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North Coast building activity flat for first quarter. Is that good?

North Coast construction activity remained flat for the first three months of the year, and some industry leaders took solace that at least things aren’t getting worse. What do you think lies ahead for the construction industry?

By | May 2nd, 2011|2 Comments

What will Sonoma County home prices do this year?

Will Sonoma County home prices rise or fall in 2011? The Press Democrat spoke to three economists and two foreclosure experts for their outlook on the coming year. Read their thoughts and then feel free to share your own predictions for the housing market in 2011.

By | January 9th, 2011|4 Comments

Sunday is the deadline to apply for the state’s first-time homebuyers credit

First-time buyers can receive a tax credit of up to $10,000.

By | August 9th, 2010|0 Comments

Follow to Sunday’s “Glimmer of Revival” story: Meritage Homes’ plans for Santa Rosa subdivision

The company likely will start construction by early next year at the Dauenhauer Ranch subdivision near the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

By | July 27th, 2010|0 Comments

Sonoma County delinquency rates remain at highest point in more than a year.

Nearly one of every 14 homeowners was more than 90 days behind on their mortgage payments in May.

By | July 7th, 2010|0 Comments

Slow start for single-family home construction in Sonoma County.

County builders took out just 34 permits for new single-family homes in the first three months of the year, down from last year, which ended up as the worst in more than four decades.

By | May 5th, 2010|0 Comments

Americans spend as much time shopping for a vacation as for a home loan.

Five hours is the average time we spent looking for a home loan, according to a Zillow survey. Nearly a third spent two hours or less, about the same average time as for buying a television.

By | April 29th, 2010|0 Comments

Tip for the week: State homebuyers tax credit may not last long

Local real estate agents say the California Association of Realtors is alerting them that within a few weeks the state may exhaust $100 million in tax credits for first-time homebuyers.

By | April 23rd, 2010|0 Comments

Average rents dip 2 percent in Sonoma County

Sonoma Couty's average rent fell slightly to $1,163 in the first quarter of 2010. The occupancy rate rose less than 1 percent.

By | April 22nd, 2010|1 Comment

New report says Windsor and Rohnert Park had highest rates of distressed homes for sale in Sonoma County

Forty-five percent of the available inventory last month was deemed distressed in Windsor and Rohnert Park. In Santa Rosa, the rate was 35 percent.

By | April 21st, 2010|0 Comments