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  • The Path Forward Recap: August 3, 2020

    August 6, 2020

    We hope you enjoyed The Path Forward! Missed the presentation or want a second look at the content? Use the links below to access the video recording and presentation slides. Watch the video recording View the presentation slides

  • Southern Marin compound by eco-architect Sim Van der Ryn

    August 5, 2020

    An ultra-luxe compound once owned by rock’n roll legend Bill Graham has hit the market in Southern Marin. This prime hilltop estate, located on over 10 acres just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, was reimagined by renowned eco-architect Sim Van der Ryn. Completed in 2002, the aptly named Guitar House took more than five …

  • New Mar Vista homes built by Trademark by TJH

    August 4, 2020

    A new division by Thomas James Homes, Trademark by TJH, delivers custom-quality new homes in desirable locations with prices starting at the lower $1 millions. New homes promise remarkable value and expertly curated design that integrates new home technology. “Trademark by TJH delivers more included features for buyers, helping them realize their dream of owning …

  • What’s Happening This Week: August 3, 2020

    August 3, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area A legendary LA chef shows how to make do deliciously Mozza’s Nancy Silverton can score whatever ingredients she wants. But she gets that most of us aren’t finding it easy. Hence her $2 e-cookbook of recipes that use what you’ve got. These days, she says, “Cooking should relieve anxiety. Not create …

  • SF Bay Area Home Price Map

    July 31, 2020

    Median home sales prices for every Bay Area neighborhood This map generally reflects approximate median house sales prices around the greater San Francisco Bay Area for the 12-month period through mid-March 2020 (i.e. before the Coronavirus could affect sales prices). Median sales prices are generalities that often fluctuate and can be affected by other factors …

  • Russian Hill penthouse with vast Golden Gate view deck

    July 30, 2020

    The crowning touch of this meticulously renovated condo atop 2445 Polk Street is found one flight above it. At the top of an interior stairway, a 910-square foot private roof deck unfurls, wrapped in astonishing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay and historic Russian Hill. Surrounded by sleek glass railings, accented by porcelain …

  • Enchanting West Adams Adobe

    July 29, 2020

    The Alice Lynch House, Los Angeles’ Historical Landmark 621, was designed by architect Harwood Hewitt and built by Adobe contractor John Byers in 1922 for the poet Alice Lynch. Featured in California Home + Design, the almost 100-year-old house has been brilliantly updated for modern living, with over 2,500 square-feet of interior living space centered …

  • Marin real estate market rebounds

    July 28, 2020

    San Francisco Bay Area’s Marin real estate market is mirroring the Hamptons and Greenwich. Summer is the new spring this year. Compass market analyst Patrick Carlisle reports Marin sales activity is on a fast track after a slow April and May.   New buyers are packing up their San Francisco homes and heading North, and …

  • What’s Happening This Week: July 27, 2020

    July 27, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Hit the trails Around here, it’s a summer rite. When it heats up, there’s nothing quite like a hike with a water feature. From Altadena to Malibu, the LA area is home to some of the most impressive natural waterfalls. Lace up those shoes and head to your trailhead of choice, …

  • Where We Are Now: July 27, 2020

    July 27, 2020

    Kitchen Sink & The Path Forward 4:46AM PST Team – Over the past four years we have been tested as a team in more ways than we would like to imagine. We have experienced fires, mudslides, excessive snow in Tahoe, multiple brand changes in LA, a horrible plane crash, COVID-19, an appropriate peak and intensity surrounding …

  • Grand 10-acre estate in Alamo

    July 23, 2020

    Tucked behind two private gates and surrounded by lush natural views, this breathtaking 10-acre estate was thoughtfully designed by renowned Beverly Hills architect Brian Tichenor. Spanning 10-acres with resort-inspired amenities, highlights include an outdoor kitchen and bar, pool, pool bath, steam room, tennis court, fountains, dramatic lawn area, and delightful Mediterranean gardens. Designed for indoor …

  • At Home with KC Lehman

    July 22, 2020

    Home is now more meaningful than ever. Home is a sanctuary, it’s where we find refuge, comfort, and our loved ones. And now it’s also the office, the gym, a school, playground, and more. From Los Angeles to the Bay Area, our agents are adapting their business to serve their clients like never before — …

  • Mediterranean refuge in Silver Lake hills

    July 21, 2020

    This Mediterranean-inspired home in the hills of Silver Lake is quintessentially California cool, with glass doors and balconies illuminating the relaxing natural scenery from almost every room. From a coveted location tucked in the hills of Moreno Heights, enjoy dramatic views of the Hollywood Hills, Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and city lights — all while …

  • What’s Happening This Week: July 20, 2020

    July 20, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Yes, new restaurants are still a thing Some pretty intriguing eateries are slipping in without a lot of fanfare all over LA. From Kanzawa style curry to Southern style brisket, here’s a guide to check the next time you’re bored with your usual takeout spots. The Dodgers just released their 2020 …

  • Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro): Q2 2020

    July 15, 2020

    As we continue to work through the challenges and impact of Covid-19, we are pleased to bring you the Compass 2020 Q2 Real Estate Market Report. Sales activity and average sale price across LA Country reveal how Stay-at-Home orders disrupted the second- quarter market. Buyers pulled back while sellers continued to sit on the sidelines …

  • At Home with Nina Hatvany

    July 14, 2020

    Home is now more meaningful than ever. Home is a sanctuary, it’s where we find refuge, comfort, and our loved ones. And now it’s also the office, the gym, a school, playground, and more. From Los Angeles to the Bay Area, our agents are adapting their business to serve their clients like never before — …

  • What’s Happening This Week: July 13, 2020

    July 13, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Restaurants selling groceries Supplement (or skip!) the supermarket with a stop at one of these heaven-sent eateries now offering groceries, wine, produce boxes and more for fast pickup. Many offer delivery, too. New: KCET Southland Sessions Starting July 15, a kaleidoscope of up-close virtual “sessions” will showcase SoCal at its most …

  • Just-finished statement home with sweeping views

    July 10, 2020

    Surveying spectacular forested hillside vistas, twinkling city lights and verdant vineyards, this dramatic new residence at 3935 Skyfarm Drive is nestled on over 1.2 premium acres in the hills northeast of Santa Rosa. Front-facing lower-level patios and upper-level decks take full advantage of the sweeping views. The architecture is an artful mix of contemporary finishes, …

  • Immaculate Spanish compound in the heart of LA

    July 9, 2020

    LA Magazine has called Faircrest Heights one of the “10 Best Districts You’ve Never Heard Of” – and it’s easy to see why. Close to Mid-City LA, West Hollywood and the Culver City Arts District, its quiet residential streets are filled with well-tended period homes like this gated, turnkey gem at 1752 Crescent Heights Boulevard. …

  • Where We Are Now: July 8, 2020

    July 8, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 110 – Let’s Get to the Close 5:30AM PST Team – Reflecting back on the surprise I articulated on WFH Day 80, I was now facing a closing delay that was entirely my fault and responsibility. Morgan Lane Marin’s “bookkeeper on a beeper” was not going to cut it to run …

  • What’s Happening This Week: July 6, 2020

    July 6, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Preview the expanded Huntington Chinese Garden  When it’s done this fall, the garden will have grown from 3.5 to a stunning 12 acres. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new, from the Stargazing Tower to a world of elaborate miniature landscapes. Beach eats to go Miss your favorite oceanside food trucks? …

  • Where We Are Now: July 6, 2020

    July 6, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 108 July is jumping! 5:14AM PST Team – On Monday June 8, WFH Day 80, I dialed back my daily writings on Where We Are Now. It was the right decision and driven by respect for our citizens and our nation’s rapid push to heal racial inequality. Over the past 30 …

  • Jessica Grimes named Compass California CMO

    July 6, 2020

    “Jessica has performed as the steward of our brand and all related strategies and execution,” Compass California President Mark A McLaughlin said. “Having completed the rebranding and integration of nearly a dozen acquisitions, Jessica accessed that experience to guide our professionals through Compass’s acquisition of our business. Her promotion to Chief Marketing Officer is both earned and …

  • Chic and relaxed Altadena Mid-Century

    July 1, 2020

    This stunning Mid-Century retreat is a perfect blend of laid back California style and elevated design. The latest creation of Sawyer Design, the home’s architecture features sleek lines punctuated by soaring windows, unifying the interior and exterior seamlessly. The light-filled living area, anchored by polished concrete floors, is a marriage of form and function. The …

  • At Home With Penny Wright

    June 30, 2020

    Home is now more meaningful than ever. Home is a sanctuary, it’s where we find refuge, comfort, and our loved ones. And now it’s also the office, the gym, a school, playground, and more. From Los Angeles to the Bay Area, our agents are adapting their business to serve their clients like never before — …

  • What’s Happening This Week: June 29, 2020

    June 29, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area The sandwich as art It’s time to shove those soggy supermarket cold cuts to the back of the fridge and order a creation by a master. Malibu to Pasadena, here are 30 places ready to build fantasies you never knew you had. LA’s best outdoor dining spots Not comfortable eating inside? …

  • Historic cottage brings Cape Cod to Sausalito

    June 24, 2020

    The Cape Cod style cottage at 493 Bridgeway was built in 1904 as one of Sausalito’s original summer homes. Today, it remains a perfect escape for San Franciscans looking to relocate or find a second home in the quiet suburbs of Marin.  Historical records convey the home’s rich history. In the 1960s, the home was …

  • Economic Outlook, A Conversation with John Burns

    June 24, 2020

    Team – Yesterday I had a Conversation with John Burns, CEO, John Burns Real Estate Consulting. We recorded the conversation so you could listen at your convenience and share with your clients. John’s outlook is balanced with a definitive risk perspective. The economic outlook is not as robust as the DOW, NASDAQ and S&P are performing. John …

  • Contemporary farmhouse in Pasadena

    June 23, 2020

    A stunning contemporary architectural residence nestled on a quiet tree-lined street in the heart of Chapman Woods, Grayburn Farmhouse exudes curb appeal.  The exterior of the home features classic board and batten detailing, a grand entry porch, bountiful front yard with live oak trees, and an expansive driveway.  The exquisitely remodeled two-story home open concept …

  • What’s Happening This Week: June 22, 2020

    June 22, 2020

    LA Greater Area Score a front row seat for Onstage LA Leave it to LA STAGE Alliance to keep supporting artists and engaging audiences whatever the obstacles. Its onstage:LA series has created a virtual performance venue, and all shows are free. (Reserve your tickets now for “The Present,” a Geffen Playhouse Zoom production limited to …

  • Real Trends The Thousand 2020

    June 22, 2020

    Real Trends + Tom Ferry The Thousand 2020 names 48 Compass California honorees We are proud to recognize the achievements of our distinguished Compass California agents named in  REAL Trends The Thousand 2020. The list honors the highest performing real estate professionals by volume, both individuals and teams, in the U.S.  “It’s nice to see our …

  • What’s Happening This Week: June 15, 2020

    June 15, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Tracking LA’s black-owned restaurants No matter what food you’re in the mood for, black-owned restaurants across Greater LA are ready to serve it up. There’s even a handy Google spreadsheet (link in article) listing 222 of them and counting, from Altadena to Long Beach and everywhere in between. Celebrate LGBTQUIA Pride Month …

  • Standing in Solidarity

    June 12, 2020

    We are proud to stand together in solidarity with our Black employees, agents, clients, and communities. Today’s post is authored by Alexis Stewart, Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco. We encourage all to explore these resources and opportunities to get involved, donate, and educate ourselves. Team, Saying “Thank You” does not begin to even express my …

  • Where We Are Now: June 8, 2020

    June 8, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 80 Another Set-Back, but an Extraordinary New Partner 5:00AM PST Today’s Where We Are Now is continued from Where We Are Now: June 4, 2020, The Beginning of our Journey – Setbacks Hurt. Team – 34 days from closing, I called Dave Lacey with the news of “no financing.” Dave’s …

  • Where We Are Now: June 7, 2020

    June 7, 2020

    Peaceful & Powerful 10:40AM PST Team – We have all witnessed the primal scream of our country surrounding equality and race. It’s our responsibility that we activate our commitment to race and equality and not let these passions fade away. The protest gatherings this weekend were powerful. The shear numbers are impressive. The peaceful nature …

  • Where We Are Now: June 5, 2020

    June 5, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 77 Our Journey – Setbacks hurt, again! 4:50AM PST Happy Friday Team – After Kent said to me, “You were not listening after NO…but we want an offer from you to buy Pacific Union,” we stayed and talked strategy for thirty minutes or so. Kent then went and grabbed one …

  • Where We Are Now: May 28, 2020

    May 28, 2020

    Team – The Time Magazine article about the Class of 2020 was an intense read. A truly sober graduation. The trajectory of the writing was alarming. We all have experienced setbacks in life. For some early in life and some late in life. Adversity breeds opportunity and life is a challenge worth living to its fullest. My …

  • Where We Are Now: May 27, 2020

    May 27, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 71 Noise, Weight & Get Me Out of This House 5:30AM PST Team – Clearly, we are polishing our medals earned from managing noise. It seems to be an ever-present part of our life. During SIP it was first Baron’s and now reallylist.com – who? I would link to the 20-page direct mail piece …

  • Where We Are Now: May 26, 2020

    May 26, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 70 Crazy Busy & The Tunnel 5:05AM PST Team – This was likely the craziest busy weekend of real estate I can remember [established 2006]. Buyer demand is furious and coming to your community from every vantage point. Buyers seem to be: Fleeing rentals, trading up, seeking yards, pools and …

  • What’s Happening This Week: May 26, 2020

    May 26, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Zoom backgrounds that glow with LA pride These days, nobody’s home is always (or ever!) camera-ready. That’s where Zoom backgrounds save the day. The latest twist: views that flaunt your hometown pride, from dazzling poppies to Dodger stadium. Take some LA love to your next meeting! Social distancing with dinosaurs The …

  • Home theaters growing in popularity

    May 22, 2020

    In California, we take movies seriously. Just ask any of our luxury agents who have listings with one-of-a-kind screening rooms, or buyers who won’t settle for less than the ultimate viewing experience from the privacy of their homes.  While Californians won’t be heading to theaters anytime soon under shelter-in-place orders, lavish home cinemas are making …

  • Designer-curated Russian Hill masterpiece

    May 21, 2020

    This modern masterpiece set in a quiet, residential part of Russian Hill, is the epitome of refined elegance with a contemporary flare. The original Victorian was taken down to the studs, fully reimagined, rebuilt and expanded to afford every luxury and modern convenience. The versatile floor plan presents many options for a variety of lifestyles …

  • Where We Are Now: May 21, 2020

    May 21, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 65 Chaos & The Outcome 5:30AM PST Team – The weekend is approaching. I am feeling this one will be somewhat different. This is Memorial Day Weekend. It’s our time to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Think about that, the ultimate sacrifice …

  • At Home with Michele Downing

    May 20, 2020

    Under shelter-in-place, home is more meaningful than ever. Home is a sanctuary, it’s where we find refuge, comfort, and our loved ones. And now it’s also the office, the gym, a school, playground, and more. From Los Angeles to the Bay Area, our agents are adapting their business to serve their clients like never before …

  • Where We Are Now: May 20, 2020

    May 20, 2020

    Team – Here is the Path Forward from yesterday and the slides. Glad you joined – great presentations! I am not a privacy freak. I do have a password on my mobile phone, but really have nothing to hide. I do find it amazing how we are constantly being tracked via leading edge and trailing edge technology. Two …

  • Where We Are Now: May 19, 2020

    May 19, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 64 What Has Come, Gone, Still Here & Coming Back 5:20AM PST Team – Yesterday evening I went back and read the WFH Day 1 blog post about open houses and international buyers. What a reflection. It made me think about what has come, gone, still here and coming back. The survey …

  • What’s Happening This Week: May 18, 2020

    May 18, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area LA’s visionary Mid-Century houses  In Mid-Century SoCal, top designers and architects were challenged to create affordable, innovative houses for Postwar living. The spacious, flowing indoor/outdoor Case Study Houses are still inviting spaces to explore today. Descanso beauty is back Actually it never left – we did. Now the gardens have reopened, …

  • Where We Are Now: May 18, 2020

    May 18, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 63 Big Week! Compass Live & The Path Forward 5:30AM PST Team – Big weekend! Big week coming up! This weekend we saw the return of Nascar in Darlington, SC and Professional Golf in Juno Beach, FL both without fans; golf without caddies. That’s new. The NFL, NBA, and other professional sports have also announced …

  • Where We Are Now: May 15, 2020

    May 15, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 60 26th Secretary of Defense, retired General James N. Mattis 5:15AM PST Team – I made a small donation to the SEAL Family Foundation, and as a result yesterday I enjoyed a one hour conversation with retired General and 26th Secretary of Defense, James N. Mattis. When I originally signed up, it …

  • Rustic farmhouse captures natural seaside elegance

    May 14, 2020

    Situated on a picturesque palm tree-lined street, this new construction 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath rustic farmhouse features a bright open floor plan that captures the natural elegance of the Pacific Palisades.  A striking chef’s kitchen, living, and dining area seamlessly open to the sunny backyard. A large en-suite bedroom completes the sumptuous first floor.  An …

  • Where We Are Now: May 14, 2020

    May 14, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 59 MUST READ — Second SIP Survey Results 5:30AM PST Team – Our marketing team and all of you are amazing. As of 8PM last night we had 887 responses to our second SIP Market Dynamics Survey. The results are in. This team rocks on participation when called upon. We thank …

  • Where We Are Now: May 13, 2020

    May 13, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 58 In-Flight Course Corrections 6:00AM PST Team – If you have not already, please complete our 2nd SIP Market Dynamics Survey as it closes at 5PM PST today. I am a huge advocate of planning your business and executing your business plan. If not, others will out-execute you as they have a business …

  • Where We Are Now: May 12, 2020

    May 12, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 57 More on Private Exclusives and Clear Cooperation Team – Since May 1st we have stress bubbling up in California about Clear Cooperation and Compass Private Exclusives. In my opinion, the ultimate solution will be defined by buyers and sellers, not NAR, CAR, or a local board. As a result, the …

  • What’s Happening This Week: May 11, 2020

    May 11, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Ordering masks? Shop local Life in a global fashion center has its advantages. The latest: All the LA-based brands that have pivoted to face masks. Here, just a few local companies now offering cool but serious facewear. Ice cream comes to you Not since the musical ice cream truck have so …

  • Where We Are Now: May 11, 2020

    May 11, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 56 Private Exclusive — Play Some Offense 5:10AM PST Team – Welcome back to the chase!  We had an amazing weekend of activity. Details at the Closing Bell. We are 11 days into the new Clear Cooperation guidelines issued by NAR and adopted by many local Boards and MLSs. Consumers …

  • Where We Are Now: May 8, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 53 Information is Powerful 4:30AM PST Team – I need a favor. We need your listing and new escrow information on a hyper-timely basis. It’s a simple ask. It’s a course of business, and it’s a vital component of our information management. At the onset of SIP, we all scrambled …

  • Where We Are Now: May 7, 2020

    May 7, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 52 Southern California Team — The California Vision 5:15AM PST Team – Watching Pat Heller host Robert Reffkin yesterday inspired so much thinking, reflection, and an amazing source of pride about “teamwork.” Specifically, teamwork in California! I reflect on 2015, when we made our first investment in Gibson International, led by Scott …

  • Where We Are Now: May 6, 2020

    May 6, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 51 Why Are My Results So Different? 6:15AM PST Team – At times we all are brushed with “there are so many choices for a real estate professional, why does it really matter who I elect to work with as a buyer or seller?” Hard to answer at times without …

  • Queen Anne Victorian on Belvedere Island

    May 5, 2020

    This six bedroom, four full bath, and two half bath residence was one of the first homes developed on Belvedere in the late 1800s. Listed by Payton + Binnings of Compass, the home has been exquisitely restored to perfection by the current owner, in conjunction with Hadley Construction. The property’s magazine-worthy design by Eugenia Jesberg …

  • Where We Are Now: May 5, 2020

    May 5, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 50 Terri Tiffany & The PR Roadmap 5:00AM PST This morning’s Where We Are Now is from the laptop of Terri Tiffany. Team – I got the call in my car as I sped across the Golden Gate Bridge with an unmarked white shopping bag in my trunk carrying over a half …

  • What’s Happening This Week: May 4, 2020

    May 4, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Ditch that same old walk By now, you might be getting bored with your local strolls. Here are some ingenious ways to create more interesting and educational walks — and even make a difference en route.  Your jumbo guide to online fun for kids You’ve bookmarked so many sites, you’ve lost …

  • Where We Are Now: May 4, 2020

    May 4, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 49 Never Bet Against America 5:15AM PST Team – The first 45 days of SIP were mentally and emotionally demanding on me; Friday, May 1, 2020 was somewhat transformative. Friday represented two breakthrough events. We completed the second re-forecasting of our business, and it was day one of our ability …

  • Sheltered in place, sellers and agents turn to DIY

    May 1, 2020

    Do-it-yourself home improvement projects can boost home values and pride of ownership, and with more time on their hands, homeowners and agents alike are running to the hardware store.  According to this April 28 article in Forbes, a recent report shows visits to Home Depot and Lowe’s increased by 7.4 percent and 9.6 percent compared …

  • Where We Are Now: May 1, 2020

    May 1, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 46 Punching Through the Glass Ceiling 5:30AM PST Team – Real estate professionals’ career ambitions generally include more transactions, higher price points, and a more balanced life. Our relationships or sphere of influence generally touch relationships that either are wealthier or are connected with a wealthier clientele than our track …

  • Paradise found: Architectural Pacific Palisades estate

    April 30, 2020

    Designed by the award-winning PAA Studio, this architectural home offers panoramic ocean and coastline views from nearly every room.  Upon entry, guests are greeted by an open great room and modern chef’s kitchen featuring Miele & Sub-Zero appliances, stone counters, and a large center island.  Floor-to-ceiling glass doors give way to an enormous deck/lounge overlooking …

  • Where We Are Now: April 30, 2020

    April 30, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 45 Pace and Execution 4:45AM PST Team – Meaningful life business lessons about pace and execution were tested during my tour at LoopNet.com starting in Spring 1998. I had pace and execution at my core from athletics, but the intensity was again to be tested Spring 1998. I received a …

  • Where We Are Now: April 29, 2020

    April 29, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 44 Information is Free – Knowledge & Advice=Priceless 5:00AM PST Team – Frequent questions I field surround “disintermediation.” The fear that technology or discount will replace our role in real estate.  First know, Compass has bet big that the real estate professional not only survives but thrives and excels at …

  • Where We Are Now: April 28, 2020

    April 28, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 43 Glimmer 5:00AM PST This morning’s Where We Are Now is from the laptop of Jessica Grimes, VP Marketing. Team –  You always hear me speak about marketing. Not today… Instead: Glimmer! Luckily, I find glimmer, a little bit of light and at least one lesson of positivity, in the most …

  • Where We Are Now: April 27, 2020

    April 27, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 42 Resource Rich 4:51AM PST Team – Over the weekend, two dozen people responded to our Unicorn Closing Bell e-mail asking if Eric Altree had recovered from the Coronavirus. I should have shared on Friday that Eric is indeed healthy. In fact, I was out mountain biking Friday late afternoon and ran into Eric …

  • What’s Happening This Week: April 27, 2020

    April 27, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Stuck at Home Science There’s never been a better time to show kids science is fun. The California Science Center is all over it with a livestreamed family activity each weekday at 10 using stuff you have in your home. Grab your flippers  Virtual dive eight national marine sanctuaries, from American …

  • Where We Are Now: April 24, 2020

    April 24, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 39 What is Your Risk Profile? 5:00AM PST Team – What is your risk profile? Do you know? Have you thought it through? Risk is personal. It can be empowering or limiting. Risk can involve limitations — physical, emotional, or intellectual. More times than not, risk tolerances are a function of self-imposed …

  • Turn-of-the-century historic Belvedere estate

    April 24, 2020

    Located in the heart of Belvedere, 334 Golden Gate offers a rare combination of privacy and serenity, offering stunning panoramic views of Angel Island, Racoon Strait, the Bay Bridge, East Bay and the hills of Tiburon. This remarkable property has a rich history dating back to 1904. Designed by renowned San Francisco architect Albert Farr, …

  • Where We Are Now: April 23, 2020

    April 23, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 39 Forbes Magazine & Selma Hepp 5:15AM PST Team – What a treat to be featured in Forbes in a real estate article with our former Chief Economist, Selma Hepp. The article is effectively a Q&A on the California real estate markets and the impact of our current crisis. It’s a quick read. I hope …

  • Where We Are Now: April 22, 2020

    April 22, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 38 The Patrick Barber Journey – Third Strike & Out? 5:20AM PST Team – We all have a story on how we arrived at our career decisions. This one is about my pursuit of an amazing individual and his career decision to join Pacific Union in March 2010. In 2005, …

  • Where We Are Now: April 21, 2020

    April 21, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 37 Extraordinary Together 5:00AM PST This morning’s Where We Are Now is from the desk of Patrick Barber. Team – When we began our Pacific Union journey back in 2009, we knew that if “we did not get the people right nothing else mattered.” Simply put, we are in the …

  • What’s Happening This Week: April 20, 2020

    April 20, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Bring poppy season to you Missing your annual spring flower trip to the Antelope Valley? Go for the next-best thing: live streaming from the California Poppy Reserve. Just the blue skies and golden fields you need right now. Indulgent desserts to go Sure, you can grab another pink box from the …

  • Where We Are Now: April 20, 2020

    April 20, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 36 Digital Assets, Noise & $1 Bet 5:00AM PST Team – I had a couple dozen emails this weekend from teammates looking for a few high-impact digital assets from last week. Here are links to: Our market dynamics survey results. The summary of Leslie Appleton Young’s state of CA presentation last week. Our …

  • Where We Are Now: April 17, 2020

    April 17, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 33 Perspective & Who Wins? 5:15AM PST Team – You will have to read to the end to find out who wins! Yesterday Leslie Appleton Young, Chief Economist at C.A.R., shared some perspective with us. Leslie is a legend in my mind. She is brilliant, an exceptional communicator, and has …

  • Effects of the Coronavirus on the Bay Area real estate market

    April 16, 2020

    Bay Area Real Estate & the Coronavirus Effects on Market Supply & Demand Dynamics April 2020 Report Note that there is a time lag — usually 3 to 6 weeks or more — between a new listing coming on market, an offer being negotiated and accepted, and when the transaction actually closes sale. This means that …

  • Luxuriously bold modern Norma Triangle residence

    April 16, 2020

    Set within the Norma Triangle, 9019 Elevado is the epitome of true, unprecedented luxury living in an exclusive neighborhood.  Enter into this four bedroom, six bathroom brand new architectural tour de force, featuring sculptural stairs, high ceilings, outdoor dining area, and an eat-in kitchen with Miele appliances.  The vision of this home is clear throughout: …

  • Where We Are Now: April 16, 2020

    April 16, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 32 Personal Best Time — The Standard & Experiences 5:15AM PST Team – Personal Best Time is not measured by a stopwatch today. It’s now measured by our behavior. In our recent survey, when asked about “safety” post-SIP, an overwhelming majority of you referenced the behaviors of others as your number one …

  • Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro): Q1 2020

    April 15, 2020

    As we face unique challenges forging through uncharted territory, we bring you the second annual Compass Q1 2020 Market Insights Report. It provides key data and a current perspective on the L.A. County real estate market. Compass is here to help the community make informed decisions through these uncertain times. Click here to view the full write-up. …

  • Expansive woodland retreat in San Anselmo

    April 15, 2020

    Breathtaking is the word for this forest hideaway in Sleepy Hollow, with huge windows and five view decks showcasing the green, light-filled landscape. Surrounded by canyon vistas and rolling wooded hills, this masterfully renovated two-story residence at 230 Oakcrest Road spans over 3,400 square feet of living space. A separate legal unit with stylish full kitchen and bath, washer/dryer hookups, …

  • Where We Are Now: April 15, 2020

    April 15, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 31 The Start – Another Flashback! 5:13AM PST Team – Reading Brent’s writing about the start and the finish yesterday inspired me to reflect again on playing offense at a difficult time. Now is your time to accelerate through adversity and claim your future. Brent’s first day at PUI was December 1, 2009. We …

  • Where We Are Now: April 14, 2020

    April 14, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 30 What’s Tougher, The Start or The Finish? 5:00AM PST This morning’s Where We Are Now is from the desk of Brent Thomson, COO. Team –  Much of my life has been about finding solace in extreme conditions. As Mark indicated yesterday, I did compete in the Mt. Everest Marathon …

  • Where We Are Now: April 13, 2020

    April 13, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 29 Market Dynamics — Shifting to Offense 5:12AM PST Team – Survey count over 720. Thank you! Two quick items before our survey results on market dynamics. The reSolve Group in Palo Alto had the suggestion to use your Compass Cares funds to encourage local restaurants, who need the business, to …

  • What’s Happening This Week: April 13, 2020

    April 13, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area 10 greenhorn gardener queries OK, so you’re not a seasoned horticulturalist. Maybe you’ve never planted as much as a sunflower seed. Don’t be embarrassed – ask! Pretty soon, you’ll be coaching the next crop of veggie-seeking newbies. Geffen Stayhouse plays it fresh Leave it to The Geffen to craft an inventive …

  • 1000Watt Forum with Mark McLaughlin

    April 10, 2020

    Mark A. McLaughlin, President – Compass California, participated in an webinar with Brian Boero, CEO, 1000Watt Consulting. Watch the interview below, and read Mark’s daily insights in his twice daily Where We Are Now series.

  • Where We Are Now: April 10, 2020

    April 10, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 26 Is Venting OK? Team – Good Friday morning! Wall Street is closed today. Every day seems to be a month long. More goes through my mind in a day than normally in a month. Our crisis world is spinning so fast. Spinning does not mean moving. More like spinning …

  • Where We Are Now: April 9, 2020

    April 9, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 25 Reflections on 2008 Playbook & Teamwork 5:47AM PST Team – We started Morgan Lane (a residential brokerage) in Marin County in September 2006. In August 2007, Countrywide went down as a result of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown. Bank of America stepped in to save Countrywide. Marin County was not …

  • Where We Are Now: April 8, 2020

    April 8, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 24 — Closing Bell Pink Moon Team – One of my first calls today was with Gail Dunnett, Founder and CEO of StudioD, a high-end California and New York based home staging business. We were discussing our opinions on the velocity of the post-SIP economy. Clearly, stagers will be among real estate’s first …

  • Where We Are Now: April 7, 2020

    April 7, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 23 Can You Learn to Chill? 5:10AM PST Team – What is more dynamic? AA battery or a AAA battery? Most of us are type A personalities. We make life happen. Some of us are AA or even AAA personalities. What is better? What is worse? Nothing in my mind …

  • What’s Happening This Week: April 6, 2020

    April 6, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Wander museums worldwide Art institutions everywhere have created virtual tours of their collections – filled with way  more works than they could ever show in their galleries. Best of all: no other visitors to block your view. The ultimate LA Restaurant Takeout/Delivery Guide From Spago to Hot Mess, restaurants all over …

  • Where We Are Now: April 6, 2020

    April 6, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 22 Learning Opportunity — Jobs & Housing Markets 5:00AM PST Team –  I was biking Sunday with my friend Boyd Fellows. He is in the commercial real estate debt business and originates around $5 billion a year in commercial real estate loans. Boyd and his partners had an all-team meeting …

  • Where We Are Now: April 3, 2020

    April 3, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 19 Call Your Lender or Landlord, They’re Expecting Your Call 5:02AM PST Team – Not sure how to label this crisis just yet. It’s so massive from a health perspective and an economic perspective. Our government has come up with multiple “kitchen sinks” and they are throwing every one of …

  • Where We Are Now: April 2, 2020

    April 2, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 18 Heart & Soul + Stories 5:20AM PST Team – Early yesterday, in response to my writing on hiring practices, I received a powerful e-mail from Elaine Hanson, Malibu office. Elaine’s feedback was spot on, about culture, heart and soul. Specifically, this is the heart of Elaine’s message: Heart and soul are …

  • Rare retreat in prime Santa Monica

    April 1, 2020

    It’s moments from San Vicente, Montana and the coast – yet this expansive, timeless home feels worlds away.  Classic Hamptons style pairs with easy California flair in this sunlit setting at 410 Lincoln Boulevard, where expansive windows, sliding glass doors and a wide-open floor plan define the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living.  Rich design elements like …

  • Where We Are Now: April 1, 2020

    April 1, 2020

    Work From Home – Day 17 Competitors, Instincts and Confidence 5:09AM PST Team – Looking forward to The Path Forward Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 11 AM PT [password to come from invite].  Please organize your life around it – really, what else do we all have to do? We have received a few questions as a …

  • Where We Are Now: March 31, 2020

    March 31, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 16 Humor Saves The Day – I Hope! 5:00AM PST Team –  Grace (20), Monique, and I sat around the kitchen table last night and focused on fun! In fact, we insisted on laughter. I must say at one point, while I was sipping a beer, it exploded through my …

  • What’s Happening This Week: March 30, 2020

    March 30, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Bring the zoo to you Zoos all over the country are livestreaming everything from beluga whales to leafcutter ants. Start with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s hypnotic jellyfish and their blissful background music. Tailor your takeout to what’s happening When you can’t decide what or where to order, it’s easy to hit …

  • Where We Are Now: March 30, 2020

    March 30, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 15 Emotions Run High — Calm is Required 5:04 AM PST A very emotional weekend digesting the various announcements from Homeland Security, C.A.R., several counties and local governments. Please know one important value: we will not sacrifice the health or safety of our team or our clients. Any and all …

  • Where We Are Now: March 27, 2020

    March 27, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 12 Good to Great 5:05AM PST Team – I am done watching the Futures and predicting the equity markets. Yesterday at 5AM DOW Futures were down 700 and opened up. I need to re-subscribe, pay the fees in arrears and reconnect with my crystal ball! My comments today about good to great …

  • Where We Are Now: March 26, 2020

    March 26, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 11 Requesting 14 Minutes of Your Undivided Attention 5:15AM PST Team –  I pushed my good to great email to tomorrow.  Today will be filled with tough news. The markets will open down. Unemployment figures will be released and shock people. I thought about how to overcome this news with words of …

  • Where We Are Now: March 25, 2020

    March 25, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 10 — Flashback to Feelings of Our Last Crisis — 5:07AM Team –  5:07 AM Good morning – Futures are up 111 points. Could today be a consecutive day of positive results?  As I reflect on our recent challenges I continue to be reminded of the great recession. In concert with …

  • Where We Are Now: March 24, 2020

    March 24, 2020

  • Where We Are Now: March 24, 2020

    March 24, 2020

    Work From Home Day 9 — Real People — Real Feelings! — 5:50AM Team –  Good morning on another inspiring day! If you think about it, every day is an inspiring day! Our days are what we make of them, how we act, behave, compete and inspire others. In the past two weeks, I have become …

  • What’s Happening This Week: March 23, 2020

    March 23, 2020

    LA Greater Area Who’s added takeout/delivery dining More restaurants are going this route every day, but here are a few of the more delicious highlights right now. Get the details on how to enjoy great restaurant fare at home — and support the great LA places that make it. What your LA Library card delivers …

  • Where We Are Now: March 23, 2020

    March 23, 2020

    WFH Day 8 — People, GDP & The Mortgage Business — 5:10AM Team –  I joined the residential brokerage business in 2006. At social events (back when we used to have them), I always answered the question “what do you do?” with a simple response, “I run a real estate brokerage company.” That said, I am …

  • Where We Are Now: March 20, 2020

    March 20, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 5 — $1 Trillion Coming Our Way — 5:45AM Team –  Here comes the initial wave of Federal stimulus. As of 5 AM today, the DOW Futures were up 552. As I release this writing, we have dialed back to DOW Futures up 250. Time period, less than 45 minutes. Seems the pending …

  • Where We Are Now: March 19, 2020

    March 19, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 4 — More Stimulus from Fed to Follow — 5:55AM Team –  The markets are struggling to rebound and could again open in the red. We all anxiously await final economic stimulus package from the Feds. Hopefully they  outperform our expectations. Last night, dinner conversation migrated to best sources for …

  • Pure romance, aglow from Hollywood’s Golden Age

    March 18, 2020

    From its enchanting front courtyard to its secluded poolside oasis, this breathtaking gated two-story estate captures Old California at its most magical. The picturesque beauty of 4335 Ponca Avenue in Toluca Lake has been carefully preserved, with rustic hand-hewn beams, hardwood doors and floors, rich Saltillo floors and hand-painted tiles. In the courtyard, an arched entry with decorative …

  • Where We Are Now: March 18, 2020

    March 18, 2020

    Closing Bell — Work From Home Day 3 — More Must Read: Sound Bites from Some of Our Best Professionals — 5PM Team –  Again, a wild ride today. At the time of this writing, DOW Futures were up nearly 600 points for tomorrow. I vividly remember managing our brokerage business from 2008 – 2011 during extremely volatile times.  I …

  • Where We Are Now: March 17, 2020

    March 17, 2020

    Work From Home — Day 2 — 6AM Good Morning, Market futures are predicting some stability today, albeit in a world without stability. Around 5AM PT today, CNBC referred to futures index as a “fraud.” This is mainly because any and every announcement has whip-saw potential in our volatile state. In Northern CA, we are very focused on …

  • What’s Happening This Week: March 16, 2020

    March 16, 2020

    What’s Happening in LA It’s cherry blossom time Since many LA communities have Japanese roots, cherry blossom festivals are a blooming part of spring in the Southland. Here’s a look at some of the best celebrations – plus a more tranquil guide to the most beautiful Japanese gardens in Los Angeles.  A roll through LA’s …

  • Ultra-high-end small lot homes debut in Hollywood

    March 13, 2020

    The small lot movement was designed to pair the benefits of a single-family home and the conveniences of a townhouse lifestyle. In the boutique collection of four homes at Eden Terrace, this concept reaches its highest level. Among the largest “small lots” in Hollywood, the three-bedroom tri-level residences at 813 North McCadden Place all measure well over …

  • Breathtaking Orinda Downs View Estate

    March 11, 2020

    Tucked at the end of a prestigious private cul-de-sac within the popular Orinda Downs neighborhood, sits this custom-built retreat at 47 Orinda View Road. Meticulously maintained and updated by original owners, this dream estate offers 180-degree breathtaking views and incredible natural light, open and airy living spaces. The interiors feature many recent designer renovations, amazing …

  • What’s Happening This Week: March 9, 2020

    March 9, 2020

    What’s Happening in LA Build your own Netflix LA Comedy Festival They’re taking over the city April 27-May 3. A laugh invasion from comic legends to rising stars. Over 100 shows at over 20 venues, with live standup, podcasts, exclusive screenings and more. There’s only one problem: just how much laughter can one body take? …

  • Cutting-edge farmhouse estate in prime Encino

    March 5, 2020

    Just emerged South of the Boulevard, this sweeping, light-filled residence wraps dramatic design and wonderful entertaining options with the latest in security and privacy. Set on an expansive flat lot at 4511 Hayvenhurst Avenue, the seven bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath estate has been artfully designed with opulent materials, high ceilings, white oak flooring and a full array …

  • What’s Happening This Week: March 2, 2020

    March 2, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Powerhouse Pasadena restaurants Whether your taste buds tend toward the masterfully classic or the intriguingly exotic, these Crown City spots will make them tingle. Old Pasadena is the key destination, but there are also delights beyond its boundaries. Just keep your eyes peeled and your Waze on. The Bowl schedule is …

  • Airy Mid-Century with ADU in the heart of Highland Park

    February 26, 2020

    Overlooking the trees, rooftops and San Gabriel Mountains beyond, 936 Dexter Street embodies open plan living at its most luminous. One airy, flowing room sweeps from living to kitchen/dining area, ending at a wide glass door framing the view and folding open to a long deck. Below, a stepped backyard flows through three magical entertaining …

  • What’s Happening This Week: February 24, 2020

    February 24, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area The best of LA’s live music venues From sprawling arenas to funky neighborhood clubs, LA has always been a hotbed of live music scenes, starring big-ticket headliners, homegrown favorites and everything in between. Here are 19 of the best, from the opulent Wiltern to an old auto repair shop in the …

  • Expansive European style estate above the Napa vineyards

    February 21, 2020

    Set amid some 47 acres of woodlands on the crest of the Mayacamas ridgeline, surrounded by stunning mountain, vineyard, and valley views, 100 Campbell Creek Road is Napa at its most private and peaceful. Under the estate’s picturesque slate-shingled mansard roofs, some 5,600 square feet of French limestone-floored living space unfold. The setting is lavished …

  • Coastal-inspired Cape Cod living in Brentwood

    February 19, 2020

    Set within a private Brentwood cul-de-sac, this Cape Cod offers the ultimate indoor/outdoor layout for coastal-inspired California living. The open foyer flows into the living room, study, formal dining area, butler’s pantry, and onward into the gourmet chef’s kitchen equipped with Subzero, Wolf and Miele appliances and the great room with a fireplace. Warm white …

  • What’s Happening This Week: February 17, 2020

    February 18, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Smart spots for a first date If you were thinking of your favorite high-decibel watering hole, just no. There are some serious ground rules for first date restaurants, and they don’t include too loud, too fancy, or too scene-y. Here are some places to help keep your first date from being …

  • Exquisite contemporary farmhouse in Napa Valley

    February 13, 2020

    Surrounded by the green vineyards and blue hills of Napa wine country, this striking custom farmhouse compound at 199 Zinfandel Lane in St. Helena combines timeless natural beauty with leading edge amenities. The newer home was lived in part time (and cared for full time) by its first owner. Wrapped in a stunning weathered wood …

  • Variety’s Showbiz Real Estate Elite 2020 names 11 Compass agents

    February 12, 2020

    Variety‘s annual buzz-worthy Showbiz Real Estate Elite list names real estate agents who routinely dabble in the exchange of star-studded properties. This year’s elite include a handful of our own Compass agents and teams. We’re proud to recognize this achievement and the professionalism of our agents. In order of appearance, here are this year’s honorees:

  • What’s Happening This Week: February 10, 2020

    February 10, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area LA’s most ravishing photo ops Around here, it’s not hard to take a pretty picture. From colorful flowers and sunsets to stunning architectural statements, great shots are waiting everywhere you look. But some locales score a ten every time you snap. Here are a hundred of the best. Seriously romantic restaurants …

  • New Santa Monica beauty embodies grand, easy living

    February 7, 2020

    Nestled on a private cul-de-sac with glimpses of the sea, 121 Esparta Way embodies the Santa Monica lifestyle in a sweeping, exquisitely crafted way. Set on over 12,000 square feet between North of Montana and Pacific Palisades, the three-story residence is made up of flowing indoor/outdoor spaces lavished with extravagant designer touches, from high coffered …

  • What’s Happening This Week: February 3, 2020

    February 3, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Silver Lake Reservoir vision takes shape More walking and jogging paths, nature and wildlife habitats, a Great Lawn, water overlooks and re-imagined dog parks: they’re all part of a new Master Plan in the final design stages now. Next up: landing the grants and funding to make it happen. LA’s coolest …

  • Community Giving Fund & Compass Cares donate over $70,000

    January 30, 2020

    We are pleased to announce the 12 remarkable charity beneficiaries receiving grants from the Community Giving Fund, in cooperation with Compass Cares, in 2020. “We are in the people business,” Mark McLaughlin said. “If we don’t get the people right, nothing else matters.  This is core to our beliefs and extends to charitable giving to families …

  • Modern Paul McLean masterpiece in Bel Air

    January 29, 2020

    Located in Bel Air beyond a long private driveway, this unsurpassed modern masterpiece was designed by world-renowned architect Paul McLean, a master in luxury composition. Clean lines and walls of glass encase more than 28,000 square feet of new construction, offering the utmost in luxury, design and amenities. Floating steps lead into a grand two-story …

  • Grand Napa vineyard estate

    January 28, 2020

    Commanding nearly ten acres of flat land in a highly desirable location at 5125 Big Ranch Road, this gated estate is wine country living at its lavish best. Over seven acres of income-producing Pinot Noir vines embrace the main residence, creating awe-inspiring vineyard views in every direction. Inside the expansive home, open spaces, soaring ceilings, …

  • What’s Happening This Week: January 27, 2020

    January 27, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area LA’s most magical places Los Angeles is full of breathtaking views and dazzling locations. But only a few spots are suffused with real magic – the kind that makes a shimmer of enchantment sparkle down your spine every time you’re there. Here are 25. Smorgasburg: What’s new for 2020 Every Sunday, the …

  • Lafayette Realtor Dana Green receives top RISMedia honor

    January 24, 2020

    We are honored to share that our own Lafayette-based Compass Realtor Dana Green has been selected as a 2020 RISMedia Real Estate Newsmaker Achiever for her contributions to the real estate industry and her efforts to positively affect fellow real estate professionals and the consumers and communities they serve. Each year, RISMedia announces The RISMedia Real …

  • Earthy Stamps & Stamps masterpiece graces prestigious South Pas

    January 23, 2020

    A peerless collaboration between architect Stamps & Stamps and interior designer Gina Holz, this brand new, custom-designed modern retreat is situated on Buena Vista Street in South Pasadena’s prestigious Prospect Circle neighborhood. Through the beautifully landscaped walkway and 9-foot pivoting glass front door, an open-concept floor plan abounds throughout the sunlit interiors, from the state-of-the-art …

  • LA Magazine names 200+ Compass agents “Real Estate All-Stars”

    January 23, 2020

    From Beverly Hills to Calabasas, Marina Del Rey to Montecito, Pasadena to Santa Monica — Compass agents are helping clients find their place in Southern California in record numbers. So it’s no surprise that Los Angeles Magazine has named 204 of our own to their 2020 Real Estate All-Stars. The list honors top realtors in …

  • Expansive new home on serene wooded cul-de-sac

    January 22, 2020

    Over 4,000 square feet of open, elegant living define this distinctive new two-story residence on approximately half an acre in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa. Beyond the artistic entry, sightlines sweep all the way from the living room and dining room to the kitchen. The entire space is defined by soaring ceilings, wide-plank European …

  • What’s Happening This Week: January 20, 2020

    January 20, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area New MOCA admission fee: $0 Considering it’s home to one of the most legendary contemporary art collections in the world, along with  a nonstop array of fascinating and important exhibitions, $0 is a pretty phenomenal deal. Yes, the new admission gets you into The Geffen, too. Sizzling hot: hotel restaurants  Inspired …

  • Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro): Q4 2019

    January 17, 2020

    We are excited to announce the release of the Compass Q4 2019 Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro). This report highlights the prevailing trends shaping the market for each neighborhood. The report is now live and ready to share with your clients and sphere. Click here to view the full write-up. An active Q4 with stronger …

  • Compass Commercial handles rare 15-building asset sale for Trinity Properties

    January 15, 2020

    For the first time in its 70-year history, Trinity Properties sold a multi-family property–a portfolio of 15 in all. Company founder Angelo Sangiacomo began buying and developing multi-family and commercial properties across San Francisco in the 1950s. He steadily built a real estate empire, purchasing and building properties that spanned all sizes and every desirable …

  • Aaron Kirman stars in Listing Impossible on CNBC

    January 14, 2020

    Leading luxury real estate agent Aaron Kirman and his team specialize in tough multi-million dollar listings that no one else can sell. A top-producing real estate team at Compass, Aaron Kirman Group, led by Aaron Kirman, stars in CNBC’s newest television show, “Listing Impossible,” an eight-episode series premiering this Wednesday, January 15 at 10 PM …

  • What’s Happening This Week: January 13, 2020

    January 13, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area One day. 44 museums. No charge. You read that right. On Saturday, January 25, nearly four dozen museums from Santa Ana to Santa Barbara will open their doors for free. There’s a preview pop-up of the coming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, too. It’s your Free-For-All day – make it count. …

  • Partners CRE wraps a record-breaking year

    January 10, 2020

    Leading Compass Commercial, top agents Dario Svidler, Morgan McMullin, and Shaya Braverman are quite the team — closing more than 50 deals and a total of $150 million in 2019 alone, they are a proven powerhouse in commercial brokerage deal making. In addition to a record-breaking year of sales, the team also expanded, adding three …

  • Tech tycoon’s expansive Palo Alto estate

    January 8, 2020

    In 2008, Scott McNealy, Silicon Valley legend and cofounder of Sun Microsystem, and his wife, Susan, completed their dream home in the hills of Palo Alto. Seven years in the making, this stunning view property on thirteen plus secluded acres in the rural and highly desirable western hills of Palo Alto is ideally positioned halfway …

  • What’s Happening This Week: January 6, 2020

    January 6, 2020

    Los Angeles Greater Area Best hikes to see the Hollywood Sign  Never mind those great vistas from the Home Depot parking lot and the view deck at Hollywood and Highland. You want to earn this experience with a brisk woodland adventure. Right? Quick, before it vanishes After January 12, the Arboretum’s Moonlight Forest will disappear. Take …

  • Just-renewed hideaway in the Mendocino hills

    December 19, 2019

    Serenity defines this twenty-plus-acre country retreat in the pines above Alexander Valley and Cloverdale. Within the tranquil refuge at 25001 Cloverdale Peak Road, sleekly modern interiors complement the rustic setting at every turn. The clean, open floor plan takes full advantage of the surrounding scenery, from a picturesque swimming pond (spring-fed and aerated for refreshing dips …

  • What’s Happening This Week: December 16, 2019

    December 16, 2019

    Los Angeles Greater Area Top places to find your tree True, that gas station lot on the corner is handy. But will you regret it in a couple of days, when your living room rug looks like the floor of a forest? No, you must go where the firs are fresh cut and fragrantly green. …

  • Just-finished haven in Cheviot Hills

    December 13, 2019

    Minutes from Fox and Sony studios, this newly built home on a quiet, tree-lined street in Cheviot Hills is a secluded refuge in the heart of the Westside. Beyond the sunny Cape Cod exterior of 10537 Blythe Avenue is an airy setting of high ceilings, French oak floors, and an abundance of natural light. A …

  • Master architect’s transcendent Mill Valley debut

    December 12, 2019

    The dramatic vision of internationally noted San Francisco-based architect Stanley Saitowitz has long been seen across the Bay Area and beyond. Now, his only Mill Valley project has emerged on a south-facing knoll near the heart of downtown at 185 Summit Avenue. The incomparable estate is defined by a multi-terraced living roof with solar panels, …

  • What’s Happening This Week: December 9, 2019

    December 9, 2019

    Los Angeles Greater Area LA’s faux snow wizard He was just another struggling magician until he pitched Ric Caruso on using one of his illusions to turn The Grove into a giant snow globe. Now his company’s enchanting effects are in demand from Universal LA to Radio City Music Hall. What’s his secret? Eataly’s Holiday …

  • Elegant, fully renovated triplex in picturesque Marina district

    December 6, 2019

    Recently redone to the studs, these three exquisite residences at 3316-3320 Scott Street are steps from the stunning waterfront views of Marina Green, the charming shopping and dining of Chestnut Street and the natural beauty of Presidio Park. A wonderful opportunity for both 1031 buyers and owner/occupants, the stylish 1925 building comprises three flats, each …

  • Light, secluded contemporary in coveted Beverly Grove

    December 4, 2019

    Moments from the trendy heart of midtown LA, a spacious, light-filled contemporary home holds a serene, private world. In this luxurious modern setting at 8356 West Fourth Street, lofty ceilings, a flowing floor plan and windows framing greenery blur the line between inside and out. On the wide open main floor, wall-sized Fleetwood doors extend the …

  • Bayfront Mediterranean with open water views

    November 26, 2019

    Perched on the San Francisco Bay and set on a double lot with open water views throughout, this single level home is defined both by peaceful luxury and ease of living.  The exterior of this contemporary Mediterranean is both inviting and elegant. Sitting on a wide flat street, the iron gate encloses a manicured front …

  • What’s Happening This Week: November 25, 2019

    November 25, 2019

    Los Angeles Greater Area Open Table’s top 10 LA brunch spots With so many brunch choices out there, how do you know which are best? You ask the world’s largest dining network, Open Table, for its top ten local choices based on new diner reviews. Break out of the dinner/movie rut Sure, “the usual” can …

  • Panoramic new view estate brings Wine Country in

    November 22, 2019

    Nestled on a knoll above the Dry Creek Valley, facing vineyard vistas that sweep all the way to landmark Geyser Peak, 7791 West Dry Creek Road is a celebration of wine country beauty. Built in 2019, the contemporary main house is fronted by soaring windows and doors on three sides. They open wide to a …

  • New creative domain in the heart of LA

    November 21, 2019

    Set on a quiet street between Hancock Park and The Grove, 824 North Sycamore Avenue is a new contemporary Spanish compound moments from the Melrose Media District but worlds away. Its 6,300 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space includes a separate guest house that could be a wonderful private recording studio or workspace. …

  • What’s Happening This Week: Nov. 18, 2019

    November 18, 2019

    Los Angeles Greater Area Where to buy (shhh!) an impressive pie Go ahead, slide it onto your own cake stand. We won’t tell. Once guests fork into your flaky masterpiece, they won’t care who baked it – just as long as they can have seconds. Meet the holidays at the station It starts November 21 …

  • Football legend’s historic Tuscan estate in Napa wine country

    November 15, 2019

    Hall of Famer Joe Montana and his wife, Jennifer, had always been enchanted by the age-old charms of Italy and France. So much so that they set out to recreate them, stone by ancient stone, on a 500-acre property with one of the most spectacular views in wine country. Surrounded by canyons, forest, mountains, pastures, …

  • Impeccably restored historic Pasadena Arts and Crafts style estate

    November 14, 2019

    Named among the dozen most architecturally important Heritage Homes in Pasadena, the Freeman House in Pasadena’s elegant Langham District is a magnificent example of English Arts and Crafts style. Over the last decade, recent owners have undertaken a multimillion-dollar restoration to return the landmark property at 1330 Hillcrest Avenue to its original beauty. The 1913 …

  • What’s Happening This Week: Nov. 11, 2019

    November 11, 2019

    LA Greater Area Mapping LA’s loveliest Victorians Craftsman and Mid-Century may define historic LA architecture. But it all started with spectacular Victorian mansions. While many are gone, a few stunning beauties still dazzle the streets. Track down your team’s fan bar No matter which city your heroes are from, there’s a favorite LA hangout for …

  • Architectural dream with Hollywood Hills view

    November 5, 2019

    Sequestered behind gates in the heart of West Hollywood West, this sleek two-story contemporary home at 8925 Ashcroft Avenue is the epitome of modern luxury. Every detail here has been thoughtfully and stylishly designed. On the main floor, high ceilings, sliding doors and skylights bring natural light in, while every window frames leafy foliage and …

  • Tuscan dream with Tiburon views

    November 4, 2019

    Gated and private, 8 Audrey Court lies at the end of a private cul-de-sac with views that span the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. Inspired by a Tuscan farmhouse and largely built in 2001, the home is a haven of rustic Old World charm with textured walls, aged stone …

  • What’s Happening This Week: Nov. 4, 2019

    November 4, 2019

    LA Greater Area Top ten sunset photo ops Sure, you can probably snap a great sunset from your yard. But you can only watch the sun go down in its full glory at locations like these. No wonder Mashable called LA the home of the most Instagrammable sunsets in the world. Great strip mall restaurants …

  • Timeless Mid-Century view home just above the Strip

    November 1, 2019

    On prestigious lower Sunset Plaza in the heart of Hollywood, there’s a private domain: an exquisitely remodeled Mid-Century Modern with stunning vistas in front  and a secluded outdoor setting behind. In this timeless setting at 1311 Sunset Plaza Drive, an airy, open floor plan creates seamless indoor/outdoor flow. A sweeping corner window in the expansive …

  • Spectacular serenity waiting above The Bay

    October 29, 2019

    Overlooking the dazzling vista of Paradise Cove, San Francisco Bay and the San Rafael Bridge, 3300 Paradise Drive is a matchless gated sanctuary high in Belvedere Tiburon. This is a world of superbly crafted, richly appointed spaces wrapped in view balconies, verandas and patios –  custom-made for expansive, easy times with family and friends. Broad, …

  • What’s Happening This Week: Oct. 28, 2019

    October 28, 2019

    LA Greater Area Getting Grand Central Market Face it, a sea of food swimming in people can be overwhelming. The key to GCM is having a guide with the know-how to navigate to the best choices, from Kismet Falafel to Ramen Hood. You’re welcome. 20 weird, wonderful LA walks As temps finally start to fall, relaxing …

  • Pasadena Post and Beam set in harmony with nature

    October 23, 2019

    With a nod to Buff and Hensman, this striking post and beam is tucked away in the desirable San Rafael Hills of Pasadena. Cherished by the original owner for over 60 years, this three bedroom home was designed to capture the elements of the natural landscape while creating a minimalist, yet sophisticated, living environment. The …

  • What’s Happening This Week: October 21, 2019

    October 21, 2019

    LA Greater Area Why is ancient knafeh the latest LA thing? It’s been a Middle East treat since the 10th Century – but cheesy, sweet, buttery knafeh is suddenly super-hot in LA. Here’s where to find the best, from ultra-traditional versions to (seriously) knafeh-topped ice cream. The ghostliest hotels in LA Most ghosts like hotels. …

  • Exhilarating waterfront hideaway on protected marshland

    October 21, 2019

    This is a rare chance to live in one of Marin’s most unique communities – a gathering of waterfront houses built atop protected marshland, a state bird preserve. Created by and for renowned physicist Albert Baez, father of legendary singers Joan Baez and Mimi Farina, 58 Greenbrae Boardwalk has hosted countless memorable parties and community …

  • Gleaming penthouse in chic Remington high-rise

    October 18, 2019

    Step off the elevator and into this gleaming, chic and modern penthouse at the exquisite Remington. The expansive windows perfectly frame the glorious views of city lights and rolling hills from the ocean to the city. The main level features a two story living room, dining area, high tech kitchen as well as an enticing …

  • Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro): Q3 2019

    October 18, 2019

    We are excited to announce the release of the Compass Q3 2019 Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro). This report highlights the prevailing trends shaping the market for each neighborhood. The report is now live and ready to share with your clients and sphere. Click here to view the full write-up. Download the full report here. …

  • Spacious forest hideaway with separate guest/rental unit

    October 17, 2019

    Tucked away in the leafy world of Sleepy Hollow in San Anselmo, this masterfully renovated family home makes the most of its green, light-filled setting, with vast windows and five new Scandinavian ash decks surveying the canyon and rolling wooded hills. Measuring over 3,400 square feet, the two-story residence at 230 Oakcrest Road in San …

  • What’s Happening This Week: October 14, 2019

    October 14, 2019

    LA Greater Area Michelin Stars back on LA restaurant scene In case you missed it, the Michelin Guide is back for the first time in years, with a new all-California book honoring a galaxy of one- and two-star restaurants (sorry, no threes). Does it reflect our vibrant food scene? Does it matter? You decide. Tracking …

  • Sausalito architectural gem wrapped in sweeping Bay views

    October 9, 2019

    Set atop a cliff across from Richardson Bay in the heart of Sausalito, 525 Bridgeway is a glass and steel masterpiece surrounded by sweeping, unobstructed views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Raccoon Strait. The three-level home, gated and hidden far back from the sidewalk, sits a full twenty feet above grade, rising …

  • Mid-Century architectural in the hills of Tarzana

    October 8, 2019

    The Allan Johnson Residence, 1961 – William E Mader, AIA. An industrial designer, Johnson commissioned the USC grad and later principal architect for the Irvine Company to design this stunning private residence in the hills of Tarzana. Set back from the street on a flat top promontory with jetliner views of the Santa Susana Mountains …

  • What’s Happening This Week : October 7, 2019

    October 7, 2019

    LA Greater Area LA’s best new restaurants, by month Blink and you’ll miss it: another new eatery opening its doors. How do you keep track, let alone know which ones are worth a visit? Fortunately, a pro editorial team has done all the tryouts and rated the best. Ten astonishing LA Art Deco gems You …

  • Grand Victorian condominium in Lower Pacific Heights

    October 7, 2019

    This renovated Victorian offers expansive public rooms, high ceilings, and period details, with an open floor plan. On the main level is a large living room, formal dining, a den or bedroom, full bath, office/study, and guest suite with bedroom and bathroom. The open kitchen features a breakfast area, plus generous storage. Upstairs is a …

  • Tiburon architecture as art overlooking the Bay

    September 25, 2019

    At the end of a winding, olive tree lined private drive, on a grassy hillside amid heritage cedars, Number 11 Mt. Tiburon surveys a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge from an array of decks on the southward-facing slope of the mountain. The surrounding sunny, expansive grounds are the work of acclaimed landscape …

  • Exhilarating views from the Sherman Oaks hills

    September 24, 2019

    From its front entry to its spectacular, panoramic patio, 3527 Stonehill Place is all about space and light. Vaulted ceilings, high luminous clerestory windows and a leafy central atrium set the tone for more than 3,000 square feet of airy rooms, all flowing to the stunning valley vistas beyond. Made for easy living and gracious …

  • Fashion designer’s bohemian paradise in Malibu

    September 19, 2019

    Presenting a rare opportunity to own an iconic fashion designer’s Malibu beach house. Located in exclusive Paradise Cove, this two bedroom, two bathroom bohemian dream was custom-styled inside and out and features lush, tropical landscaping. The private backyard oasis includes an outdoor soaking tub and multiple entertaining areas. Property also offers bright and airy updated …

  • Charming and peaceful oasis in the heart of Mission Dolores

    September 16, 2019

    This phenomenal home was designed by Mork-Ulnes Architects, a world-renowned firm with offices in San Francisco and Norway. The home was recently on the AIA Tour and has been featured in numerous publications including Dwell and Curbed. This quintessential San Francisco Victorian has been artfully blended with a Nordic style and the result is positively …

  • Airy modern home in Sierra Madre

    September 12, 2019

    This modern-style home is a rare find on a quiet street north of Grand View Avenue. Set against the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, this light & bright home features three en-suite bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms, a gourmet European kitchen with high-end appliances, and spacious living room which opens to patios and a grassy …

  • US economy is gradually downshifting, recession unlikely

    September 9, 2019

    Friday’s national employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed a number of recent economic reports which showed that the U.S. economic growth is gradually downshifting to a slower gear, but not collapsing. The employment report showed that the U.S. economy added 130,000 jobs in August including the 25,000 additions due to Census …

  • English country chic in the heart of Larchmont Village

    September 4, 2019

    Hidden behind a charming corner gate in historic Larchmont Village, this timeless 1923 home at 122 South Larchmont Boulevard has been stylishly enhanced for today. The welcoming, light-filled interior is highlighted by vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, rich hardwood floors and a Batchelder fireplace. A subtly vintage designer kitchen is superbly equipped for everything from meals …

  • Home of the Week: Modern in Mill Valley

    August 27, 2019

    This one-of-a kind residence is proof you can balance modern design and materials with nature. Nestled on a hillside in a grove of trees, the house’s private location offers a sense of intimacy. Each of the 10 boxes in this multicellular design represents a room. The 1,740 sq ft. home features ample space, with three …

  • Home of the Week: New showcase luxury modern in coveted WeHo enclave

    August 26, 2019

    This premier new residence at 9021 Rangely Avenue is the first of its kind in the exclusive West Hollywood neighborhood defined by Beverly, Melrose, Doheny and Robertson. The architectural design marries serene privacy with lovely views of treetops and city lights. All three levels reflect the ultimate in lavish living, defined by soaring ceilings, exquisite …

  • Home of the Week: Matthew Perry’s astonishing LA sky palace

    August 21, 2019

    When Friends star Matthew Perry bought the entire 40th floor of 1 West Century Drive, he hired architect Scott Joyce and noted interior designer LM Pagano to transform the 9,318 square foot penthouse into a statement of sweeping luxury. Now, as the actor finds himself spending more time in Malibu and New York, this spectacular …

  • Compass SoCal July 2019 Real Estate Market Update

    August 20, 2019

    Across the majority of Los Angeles communities, median home prices increased again in July with the overall increase averaging about 4 percent compared to last year. Some communities in Mid City, Los Angeles saw even stronger increases in median home prices as sales of higher-priced homes picked up again. In contrast, some of the more …

  • Economic Straight Talk: How are lower interest rates impacting Los Angeles housing markets?

    August 15, 2019

    Executive Summary After a large dip in housing market activity starting in the last quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019, housing markets in recent months have mostly bounced back to where they were last summer. The number of home sales trends about the same, home prices have recovered to again show annual increases, …

  • Home of the Week: View-swept retreat overlooking Sonoma

    August 14, 2019

    Seamlessly blended into the contours of Sonoma Mountain, a tranquil private domain overlooks wine country from its forested vantage point at 19501 Brooklime Road. Inside, a symphony of rich woods and vast windows pays tribute to the mastery of William Turnbull, the renowned Pacific Coast architect whose “devotion to wood, and to the softness of the …

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Playa Vista’s The Collection

    August 6, 2019

    Playa Vista’s The Collection, in the heart of Silicon Beach, close to selling out Most of The Collection’s 66 multi-level single-family residences have sold with move-in ready homes ready for purchase and final homes being built Playa Vista, the connected urban community on the Westside of Los Angeles, is nearing successful culmination in the heart …

  • Home of the Week: Mill Valley retreat wrapped in leafy ambiance

    August 1, 2019

    Sequestered among the trees minutes above downtown Mill Valley, this serene private retreat is surrounded by green forest views and sweeping vistas of the canyon. Set at 12 Manzanita Place in Middle Ridge, one of Mill Valley’s most sought-after neighborhoods, wrapped in a leafy, secluded ambiance. Its light-filled living spaces receive all-day sun in the …

  • A+D Recommended: Architectural Tours

    July 31, 2019

    The Compass Architectural Division serves the specific needs of buyers and sellers of architectural homes, defined as residences designed by living or deceased architects listed on the original building permit, or by noted architectural designers. Through its recognized lecture and salon series, the division offers opportunities for agents and clients to strengthen relationships with up-and-coming …

  • Home of the Week: Escape to Rustic Canyon

    July 30, 2019

    There are cabins in the woods. And then there’s this utterly romantic creekside retreat hidden among the trees at 689 Brooktree Road. Set in the heart of Rustic Canyon, it’s moments from urban Santa Monica but a world away, lushly wooded with coast live oaks, California sycamores, Eucalyptus and ornamental trees. This canyon is known …

  • Home of the Week: Richly detailed Spanish estate in South Pasadena

    July 26, 2019

    Built in 1934, this warm and sumptuous residence at 250 Hillside Road has been sensitively updated and enhanced to preserve its historic style and wealth of original details. At the end of a sweeping brick drive, a gated courtyard with fountain awaits. A tile-framed wrought iron entry door opens to a regal living room with …

  • Home of the Week: View-swept Sausalito townhome

    July 23, 2019

    An exhilarating panorama of the ever-changing San Francisco Bay defines this spacious and luxurious modern townhome at 331 Sausalito Boulevard. The drama begins in the expansive living/dining space, where soaring ceilings and picture windows frame breathtaking views over Old Town Sausalito and across the Bay from Angel Island to the East Bay. This light, refined …

  • How did the spur of IPOs impact Bay Area housing markets?

    July 18, 2019

    Executive Summary: Higher-end sales (above $3 million) surged in the second quarter to last year’s historical peaks. Home prices remained flat in the second quarter, except in San Francisco and San Mateo. For-sale inventory growth slowed considerably, especially in San Francisco. Inventory remains at 50 percent of the last housing boom. Tax reform is likely …

  • Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro): Q2 2019

    July 17, 2019

    We are excited to announce the release of the Compass Q2 2019 Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report (Micro). This report highlights the prevailing trends shaping the market for each neighborhood. The report is now live and ready to share with your clients and sphere. Click here to view the full write-up. Download the full …

  • Home of the Week: View-wrapped Mill Valley domain

    July 17, 2019

    Moments from both the city and Muir Woods at 916 Valley View Lane, this expansively welcoming home has been polished to enhance its warmly elegant appeal. The sweeping indoor/outdoor flow is highlighted by windows that frame the panoramic vistas of the hills and city at every turn. This is a setting made for everything from …

  • Community Giving Fund Summer Casino Night benefits 12 charities

    July 16, 2019

    Steps from the sand at Malibu’s famous Broad Beach, Compass agents, staff, family and friends joined to party for a purpose at the Community Giving Fund’s annual Summer Casino Night on July 13th. The Community Giving Fund, in partnership with Compass Cares, has raised more than $100,000 year-to-date, impacting 15 charities in total this year. …

  • Home of the Week: Mid-Century Post & Beam in Studio City

    July 11, 2019

    A Mid-Century hideaway with sweeping views of Coldwater Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains, designed by Chapman & McCorkell, has been listed at 3605 Alta Mesa Drive, Studio City. Walled and gated for privacy and security, the split-level residence beautifully blends 1960’s post and beam architectural elements with modern conveniences such as surround sound for watching …

  • Home of the Week: Open concept in the Outpost Estates

    July 10, 2019

    This chic Outpost Estate villa, 2165 Castilian Drive, is a hybrid of old California and 2019 open concept living, featuring panoramic views of the city, ocean, and Santa Monica Mountains. Meticulously remodeled with the utmost design and detail, this sophisticated home has great volume and scale throughout thanks to soaring beamed ceilings. Highlights include a …

  • June U.S. Jobs Report: Continued strength lowers expectations of Fed cut in July

    July 8, 2019

    Friday’s national employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. economy added 224,000 in June, exceeding the expectations of market observers who were counting on lower gains amid some slower May economic reports. The current economic expansion also entered its 121st month in July, marking the longest expansion in modern …

  • Home of the Week: Contemporary masterpiece in Sonoma County

    July 3, 2019

    “Breathtaking” is often overused, but here the term is quite appropriate. Working from the footprint of the original 1979 residence, 1400 Lawndale Road has been exquisitely redesigned and rebuilt with the discerning modern homeowner in mind. From hickory-pecan wide plank flooring and three woodstoves to the security system and heated bathroom floors, no detail has …

  • Home of the Week: Airy, refined West Hollywood contemporary

    July 2, 2019

    Welcome to two stories of polished, open elegance, set at 8929 Rangely Avenue in one of West Hollywood’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Sweeping scale and absolute privacy define the clean architectural vision, a world of dramatic high ceilings, massive view windows and artful stone and tile work. This is a home expressly made for both warm …

  • #AgentsofCompass named to Real Trends

    June 28, 2019

    Today’s REAL Trends The Thousand honors the most outstanding real estate professionals, both individuals and teams, in the U.S. We are proud to recognize the achievements of our distinguished Compass agents in California. San Francisco Bay Area Dana Green Shana Rohde-Lynch Raziel Ungar Team Hatvany Own Marin The Watson~Marshall Group Los Angeles Craig Strong Richard Stearns Ron Wynn …

  • Compass celebrates Pride Month

    June 27, 2019

    At Compass, celebrating diversity and inclusion is a huge part of who we are. We believe that everyone deserves to feel at home and are proud to honor diversity and inclusion year-round. The feeling of belonging is powerful, and it’s at the core of our definition of home.  “As a leader of Real Legacy Estate Partners, we’re creating a …

  • Home of the Week: New architectural family compound in Mar Vista

    June 26, 2019

    Designed to float seamlessly from indoors to out, main home to guest house, 12662 Rose Avenue defines LA living at its elegantly easy best. This is an environment created for everything from quiet family times to memorable gatherings. Within the main residence, a single sweeping space flows through living, dining and kitchen areas – and …

  • California on track for longest job expansion in recorded history

    June 25, 2019

    California added 19,400 jobs in May bringing the unemployment rate down to 4.2 percent, according to the latest report from the state Employment Development Department. The lowest unemployment rate, 4.1 percent, was seen in second half of 2018. Current job growth is at a 111-month expansion — the second-longest since 113-month expansion of 1960s. With …

  • Los Angeles homebuyers take two steps forward and one step back

    June 18, 2019

    Executive Summary Total home sales in the greater central Los Angeles area were 2 percent below last May, following April’s upwardly revised 2 percent year-over-year increase. Sales between $2 million and $3 million saw a 6 percent jump compared to last May, the first year-over-year increase following six months of double-digit declines, driven by East …

  • Compass SoCal May 2019 Real Estate Market Update

    June 17, 2019

    Overall median home prices remained virtually unchanged in 2019. About half of communities observed saw increases while the other half saw declines. The rate of increases was relatively lower than seen at the same time last year. Generally, most of the increases in home prices are driven by areas than remain relatively more affordable while …

  • Compass May 2019 Bay Area Real Estate Update

    June 14, 2019

    While overall Bay Area pace of sales in May still trends 2 percent below last year’s levels, some regions are starting to see sales pace pick up ahead of last year. Sales below $1 million are up for the second month in a row after more than 20 months of annual declines. CONTRA COSTA COUNTY …

  • Plenty of Bay Area buyers, but why are they hesitant?

    June 14, 2019

    Executive Summary: While April’s momentum is slightly slower in May, May sales are still only 2 percent below last year’s highs after double-digit declines earlier in the year. Home sales momentum remains solid in East Bay. Napa sales finally jumped 6 percent after a 6-month losing streak, averaging 20 percent annual declines. Affordable sales picked …

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    June 12, 2019

  • Home of the Week: Historic Piedmont estate

    June 11, 2019

    Set among other stately homes on a leafy street, this gracious home mixes natural light, lavish gardens, and richly textured details in one of Piedmont’s great estates. Now, for the first time in decades, it is available. A shady, romantic drive lined with stately redwoods fades deep into the property. In the deep front porch, …

  • The Sevens: Contemporary Hancock Park living

    June 7, 2019

    A collection of seven contemporary homes in the Park Mile district of Hancock Park. Only seven units remain. The stunning architecture of The Sevens complements the stylistic significance of the surrounding neighborhood. Set within a protected park-like locale, the community adjoins the city’s most famous street address, Wilshire Boulevard, with Rimpau Boulevard.  Thoughtfully sited, the …

  • LA Business Journal honors Compass agents, leadership

    June 6, 2019

    The LA Business Journal has ranked Aaron Kirman, Sally Forster Jones, and Nick Segal among the the LA500: The Most Influential People in LA. Executive Director of Luxury Estates at Compass, Sally Forster Jones has spent two years on the Top 500 list. “Jones was No. 5 on the Business Journal’s 2019 list of residential …

  • Home of the Week: Kentfield estate embodies California lifestyle

    June 3, 2019

    Embraced by Mount Tamalpais woodland, this expansive home at 658 Goodhill Road, Kentfield’s most prestigious street, embodies the easy California lifestyle at its elegant best. A huge pool and spa, a tennis court, two patios and a full barbecue kitchen share this leafy natural setting, surrounded by luxuriant tree-shaded grounds, an expansive level lawn and …

  • Home of the Week: Malibu Colony architectural view home

    May 30, 2019

    Behind the coveted gates of Malibu Colony, a reimagined modern architectural beach house awaits on an oversized lot with beach access. This home features opulent lighting throughout the living spaces, positioned to enhance the effortless indoor/outdoor flow to the lushly landscaped patio and backyard. The first floor features the remodeled kitchen, living room, mud room, …

  • Home of the Week: Nicky Panicci’s geodesic dome compound ready to awe

    May 24, 2019

    A rare half-acre compound dominated by a dramatic geodesic dome with panoramic views has come on the market in Eagle Rock. Immaculately restored by guitarist and rare clothing collector Nicky Panicci, the property at 1371 North Avenue 46 also includes a three-bedroom main house and a separate garage.  The hillside “dome home” overlooks a tree-shaded …

  • Home of the Week: Unparalleled views, distinctive design in Pacific Heights

    May 23, 2019

    Views are the artworks in new Pacific Heights gem In many contemporary homes, interior spaces are saturated with views from wall-to-wall windows. At 2833 Vallejo in Pacific Heights, award-winning Edmonds + Lee Architects have taken a more selective approach to balancing minimalist interiors and striking vistas. Set high in Pacific Heights, the just-completed home overlooks …

  • Life in Napa Valley is quiet. Except in late May.

    May 22, 2019

    For most of the year, Northern California’s Napa Valley wine country is idyllic and serene. Visitors come to explore the beauty of the rolling vineyards, tour some of its 400+ wineries by car or the Wine Train, and stroll the streets of its six charming towns. But for a few days in late May, things …

  • Home of the Week: Orinda smart home with charm and views

    May 21, 2019

    What happens when curb appeal goes beyond the curb? Let us show you. You’ll be charmed from the moment you arrive at 7 El Campanero. Located in Orinda’s Country Club neighborhood and built in 2019, this stunning shingled home was designed for open concept living and an amazing indoor/outdoor experience. The kitchen, dining room, great …

  • Jobs Report: California sees largest monthly gain in two years

    May 20, 2019

    According to the latest report from the state Employment Development Department, California added 46,000 jobs in April – the largest monthly gain since March 2017. While monthly job additions have varied a lot since the beginning of the year, California led all states in the monthly increase. The state has added 271,600 jobs over the …

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown LA is soaring

    May 15, 2019

    Unless you’re new to Los Angeles, you remember well when downtown LA was filled with office buildings and not much else. After five, the district was virtually deserted. Only the occasional glimpse of a neglected Beaux-Arts or Art Deco façade between overlaid storefront signs hinted at the onetime vibrancy of this place. In the early …

  • Home of the Week: Sweeping views on Malibu Road

    May 14, 2019

    Sea, sky, and luminous ocean light define this spectacular home, set steps from the sand on 24134 Malibu Road. Views sweep from Point Dume to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, showcased in 1,200 square feet of outdoor living space on two levels. In the open main living and dining area, light washes down two stories from …

  • Spring has finally sprung in Los Angeles housing markets

    May 13, 2019

    Executive Summary: Home sales activity in Los Angeles finally picked up pace in April, up 1 percent after 15 months of year-over-year declines. The increase is driven by more sales of lower price segments, with sales below $1 million up 2 percent after 19 months of declines and sales priced between $1 million and $2 …

  • Compass NorCal April 2019 Real Estate Update

    May 10, 2019

    While pace of sales in April still trends below last year’s levels in most Bay Area regions in which Compass (reflecting the company formerly known as Pacific Union) operates, there are signs that buyers are returning, and sales activity is picking up. Click on each of our regions below for an expanded look at local …

  • Bay Area housing market shifting in anticipation of IPO demand

    May 10, 2019

    Executive Summary: IPO expectations are already showing up in home sales activity, particularly in San Francisco and San Mateo Sales of homes in San Francisco, San Mateo and Alameda have solidly exceeded last year – up 7 percent, 4 percent and 2 percent respectively year-over-year in April Santa Clara, Wine Country and Contra Costa remain …

  • Home of the Week: Queen Anne meets Alameda’s Gold Coast

    May 7, 2019

    915 Grand Street is one of the finest examples of preserved Queen Anne Revival architecture in Alameda. Built in 1891 by acclaimed architect A. W. Pattiani, it is a showpiece of this distinct, yet short-lived, architectural style. True to the period, this stunning home features an asymmetrical facade, a front-facing gable, carved medallions, and shake …

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Jack London Square

    May 6, 2019

    It’s a historic neighborhood with a fascinating past and unparalleled waterfront access—so why isn’t it more in-demand? The truth is, Jack London Square had gotten little bit stale over the last few decades, but that’s changed in a big way. An influx of new restaurants, bars, and housing in recent years has helped reinvigorate the …

  • March U.S. Jobs Report: Are we in a Goldilocks Economy?

    May 3, 2019

    A Goldilocks Economy is an economy that is neither too hot or cold, in other words, it sustains moderate economic growth and has low inflation, which allows a market-friendly monetary policy. Today’s national employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics once again outpaced expectations by posting a 263,000 increase in jobs added in …

  • The Real Deal ranks 4 Compass teams among LA’s top luxury agents

    April 26, 2019

    Congratulations to Aaron Kirman Partners, Smith & Berg Partners, Sally Forster Jones Group, and The Fridman Group on their ranking in The Real Deal’s highest-performing luxury brokers. The Real Deal‘s methodology analyzed single-family home sales priced above $4 million between March 1, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019. Compass teams took 4 spots on LA County’s …

  • Home of the Week: The Strawberry House, Benton & Park A.I.A

    April 23, 2019

    Step into this impressive space where wrap around glass walls showcase stunning and unobstructed hillside, mountain, and city views from nearly every room. Beyond the gorgeous over-sized front doors and the original terrazzo floors, pause to take in every architectural line, angle. A swimmer’s pool overlooks the breathtaking views of the San Fernando Valley. The …

  • Home of the Week: Beautifully updated 1928 Hancock Park estate

    April 18, 2019

    The easy grandeur of California’s Golden Age is treasured and sensitively updated in this majestic Mediterranean estate. The home is located in one of the most desirable enclaves in Los Angeles, Hancock Park, at 511 South Arden Blvd. All of the public spaces encircle a grand European courtyard, bathing the home in daylight and offering …

  • SF sellers take homes off the market in anticipation of IPO

    April 16, 2019

    Executive Summary: Home sales activity continued with annual declines posting a 10 percent year-over-year (YOY) decline in the first quarter. However, San Mateo and Santa Clara see an increase in sales of homes priced below $1 million for the first time in 26 months, helped by the increases in inventories from previous months. Sales priced …

  • Compass Southern California Quarterly Report: Q1 2019

    April 15, 2019

    We are excited to announce the release of the Compass Q1 2019 Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report. This report highlights the prevailing trends shaping the market for each neighborhood. The report is now live and ready to share with your clients and sphere. Click here to view the full write-up. It is our pleasure …

  • Compass Northern California Quarterly Report: Q1 2019

    April 15, 2019

    Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers a brief synopsis of first-quarter real estate activity in each of Compass’ Northern California regions. The accompanying links lead to the full report for each area, where you can access the latest regional and community-specific market data and statistics to help you make a better, more informed home-buying or selling …

  • Home of the Week: San Marino treasure, on market first time in 57 years

    April 9, 2019

    The epitome of Spanish Colonial Revival elegance, the Filley Residence has had just two owners since its completion in 1927 – both dedicated to sensitively preserving and enhancing its beauty. Set in a coveted estate area of San Marino at 626 Chaucer Road, the home by noted architect Harold Bissner retains a wealth of original …

  • Commercial division’s top producers launch Partners CRE

    April 8, 2019

    Introducing Partners CRE, a new Compass Commercial real estate team. On the heels of Compass Commercial LA hosting its inaugural annual awards to celebrate the division’s top producers, three of its award winners—Top Producer Dario Svidler, Platinum Producer Shaya Braverman and Gold Producer Morgan McMullin—joined forces to form Partners CRE at Compass. Established as a …

  • Jobs Report suggests continued strength in employment, alleviating fears of looming recession

    April 5, 2019

    Today’s much anticipated national employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provided further evidence of continued solid economic growth. There were 196,000 jobs added in March, after a wild swing between January’s 312,000 additions and February’s 33,000 additions. The three-month average is now 180,000 in the first quarter, which was above economists’ expectations …

  • Home of the Week: Refined Russian Hill hideaway

    April 4, 2019

    Sequestered down a quaint alleyway in one of Russian Hill’s most appealing enclaves, 22 Moore Place is a rare masterpiece of modern family living designed by MacCracken Architects. The three-story residence, constructed with steel moment frames, fuses contemporary style, fine craftsmanship, and the latest amenities. The open living/dining/kitchen space claims the top floor to maximize …

  • Compass agents on LA Business Journal list of 2018 market drivers

    April 3, 2019

    Each year, the Los Angeles Business Journal’s The List is a power ranking of LA area real estate superstars. The 2018 list of “players who drive the market” was released last month. Compass was strongly represented, spotlighting Aaron Kirman, F. Ron Smith & David Berg of Smith & Berg, Madison Hildebrand, Craig Strong, Danny Brown, …

  • Real Estate Roundup: Record weekly mortgage rate drop

    April 2, 2019

    Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious. 30-YEAR MORTGAGES SEE BIGGEST ONE-WEEK DROP IN A DECADE Fixed-rate mortgages last week saw their biggest one-week drop in a decade, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly rate survey. Thirty-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 4.06 percent, down from 4.28 percent last week, …

  • Home of the Week: Sweeping new Cape Cod made for entertaining

    April 1, 2019

    With over ten thousand feet of sophisticated space on two levels, this grand, just-finished Encino estate is designed for entertaining. Set on a huge half-acre lot south of the Boulevard at 4519 Haskell Avenue, the home is lavished with exquisite designer touches, finishes and fixtures throughout. The welcome begins off the circular drive in the …

  • Home of the Week: Expansive, just-remodeled family contemporary in Palo Alto

    March 25, 2019

    Set on a quiet cul-de-sac in Midtown Palo Alto, 2783 Randers Court is filled with this-minute style and cutting-edge amenities. Beautiful materials and finishes enrich the ambiance: elegant tile and marble; warm natural wood and stone; and dramatic sculptural lighting, plumbing fixtures and hardware. The main level flows from the high-end open kitchen with pull-up …

  • Teháma: Sustainable Carmel-by-the-Sea community envisioned by Clint Eastwood

    March 20, 2019

    Only a few coveted homesites in Teháma are up for grabs, and they’re listed exclusively by Compass. Teháma, the coveted private residential community secluded in the hills above the village of Carmel-by-the Sea and envisioned by Clint Eastwood as a model for sustainable development, is bringing to market its final collection of homesites. Teháma has …

  • Compass SoCal February 2019 Real Estate Market Update

    March 14, 2019

    While overall median home prices trended 5 percent lower in February year-over-year, about half of communities saw increases and the other half saw declines. However, most of the prices are still above January 2018 levels as pricing started surging in February and posted a 13 percent jump compared to February 2017. Malibu and surrounding areas …

  • Plenty of open jobs in California while employment growth slows as anticipated

    March 14, 2019

    Following a delay in data release due to the government shutdown, the latest numbers from the state Employment Development Department (EDD) show California added 3,000 jobs in January, bringing the annual growth to 246,400 jobs. That represents a 1.4 percent increase from the year before, compared with the 1.9 percent growth recorded nationwide. In the …

  • Compass NorCal February 2019 Real Estate Update

    March 13, 2019

    While the pace of sales generally picked up from the January highs in most Bay Area regions in which Pacific Union DBA Compass operates, most regions saw relatively lower prices compared to last February when the robust spring price growth began. Click on each of our regions below for an expanded look at local real …

  • Home as a work of art: Get inspired by these exhibits

    March 13, 2019

    If life imitates art, then these California exhibits just may inspire you to turn your home into a canvas for creative expression. California crafty We love Ikea: It’s cheap and convenient. But sometimes your home is screaming for something unique and local. California Visionaries: Seminal Studio Craft, a landmark new exhibit at the Craft In …

  • Stephen Udoff named Malibu Realtor of the Year

    March 11, 2019

    Compass real estate leader Stephen Udoff has been named Malibu’s Realtor of the Year. The  honor recognizes exceptional service, dedication and diligence in serving the members of the Malibu Association of Realtors and the Malibu community.  Stephen  acquired his first investment property at 21 and was named Rookie of the Year by Who’s Who in …

  • Home of the Week: A grand Monterey Colonial estate

    March 7, 2019

    Ideally located near the Huntington Library & Gardens, this grand Monterey Colonial Estate was built by legendary architect Reginald Johnson in 1927 for his parents. The stately six bedroom, seven bathroom residence features a large 25,570 square foot lot and a versatile floor plan offering both formal and informal spaces. The welcoming entry leads to …

  • Compass California honors International Women’s Day

    March 6, 2019

  • Introducing Compass Concierge: Unlock your home’s hidden potential

    March 4, 2019

    The secret to selling your home faster and for a higher price? A great first impression. We can make that happen. Exclusive to Compass, our Concierge program is among a suite of services designed to prepare your home for the market. From deep-cleaning to cosmetic improvements, your Compass agent will work with you to assess …

  • Is the “Uber Effect” going to be as large as the “Facebook Effect”?

    March 1, 2019

    If IPOs do come to fruition and there are some newly minted millionaires, Bay Area housing markets could have another renaissance. Bird’s Eye View: Uber (and/or Lyft), Airbnb, Pinterest, and Slack are believed to be going public in 2019  Combined, the four potential 2019 IPOs could reach valuation of $176 billion, almost twice as large …

  • Bay Area Leads the U.S. for Middle-Class Income Growth

    February 26, 2019

    Middle-class households in three Bay Area cities lead the country for income growth.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Cities See Nation’s Largest Home Value Gains Since 2009

    February 25, 2019

    San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles homeowners have seen their property values skyrocket over the past decade, while mortgage rates continue to decline. Stay on top of the latest housing headlines in Compass’ latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Advice for First-Time California Homebuyers: Save a Hefty Down Payment

    February 22, 2019

    New buyers who are shopping for a home in major coastal California job centers should prepare to part with a sizable down payment, as well as maintain a sterling credit score.

  • California Posts Another Big Housing Inventory Gain in January

    February 21, 2019

    Golden State housing market trends that closed out 2018 carried over to the beginning of 2019, as buyers continued to exercise restraint despite another substantial supply jump.

  • Announcing the 12 Charity Beneficiaries of the Compass Community Giving Fund

    February 21, 2019

    We are pleased to announce the 12 remarkable charity beneficiaries of the Community Giving Fund for 2019. These organizations are devoted to helping those in our Southern California community, and we are proud to be a part of their vital efforts. Starting this year, every dollar donated to the Community Giving Fund via agent transactions …

  • Home of the Week: Vast New Entertainer’s Estate in Palisades Riviera

    February 21, 2019

    Surveying the ocean from the ultraprime Pacific Palisades Riviera, this 10,000-square-foot residence at 1506 Sorrento Drive is designed for expansive entertaining. Every inch of this grand yet welcoming seven-bedroom, 11-full-bath estate is exquisitely realized. Paneled and coffered ceilings, wainscoting, walls of multipaned windows, wide plank floors, and richly tiled and marbled surfaces are just some …

  • Silicon Valley Town Is Named America’s Wealthiest

    February 20, 2019

    A San Mateo County community tops the latest list of America’s 50 most affluent communities, and many Bay Area locals won’t be surprised to find out which one it is.

  • San Francisco Ranks as the Healthiest U.S. City for the Third Straight Year

    February 19, 2019

    San Francisco once again claims the title of the nation’s most health-conscious city in 2019, buoyed by residents’ smart eating habits and access to outdoor spaces in which to exercise.

  • Real Estate Roundup: 2019 Mortgage Rates Are the Lowest in California

    February 18, 2019

    California homebuyers are getting the lowest mortgage rates in the country in early 2019, while San Franciscans overwhelmingly want the city to build more housing. Check out the latest from the housing world in Compass’ latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • More Good News for U.S. and California Home Shoppers, as Appreciation Slows

    February 15, 2019

    Nationwide, homebuyers had more properties to choose from in the fourth quarter than they did a year ago, while major California housing markets saw price growth moderate.

  • Home of the Week: Airy Malibu Oceanfront Home

    February 15, 2019

    West Coast casual meets New York loft attitude in this sunswept beach house, set on some 60 feet of dazzling ocean frontage at 19158 Pacific Coast Highway. Within the large, private, atrium-style courtyard, stairs rise to a house-spanning rooftop deck with spectacular views of the coastline. It offers room for expansive dining and seating areas, …

  • Housing Affordability Improves in California’s Most Expensive Counties

    February 14, 2019

    All four California counties where it takes seven figures to buy a home can be found in the Bay Area, and they were all among the 10 in the state that saw housing affordability increase from the fourth quarter of 2017.

  • Compass’ January 2019 Real Estate Update

    February 13, 2019

    The pace of home sales across the Bay Area mostly slowed year over year in January. Find out how real estate activity across the region played out in the first month of 2019.

  • Home of the Week: Golden-Age Treasure With Timeless Appeal

    February 13, 2019

    In the 1920s, when this stately Spanish Colonial Revival masterpiece was born, Piedmont boasted that it had more millionaires per square mile than any other city in the country. Today, the expansive, light-filled layout and beautiful scale of 227 Crocker Ave. reflect the easy grandeur of California’s Golden Age at its livable best. A curving …

  • California Home Sellers Want 2017 Prices, but Buyers Are Patient in 2019

    February 12, 2019

    Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines rebalancing market conditions between homebuyers and sellers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Homeowners Again Rank as the Nation’s Most Equity-Rich

    February 11, 2019

    Homeowners in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles remain the most equity-rich, while that latter California city saw the nation’s largest uptick in luxury-home flips. Get the skinny in Compass’ latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Home of the Week: Serene, Magical Retreat on More Than 2 Flat Wooded Acres

    February 11, 2019

    Offered for the first time in more than 60 years, this light-filled 1920 Italian Revival-style treasure is sequestered on 3130 Maiden Lane in the foothills of Altadena. Set against the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains on some 2.36 acres laced with rustic trails, the property has been owned by the same family since 1957. …

  • Home of the Week: Simply Elegant Napa Valley Retreat

    February 8, 2019

    Noted Bay Area/Hawaii architect Shay Zak collaborated with his wife, designer Mary Moore, in creating this Wine Country compound. They combined their skills to create a vast, airy estate that blends indoor and outdoor spaces into a world of easy elegance and  streamlined simplicity. Set in the heart of St. Helena, 1318 Stockton Street  is …

  • California: One of America’s Best States for Singles

    February 7, 2019

    Single folks will find that the Golden State is a fine place to find romance, while there’s no better city in America to celebrate Valentine’s Day than San Francisco.

  • High-Tech Kitchens Gain More Traction in Home-Remodeling Projects

    February 6, 2019

    More homeowners who have recently tackled a kitchen renovation added high-tech features and appliances, while open floor plans remain a popular reason for upgrading.

  • Bay Area Companies Dominate List of 2019’s Best Tech Workplaces

    February 5, 2019

    Can you guess which Bay Area-based company ranks as America’s top workplace for techies?

  • Home of the Week: Timeless San Marino Villa

    February 5, 2019

    A short drive from The Huntington, the Langham Huntington Hotel and exquisite Lacy Park, this fully furnished home at 2466 South Oak Knoll Avenue is the height of easy California elegance. Every meticulously renovated space is rich with period elements, from luxury finishes and high ceilings to rare Honduran mahogany doors and gleaming marble and …

  • Real Estate Roundup: More California Home Sellers Cutting Prices This Year

    February 4, 2019

    Home price reductions rose in San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in January, while the latter ranks as one of America’s best cities to tie the knot. Get the lowdown in our latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Video: January 2019 U.S. Jobs Report

    February 1, 2019

    Check out this short animation, which offers highlights from the January 2019 U.S. jobs report.

  • January Marked the 100th Straight Month of U.S. Job Growth

    February 1, 2019

    Though the U.S. unemployment rate inched up in January, the number of new jobs still exceeded expectations. Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the just-released numbers.

  • Bay Area Home Sellers Continue to Enjoy the Largest Returns in the U.S.

    February 1, 2019

    San Jose and San Francisco led the country for home seller returns in 2018.

  • Home of the Week: Stone Canyon Ranch, an Equestrian Paradise

    January 31, 2019

    Just south of Silicon Valley and east of Carmel, one of the premier equestrian ranch properties in the country covers more than 10,000 acres of the pristine San Benito Valley.

  • The Economic Impacts of the Government Shutdown and the Federal Reserve’s Patient Stance

    January 31, 2019

    Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp weighs in on the implications of the government shutdown and the Federal Reserve’s decision to exercise restraint.

  • The Bay Area’s 10 Fastest-Paced Housing Markets: Q4 2018

    January 30, 2019

    Most of the Bay Area’s fastest-paced real estate markets in the fourth quarter can be found in the East Bay. Find out where local buyers are closing deals the quickest.

  • Most Millennials Would Buy a Fixer-Upper, Survey Says

    January 29, 2019

    A new report again highlights millennials’ desire to become homeowners, and they are not afraid to pick a property that needs work to make that dream a reality.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Tech Firms Pledge Big Bucks to Help Housing Shortage

    January 28, 2019

    Facebook plans to raise $500 million to build more affordable housing in Silicon Valley, while mortgage rates are holding steady. Check out what’s going on in Compass’ latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • The Bay Area’s 10 Fastest-Appreciating Housing Markets: Q4 2018

    January 25, 2019

    For the fourth consecutive quarter, two of Silicon Valley’s most affluent communities were among those in the Bay Area to see the most year-over-year price growth in the final quarter of 2018.

  • The Remodeling Projects That Pay California Homeowners Back the Most

    January 24, 2019

    Whether you live in the Bay Area’s two largest cities or you call Los Angeles home, there’s one improvement that is guaranteed to reap returns when the time comes to sell.

  • Home of the Week: Grand Sea Cliff Georgian With Golden Gate, Marin Views

    January 24, 2019

    Stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the sweeping Marin Headlands across the Golden Gate, and the windswept Lands End shoreline give this stately residence in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood a remote and romantic air.

  • Los Angeles Homebuyers Should See a More Favorable Market in 2019

    January 23, 2019

    After many months of declines, Los Angeles saw housing inventory improve in the fourth quarter. Get a deep dive into the latest market conditions in an analysis by Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • Video: California December Jobs Report

    January 23, 2019

    Check out this short animation, which offers highlights from December’s California jobs report.

  • Home of the Week: Brentwood Canyon-View Contemporary

    January 22, 2019

    Set in the coveted hills of Brentwood, this gated private estate at 2442 Banyan Drive is a dramatic blend of space, light, and contemporary style. Floor-to-ceiling folding glass doors bring in an abundance of natural light and showcase views of the canyon and city. Unforgettable entertaining unfolds with ease in this expansive, flowing floor plan. …

  • California Posted Solid December Employment Growth, Prompting Optimism for 2019

    January 22, 2019

    Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her take on the latest California, Bay Area, and Los Angeles job numbers.

  • California Home Sales Continued to Slide in December

    January 21, 2019

    Although the Golden State got an inventory boost for the ninth straight month in December, sales dropped yet again, as potential homebuyers wait out the market.

  • Compass Northern California Quarterly Report: Q4 2018

    January 18, 2019

    Get all the latest Bay Area market statistics, plus expert commentary from Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp, in our latest quarterly report.

  • Home of the Week: Sky Palace, Penthouse 5 at The Remington

    January 18, 2019

    High atop one of the most sophisticated residences in the Wilshire Corridor, The Remington’s 27th-floor Penthouse 5 rises worlds beyond condominium living. This is a true private estate, with nearly 6,000 square feet of elegance surrounded by breathtaking views that sweep across the city to the ocean beyond.  Step directly from the elevator into your …

  • Compass Southern California Quarterly Report: Q4 2018

    January 18, 2019

    We are excited to announce the release of the Compass Q4 2018 Los Angeles Quarterly Market Insights Report. This report highlights the prevailing trends shaping the market for each neighborhood. The report is now live and ready to share with your clients and sphere. Click here to view the full write-up.

  • California Housing Markets Are Among the Nation’s Most Competitive

    January 17, 2019

    Anyone who is searching for a home in a major Golden State job market as 2019 begins would be wise to shop around for a mortgage before finding a property they like, maintain a sterling credit score, and amass a sizable down payment if they hope to compete with other buyers.

  • Video: December Bay Area Home Sales Report

    January 17, 2019

    Check out this short animation, which offers highlights from an in-depth report on December Bay Area housing market activity from Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • Home of the Week: Modern Farmhouse in Mandeville Canyon

    January 16, 2019

    Secluded behind gates in an unrivaled Lower Mandeville Canyon setting, this Napa Valley-inspired Modern Farmhouse boasts a refined yet rustic ambiance upon an inimitable 36,000-plus-square-foot lot.

  • The New Year Should Bring New Opportunities for Bay Area Homebuyers

    January 16, 2019

    Bay Area home sales were up by 1 percent year over year in 2018, while the median price rose by 12 percent. Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp weighs in on December and 2018 market activity.

  • Homeownership Remains a Major Part of the American Dream

    January 15, 2019

    More than nine in 10 homeowners say that their decision to purchase real estate is helping them live the American Dream, though limited affordability is keeping more non-owners from getting in on the game.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Leads the Nation for Big Cash-Out Refinances

    January 14, 2019

    Many Californians with high-dollar mortgages are refinancing them for cash, while San Francisco ranks as one of America’s best cities for staying in shape. Read all about it in Compass’ latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Small Home Price Increase Cuts Out a Large Number of Buyers

    January 11, 2019

    A seemingly tiny uptick in home prices can push a much larger number of prospective buyers out of the market, while rising mortgage rates have an even bigger impact.

  • California Housing Markets Continued Cooling in December

    January 10, 2019

    The Golden State’s largest real estate markets continued their rebalancing act in the final month of 2018, with Silicon Valley posting the nation’s largest annual listings increase and steepest price decline.

  • Which Home-Remodeling Project Do Owners Most Regret Doing Themselves?

    January 9, 2019

    Taking a do-it-yourself approach to home improvements can save owners a significant amount of money and give them a sense of accomplishment, but those who do not have much remodeling experience should likely expect at least one misfire along the way.

  • Home of the Week: New Pacific Palisades Treasure Embraces Classic Details

    January 9, 2019

    This multi-level, new-construction Pacific Palisades residence combines classic detailing and quality finishes with an open, contemporary floor plan that invites gatherings large and small. Extraordinary indoor and outdoor living spaces are set on approximately 1.8 acres of mature cypress, palm, and oak trees. Refined interior treatments include vintage tin and hand-coffered wood ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, …

  • What Are the Most Expensive Neighborhoods in Los Angeles and San Francisco?

    January 8, 2019

    Although buying a home in San Francisco is certainly an expensive proposition, two neighborhoods in Los Angeles had eight-figure median prices in 2018.

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Is One of America’s Best Cities for Telecommuters

    January 7, 2019

    Two Bay Area cities are among the nation’s 10 best for working remotely, while mortgage rates rang in the new year by declining. Check out these and other stories of note in Compass’ inaugural Real Estate Roundup of 2019.

  • Home of the Week: 3-Story Penthouse Above Picturesque Santana Row

    January 7, 2019

    Set in the heart of Silicon Valley, this opulent residence overlooks the European village-style Santana Row district, the destination for upscale shopping, fine dining, and exciting nightlife in San Jose. Topping the luxurious Villa Cornet, the ultraprivate, 3,856-square-foot residence at 356 Santana Row has been spectacularly redesigned with more than a million dollars in fine …

  • More Good News About DIY Home Remodeling

    January 4, 2019

    Two months ago, a survey found the homeowners who are willing to undertake home-renovation jobs themselves could save up to $20,000, and now another poll shows that a do-it-yourself attitude can also lead to more satisfaction with the project.

  • A+D Lecture No. 44: Featuring World-Renowned Celebrity Architect Richard Landry

    January 4, 2019

    Pacific Union International, which recently joined technology real estate company Compass, warmly invites you to the presentation of Architecture + Design Lecture No. 44, featuring world-renowned architect Richard Landry on Jan. 28 at Pacific Design Center. Landry Design Group is known for the design of homes that innovatively reflect the imagination of its clients, including …

  • U.S., Golden State Home Price Growth Is Expected to Slow in 2019

    January 3, 2019

    Rising mortgage rates are reducing housing affordability and cooling buyer demand, which should cause price appreciation to moderate in the coming year.

  • U.S. Homebuyer Confidence Dropped in the Second Half of 2018

    January 2, 2019

    Although nearly two-thirds of Americans think that now is a good time to purchase a home, buyer optimism about the housing market is at its lowest point in three years despite Americans’ mostly positive outlook on the economy.

  • Compass Wishes You a Happy New Year 2019!

    December 31, 2018

    All of your friends in Compass’ California offices would like to wish you a very happy new year 2019.

  • Homebuyers Equally Rely on the Internet and Real Estate Professionals

    December 28, 2018

    More than nine in 10 homebuyers employed the Internet at some point in their search process, and a near equal amount counted on the expertise of a skilled real estate professional to seal the deal.

  • Wage Growth Is Outpacing Home Price Growth in Major Bay Area Job Centers

    December 27, 2018

    Although major California housing markets remain far less affordable than the U.S. average, incomes are finally growing faster than housing prices in the Bay Area’s biggest job markets.

  • San Francisco: America’s Best City for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

    December 26, 2018

    New Year’s resolutions are easy to set but not always so easy to keep, but if you live in San Francisco, you stand a better shot than you do anywhere else in the country.

  • Happy Holidays 2018 From Compass!

    December 24, 2018

    All of us in Compass’ California offices would like to wish you very happy holidays.

  • Video: California November Jobs Report

    December 21, 2018

    Check out this short animation, which offers highlights from November’s California jobs report.

  • A Look at California’s November Jobs, The Fed’s Interest-Rate Decision, and the State’s Population Growth

    December 21, 2018

    Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers an analysis of California’s November job numbers, as well as thoughts on The Federal Reserve’s recent decision to raise interest rates.

  • What Are First-Time Homebuyers’ Biggest Regrets?

    December 20, 2018

    Anyone who is shopping for a home for the first time likely feels some apprehension, but learning from the mistakes of other real estate newbies can help buyers make better decisions.

  • California Homebuyers See More Favorable Market Conditions in November

    December 19, 2018

    Golden State housing inventory again improved in November while price appreciation continued to moderate, finally presenting more promising prospects for buyers who have been shut out of the market.

  • Survey: Very Few Millennial Renters Plan to Buy Homes in 2019

    December 18, 2018

    Yet another poll has confirmed that millennials are very keen on homeownership, but only a small percentage of them plan to enter the real estate market in the coming year.

  • Community Giving Fund Honors 12 L.A. Charities

    December 18, 2018

    The Pacific Union International L.A. community celebrated an evening of festivities and generosity at the company holiday party at the Petersen Automotive Museum, honoring 12 local charities selected by the Community Giving Fund.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Californians Are Still Placing the Nation’s Largest Down Payments

    December 17, 2018

    San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles homebuyers dropped the largest down payments in the nation in the third quarter. Find out how much, plus get more housing news in Compass’ latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Compass Opens Los Angeles’ Most Community- and Architecture-Centric Real Estate Office

    December 17, 2018

    More of a community outpost than traditional office, the innovatively designed space of our newest office is located in the 1920s Keystone Building in Larchmont Village.

  • What Are Silicon Valley’s Highest-Paying and Most In-Demand Tech Jobs?

    December 14, 2018

    Tech-job openings in Silicon Valley have risen by more than 10 percent year over year in 2018, and while engineers are some of the industry’s best-compensated workers in the region, they do not take home the largest salaries.

  • Video: November Bay Area Home Sales Report

    December 13, 2018

    This short animation offers highlights from an in-depth report on November Bay Area housing market activity from Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • Bay Area Housing Inventory Again Posted a Solid Increase in November

    December 13, 2018

    Good news for Bay Area home shoppers: Inventory was up by nearly 30 percent on an annual basis in November. Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp weighs in on the latest local housing market trends.

  • Compass’ November 2018 Real Estate Update

    December 12, 2018

    Four Bay Area housing markets saw inventory increase substantially in November from one year earlier. Get a handle on the latest market data in Compass’ November 2018 Real Estate Update.

  • Bay Area Cities Dominate List of California’s Best Job Markets

    December 11, 2018

    California’s unemployment rate remained at a record-low 4.1 percent in October, and there’s nowhere better in the state to find a new job as 2018 nears its end than in the thriving Bay Area.

  • Home of the Week: Bel-Air Masterwork With Sweeping Views

    December 11, 2018

    Check out this ultramodern masterpiece in Bel Air.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Again Leads the Nation for Home-Equity Gains

    December 10, 2018

    California homeowners built up more than $35,000 over the past year, while buyers of new homes in the state will soon get mandatory solar panels as part of the package. Get the lowdown in Compass’ latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Bay Area City Ranks as America’s Best for “Wallet Fitness”

    December 7, 2018

    Buying a home in the Bay Area is an expensive proposition these days, so it makes sense that residents of three local cities are among the top five in the country for financial savvy.

  • Video: Wine Country Housing Markets One Year After the Wildfires

    December 7, 2018

    This short animation offers highlights from an in-depth report on Wine Country housing market activity a year after the wildfires by Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • Home of the Week: Russian Hill Estate May Set New San Francisco Price Record

    December 7, 2018

    A unique compound on two hillside lots at 950 Lombard in San Francisco’s Russian Hill could break the record set earlier this year for a lavish urban penthouse that sold for $38 million.

  • Wine Country Housing Markets: One Year After the Wildfires

    December 6, 2018

    Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines how last October’s wildfires have affected housing market activity in the Wine Country.

  • Home of the Week: Sweeping New Masterpiece in Mandeville Canyon

    December 6, 2018

    Expansive, light-washed spaces and softly glowing woods combine to beautiful effect in this new gated estate at 2333 Mandeville Canyon Road.

  • Most California Renters Want to Own a Home

    December 5, 2018

    Even with limited affordability conditions, homeownership is still a cornerstone of the California dream, with 80 percent of renters in the state aspiring to purchase real estate.

  • Shopping for a California Home? Here’s How Long It Might Take.

    December 4, 2018

    Golden State residents who aspire to homeownership should expect to search for at least two months, while house hunters in the Bay Area will likely be looking for even longer.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Claims 3 of the Nation’s 5 Wealthiest Counties

    December 3, 2018

    Residents of three Bay Area counties pull in more than $150,000 per year, while Los Angeles ranks as one of the best sports and baseball towns in America. Catch up on the latest news of note in Compass’ weekly California Real Estate Roundup.

  • Silicon Valley Projected to Post the Nation’s Largest Inventory Gain in 2019

    November 30, 2018

    While 2019 appears poised to be an even more difficult year for U.S. homebuyers, shoppers in Silicon Valley can at least take comfort in the fact that more properties are likely to hit the market.

  • California Boasts 80 Percent of the Nation’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes in 2018

    November 29, 2018

    San Francisco and Los Angeles have the highest concentration of high-dollar real estate markets in America this year, though an affluent San Mateo County town ranks at the top of the list.

  • Home Remodeling: How Much Can You Save by Doing It Yourself?

    November 28, 2018

    Nearly half of homebuyers run into unexpected repairs within the first year of ownership, and those who are handy enough to do the work themselves can save enough money to put a dent in their mortgage balance.

  • Home of the Week: Southern California’s Most Exclusive & Elevated Mountain Estate

    November 27, 2018

    Poised magnificently on the edge of Oak Glen’s untrammeled mountainscape community is the highest individually owned mountaintop compound in Southern California: The Eagle Crest Mountain Estate. Ascending from 5,000 to 9,000 feet on an exclusively-owned parcel of Little San Gorgonio Mountain, the very private and secluded 16,000-square-foot rustic chic chalet boasts a 4100-square foot garage …

  • Real Estate Roundup: The Humble Homes That Birthed the World’s Biggest Tech Companies

    November 26, 2018

    Take a look at early headquarters for nine iconic Bay Area tech giants, including the garages that housed Hewlett-Packard, Apple, and Google. In other news, Bay Area residents are positioned to spend more than those in almost any other region in the nation.

  • Happy Thanksgiving From Compass!

    November 22, 2018

    All of your friends at Compass wish you a Happy Thanksgiving 2018.

  • Survey: Most Americans Think That the Housing Market Is Cooling

    November 21, 2018

    Three-quarters of Americans believe that their local real estate markets are beginning to slow, with Californians the most likely to point to a shifting balance between buyers and sellers.

  • Compass’ October 2018 Real Estate Update

    November 20, 2018

    Shopping for a Bay Area home this holiday season or putting one on the market? Check out Compass’ October Real Estate Update, which has all of the latest data you need to make a more informed homebuying or selling decision.

  • Video: October Bay Area Home Sales Report

    November 19, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of the Bay Area’s October 2018 home sales activity.

  • Bay Area Affordable Housing Inventory Jumps in October, With Few Takers

    November 19, 2018

    Although Bay Area home sales dipped from last October, they improved markedly from the previous month. Compass Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers an in-depth analysis of the latest housing market conditions.

  • California Home Listings Rose for the Seventh Straight Month in October

    November 16, 2018

    The Golden State got another welcome housing inventory boost in October, with most Bay Area counties and Los Angeles posting annual improvements.

  • The U.S. Housing Market: Despite a Demographic Push, Proceed With Caution

    November 15, 2018

    What’s in store for U.S. and California housing markets over the next three years? Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers highlights of an annual forecast from John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

  • How You Can Help Those Affected by the California Wildfires

    November 14, 2018

    All of us at Pacific Union and Compass would like to extend our sincere condolences to everyone affected by the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. Here are some ways that you can help.

  • California Home Sales Plunged in September

    November 13, 2018

    September home sales in the Golden State fell to an 11-year low for that particular month, though a lack of buyer demand was not the culprit.

  • Real Estate Roundup: More Evidence That Generation Z Will Become Active Homebuyers

    November 12, 2018

    Generation Z are so serious about homeownership that they are twice as likely to start saving money earlier than previous generations, while mortgage rates have again reached the highest point since 2011. Check out what’s going down in the housing world in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Silicon Valley Claims the Nation’s Top 5 Neighborhoods for Equity-Rich Homeowners

    November 9, 2018

    San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles again had the most equity-rich homeowners in America in the third quarter, with nearly 90 percent of properties in one Silicon Valley community classified as such.

  • Bay Area Households Are the Nation’s Best at Sticking to a Budget

    November 8, 2018

    Although San Jose and San Francisco were once again the nation’s two most expensive housing markets in the third quarter, residents of those cities have their borrowing habits very much under control.

  • How Long Will a Home Purchase Impact Californians’ Credit Scores?

    November 7, 2018

    San Francisco homebuyers have some of the best credit scores in the country, but they also face one of the longest roads to recovery after completing their real estate purchase.

  • Bay Area Home Prices Are Growing at More Than Twice the National Rate

    November 6, 2018

    Although U.S. and Bay Area home price growth moderated from the second quarter to the third quarter, appreciation in the latter region’s two largest cities continued to outpace the national rate.

  • Real Estate Roundup: U.S. Homebuyers Love Their Patios

    November 5, 2018

    Nearly 60 percent of newly constructed homes come with patios, while the best two American cities for tech workers are located nearly 3,000 miles from the Bay Area. Get quick takeaways from the latest housing headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • California Housing Affordability Inches Up in the Third Quarter

    November 2, 2018

    Homes in California and the nine-county Bay Area were slightly more affordable than they were in the second quarter, though less than one-third of households meet the minimum income requirements to qualify for a mortgage. Meanwhile, affordability conditions in Los Angeles County trended in the opposite direction.

  • Bay Area Cities Rank Among the Nation’s Best Small and Midsize U.S. Places to Live in 2018

    November 1, 2018

    Despite the Bay Area’s top-dollar cost of living, the region’s rapid home price appreciation and booming economy have helped land a handful of local cities on lists of the best places to live in America.

  • Down Payments Rise, First-Time Homebuyer Activity Falls in 2018

    October 31, 2018

    U.S. homebuyers are dropping the largest down payments in 13 years in 2018, while student debt and deteriorating affordability continue to hinder more younger Americans from entering the real estate market.

  • Bay Area Housing Markets Got Spooked in September

    October 30, 2018

    Bay Area housing inventory again improved on an annual basis in September, though the region saw home sales decline by 20 percent. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp takes a look at the latest market conditions.

  • Video: September Bay Area Home Sales Report

    October 30, 2018

    Prices are up, while sales are down: This short animation offers highlights of Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s report on September Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Most Americans Like Their Neighbors

    October 29, 2018

    Three-quarters of Americans are happy with their neighbors, while here in California, most residents blame the housing affordability crunch on a somewhat surprising culprit. Stay up to date with the most compelling headlines in Pacific Union’s latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • San Jose, San Francisco Home Price Gains Accelerate in the Third Quarter

    October 26, 2018

    Nationwide, annual home price growth was the slowest in more than two years in the third quarter, but the Bay Area’s two largest housing markets countered that trend, with appreciation higher than it was at the same time last year.

  • Americans’ Credit Scores Improve as They Age

    October 25, 2018

    Back in the summer, an Experian study found that 61 percent of millennials lack a prime homebuying credit score, and now another report highlights how less-than-stellar credit ratings may be hindering more members of that generation from purchasing real estate.

  • The Bay Area’s 10 Fastest-Paced Housing Markets: Q3 2018

    October 24, 2018

    Buyers in East Bay and Silicon Valley communities snapped up homes quickly in the third quarter, though the Bay Area’s fastest moving market is a Contra Costa County city. Check out our latest analysis of the region’s quickest-paced real estate markets.

  • California Housing Inventory Near a 3-Year High in September

    October 23, 2018

    Although the Golden State’s tight housing supply situation improved again in September, rising mortgage rates and buyer sentiment that the market may be topping out conspired to hold back home sales.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Homebuyers Can Save the Most Money by Comparing Mortgages

    October 22, 2018

    San Francisco homebuyers who shop around for a mortgage can save almost $100,000 over the life of the loan, while a trend known as co-living is on the rise in the Bay Area. Find out what’s happening in the housing world in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Video: California September Jobs Report

    October 22, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of California’s September 2018 jobs report.

  • California’s Unemployment Rate Falls to a New Record Low in September

    October 19, 2018

    California’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in more than 40 years in September. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her perspective on the Golden State’s latest jobs report.

  • The Bay Area’s 10 Fastest-Appreciating Housing Markets: Q3 2018

    October 18, 2018

    Find out which Bay Area communities saw the highest home price gains from the third quarter of 2017.

  • Bay Area Luxury Housing Market Pulls Back While Los Angeles Holds Steady

    October 17, 2018

    Pacific Union Chief Economist examines third-quarter luxury home sales trends in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, with the former market faring better than the latter.

  • Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q3 2018

    October 16, 2018

    As in the second quarter, the median home price in the third quarter of 2018 increased year over year in every Northern California region in which Pacific Union operates. Get all the latest market data, plus expert commentary from Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp in our latest quarterly real estate report.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – Mid-Peninsula

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of home sales activity in the Mid-Peninsula in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – Sonoma County

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of home sales activity Sonoma County in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – Lake Tahoe/Truckee Condominium

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of condominium sales activity in the Lake Tahoe region in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – Lake Tahoe/Truckee Single-Family Homes

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of single-family home sales activity in the Lake Tahoe region in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – Sonoma Valley

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of home sales activity Sonoma Valley in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – Silicon Valley

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of home sales activity in Silicon Valley in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – San Francisco Condominiums

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of condominium sales activity in San Francisco in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – San Francisco Single-Family Homes

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of single-family home sales activity in San Francisco in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q3 2018 – Napa County

    October 16, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of home sales activity in Napa County in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Millennials Prioritize Homeownership Over Marriage and Children

    October 15, 2018

    Most millennials think that buying a home is a top priority. Also: Mortgage rates are nearing the 5 percent mark. Check out these and other key housing headlines in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • California Home Price Growth to Moderate in 2019, Forecast Says

    October 12, 2018

    Golden State home price appreciation is projected to slow to a six-year low in 2019, although rising mortgage rates will reduce affordability even further.

  • California Claims 6 of the Nation’s Top 10 Environmentally Friendly Cities in 2018

    October 11, 2018

    For the second year in a row, most of the greenest cities in the U.S. are in California, again reflecting residents’ environmentally conscious natures.

  • San Francisco Ranks as One of America’s Top 2 Cities for Foodies

    October 10, 2018

    From stunning natural beauty to pleasant year-round weather to unique architecture, San Francisco has a whole lot going for it, not the least of which is the city’s fabulous dining scene.

  • As Mortgage Rates Rise, So Does Mortgage Fraud

    October 9, 2018

    Intense demand for U.S. real estate combined with a shortage of homes on the market have caused prices to soar over the past few years, helping to fuel an increase in the number of Americans who are dishonest on their mortgage applications.

  • Real Estate Roundup: U.S. Housing Inventory Sees Biggest Annual Increase in Five Years

    October 8, 2018

    Silicon Valley posted the most new home listings in the country on an annual basis in September, while the U.S. employment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 1969. Get these and other stories of note from around the housing world in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Bay Area Buyers Require the Country’s Largest Incomes to Afford a Home

    October 5, 2018

    Almost one-third of the U.S. population now lives in an area where a six-figure income is necessary to afford a home purchase, and here in the Bay Area, buyers will need to earn quite a bit more than that to get a foot in the door.

  • Downsizing Homes Can Save Californians Big Bucks

    October 4, 2018

    Homeowners in one California city can save nearly $800,000 by downsizing from a five-bedroom home to a three-bedroom home.

  • U.S. Home Price Growth Slows to 2-Year Low in August

    October 3, 2018

    America’s housing market continues to see annual price appreciation, but gains are beginning to slow, driven in part by higher mortgage rates. Potential homebuyers in California and the Bay Area, however, are not seeing as much relief, with prices growing at roughly double the national average.

  • California Projected to Post the Largest Home Price Gains in the U.S. by Next Summer

    October 2, 2018

    Golden State homeowners once again enjoyed the largest equity gains in the country in the second quarter, and that trend appears poised to continue, as California’s is projected to lead the U.S. for annual home price appreciation by the summer of 2019.

  • Real Estate Roundup: East Bay ZIP Code Named Among the Nation’s 5 Hottest Real Estate Markets

    October 1, 2018

    A relatively affordable ZIP code in Alameda County ranks among the country’s hottest real estate markets this year. Meanwhile, mortgage rates have climbed to a seven-year high. Read more in Pacific Union’s latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Proposition 10: Possibly the Worst Approach to California’s Current Housing Crisis

    September 28, 2018

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp digs into the implications that Proposition 10 — which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act — would have on California housing markets.

  • The Number of Americans Who Think Now Is a Good Time to Sell a Home Climbs to Record High

    September 27, 2018

    Both the number of Americans who believe that the time is right to sell a home and those who think that the economy is headed in the right direction are at all-time highs as the third quarter ends, though qualifying for a mortgage worries a substantial portion of the population.

  • San Francisco Has the Nation’s Tightest Housing Supply Conditions

    September 26, 2018

    Although inventory has been improving modestly in the Bay Area over the past couple of months, it is still insufficient to meet demand, causing most homes in the San Francisco metropolitan area to sell for premiums this summer.

  • The Home Amenity That Americans Cannot Live Without

    September 25, 2018

    While most homebuyers are willing to sacrifice some amenities to gain access to top-performing schools, there are some features that are considered must-haves.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Claims One-Third of the 20 Fastest-Growing U.S. Luxury Housing Markets

    September 24, 2018

    San Mateo and San Francisco counties have the most-expensive luxury home prices in America, while Alameda County’s Fremont has once again earned accolades for its family-friendliness. Get the skinny on what’s going down in the world of California real estate in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Video: California August Jobs Report

    September 24, 2018

    Check out this short animation, which offers highlights from an analysis of California’s August jobs report by Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • California’s August Job Gains Are Another Win

    September 21, 2018

    August was another solid month for job additions in California, with employers adding 44,800 positions and the unemployment rate remaining at a record low. Get Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s take on the latest numbers.

  • Which California Neighborhoods Are Millennials Flocking To?

    September 20, 2018

    Downtown Los Angeles has seen its millennial population explode over the past few years, while The Castro and Glen Park are the most popular destinations in San Francisco.

  • California: America’s Most Diverse State in 2018

    September 19, 2018

    The United States is a nation that was built on embracing diversity, and nowhere exemplifies this most American of principles more than California.

  • California Home Listings Improved for the Fifth Straight Month in August

    September 18, 2018

    The number of active listings in the Golden State rose by more than 15 percent year over year in August, though prices continued to increase in every major region of the state, with the nine-county Bay Area posting the largest gain.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Homes Are Selling at the Nation’s Fastest Clip

    September 17, 2018

    Homes in the San Jose and San Francisco metropolitan areas flew off the market this summer, while buyers in those two cities are placing the largest down payments in America. Stay up to date with the latest in California real estate in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Another Survey Highlights the Importance of Schools in the Homebuying Process

    September 14, 2018

    Survey results released earlier this summerA group of schoolchildren standing in front of a bus with a teacher showed that nearly 80 percent of recent homebuyers sacrificed some amenities to purchase a property in their desired school district, and now another poll echoes the importance of education in the real estate decision-making process.

  • What Do Americans Want in Their Ideal Home?

    September 13, 2018

    More than half of Americans would prefer to purchase a new home, with a waterfront location seen as the most ideal spot. Find out what else buyers want from their ideal home.

  • Rising Housing Costs Hit the Bay Area’s Most-Affordable Communities the Hardest

    September 12, 2018

    Despite getting another inventory boost in August, the Bay Area’s median sales price rose by more than 10 percent year over year. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers a detailed analysis of the latest market conditions.

  • Video: August Bay Area Home Sales Report

    September 12, 2018

    This short animation offers highlights of Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s in-depth analysis of August Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Pacific Union’s August 2018 Real Estate Update

    September 11, 2018

    The median sales price rose year over year in August in every Northern California region in which Pacific Union operates, ranging from less than 1 percent in Marin County to more than 15 percent in Silicon Valley. Pacific Union’s August Real Estate Update can help you make a more informed homebuying or selling decision.

  • Real Estate Roundup: East Bay City Ranks Among the Nation’s Best for Families

    September 10, 2018

    An Alameda County city ranks as one of the top places in America for raising a family, while home flippers in two Oakland ZIP codes netted substantial profits in the second quarter. Keep up to date with the latest housing headlines of interest in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • The Bay Area Has the Fewest Underwater Homes in the U.S. in 2018

    September 7, 2018

    Homeowners in five Bay Area cities are doing the best in America when it comes to accruing equity, helping to propel a Silicon Valley community to near the top of a list of the country’s leading real estate markets.

  • Video: August 2018 U.S. Jobs Report

    September 7, 2018

    This short animation offers key takeaways from August’s U.S. jobs report.

  • Strong August U.S. Jobs Growth Suggests That Higher Interest Rates Are Coming

    September 7, 2018

    The U.S. economy added jobs for the 95th consecutive month in August. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp weighs in on the just-released numbers.

  • Generation Z Is Poised to Make a Splash in the Housing Market

    September 6, 2018

    While millennials represent the largest group of U.S. homebuyers, they can expect the generation behind them to offer stiff competition in the market, with California a preferred destination for both age brackets.

  • Confident of More Price Growth, Homeowners Are Waiting to Sell

    September 5, 2018

    Many homeowners in expensive U.S. markets like the Bay Area are delaying a sale in an attempt to maximize their profits, thereby reducing the number of properties on the market and perpetuating price growth.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Most New California Homes Have Smart Features

    September 4, 2018

    More than three-quarters of new homes in both Northern and Southern California come equipped with the latest and greatest technologies, while one San Francisco neighborhood is being called the hottest in the country. See what’s shaking in the housing world in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Happy Labor Day From Pacific Union

    September 3, 2018

    Pacific Union wishes you a happy and safe Labor Day! Relax — you’ve earned it.

  • First-Time Buyers Score Nearly 1 Million Homes in 2018

    August 31, 2018

    Though first-time homebuyers face multiple challenges in today’s housing market — including rising interest rates, strong appreciation, and critically low inventory levels — that group was busier than it has been in 13 years in the first half of this year.

  • Survey: Most Homebuyers Want an All-Digital Mortgage Process

    August 30, 2018

    Most people shopping for a home loan would prefer to avoid mountains of paperwork, and Fannie Mae has plans to bring the mortgage-application process into the digital age.

  • Video: Pacific Union Joins Compass

    August 29, 2018

    Pacific Union is excited to share the news that we have joined Compass! In this video, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin, and other key company leaders weigh in on this game-changing partnership.

  • Pacific Union Joins Compass

    August 29, 2018

    Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that our firm has joined Compass, a real estate technology company that operates in more than 30 regions throughout the U.S.

  • No Reason to Fear a Housing Market Downturn, Another Report Says

    August 28, 2018

    The U.S. housing market does not appear to be headed for another crash, though a lack of affordability remains problematic, both nationwide and in California.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Claims America’s Two Most Expensive Housing Markets

    August 27, 2018

    Another report highlights Silicon Valley’s extreme wealth, while more surprisingly, a new study says that San Francisco families have the most disposable income in the U.S. Get the rundown on the latest housing headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • More Than Six in 10 Millennials Lack a Prime Homebuying Credit Score

    August 24, 2018

    Besides student debt, rising home prices, and higher mortgage rates, most millennials also face the challenge of improving their credit scores to enter the housing market.

  • The Bay Area’s Fastest-Paced Housing Markets: Q2 2018

    August 23, 2018

    Homes in one San Mateo County city flew off the market in less than two weeks in the second quarter. Find out where Bay Area homebuyers need to act the fastest to successfully seal a deal.

  • U.S. Home Prices Again Reach New Peak in the Second Quarter

    August 22, 2018

    Home prices increased in nine of 10 U.S. metropolitan areas in the most recently completed quarter, with the Bay Area laying claim to the nation’s only two major $1 million-plus housing markets.

  • Bay Area Posts Double-Digit Percent Home Price Gains for the 13th Straight Month in July

    August 21, 2018

    The nine-county Bay Area continued to record substantial year-over-year price gains in July, further shutting out more buyers and causing sales activity to spike in some of the region’s relatively more affordable markets.

  • Video: California July Jobs Report

    August 20, 2018

    Check out this short animation, which offers highlights from an analysis of July’s California jobs report by Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • California’s Job Market Picks Up Speed in July

    August 20, 2018

    California employers added almost 50,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate remained at an all-time low. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the latest job numbers for the state, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles County.

  • 17 Pacific Union Professionals and Teams Named Among the Bay Area’s Best

    August 17, 2018

    Pacific Union would like to extend hearty and well-deserved congratulations to 17 of our real estate professionals and teams for being named among the Bay Area’s most productive in 2017.

  • Pacific Union Launches Private View™ in Northern California

    August 16, 2018

    Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that we have launched Private View™ in Northern California, an exclusive Web portal that enables both buyers and sellers to privately view listings before they are widely marketed to the public.

  • More Than One-Third of America’s Fastest-Growing Luxury Housing Markets Are in California

    August 15, 2018

    Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma, and Marin counties rank among the nation’s 20 luxury housing markets with the highest annual price growth.

  • Video: July Bay Area Home Sales Report

    August 15, 2018

    This short animation offers highlights of Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s in-depth analysis of July Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Finally, More Bay Area Housing Inventory Arrives After 16 Months of Declines

    August 14, 2018

    The number of homes for sale in the Bay Area improved slightly year over year in July, though prices continued to show strong gains. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp breaks down the latest market data in a new, in-depth analysis.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Most Buyers Prioritize Pets When Home Shopping

    August 13, 2018

    Seventy-five percent of Americans will not buy their dream home if it does not suit their pets’ needs, while a prominent industry expert calls the possibility of a housing market crash near zero. Check out the latest stories of interest in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Please Donate to the Hakimi, Ghanadan, and Shepherd Families

    August 13, 2018

    Please consider donating to funds that Pacific Union has established to benefit the families of our colleagues lost in an Aug. 5 plane crash in Southern California.

  • Pacific Union’s July 2018 Real Estate Update

    August 10, 2018

    Single-family home prices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley were up by nearly 20 percent year over year in July. Dive into the latest Bay Area real estate market data in Pacific Union’s July 2018 monthly market update.

  • California Housing Affordability Drops to 10-Year Low in the Second Quarter

    August 9, 2018

    The number of Golden State residents who could afford to purchase a home declined in the most recently completed quarter, with more than 80 percent of counties less affordable than they were one year ago.

  • Pacific Union’s Nick Segal and Aaron Kirman Named to List of Los Angeles Influencers

    August 9, 2018

    Pacific Union is proud to announce that Nick Segal, president, Southern California and Aaron Kirman president, Estates Division, have been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal LA500, a list of the region’s most influential business leaders in 2018.

  • Rising Home Prices, Mortgage Rates Cause California Sales to Slow This Summer

    August 8, 2018

    Home price growth in California, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles, outpaced the national rate in June, further hampering affordability and keeping a lid on sales activity.

  • Pacific Union Mourns the Loss of Our Family Members

    August 7, 2018

    Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin remembers our teammates who passed away in a plane crash on Sunday, Aug. 5.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Californians Carry Among the Nation’s Least Student Debt

    August 6, 2018

    Student debt is much less of a problem in California than it is in other states, while a new report says that six in 10 tech workers cannot afford to buy a home in the Bay Area. Get the skinny on the latest housing news in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Silicon Valley’s Housing Inventory Surged in July

    August 3, 2018

    Expensive housing markets across the U.S. — including those in California — posted much-needed supply gains in July, though prices are showing no signs of cooling.

  • Video: Pacific Union’s Ninth Anniversary

    August 3, 2018

    Watch this short video that celebrates Pacific Union’s ninth anniversary, in which company CEO Mark A. McLaughlin discusses the brokerage’s history, culture, and vision.

  • Pacific Union Real Estate Professional Aaron Kirman Wins First-Ever U.S. $1 Billion Listing

    August 2, 2018

    Pacific Union would like to congratulate Los Angeles real estate professional Aaron Kirman for being tapped to work the sell side of the largest U.S. real estate listing in history.

  • The Bay Area’s 10 Fastest-Appreciating Housing Markets: Q2 2018

    August 1, 2018

    Home prices in one high-end Silicon Valley community were up by more than 120 percent from the second quarter of 2017. Check out the 10 Bay Area housing markets with the largest annual home price gains.

  • Homebuyers Are Willing to Make Big Sacrifices for Top Schools

    July 31, 2018

    Purchasing a home in a good school district has always been a high priority for buyers who have or want children, and recent survey results show just how much a neighborhood’s educational pedigree matters.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Remains a Top Destination for International Homebuyers

    July 30, 2018

    Buyers from China remain the most active investors in U.S. real estate, while the national median home price again hit a new high in June. Get a handle on the latest housing headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Silicon Valley Again Leads the Nation for Home Price Gains, Seller Profits in the Second Quarter

    July 27, 2018

    The San Jose metropolitan area once again posted the highest home price appreciation and seller returns in the second quarter, although price growth in the region is finally decelerating.

  • San Francisco, San Jose Rank Among the 10 Best American Big Cities

    July 26, 2018

    While people migrate to the Bay Area to take advantage of its high-octane job market and pleasant year-round weather, the region’s high quality of life and top-notch educational opportunities cannot be understated, helping to land San Francisco and San Jose near the top of a list of the best U.S. big cities.

  • California’s Median Home Price Hits Another Record High in June

    July 25, 2018

    A lack of homes for sale continued to drive Golden State prices in June, with the nine-county Bay Area posting double-digit percent annual appreciation for the 12th straight month.

  • How Much Does It Cost to Maintain a Home in California?

    July 24, 2018

    Almost all new homeowners have calculated their monthly mortgage payments, but fewer have likely factored in the cost of routine maintenance tasks.

  • Real Estate Roundup: East Bay City Claims the Nation’s Lowest Stress Levels

    July 23, 2018

    Two Bay Area cities count among the nation’s 10 least stressed-out. Also: Owners who sell their homes themselves are leaving a significant amount of money on the table. Get the lowdown on these and other top stories in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Losses of Lower-Paying Jobs Drags Down California’s Employment Growth in June

    July 20, 2018

    Although California created the fewest number of jobs in June since the recovery began eight years ago, the state’s employment picture remains very solid. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her take on the latest job-market numbers for California, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

  • Video: California June Jobs Report

    July 20, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of California’s June 2018 jobs report.

  • Are Bay Area Housing Markets Getting the Jitters? June’s Median Price Growth Doesn’t Suggest So.

    July 19, 2018

    Bay Area home prices rose by 16 percent year over year in June, while inventory continued to decline. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers an in-depth analysis of the latest local home sales activity and market conditions.

  • Video: June Home Sales Report

    July 19, 2018

    This short animation offers highlights of Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s in-depth analysis of June Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Homeownership Pays Off More in California Than It Does Anywhere Else in America

    July 18, 2018

    The appreciation recorded in the Golden State over the past few years is paying off handsomely for homeowners, though it also means that real estate markets here are among the toughest in the U.S. for first-time buyers.

  • Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q2 2018

    July 17, 2018

    Home prices increased year over year in the second quarter in every Northern California region in which Pacific Union operates. Get all the latest market data you need to make an informed homebuying or selling decision in Pacific Union’s Q2 2018 real estate report, which includes expert commentary from Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Counties Are Among the Nation’s Fastest-Appreciating Luxury Markets

    July 16, 2018

    Homes prices at the highest end of the market were up by double-digit percentage points in Silicon Valley, while Facebook earns yet another accolade from its employees. Check out these and other stories of interest in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Would-Be Homebuyers Outnumber Sellers by 4-to-1

    July 13, 2018

    The nation’s inventory crunch continues to drive up home prices, with California projected to post among the highest appreciation by the spring of next year.

  • Most Californians Expect a Housing Price Correction Within Two Years

    July 12, 2018

    California’s median single-family home price reached a new high in May, but most owners in the state believe that the rapid appreciation seen over the past few years will not last much longer.

  • More Than 130 Pacific Union Real Estate Professionals Named Among California’s Best

    July 11, 2018

    Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that nearly 140 of the brokerage’s individual real estate professionals and teams have been honored as among the best in the Golden State.

  • California Has the Most Million-Dollar Homes in the U.S.

    July 10, 2018

    In what will come as little surprise to anyone who follows California real estate, the state is home to the top three housing markets in the country with the highest percentage of million-dollar properties, with Silicon Valley at the top of the pack.

  • Real Estate Roundup: The Nation’s Hottest Housing Markets Move Eastward

    July 9, 2018

    Bay Area communities dropped off a list of the nation’s hottest real estate markets in June, but a separate analysis says the region is on track for a boom market. Check out the latest local housing headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Bay Area High on List of Best Beach Towns, Led by … Mill Valley!

    July 5, 2018

    That’s right, Mill Valley is the most livable oceanfront beach town in California, and No. 4 nationwide, according to data compiled by WalletHub. But you knew that already.

  • Happy Independence Day From Pacific Union

    July 4, 2018

    All of us at Pacific Union wish you a happy Fourth of July!

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Jose, San Francisco Lead U.S. in Home Renovations

    July 3, 2018

    Homeowners in San Jose and San Francisco spent more on remodeling projects in 2017 than anywhere else in the country — indoor shark tanks not included. Also: Pending home sales rise in the West, drop in the South.

  • 12 Pacific Union Real Estate Professionals, Teams Named to REAL Trends Top 250 in the U.S.

    July 2, 2018

    Twelve real estate professionals and teams at Pacific Union have been ranked among the most productive in the United States by REAL Trends, which identified the top 250 real estate professionals and teams in the nation by 2017 sales volume.

  • San Francisco Resale Condominium Prices Climb to a Six-Year High in May

    June 29, 2018

    Get a glimpse into May’s new and resale condominium prices, sales, and inventory trends in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

  • Pacific Union Leaders Brent Thomson and Pat Heller to Speak at Industry Conference

    June 28, 2018

    Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that two of our company’s leaders have been chosen to speak at a real estate conference that elevates and empowers women in the industry.

  • California Mints a Significant Number of the Country’s Millionaire Home Sellers

    June 27, 2018

    Anyone who was financially able to purchase a home in California before the dot-com bubble popped is probably feeling pretty good about that decision today, as the state has since produced more than 1,100 owners who became millionaires simply by selling.

  • U.S. Housing Affordability Falls to Decade Low in the Second Quarter

    June 26, 2018

    Home price gains continue to outstrip wage growth as the second quarter comes to an end, with three Bay Area counties ranking among the nation’s five least affordable.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Outdoor-Entertainment Amenities Significantly Boost California Home Values

    June 25, 2018

    Fire pits are the most popular home addition in 2018, and they can add more than 20 percent to a property’s price per square foot. Check out the latest local housing headlines in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Facebook Named the Best Bay Area Company for Workers

    June 22, 2018

    The planet’s best-known social network has earned top honors as the best Bay Area company to work for, though tech firms actually do not dominate the rankings.

  • Home Prices Are Peaking Everywhere as Summer Arrives

    June 21, 2018

    Hot on the heels of a report that both California and Bay Area home prices reached new highs in May comes news that U.S. home prices followed suit, once again the result of more buyer demand than properties for sale.

  • California’s Median Home Price Climbs to New All-Time High

    June 20, 2018

    A continued shortage of homes for sale pushed California’s median home sales price to a new record for the first time since the previous housing boom, with the Bay Area recording double-digit percent annual growth for the 11th straight month.

  • California’s Unemployment Rate Maintains Record Low in May

    June 19, 2018

    California continued to create jobs in May, with the unemployment rate remaining at an all-time row. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her perspective on the latest employment trends in California, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

  • Video: California May Jobs Report

    June 19, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of California’s May 2018 jobs report.

  • Real Estate Roundup: The Median Down Payment in Silicon Valley Is $300,000

    June 18, 2018

    San Jose and San Francisco homebuyers put down the largest down payments in the U.S. in the first quarter and also have more co-buyers than anywhere else in the country. Take a peek at the latest housing headlines of note in Pacific Union’s Real Estate Roundup.

  • Want to Be a Good Neighbor? Avoid These Behaviors.

    June 15, 2018

    Anyone who hopes to be known as a good neighbor would do well to mind the old saying about good fences.

  • Millennials Are Now the Most Active Home Remodelers

    June 14, 2018

    Having either purchased lower-end homes in need of renovations or unable to move up due to tight housing inventory conditions, millennials are leading the charge when it comes to home remodeling, though they are not the biggest spenders.

  • San Francisco Has the Nation’s Fewest Delinquent Mortgage Holders

    June 13, 2018

    A thriving economy and rising home equity have helped pushed mortgage delinquencies to the lowest point since before the Great Recession, with San Francisco claiming the best late-payment rate of any large U.S. city.

  • The Bay Area’s Median Home Price Climbs to $1 Million in May

    June 12, 2018

    Strong year-over-year home price appreciation continued in the Bay Area in May, pushing the median sales price to $1 million. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers an in-depth analysis of the latest Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Video: May Bay Area Home Sales

    June 12, 2018

    This short animation offers highlights of Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s in-depth analysis of May Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Posts the Nation’s Largest First-Quarter Home-Equity Gain

    June 11, 2018

    California homeowners gained the most equity in the country in the first quarter, while San Francisco has plans to subsidize housing for teachers. Check out the week’s top headlines of interest in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union’s May 2018 Real Estate Update

    June 8, 2018

    Homebuyer demand remained strong in May, with properties selling faster than they did one year ago throughout most of the Bay Area. Get all the latest market data you need to know to make an informed homebuying or selling decision in Pacific Union’s May 2018 Real Estate Update.

  • Residents Are Overwhelmingly Happy With Their Homeowner Associations, Survey Finds

    June 7, 2018

    Monthly homeowner association dues can be quite an expensive proposition at luxury buildings in cities like San Francisco, but most people who pay them are pleased with the services they receive.

  • Homeownership Is the Main Source of Wealth for Americans

    June 6, 2018

    June is National Homeownership Month, and with it comes several reminders as to why owning a home is so important for Americans.

  • As Summer Nears, Homeowners Have Outdoor Parties in Mind

    June 5, 2018

    With the official beginning of summer just a couple of weeks away, the high season for backyard barbecues and pool parties will soon arrive, and a significant number of American homeowners are upgrading their outdoor spaces with entertaining guests in mind.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Which Silicon Valley Town Is America’s Wealthiest?

    June 4, 2018

    Residents of one Santa Clara County city earn median incomes that are roughly four times the California average, while Oakland is being called one of America’s top spots for real estate investors. Get the latest top housing stories from around California and the Bay Area in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Where Will Mortgage Rates Land?

    June 1, 2018

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines historic mortgage rate trends and forecasts where rates might settle.

  • Video: May 2018 U.S. Jobs Report

    June 1, 2018

    Check out this short animation on today’s solid U.S. jobs report.

  • The May U.S. Jobs Report Is a Slam Dunk

    June 1, 2018

    The U.S. economy created more than 220,000 new jobs in May, while wages posted strong growth. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers an analysis of today’s U.S. jobs report.

  • Home Sellers: Think Twice Before Using a Discount Brokerage

    May 31, 2018

    Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin weighs in on why the discount real estate brokerage business model may not always benefit Bay Area home sellers.

  • U.S. Home Prices to Keep Rising for Rest of 2018, Forecast Says

    May 30, 2018

    The year 2018 is already almost halfway over, and more home price growth is expected for the remainder, with the nation’s serious inventory shortage still a problem for the near future — especially at the low end of the market.

  • Real Estate Roundup: U.S. Homes Are Selling Faster Than Ever This Spring

    May 29, 2018

    Homebuyer demand remains vigorous this spring, with properties selling at the fastest rate on record in April. Catch up on the latest housing headlines of note in Pacific Union’s latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union Wishes You a Happy Memorial Day 2018

    May 28, 2018

    Pacific Union wishes you a happy Memorial Day and thanks all who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

  • Real Estate Professionals Unanimously Agree on the Importance of Curb Appeal

    May 25, 2018

    Homeowners who are willing to invest in standard lawn-care services not only stand the best chance of appealing to buyers when the time comes to sell, but they will also turn a profit when they do.

  • Bay Area Cities Rank as Best in the World for Future Momentum

    May 24, 2018

    The Bay Area’s real estate market and high-performance economy are currently running at full steam and appear poised to carry that momentum over the long term.

  • San Francisco: America’s Top Job Market for Movers

    May 23, 2018

    Despite the Bay Area’s exceptionally high housing costs, the region is the nation’s most in-demand job market for workers who are willing to relocate, while Los Angeles is also a popular destination.

  • Video: California April Jobs Report

    May 22, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of April’s California jobs report.

  • California Delivers Record-Setting Unemployment in April

    May 22, 2018

    California’s unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 4.2 percent in April, with 39,300 jobs added during the month. California has now gained…

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Is No. 3 in the World for Billionaires

    May 21, 2018

    The Bay Area has more billionaires than almost anywhere on earth, while mortgage rates have climbed to their highest levels in almost seven years. Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup has these stories and more.

  • Bay Area Median Sales Price Tops $1 Million for the First Time Ever in April

    May 18, 2018

    Golden State home prices could eclipse their previous peaks within the next few months, while the nine-county Bay Area continued to record double-digit percent appreciation in April, pushing prices just above $1 million.

  • Oakland Ranks as One of America’s Top Five Booming Housing Markets

    May 17, 2018

    During the current housing cycle, Oakland has become a hot spot for Bay Area homebuyers who are priced out of San Francisco, so it’s hardly surprising that a new study ranks the city as one America’s fastest-rising real estate markets.

  • Wage Growth Helps to Slightly Boost California, Bay Area Housing Affordability

    May 16, 2018

    California and Bay Area housing affordability inched up quarter over quarter, but the state is home to all 10 of the least-affordable major real estate markets in America.

  • Silicon Valley Home Prices Continue to Skyrocket in the First Quarter

    May 15, 2018

    Nine in 10 U.S. metropolitan areas saw annual home price increases in the first quarter of 2018, with Silicon Valley putting up the highest appreciation in the country.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Is Now the Best Time Ever to Sell a Home?

    May 14, 2018

    More Americans than ever think that now is the right to time to sell a home, while California has officially mandated that all new homes built in the state will have solar-power features. Take a look at the latest housing headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Labor Shortages, Materials Costs Increases to Drive Up Home-Remodeling Costs

    May 11, 2018

    While most American homeowners and prospective buyers probably do not ponder the construction sector on a regular basis, current trends in that industry could affect their wallets in the coming months.

  • San Mateo County Overtakes San Francisco for the Highest Bay Area Home Prices in April

    May 10, 2018

    The Bay Area’s median home sales price neared $1 million in April, with the region once again posting double-digit percent annual appreciation. Get Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s in-depth perspective on the latest market data.

  • Video: April Bay Area Home Sales

    May 10, 2018

    This short animation offers highlights of Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s in-depth analysis of April Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Pacific Union’s April 2018 Real Estate Update

    May 9, 2018

    All Bay Area regions in which Pacific Union operates posted year-over-year median home price increases in April, except Napa County, which saw slight annual depreciation. Get all the latest market data of note in Pacific Union’s April 2018 Real Estate Update.

  • California Surpasses the U.K. as the Fifth-Largest Global Economy

    May 8, 2018

    California’s gross domestic product climbed to $2.75 trillion in 2017, moving the state up the list of the world’s largest economies. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp weighs in on the numbers.

  • Video: California Is Now the World’s Fifth-Largest Economy

    May 8, 2018

    Check out this short animation that highlights California’s new global economic standing.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Homeowners Begin 2018 as the Nation’s Most Equity-Rich

    May 7, 2018

    Homeowners in Silicon Valley and San Francisco are still America’s most equity-rich, while the Federal Reserve chose not to raise interest rates at its most recent meeting. Check out what’s happening in the local housing market in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Which Small Bay Area Cities Rank Among the Nation’s Most Livable in 2018?

    May 4, 2018

    For the fifth straight year, a Silicon Valley city ranks among the country’s 10 best small to mid-sized places to live.

  • Video: April U.S. Jobs Report

    May 4, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of April’s U.S. jobs report.

  • U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to the Lowest Level in Nearly 18 Years in April

    May 4, 2018

    The U.S. unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in almost 18 years in April. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp breaks down the latest numbers and trends.

  • California Is the Top U.S. State for Having Fun

    May 3, 2018

    While California’s booming job market and temperate year-round climate are definitely big draws, the fact that our state is simply a fun place to live cannot be underestimated.

  • San Francisco: America’s Best City to Be a Real Estate Professional

    May 2, 2018

    Five of the 10 best U.S. cities to be a real estate professionals are located here in the Bay Area, thanks to region’s thriving housing market and economy.

  • The 10 Bay Area Housing Markets Where Buyers Paid the Most Per Square Foot: Q1 2018

    May 1, 2018

    Homebuyers in one Silicon Valley community paid more than $1,600 per square foot in the first quarter. Find out where square footage currently costs the most in the Bay Area.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Housing Markets Are No Longer on Top of the Nation’s Hot List

    April 30, 2018

    The Bay Area’s run as the hottest U.S. real estate market has ended — at least temporarily — while housing costs for local first-time buyers have risen significantly over the past year. Get the lowdown on the top housing-market headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • The Next Three Months Are the Best Time to Sell a Home in California

    April 27, 2018

    Home sellers in San Francisco and the Wine Country who hope to receive premiums should consider listing their properties in May, while those in Southern California might want to wait until June.

  • Bay Area Homebuyers Are Rarely Denied Mortgages

    April 26, 2018

    Although prospective homebuyers in the Bay Area’s two largest cities are among the least likely in America to face mortgage denials, when they do, it is usually for three specific reasons.

  • Silicon Valley Posts the Nation’s Largest Home Price Increases, Seller Returns in the First Quarter

    April 25, 2018

    Demand for real estate in Silicon Valley showed no signs of abating in the first quarter, with the San Jose metropolitan area putting up the highest home price appreciation in the U.S. and sellers netting profits of more than 100 percent.

  • Video: California March Jobs Report

    April 24, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of March’s California jobs report.

  • California Maintains Record-Low Unemployment Rate in March

    April 24, 2018

    While California shed jobs from February to March, the state’s unemployment remains at the lowest level in more than 40 years. Get Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s take on the latest employment numbers.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Homebuyers Face the Nation’s Longest Down-Payment Savings Time

    April 23, 2018

    Aspiring homeowners in San Francisco will need to save for nearly a decade to amass a 20 percent down payment, while mortgage rates have climbed to a four-year high. Check out the week’s most notable housing-market headlines in Pacific Union’s Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union Professionals Give Back With Home for a Home Program

    April 20, 2018

    Pacific Union would like to applaud the efforts of Nick Cooper and many of our other Bay Area and Los Angeles real estate professionals for their work helping to build homes where people need them most.

  • California Needs More New Homes Than Any Other U.S. State

    April 19, 2018

    Over the past decade and a half, more than 20 U.S. states have not built enough homes to meet demand, leading to rising prices and decreased affordability, with California accounting for nearly half of the undersupply.

  • Bay Area Posts Double-Digit Percent Home Price Gains for the Ninth Straight Month

    April 18, 2018

    Bay Area home prices have been growing substantially on an annual basis since last summer, with March appreciation the highest yet during the current run.

  • Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q1 2018

    April 17, 2018

    Inventory was down on an annual basis across most of the Bay Area, pushing home prices up yet again. Get the latest market data and expert commentary from Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp in our first-quarter real estate report.

  • Video: March Bay Area Home Sales

    April 17, 2018

    Check out this short animation that offers highlights of March home sales activity in the Bay Area.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q1 2018 – Lake Tahoe Condominiums

    April 17, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of condominium sales activity in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q1 2018 – Lake Tahoe Single-Family Homes

    April 17, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of single-family home sales activity in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q1 2018 – Sonoma Valley

    April 17, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of single-family home and condominium sales activity in Sonoma Valley in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q1 2018 – Sonoma County

    April 17, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of single-family home, condominiums, and farm and ranch sales activity in Sonoma County in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q1 2018 – Mid-Peninsula

    April 17, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of single-family home sales activity in the Mid-Peninsula in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q1 2018 – Silicon Valley

    April 17, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of single-family home sales activity in Silicon Valley in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Video: Pacific Union Market Pulse Q1 2018 – San Francisco Condominiums

    April 17, 2018

    This short video offers a high-level overview of condominium sales activity in San Francisco in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Zillow’s iBuyer Offering Will Shortchange Home Sellers

    April 16, 2018

    Pacific Union CEO Mark A. McLaughlin offers his thoughts on Zillow’s recently announced iBuyer offering.

  • More Than 70 Percent of Bay Area Homes Sold for Premiums in March

    April 16, 2018

    Homebuyer competition in the Bay Area remains as intense as ever this spring. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers a detailed analysis of local housing market conditions in March.

  • The Bay Area Tops the List of Best U.S. Job Markets in 2018

    April 13, 2018

    The Bay Area’s high-performance economy has been driving demand for housing for the past five years, and the region’s job market appears stronger than ever in 2018.

  • U.S., Silicon Valley Home Affordability Conditions Worsen in the First Quarter

    April 12, 2018

    More than two-thirds of U.S. housing markets were not affordable in the first quarter of this year — including all major counties in California

  • Most Americans Believe They Are Adept at Home Repairs — Particularly Millennials

    April 11, 2018

    Millennials are more likely than other generations to describe themselves as handy around the house, although they actually have the least experience at do-it-yourself projects.

  • The Bay Area’s 10 Fastest-Appreciating Housing Markets: Q1 2018

    April 10, 2018

    Home prices in one Silicon Valley city jumped by almost 85 percent in the first quarter. Check out where Bay Area home prices are growing the quickest.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Housing Markets Posted the Nation’s Biggest Equity Gains in 2017

    April 9, 2018

    Homeowners in San Francisco and Los Angeles gained $80 billion of tapppable equity last year, while the U.S. median list price has again reached a new record high. Get a handle on the latest housing news of note in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Video: March U.S. Jobs Report

    April 6, 2018

    Check out this short animation for highlights of the March U.S. employment report.

  • U.S. Employment Growth Slows in March, as Weather Plays a Big Factor

    April 6, 2018

    Although March’s U.S. jobs report is somewhat of a disappointment, overall employment growth was strong in the first quarter. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the latest labor market trends.

  • Bay Area In-Migrants Are Younger and Earn More Than Out-Migrants

    April 5, 2018

    Over the past decade, expensive coastal metropolitan areas with thriving economies and limited housing stock have attracted younger, more educated, and higher-paid Americans, pushing other residents out and keeping home prices elevated.

  • Most Homeowners Are Planning a Remodeling Project in 2018

    April 4, 2018

    About six in 10 U.S. homeowners are planning to spend money improving their properties this year, and an even larger amount will do at least some of the work themselves.

  • How Much Do You Need to Earn to Live in Each Bay Area County?

    April 3, 2018

    Find out how much money you need to make each year to maintain an adequate standard of living in all nine Bay Area counties.

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Is Still the Hottest U.S. Housing Market This Spring

    April 2, 2018

    San Francisco retained its title as America’s hottest housing market in March, while a proposed ballot initiative could help ease California’s housing inventory crunch. Get the lowdown in Pacific Union’s latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union Hires Stephen Pugh to Lead Commercial Business

    March 30, 2018

    Pacific Union is pleased to announce that it has tapped seasoned real estate industry leader Stephen Pugh as president of the brokerage’s commercial operations in the Bay Area and Southern California.

  • Video: Pacific Union Ranks as No. 5 Largest U.S. Brokerage

    March 29, 2018

    Pacific Union has again moved up the ranks or the largest U.S. residential real estate brokerages based on 2017 sales volume. Watch this short clip for highlights.

  • Pacific Union Again Moves Up the Rankings of the Largest U.S. Real Estate Brokerages in 2018

    March 29, 2018

    Pacific Union is excited to share the news that our firm has once again advanced on the list of the largest residential real estate brokerages in America, a testament to the hard work and expertise of our elite team of real estate professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County.

  • California Dominates List of 2018’s Best Housing Markets for Sellers

    March 28, 2018

    Demand for California homes remains high as the traditionally busy spring season begins, with more than two-thirds of 2018’s top markets for sellers located in the state.

  • Bay Area, California Homebuyers Lead the Nation for Down-Payment Size

    March 27, 2018

    If you’re planning to shop for a home in the Bay Area this spring, you would do well to have more than $200,000 in the bank for a down payment.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Is a Hot Spot for Generation Z Homebuyers

    March 26, 2018

    Americans in their early 20s are already starting to buy homes despite challenging market conditions, while Facebook has reportedly leased almost 1 million square feet in Sunnyvale. Get a handle on notable housing market developments in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Video: California February Jobs Report

    March 23, 2018

    Check out this short animation on California’s February jobs report.

  • California’s Unemployment Rate Again Falls to Record Low in February

    March 23, 2018

    The Golden State’s unemployment rate once again dropped to an all-time low in February. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her expert perspective on the just-released numbers.

  • Risk of Bubble for California, Bay Area Housing Markets Is Minimal, Report Says

    March 22, 2018

    Although home prices should continue to increase for the rest of the decade, a bubble does not appear imminent nationwide, in California, or in the Bay Area.

  • Millennial Homebuyer Activity Climbs to Record High

    March 21, 2018

    Millennials remain the most active U.S. homebuyers, though tight inventory conditions, strong price growth, student debt, and higher costs of living remain challenges to ownership for that generation.

  • Five Bay Area Counties Surpass All-Time Home Price Highs in February

    March 20, 2018

    The Bay Area posted double-digit percentage point annual home price gains last month, with five local counties setting new record peaks due to continually shrinking inventory conditions.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Prefab Homes Help to Speed Wine Country Wildfire Recovery

    March 19, 2018

    Prefabricated homes are popping up in the Wine Country, as those affected by the October wildfires seek a quicker way to rebuild. Also, homebuyers in Silicon Valley are making down payments almost 15 times larger than the U.S. average. Get the lowdown in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Fairs, Festivals, and More: The Best Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Spring Events

    March 16, 2018

    Spring is just around the corner, and the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe will be hopping with all kinds of things to do. Check out Pacific Union’s suggestions for the best events happening across the region.

  • San Francisco Is the No. 1 U.S. Housing Market for Millionaire Buyers

    March 15, 2018

    More than one-third of the 25 most popular U.S. real estate markets for households with seven-figure annual earnings can be found in the Golden State, with San Francisco — perhaps not surprisingly — topping the list.

  • East Bay City Again Claims America’s Happiest Residents in 2018

    March 14, 2018

    California cities account for nearly half of the nation’s happiest 20 places to call home, with an Alameda County community taking the top spot for the second consecutive year.

  • Pacific Union’s February 2018 Real Estate Update

    March 13, 2018

    Annual price appreciation for single-family homes in San Francisco and Silicon Valley topped 30 percent in February. Get the lowdown on the latest Bay Area housing market conditions in Pacific Union’s February 2018 Real Estate Update.

  • Video: February Bay Area Home Sales Report

    March 13, 2018

    Watch this short animation that highlights major points of Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp’s latest monthly market analysis.

  • Bay Area Luxury Home Sales Doubled in February

    March 12, 2018

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers an exclusive, in-depth analysis of Bay Area home sales activity and market conditions in February.

  • Video: California’s January Jobs Report

    March 9, 2018

    Check out this short animation on California’s January employment report.

  • California Added Jobs at The Fastest Rate in 2017

    March 9, 2018

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the latest U.S. and California job numbers, with the latter leading the nation for gains in 2017.

  • Tax Changes to Impact Coastal California Homeowners the Most, Another Study Says

    March 8, 2018

    Nine of the 10 American housing markets that will lose the most in deductions over the first year of the tax-reform package are located on…

  • Bay Area, California Workers Must Earn the Nation’s Biggest Bucks to Afford a Home

    March 7, 2018

    Planning to buy a home in a major coastal California city? Here’s how much you should earn each year.

  • Los Angeles Business Journal Ranks Pacific Union No. 1 Independent Brokerage

    March 6, 2018

    Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that a notable publication has ranked our company as the No. 1 independent residential real estate brokerage in Los Angeles County, as well as No. 2 in the county for 2017 sales volume.

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Again Tops List of the Hottest U.S. Housing Markets in February

    March 5, 2018

    San Francisco real estate was still the country’s most sought after in February, while Bay Area prices have been rising for almost six years straight. Check out the latest local news of note in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Silicon Valley Residents Are Still the Nation’s Best at Money Management in 2018

    March 2, 2018

    Six of 2018’s top 10 cities for money-management know-how are located in Silicon Valley, with one local city earning the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive year.

  • San Francisco Led the Nation for Home Building Gains in 2017

    March 1, 2018

    Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco all saw building-permit activity increase last year when compared with their historic averages, with the latter leading the U.S. for growth.

  • San Francisco Is the Top U.S. Housing Market for Millennials

    February 28, 2018

    Despite the San Francisco metropolitan area’s sky-high housing prices, millennials are flocking to the region to take advantage of a thriving job market and lively culture.

  • The Nation’s Hardest Workers Call the Bay Area Home

    February 27, 2018

    Living in the Bay Area — and especially buying a home — is an expensive proposition, so it makes sense that residents here work harder at their jobs than employees anywhere else in the country.

  • Real Estate Roundup: The Bay Area Is Adding Seven Times More Jobs Than Housing Units

    February 26, 2018

    Explosive job growth in the Bay Area is still far outpacing the number of new housing units, while mortgage rates have reached the highest level in nearly four years. Get a handle on the latest housing-market headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • U.S. Home Sales See Biggest Drop in More Than Three Years in January

    February 23, 2018

    The inaugural month of 2018 continued U.S. housing market trends observed over the past few years: further deteriorating inventory — particularly for entry-level homes — and more price appreciation.

  • Outsourcing Home-Maintenance Tasks: How Much Should You Expect to Pay Each Year?

    February 22, 2018

    Homeowners who hire a housekeeping service can expect to fork over nearly $300 each month. Find out how much it costs to outsource some common home-maintenance jobs.

  • Tight Inventory Continues to Drive California and Bay Area Home Prices in January

    February 21, 2018

    Bay Area real estate markets began 2018 on a familiar note, with supply constraints pushing up home prices and forcing more buyers to inland counties.

  • California Housing Prices Straining Even Highly Paid Tech Workers

    February 20, 2018

    The Golden State’s housing affordability crunch has reached the point where even well-compensated software engineers at some of the biggest tech companies could have trouble purchasing a home.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Home Prices Soar in the Fourth Quarter

    February 19, 2018

    Home prices in the San Jose metropolitan area spiked by more than 25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, while Bay Area home shoppers are increasingly using escalation clauses to help them navigate bidding wars. Get the latest on local housing-market news in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • International Property Awards Names Pacific Union World’s Best Real Estate Brokerage

    February 16, 2018

    Pacific Union is pleased to announce that esteemed global organization International Property Awards has named our firm as 2017-2018 World’s Best Real Estate Agency Over 20 Offices.

  • San Francisco Again Ranks as the Healthiest U.S. City in 2018

    February 15, 2018

    Access to plenty of green spaces and healthy eating habits have helped propel San Francisco to the top of a list of the healthiest American cities for the second straight year.

  • California, Bay Area Housing Affordability Declines on an Annual Basis

    February 14, 2018

    Less than one in three Californians could afford to purchase a home in the fourth quarter, with affordability conditions declining in every Bay Area county from one year earlier.

  • Pacific Union’s January 2018 Real Estate Update

    February 13, 2018

    The median sales price rose on an annual basis in January in almost every Bay Area region in which Pacific Union operates. Get the latest market data you need to make an informed homebuying or selling decision in Pacific Union’s January 2018 Real Estate Update.

  • Bay Area January Home Sales Slow, Not Because of Financial Volatility but Lack of Supply

    February 12, 2018

    Bay Area home sales and inventory dropped year over year in January, while prices rose by double-digit percent. Get an in-depth analysis on the latest market conditions from Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • Video: January Bay Area Home Sales

    February 12, 2018

    Check out this short animation on January Bay Area real estate market conditions.

  • Say What? A Guide to Real Estate Lingo

    February 9, 2018

    While house hunting, you may hear words and phrases that you have not heard before. Check out our guide to understanding some of the more vague or confusing real estate terms.

  • Most Americans Aspire to Homeownership

    February 8, 2018

    More than eight in 10 renters hope to become homeowners at some point in the future, though a lack of affordability and saving for a down payment present considerable challenges.

  • Silicon Valley Again Earns High Marks for Education in 2018

    February 7, 2018

    While high-paying and plentiful tech jobs are fueling buyer demand for Silicon Valley homes, the fact that the region’s public schools consistently rank among the best in the state is also a big draw for families.

  • Bay Area Home Sellers Again Led the Nation for Profits in 2017

    February 6, 2018

    Americans who sold a home last year pulled in the largest returns on investment since the previous housing boom, with sellers in the Bay Area’s two largest metro areas enjoying the largest profit margins.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Home Price Growth Hits Historic Run

    February 5, 2018

    Bay Area home prices rose for the 69th straight month in December, while rents mostly held steady or dropped. Check out the week’s most notable housing headlines in Pacific Union’s Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union’s Dana Green Named Lafayette’s 2018 Business Person of the Year

    February 5, 2018

    Pacific Union is proud to share the news that Contra Costa County real estate professional Dana Green has been named Lafayette’s 2018 Business Person of the Year.

  • California Is Home to the Largest Share of Millennials, and They Are Active Homebuyers

    February 2, 2018

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines millennial population and homeownership trends in California and the Bay Area.

  • Video: Millennials and The California Housing Market

    February 2, 2018

    Check out this short animation on millennials and the California housing market.

  • Bay Area Companies Dominate List of 2018’s Best Tech Workplaces

    February 1, 2018

    Bay Area tech heavyweights not only create innovative products that change the world, but they also provide their employees with an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.

  • U.S., California, and Bay Area Home Prices Again Reach New Peaks

    January 31, 2018

    Home price appreciation continued across the board as 2017 neared its end, with San Jose again posting the highest annual gain of any major U.S. metropolitan area.

  • The Average U.S. Credit Score Keeps Climbing — Along With Debt

    January 30, 2018

    Having excellent credit is a key factor in obtaining a mortgage, so it comes as welcome news for the economy and the housing market that Americans’ credit scores rose again in 2017, though the fact that debt has reached a record high somewhat tempers the picture.

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Begins 2018 as the Hottest U.S. Housing Market

    January 29, 2018

    San Francisco has returned to the top of a list of the nation’s hottest real estate markets, while Santa Rosa has seen the number of millennial homeowners surge over the past decade. Get the latest housing news of note in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Will Increased Savings Drive Millennial Homebuyer Activity in 2018?

    January 26, 2018

    A new report forecasts that first-time homebuyer activity will increase this year, and if that comes to pass, one reason may be because millennials’ financial-planning habits have notably improved over the past few years.

  • U.S. Home Sales Hit Strongest Pace Since Previous Peak

    January 25, 2018

    America’s housing market had its best year for sales in more than a decade in 2017, despite the tightest supply conditions on record.

  • Most Bay Area Counties Post Double-Digit Percent Home Price Gains in December

    January 24, 2018

    The supply of homes for sale declined on a both a monthly and yearly basis in California and the Bay Area in December, pushing prices up by double-digit percentage points in seven of nine local counties.

  • Video: California’s Strong December Jobs Report

    January 24, 2018

    Watch this short animation on the highlights of California’s December jobs report.

  • California’s Unemployment Rate Reaches All-Time Low

    January 23, 2018

    The Golden State’s job market ended 2017 on a strong note, with the unemployment rate dropping to the lowest level on record. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp takes a look at the latest employment numbers and trends in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Starting Salaries Are the Highest in the U.S.

    January 22, 2018

    Employees in four Bay Area cities enjoy the largest starting salaries in America, while another local suburb has earned accolades for its livability. Get the lowdown on the latest real estate news in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin Named to 2018 List of Top Residential Real Estate Leaders

    January 19, 2018

    Pacific Union is honored to announce that company CEO Mark A. McLaughlin has been named one of the top real estate executives in the U.S. and Canada for 2018.

  • Today’s Smart Home Gets Smarter (and Weirder) at Annual CES Show

    January 18, 2018

    With smart refrigerators, talking toilets, and an army of robots, the annual Consumer Electronics Show was held last week in Last Vegas, and it did not disappoint.

  • Which Bay Area Home Remodeling Projects Will Turn the Biggest Profits in 2018?

    January 17, 2018

    Good news for Bay Area homeowners whose list of 2018 new year’s resolutions includes a renovation project: Most improvements are expected to turn a profit at the time of sale.

  • Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q4 2017

    January 16, 2018

    All Northern California regions in which Pacific Union operates posted annual median sales price growth in the fourth quarter of 2017. Get the latest market data and expert commentary from Chief Economist Selma Hepp in Pacific Union’s latest quarterly real estate report.

  • Video: Bitcoin and the Housing Market

    January 16, 2018

    Watch this short video on the potential impacts of Bitcoin on the real estate market.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Cities Are Among Top U.S. Spots for Coffee Drinkers

    January 15, 2018

    The Bay Area places three cities on a list of the nation’s top 10 cities for coffee aficionados, while down-payment assistance may be the company benefit of the future. Get the latest headlines of interest in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Would You Sell Your Home for Bitcoins?

    January 12, 2018

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp breaks down cryptocurrency technology and how it currently fits into to the real estate market.

  • San Francisco Homeowners Spend Big on Kitchen Remodels

    January 11, 2018

    Last fall, a survey found that San Francisco homeowners spend the most money in the U.S. when remodeling their homes’ master bathrooms, and it turns out that the same trend applies to kitchens.

  • Where Are Bay Area Homes Selling the Fastest?

    January 10, 2018

    Though some home shoppers took the holidays off, others were out in force, with homes selling in as few as seven days in one East Bay city. Check out the Bay Area’s 10 fastest-moving housing markets in December.

  • California’s Luxury Home Market Was Red-Hot in 2017

    January 9, 2018

    Although demand for luxury homes slowed a bit nationwide last year, California markets remained hot, despite some of the highest prices in the country at that segment.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Peace of Mind Is the Biggest Benefit of Smart-Home Technologies

    January 8, 2018

    Americans are most likely to adopt the latest home technologies when receiving them as a gift, while economists are hopeful that an uptick in construction employment will help alleviate the country’s inventory drought. Check out the week’s most important housing headlines in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • What to Do When an Earthquake Strikes? Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

    January 5, 2018

    What should you do during those scary moments when a big earthquake strikes? And what should you do when it’s over? Here is some smart advice from the Earthquake Country Alliance.

  • California, Bay Area Home Price Growth Continues to Outpace U.S. Rate

    January 4, 2018

    While U.S. home price appreciation is expected to moderate in the coming year, price growth in California should increase slightly, putting it at double the national rate by the end of 2018.

  • Pacific Union Rebrands a Trio of Los Angeles Brokerages

    January 3, 2018

    Pacific Union is proud to announce that we have launched our brand in the greater Los Angeles region, making us the No. 1 independent residential real estate brokerage in the state and the ultimate California real estate company.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Home Prices Again Reach New All-Time High

    January 2, 2018

    For the second time in 2017, Bay Area home prices reached a new all-time high in November, while Napa begins 2018 ranked as one of the best U.S. cities for staying fit. Kick of the new year with the latest housing headlines of interest in Pacific Union’s Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union Wishes You a Happy New Year 2018

    January 1, 2018

    All of your friends at Pacific Union would like to wish you a very happy new year!

  • Earthquake Insurance in California: The Basics

    December 29, 2017

    A cluster of small earthquakes that rattled the Bay Area on Dec. 26 helped remind us that we live on unstable ground. Check out our quick earthquake-insurance primer.

  • Silicon Valley Leads the U.S. for Monthly and Annual Home Price Growth

    December 28, 2017

    The Bay Area’s high-octane economy continues to fuel intense demand for housing, as San Jose posts the highest rate of appreciation of any major U.S. city and prices climb to a new high.

  • Eight Housing Market Predictions for 2018

    December 27, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her predictions on where the U.S. housing market is headed in the coming year.

  • Real Estate Roundup: California Dominates 2017 List of Top-Performing Housing Markets

    December 26, 2017

    A Bay Area suburb has been named 2017’s hottest residential real estate market, while Google has plans to bring plenty more workers to Silicon Valley. Get your post-holiday housing news fix in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Happy Holidays 2017 From Pacific Union

    December 25, 2017

    All of us at Pacific Union would like to wish you the happiest of holidays.

  • U.S., Bay Area Real Estate Markets Remain Scorching in November

    December 22, 2017

    The thriving U.S. economy pushed home sales to the highest pace in more than a decade in November, with Bay Area cities once again topping the list of the country’s hottest real estate markets.

  • Pacific Union’s California Regional Real Estate Forecasts to 2020

    December 21, 2017

    Following our two exclusive live November events, Pacific Union has produced six exclusive regional real estate and economic forecasts to 2020 for the Bay Area and Los Angeles County in partnership with John Burns Real Estate Consulting.

  • Both Younger and Older Americans Prefer Walkable Neighborhoods

    December 20, 2017

    More than half of millennials and older adults prefer neighborhoods that allow them to walk to amenities such as restaurants and shops, and they are willing to spend more money on housing to live in such communities.

  • Bay Area Housing Inventory Further Tightens in November

    December 19, 2017

    Stubbornly low supply conditions did not improve in California or the Bay Area on an annual basis in November, pushing prices up by double-digit percentage points in six local counties.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Tech Giants Named Among Best Workplaces 10 Years Running

    December 18, 2017

    Amazon.com is snapping up office space in Silicon Valley, which should continue to fuel intense demand for real estate in the inventory-starved region. Get the latest headlines of note in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Final Version of Tax Reform Is Still Detrimental for California Housing Markets

    December 15, 2017

    Republicans in Congress today offered their final version of tax changes, which are only slightly more favorable to homeowners and homebuyers than the initial version. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her perspective on the development.

  • Bay Area Homebuyers Still Lead the Nation for Down-Payment Size

    December 15, 2017

    The average U.S. down-payment size reached a new high in the third quarter, with Silicon Valley homebuyers putting down 12 times the national amount.

  • California, Bay Area Mortgage Delinquencies Continue to Drop

    December 14, 2017

    The economic fundamentals that fuel mortgage performance are at their healthiest levels in two decades, causing delinquency rates to fall nationwide, in the Golden State, and across the Bay Area.

  • Wine Country Home Sales Show Strength in November

    December 13, 2017

    How did Wine Country real estate markets behave in the aftermath of October’s devastating wildfires? Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp digs into the latest market statistics for Napa, Sonoma, and Marin counties.

  • Bay Area Home Prices Soar in November

    December 12, 2017

    The median sales price in the Bay Area was up by double-digit percentage points year over year in November. Get a deep dive into the latest market conditions in a new analysis by Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp.

  • Real Estate Roundup: A Bay Area Home for Less Than $100,000?

    December 11, 2017

    An East Bay home recently commanded much attention for its exceptionally low list price, while South Bay home prices have reached a new all-time high. Get the latest news from the world of local real estate in Pacific Union’s latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union Joins Forces With Los Angeles-Based Gibson International

    December 11, 2017

    Pacific Union is pleased to announce that we’ve united with Los Angeles-based brokerage Gibson International, the next step on our journey to becoming the ultimate California company.

  • Pacific Union’s November 2017 Real Estate Update

    December 8, 2017

    There were fewer homes for sale in all of Pacific Union’s Bay Area regions this November than there were one year ago. Get all of the latest market data you need to support your homebuying or selling decision in our latest monthly real estate update.

  • U.S. Employment Rises in November, but Wage Growth Remains Weak

    December 8, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her expert perspective on November’s U.S. employment report.

  • Most Bay Area Housing Markets Are Not Overvauled

    December 7, 2017

    Despite the high cost of purchasing a home in the Bay Area, most local markets are still within their normal value ranges, although that is not projected to be the case five years from now

  • Where Bay Area Homebuyers Are Paying the Biggest Premiums

    December 6, 2017

    Be prepared to dig deep if you’re trying to purchase a home in one of these 10 Bay Area communities, where buyers are paying up to 25 percent more than original price.

  • Video: Highlights From Pacific Union’s Los Angeles Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020

    December 5, 2017

    This short video clip offers major highlights from Pacific Union’s first-ever Los Angeles Real Estate and Economic Outlook to 2020, which was held in partnership with John Burns Real Estate Consulting on Nov. 29.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Cities Are Among the Nation’s Most Recession-Recovered

    December 4, 2017

    Oakland, San Jose, and Fremont are among the nation’s most recovered cities from the Great Recession, and the latter’s economy will get a boost from Facebook’s expansion. Get the latest housing headlines of note in Pacific Union’s Real Estate Roundup.

  • U.S. Housing Inventory Crunch to Ease in 2018, Forecast Says

    December 1, 2017

    More homes should hit the market next year, causing appreciation to slow, although price growth in the Bay Area’s two largest metropolitan areas is projected to outstrip the national rate.

  • Bay Area Claims Four of the Five Priciest U.S. Real Estate Markets in 2017

    November 30, 2017

    In what will come as little surprise to anyone who regularly follows Bay Area real estate, four local communities rank among the most expensive real estate markets in the country this year.

  • Key Takeaways From Pacific Union’s Los Angeles Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020

    November 30, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers a wrap-up of key points discussed at our first-ever Los Angeles Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020, which was held on Nov. 29 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

  • The Best Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Winter 2017 Events and Activities

    November 29, 2017

    From ice-skating in San Francisco’s Union Square to vintage vehicles in Calistoga, check out our list of the top things to do in the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe this winter.

  • The Best Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Winter 2017 Events and Activities

    November 29, 2017

    From ice-skating in San Francisco’s Union Square to vintage vehicles in Calistoga, check out our list of the top things to do in the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe this winter.

  • California, Bay Area Pending Home Sales Once Again Slip in October

    November 28, 2017

    Pending home sales continued their skid in California and the Bay Area in October due to shrinking inventory, with the state’s eroding affordability conditions remaining real estate professionals’ chief concern.

  • Home Prices Rise in More Than 90 Percent of California Counties in October

    November 27, 2017

    An insufficient supply of homes to meet buyer demand pushed up annual home prices in most California real estate markets in October, with the nine-county Bay Area posting its second straight month of double-digit percent annual gains.

  • Video: Highlights From Pacific Union’s Bay Area Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020

    November 24, 2017

    Check out this short video clip of highlights from Pacific Union’s Bay Area Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020.

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2017 From Pacific Union

    November 23, 2017

    All of us at Pacific Union would like to wish you a very happy, healthy, and relaxing Thanksgiving.

  • California Housing Affordability Falls to Decade Low in Third Quarter

    November 22, 2017

    Inventory shortages continue to drive up Golden State home prices, further reducing the number of households that can afford to purchase a home. Here in the Bay Area, affordability improved slightly from the second quarter, though four local counties have the most difficult conditions in the state.

  • California Continues to Boost Employment in October

    November 21, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines October’s job numbers in California, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles County.

  • Real Estate Roundup: More Than Half of Bay Area Homeowners Are Now Equity-Rich

    November 20, 2017

    San Jose and San Francisco once again had the most equity-rich homeowners in the U.S. in the third quarter. In other news, lenders think more first-time homebuyers will enter the market next year with the help of low-down-payment mortgages. Get these and other hot housing headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union’s Mark McLaughlin Named One of the Bay Area’s Most-Admired CEOs

    November 17, 2017

    Pacific Union is honored to announce that CEO Mark A. McLaughlin has been named one of the most-admired company leaders in the Bay Area.

  • Key Takeaways From Pacific Union’s Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020

    November 16, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers a wrap-up of key points discussed at our exclusive Bay Area Real Estate and Economic Forecast to 2020, which was held on Nov. 15 in San Francisco.

  • Home Prices Return to Prerecession Levels in Two-Thirds of U.S. Metro Areas

    November 15, 2017

    Although current housing market conditions may be reminiscent of the period leading up to the Great Recession, an excellent job market and stricter lending standards should prevent another bubble from forming.

  • Are We in the Midst of a Housing Bubble? Freddie Mac Offers Some Reassuring Words.

    November 14, 2017

    Freddie Mac crunched the numbers and concluded that “there currently is no house price bubble in the U.S.” And yes, that includes the Bay Area.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Tech Hubs Are Among the Nation’s Best for Income Growth

    November 13, 2017

    Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco workers saw some of the largest income gains last year. And San Francisco no longer ranks as the country’s least-affordable housing market. Peruse the latest housing market headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union and Empire Realty Associates Are Now the No. 1 Luxury Brokerage in Contra Costa County

    November 10, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the brokerage’s growth in Contra Costa County following its acquisition of Danville-based Empire Realty Associates.

  • Pacific Union’s October 2017 Real Estate Update

    November 9, 2017

    The median sales price rose year over year in October in all Bay Area regions in which Pacific Union operates, the result of continued buyer demand amid tight supply conditions. Stay current with the latest local real estate market conditions in Pacific Union’s October Real Estate Update.

  • First-Time and Bay Area Homebuyers Have Much to Lose From Proposed Tax Changes

    November 8, 2017

    The proposed tax reforms are a serious concern for the Bay Area homebuyers and the future of the housing market. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her expert perspective on the potential impacts of the changes.

  • Silicon Valley Posts Nation’s Largest Annual Home Price Gain

    November 7, 2017

    Strong homebuyer demand and insufficient inventory once again drove appreciation in more than 90 percent of U.S. markets in the third quarter, with prices in the San Jose metrop area growing at more than three times the national ra

  • Real Estate Roundup: East Bay City Named One of the Nation’s Most Livable

    November 6, 2017

    An Alameda County city moves up the rankings of the nation’s most livable cities, while California remains a popular destination for out-of-state movers. Take a look at the latest housing headlines of note in Pacific Union’s latest weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • U.S. Median Home Price Again Hits New High

    November 3, 2017

    The national median sales price ascended to another all-time peak in the third quarter, with Bay Area sellers again enjoying the highest profits.

  • U.S. Homeownership Rate Inches Up

    November 2, 2017

    The national homeownership rate improved slightly in the third quarter, but remains below its long-term average due to inventory shortages.

  • Challenging Market Conditions Hold Back First-Time Homebuyer Activity

    November 1, 2017

    Although mortgage rates remain favorable and the U.S. job market is chugging right along, tight affordability conditions and student debt are among the factors preventing more first-time buyers from diving in to the housing market.

  • How Can You Help the Wine Country Recover? Come Visit.

    October 31, 2017

    Pacific Union Sonoma Valley Regional Executive and Vice President of Relocation Services Jill Silvas offers her firsthand perspective on the aftermath of the Wine Country wildfires.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Still Claims the Nation’s Three Hottest Housing Markets

    October 30, 2017

    San Jose remains the nation’s most in-demand real estate market as October winds down, while Bay Area cities have the country’s lowest eviction rates despite sky-high rents. Check out these and other housing headlines of note in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Bay Area Pending Home Sales Down for the 12th Consecutive Month

    October 27, 2017

    Inventory shortages once again caused Bay Area pending home sales to drop in September, a trend that also played out in California and the U.S.

  • San Francisco Again Named America’s Greenest City

    October 26, 2017

    California dominates the upper rankings of an annual list of environmentally conscious cities, with San Francisco ranking in the top spot for the second year in a row.

  • Tight Inventory Drives Bay Area Prices Up, Sales Down in September

    October 25, 2017

    Despite fewer properties on the market than there were at the same time last year, California home sales increased modestly in September. Here in the Bay Area, which has the state’s most severe inventory drought, the opposite held true, as sales dropped throughout much of the region.

  • Bay Area Unemployment Rates Fall to Lowest Levels Since May

    October 24, 2017

    Hiring bounced back in California in September, while the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.1 percent. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp takes a look at the latest job numbers and trends.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Housing Bubble Unlikely to Burst, Economist Says

    October 23, 2017

    A prominent economist does not foresee a Bay Area housing market crash, while researches have developed an earthquake-resistant building material that could help protect homes in California. Check out these and other notable headlines in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Buyer Frenzy in San Francisco Intensifies for Homes Priced Between $2 Million and $3 Million

    October 20, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers a deep dive into current housing market conditions in San Francisco, including details on prices, inventory, and buyer competition.

  • Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q3 2017

    October 19, 2017

    Bay Area home prices rose on an annual basis in the third quarter in every region in which Pacific Union operates. Get all the latest market data, plus expert commentary from Chief Economist Selma Hepp, in our third-quarter real estate report.

  • Moderate California, Bay Area Home Price Gains Forecast for 2018

    October 18, 2017

    California home price appreciation should slow next year, although there appears to be no end in sight for the state’s severe and prolonged inventory shortage.

  • Pacific Union Acquires Danville-Based Brokerage Empire Realty Associates

    October 18, 2017

    Pacific Union is pleased to announce that we have acquired Empire Realty Associates in Danville, the next step in our journey to becoming the ultimate California real estate company.

  • Rising From the Ashes: How Will the Wine Country Wildfires Affect Its Housing Markets?

    October 17, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the implications of the devastating Wine Country fires on the Napa and Sonoma county real estate markets.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Silicon Valley Has the Nation’s Most $200,000 Earners

    October 16, 2017

    One in five workers in San Francisco and San Jose earns more than $200,000 per year, while Fremont is named to a list of best cities in the U.S. for buying a home large enough to raise a family. Check out these and other notable headlines in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

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

    October 13, 2017

    Fire victims need food and shelter. Firefighters and rescue workers need our support on many levels. Relief agencies need cash donations and volunteers. Here are ways you can help those affected by the devastating Wine Country wildfires.

  • Master Bathroom Remodeling Costs Are the Highest in San Francisco

    October 12, 2017

    Homeowners in the San Francisco metro area who are planning to renovate their master bathroom should be prepared for a hefty bill, as that project costs more here than it does anywhere else in the country.

  • Bay Area Housing Affordability Improves in the Third Quarter

    October 11, 2017

    Some welcome news for Bay Area home shoppers: Affordability increased in every local county in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the region’s home price growth continues to outpace wage growth for the most part.

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

    October 10, 2017

    Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp analyzes September real estate market conditions in the Bay Area.

  • Please Donate to Pacific Union’s Wine Country Fund

    October 10, 2017

    Please consider donating to the Pacific Union Wine Country fund to help our colleagues who have been affected by the devastating wildfires rebuild their lives.

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

    October 9, 2017

    Bay Area employees enjoy the best work-life balance in the U.S., while three communities in Contra Costa and Alameda counties are named to a list of the best small cities for families. Read all about it in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

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

    October 6, 2017

    A little bit of planning now will go a long way to ensuring the health and well being of you, your family, and your pets when the next big earthquake hits Northern California.

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

    October 6, 2017

    Recent hurricanes put a dent in September’s U.S. job numbers, but the economy is still on solid footing. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the latest employment trends.

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

    October 5, 2017

    Despite the Bay Area’s high cost of living, a recent study says the majority of California’s 20 best cities for retirees are located here.

  • Homebuyers Remain Upbeat, Surveys Say

    October 4, 2017

    Although inventory conditions remain challenging across the Bay Area and the U.S., potential homebuyers are optimistic about the housing market, thanks to a strong economy, low mortgage rates, and the prospect of further home price appreciation.

  • What Is the Down Payment Sweet Spot?

    October 3, 2017

    More than half of Americans say that 10 percent is the ideal down payment, though Bay Area homebuyers are putting down more than double that.

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Jose Is Now America’s Hottest Housing Market

    October 2, 2017

    Three Bay Area cities remain the nation’s hottest real estate markets, while more mortgage lenders eased credit standards in the third quarter. Check out the latest headlines from the housing world in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • Kitchen Renovations Offer Homeowners the Largest Returns

    September 29, 2017

    Completely overhauling or upgrading a kitchen are the home-improvement projects that offer the biggest returns on investment at the time of sale, with Bay Area sellers recouping more than the national average.

  • Bay Area Pending Home Sales Nearing Year-Long Slide

    September 28, 2017

    Pending home sales declined nationwide, in California, and in the Bay Area in August, once again the result of more willing buyers than properties for sale.

  • The Bay Area’s Economy Grew at the Strongest Rate in the Nation in 2016

    September 27, 2017

    The Bay Area’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at the fastest rate in the nation last year. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her expert take on state and regional economic trends.

  • Bay Area Residents Are Among the Nation’s Least Stressed

    September 26, 2017

    The entire Bay Area is known as a laid-back place to call home, but one East Bay city has earned the distinction as the nation’s least stressed-out community.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Home Price Growth Projected to Slow in 2018

    September 25, 2017

    A pair of housing market forecasts call for slowing price appreciation next year, while mortgage rates have risen for the first time in almost two months. Catch these and other headlines of interest in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • U.S. Home Prices Up, Sales Down in August

    September 22, 2017

    Four major trends persisted for the national housing market in August: rising prices, declining inventory, slowing sales, and strong buyer demand.

  • Millennials’ Student Debt Is Larger Than Their Incomes

    September 21, 2017

    Lingering student loans are causing younger Americans to make important life sacrifices, including postponing a home purchase.

  • California, Bay Area Inventory Continues to Shrink in August

    September 20, 2017

    The number of homes for sale declined statewide and in every Bay Area county from one year earlier — particularly entry-level properties — keeping prices at a 10-year high.

  • August Was a Mixed Month for Job Creation in California

    September 19, 2017

    Following incredible job growth in July, August was a mixed month for the Golden State’s labor market. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp weighs in on the latest numbers.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Bay Area Workers Are America’s Happiest

    September 18, 2017

    Bay Area employees are the nation’s happiest, thanks in part to high salaries, while a Contra Costa County city proposes to bring even more jobs to the region as Amazon.com’s new home. Get these and other local headlines of interest in our weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • U.S. Foreclosure Rate Falls to 10-Year Low

    September 15, 2017

    Home price appreciation and a thriving job market have pushed down foreclosures and mortgage delinquencies across the country, with California and the Bay Area posting lower numbers than the national average.

  • Warriors’ Draymond Green Runs a Pacific Union Open House

    Warriors’ Draymond Green Runs a Pacific Union Open House

    April 12, 2017

    What happens when a Bay Area NBA All-Star goes undercover as a real estate professional?

  • Home Prices in Four Bay Area Counties Are Still Short of Previous Highs

    Home Prices in Four Bay Area Counties Are Still Short of Previous Highs

    April 11, 2017

    Home prices in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties are now more than 20 percent higher than their former peaks, but prices in other counties haven’t fully rebounded yet.

  • Real Estate Roundup: Many Bay Area Tech Workers Are Seeking Jobs Elsewhere

    Real Estate Roundup: Many Bay Area Tech Workers Are Seeking Jobs Elsewhere

    April 10, 2017

    A new report reveals a potential exodus of tech workers from the Bay Area, as rents continue to rise in San Francisco and San Jose. Get these and other stories of note in Pacific Union’s weekly Real Estate Roundup.

  • March Job Growth Slows, but There Is a Silver Lining

    March Job Growth Slows, but There Is a Silver Lining

    April 7, 2017

    Although the U.S. economy added fewer-than-expected jobs in March, today’s employment report is overall positive. Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp takes a look at the latest numbers.

  • California, Bay Area Property-Tax Rates Are Lower Than the National Average

    California, Bay Area Property-Tax Rates Are Lower Than the National Average

    April 7, 2017

    Bay Area residents are no stranger to exorbitant housing prices and a generally high cost of living, so prospective homebuyers will be relieved to learn that the region’s property-tax rates aren’t nearly as large as they are in many other parts of the country.

  • What Neighborhood Attributes Add Value to a Home? You May Be Surprised.

    What Neighborhood Attributes Add Value to a Home? You May Be Surprised.

    April 6, 2017

    There are many neighborhood attributes that can affect a home’s value — some obvious and some not. For example: A home located within a mile of a surf break gains more than $100,000 in value.

  • Homeowners Boosting Curb Appeal With Unique Front Yards

    Homeowners Boosting Curb Appeal With Unique Front Yards

    April 5, 2017

    The spring is the most popular time of year to undertake a home landscaping project, as winter storms fade and the weather gets warmer. And while the backyard remains the most popular location for outdoor renovation products, most homeowners who are tackling front-yard jobs want to make sure that their property stands out from the crowd.

  • Bay Area Suburb Remains Hottest U.S. Housing Market as Spring Arrives

    Bay Area Suburb Remains Hottest U.S. Housing Market as Spring Arrives

    April 4, 2017

    In the midst of the busiest spring real estate season on record, Bay Area and California markets are still the most sought-after in America.

  • Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Housing Affordability Improves in the First Quarter

    Real Estate Roundup: San Francisco Housing Affordability Improves in the First Quarter

    April 3, 2017

    Healthy wage growth helped boost affordability in San Francisco in the first quarter, although buying a home here still takes up the bulk of the average income. And tight inventory conditions aren’t just a problem here in the Bay Area, as the U.S. home supply drops to a record low. Check out these and other stories of note in Pacific Union’s latest Real Estate Roundup.

  • Pacific Union Moves Up the List of Largest U.S. Real Estate Brokerages

    Pacific Union Moves Up the List of Largest U.S. Real Estate Brokerages

    March 31, 2017

    Pacific Union is pleased to share the news that we’ve again moved up the rankings of the largest residential real estate brokerages in the country, an accomplishment made possible by the diligence of our talented team of real estate professionals in both Northern and Southern California.

  • Americans Are Upbeat About Housing and the Economy as the First Quarter Ends

    Americans Are Upbeat About Housing and the Economy as the First Quarter Ends

    March 30, 2017

    The first quarter of 2017 officially wraps up tomorrow, and consumers are feeling good about the state of the economy and the housing market, even as more mortgage-rate hikes loom.

  • Top Mortgage Closing Complaint: Paperwork Is Lengthy, Rushed, Confusing

    Top Mortgage Closing Complaint: Paperwork Is Lengthy, Rushed, Confusing

    September 8, 2015

    The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still taking suggestions on improving the mortgage closing process but has already identified one major problem: Borrowers don’t have enough time to adequately review documents prior to closing.

  • Bay Area Job Growth Keeps on Truckin’

    Bay Area Job Growth Keeps on Truckin’

    September 8, 2015

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  • Bay Area Closes Out 2013 With Strong Yearly Home Price Gains

    Bay Area Closes Out 2013 With Strong Yearly Home Price Gains

    September 8, 2015

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