San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate: 2014 Market Update

San Francisco Bay Area real estateWe are through the first six months of Bay Area home sales and are able to look back on what has actually happened compared to what was predicted. We have had an 18 month run of a “hyper seller’s market” that began on January 1, 2013 and has now changed as of June 30, 2014. There is much to review, so here is a summary of a variety of topics from the first six months and a projection of what is to come in the next few years regarding Bay Area real estate. Continue reading

East Bay Summer Events: Danville’s 22nd Annual Summer Fest Art Faire

2014 Danville Summer FestSummer in the San Francisco Bay Area is my favorite time of year – from concerts in the park, fine art faires, food and wine events, and so much more. And, we are fortunate to have our Bay Area “summer” last all the way through October. And, you will be glad to know that most of these events are free! Each of them add to the extreme quality of life we share in the Bay Area. Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Area’s “French Connection”: The Bay Area Team

Over 40,000 French living in the Bay AreaDid you know that the French community in the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the largest in the United States. There are over 40,000 French citizens living and working in the Bay Area. They represent the fourth largest non-U.S. buyers of Bay Area real estate, with Canada, China and the United Kingdom being the top three. Continue reading

2014 San Francisco Bay Area Luxury Home Sales Continue To Climb!

Bay Area Luxury Home Market SoarsThe San Francisco Bay Area is such a special place to live. Because of this fact people want to live here and are willing to pay the price to do so. The price that is required to purchase a home continues to soar through the roof the past few years. And, people are continuing to purchase homes, especially in the million dollar-plus ranges, at record rates. Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Area Veterans Helping Veterans: Valor Winery

Josh Laine's winning wines

My guess is you have never heard of Valor Winery or Josh Laine, the founder of Veterans & Vines Foundation. After returning in 2007 from two tours in Iraq, Josh discovered the challenges veterans had getting jobs, including him.

Josh stumbled around a bit while dreaming about creating a whiskey distillery business. After a random conversation with his girlfriend at the time, he decided to try his hand at making wine instead. With another Marine friend they began Lavish Laine Winery. It was a far cry from what one imagines a winery to be. They started out in an old school bus. Yes, farming is still alive and well in the Bay Area. Continue reading

Secrets to Making Money with International Clients


Don’t miss this dynamic global seminar which will feature:

  • Leveraging a Global Network for More Business
  • Capturing International Buyers
  • The ABC’s of the EB5 Visa
  • Protecting the Value of Your Client’s Money
  • Networking Session in Global Marketplace with International Cuisine

March 19, 2014 11:00am – 5:00pm

Sunol Valley Golf Club, Sunol, California

This event is going to be an excellent day of exploring what it is like to have a global aspect to a real estate practice. There is limited seating so book your tickets.

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Bay Area Job Growth Keeps on Truckin’

HelpWantedStrong Bay Area job growth continued to fuel California employment gains in December. Demand from newly employed (and newly wealthy!) workers should keep the Bay Area and Tahoe/Truckee real estate markets sizzling. Contact Jim Walberg for more information on the real estate market.


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San Francisco Bay Area – Maps Show How Silicon Valley Has Distorted The Real Estate Market

Silicon Valley is still HOTIt’s no secret that the tech gold rush in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is driving up real estate prices. Supporting data from Redfin gives a visual map, neighborhood by neighborhood, showing how the market has become distorted. Contact Jim Walberg for your real estate needs.

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San Francisco Bay Area: “What’s Happening in our Regional Real Estate Markets?”

low-housing-inventoryInventory was down across the Bay Area in the final quarter of 2013, further exasperating the situation for hopeful buyers who didn’t act earlier in the year. Get a comprehensive look at Bay Area real estate activity in the fourth quarter, tracking 10 years of home sales throughout the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and Tahoe/Truckee; including 74 cities, towns, and neighborhoods in nine regions.  Until next time… Jim Walberg

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San Francisco Bay Area: Cycle For Survival – Join The Battle!

Team Captain - Jim Walberg

Team Captain – Jim Walberg

Jim Walberg and The Bay Area Team at Pacific Union – Christie’s International Real Estate are taking action against rare cancers by participating in “Cycle for Survival” on February 1st at Equinox Fitness Club in San Francisco. Our “Ride” is on stationary bikes with a team of four dedicated riders. We invite you to join us as one of our valued sponsors, or form a team and join us.

Our captain, Jim Walberg, is a “cancer thriver” after beating it twice. He is a walking miracle with a lot less body parts than most. Every day is a gift for him. And, he will not stop giving back in any way he can to find a cure for cancer. Continue reading