June 27, 2014 - 11:43 AM
When searching for a home, lots of families want to buy in high-performing school districts, but they can’t always afford to pay an outrageously high mortgage. To help families find affordable homes in great school districts, we have released our second annual ranking of the Best Places for Families to Live... Read More

10 Best Places for Families to Live

When searching for a home, lots of families want to buy in high-performing school districts, but they can’t always afford to pay an outrageously high mortgage. To help families find affordable homes in great school districts, we have released our second annual ranking of the Best Places for Families to Live!

June 25, 2014 - 8:51 AM
Before the spring season even begins, big box home improvement stores start having promotions and sales on their most popular renovation products. As the temperature outside starts to rise, more homeowners feel the need to give their home a makeover. There are many projects that are easier to complete when... Read More
June 20, 2014 - 4:14 PM
Selling your home is a major undertaking that can be stressful, but if you prepare beforehand, much of that stress can be eliminated. If you are well-prepared to sell your home, it might even sell faster than you and your real estate agent originally anticipated. Here are a few simple tips to make the... Read More

Preparing Your Home for Sale

Selling your home is a major undertaking that can be stressful, but if you prepare beforehand, much of that stress can be eliminated. If you are well-prepared to sell your home, it might even sell faster than you and your real estate agent originally anticipated. Here are a few simple tips to make the process of selling your home a much smoother one.

June 18, 2014 - 9:06 AM
Creating a healthier home doesn't require costly upgrades or a big investment of time. Small changes in areas such as air quality, energy use and chemical exposure can make big differences in the health of a home and the people living there. Improve the Air Dust, dirt, mold and other potential health... Read More

5 "Healthy Home" Upgrades

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Creating a healthier home doesn't require costly upgrades or a big investment of time. Small changes in areas such as air quality, energy use and chemical exposure can make big differences in the health of a home and the people living there.

Improve the Air

June 13, 2014 - 11:48 AM
ZipRealty released a new report today showing that Oakland median home price growth has surpassed San Francisco, Berkeley and Alameda. ZipRealty analyzed the latest MLS data on home sales as of May 31, 2014 to create the four-city study. Zip codes in which five or more real estate sales closed in 2014 were... Read More

Oakland, Calif., Home Price Growth Exceeds San Francisco, Berkeley and Alameda

ZipRealty released a new report today showing that Oakland median home price growth has surpassed San Francisco, Berkeley and Alameda. ZipRealty analyzed the latest MLS data on home sales as of May 31, 2014 to create the four-city study. Zip codes in which five or more real estate sales closed in 2014 were included in the analysis.

June 11, 2014 - 8:50 AM
Any area with slope problems and insufficient erosion control is often a good candidate for retaining wall construction. The likelihood of soil and other debris slipping downhill will help to determine the necessity of a retaining wall versus an actual wall to prevent damage to the home. In some cases,... Read More

Do you need a retaining wall?

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Any area with slope problems and insufficient erosion control is often a good candidate for retaining wall construction. The likelihood of soil and other debris slipping downhill will help to determine the necessity of a retaining wall versus an actual wall to prevent damage to the home. In some cases, homeowners may just need a retaining wall for aesthetic uses like a garden wall. 

Why Build a Retaining Wall?

June 4, 2014 - 8:48 AM
Taking care of a lawn can be a full-time job for a homeowner, which is why many choose to hire landscapers to help keep their lawns in order. For example, if a homeowner is selling their property, hiring a landscaper is a great way to get it buyer-ready. Landscaping can cost anywhere from $1,000 to over $5,... Read More
May 28, 2014 - 9:02 AM
  What is the one thing on the mind of all new homeowners today? It's the immediate image of how their furniture or purpose of rooms and spaces will play out in a potential home. There are a few updates that can and should be implemented before moving in that can make the process much easier as... Read More

Top of the List Projects to Finish before Moving In

 

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What is the one thing on the mind of all new homeowners today? It's the immediate image of how their furniture or purpose of rooms and spaces will play out in a potential home. There are a few updates that can and should be implemented before moving in that can make the process much easier as well as reduce work later down the road.

Coat of paint

May 21, 2014 - 8:28 AM
A new backsplash can transform an entire kitchen. With the right tools and know-how, an average homeowner can construct a backsplash over the course of a weekend or have a professional do it in a matter of hours. A great new backsplash can attract buyers, along with making a kitchen more beautiful and... Read More

Revitalize the Kitchen with a Tile Backsplash

A new backsplash can transform an entire kitchen. With the right tools and know-how, an average homeowner can construct a backsplash over the course of a weekend or have a professional do it in a matter of hours. A great new backsplash can attract buyers, along with making a kitchen more beautiful and functional.

What Is a Backsplash?

May 15, 2014 - 10:51 AM
A new report released by ZipRealty today shows that median home sales prices increased a healthy 6.1% year-over-year in April 2014. However, that mid-single digit increase represents a sharp deceleration compared to last year, when the average home sales price was increasing at a 16.4% pace year-over-year.... Read More

Median Home Price Growth Drops to 6.1% as Inventory Increases in Several Metros

A new report released by ZipRealty today shows that median home sales prices increased a healthy 6.1% year-over-year in April 2014. However, that mid-single digit increase represents a sharp deceleration compared to last year, when the average home sales price was increasing at a 16.4% pace year-over-year. The median sales price in ZipRealty’s 24 metros stood at $277,627 in April 2014.

The big leaders in median home price growth were:

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