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Understanding Supplemental Property Taxes

They have been with us since July of 1983, but you and your neighbors still may not know what they are, what they do, and how they affect you and your property. To help you better understand this confusing subject, the California Land Title Association has answered some of the questions most commonly asked about Read More

Palm Springs Is Hot. The Old Guard Is Hot Under the Collar.

By KATHERINE ROSMAN        MARCH 4, 2017     New York Times PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Hundreds of Pucci- and pastel-wearing partygoers mingled on Feb. 16 among palm trees and model Alfa Romeo convertibles at the Bank, a renovated 1955 savings and loan in the downtown of this desert city. Looming over them were clips of Sean Connery Read More

Consumers More Optimistic About Housing

Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, February 09, 2017 More Americans are showing optimism toward their personal finances and the housing market, a reversal to a five-month decline.   Read more: Optimism Grows Among Sellers, Buyers   In particular, Americans are more upbeat about home prices, home selling, their rising household incomes, and they’re less Read More

Millennial Buyers: We’ll Compromise

Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, January 12, 2017 Millennial first-time homeowners are showing more willingness than previous generations to complete do-it-yourself projects around the house or wait until they can afford to make the improvements they desire, a new survey by Better Homes & Gardens magazine shows. Fifty percent of those surveyed say that Read More

The Next Big Thing in Smart-Home Tech

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, January 04, 2017 Talk to your home, and it may now hear you. Voice control is the next game changer with smart-home tech. In fact, it may be just the piece that fuels higher adoption of smart-home gadgets. “By simply saying aloud what they want to happen with their Read More

PALM SPRINGS BOOMS IN 2016!

Source: The Desert Sun/Rosalie Murphy/12.30.16 Desert home prices & sales have been steady for more than two years – with median sales prices hovering just under $300,000, around $170 per sq. ft. Monthly sales have consistently ranged from about 700 homes (in slow fall months) to 1,000 home (in winter & spring) when sales typically Read More

2017 Home Design Trends

December 2016 / By Barbara BallingerThe latest on the residential style horizon so that you know desires those of future buyers when it’s time to sell. 2017 Housing styles emerge slowly and typically appeal first to cutting-edge architects, builders, and interior designers. As a trend spreads and gains wider interest, it may go mainstream, become Read More

Housing Trends to Watch in 2017

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, November 28, 2016 Recent spikes in mortgage rates may potentially price some first-time home buyers out of the market. The higher rates mixed with rising home prices will likely cause the housing market to slow in 2017 and see only moderate growth, according to a new report released by Read More

2017 Housing Forecasts: Predictions Roll In

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, October 03, 2016 We can expect a hot year for home sales in 2017, according to recent forecasts from the National Association of REALTORS®, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and more. Read more: Housing Markets Move More Into Buy Zone NAR is predicting existing-home sales Read More

FHA Holding Back Owner-Occupancy Limit

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Yesterday, HUD released its proposed rules on H.R. 3700, or the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act.” But the rules punt, at least temporarily, on a provision in the law that lowers the allowable owner-occupancy ratio for FHA-approved projects to 35 percent from the current 50 percent. Read More

A Lesson for Sellers on Disclosures

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Sellers may feel hesitant to reveal any minor problems with their home, afraid they’ll scare off buyers. But here’s a warning for sellers: They may land in legal trouble if they fail to disclose. Avoid Unapproved Renovation Problems 4 Problems Sellers May Try to Hide “Most Read More

Consumer Attitudes: The Middle Class Life

A middle-class life has become 30% more expensive in the past 20 years, according to analysis of prices from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Trying to afford the staples of a middle-class life amidst stagnant median incomes may explain feelings among consumers that today’s economy is challenging. California Associate of Realtor’s Center for California Read More

Low-Flow Toilets To Become Law In California: Some “Shi$!y” News…

On January 1, 2017 homeowners of single family homes across California will be required to install water-conserving plumbing fixtures if the property was built before 1994. This is NOT a point-of-sale requirement. It is required by virtue of owning a home built before 1994. (California Civil Code 1101.1 through 1101.9) What fixtures must be installed/replaced? Read More

Buyers Stuck on Down Payment Confusion

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Consumers across all ages, income brackets, and education levels lack awareness about low-down-payment mortgage options, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey of more than 2,700 Americans. Many are hesitant about buying a home right now, particularly young Read More

Paint Colors That Make a Room Look Bigger

Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, September 13, 2016 A room’s size is sometimes a matter of perception, and the paint color on the walls has a lot to with that perception. Some colors can actually make a room appear smaller, while other colors can make the walls expand and feel larger. Realtor.com® recently highlighted Read More

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