Leasing Solar Panel Home Systems – A Real-Life Warning

Following the sheepThose you who know me, know that I am a raving fan of anything each of us can do to protect and improve our environment. One of the tools available to all of us are solar panels for our roofs that subsidize our electrical energy needs and lowers our utility bills. However, the decision you make to either enter into a solar lease agreement or to actually purchase them can have significant future consequences when you sell your home. Continue reading

Jim Walberg of Pacific Union Honored with Extraordinary Philanthropist Award

John Brian Losh presenting the awardNo one ever seeks out an acknowledgment for their work in community service. I certainly did not. And, what a humbling honor to have Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate select me to be their 2014 Extraordinary Philanthropist at their 19th Annual Fall conference in Boston several weeks ago where members from around the globe gathered to share best practices and expand their personal connections with the best of the best in luxury real estate.

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San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate: Jobs and Population Growth Fueling Demand

Tech Industry is the driver.Where there is a vibrant job market there is a robust real estate market. The Bay Area is in the midst of an employment boom, and it is not based on smoke and mirrors as the dot.com era was. These are real companies with sales and profits, and lots of upside to all of them – Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Apple, Genetec, Price Waterhouse and many many more.

The tech industry is the driver, but with this employment boom some of the largest Bay Area employers are city governments, health care, universities, etc. In fact, of the largest 25 employers in the Bay Area, 20 of them are infrastructure and service type entities. They must meet the demand for services of the population growth. And, the challenge of the 4% population growth in the last four years is that new home developers have not kept up with the housing demand. They have added less than 2% of new homes built during this same period, with the population growth out stripping new home sales by two to one. Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Sailing: 2014 Beer Can Races

San Francisco Bay Beer Can RacesIf you have ever wanted to sail on San Francisco Bay, the “beer can races” are the venues where you can get a ride. I think this type of Bay Area “regatta” is some of the most fun one can ever have on the Bay. The weather is typically some of the best sailing of the year, and you are not racing for anything but a beer and a BBQ afterwards at one of the Bay Area’s yacht clubs. Continue reading

Bay Area Summer Fun: Jim Walberg’s August Picks

Journey Tribute BandSummer just blew by us and all that is left is August. I promise there is still a lot of fun events awaiting all of us before Labor Day. Here are “Jim’s Picks” that will fill your calendar before Fall arrives. Let me know which ones you attend and if there are any others you would add to my list.

Blackhawk Plaza’s Friday Night Concert Series – August Lineup: It starts at 7pm and it is FREE. However, if you want a seat get their early. My favorite four bands are scheduled for August:  August 8 – ZOO STATION – U2 tribute band: August 15 – PRIDE & JOY – Timeless pop and soul: August 22 – EVOLUTION – Journey tribute band:   August 29 – TAINTED LOVE – Best of the 80’s 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

East Bay Real Estate: BIG Deal In 2014 = Interest Rates

2014 Prediction

2014 Prediction

Mortgage Rates a Hot Topic as New Year Begins

The final days of 2013 saw a flurry of real estate news involving interest rates and mortgages. Some of it offered relief for homebuyers, while other announcements made it all but certain that interest rates will climb noticeably higher in the new year. Contact Jim Walberg for any of your real estate needs.

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PRNewsWire: Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin Named Nation’s Top Real Estate Leader

CEO, Pacific Union

CEO, Pacific Union

San Francisco, November 11, 2013Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of Pacific Union, has been named the recipient of the 2013 RISMedia Real Estate Leadership Award. McLaughlin accepted the award at RISMedia’s annual Power Broker Dinner on November 8, held in conjunction with the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco.

The national award recognizes a member of the real estate community who embraces innovation and exercises resilience to blaze new paths to success for real estate professionals and consumers alike.

“I am seriously humbled by this award, which goes to my team at Pacific Union as I am far more dependent on them than they are on me,” said McLaughlin. “It’s exciting for all of us to see our hard work recognized with this exceptional industry accolade.” Continue reading

Inman Connect 2013 San Francisco: “Be Future Proof. Own Tomorrow.”

2013 Inman ConnectThis past week was Inman Connect’s 2013 real estate tech conference in San Francisco.  It was four days filled with current best practices using technology for the real estate industry, and a keen focus on what is coming in the future for how technology will be used to better serve the consumer experience when buying or selling real estate.  It felt as if I was trying to drink out of a fire hydrant for four days. Continue reading

Summer Fun In The East Bay – Danville Fine Arts Faire June 22 – 23

Danville Fine Arts FaireSummer is almost here and that means non-stop events planned throughout the East Bay for our residents to enjoy – most of which are free!  One of the reasons why this part of the San Francisco Bay Area is so enticing is because of the quality of life that surrounds all of us each day.  This Summer there are concerts planned, Hot August Nights car shows, art festivals and much more. Continue reading