The Surprising Upside of Being in the Sandwich Generation: It Can Help You Buy a House

Brooke Shapiro wondered if she would ever be able to buy a house. The 37-year-old marketing and sales consultant and her husband, Zack, 37, deputy general counsel for a local university, were renting a two-bedroom apartment in Oakland, CA. They had a baby and a toddler and desperately needed more space for their growing family. But a home […]

What Is a Home Equity Line of Credit? The Pros and Cons of a HELOC Explained

What is a home equity line of credit? If you’ve been looking for a way to get a little money out of your home without actually selling it, you’ve probably come across this option, known as a HELOC for short (pronounced “heelock”). Clear as mud, right? Now that you’re no doubt wondering what is a home equity line […]

Steps To Buy a House: How Long Do They Take?

Homes aren’t impulse purchases. It takes time to sift through listings and make your way from one home showing to the next; then, of course, there are those agonizing hours you wait to find out if your offer on a house was accepted, whether you can secure financing, and any number of other holdups. Just so you’re prepared […]

Supercharged Housing Markets: The Top 10 Cities for Electric Vehicle Owners

Those looking for a home with a charging station for an electric vehicle might want to browse listings in Silicon Valley. As Earth Day approaches and more folks are looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly, the San Jose, CA, housing market was named the most EV-friendly in the nation, according to a® and Cox Automotive analysis. While […]