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California, Bay Area Cities Still Rule the Ranks of the Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets

For the seventh time in the past eight months, the San Francisco metro area ranked as the nation’s hottest real estate market in February, with other Golden State cities also experiencing high demand amid limited supply conditions.

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Oakland has the hottest neighborhoods in the Bay Area, Zillow says

Oakland is seeing a lot of fast growth, new businesses – like Uber – and it’s changing fast. In 2016, people will continue to cross the bridge hoping to find an affordable place to live, driving up home values in Oakland neighborhoods.

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PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: 6272 CLIVE AVE., OAKLAND | OFFERED AT $799,000 | PIEDMONT PINES

Views, quiet and comfort in Piedmont Pines. Spectacular bonus solarium adds a brilliant dimension to the open floor-plan; creating a life among the trees effect. Perfect outdoor space for play, gardening, dining and entertaining. Redwood Park, Montclair Village and top schools are nearby.

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San Francisco’s Median House Price Holds Strong at $1.3M

There has been a lot of chatter this fall about home prices around the city and whether or not they can continue their stratospheric rise. After a big spring selling season, the median price for houses had peaked at $1.325 million, while condos sat at $1.12 million. After the usual summer dip, prices were back […]

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Uber San Francisco vs. Uber Oakland

In September 2014 Uber bought 1455 and 1515 Third St in San Francisco. Almost exactly a year later Uber bought 1955 Broadway Oakland. From the current Uber headquarters  an Uber costs $9 and takes 13 minutes to get to the San Francisco location and $21 and 21 minutes to the Oakland Location. In 2013 we […]

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Is investment poised to pour into Oakland? Lake Merritt tower controversy may provide a clue

Already, development interest in Oakland is starting to reach a frenzy, though there is still relatively little construction going on. A public site in the Uptown neighborhood garnered interest from eight housing developers. Real estate investors have also started to eye West Oakland, as the Business Times detailed in a cover story last month. “Oakland is going to fire up like you can’t imagine over next 12-to-18 months,” said Chris Foley, partner at the San Francisco-based condo sales and marketing group Polaris Pacific.

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Are homes in Oakland or San Francisco the better real estate investment?

Oakland is a better place to invest in real estate than San Francisco for single-family rental property because of a higher return on investment and lower pricing, according to data from real estate firm HomeUnion.

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Are You Taking Advantage of Refinancing Opportunities?

Many American borrowers are burned out by their efforts to improve their personal finances, and as a result have created a huge pool of refinancing opportunities that Freddie Mac thinks is not going to be taken advantage of.

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How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your Bay Area House

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this […]

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10 homeowner tax breaks you should be taking advantage of

From being able to write off virtually all mortgage interest, not only for your primary home, but for a second home as well — up to $1.1 million of debt (when you include home-equity loans) in most cases, to being able to write off your property taxes, homeowners have opportunities for dozens more federal income tax deductions than renters.

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