Affordability challenges are weighing on the housing market, as many homebuyers and sellers contend with either being unable to compete or to find a new home within reach.

Buying a home, however, is still better than renting one in most states—35, to be exact, according to a recent study by GOBankingRates.

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It's a good time to be a seller.

Home sellers in 2016 saw the highest profits since 2007, averaging a 21 percent gain, or $38,206, according to ATTOM Data Solutions' Year-End 2016 U.S. Home Sales Report. Sellers in San Jose and San Francisco, Calif. saw the highest gain, at 69 percent, as well as those in Santa Rosa, Calif., at 52 percent, Los Angeles, Calif., at 49 percent, and Seattle, Wash., at 48 percent.

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ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed the numbers and found that over a span of 16 years and more than 50 million single family and condos sales, February is the best month for home buying bargains, and eight of the top 10 best days for buying a home are in February.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties has opened a new office in the Lamplighter Square Shopping Center off Tesson Ferry. Originally settled off Lemay Ferry, their South County office was the first of nine offices to open for the company back in 2002.

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By Zoe Eisenberg

Ever wondered where Santa parks his sleigh year-round? Now you can rest your worried mind—Zillow has created Santa's idyllic North Pole home, and calculated how much it's worth.

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Last week, Select Properties had 62 agents complete the Ninja Selling Installation, the top real estate training program for professional real estate agents. Ninja Selling has well over 25,000 graduates in the United States, Canada and Spain. The system is less about selling and more about how to create value for people. Select Properties agents now have even stronger and more effective tools to bring that value to their clients in making the home selling experience the best it can be.

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by Margaret Heidenry

The hardest parts are over: You’ve found that perfect home in a haystack of listings, negotiated a deal you’re happy with, and secured a mortgage—and you’re now in the home stretch of the home-buying process. Just one more critical hurdle lies ahead: the home closing. Also known as “settlement” or “escrow,” this is a day when all involved parties meet to make this transaction official.

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Surprise! You might know more about real estate than you think. For example, you know that square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, lot size, and location determine home value: A 4,000-square-foot, five-bed, five-bath beachfront home for sale in Miami, FL, will almost always be worth more than a 2,000-square-foot, two-bed, two-bath home on a quarter-acre lot 20 miles inland.

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HUD Proposes New Rule to Ensure Equal Access to Housing Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

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Choosing the Best Mattress

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Choosing the Best Mattress for You

By Barbara Pronin

Health experts agree the average mattress should be replaced after 10-15 years. But traditional mattress types have given way to new breeds. If you are in the market for a new mattress, which type is best for you?

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