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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
At 2:00 pm today the Federal Reserve's monetary policy setting committee, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), concluded its July meeting and released the standard post-meeting statement. Let the reading of the tea leaves begin. Analysts' expectations for the meeting were for no major changes and the FOMC delivered: marginal [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Pending Home Sales Index declined in June after reaching the highest level in over nine years in May. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), decreased 1.8% in June, but is up 8.2% from the [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015, Continue reading at the source
According to the Census Bureau's Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS), the nation's homeownership rate in the second quarter of 2015 fell to a post-1967 low point of 63.4%. The homeownership rate decreased by 130 basis points on a nonseasonally adjusted basis from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 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 indexes for May. The House Price Index (HPI) data reported by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) shows house prices rose at an annual growth rate of 5.4% in May, higher than the [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Stop Patent Trolls NAR has issued a nationwide Call for Action in support of H.R. 9 to put an end to the lawsuit abuse perpetrated by patent trolls. Patent trolls purchase outdated patents and then file extortionary lawsuits against legitimate businesses for using common business technologies. REALTORS®, among others, have been [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For release:July 28, 2015 C.A.R. Opposes Tax on Home Buyers in Senate Highway Transportation BillBill would put tax burden on home buyers, hinder future efforts at mortgage finance reform LOS ANGELES (July 28) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is opposing a provision in the highway bill now being considered by the [...]
Tue, Jul 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For release:July 23, 2015 California pending home sales continue annual increase for seventh straight monthHome sales expected to remain strong in upcoming quarter LOS ANGELES (June 22) – California pending home sales continued to gain steam in June, registering seven months of continued annual increases and the fifth consecutive month of [...]
Thu, Jul 23, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For Release:July 23, 2015 C.A.R. Commends Gov. Brown for Signing SB 146 into Law C.A.R.-sponsored legislation assures that the law regarding "team names" is applied consistently at all levels of government LOS ANGELES (July 23, 2015) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) is commending Governor Brown for signing into law SB [...]
Thu, Jul 23, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The DOL reported:In the week ending July 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 267,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 255,000. The 4-week moving average was 274,750, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 278,500. There were [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015, Continue reading at the source
From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product: Second Quarter 2015 (Advance Estimate); Includes Historical Revisions Real gross domestic product -- the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes -- increased at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the second quarter of [...]
Thu, Jul 30, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The GDP revisions will be especially important this year.Excerpts from a research piece by Michelle Meyer at Merrill Lynch: The moment of truth• The annual revision to GDP growth on July 30th will adjust estimates of growth over the past few years. If growth is indeed revised higher it would [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015, Continue reading at the source
From Tim Duy: FOMC RecapThe July FOMC meeting yielded the widely expected outcome of no policy change. Very little change in the statement either - pulling out any useful information is about as easy as reading tea leaves or chicken bones. But that won't stop me from trying! On net, [...]
Wed, Jul 29, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Venice is an interesting place. I've always enjoyed the unique atmosphere and it can be argued that Venice was one of the leading hipster enclaves in Southern California. It was cool before it was cool to be cool. Similar to San Francisco, old homes are being sold [...]
Mon, Jul 27, 2015, Continue reading at the source
I've talked about the reality that many native Californians have been leaving the state in droves over the past decade. Many are moving to lower cost areas much to the dismay of locals in places like Texas. The California effect has impacted many areas in the Southwest driving [...]
Thu, Jul 23, 2015, Continue reading at the source
It is very true that most people are only focused on the monthly payment. Most in California inflate their lifestyle up to their paychecks. That is why you have many older people now looking into the long path of retirement with little in savings. They expected to [...]
Sun, Jul 19, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Whenever you read dry economic articles on housing that attempt to justify high home prices there is always the fascinating lack of pictures. As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words and in the case of a crap shack, a picture is worth a thousand tacos. [...]
Thu, Jul 16, 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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