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Ugh! Carmageddon is upon us! July 15, 2011

I have been grumbling for weeks about the hoopla of Carmageddon but my grumbling turned to sheer frustration when I heard Brian Williams talk about it on NBC Nightly News! Then Billy Bush on Access Hollywood and Mario Lopez on Extra and so on and so forth. To top it off? JetBlue had a $4 Fly-over sale. A friend of mine (knowing my love of travel and JetBlue) jokingly asked if I bought a ticket BUT I couldn’t if I wanted to because they had all sold out in less than 3 hours.

I love all these guys and JetBlue so I won’t blame them for jumping on the hoopla bandwagon but let me just say… it’s a freeway, people! One! And, it’ll be closed for 2 days… on the weekend. Either get the heck out-of-town or stay home but please do not complain about the madness. It’s 2 days! 2 days of your life that are weird or annoying. Buy your groceries, stock up on your wine (BevMo still has their 5 cent sale going on) and enjoy the luxury of your backyard, your friends or your couch.

Please, Monday… hurry the heck up!

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here or if you’re interested in any city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.

 

I was on the radio… Again! :) July 5, 2011

I love doing these radio shows for the Real Cents Radio Network on KTIE 590 in San Bernardino County! It’s so awesome to send out so much good information! We talked about “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” in today’s real estate market. I just wanted to jot down a few of my thoughts should you have missed the show:

The Good? Affordability is at an all-time high. Home prices have declined month over month since July ’06 and rents have increased month over month since then. Also, interest rates are super low (even though they’ve started a small creep that will turn into a steady walk by the fall). And, with 35% of Buyers being 1st-timers, it’s good to know you’re not the minority!

The Bad? Last year’s appreciation is gone. Real prices are still high in some areas and condo sales decreased 8% last month but I know we’ll post a bigger decrease  due to the expiration of FHA Approval on a lot of complexes. We’re at 2000 prices per Case-Shiller and the higher end could still see a hit as we roll into the 2nd half of the year.

The Ugly? The percentage of homeowners that are underwater has stayed the same since the 1st quarter of ’09. What’s that mean? Even with all of the REO and Short Sale homes that have been bought up, we’re still seeing a steady stream feeding the market i.e. we’re not done yet. (Personal opinion: We won’t be for another 3 years.) Experts think it could take us 5-6 years to fully pull out of this. Inflation will then happen at a slow 2% and unemployment will remain high (which is why our recovery will be so slow).

What can you do to help me help you? Click this link and take a few seconds to fill this in and fight for your right to Affordable Mortgages. The government is considering making the minimum down payment 20% which would cripple our already fragile housing market (especially in areas like SoCal). They’re also talking about pulling out of the mortgage market. Privatization wouldn’t be good for anyone involved.

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here or if you’re interested in any city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.

 

Rent to Own? Why, may I ask? June 7, 2011

I have gotten an abnormal amount of calls over the last couple of months asking if leases are available for “rent-to-own” and I still haven’t figured out the mystique.

Every time I explain my POV (point of view), this wonderful person on the other end of my BlackBerry (yes, I’m with AT&T and, no, I don’t want an iPhone), nods through the phone and picks up the logic I’m putting down.

Here are my thoughts: You’re renting, right? You want to eventually own a place, right? Those are both awesome and okay! How do we get you from one to the next? Probably not with a rent-to-own. Why?

First off, there just aren’t that many out there. In this market, most investors have already seen the tide and they’re staying on their surfboard/in their boat/whatever. They’re going to keep owning their rental so they can keep making money… High fives, them!

Second, the biggest piece of a rental is that it’s not permanent and that once you’re ready for some much-needed stability, you can find it in buying a home of your own. Why take away the flexibility of a rental and commit yourself to this home? What if you have a(nother) kid? What if you change jobs? What if you don’t like that eclectic bongo player next door anymore because you grew out of that phase?

And, lastly, where did you get this idea anyway? Are you secretly reading blogs or articles that I’m missing? I seriously read WAY too much about all things real estate (technology, politics, trends, etc.) DAILY! How’re you reading about the fabulosity of the rent-to-own yet I still want to talk you out of it? Just curious.

End of story? Just rent/lease or just own. Let’s not muddy the waters in between anymore than your Lender would want you to…

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here or if you’re interested in another city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.

 

More Real Housewives Hit, too May 18, 2011

Wouldn’t you die to live here?

Well, Lisa Vanderpump is over it. Her and her husband have listed their home for a a cool $29M… That’s right!

According to tax records, it boasts 8 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms in the exclusive 90210 zip code. In addition to the tennis court and pool you can see, it also boasts a wine cellar, pool room and opulent gardens. And, I know what you’re thinking… this doesn’t look nearly big enough! At a measly 15,480 SF and sitting on a 2 acre lot, you’ll have to make do.

None other than Kyle Richards’ husband, Mauricio Umansky, is the listing agent. They bought the home in 2004 for dainty price of $14M. Does it surprise anyone that like many other families in SoCal that mortgaged their homes to keep themselves afloat that Ken and Lisa have been pulling out money over the last few years?

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here, would like more details about Beverly Hills or if you’re interested in another city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.

Some of this information was obtained through Yahoo! Real Estate.

 

Have $2.7M? Want TV Home? April 20, 2011

One of my favorite Real Housewives is selling her gorgeous home! Why? She’s going through the big “D” and don’t mean Dallas… Divorce for the Gunvalsons!

This charming (at 5,400 SF that you have to verify) home boasts 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and sits on just about an acre of land.

Think it might be too much to commit to the mortgage? Just rent it for a paltry $9,500/month!

Here’s the famous stairs and her office:

Here’s her kitchen… still don’t understand the rooster…

Here’s the pool her son was always drinking in with his friends:

Gotta love this backyard!

Interesting side note: she’s not on title…

All information was obtained through the MLS (except for my tidbits from watching Bravo‘s show).

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here, would like more details about Coto de Caza or if you’re interested in another city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR 😉