Want to snuff out a neighbor’s secondhand smoke? Here are 5 things to know

by davesingery June 19, 2017 Latest News

Inoel Ayala has serious reasons to steer clear of secondhand smoke. A stroke two ­­­years ago left him partially paralyzed. Several years before that, he learned his young daughter had a heart murmur. “I hear that secondhand smoke is really dangerous for anyone,” said Ayala, 35, sitting in the great room of a bright, three-bedroom […]

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Tight Housing Inventory Pushes Home Prices Higher in Most US Cities, Case-Shiller Index Reports

by davesingery June 6, 2017 Latest News

The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, reported a 5.8% annual gain in March, up from 5.7% last month and setting a 33-month high. The index’s closely watched 20-city index climbed 5.9% in March from the same period a year ago, as tighter housing inventory stoked soaring prices. Seattle, Portland, and Dallas reported the […]

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by davesingery May 16, 2017 Orange County

Unless you have a huge bank account, you need to earn $154,120 a year to afford the median-priced Orange County house, the California Association of Realtors reported Monday, May 15. Just 21 percent of Orange County households met that benchmark during the first quarter of 2017, the period covered in CAR’s latest affordability report. That […]

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Would you pay more for a house to save a lumber job?

by davesingery May 2, 2017 Featured- Top Banner

To me, one of the grand economic questions is just how much will the typical American pay to save another American’s job? While it’s great to talk about “America First” business principles, economics has a funny way of creating unintended consequences. Hiring American and buying American are well-intentioned ideas. But what if American-made doesn’t offer […]

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Unique Whittier Tree House

by davesingery May 2, 2017 Deal of the Week

A hideaway in the trees! A single story on a hill with it’s very own elevator entry. A private driveway with a lot of space for parking. A beautiful pool with a diving board insures summertime fun. Views from the patio/deck will leave you and your guests breathless.

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Non-foreclosure Solutions Remain Strong

by davesingery April 25, 2017 Latest News

Approximately 30,000 permanent loan modifications were completed in February, according to new data [1] from HOPE NOW, [2] an alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, insurers, and counselors. About two-thirds of those done through proprietary programs and the last third done through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The number of modifications is largely steady year-over-year and over the month. About 27,000 […]

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Rents hit all-time highs amid job growth and low vacancy rates

by davesingery April 18, 2017 Latest News

Some residents at the Huntington Manor Apartments got a huge surprise at the start of the month. Notices affixed to their front doors courteously thanked them for renting in the neat, gated, well landscaped, pet-friendly complex. Then the notices added, effective June 1, their rent would go up by $400 to $600 a month, depending on […]

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Orange County real estate market ‘insanely hot,’ but here’s why you can’t find a house

by davesingery April 3, 2017 Latest News

It’s not really a concern about rising interest rates that’s created a sizzling housing market in Orange County, but a lack of sellers. That’s the latest from Steve Thomas at Reports on Housing, who says two-thirds of the action is at $750,000 or less. But so far this year, 27 percent fewer homes have been […]

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‘Best’ 15 days of year to put a home up for sale in Orange County or L.A. are fast approaching

by davesingery March 16, 2017 Los Angeles

Sure, the official homebuying season starts right after the Super Bowl. But putting a home on the market toward the end of spring will boost a seller’s chances of finding a buyer quickly and getting more money, Zillow researchers say. In 20 of the 25 biggest metro markets in the nation, the best month to […]

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Homeowners Regained Equity in 2016

by davesingery March 13, 2017 Latest News

Last year turned out to be a good year for U.S. homeowners with mortgages. A new study by CoreLogic found that roughly 63 percent of all homeowners saw their equity increase by a total of $783 billion in 2016. That’s an increase of almost 12 percent. Average home equity rose by $13,700. Moreover, more than […]

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