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6 Ways We’re Keeping Buyers Healthy

6 Ways We’re Keeping Buyers Healthy

Buying a house is an emotionally and financially significant event, even when we’re not in the middle of a global pandemic. If you’re in the market right now, you may be asking yourself whether the investment you’re making is sound (it is), or how you can ensure your health and safety during this unprecedented moment, […]

A Guide to Virtual Showings

A Guide to Virtual Showings

Whether it’s FaceTime (or Line, WeChat, Whatsapp, etc.) with grandma and the kids, a Zoom meet up with the college gang, or a Facebook Live happy hour with friends, we’re all finding ways to stay connected while we stay apart. Just as the internet has become our lifeline to friends and family, virtual property tours […]

Three Ways We’re Keeping Sellers Healthy During SIP

Three Ways We’re Keeping Sellers Healthy During SIP

As sellers contemplate listing in today’s market, we wanted to share several ways we are keeping our clients safe. Although home sales have declined because of less inventory, home prices have remained strong. In fact according to NAR, they rose 0.8% in March — from $5.23 million in 2019 to $5.27 million this year. The […]

Property Tax Penalty Waived until May 2021?

Property Tax Penalty Waived until May 2021?

On May 6, 2020, the State of California provided relief for some taxpayers who were unable to make their regular April/May 2020 property tax payments by suspending penalties, costs, and interest for those late payments until May 6, 2021! But note that some restrictions apply, such as demonstration of financial hardship due to the pandemic, […]

More Bay Area Construction to Resume

More Bay Area Construction to Resume

Many market-rate real estate development projects that were stopped by the first Shelter-in-Place mandate are due to restart after May 3, 2020 under the new guidelines that were revised on April 30 for several Bay Area counties and City of Berkeley. San Francisco Chronicle reported that several developers and general contractors in San Francisco and […]

Our Real Estate Services for You – May Update

Our Real Estate Services for You – May Update

UPDATE as of April 30th: San Francisco has updated our Shelter-in-Place Order, easing some restrictions beginning May 4th. The wellbeing of our community is paramount, and we here at Ascend Real Estate are adopting best practices in order to continue serving your real estate needs. A few of the updates: 1. Essential Services: Yes, real estate is […]

Mortgage Rate Alert! Now at Record Lows.

Mortgage Rate Alert! Now at Record Lows.

Mortgage rates have once again dropped to all time lows according to to the latest data from Freddie Mac. A conforming 30-year fixed loan as of this week averages 3.23%, the lowest on record. A conforming 15-year fixed rate loan is at 2.77%, matching the multi-year record low set in mid-March. Obviously, many owners and […]

Pandemic’s Impact on California’s Housing Market

Pandemic’s Impact on California’s Housing Market

According to the California Association of Realtors, the economic and real estate impacts associated with COIVD-19 are still being tallied. However, it is clear that the difficulties will continue for at least the next 1-2 months, even as California gradually begins to resume some economic activity in the coming weeks. Furthermore, there are also preliminary […]

Where to find Kid-Friendly Take-Out Food?

Where to find Kid-Friendly Take-Out Food?

Kid-friendly is in the eye of the beholder, but here are some of our favorite kid-friendly options from EaterSF in the Bay Area open for delivery or take out: San Francisco: Rosamunde: 2832 Mission St in the Mission, open 12:00pm – 9:00pm Nopalito: 306 Broderick St in NoPa, open 11:30am – 10:00pm Z & Y […]

April Market Update: Key News & Trends

April Market Update: Key News & Trends

Welcome to our April Market Update. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. In this newsletter, we provide important updates on how the global pandemic continues to impact the Greater Bay Area housing market. Key News and Trends Impacting Your Local Market: Banks begin to tighten mortgage lending standards after measures […]