Income gains helped keep California's housing affordability in check in the fourth quarter and even resulted in some modest improvements in the Bay Area, though only one-quarter of the region's residents can afford to purchase a home. For more information, go to http://pacunion.us/2lLO6tU
Top-quality public school districts never fail to attract homebuyers, and California's three best are located in Santa Clara County. Find out which other Bay Area school districts are at the head of the class in 2017. Details are online at http://pacunion.us/2lPuftM
The vast majority of Americans who don't own a home want to purchase one in the future, although affordability is a primary concern. The down payment, however, may not be as big of a hurdle as many first-time buyers believe. Read more at http://pacunion.us/2lbk3vt
San Francisco homebuyers should put their savings plans on steroids if they hope to amass enough for a down payment. Also, February is the best month for home shoppers to snag a bargain. Check out these and other stories of note in our weekly Real Estate Roundup. It’s online at http://pacunion.us/2kKn3ke
Check out our quick guide to feng shui design practices and tips for incorporating it into your home. You’ll find it on Pacific Union's blog at http://pacunion.us/2kmHhhP
U.S. home prices are just short of their prerecession peaks, while California still has a bit further to go. Here in the Bay Area, however, prices surpassed their previous highs during 2016. For more, go tohttp://pacunion.us/2jXG5mJ
U.S. home sales volume and prices should continue to increase this year, although rising mortgage rates and declining affordability will prove challenging – particularly in expensive markets like the Bay Area. For the outlook, go to http://pacunion.us/2k4hdJN
January's U.S. job numbers paint an encouraging picture, Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp reports in her latest Straight Talk column. It’s online at http://pacunion.us/2kqH11u
While the Bay Area's housing affordability crunch is all too familiar for local home shoppers, a recent report brings a global perspective to the situation, with San Jose and San Francisco ranking among the planet's least affordable housing markets. Read more at http://pacunion.us/2ktePcS
Despite a slower addition of jobs in December than in other months, the Golden State's employment growth is still outpacing the U.S. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp takes a look at the latest numbers. You’ll find the story only on the Pacific Union blog at http://pacunion.us/2koRdWV
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