The job of a residential listing agent is generally to market a home in such a way as to attract as many potential buyers to view the property as possible.

Real estate agents are being forced to adapt their open house strategies to address the current COVID-19 crisis and quickly changing government restrictions on what is allowed.

At the beginning of the week, there were 65 Livermore homes on the Multiple Listing Service. That includes detached homes, condos, townhouses, mobile homes, and homes with lots of land. In addition, there is one duplex for sale. It does not include most newly constructed homes.

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Federal laws concerning tax benefits and limitations for property owners differ according to circumstances, and are subject to change every year.

The average American FICO credit score has increased to 703, the highest since 2005. The average score in California is even a little higher, at 708. This is good news – and it makes sense.

The start of the New Year means new laws go into effect, many of which impact buyers, sellers, homeowners, and investors in real estate.

The real estate market tends to slow way down in December. That makes this the perfect time to plan ahead if you want to sell your home or investment property next year.

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After an especially long, dry summer, the rainy season is starting. Cold, rainy weather and end-of-the-year holidays can keep buyers away.

Behr Paint Company recently unveiled its new color of the year for 2020: a soft moss green called Back to Nature that is likely to show up on showroom kitchen cabinetry.

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A four-bedroom home in an established neighborhood came on the market on a Thursday and was in contract five days later at $15,000 over the asking price, having received three offers.

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When purchasing a home, you’ll have lots of decisions to make: where to look for a home, how to finance it, what home to make an offer on, how much to offer, which title/escrow company to use, what date you want to close the transaction.

The Bay East Association of REALTORS® Foundation recently awarded scholarships in the amounts of $1,500 to $2,000 to area students attending colleges and universities in the Fall of 2019.

Complex subjects, such as housing, require thoughtful exploratory pieces to explain the intricacies of the issues. But we can gain a lot of insights – and perhaps a few chuckles – from tidbits of information.

The American Institute of Real Estate Agents has recognized the exceptional performance of California’s Real Estate Agent Wanda Thompson as a Three Years 10 Best Real Estate Professionals for Client Satisfaction.

In planning home improvements, we usually think first of remodeling kitchens or bathrooms, painting walls in the latest color scheme, or replacing flooring.

Michelle Elliott, a senior home lending adviser with Chase, has seen a lot in her 33 years of helping folks obtain funding for home purchases and refinancing – 11 of those years with Chase.

After four years of double-digit inflation in Bay Area housing, prices are starting to stabilize.

In trying to select an agent to represent them, consumers consider experience, expertise and professionalism. Do all those titles and acronyms behind some agent’s names represent any of those qualities?

Buyers and sellers have signed the contract. The “Sale Pending” rider is affixed to the yard sign. The status of the home no longer shows as “Active” on the Multiple Listing Service.

Housing prices may be leveling off, as the experts contend, but here in the Tri-Valley it’s hard to find homes that most would categorize as “affordable.” Hard – but not impossible.

You know you need to contact your trusted local Realtor if you are planning to sell your home.

Federal tax benefits are among the many compelling reasons for purchasing a home. But for many homeowners, starting this year those benefits may look a little different.

Nancie Allen of MasterKey Real Estate Advantage in Fremont has been installed as the 2019 President of the Bay East Association of RealtorS® (Bay East). An inaugural gala for Ms. Allen and other Bay East leaders was held at the Casa Real Winery in Pleasanton on Feb. 16. As the chief elected …

More Americans – more than 15 percent – say they are feeling confident about their ability to purchase a home, according to Fannie Mae’s January consumer housing survey.

The California real estate market ended 2018 a little sluggish, even accounting for the usual seasonal slowdown. But there are signs the pace is beginning to pick up.

The more than three-week long partial shutdown of the federal government has been making headlines for its impact on government workers, government contractors, air travelers, nature lovers trying to clean up federal parks, farmers and other constituents.

Christmas week is typically the low point of the year for real estate transactions. Even homes that have been on the market are often taken off over the holidays, so that inventory declines significantly.

A year ago Gov. Jerry Brown signed a massive package of 15 bills designed to help alleviate the state’s housing shortage.

You’ve seen the commercial on television. A guy hanging out with three friends at a barbecue asks, “Which new car should I buy?” His friends say, “Why buy used when you can buy new?”

The vast majority of Livermore’s housing is comprised of detached single-family homes of various sizes and styles.

Laura and Rochelle both lived in Livermore -- less than six miles from each other – for almost 15 years, but they didn’t meet until a few months ago after both of them had moved to nearby small towns in Idaho.

Seismologists calculate a 99 percent probability that California will experience an earthquake of 6.7 magnitude or greater, causing significant loss of lives and property, within the next 30 years. For the Bay Area alone, the probability is 63 percent.

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) officially opened its new ‘smart’ office on May 31 in Livermore, Calif., where the 28-year-old brokerage continues to rank number one in market share. The event showcased the renovated home-turned-office that seamlessly integrates into the community, providing APR …

If you’re buying or selling a home or investing in real estate, there is quite a bit of very important information you certainly need to have.

This week marks the unofficial end of the residential real estate season in our area, which runs from early February through late May. That doesn’t mean no one buys or sells homes any other time of year, but the market tends to be noticeably slower.

Most people know the term “reverse mortgage.” They may think they know what it is. But the home financing product designed for seniors has gone through a number of changes over the years, leaving many with outdated perceptions.

Earlier this month marked a half-century since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968. The bill was designed to ensure housing opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, religion, color, country of origin, family status, disability or gender.