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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 ...

Newport Beach – A Surge in New Construction and Remodeling

By Robert Owen Deane This blog post addresses the age of the housing stock in Newport Beach and a critical fact you need to know when looking at listings on the Internet. Don’t build you opinion of a home based on the year built. The value of property in Newport Beach is so exceptional, homes don’t just age, they are constantly re-born. ...

Barton Health – Skilled Nursing

By Robert Owen Deane Read My Blog, “Barton Memorial Hospital – It all Started with a Fall“, for the introduction to this post.   Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Just what’s important in rehabilitation from a broken leg? It was three days after my wife’s three hour operation on her fractured femur. It was time to ...

 

 

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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
[...] detailed break down of buyers at the regional level (the six Southern California Counties) from DataQuick. DataQuick reports that on the regional level a full 28 percent of home purchases are made by Cash [...] [...]
Thu, Dec 05, 2013, Continue reading at the source
According to NAHB analysis of the Survey of Construction (SOC) data, only 8 percent of new single-family homes started in 2013 are served by individual wells and only 15 percent have private septic systems. These shares, however, vary widely across the nine Census divisions and reach 42 and 51 percent, [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014, Continue reading at the source
The September housing construction report from Census Bureau and HUD rebounded from the unusually low August level and returned to the slow but steady path expected. Total starts rose just above 1 million for the third time in 2014 to an annual level of 1,017,000. Single-family starts increased slightly to [...]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014, Continue reading at the source
A new study of California affordable housing developments provides important findings concerning the role and benefits of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). The affordable housing credit ensures a supply of equity financing for the development of needed rental housing. The report was prepared for the California Department of Housing [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014, Continue reading at the source
Builder sentiment as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell five points in October to a level of 54. Any value above 50 means more builder see the market favorably over those who see unfavorable conditions. The drop was from a 9 year high of 59 in August [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014, Continue reading at the source
FOR RELEASE:October 16, 2014 LOS ANGELES – (Oct. 16) The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and leading real estate research centers at California's top universities will convene thought leaders from a variety of disciplines for a day-long conference to examine real estate's role in driving the state's economic future, as well [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014, Continue reading at the source
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Housingwire: RealtyTrac: Foreclosure filings increase first time in 3 yearsBy Brena SwansonForeclosure filings, including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions, were reported on 317,171 U.S. properties in the third quarter, marking the first quarterly increase since the third quarter of 2011, according to RealtyTrac's latest September and third quarter [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014, Continue reading at the source
FOR RELEASE: October 7, 2014 C.A.R. releases its 2015 California Housing Market Forecast California home sales to increase slightly, while prices post slowest gain in four years LOS ANGELES (Oct. 7) – With more available homes on the market for sale, California's housing market will see fewer investors and a return to traditional [...]
Mon, Oct 13, 2014, Continue reading at the source
C.A.R. launches new Center for California Real Estate and website LOS ANGELES (Sept. 30) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today announced the launch of its new Center for California Real Estate (CCRE), a new institute dedicated to intellectual engagement in the field of real estate. The Center and its [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014, Continue reading at the source
From Dina ElBoghdady at the WaPo: How a top housing regulator plans to make it easier to get a mortgage. Excerpts: It's unclear if Watt's downpayment plan will do much to ease access to credit. The average downpayment remains lower today than it was in more normal, pre-housing bubble times, [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014, Continue reading at the source
CR Note: Existing Home Sales for September will be released tomorrow by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for sales of 5.09 million on seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) basis. Sales in August were at a 5.05 million SAAR. Economist Tom Lawler estimates the NAR [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014, Continue reading at the source
From FHFA Director Melvin Watt: Prepared Remarks of Melvin L. Watt, Director, FHFA, At the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual ConventionOn lower downpayments: To increase access for creditworthy but lower-wealth borrowers, FHFA is also working with the Enterprises to develop sensible and responsible guidelines for mortgages with loan-to-value ratios between 95 [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014, Continue reading at the source
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I frequently hear stories from prime borrowers about their horrible experiences getting mortgages right now. Yes, the process is difficult because of all the extra checks because the lenders are afraid the loans will be put back to them in a few years.At the same time, loan officers are telling [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014, Continue reading at the source
There was an odd sort of rejoicing last week in the midst of market volatility. Housing starts jumped but the people pointing at this failed to grasp that a large reason for this was because of multi-family housing starts. In other words, the demand is reflecting a nation [...]
Sat, Oct 18, 2014, Continue reading at the source
I love the antiquated notion that most people buy their homes to live in forever. To setup roots. But the underlying reality is very different. Most people stay in their home for 7 to 10 years. In places like California, a first home purchase is considered a “starter” home until [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014, Continue reading at the source
People have a hard time understanding that low interest rates in today's market are largely a reflection of a negative outlook on the economy. Central banks around the world are more concerned about financial assets and the secondary impact on real estate is just that, secondary. The market [...]
Sun, Oct 12, 2014, Continue reading at the source
It should come as no surprise that the L.A. and O.C. housing markets are the least affordable in the entire nation. That is right, even more unaffordable than San Francisco or New York. Why? Because even though New York and San Francisco have higher rental costs, people make more money. [...]
Wed, Oct 08, 2014, 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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