Coastside Real Estate & Lifestyles
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Serving Half Moon Bay Coastside - San Mateo County - San Francisco Bay Area - Northern California

Coastside Market Update: January 2013 & January 2014

The local housing market continues to gain strength, yet appears to be starting off the year slower than last year.  There are four major factors at play keeping the growth from growing at the rate of last year. Nationally, existing-home sales in the West dropped 7.3 percent to a pace of 1.01 million in January, and are 13.7 percent below a year ago. Sales in the West are affected by tight inventory in many areas, pushing the median price to $273,500, up 14.6...

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2013: Low Inventory with Micro-Market Volatility

Marian S Bennett

Inventory on the Half Moon Bay - Coastside in 2013 started low, quickly rose over the summer and started to retreat during the Holidays - with wild rides and slow crawls along the way.  The number of Coastside homes for sale on the MLS is low now at approximately 48.  Look more closely at what has happened this year along with the five-year perspective. One Year - Acceptance of the New "Normal" 2013 started strong on the Coastside following an active 2012. ...

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‘Tis The Season To …

Marian S Bennett

BUY.... 42% of ACTIVE (on MLS) homes for sale between Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach and Montara have reduced their price. To take advantage of the potential good value here, you have to look past the amount of time the property has been on the market as a primary decision factor and get to the real story.  You could uncover a gem of a deal for YOU. SELL .... Then... 23 homes sold between Nov 1, 2012 and Nov 30, 2012 -...

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COCA: Abundance of Gift-Giving Inspiration

Marian S Bennett

Doors of local talent open in our Coastside neighborhoods next weekend, November 23 and 24, between 10 and 5.  Many of our treasured artists run small businesses out of their homes.  Once or twice a year Colony of Coastside Artists (COCA) collectively opens its doors for us during the "Open Studios" event.  This is not to be missed if you are looking for artistic inspiration and/or a one-of-a-kind special gift.  Check out their website for the list of participating artists...

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Million Dollar Market Update – Coastside Fall 2013

Marian S Bennett

The high end market in Half Moon Bay is marked by Million Dollar and up homes.  We do have a few that fall into the Two Million Dollar Plus range but most are in the $1 Million to $2 Million range.  Here’s a breakdown of what the Absorption Rate looks like for this market. Absorption Rate looks at the amount of time that is expected to sell a home if the market remains the same and no new listings are added. ...

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Coastside Appraisals Improving Yet Still Tentative in 2013

Marian S Bennett

First of all, sorry for the delay in writing...it's been quite a busy time. I want to write about appraisals now since I've had a few interesting appraisal experiences this year.  The appraisal articles have dwindled in the last couple of years. . .seems they are not headline worthy right now.  With the market improving overall, there certainly have been fewer appraisal issues than 2010-2012.  However, it is not time to take for granted that a satisfactory appraisal will sail through...

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See Half Moon Bay & El Granada on HGTV tomorrow!!

Marian S Bennett

Half Moon Bay and our charming Coastside community will be featured on the national television show “House Hunters” tomorrow night July 17 at 7pm.  Tune in or record it to get a feel for what it’s like to be a buyer in our Coastside market! – and see our friends.  House Hunters is one of the real-estate-reality-shows on HGTV.  I expect you will get a glimpse why homeowners love living here.  Plus, it will be fun to see my son’s...

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Celebrate 4th of July Around the SF Bay Area!

The downtown Half Moon Bay Main Street parade is an annual community event.  Go back in time to a small town celebration of community, our elected officials, our non-profits, our schools bands and dance teams.  If you're local, come support the kids.  Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful tree lined street and energy of local spirit and our Country.  Main Street is the place to be, the parade is between 12 noon and 1pm today. Here are all the festivities...

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