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Orange County Market Report April 2015

By Robert Owen Deane Review the Orange County Housing Market in a Glance. Here you will find all the important housing market information you need in one place. This interactive tool presents information on the Median Price, Unsold Inventory, Median Time on The Market and the Percent of Sales for Equity, REO (Bank Owned) and Short Sale homes in ...

Orange County Market Report for January 2015 – with Interactive Stats

By Robert Owen Deane The Orange County Housing Market January 2015 With Interactive Statistics Review the Orange County Housing Market in a Glance. Here you will find all the important housing market information you need in one place. This interactive tool presents information on the Median Price, Unsold Inventory, Median Time on The Market and the Percent of ...

Alert! Renters, it’s time to consider home ownership.

By Robert Owen Deane Contact Robert The real estate market is beginning to move from a market strongly favoring seller’s, to a more balanced market.  If you been unable to buy a home because you could not compete with cash buyers or were frustrated by multiple offers on a limited inventory of homes, you may want to look ...

Pet-friendly residential design – The Pet Suite

Enjoy More Options with the Tandem Garage Smaller, narrower lots have largely brought the end to three garage doors in front of a home.  A three-car garage takes up a minimum of 30-feet. That’s fine when the lot is 70 or 80-feet wide; not when you are on a lot that is 40 or 50 feet wide. With the typical five-foot ...

Just for Kids – Show Your Cartoons in a Global Gallery | Slylock Fox

By Robert Owen Deane Slylock Fox I enjoy reading the Sunday Comics and one of my favorite cartoonists is Bob Weber Jr. He is the creator of Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids which include mystery puzzles, visual games, how-to-draw lessons and informative fun facts.  I keep Slylock Fox as my last cartoon, like a desert, as a treat. Of course I am doing “research” for my granddaughter, but ...

 

 

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WASHINGTON (April 22, 2013) – Existing-home sales eased in March from inventory constraints, which continued to pressure home prices, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, declined 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of [...]
Mon, Apr 22, 2013, Continue reading at the source
WASHINGTON (February 25, 2013) – Major commercial real estate sectors continue to improve, albeit slowly, with gradual economic improvement and job creation driving absorption of space, according to the National Association of Realtors® quarterly commercial real estate forecast. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said rental housing demand has been exceptionally strong. [...]
Mon, Feb 25, 2013, Continue reading at the source
WASHINGTON (February 21, 2013) – Existing-home sales edged up in January, while a seller's market is developing and home prices continue to rise steadily above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Sales rose in every region but the West, which is the region most constrained by limited [...]
Thu, Feb 21, 2013, Continue reading at the source
WASHINGTON (February 11, 2013) – A growing number of metropolitan areas had higher median home prices in the fourth quarter, with the national price showing the strongest year-over-year increase in seven years, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. A companion report shows record high [...]
Mon, Feb 11, 2013, Continue reading at the source
Strong job gains in April and May were revised downward by 60 thousand and the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points based on a reversal of the labor market expansion in May. Overall, the employment situation in June was decent, but the recovery from the weakness in March was less [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015, Continue reading at the source
NAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total residential construction spending for May increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $366.1 billion. On a month-over-month basis, multifamily spending was $48.7 billion, up by 0.2% over the revised April estimate, while the single-family spending was $209.4 billion, an [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Consumer sentiment and consumer confidence are two indexes showing consumers' perceptions of current business, income and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for the future's economy. In June, both the University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment and the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose. These gains reflect continuing [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Standard and Poor's/Case-Shiller recently released their respective home price indices for April. House prices have been recovering since reaching the bottom of the downturn in 2012. Both the new and existing single-family homes' median sale prices are presented along with the home [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The C.A.R. offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Offices will reopen Monday, July 6, at 8:30 a.m. The Customer Care Center and the C.A.R. Legal Hotline also will be closed during this time. Calls made to the Customer Care [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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Housingwire: Equifax: Mortgage originations soar 75% from last yearBy Brena SwansonMortgage originations are booming, increasing nearly 75% from last year, according to data from the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report. DSnews: Average G-fees on GSE loans are 2.5 times their 2009 levelBy Xhevrje WestUnder the Housing and Economic Recovery [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau once again is proposing a new effective date for TRID. Just last week, the CFPB proposed delaying the effective date of the TRID rule until Oct. 1. As of today, the proposed effective date would be Oct. 3, 2015. The original effective date was Aug. [...]
Thu, Jun 25, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For release:June 22, 2015 California pending home sales gain steam to post six straight months of annual gains Market continues strong with home prices stabilizing. LOS ANGELES (June 22) – With the California housing market continuing its upward trend, pending home sales registered their sixth straight annual gain, with the last four months [...]
Tue, Jun 23, 2015, Continue reading at the source
A quick graph of unemployment claims ... Note: Starting with this release, the DOL is including a table of unadjusted State-level "advance"claims.The DOL reported:In the week ending June 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 281,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised level [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Hotel Occupancy Rate
From HotelNewsNow.com: STR: US hotel results for week ending 27 JuneThe U.S. hotel industry recorded positive results in the three key performance measurements during the week of 21-27 June 2015, according to data from STR, Inc.In year-over-year measurements, the industry's occupancy increased 1.1 percent to 76.9 percent. Average daily rate [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Apartment Vacancy Rate
Reis reported that the apartment vacancy rate was unchanged in Q2 2015, compared to Q1, at 4.2% - and also the same as in Q2 2014. The vacancy rate peaked at 8.0% at the end of 2009.A few comments from Reis Senior Economist and Director of Research Ryan Severino:Vacancy [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Employment Population Ratio, 25 to 54
Earlier: June Employment Report: 223,000 Jobs, 5.3% Unemployment RateThis was a decent employment report with 223,000 jobs added, although April and May were revised down by a combined 60,000 jobs.Unfortunately wage growth is still weak, from the BLS: "In June, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls [...]
Thu, Jul 02, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Real estate markets are notoriously slow when it comes to shifting momentum. While stock markets can react like a fighter jet real estate markets are more like turning around a cruise ship. They react slowly and once momentum shifts, it is hard to change course. Following previous [...]
Wed, Jul 01, 2015, Continue reading at the source
At the start of the year, discussing a year-over-year drop in California home prices seemed unrealistic. You can only defy gravity for so long and home prices for California are virtually unchanged year-over-year. The current median home price in the state is $396,750 up only 0.4 percent from [...]
Sun, Jun 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Foreign buyers are a big part of the US real estate game. I'm surprised that some people downplay this because on aggregate, foreign purchases of US real estate do make up a small portion of total sales. Yet foreign money is very targeted on certain areas. For [...]
Tue, Jun 23, 2015, Continue reading at the source
You might think that the Bay Area is home to the most inflated real estate in the US but being “over priced” is also relative to local area incomes. The army of tech professionals in the Bay Area earning healthy household incomes is expansive. Sure, having a household [...]
Fri, Jun 19, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Part of the puzzle of the mortgage meltdown has been the role of real estate brokers. Could real estate brokers have done more to prevent home buyers from making inappropriate purchases or using loans which were inherently too risky? The question has now been raised by the National Association of Exclusive [...]
Mon, Aug 03, 2009, Continue reading at the source
There's been considerable debate regarding the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC), the agreement to curb appraisal abuses worked out between New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and their then regulator, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO). A number of leading real estate and lending [...]
Tue, Jul 14, 2009, Continue reading at the source
On RealTalk, a listserve with some 30,000+ agents and brokers, several relate that they have had bad experiences under the new Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) concept, something which only began May 1st. Why is anyone amazed? Combine a new and different program with a huge number of interactions and [...]
Tue, Jun 30, 2009, Continue reading at the source
There is now a new effort on Capitol Hill to increase the first-time buyer credit from $8,000 to $15,000. Under S1230, first-time buyers would be able to get a credit equal to as much as 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $15,000. Not only that, but the time the [...]
Thu, Jun 18, 2009, Continue reading at the source
Should you buy a home in the suburbs or downtown? In an established neighborhood or a new subdivision? One story or two? Stop wracking your brain trying to figure out ...Read Full Post [...]
Thu, May 29, 2014, Continue reading at the source
It might not occur to you to meet the neighbors before buying a home, but let's consider a few reasons why that's a good idea. First and foremost is the fact you could be living next door to these people for a long time, and who knows if you'll even like [...]
Tue, May 27, 2014, Continue reading at the source
So much can happen after the purchase offer is accepted that we real estate agents sometimes caution our buyers not to get overly excited too quickly. Not that it ever slows anybody down enough to carefully inquire about the next home buying steps. Nope, buyers are so jazzed and filled with [...]
Sun, May 25, 2014, Continue reading at the source
An experienced agent will tell a home buyer that seller repairs are not a guarantee in any transaction after a home inspection. A much better time to ask about seller repairs is during the offer stage. Particularly if the repair is an item a buyer can easily spot while walking [...]
Thu, May 22, 2014, Continue reading at the source
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