How Does the White House Compare to the Average Home

We can use data from the 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers to see how the typical home differs from the White House. Typical Home Purchased in the U.S. 84% of buyers purchased a previously owned home, with 83% of buyers choosing a detached single-family home. Looking at first-time and repeat buyers, both also purchased detached […]

California Continues to Outpace Nation

  California’s labor markets rebounded in December 2015 after a relatively weak showing in November. The State’s Employment Development Department (EDD) reported that California businesses added 60,400 jobs to nonfarm payrolls last month. That’s the second best month for job growth for all on 2015 (behind July 2015), and closes out a year of relatively […]

The Importance of Show-Ready Model Homes

By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Is model home building still a smart investment for homebuilders in today’s market? Some builders believe that today’s buyer knows exactly what they want and therefore don’t have to tour a model to help make home-buying decisions. However, only a small percentage of buyers today have […]

Fastest Growing Markets in the Fourth Quarter of 2015

Rising sales and home prices typically coincide with each other. That was not the case in the final three months of 2015. Despite slightly cooling demand from earlier in the year that caused sales to decline (5.4 percent) from the third quarter, single-family home prices picked up speed and showed continued strength in nearly all […]

What is my Simi Valley home worth? Market Report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Simi Valley for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Simi Valley Area The city of Simi Valley (from the Chumash word, Shimiyi), is situated in the southeast corner of Ventura County. The city’s 2014 population has been estimated at 126,871, up from […]

What is my Newbury Park home worth? Market Report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Newbury Park for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Newbury Park Area Newbury Park is a community located mostly within the western portion of the city of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County, California. The census-designated place (CDP) of Casa Conejo is also […]

What is my Westlake Village home worth? Market Report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Westlake Village for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Westlake Village Area Westlake Village is a planned community that straddles the Los Angeles and Ventura county line. The eastern portion is the incorporated city of Westlake Village, located on the western edge […]

What is my Thousand Oaks home worth? Market report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Thousand Oaks for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Thousand Oaks Area The City of Thousand Oaks is a premiere community recognized for being one of the most desirable places in all of California to live, work, recreate, and raise a family. […]

What is my Moorpark home worth? Market Report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Moorpark for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Moorpark Area Moorpark was founded when the application for the Moorpark Post Office was granted on June 1, 1900. The townsite of Moorpark was owned and surveyed by Robert Poindexter and his wife, Madeline. […]

What is my Conejo Oaks home worth? Market report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Conejo Oaks for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Conejo Oaks Area Conejo Oaks is a hidden gem in the heart of Thousand Oaks.  One of the original communities this area boasts large lots, some of which are even horse zoned!  Many […]

What is my Camarillo home worth? Market Report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Camarillo for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes  About the Camarillo Area Camarillo is named for Adolfo and Juan Camarillo, two of the few pre-1848 California natives of Hispanic ancestry to preserve the city’s heritage after the arrival of Anglo settlers. The railroad coast route […]

What is my Calabasas home worth? Market Report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Calabasas for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Calabasas Area It is generally accepted that the name of Calabasas is derived from the Spanish calabaza meaning “pumpkin”, “squash”, or “gourd” (cf. calabash). Some historians hold the theory that Calabasas is derived from […]

What is my Agoura Hills home worth? Market Report for 02/25/16

Home Prices in Agoura Hills for February 25, 2016  Real estate market data provided by Ryan Huggins of Huggins Homes About the Agoura Hills Area The area was first settled by the Chumash Native Americans around 10,000 years ago. As the Alta California (Upper California) coast was settled by Spanish Franciscan missionaries in the late […]

A Reminder of Dangers in Foreclosure Evictions

A sheriff deputy was killed and two other deputies were wounded Wednesday in Bailey, Colo., when a man opened fire on police after they tried to serve him a foreclose eviction notice. The gunman was also later killed in the shootout that started around 9:30 a.m. in the typically quiet, mountain community of Friendship Ranch […]

December 2015 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is down from a year ago as higher home prices and only slightly lower mortgage rates mean that monthly payments are rising faster than incomes. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in December pushing the index from 171.0 to 161.7. The median sales price for a single family […]

Your Place: Getting Old Windows Fixed the Right Way

(TNS)—Q: Our house has lots of older windows that shake when the wind blows. The windows have ropes and pulleys. The glass also is coming out of the window frames in a lot of cases. We have an older house and do not want to replace the windows with modern stuff, because it never looks […]

4 Ways to Start Investing with Less than $500

(TNS)–Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be rich to start investing. Even if you have less than $500 to invest, there are some great investment options that only require a few hundred dollars to get started. So whether you’re trying to save for retirement, earn additional income or achieve some other type of […]

2016 Colors of the Year: Soften Up Your Staging Hues

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Think pink for 2016. Pantone voted two colors — Rose Quartz and Serenity — as this year’s colors of the year, a nod to softer color tones that are expected to gain popularity all yearlong. It’s the first time Pantone has voted two colors of the year. “Joined together, […]

Harvest Time: How to Use Tax-Loss Harvesting to Reduce Your Taxable Income

It’s harvest time. You might be looking out your window at the slush and snow and thinking “what is he talking about?” You’d be right to wonder, if “harvest time” brings to mind rolling fields and tractors. However, I’m not talking about amber waves of grain, but rather saving you some green, through tax-loss harvesting. […]

10 Most Powerful Celebrity Buyers and Sellers of the Last Decade

Celebrity real estate is a high-paced world of wheeling and dealing. Over the past 10 years, plenty of famous faces have scored big or lost out in attempts to secure (or sell!) the home of their dreams.  To help commemorate its 10th anniversary, Zillow put together this list of some of the hottest homes that have […]