

 Case-Shiller released their report on repeat sales pairs for the 20 major MSA’s (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) across the country. San Francisco faired rather well, climbing 11.9% over last year in February. Phoenix lost another 1.64% but faired far better than Tampa Bay, which sank another 6% over last year.
No doubt many of these areas […]

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Mid Peninsula Housing Trends–2009

By |January 9th, 2010|

What happened in 2009 and what might be in store for 2010?
THE PAST
The median price in San Mateo County ended the year at $678,750 which is a dramatic drop from 2008’s year-end median price of $795,000. It continued to drop precipitously throughout the beginning of 2009, though it appears that January of 2009 was […]

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