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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
Six years after the official end of the recession consumer confidence has recovered most of the ground lost during the downturn. The Conference Board reported that its trademark Consumer Confidence Index jumped more than 10 points in August. The present situation index and expectations index rose 11.1 points and 10.2 [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
On average, the contract rate on conventional mortgages used to purchase newly-built homes increased 12 basis points in July, to 3.98 percent, according to data released yesterday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). At 3.98, this is the highest the contract rate has been since December of last [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its second estimate of real GDP growth for the second quarter of 2015, revising the earlier 2.3% growth estimate up to 3.7%. The revisions were broad based with faster growth in consumption, investment, government spending and trade adding to the upward revision. Business [...]
Thu, Aug 27, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The Pending Home Sales Index increased in July for the sixth time in seven months. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a forward-looking indicator based on signed contracts reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), increased 0.5% in July from an upwardly revised June report, and is up 7.4% [...]
Thu, Aug 27, 2015, Continue reading at the source
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Housingwire: Trulia: Is housing shifting to a homebuyer's market?By Brena SwansonTrulia calculated how long homes are staying on the market by measuring the share of homes for sale on its site over a two-month period. Los Angeles Times: L.A. and O.C. home prices up 6.3%, outpacing national averageBy Andrew KhouriHome prices [...]
Wed, Aug 26, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For release:August 26, 2015 Homeowners caught in affordability squeeze, are staying put, REALTOR® survey finds LOS ANGELES (August 26) – Even with rising home prices over the past few years, many homeowners who have considered selling are deciding not to because they are caught in an affordability squeeze that is compounded by [...]
Tue, Aug 25, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For release:August 24, 2015 California REALTORS® welcome HUD/FHA decision to maintain subordinate status of energy efficiency liens LOS ANGELES (Aug. 24) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) issued the following statement in response to today's announcement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that the Federal Housing [...]
Tue, Aug 25, 2015, Continue reading at the source
For release:August 24, 2015 California pending home sales climb in July to post eight straight months of annual gains LOS ANGELES (Aug. 24) – California pending home sales soared from the previous year in July, posting the strongest year-over-year increase in more than six years, CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.In [...]
Mon, Aug 24, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Note: Tomorrow, Saturday, at 12:25 PM ET, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer will speak at the Jackson Hole Symposium on "U.S. Inflation Developments"A couple of quotes from earlier today ...From Binyamin Appelbaum at the NY Times: Fed Official Fischer Leaves Door Open for September Rate IncreaseMr. Fischer said the Fed [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Fannie Freddie Seriously Delinquent Rate
Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate declined in July to 1.48%, down from 1.53% in June. Freddie's rate is down from 2.02% in July 2014, and the rate in July was the lowest level since October 2008.Freddie's serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%. [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The automakers will report August vehicle sales on Tuesday, Sept 1. Sales in July were at 17.5 million on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR), and it appears sales in August will be over 17 million SAAR again.Note: There were 26 selling days in August, down from 27 [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Consumer Sentiment
The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for August was at 91.9, down from the preliminary reading of 92.9, and down from 93.1 in July.This was below the consensus forecast of 93.3. [...]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The morning news is now covering how unaffordable Los Angeles housing has become. Just this morning there was a story about rental prices increasing the prevalence of poverty in the area. Apparently this is somehow going to resolve itself even though cracks are now starting to form in [...]
Thu, Aug 27, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Some people forget how economic corrections occur. Stock markets usually get hit first while real estate comes limping along. Real estate is like turning around a giant ship in the middle of the sea. Once it is on course, it usually stays on the path for some [...]
Sun, Aug 23, 2015, Continue reading at the source
I've been tracking data throughout the Southland for well over a decade. The most expensive county in SoCal is Orange County. Home to the Real Housewives of Orange County and regular guest on flip this house shows. Inventory has been rising strongly in Orange County for the [...]
Wed, Aug 19, 2015, Continue reading at the source
The state of California has a tax structure that is inherently in favor of stock and asset bubbles. The biggest sources of income tax for the state include personal income tax, corporate tax, and sales tax. These sources are completely dependent on the health of the overall economy [...]
Sat, Aug 15, 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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