Slumber Party

Your former bedroom community isn’t just for sleeping anymore

As California struggles to meet the rising housing demands and address the state’s policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Capital Region is positioned to look to the suburbs for answers. This means farewell to the bedroom communities and hello to vibrant communities on the outskirts of the urban core. 

Jan 30, 2018 Jennifer Berry

Are Home Upgrades Worth It?

Pricey renovations won’t necessarily increase the value of your home

As an appraiser, I get asked questions about the value of particular home improvements all the time: How much is a kitchen remodel worth? What about a bathroom remodel? Are solar panels a good way to boost property value? My answer is simple, and always the same: It depends. I know that’s frustrating to hear, but there’s a reason why it’s the best answer. So let’s talk about it.

Jan 22, 2018 Ryan Lundquist

Hot or Not?

The local real estate market doesn’t look the same at all price points

Everywhere I look lately, there’s another piece in the news about Sacramento’s rising rents, skyrocketing home values or how desperate buyers feel in the midst of a housing shortage. It seems like our real estate market is on fire, to the benefit of property owners and home sellers. But is the market really that hot throughout the Capital Region?

Nov 13, 2017 Ryan Lundquist

How Sky-High Housing Costs Make California the Poorest State

When the cost of living is factored in, the Golden State has the highest poverty rate in the country. More than 20 percent of its residents struggle to make ends meet, according to recently released Census figures.That’s nearly 8 million people.

Sep 28, 2017 Matt Levin

Should California Look to Massachusetts to Fix its Housing Crisis?

It’s hard to fix a housing crisis.

Just ask the California Legislature. After months of tough negotiations to put together a package of bills aimed at plugging the 100,000 unit affordable housing gap, lawmakers finalized a deal just 24 hours before adjourning for the rest of the year.

Sep 15, 2017 Matt Levin