Pending Home Sales Tick Up in July

Pending home sales expanded in most of the country in July and reached their second highest reading in over a decade, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Only the Midwest saw a dip in contract activity last month. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 1.3 percent to […]

Six Reasons to choose Quartz over Granite for your next countertop

Counters can be one of the most important parts of your home in terms of both appearance and usability. Whether they are being installed in your bathrooms, your kitchen or otherwise, their ability to withstand daily use will add to the value of your property and leave a good impression on your guests. 1. Scratch […]

Market Conditions Improve Chances of Rate Hike, Says Yellen

In a recent speech at Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen supported the anticipation of two possible rate hikes this year, noting that the case for a rate hike has strengthened.“In light of the continued solid performance of the labor market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case for […]

FHA Streamlines Process to Help Delinquent Homeowners Stay in Homes

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced new procedures to strengthen the process mortgage servicers use to help struggling families avoid foreclosure and remain in their homes. FHA is streamlining its loss mitigation protocols that servicers must use when evaluating and deploying ‘home retention options,’ foreclosure alternatives that allow delinquent borrowers to retain their home. […]

2016 Home Sales Increasing Twice as Fast in Counties with Low Hazard Risk

The recently released ATTOM Data Solutions 2016 U.S. Natural Hazard Housing Risk Index found that home sales in the first six months of 2016 increased 4.2 percent from the same time period a year ago in the bottom fifth of U.S. counties with the lowest level of natural hazard risk — more than twice the […]

The Best Military Towns Named for Investing in Rental Homes

New data was released by HomeUnion on the best military towns for investing in single-family rental (SFR) properties based on average cap rates, which are the relationship between an investment property’s net operating income (rents minus expenses) in the first year of ownership and the purchase price of the property. To be included in the […]

Home Loans for Veterans: Everything You Need to Know

(TNS)—If you or your spouse has served in the military or the National Guard, chances are you’re eligible for a loan guaranty from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.“VA loans are a low risk for lenders and a great benefit for veterans,” says Patrick Cunningham, vice president and partner at Home Savings and Trust Mortgage […]

August Brings Hottest Housing Market in a Decade

A record-breaking summer for the residential real estate market continued in August, according to new monthly data on for-sale housing inventory and demand on realtor.com®. Homes for sale on the site in August are moving two percent more quickly than last year as prices continue to reach new record highs. “Summer 2017 was one of […]

What is my Westlake Village home worth? Market Report for 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Westlake Village  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 of Los […]

What is my Thousand Oaks home worth? Market report for 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Thousand Oaks  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. Located in […]

What is my Simi Valley home worth? Market Report for 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Simi Valley  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 111,351 in […]

What is my Newbury Park home worth? Market Report for 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Newbury Park  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 part of […]

What is my Moorpark home worth? Market Report for 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Moorpark  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. The town […]

What is my Conejo Oaks home worth? Market report for 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Conejo Oaks  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 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Camarillo  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 came through […]

What is my Calabasas home worth? Market Report for 08/25/16

This Week’s Home Prices in Calabasas  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 the Chumash […]

What is my Agoura Hills home worth? Market Report for 08/25/16

  This Week’s Home Prices in Agoura Hills  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 18th […]

Existing-Home Sales Stumble in July

Slowed by frustratingly low inventory levels in many parts of the country, existing-home sales lost momentum in July and decreased year-over-year for the first time since November 2015, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Only the West region saw a monthly increase in closings in July. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that […]

House Prices Inch Higher but Show Signs of Deceleration

U.S. house prices rose 1.2 percentin the second quarter of 2016 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). House prices rose5.6 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for June was up 0.2 percent from May. The HPI is […]

Mortgage Debt Rises, Federal Reserve Shows

According to the Household Debt and Credit Report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the outstanding amount of housing-related debt, both home mortgages and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), totaled $8.8 trillion in the second quarter of 2016, 2.6 percent ($225 billion) greater than the level from one year ago. However, […]