Real Estate News & Market Trends

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

Feb. 25, 2020

Googain/MaxReal: Shawn Song on Talk Show 02/22/20

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Posted in Video
Feb. 21, 2020

MaxReal Open Houses: Sat 2/22 & Sun 2/23

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3542 Jennifer Daisy Dr
San Jose, CA 95148

$2,050,000
Sat 2/22, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/23, 1:00PM - 4:00PM



1048 Avondale St
San Jose, CA 95129

$1,999,000
Sat 2/22, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 2/23, 1:30PM - 4:30PM



571 Kiholo Ter
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

$1,400,000
Sat 2/22, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/23, 1:00PM - 4:00PM



4207 Hamilton Ave
San Jose, CA 95130

$899,000
Sat 2/22, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 2/23, 1:30PM - 4:30PM



719 Paula Ct
San Jose, CA 95126

$748,000
Sat 2/22, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/23, 1:00PM - 4:00PM



3592 Gum Tree Dr
San Jose, CA 95111

$499,000
Sat 2/22, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 2/23, 1:30PM - 4:30PM



284 Kenbrook Cir
San Jose, CA 95111

$456,000
Sat 2/22, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/23, 1:00PM - 4:00PM



1551 Southgate Ave #267
Daly City, CA 94015

$488,000
Sun 2/23, 2:00PM - 4:00PM


Posted in Open Houses
Feb. 14, 2020

MaxReal Open Houses: Sat 2/15 & Sun 2/16

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2678 Northwood Dr
San Jose, CA 95132

$1,168,000
Sat 2/15, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/16, 1:00PM - 4:00PM



141 S 4th St
San Jose, CA 95112

$795,000
Sat 2/15, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/16, 1:00PM - 3:30PM



1551 Southgate Ave #267
Daly City, CA 94015

$488,000
Sat 2/15, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/16, 2:00PM - 4:00PM



3353 Cardoza Ave
Marina, CA 93933

$645,000
Sat 2/15, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/16, 1:00PM - 4:00PM


Posted in Open Houses
Feb. 13, 2020

January 2020 data shows California real estate markets heating up again

According to realtor.com®'s analysis of January 2020's real estate data, California markets are once again heating up, with low mortgage rates compensating for affordability. Contact us for more knowledge and strategies.

California Markets Make a Comeback in January, but Affordability Is Still Key
"As we look back on the first month of 2020, it seems that the new year has indeed brought changes to the real estate market. An analysis of realtor.com® data for January shows that California markets are again buzzing with real estate activity, even as affordability continues to be a driving factor across the country.
California markets made up 10 of the top 20 metros in realtor.com's monthly list of the hottest real estate markets in America. The ranking is based on the number of listings viewed per market, and the number of days that a home takes to sell. In other words, it reflects the eagerness of buyers in searching for and snapping up homes."
Posted in Tips & Strategies
Feb. 12, 2020

Three great ways to raise your credit score

A good credit score is important in today’s world. It can help lower your borrowing costs and help you to pay less for insurance. It could even help you land a job! That’s because lenders, insurance companies and a growing number of employers are using credit information to make decisions. What’s the best way to increase a credit score? Here are three things that people with high credit scores have in common:

  • They pay their bills on time. On-time payments can provide a big boost to a person’s credit score. Likewise, late payments can dramatically lower it. Your credit score reflects how well you make your payments on your mortgage, credit cards, student loans and other financial obligations. Your payment history is responsible for a third or more of your overall score. Consistent, on-time payments are vital.
  • They check their credit report regularly. Credit bureaus make mistakes. Checking your credit report at least once each year is key to making sure that the right information is being reported to the credit bureaus. Credit scores reflect the quality of your credit record, and mistakes can lower your credit score.
  • They use credit sparingly. Aim to use only a small percentage of your available credit. Maxed out credit cards or balances all approaching a credit limit will certainly lower your credit score. Have you heard the term credit utilization? That’s the percentage of your available credit that you actually use. Lenders and credit-scoring systems reward those with low credit utilization rates. Generally, a good credit utilization rate is less than 30 percent. Simply put, that means you’re using less than 30 percent of the total credit that is available to you. On a credit card with a $10,000 limit, that means keeping your balance below $3,000.

Consumers with high credit scores often enjoy lower rates for mortgages and other types of consumer loans and lower premiums on some types of insurance policies. A high credit score also can help you during a job search, since nearly half of U.S. employers conduct credit background checks on applicants.

Posted in Tips & Strategies
Feb. 11, 2020

Tips for managing home buying stress

The home buying process can be intimidating and stressful, especially for first-time buyers. That's why we're here to help you every step of the way! Contact us now.

Three Ways To Manage Your Home Buying Anxiety
"A real estate transaction can be an emotional roller coaster, especially for first time buyers.
[...]
As someone who has been involved in thousands of real estate transactions, I concur that it can be a stressful. However, there are a few things you can keep in mind to feel more in control and have less stress with your transaction"
Posted in Tips & Strategies
Feb. 10, 2020

Today's tip: Home selling etiquette

Attention home sellers: Check out these tips for preparing your home AND yourself for the selling process. Contact us today for more knowledge and strategies.

5 Home Selling Etiquette Rules Every Seller Should Know
"Selling your home can be an emotional process. However, it’s important not to let your emotions cloud your judgement in the face of what is ultimately a financial decision. With that in mind, I’ve laid out five home selling etiquette rules that every seller should know. Follow these rules to make sure that your emotions aren’t getting the best of you."
Posted in Tips & Strategies
Feb. 7, 2020

MaxReal Open Houses: Sat 2/8 & Sun 2/9

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2433 Apsis Ave
San Jose, CA 95124

$1,168,000
Sat 2/8, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/9, 1:00PM - 4:00PM



32926 Lake Erie St
Fremont, CA 94555

$769,000
Sat 2/8, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Sun 2/9, 1:30PM - 4:30PM



20697 Scofield Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014

$2,200,000
Sat 2/8, 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Sun 2/9, 2:00PM - 5:00PM



3353 Cardoza Ave
Marina, CA 93933

$645,000
Sat 2/8, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sun 2/9, 1:00PM - 4:00PM


Posted in Open Houses
Feb. 6, 2020

7-step homebuying guide

Looking to buy a house? Check out this great step-by-step guide. Contact us today and see how we can help you!

How To Buy A House, In 7 Steps
"The journey to buying a house can lead you down some perilous roads, past pushy real estate agents, self-interested bankers and not-so-meticulous home inspectors. We lay out a step-by-step approach to help you avoid those pitfalls, from what to look for in a house that will truly make you happy to assembling a team to help close the deal."
Posted in Tips & Strategies
Feb. 5, 2020

A homeowner’s guide to filing taxes

Tax season is fast approaching. Are you making use of all the homeowner tax breaks available? Don't miss out on these moneysaving tips! Contact us for more knowledge and strategies.

7 Tax Benefits of Owning a Home: A Complete Guide for Filing in 2020 "What are the tax benefits of owning a home? Plenty of homeowners are asking themselves this right around now as they prepare to file their taxes.
[...]
Well, look no further than this complete guide to all the tax benefits of owning a home, where we break down all the tax breaks homeowners should be aware of when they file their 2019 taxes in 2020. Read on to make sure you aren't missing anything that could save you money!"
Posted in Tips & Strategies