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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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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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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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Home Values Rising to Meet or Recover Previous Losses

by davesingery March 6, 2017 Latest News

There is good news for 54 metro areas in the U.S. in that the price of housing in these areas has now reached or exceeded the prices of homes before the 2008 housing decline, according to HSH.com’s Home Price Recovery Index [1]. This information is compiled using the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) Home Price […]

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Interest Rates Continue Trend

by davesingery February 28, 2017 Latest News

On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency [1] reported that mortgage rates increased from December to January and, according to several indices of new mortgage contracts, interest rates on conventional purchase-money mortgages also increased. Since November 2016, the mortgage rate has been on a steady incline. The national average mortgage contract rate for the purchase […]

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by davesingery February 21, 2017 Latest News

Having twins made creating extra space at home twice the challenge for Marcus and Katy Mollmann. With each of them juggling a baby, he said, “We just didn’t have the time or ability to lift a heavy piece of furniture off our floor.” The hassle of lugging their stuff around, packing it up and hauling […]

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