Harry Potter’s Home For Sale

Today’s News Synopsis:

You can now rent out a room on Airbnb from the home of Harry Potter.  What is the one thing most sellers forget to hide before hosting an open house?  Home price appreciation increased to its highest in 6 months.

In The News:

MarketWatch “The 10 most FIRE-friendly places to live if you want to retire early” (11-5-2019)

“Everyone dreams of retiring someday. But retire early, in your 30s or 40s? As far-fetched as this fantasy may seem, there’s a name for this wish that could help make it happen: FIRE.”

HousingWire “Black Knight: Annual home price appreciation climbs to a 6-month high” (11-5-2019)

“In August, annual home price growth held flat at 3.8% after rising for the first time in 17 months during July. This lackluster growth signaled the market was either experiencing a lull or bracing itself for a rebound in the months to come.”

Realtor.com “The One Thing Home Sellers Forget to Hide Before an Open House” (11-5-2019)

“When getting ready to sell your house, there’s a lot to worry about—home staging, repairs, keeping rooms tidy for home tours, and more. But there’s also one important thing that many sellers forget to do: hide their prescription drugs.”

DS News “Learning from Europe to Cure America’s Housing Crisis” (11-5-2019)

“Commentary from Shareable said America should look across the world and how other governments have found solutions to housing shortages and affordability challenges.”

Curbed “Harry Potter’s childhood home is now renting rooms on Airbnb” (11-5-2019)

“Are you really a cultural phenomenon if you don’t have a listing on Airbnb? Everyone from purveyors of hotdogs to the owners of the real-life Downton Abbey castle have embraced the sleepover—and now you can add Harry Potter to that list.”

Forbes “Real Estate Agent Commissions Are Shrouded In Secrecy, New Study Shows” (11-5-2019)

“A new study shows that most real estate agents (and the brokerages who employ them) are less-than-forthcoming about their commission fees—a practice that researchers say has reduced price competition and stalled negotiating power for American consumers.”

Inman “HomeLight nabs $109M in new funding round” (11-5-2019)

“The company plans to use the money to grow its closing services and home loans business.”

MarketWatch “S&P 500’s real estate sector marks worst day in 3 months” (11-5-2019)

“The S&P 500’s real-estate sector Tuesday notched its worst day in three months, as investors sold shares considered defensive, including utilities and bought banks and energy names.”


California Real Estate Investor Events

Aaron Norris will be presenting his latest talk Innovative Real Estate Marketing with TIGAR on Tuesday, November 12.

Aaron Norris will be presenting his latest talk Innovative Real Estate Marketing with Pasadena FIBI on Thursday, November 21.

Bruce Norris will be presenting Turmoil: The Coming Storm of Negative Interest Rates on Saturday, February 1.


Looking Back:

Another Southern California home-price boom was cooling.  Amazon’s HQ2 location search just took a surprise twist.  According to Black Knight Financial Services, the increase in interest rates led to a decrease in the number of people with an interest rate incentive to refinance as well as housing in states now being less affordable than the already established benchmarks.


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