October 23, 2012 - 10:45 AM
HUD—we throw the acronym around a lot, but what does it really stand for? Okay, the Housing and Urban Development agency for the federal government. But what does that really mean? This is the first in a series of articles meant to help homebuyers make use of the resources that are the HUD. Brief History The... Read More

HUD: Probably More Amazing Than Most People Know

HUD programsHUD—we throw the acronym around a lot, but what does it really stand for? Okay, the Housing and Urban Development agency for the federal government. But what does that really mean? This is the first in a series of articles meant to help homebuyers make use of the resources that are the HUD.

Brief History

October 22, 2012 - 10:25 AM
New construction that looks like old
New construction or old? What if you can have the best of both? The charm of a traditional, classic home but the modern, eco-friendly sensibilities of today’s best new construction. Well, you can have it all.  New Homes Built to Look Like Old In many American cities, some of the original construction, the... Read More

ModernTribute: Blending the Best of Old and New Construction

New construction or old? What if you can have the best of both? The charm of a traditional, classic home but the modern, eco-friendly sensibilities of today’s best new construction. Well, you can have it all. 

New Homes Built to Look Like Old

In many American cities, some of the original construction, the founding aesthetic, still exists. In San Francisco, these are spectacular Victorians, Edwardians, Arts & Crafts; in Portland, bungalows and farmhouses; in Boston split-levels with dramatic staircases and brick facades.

October 19, 2012 - 11:44 AM
Black and orange immediately reminds us of Halloween, but here are just a few examples from our Color Schemes board, of how this pairing can be used stylishly all year long! 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Happy Friday! Sarah Louise Green lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes about national and local real... Read More
October 18, 2012 - 10:17 AM
We’ve been reporting on a lot of positive numbers for the housing market – pending sales are looking good across much of the country, prices are rising as a result of steady demand and low housing inventory. But what about the old elephant in the room – the shadow inventory of foreclosures? Is it still... Read More

Fall Foreclosure Report

We’ve been reporting on a lot of positive numbers for the housing market – pending sales are looking good across much of the country, prices are rising as a result of steady demand and low housing inventory. But what about the old elephant in the room – the shadow inventory of foreclosures? Is it still casting gloom over what looks to be a housing recovery?

October 17, 2012 - 9:51 AM
DOM Bay Area 9.2012
September can be hit or miss for homesellers. Families have generally settled prior to school starting; people begin thinking about the holidays; rain returns to many landscapes. But the San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t suffer from any of these factors, at last not according to ZipRealty’s year-over-year data... Read More

Bay Area September Sales Show No Sign of Seasonal Slowdown

September can be hit or miss for homesellers. Families have generally settled prior to school starting; people begin thinking about the holidays; rain returns to many landscapes. But the San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t suffer from any of these factors, at last not according to ZipRealty’s year-over-year data.

October 16, 2012 - 10:44 AM
Save energy this fall
Cooler weather generally means higher energy bills. But if you make some small, easy changes, you might be surprised how much money you can save. And, of course, you save energy in general. Good for the Earth, good for your wallet: it’s a win-win. Furnaces and Thermostats Energy experts estimate you save... Read More

Easy Ways to Cut Energy Costs this Fall

Save energy this fall

Cooler weather generally means higher energy bills. But if you make some small, easy changes, you might be surprised how much money you can save. And, of course, you save energy in general. Good for the Earth, good for your wallet: it’s a win-win.

Furnaces and Thermostats

October 15, 2012 - 10:21 AM
Walkable. Even as I type the word, my spellchecker starts freaking out. Not a word! Don’t recognize! Not in dictionary! Well, perhaps “walkable” hasn’t made the official Collins dictionary yet, the way “cyberbully” and “frenemy” have, but the word certainly has meaning these days—particularly in real estate... Read More

Walkable Neighborhoods: The New "Must Have" for Homebuyers

Walkable. Even as I type the word, my spellchecker starts freaking out. Not a word! Don’t recognize! Not in dictionary! Well, perhaps “walkable” hasn’t made the official Collins dictionary yet, the way “cyberbully” and “frenemy” have, but the word certainly has meaning these days—particularly in real estate.

Check Your Walk Score with ZipRealty

October 12, 2012 - 3:14 PM
Halloween is just around the corner, and it's time to start tricking out your house in frightful decor! Here are 5 spooky ideas from our Seasonal Pinterest board: Use these simple skulls to give trick or treaters the chills on their way to your door! Try this black silk flower wreath for something spooky... Read More

Five Spooky Decor Ideas for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and it's time to start tricking out your house in frightful decor! Here are 5 spooky ideas from our Seasonal Pinterest board:

Use these simple skulls to give trick or treaters the chills on their way to your door!

October 11, 2012 - 10:53 AM
Today we wrap up our series on up-and-coming neighborhoods with a spotlight on an Oakland neighborhood that started to “up and come”, but didn’t quite make it: Maxwell Park. Maxwell Park is a small residential neighborhood in the Oakland foothills. If you’re familiar with the East San Francisco Bay Area, you... Read More
October 10, 2012 - 9:53 AM
Buying in an up and coming neighborhood
We've talked now about up-and-coming neighborhoods: their past, their present, and their future. Our essential lesson: such neighborhoods, if you can identify them before they "up and come," represent excellent opportunities, not only for buyers who can get a great price for a home that quickly appreciates... Read More

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