Jan 07, 2020

Buy a vacation home

Today’s News Synopsis: Can’t afford a home?  Home prices increased 3.7% in November according to CoreLogic.  Meanwhile, housing inventory is at its lowest in two years. In The News: Forbes – “ADUs Boost Accessibility And Affordability Of Prime Real Estate” (1-7-2020) “More communities throughout the U.S. are demanding more flexible real

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Dec 19, 2019

Make It Cozy and Bright

Today’s News Synopsis: Want to throw a rockin holiday-themed open house?  Existing-home sales decreased 1.7% in November according to the National Association of Realtors.  Mortgage rates remained flat with 30-year rates at 3.73% and 15-year rates at 3.19%. In The News: Freddie Mac – “Mortgage Rates Remain Flat” (12-19-2019) “Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today

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Dec 03, 2019

Can You Guess How Many Are in California?

Today’s News Synopsis: 6 cities you need a 6 figure salary to afford.  Home prices increased by 3.5% year-over-year according to CoreLogic.  Is rent control as effective as it seems? In The News: Inman – “Rent control is getting more popular, but does it actually work?” (12-3-2019) “New laws in California

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Nov 26, 2019

Fannie and Freddie Stepping Up Their Game

Today’s News Synopsis: Conforming loans limits over $500K for the first time.  New home sales were strong last month, having increased 0.7% to 733,000 units.  You better get ready, because it turns out the best time to buy a home is the winter. In The News: Forbes – “The Real Estate

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Oct 23, 2019

Attack of the iSquatters!

Today’s News Synopsis: What are iSquatters, and how do they abuse the iBuying space?  The Mortgage Bankers Association reported an 11.9% decrease in mortgage applications from last week.  Home prices increased 4.6% from last month according to the FHFA. In The News: Realtor.com – “What Do Both Republicans and Democrats Really

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Sep 03, 2019

Deal Would Cap Annual Rent Increases At 5% Plus Inflation and 10% Max

Today’s News Synopsis: California governor announces deal to cap rising rents.  Home prices increased slightly in July by 3.6% year-over-year.  Which age group is driving home prices up again?  Believe it or not, it’s the older millennials. In The News: HousingWire – “Artificial intelligence in residential real estate: Reality or hype?”

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Aug 15, 2019

What’s On Your Color Palette For 2020?

Today’s News Synopsis: What are the top colors for your home for 2020 and beyond?  Mortgage rates are at their lowest on record with 30-year rates at 3.6% and 15-year rates at 3.07%.  Home prices increased 3% in July with the 3% drop in supply. In The News: Mortgage Bankers

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Aug 06, 2019

The Black and Yellow Buzzy Invaders Can Become Territorial

Today’s News Synopsis: How to get rid of Wasps.  Home prices increased 3.4% year-over-year in June according to CoreLogic.  Job openings continue to remain high as of June. In The News: Realtor.com – “How to Get Rid of Wasps – and What to Do If You Find a Nest” (8-6-2019) “You’re

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Jul 23, 2019

The ADU Top Ten

Today’s News Synopsis: If you’re considering investing in accessory dwelling units, what are ten things you should consider?  The FHFA reported home prices increased by 0.1% in May across the country.  Meanwhile, existing-home sales were weaker, having declined 1.7% in June. In The News: BiggerPockets – “10 Things to Consider When

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Jul 02, 2019

Is It Time To Sound The Alarm?

Today’s News Synopsis: Alt-doc loans have doubled in the last 2 years.  Home prices increased 3.6% year-over-year in May according to CoreLogic.  Where is the number one zip code for baby boomers to live in America? In The News: Curbed – “Oregon just effectively banned single-family zoning” (7-2-2019) “Oregon just staked

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