Friday, September 21, 2012

For Sale: 2431 Sparta Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Beautiful Single level View home in a very quiet area,
3 Br, Den, 2395 Sq.Ft, on a 20,000 Sq.Ft lot, Canyon, City and Harbor Views

A Good Week for Housing

The housing recovery showed signs of strengthening this week, as two new reports showed home sales and prices on the upswing.
Existing-home sales have soared nearly 8 percent from a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® reported this week. Meanwhile, the new-home market also is showing signs of recovery, with starts rising 29.1 percent over year-ago levels, according to the Census Bureau.
What’s more, home builders are getting more confident about the market with recent sales, future sales, and buyer traffic. Homebuilder confidence reached its highest level since the housing-boom time of June 2006, according to this month’s index of homebuilder sentiment.
Also this week, fixed-rate mortgages this week were at all-time record lows or near it, helping to keep home buyer affordability high, Freddie Mac reported in its weekly mortgage market survey.
Source: “Housing Recovery Blossoms,” CNNMoney (Sept. 19, 2012) and “Housing Recovery Stirs in August,” Associated Press (Sept. 19, 2012)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

16 Hot Home Markets This Summer

  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Central Massachusetts
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Fernandina Beach, Fla.
  • Florence, S.C.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Kent County, Del.
  • Lake Charles, La.
  • Leesburg, Fla.
  • Los Angeles County, Calif.
  • Medford, Mass.
  • Mercer County, N.J.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Orange County, N.Y.
  • Sheridan, Wyo.
  • Source: “Hot Home Markets: Summer Real Estate Heating Up Across Middle America,” RISMedia (Aug. 13, 2012)

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    5924 S. Pacific Coast Hwy #2, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    Area 128 – Hollywood Riviera
    Very nice 2BR-2BA Townhouse in about 1346sf.
    New appliances, New Paint, Updated throughout.
    View into El Retiro Park. End unit, 2 car underground parking
    Expected around May 23rd. $539,000 Call me: 310 346-0391

    Wednesday, May 09, 2012

    Home Prices to Rise 4% Per Year?

    Have home prices finally hit bottom? Many analysts think so. According to the latest forecast by Fiserv, the market watcher sees a big boost to home prices on the horizon, projecting that home prices will rise nearly 4 percent per year for the next five years. The real estate markets expected to see the biggest increases in home prices will likely be those hardest hit the last few years by foreclosures, such as in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and areas where prices have fallen the most, according to Fiserv’s forecast. Housings rising affordability mixed with falling inventories of for-sale homes are the main factors driving the expected price increases, according to Fiserv. Initially, investors are expected to help drive most of this price increase, and then followed by first-time and trade-up buyers as they re-emerge in bigger numbers to the market. Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, May 09, 2012

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Manhattan Beach inventory is low!

    Manhattan Beach inventory of single family active listings is way down this year. (66 listings as of 4/13/2012)
    See them here... Call Jack McSweeney / RE/MAX Execs / 310 346-0391 to see the ones you like.

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Have Home Prices Finally Reached Bottom?

    “Prices are bottoming now,” according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecast, released this week.

    In the fall, the analysts had predicted home prices would drop by 8 percent from the second quarter of 2011 through the first quarter of 2013 — but now they’re revising that forecast, realizing the housing market is stabilizing faster than they originally thought.
    HousingWire (March 22, 2012)

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Warren Buffett on CNBC: I'd Buy Up 'Millions' of Single-Family Homes If I Could

    Warren Buffett says along with equities, single-family homes are a very attractive investment right now.

    Appearing live on CNBC's Squawk Box, Buffett tells Becky Quick he'd buy up "millions" of single family homes if it were practical to do so.

    If held for a long period of time and purchased at low rates, Buffett says houses are even better than stocks. He advises buyers to take out a 30-year mortgage and refinance if rates go down.

    Home Sales are up in most of the country

    January pending home sales are up in most of the country and that is great news! Inventory is also at 5-6 year lows and interest rates are at all time lows.

    Now is the time to buy your home! My open houses have been very good lately and the buyers are out. Don't miss the boat. Contact me and lets start the search. Rents are going up, don't pay somebody elses mortgage! You can enjoy the benefits of homeownership yourself.

    Call me, 310 346-0391

    Monday, February 20, 2012

    March Is American Red Cross Month

    l Every two seconds someone in the U.S.
    needs blood.
    l More than 38,000 blood donations are
    needed every day.
    l Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile
    needle is used only once for each donor
    and then discarded.
    l The actual blood donation typically takes
    less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process,
    from the time you arrive to the time you
    leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
    l The average adult has about 10 pints of
    blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given
    during a donation.
    l One donation can help save the lives of
    up to three people.
    The American Red Cross works
    with more than 50,000 blood
    drive sponsors each year to hold
    more than 200,000 blood drives,
    providing convenient locations
    for people to give blood.