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Bubble Watch: California house prices hit record high 4 months in a row

“Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or housing market troubles ahead. Buzz: California house prices hit their fourth consecutive record high after a 17.6% year-over-year gain. Source: California Association of Realtors The Trend The median sales price for an existing single-family house in California was $712,430 in September vs. $605,680 a year earlier, creating the largest percentage-point jump since 2014. A buying frenzy fueled the price gains, with houses selling...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, California News, Sport, Soccer, California Association Of Realtors, Housing Data, Leslie Appleton Young, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


Grenfell Tower project manager admits 'binning' notebooks

Claire Williams, who worked for landlords, said she got rid of records despite knowing inquiry was under wayA project manager on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment has admitted “binning” her notebooks relating to the revamp despite knowing a public inquiry and police investigation were under way.Claire Williams, who worked for Grenfell landlords the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO), said she got rid of her records when she cleared her desk and left her job almost a year ...
Tags: London, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Kensington, Grenfell, Claire Williams, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Grenfell tower inquiry, Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation TMO


Women are entitled to own land

Too many laws and customs in too many African countries still treat women as minors The post Women are entitled to own land appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Housing, Opinion, Africa, Women, Domestic Violence, Ethiopia, Kenya, African Union, Openaccess, GBV, Property Rights, Patriarchy, Top Six, eSwatini, Land Ownership, Gender-based Violence


These hidden home risks can send insurance through the roof

When house hunting, the price of homeowners insurance probably isn’t top of mind. But homes with hidden risks can make getting coverage difficult, expensive or both. Learning how to identify them could save you a bundle. This could be a particularly important concern for first-time homebuyers and those moving from cities to suburban or rural areas who may not be aware of common hazards, says Jennifer Naughton, risk consulting officer for North America for Chubb, an insurance company. Three out o...
Tags: Personal Finance, Business, News, Housing, Washington, Sport, Soccer, Wyoming, Associated Press, North America, Nerdwallet, U S Geological Survey, Golden State, Naughton, Chubb, National Flood Insurance Program


Pandemic rent control? Southern California landlords losing pricing power

It took a virus, not political action, to prune the pricing power of California landlords. The coronavirus has hammered the state economy, and the once rock-solid residential rental market has been especially hard hit. Data from the Consumer Price Index shows us that business limitations designed to slow the pandemic’s spread have dramatically changed consumer spending habits — just as California voters will weigh a rent-control measure Nov. 3. My trusty spreadsheet looked at three California me...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Rent, Orange, Riverside County, Southern California, San Mateo, Inland Empire, Census Bureau


Revealed: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London property empire

Documents reveal UAE president owns multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most expensive neighbourhoods The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond upon Thames appears to have little in common with Ecuador’s red-brick embassy in Knightsbridge, where Julian Assange spent seven years in hiding, just across the road from Harrods. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Housing, House Prices, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Property, United Arab Emirates, Julian Assange, Ecuador, Inequality, Uae, Richmond, Knightsbridge, Khalifa


HOA Homefront: Civility must start somewhere

From presidential debate stages to courtrooms to families to HOAs, civility is becoming so rare, it should be considered endangered. Differences of opinion are no longer allowed – either you agree with me or you are a demon and I will reject any dialogue with you. So, we need some serious rethinking of disagreement and relationship in HOAs. Since we clearly cannot count on our political leaders to model civility, we must start it from the grassroots level. Here are some thoughts to consider rega...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, America, Sport, Soccer, Hoa, Richardson, HOAs, Community Associations Institute, Kelly G Richardson, College of Community Association Lawyers, DeNichilo LLP


'Call out the lies': UK charities hit back over bids to blame refugees for housing crisis

Far-right harassment of asylum seekers and refugees in emergency accommodation comes as Home Office gears up for mass evictionsThousands of asylum seekers and refugees temporarily housed in emergency accommodation across the UK are being “unfairly and inaccurately” blamed for the national housing crisis, according to a coalition of more than 100 housing organisations.Charities including Shelter, Homeless Link and the Big Issue say the housing emergency is the fault of the government, not those w...
Tags: Politics, UK, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Global development, Far Right, Shelter Homeless Link


Laguna Woods co-op ends decade-long lender monopoly

Laguna Woods co-op resident Linda Nearing has little time left. Nearing was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer that starts in the brain. So, she can forget about ever getting a cash-out refinance before she passes. I wrote about Nearing and her refinance denial last year in one of three columns about a policy at the Laguna Woods co-op limiting mortgages for its 6,323 senior members to just one lender, National Cooperative Bank, or NCB, for about a decade. Unlike typical h...
Tags: Business, News, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Mortgage, United, Freddie Mac, FHA, Laguna, FDIC, Paulin, Fannie Mae, NCB, Fannie, Mortgage Bankers Association


Four steps to getting your home ready for market

As our state and our country try to get back to normal, there are still a number of obstacles to plowing full steam ahead and selling your home. While we have been dutifully following the rules to flatten the curve by staying home, social distancing, and the like, life still goes on, and people are still buying and selling houses. It is just a little different today. Sellers still have to look at their houses with a critical eye and set objectives for marketing the property and attracting as man...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Advice, US, Sport, Soccer, Trump, Top Stories OCR, Leslie Sargent Eskildsen


Leslie Eskildsen tktktktk Oct. 18

Four steps to getting your home ready for market The daunting task of cleaning, clearing and painting can best be tackled by breaking it into phases. As our state and our country try to get back to normal, there are still a number of obstacles to plowing full steam ahead and selling your home. While we have been dutifully following the rules to flatten the curve by staying home, social distancing, and the like, life still goes on, and people are still buying and selling houses. It is just a litt...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Advice, US, Sport, Soccer, Trump, Top Stories OCR, Leslie Sargent Eskildsen, Leslie Eskildsen


Southern California’s summer homebuying surge continues in fall

Southern California house hunters remain active in the traditionally slower autumn buying season with 14 straight weeks of gains in the year-over-year count of new escrows. In the week ending Oct. 3, Zillow reports new pending sales in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties were up 8.9% from 2019 — continuing an upswing that started July 4. Low mortgage rates and an urge for more living space in this pandemic era are keeping the summer rebound alive. In the extremely slow spr...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange County, Orange, Zillow, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Riverside, Oct, Housing Data


Calif. house prices, sales to climb in 2021, Realtors forecast

California house sales will rebound slightly next year from the pandemic, and home prices will continue edging upward, thanks to rock-bottom mortgage rates and strong homeownership demand,  according to the state Realtors’ 2021 housing forecast.But lingering economic uncertainty and a shortage of homes for sale will keep 2021 price and sales gains in check. Even with rising employment and rebounding gross domestic product, the overall economy won’t be back to full strength by 2021, forecast numb...
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California house prices, sales to climb in 2021, Realtors forecast

California house sales will rebound slightly next year from the pandemic, and home prices will continue edging upward, thanks to rock-bottom mortgage rates and strong homeownership demand,  according to the state Realtors’ 2021 housing forecast. But lingering economic uncertainty and a shortage of homes for sale will keep 2021 price and sales gains in check. Even with rising employment and rebounding gross domestic product, the overall economy won’t be back to full strength by 2021, forecast num...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Southern California, Bakersfield, Freddie Mac, California Association Of Realtors, Leslie Appleton, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


Tips: How to set up your home office

If you live alone, you can sprawl your work across the dining room table or your living room, and nobody will mess with your stuff. If you have roommates, family, pets or kids, however, finding a good place to work can be complicated — especially if you have an open floor plan, which can get noisy, crowded and offer little privacy. But if you can find a good spot and invest in some ergonomic furniture, working from home can allow you to be even more productive than at the office. After all, your...
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Home office demand takes off as pandemic drags on

After seven months of working out of a makeshift workspace in the loft of her two-story home, Rachel Quigley is ditching her plain, wooden desk for a permanent home office with all the trimmings. It will have a 7 1/2-foot-long built-in desk with room for computers and a printer, drawers and cabinets as well as a spare workstation for her trainees. “We wanted to make it more of an office space and less of a loft,” said Quigley, 31, of San Juan Capistrano, a real estate transaction coordinator who...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, Colorado, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Long Beach, Ventura County, Usc, Ucla, Commercial Real Estate, Southern California


Mayor announces free internet for 9,000 people in LA public housing

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new initiative Friday designed to deliver six months of free internet access to residents in four public housing communities across Los Angeles, making low-cost, high-quality broadband options available to 9,000 people in nearly 3,600 housing units. The initiative stems from a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Starry Internet and Microsoft Corp., a city statement reporte...
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HOA Homefront: Surprise assessments – are they legal?

Q: There is going to be an assessment at my condo and we are being told that we all must pay equally even though a number of us will have no benefit from the work being done. Is there anything we can do? — P.M., San Diego A: Condominiums consist of two elements, 100% ownership in the unit (aka “separate interest”) and an undivided interest in everything else (aka the “common area”). The HOA has a duty to maintain and repair all parts of the common area, including parts of the association complex...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Hoa, Richardson, HOAs, College of Community Association Lawyers, Kelly G Richardson Esq CCAL, DeNichilo LLP


Southern California mortgage brokers suspected in fraudulent loan applications

Is mortgage origination fraud rearing its ugly and damaging head again? Fannie Mae issued a fraud alert to lenders on Tuesday, Oct. 6, warning about income misrepresentation involving Southern California mortgage brokers and service industry applicants. “We have observed misrepresented incomes in a compilation of loans that were originated by (mortgage brokers) based in Southern California over the past several months,” the fraud alert said. Indicators that a loan application may be phony includ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mortgage, Irs, Southern California, Freddie Mac, FHA, Fannie Mae, Fannie, the Mortgage Bankers Association


Buyers and sellers might need to stay in touch after a deal is done

During a real estate transaction, it is normal and customary for the agents to speak to one another on behalf of their clients, rather than the clients speaking directly. This also extends to the escrow officer, title rep and home inspector.  Once the transfer of ownership has been recorded, it is no longer necessary for the buyers and sellers to speak through their agents. Here are a few conversations that will change once your transaction has been completed. If you purchased a home and allowed...
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Home buyers and sellers might need to stay in touch after a deal is done

During a real estate transaction, it is normal and customary for the agents to speak to one another on behalf of their clients, rather than the clients speaking directly. This also extends to the escrow officer, title rep and home inspector.  Once the transfer of ownership has been recorded, it is no longer necessary for the buyers and sellers to speak through their agents. Here are a few conversations that will change once your transaction has been completed. If you purchased a home and allowed...
Tags: Business, Florida, Real Estate, News, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Southern California, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Budget 2020 reaction: Coalition bets on business for Covid recovery as Victoria reports six new cases – live updates

NSW grapples with three mystery cases and Victoria records two deaths, while Josh Frydenberg’s budget relies on tax cuts and business incentives but rests on some optimistic assumptions. Follow all the reaction and coronavirus newsBudget 2020: Coalition banks on $98bn injection to jolt Australia’s economy back to lifeFederal budget summary: all the key points at a glance 6.34am BST On that note, I am going to hand over to Michael McGowan for the rest of the afternoon.I’ll be back tomorrow to...
Tags: Business, Australia, Housing, Tax, Australia news, Unemployment, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne


Federal budget 2020 reaction: Coalition punts on business for Covid recovery as NSW grapples with three mystery cases – question time live

Victoria reports six new cases and two deaths as Josh Frydenberg’s budget relies on tax cuts and business incentives but rests on some optimistic assumptions. Follow all the reaction and coronavirus newsBudget 2020: Coalition banks on $98bn injection to jolt Australia’s economy back to lifeFederal budget summary: all the key points at a glance 4.29am BST Goodness. Michael McCormack is now trying to pretend he understands numbers.He is trumping the “record” $110bn infrastructure spend. 4.24a...
Tags: Business, Australia, Housing, Tax, Australia news, Unemployment, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Speaker, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party


Federal budget 2020 reaction: Coalition punts on business for Covid recovery as NSW grapples with three mystery cases – live update

Victoria reports six new cases and two deaths as Josh Frydenberg’s budget relies on tax cuts and business incentives, but rests on some optimistic assumptions. Follow all the reaction and coronavirus newsBudget 2020: Coalition banks on $98bn injection to jolt Australia’s economy back to lifeFederal budget summary: all the key points at a glance 2.34am BST Josh Frydenberg starts his speech with an acknowledgement of Mathias Cormann.(Cormann is leaving federal politics at the end of the year -...
Tags: Business, Australia, Housing, Tax, Australia news, Unemployment, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne


Grenfell: inquiry hears council at heart of cost-cutting decisions

RBKC used ‘decisive influence’ to remove original contractor over budget concernsThe Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) used “decisive influence” to remove the original contractor on Grenfell Tower despite its claims to have delegated responsibility for the works, the public inquiry into the disaster has heard.In evidence that places the Conservative-controlled council at the heart of a key decision in the run up to the June 2017 fire, the inquiry was told that Laura Johnson, RBKC’s ...
Tags: London, Housing, UK News, Kensington, Grenfell, Leadbitter, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Chelsea RBKC, Grenfell tower inquiry, RBKC, Laura Johnson RBKC


Boris Johnson: UK must not return to status quo after Covid-19 pandemic

PM pledges to transform country in keynote address to Conservative party conferenceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has said the UK must not return to the status quo after the coronavirus pandemic, promising a transformation akin to the “new Jerusalem” the postwar cabinet pledged in 1945.The prime minister also mounted a robust defence of the private sector, saying “free enterprise” must lead the recovery and that that he intended to significantly roll ba...
Tags: Energy, Politics, UK, Housing, Environment, Jerusalem, Renewable Energy, Conservatives, Communities, Society, UK News, Wind Power, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Conservative conference, Coronavirus outbreak


Pandemic economy pushing Californians inland

California’s inland communities — rarely seen as hot properties — could become beneficiaries of the pandemic’s economic fallout as workers untethered from offices seek housing away from big cities. Fear of population density is one factor driving a change in housing preferences. So is the ability to lower housing costs by relocating to more affordable communities thanks to expanded work-from-home policies. The coronavirus altered California’s economy in ways few people can fathom. A peculiar ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, New York, Jobs, News, California, Housing, California News, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Economy, Soccer, San Diego, San Jose, Orange County


Selling your home? Here are some camera-ready staging tips

With home buyers’ white-hot spotlight focused on online listing photos, there’s never been more riding on how your house looks. Wall paint colors, flooring material, upgrades in the kitchen and bathrooms, or lack thereof, it’s all going to show up in the photos. After you take care of all the big projects, are you willing to tackle more to improve the chances of selling quickly and for as much money as possible? As they say, the devil is in the details. Here are a few ideas to put the finishing ...
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Mortgage rates dip: 30-year at 2.88%

U.S. average rates on long-term mortgages edged down slightly this week, remaining at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year home loan fell to 2.88% from 2.90% last week. One year ago, the rate averaged 3.65%. The average rate on the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also fell, to 2.36% from 2.40% last week. Low interest rates have made already strong demand for housing even more robust, but a lack of available supply has flummoxed...
Tags: Business, News, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Freddie Mac, National Association of Realtors


Inland Empire remains nation’s tightest housing market

The Inland Empire continues to rank as the nation’s tightest housing market, by one measure. The supply of homes for sale in Riverside and San Bernardino counties was 48% below year-ago levels for the week ending Sept. 26 — and has been the case for much of the summer, according to a Zillow analysis. It’s the biggest inventory drop among the 50 largest housing markets tracked. Inventory in Los Angeles and Orange counties is down 25%, which in normal years might seem big. Yet in 2020’s pandemic-c...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, Housing, Time, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Orange, Riverside County, Zillow, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Bernardino County, Housing Data, Top Stories LADN