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Buyers Go Condo Crazy

Eliot Peper, 27, and his fiancée Drea Castillo, 30, moved to the Bay Area from San Diego last year when Castillo accepted a job with an architecture firm in San Francisco. At first, the couple considered renting an apartment but were surprised to find it was cheaper to buy a condo.

How to Make a Statement with Your Front Door

As we roll into summer here in the East Bay, one thing is certain: We’ll all be spending lots of time outdoors. That makes this the perfect time to update your home’s exterior. No need to undertake a major renovation, though. Just concentrate your efforts on the entrance. A few quick changes there are enough to make the whole place feel refreshed.

Housing Boom Is No Bubble

Anytime a blog post or news story appears that cites the skyrocketing cost of Bay Area real estate, some readers in the online comments section point to signs of a housing bubble such as the one that burst in late 2008. What are the chances that the current run-up in prices will end in another crash, sending prices in many parts of the Bay Area plummeting, with some values in outlying areas dropping by one-half or more?

Housing Boom Is No Bubble

Anytime a blog post or news story appears that cites the skyrocketing cost of Bay Area real estate, some readers in the online comments section point to signs of a housing bubble such as the one that burst in late 2008. What are the chances that the current run-up in prices will end in another crash, sending prices in many parts of the Bay Area plummeting, with some values in outlying areas dropping by one-half or more?

Hope for Borrowers

During the last boom, financing a home loan was pretty easy, with buyers needing little or no money down to qualify for conventional loans. Then came the bust, and with it tightened regulations that required a down payment of 20 percent. Today the going rate is 10 percent down—still hardly chump change where Bay Area housing is concerned.

Hope for Borrowers

During the last boom, financing a home loan was pretty easy, with buyers needing little or no money down to qualify for conventional loans. Then came the bust, and with it tightened regulations that required a down payment of 20 percent. Today the going rate is 10 percent down—still hardly chump change where Bay Area housing is concerned.

To Sell the Property, They Throw a Party

Real estate sales techniques get very creative to attract attention to properties.

It’s Not So Easy to Rent in the East Bay

Tales of finding a place to live in the East Bay, where the cost has risen and the pickings are slim.

6 Neighborhoods to Know Now

In this white-hot real estate market, agents and buyers alike are combing the listings and traveling farther to find the home of their dreams and their means.

Expand Your Real Estate Horizons

The editor recalls house hunting, clever sales techniques, and renting in the East Bay.