The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC]

By susangoulding | August 17, 2018

Some Highlights:

Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019.
The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be.
Rates are still low right now – don’t wa…

Housing Market: Another Gigantic Difference Between 2008 and 2018

By susangoulding | August 16, 2018

Housing Market: Another Gigantic Difference Between 2008 and 2018 | Simplifying The MarketSome are attempting to compare the current housing market to the market leading up to the “boom and bust” that we experienced a decade ago. They look at price appreciation and conclude that we are on a similar trajectory, speeding toward another housing crisis. However, there is a major difference between the two markets. Last […]

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts

By susangoulding | August 15, 2018

Homebuyers Willing to Sacrifice ‘Must-Haves’ in Favor of Good School Districts | Simplifying The MarketIt should come as no surprise that buying a home in a good school district is important to homebuyers. According to a report from Realtor.com, 86% of 18-34 year-olds and 84% of those aged 35-54 indicated that their home search areas were defined by school district boundaries. What is surprising, however, is that 78% of […]

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home?

By susangoulding | August 14, 2018

Have You Outgrown Your Starter Home? | Simplifying The MarketFor many Americans, buying their first home is their first taste of achieving part of the American Dream. There is a sense of pride that comes along with owning your own home and building your family’s wealth through your monthly mortgage payment. It may seem hard to imagine that the first home you purchased (which […]

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming!

By susangoulding | August 13, 2018

Are You Thinking of Selling Your Home? Competition Is Coming! | Simplifying The MarketThe number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of building permits issued in June was 850,000, a 0.8% increase from May. […]

Existing Home Sales Cooling Off This Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

By susangoulding | August 10, 2018

Some Highlights:

According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Existing Home Sales Report, sales in June were down 2.2% from last year.
Inventory of homes for sale showed a modest improvement of 0.5% over last year’s figures, but still r…

Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values

By susangoulding | August 9, 2018

Supply & Demand Will Determine Future Home Values | Simplifying The MarketWill home values continue to appreciate throughout 2018? The answer is simple: YES! – as long as there are more purchasers in the market than there are available homes for them to buy. This is known as the theory of “supply and demand,” which is defined as: “The amount of a commodity, product, or service […]

The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell

By susangoulding | August 8, 2018

The Wave of Millennial Homebuyers Continues to Swell | Simplifying The MarketMany have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as a part of attaining their American Dream. Comparatively speaking, millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones (like getting married, having kids and buying a home) than generations before them, but that does not mean that […]

Mountain House February Events!

By susangoulding | January 30, 2017

It’s the season of love here at Mountain House! February is all about doing extra special activities with the ones you love most, whether it be your significant other or a group of girlfriends (or guy friends!). SO, we found some LOVE-ly events around town to help set the mood and make this month extra sweet. Check them out below:
 
 
 
 
Mountain House Events
Saturday, February 25th – Health Fair at Mountain House High School
Our beloved Mountain House High School will be hosting a Health and Wellness Fair! Bring the whole family by to gain some valuable knowledge on healthy foods, fitness, and much more! More details HERE.
Events Around Mountain House
Saturday, February 4th – Paws in Need Valentine Crab Feed
Paws in Need is hosting a delicious Crab Feed at the Livermore Shrine Event Center! When you attend this tasty feast, you’ll be saving innocent pets in need. There’s going to be fresh cracked crab, pasta, dessert, and more! More details HERE.
Saturday, February 4th – Sarah J. Wing: “Laughter is the Best Medicine”
Local stand up comedian, Sarah J. Wing will be at Alain Pinel Realtors to show you how laughter is truly the best medicine. You’ll discover your own sense of humor and how laughing can reduce stress and give you a better quality of life. More details HERE.
 Saturday, February 11th – Wine and Chocolate Weekend at Concannon Vineyard
What could be more romantic than dining with your Valentine(s) over wine and chocolate?! It’s a hard combo to beat, especially at the lovely Concannon Vineyard. Grab your honey (or your pals) and make sure to reserve a spot this month! More details HERE.
Tuesday, February 14th –  Valentine’s Day Dinner at Underdog Wine Bar
Who says underdogs can’t have more fun? You’ll be feeling like the belle of the ball when you and your main squeeze (or bestie) come enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner at this awesome joint! More details HERE.
Monday, February 20th – Oak 101: Educational Class at McGrail Vineyards and Winery
Do you think of yourself as a wine connoisseur? Put your palate to the test at McGrail Vineyards for an afternoon of tasting delicious oak wines! More details HERE.
Tuesday, February 28th – McGrail Vineyards Yoga + Wine
What’s more relaxing than yoga? Drinking wine right after! Enjoy stretching and downward-dogging under twinkling lights, followed by wine tasting, snacks, and mingling with friends. More details HERE.  
May your February be filled with plenty of love, laughter, and boxes full of chocolate!

Mountain House February Events!

By susangoulding | January 30, 2017

It’s the season of love here at Mountain House! February is all about doing extra special activities with the ones you love most, whether it be your significant other or a group of girlfriends (or guy friends!). SO, we found some LOVE-ly events around town to help set the mood and make this month extra sweet. Check them out below:
 
 
 
 
Mountain House Events
Saturday, February 25th – Health Fair at Mountain House High School
Our beloved Mountain House High School will be hosting a Health and Wellness Fair! Bring the whole family by to gain some valuable knowledge on healthy foods, fitness, and much more! More details HERE.
Events Around Mountain House
Saturday, February 4th – Paws in Need Valentine Crab Feed
Paws in Need is hosting a delicious Crab Feed at the Livermore Shrine Event Center! When you attend this tasty feast, you’ll be saving innocent pets in need. There’s going to be fresh cracked crab, pasta, dessert, and more! More details HERE.
Saturday, February 4th – Sarah J. Wing: “Laughter is the Best Medicine”
Local stand up comedian, Sarah J. Wing will be at Alain Pinel Realtors to show you how laughter is truly the best medicine. You’ll discover your own sense of humor and how laughing can reduce stress and give you a better quality of life. More details HERE.
 Saturday, February 11th – Wine and Chocolate Weekend at Concannon Vineyard
What could be more romantic than dining with your Valentine(s) over wine and chocolate?! It’s a hard combo to beat, especially at the lovely Concannon Vineyard. Grab your honey (or your pals) and make sure to reserve a spot this month! More details HERE.
Tuesday, February 14th –  Valentine’s Day Dinner at Underdog Wine Bar
Who says underdogs can’t have more fun? You’ll be feeling like the belle of the ball when you and your main squeeze (or bestie) come enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner at this awesome joint! More details HERE.
Monday, February 20th – Oak 101: Educational Class at McGrail Vineyards and Winery
Do you think of yourself as a wine connoisseur? Put your palate to the test at McGrail Vineyards for an afternoon of tasting delicious oak wines! More details HERE.
Tuesday, February 28th – McGrail Vineyards Yoga + Wine
What’s more relaxing than yoga? Drinking wine right after! Enjoy stretching and downward-dogging under twinkling lights, followed by wine tasting, snacks, and mingling with friends. More details HERE.  
May your February be filled with plenty of love, laughter, and boxes full of chocolate!

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