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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 […]

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 […]

April Market Update: Greater Bay Area

April Market Update: Greater Bay Area

Measured weekly, homes under contract are in steep decline; current data still illustrate a pre-virus market as home prices trend upward and buyers pay a premium to secure a Greater Bay Area home. April Housing Market Update for Greater Bay Area Shelter is always a basic need. Life events—such as relocations, divorces, and deaths—still require […]

April Market Update: Peninsula

April Market Update: Peninsula

Measured weekly, homes sales fell steeply the first week of April; current data still illustrate a pre-virus market as home prices trend upward and DOM fell as home sold quicker compared to this time last year. April Housing Market Update for Peninsula Shelter is always a basic need. Life events—such as relocations, divorces, and deaths—still […]

April Market Update: East Bay

April Market Update: East Bay

Measured weekly, homes under contract are in steep decline; current data still illustrate a pre-virus market as home prices trend upward and DOM fell as home sold quicker compared to this time last year. April Housing Market Update for East Bay Shelter is always a basic need. Life events—such as relocations, divorces, and deaths—still require […]