Prices Up in 9 of 10 U.S. Housing Markets in 2015


Feb 17, 2016 - The vast majority of U.S. residential real estate markets saw price growth in 2015, squeezing affordability in many parts of the country. That’s especially true here in the Bay Area, where home prices are three to four times the national average. In its latest quarterly report, the National Association of Realtors says that home prices rose in 89 percent of … [read more]

Bay Area All-Cash Sales Bounce Back in a Big Way


Jan 22, 2016 - All-cash sales across the U.S. rose to the highest level in nearly three years in November, with Bay Area cities posting the largest increases in such transactions. According to a recent RealtyTrac analysis, all-cash transactions accounted for 38.1 percent of single-family home and condo sales in November, up from 30.9 percent in November 2014. That’s the highest level of all-cash … [read more]

The Silicon Valley Housing Market


Dec 1, 2015 - Behind the Hype: An Objective Look at the Silicon Valley Housing Market David Barca, vice president of Pacific Union’s Silicon Valley region, authored the following article, which first appeared in the Palo Alto Weekly on Nov. 20, 2015. Recent television shows and online documentaries paint quite a sensational portrait of Bay Area real estate, with over-the-top personalities, $2 million tear downs, frenzied … [read more]

Never Judge a Book by It’s Cover – But a House? That’s a Different Story.


Nov 12, 2015 - In life we are told to  “never judge a book by its cover.” But in real estate, it’s just the opposite – we can’t help but judge a house by its looks. Which is why it is so important to present a property in its best light from the very beginning. With the goal of trying to get a seller … [read more]

Changing of the Tide?


Sep 22, 2015 - Palo Alto has always been fashion-forward when it comes to real estate trends. Having worked in residential real estate in this area for 8 years, I have found that the Palo Alto housing market serves as a compass when it comes to trying to predict the next real estate pattern. Over time the neighboring cities, Menlo Park, Los Altos, Redwood … [read more]

The Seeds of Summer


Jul 14, 2015 - The Seeds of Summer Before I dive into a recap on the 2nd quarter results for our real estate market, I wanted to share some exciting news about my business. Per the compilation by Real Trends of America’s Best Agents, I was ranked in the Top 200 of all real estate agents in California with a sales volume of $57 … [read more]

Summer 2015 Concert Series on the Mid-Peninsula


Jun 22, 2015 - It’s not only the weather that’s heating up around the mid-Peninsula! Guitars are being tuned and voices are warming up to offer a big wave of free music concerts in select cities on the mid-Peninsula such as San Carlos, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Portola Valley. This is the time to enjoy the great weather, … [read more]

The Peninsula Real Estate Market is On Fire


May 25, 2015 - 2015 is off to a strong start and Q1 has proven to be an eventful time for both my career and the overall real estate market.  In early February, I became a partner in a new local boutique firm called Dwell Realtors. This is an exciting opportunity in that I now have a direct say in the leadership and direction … [read more]

The Year End Wrap Up for Central Menlo Park


Jan 19, 2015 - Central Menlo Park continues to lead the way for highest prices and largest homes available in Menlo Park. Menlo Park, a small city located on the San Francisco Bay peninsula, covers approximately 9.8 square miles of land. Central Menlo Park is one of a handful of neighborhoods in the town encompassing the very middle of the city between El Camino … [read more]

San Carlos market shows signs of hope for buyers!


Oct 16, 2014 - The San Carlos real estate market was on a tear for the first half of the year. Buyers were competing against 5, 10, and sometimes 17 offers for a home, the most desirable homes being those in the flats that are within walking distance to downtown Laurel Street.  Then summer arrived and the pulse slowed down just a bit, a … [read more]