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Rise in Homebuilding Suggests Industry Turnaround
"It'll keep getting better through next year," said Jared Franz, an associate economist at T. Rowe Price...

It's a Great Time to Buy!
"If you want to buy a house, it's probably the best time in California in 30 years."

Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Down to Record 3.91%
They could fall even lower this year if the Fed launches another round of bond purchases, as some economists expect...

Pending Home Sales Highest in Over a Year-and-a-Half
Pending home sales continued to rise in November, reaching their highest level in 19 months, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported late last week...

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Alain Pinel is Back!
The "real" Alain Pinel's return to the Bay Area to mark the return of a healthy real estate market?

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Obama's New Home Refinance Plan
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1st Super Bowl Real Estate Ad in 20 Years!
Sign of things to come?

Banks Pay Delinquent Borrowers $35,000 to Sell Their Homes
"I got the offer in the mail," said the Rancho Cordova, Calif. resident. "I called my bank to ask if it was real."

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Low Interest Rates to Continue Into Late 2014
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Rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.88 percent
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan fell to 3.88 percent from 3.98 percent. That's just above the rate of 3.87 percent reached in February, the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the 3.8% Tax
Learn the most important takeaways for REALTORS® when it comes to the 3.8% tax that's part of health care reform.

Existing-Home Sales Improve in July, Prices Continue to Rise
Sales of existing homes rose in July even with constraints of affordable inventory, and the national median price is showing five consecutive months of year-over-year increases. Monthly sales rose in every region but the West, where inventory is very tight.

Perks to Living in Oakland
But why limit yourself? There are great neighborhoods throughout Oakland, including Uptown, Downtown, Adams Point, Piedmont Avenue, Grand-Lake, Fruitvale, Dimond, and Laurel.

Housing Market Shows Strength:
"More people, at least in the Bay Area, are feeling good enough about the economy, secure enough in their jobs, to step off the sidelines and buy a house, particularly move-up buyers," said Andrew LePage of DataQuick."More people are worrying less about prices going down in the future. That's our sense of how the psychology has changed in the last year."

Redeveloping Oakland's Army Base
The $1 billion effort to redevelop Oakland's former Army Base into a jobs-generating logistics and warehousing center took a major step forward Tuesday when city leaders and developers signed off on a series of key agreements."This is about job creation and realizing the vision of a working waterfront," developer Phil Tagami said after a brief ceremony at City Hall.

Housing Market is Reviving: Jumbo Home Loans
The jumbo loan is making a comeback, a welcome trend for Bay Area homebuyers and one more sign the housing market is reviving. "The high-end homes market is reviving because buyers feel the combination of good prices and low interest rates make today a good time Advertisement to buy," said Wells Fargo spokesman James Hines. "The availability of low-rate jumbo loans, therefore, is enabling these consumers to buy homes and finance them."

Paying Cash for Bay Area Homes
In a normal market, cash buyers would typically be empty-nesters and retirees downsizing to a smaller place with money from the sale of their former home, said DataQuick's Andrew LePage. But in 2012, a quarter to nearly a third of all sales of existing single-family homes in the region were to cash buyers. A third to half of condos that changed hands went for cash, the company reported.

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Increase in Craft Beer Trend Helps Rebuild Oakland Neighborhoods
Once a thriving beer-brewing port, Oakland is again emerging as a craft beer destination, satisfying the palates of a new generation of beer drinkers and energizing redevelopment efforts in West Oakland. From big-name breweries such as 21st Amendment to casual homebrewers, beer-loving entrepreneurs are turning to Oakland as the next craft beer frontier.

Exciting New Developments in Oakland's Uptown Neighborhood
New mixed-use development at 23rd and Broadway in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood to welcome new a fine dining Mexican restaurant of Chris Pastena (Chop Bar, Tribune Tavern, Lungomare). Local East Bay breweries, Drake's and Triple Rock/Jupitor, will be collaborating on a beer garden, featuring fire pits and outdoor stage for live entertainment. In addition to this foodie destination, Numi Tea is moving their headquarters to the new development.

Housing market heats up -- and it's just getting started
An overview of the new national housing market upswing. As prices go up, the list of the hottest markets reads like the housing boom of the mid-2000s.

'Friday Night Live' enlivens West Oakland Block on Summer Evenings
Basketball tournaments, a DJ, mural painting and barbecued foods characterize the Friday Night Live scene on a semi-industrial stretch of Brockhurst Street. Organizers are hoping to foster community relationships and engage young people during what they call the "peak hours" of summertime violence.

Oakland Public Library Again Serving Free Summer Lunches
After working at the Oakland Public Library for more than 15 years, branch manager Pete Villaseńor has grown accustomed to kids hanging out in the library all summer long. For some, the library serves serve as ad hoc day care while their parents are at work. For others, the library is a safe place to escape the streets.

Asian Helath Services opens New Clinic in Oakland Chinatown
What began as a one-room clinic run by student volunteers in the early '70s has evolved into clinics at nine sites around Alameda County, with staff communicating in about 10 Asian dialects and languages.

Bay Area Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High
The housing recovery has been bogged down by a lack of inventory. This month's report indicates that is no longer the case, as sellers respond to double-digit price increases.

Home prices across the US defy gravity
Home prices are going up, up, up, but it’s not a bubble just yet.

Oaklands Home of Chicken and Waffles Serves Up Job Opportunities
When the restaurant’s owner Derreck Johnson started hiring ex offenders 20 years ago at his car wash business, he didn’t realize the impact he was making in the community.

Made in Oakland: How One City Tuned into an Art and Maker Mecca
The city has plenty of large industrial spaces that are perfect for makers to erect so many of the massive projects found here.

'Jumbo' mortgages are now cheaper than smaller mortgages
Interest rates on mortgages for pricey homes have dropped below those on smaller mortgages, an event that lending executives say has never happened before.

Renaming Oakland's 19th Street BART Station Could be Costly (Analysis)
Oakland’s Uptown is where the cool cats play. Hip taverns and restaurants of national renown reside in the neighborhood and some want to rebrand the 19th Street BART station to reflect its resurgence.

Deep pocketed investors sign up for Coliseum City
A well-connected Dubai financier and the world's third-largest privately held real estate firm are teaming up to invest in Coliseum City, providing a significant shot-in-the-arm to Oakland's effort to redevelop the sprawling Coliseum complex into a sports and entertainment center.

New on College Ave: Bourbon and Beef
This is a lively and energetic place for an after work cocktail or a leisurely meal just across from the Rockridge BART station on College Avenue.

Hacker Scouts Launches Campaign to Fund Permenant Space in Oakland
At Hacker Scouts, Lim’s daughters are learning computer programming and building their own light desk for tracing and drawing using 2D to 3D modeling, while his son develops his own light saber through hands-on, project based learning.

New Ranking: Most Expensive Real Estate Markets in the Country
Prospective home-owners looking for a bargain should steer clear of California and Hawaii, according to a new Coldwell Banker report.

Matt Werner's Oakland Unseen Newspaper Creates Smiles and Buzz
It is a new publication, printed like a newspaper, but full of jokes. Unlike The Onion, Unseen focuses on one city’s “news.” It presents the reader with a self-referential universe of Oakland jokes, where Mayor Quan is a rapper.

With S.F. overheated, condo builders look to Oakland
A dearth of new condos available in San Francisco is pushing buyers to Oakland — and developers are paying attention.

At State of the City, Quan says “Oakland is booming,” need to get to 900 cops
Mayor Jean Quan gave her State of the City report at Oakland City Hall Thursday night, outlining her administration’s achievements while forging ahead, speaking like a candidate with new goals.

7 ways homebuyers can gain an edge this spring
When winter finally ends and the temperatures start rising, it's a fair bet that the housing market will heat up, too.

Is homeownership a smart investment again?
Here, we look at some of the reasons why it's a good time to buy for many Americans, and circumstances when it might make more sense to rent.

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