• Looking for Ways to Help Those Affected by the Wine Country Wildfires? Here’s a List.

    13 October, 2017

    Looking for Ways to Help Those Affected by the Wine Country Wildfires? Here’s a List.

    As wildfires continue their cruel assault, what can we do to help our friends, our Northern California neighbors, in this desperate hour? Plenty. Fire victims need food and shelter. Firefighters and rescue workers need our support on many levels. Relief agencies need cash donations and armies of volunteers so they can continue their work helping victims rebuild their lives. Here are ways you c...

  • Master Bathroom Remodeling Costs Are the Highest in San Francisco

    12 October, 2017

    Master Bathroom Remodeling Costs Are the Highest in San Francisco

    Homeowners in the San Francisco metro area who overhaul a large bathroom spend an average of $34,000, $13,000 more than the national average. Bathroom remodels in San Francisco are estimated to net a return on investment of more than 90 percent. Baby boomers spend almost twice as much as millennials when renovating a master bathroom, driven by aging-in-place plans. Homeowners in the San Fran...

  • Bay Area Housing Affordability Improves in the Third Quarter

    11 October, 2017

    Bay Area Housing Affordability Improves in the Third Quarter

    Affordability increased nationwide and in all nine Bay Area counties from the second quarter. San Francisco was the only Bay Area county where annual wage growth outstripped home price gains in the third quarter. Marin County residents must spend more than 100 percent of the average annual wage in order to afford a home. Some welcome news for Bay Area home shoppers: Affordability increased i...

  • Bay Area Housing Activity Slows in September but More Competition for Homes

    10 October, 2017

    Bay Area Housing Activity Slows in September but More Competition for Homes

    Executive Summary: While September home sales in the Bay Area declined year over year, the region saw strong summer activity that outperformed last summer, bringing overall sales this year 2 percent ahead of last year. While all eight Bay Area counties (excluding Solano) posted year-over-year declines in September sales, San Francisco and Napa saw activity cool the most, with San Francisco s...

  • Please Donate to Pacific Union’s Wine Country Fund

    10 October, 2017

    Please Donate to Pacific Union’s Wine Country Fund

    All of us at Pacific Union would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to everyone affected by the wildfires that have devastated Napa and Sonoma counties this week. To help our colleagues in the North Bay get back on their feet, we have established the Pacific Union Wine Country Fund. Please consider making a donation to the relief effort via this PayPal link. You can also mail physical ch...

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Companies Offer the Nation’s Best Work-Life Balance

    9 October, 2017

    Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Companies Offer the Nation’s Best Work-Life Balance

    Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious. SAN FRANCISCO, SAN JOSE EMPLOYERS GIVE WORKERS OPTIMAL BALANCE A recent study found that Bay Area employees are the happiest in the U.S., and while large salaries certainly play a prominent role in career satisfaction, an ideal work-life balance also figures into the picture. A Glassdoor blog post says...

  • Peace of Mind Is a Well-Stocked Earthquake-Preparedness Kit

    6 October, 2017

    Peace of Mind Is a Well-Stocked Earthquake-Preparedness Kit

    When was the last time you refreshed the supplies in your earthquake-preparedness kit? What? You don’t have one? In one of the most active earthquake zones in the world? You’re not alone, of course. It’s a fact of life that we all do a better job of reacting to natural disasters than planning for them. But it’s another fact of life, safety experts say, that a little bi...

  • September U.S. Jobs Report Offers Continued Optimism Despite Conflicting Numbers

    6 October, 2017

    September U.S. Jobs Report Offers Continued Optimism Despite Conflicting Numbers

    While U.S. employment numbers fell for the first time in seven years, the decline was anticipated due to the notable impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which disrupted work and typical hiring trends in much of the South and Southeast. The leisure and hospitality industries the suffered most from the hurricanes’ impacts, losing 111,000 jobs. The net effects of the two hurricanes are...

  • Most of the 20 Best Places to Retire in California Are in the Bay Area

    5 October, 2017

    Most of the 20 Best Places to Retire in California Are in the Bay Area

    Fourteen of the 20 California cities ranked as the most retirement-friendly are located in the Bay Area. Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Campbell all rank in the top five for best places to retire in California. California’s mild climate, diversity, and natural beauty make it an attractive place to retire, but the state has a higher cost of living than other popular retirement destinations lik...