First-Time, Single Women Homebuyers Resurface in Real Estate

First-time and single women homebuyers have resurfaced in the real estate market, contributing to a significant share of transactions in a year marked by full-steam-ahead sales, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2016Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers survey. First-time homebuyer sales rose to a share of 35 percent, the survey found; single […]

Homeownership Rate Rallies

Is the tide turning? The homeownership rate rallied slightly at 63.5 percent in the third quarter, higher than the 62.9 percent rate in the second quarter—the lowest point in more than 50 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Housing Vacancies and Homeownership report. The third quarter homeownership rate did not differ considerably from […]

Realtor.com: Inventory Vanishes in ‘Unusual’ October

For-sale inventory in October remained at an unusually low level for the season, with homes moving 2 percent faster than this time last year, realtor.com® recently reported. The median age of properties on realtor.com is expected to be 79 days in October, or two more days than last month. “October is typically thought of as […]

Housecreep: A Website where Stigmatized Properties Run Amok

On the top of the homepage for housecreep.com, we learn that “housecreep” is a verb meaning: to research and expose homes with secrets, criminal histories and unexplained mysteries. (Thus, housecreep is our new favorite real estate site.) Housecreep is where some of the darker aspects of real estate come to life. Their tagline: “Where walls […]

Central and Eastern Ventura County Market Stats – YTD 10/27/16

Curious what the change in the market has been so far this year?  Want to know what your house is worth now compared to January 1st 2016?  Wonder no more!  Below is a comprehensive update on the change in market stats since January 1st to today? Agoura This week Begining of Year Difference Active: 84 […]

What is my Westlake Village home worth? Market Report for 10/27/16

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 10/27/16

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 10/27/16

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 10/27/16

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 10/27/16

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 10/27/16

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 10/27/16

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 Agoura Hills home worth? Market Report for 10/27/16

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 century, […]

Price Growth Foreshadows Important Change for Mortgage Borrowers

In the wake of the financial crisis, the national conforming loan limit was frozen at its 2007 level of $417,000. After nearly a decade of waiting, Federal regulators may finally be ready to raise that limit as well as several other important demarcations in the mortgage market. Expanded Limits for an Expanding Housing Market The […]

New-Home Sales Up after August Slip

New-home sales activity is up, coming in at a rate of 593,000 in September, roughly 3 percent higher than the August rate of 575,000, the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report. September’s rate, which represents 4.8-months supply, is approximately 30 percent higher than the September 2015 estimate of 457,000. […]

Home Warranties Are Worth Their Weight

As a real estate agent, your client is your top priority. You are, after all, in the client services industry, and not only should you aim to help your client, but to also shepherd them through what will likely be the most important purchase they make in their lifetime. With this in mind, it’s important […]

Are There Laws for Selling a Haunted House?

As a real estate professional, you may have come into contact with a spooky space. Self-slamming doors, footsteps on the stairs, the laughter of small children—we’ve heard all about haunted houses here on Housecall. But are there any disclosure laws for selling a haunted house? With Halloween haunting us right around the corner, Western Michigan […]

August 2016 Housing Affordability Index

At the national level, housing affordability is up from a year ago for the second consecutive month. Mortgage rates are down again and stood at 3.74 this August though increases are on the horizon. Housing affordability increased from a year ago in August pushing the index up 2.2 percent from 160 to 163.5. The median […]

Where does that TinyURL link go to and how to spot a potential attack

All, Today I received the listing agent’s dream email!  An over full price CASH offer on a new listing with no inspection contingencies!  Most agents would say “Time to break out the champagne!” then why am I saying “Something doesn’t smell right here”? Let’s take a look at the email, shall we?  I’ve blacked out […]