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Los Angeles Times Real EstateQuestion: My homeowner association board in our common interest development underestimates the severity of California's drought, and it fines and penalizes owners who comply with the state's water restrictions. We ripped out our water-guzzling lawn and a huge pine tree that sucked up hundreds of... [...]A Prohibition-era speak-easy with taps and barrels in place is among the 1920s details at this Spanish Colonial-style mansion in Los Feliz. A grand ballroom and original moldings, tile and stonework retain the vintage vibe. Location: 2600 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90027 Asking price: $5.499... [...]Box-office star Tom Cruise just sold a Hollywood Hills West compound for $11.4 million — but that's not even the main attraction. He's asking $50 million for his mansion in Beverly Hills and is quietly allowing real estate agents to show the more than 10,000-square-foot residence to select clients.... [...]Question: It has been two months since I moved out of my apartment. I researched on the Internet and it said my landlord has to send an itemized list of deductions within 21 days of the date and also has to provide receipts to document the deductions if the deductions [...]Thu, Oct 01, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Government FeedsFourth Freddie Mac Guaranteed Multifamily Small Balance Loan Securitization Prices [...]Freddie Mac Announces Disaster Relief for Eligible Borrowers in South Carolina [...]Freddie Mac Prices Multifamily Third Seniors Housing Securities Offering [...]Freddie Mac Forecasts Multifamily Market to Remain Strong for Several More Years [...]Fannie Mae is reminding servicers of options that are available to homeowners affected by flooding in South Carolina. [...]The monthly summary report contains information about Fannie Mae's monthly and year-to-date activities for our gross mortgage portfolio, mortgage- ... [...]The Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) transaction shifts credit risk on a pool of loans to a panel of reinsurers. [...]Wed, Sep 23, 2015, Continue reading at the sourceFannie Mae's third quarter 2015 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey reveals that more lenders report easing of mortgage lending standards across all ... [...]Wed, Sep 16, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Housing WireOver the last several days, torrential downpours have battered some residents in South Carolina with more than two feet of rain, resulting in as many as 14 deaths and damage currently estimated to be more than $1 billion. Now, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are offering relief to the thousands [...]Corker and Warner at BPC: GSE reform just isn’t going to happen soon
from email@example.com (Trey Garrison)Seven years after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were placed into conservatorship, there is still a lack of consensus on how to reform the GSEs. Don't expect anything to change going forward no matter how much it's needed. [...]Mortgage credit availability increased in September according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index, a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association, driven by some loosening in conventional loans and a boost from additional Fannie Mae affordable lending offerings. Here's what happened. [...]Price growth is on pace now, but forecasts generally project higher mortgage rates and more single-family housing starts for 2016. What will these changes to both demand and supply mean for 2016? [...]
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National Association of Home BuildersNAHB analysis of the Census Bureau Survey of Construction (SOC) data shows that non-conventional forms of financing new single-family home purchases remained elevated in 2014, but their use and mix varied widely across the country. In the West North Central division, only 21 percent of new homes started in 2014 [...]An increasing number of newly-built multifamily units are found in larger buildings, as measured by the number of apartments per building. According to Census Bureau data of multifamily completions, the share of new multifamily units in buildings with 50 or more units reached a data series high of 48% during [...]Today's employment report was disappointing on all fronts: weak payroll growth, downward revisions to prior months, and another decline in the participation rate. The unemployment rate was unchanged only because the labor force shrank faster than the number of employed persons. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that payroll [...]Fri, Oct 02, 2015, Continue reading at the sourceNAHB analysis of Census Construction Spending data shows that total private residential construction spending for August continued to increase, rising to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $390 billion. On a month-over-month basis, private single-family spending was $219 billion, up by 0.7% over the revised July estimate. Private multifamily spending [...]Thu, Oct 01, 2015, Continue reading at the source
California Association of RealtorsFor release:September 28, 2015CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2015 to open next week in San JoseSAN JOSE, CALIF. (Sept. 28) – CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2015, the state's largest real estate trade show, opens NEXT week at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Running Oct. 6-8, CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO 2015 [...][...]For release:September 22, 2015California pending home sales temper in August but still record 10th straight annual increaseLOS ANGELES (Sept. 22) – California pending home sales declined in August but remained strong, marking 10 straight months of year-over-year gains, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.In a separate report, California [...]Tue, Sep 22, 2015, Continue reading at the sourceFor release:September 15, 2015California home sales cool in August as price gains temper, C.A.R. reports- Existing, single-family home sales totaled 431,800 in August on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 3.8 percent from July but up 9.3 percent from August 2014.- Statewide sales were above the 400,000 mark [...]Tue, Sep 15, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Calculated Risk[...][...]Tuesday:• At 8:30 AM ET, Trade Balance report for August from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for the U.S. trade deficit to be at $48.6 billion in August from $41.9 billion in July.From Binyamin Appelbaum at the NY Times: Ben Bernanke, in Book, Blames Congress for Lagging Fiscal RecoveryCongress [...][...]
Dr. Housing BubbleForeign investors in Southern California: Over half of new homes in Irvine purchased by Asian buyers. SoHo China CEO weary on buying overseas real estate. AirBnB and VRBO Irvine rentals.
from drhousingbubbleThere is still a large amount of foreign money flowing into targeted markets for the direct purpose of purchasing real estate. Not cheap real estate but trophy properties. Usually when people get angry about the money flowing into some of these communities there is an underlying perception that [...]Chicago overtakes Detroit as the worst performing housing market: San Diego outperforms while Los Angeles hits a snag.
from drhousingbubbleThe Case Shiller Index is one of the better long-term measures of housing price changes. It looks at repeat home sales so you know what you are tracking versus say an area where new home sales are jacking prices up while old crap shack stucco boxes lag the market. [...]Fri, Oct 02, 2015, Continue reading at the sourceLos Angeles home to the largest population of homeless residents: The cost of Rental Armageddon leads to L.A. having 20,000 homeless residents.
from drhousingbubbleThe high cost of housing has bigger consequences than simply seeing $700,000 crap shacks littering the landscape. People are spending large portions of their money on rents and also mortgage payments. Los Angeles leads the way in both of these categories. The typical renter in Los Angeles [...]Sales volume of California homes reflecting 2008 and 2009 numbers: Sales fall 13 percent from previous month and median price dips.
from drhousingbubbleIt didn't take long for the minor dip in the stock market to reflect in real estate trends. Month-over-month sales volume fell by 13 percent. August sales volume in California was very low resembling the volume of sales seen in 2008 and 2009. What followed was a [...]Thu, Sep 24, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Our BrokerPart 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 sourceThere'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 sourceOn 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 sourceThere 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
Inman NewsAs a real estate agent, it is important to be ready for Oct. 3 and the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule. Much of that preparation is checking with your lender. In fact, an interview of sorts is appropriate to determine how prepared the lender is and how they intend to communicate [...]Ken DeLeon is the founder of Silicon Valley firm DeLeon Realty. With a degree in mathematics and economics, he graduated from University of California-Berkeley Law School. He practiced law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, one of the nation's most prestigious law firms in the Silicon Valley. In 2012, The [...]The time and money you allocate toward finding top talent will be well worth it. When it comes time to make decisive moves in your business, you will be glad you have competent team members in your corner. Let's look at what it takes to hire the best employees for [...]For nearly four years, price appreciation in California metros has kept the West afloat and led the nation in growth. But moving forward, these markets can not be trusted to pull the same weight; data suggest cooling appreciation across the state ... [...]
Altos ResearchFor a while this summer it seemed like everyone expected mortgage rates to climb. However, since a peak in early July, rates have been drifting lower and are back under 4% – less than half their long-term average. With mortgage rates down from 4.5% a year ago, homebuyers can actually [...]I get a variation of this question nearly every day. Bay Area home prices are nuts. Both rents and values are rising. It seems out of whack with reality and sustainability. The other day I answered a question on Quora and I thought I would repeat it here. The short [...]Fri, Aug 14, 2015, Continue reading at the source[This article is part of a new Realtor-focused series on the Altos blog, looking at ways agents can use market data to build their business]. In our last real estate marketing article, we looked at ways to attract new clients using real estate market data. Now let's look at how [...]Tue, Aug 04, 2015, Continue reading at the source[This article is part of a new Realtor-focused series on the Altos blog, looking at ways agents can use market data to build their business]. You've probably heard the phrase “content is king” – well, nowhere is this more true than with the real estate market, where standing out from [...]Fri, May 29, 2015, Continue reading at the source
Home Buying/SellingStep-by-step instructions on how to remodel a kitchen, from tearing out a kitchen, to hanging drywall, replacing electrical and plumbing, to installing new kitchen cabinets and appliances. Complete A to Z kitchen remodeling project. [...]After a short sale or foreclosure, how long must you wait before you can buy a home again? These guidelines set forth the waiting period for buying a home after a foreclosure, short sale or deed-in-lieu-of, and some borrowers can buy immediately. [...]How to find a great real estate agent. How do you find a qualified and knowledgeable real estate agent? Here are excellent suggestions. [...]
National Association of Realtors - Realtor.comWASHINGTON (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 sourceWASHINGTON (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 sourceWASHINGTON (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 sourceWASHINGTON (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
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This blog post provides information about housing sales in Orange County. It is interactive – you can change metrics (median price, unsold inventory) and see new graphs in this category. You can also change between months for Orange County statistics or change to other Counties. More information follows:
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 ...
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 Sales ...
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 again. Property ...
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 wide ...