23 Feb 2016
realestate-41

Here’s an instant spot quiz— (see what comes to mind within a second or two): If you decide to sell your Southern California home, if you had a crystal ball, what’s the most important detail about the sale result? Quick! Answer! If you’re like seven out of ten people, you were curious about the bottom […]

22 Feb 2016
realestate-33

Any way you cut it, real estate makes up a huge chunk of the overall economy. One consequence of that is that the health of the real estate industry is constantly being put under a microscope (if it were a human patient, it would probably grow alarmed by all the doctors and specialists constantly calling […]

22 Feb 2016
2016 vote

This one was news to me. The Wall Street Journal had it buried in a ‘spread sheet’ section of their online Real Estate section: “Why It’s Harder to Sell Your Home in an Election Year.” If you are like me—never having had an inkling that Southern California homes for sale have rough sledding in an […]

18 Feb 2016
groundhog

Especially during this time of year—and even more especially when Southern California’s weather turns grisly (lol)—common sense would seem to lead any homeowner planning to sell their Temecula Valley home this year to hold off for the moment…at least until Punxutawney Phil’s forecast starts to come true (the venerable groundhog said that winter 2016 will […]

03 Feb 2016
realestate-08

Built into the way a Southern California home changes ownership is the institution of the appraisal report—the document which attempts to place a dollar value on the property in question. That word “attempts” is the key when it comes to appraisals. Although it would make life easier if Inland Empire appraisals consisted of completely objective, […]

02 Feb 2016
IMG_8177

Looked at from one perspective, there has been a “bailout” of enormous magnitude. Okay—maybe you have to expand the meaning of “bailout” just a bit, but if you do, many Southern California homeowners can be counted among the most prominent beneficiaries. We Inland Empire real estate agents wouldn’t be complaining, either. As bailouts go, it’s […]

02 Feb 2016
buy or rent

You’d think that the single most influential factor governing a potential Inland Empire home buyer’s decision on whether to buy now or hold off would be the ongoing bottom line—that is, the amount of an anticipated monthly mortgage payment. Maybe not. The New York Federal Reserve argues otherwise. Not just a little bit otherwise; “dramatically” […]