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Spring officially started March 20, and it’s inspiring us to get outside and enjoy the amazing California weather. In the Bay Area, we hear talk about activities like triathlons and sailing. There’s nothing like hearing the whoosh of water against the hull and the crackling wind hitting the sails above as you ride the open seas, past Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. (We just can’t forget our windbreakers because it’s chilly out there!)  And in Southern California? It’s true—we can hit the beach in January, but now that spring is officially here, we’re feeling it’s time to really get serious about looking good in that swimsuit hanging in our closet. Boot camps, cycling, hiking, paddleboarding…any sort of exercise that allows us to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather (while whipping our you-know-what’s into shape)!

Of course, spring is not just a time of renewal for people—it’s also a busy time of year for real estate. This year, you could almost say that spring came early in the form of record high sales and prices, which are up by double digits from last year in many parts of the state. What brought buyers out of their usual winter hibernation to make these home purchases?  Maybe some of the latest headlines will shed some light…

The dark days are over for the Bay Area’s single-family home market, says the San Jose Mercury News.

What comes up must come down? Not in the Bay Area this season, where home prices keep soaring, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

If you’re wondering what the spring housing market trends are, not surprisingly, here are the key words: tight inventory, higher prices, more conventional sales and less distressed sales, according to U.S. News & World Report

Signs, signs, everywhere signs. This time it’s building and it’s making a comeback in Southern California, adding more fuel to the housing rebound, says KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

Thinking of renovating your home this spring? So is everyone else, according to CNN and ABC News 10 in Sacramento.

The spring buying season came early, if you listen to Realtor.com. And may not come at all, if you listen to CNBC

Which California city ranked No. 4 on a list of the most expensive housing in the nation? San Diego, according to the San Diego Business Journal.