Sales agent license renewals flatten in 2017

A monthly average of 1,936 new California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) sales agent licenses were issued over the last 12 months ending April 2017. This is up from the 12-month average of 1,780 new sales agents one year earlier. License renewals remained about the same, with a monthly average of 82% of expiring sales agents renewing […]

Pending Home Sales Flop

Pending home sales flopped in May as inventory continued to drag on the housing market, down 0.8 percent in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI). The PHSI posted 108.5 in May, down from 109.4 in April. The Index is based on contract signings. The ongoing supply shortages that are propping […]

Listing Inventory Takes Critical Hit

Listing inventory is taking a critical hit, with 9 percent fewer for-sale homes on the market now than one year ago, a slump not seen in four years, according to the May Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. The Columbus, Ohio, San Jose, Calif., and Minneapolis, Minn., markets have seen the steepest declines, at around 30 […]

No Pool, No Problem: 6 Clever Ways to Beat the Heat on a Budget

Do you gaze wistfully upon the neighbors as they frolic and splash in their backyard pool? Is your lawn too small (and your bank account too slim) to consider installing your own? Fret not, dear reader—you can still cool off this summer. Each one of these swimming pool alternatives costs less than an in-ground pool […]

7 Feng Shui Mistakes That Can Give You Bad Vibes

Let’s face it—some of us need all the good fortune we can get. So what if we were to tell you that you could step up your success with even the simplest of decor decisions? That’s the essence of feng shui, the ancient Chinese philosophy of living in harmony with your surrounding environment. The theory: […]

What Are Property Disclosure Statements? Info Buyers Need to Know

No matter how great a home looks at first glance, a host of problems could be hiding right under that fresh coat of paint—which is why buyers will want to scrutinize certain paperwork they’ll receive called property disclosure statements. Property disclosure statements essentially outline any flaws that the home sellers (and their real estate agents) […]

Building Permits: A Closer Look

    It seems that there are two ways to interpret this oxymoron: 1. High construction cost pushed down the construction activity for single-family units in these areas. Fewer single-family units are built because construction cost is more expensive. One of the most important elements of construction cost is labor cost. Based on Occupational Employment […]

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning a Bathtub (Based on the Type of Tub)

A dirty and filthy bathtub with spots and scratches is hardly a relaxing sight. It can also act as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Here we will be talking about some of the best ways on how to clean bathtub and how to protect it from dirt and spots. Materials Used To Create A […]

What’s the Best Air Conditioner for You? A Rundown of the Coolest Options

It’s great to have options—until you go to shop for, say, an air conditioner and are utterly overwhelmed by shelves and shelves (or pages and pages) of different models, each with their own unique advantages—and challenges—in installation, energy efficiency, and other factors. To help you find the best air conditioner for you and your home, […]

New-Home Sales Reverse Course in May

New-home sales reversed course in May, with sales of new, single-family homes up 2.9 percent to 610,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The average new-home sales price was $406,400, while the median was $345,800. New-home listing inventory was 268,000—5.3 months supply. “We are seeing solid […]

Mortgage Rates Click Down

Mortgage rates on average clicked down this week, continuing steady at low levels, according to Freddie Mac’s recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 3.90 percent, on average, while the 15-year, fixed rate was 3.17 percent, on average. The 5-year, Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable rate was 3.14 percent, on average. […]

What is my Westlake Village home worth? Market Report for 06/22/17

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 06/22/17

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 06/22/17

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 06/22/17

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 06/22/17

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 […]