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September 17, 2019

Mortgage Watch – September 16

Real Estate

Real estate still rules as safest long-term retirement investment in new survey When 2,000 Americans are asked their opinion about investing and a large chunk of them agree, it’s something worthy of note. According to a study done by t...

September 10, 2019

Mortgage Watch – September 9

Real Estate

Low rates may spur further home price growth as we move into 2020 If you’ve been waiting around to buy a home thinking prices would start stabilizing or getting reduced, think again. A new CoreLogic report is saying annual home-price g...

Foster Friday
September 6, 2019

Homes For Dogs Project

Real Estate

It is the Summer Market yet there are fewer new FOR SALE signs this year. Fewer Listings: Not as many homeowners are placing their homes on the market than what is typical for this time of the year....

August 27, 2019

Mortgage Watch – August 26

Real Estate

Existing Home Sales Continue to Impress What is normally considered the “selling season” has gotten a retroactive boost in recent days. The National Association of Realtors’ chief economist Lawrence Yun reports that the sales of pr...

August 19, 2019

Mortgage Watch – August 19

Real Estate

Homebuilders see more short term profit in building single-family rental communities If you can’t buy, rent? That’s the stigma renters used to tolerate, but no longer. According to CNBC’s Diana Olick, demand for single-family renta...

August 13, 2019

Mortgage Watch – August 12

Real Estate

It was not that long ago when one could drive through neighborhoods of lovely homes and see "for sale" signs up everywhere, vacant homes, and uncut lawns. The financial crisis causing the foreclosure of millions of homes was a scary time...

August 5, 2019

Mortgage Watch – August 5

Real Estate

July jobs numbers bode well for real estate According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Realtor.com and a report by Forbes' reporter Carolyn Feeney, the much-anticipated July jobs report released Friday morning offers a mixed bag for re...

July 30, 2019

Mortgage Watch – July 29

Real Estate

New home sales get a shot in the arm Following two straight months of declines, new home sales jumped 7% in June compared to May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 646,000 in June, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. It's the st...

July 16, 2019

Mortgage Watch – July 15

Real Estate

NAR Chief Economist sees promise in housing market A a recent report by National Association of Realtors' Chief Economist Danielle Hale details how and why the housing market is looking more promising over the next few months. "I don't t...

July 9, 2019

Mortgage Watch – July 8

Real Estate

Rentals surge as housing tries to catch up According to real estate analytics firm RealPage, demand for rental apartments reached a five-year high this spring, spurred by new household formation and home sales not being able to keep up. ...

July 2, 2019

Mortgage Watch – July 1

Real Estate

Investors are buying up a record number of homes According to data release by CoreLogic, big private-equity firms, real-estate speculators and others that buy properties comprised more than 11% of U.S. home purchasers in 2018. What does ...

June 26, 2019

Mortgage Watch – June 24

Real Estate

May was good month for housing The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported sales of previously owned homes rose in May, citing falling mortgage rates as a reason the housing market may be heading in the right direction after a sl...

June 18, 2019

Orange County Housing Report: Last Call

Real Estate

There is not a lot of steam left in the best time of the year to sell a home and get it under contract. Last Call: In order for sellers to cash in on the most lucrative time to sell a home during the year, they better open up escrow soon...

June 18, 2019

Mortgage Watch – June 17

Real Estate

When coffee and equity go hand in hand Starbucks. We search for them on freeways as if they are ports in a storm, use them as an oasis when shopping to rest our weary feet, meet business people there for non-threatening sales conversatio...

June 13, 2019

Huntington Beach Concerts

Huntington Beach Connection

Huntington Beach Summer Concerts Bring out your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic basket for this free HB tradition! Location: HB Central Park Info: www.hbcconcertband.org Sundays at 5 PM 6/23: HB Concert Band 6/30: Night Blooming Jazzme...

June 11, 2019

Mortgage Watch – June 10

Real Estate

Home prices on the rise with predictions for more of the same While homebuyers may not be as pleased these days, sellers have smiles on their faces. The news (statistics always lag behind a bit) is that national home prices notched a str...

June 4, 2019

Mortgage Watch – June 3

Real Estate

Single family footprints go smaller, while industry hopes gain steam It used to be said that housing was the straw that stirred the U.S. soup. Aside from the number of jobs it produced, it also simulated the economy in myriad ways, inclu...

May 22, 2019

Mortgage Watch – May 20

Real Estate

Increased Chinese trade tariffs about to hit home Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged in April at a level of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market I...

May 15, 2019

Mortgage Watch – May 13

Real Estate

Trailing edge millennials face growing obstacles to home ownership There is always a lot of talk about millennials, their lifestyles, and their penchant to become homeowners. Real estate gurus try to predict what they will do next, while...

May 15, 2019

2019 Home Design Trends

Real Estate

“Great design taps into the emotions that make a house a home,” observed Don Ruthoff, principal at Dahlin Group Architecture, introducing homes and designers meriting top honors in the National Association of Home Builders’ Best in...

May 8, 2019

Mortgage Watch – May 6

Real Estate

Single-family rental communities becoming popular for boomers It may not be taking over yet, but it’s a trend. Boomers, tired of the maintenance of their large family homes, are downsizing and renting instead of staying put. Realtor.com’...

May 1, 2019

5 Kitchen Update Trends

Real Estate

Whether you’re looking to invest in simple updates or a complete kitchen renovation, you can’t go wrong incorporating the latest design trends to enjoy now as well as boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell. If you’re ...

April 16, 2019

CrossFit ShoreBreak

Huntington Beach Connection

One of my favorite places to break a sweat here in Huntington Beach... CrossFit ShoreBreak! Here at CrossFit Shorebreak, these guys truly do an awesome job at creating an amazing sense of community. The supportive environment is unlike a...

February 5, 2019

How To Transform Your Basement On A Budget

Real Estate

We’re always looking for more space in our homes, it seems, whether for extra storage, an additional living zone or a new spot to decorate. Often, valuable space can be found in the basement, but fully developing this square footage ca...

October 29, 2018

7 Leaves Cafe

Huntington Beach Connection

7 Leaves Cafe If your looking for the best coffee and tea in Huntington Beach and surrounding areas - look no further! 7 Leaves Cafe offers great coffee and tea options with a fun twist - all inspired by cultures around the world. The Ca...

October 10, 2018

How to Create an Organized Garage for Fall

Real Estate

As the warm breezes of summer give way to chillier temperatures, consider rearranging the items in your garage to ensure you’re ready for colder weather. Here are six steps to help you get your garage organized and ready for fall (an...

August 28, 2018

Best Season To Buy A Home

Real Estate

Each season has something different to offer to a potential home buyer. Read the pros and cons of buying a home during the summer versus the winter. You hear it a lot – there are best and worst times to make any sort of purchase. Wheth...

August 17, 2018

Foster Friday

Huntington Beach Connection

Molly and I would like to show our efforts in helping the animal community by shining light and accentuating the importance of rescue groups and the great work they do for our furry friends in need. Every Friday we will be highlighting r...

August 8, 2018

Plan Your Perfect Pool

Real Estate

Or, perhaps you’ve had a pool for years and are looking to enhance the experience by adding some new features. As pool trends continue to emerge, you’ll have a plethora of choices. Here are just a few. Dark-colored pool finishes Inst...

July 13, 2018

Create an Evacuation Plan For Your Pets

Real Estate

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to ac...

June 28, 2018

Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

Real Estate

  When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle mo...

June 20, 2018

Global Luxury on the Move

Real Estate

By 2020, it is anticipated that the number of ultra-wealthy individuals will exceed 318,000, with their cumulative net worth rising 54% to US$46.2 trillion, according to Wealth-X and as reported in the 2018 “The Report,” presented by...

June 15, 2018

Be Their Guest!

Real Estate

A camel glides across the golden sand, starting its long trek across the Sahara. Brickwork clads the medina, casting intricate shadows across the landscape. Palm trees seem to multiply across an oasis of spectacular scenery and hospitali...

June 12, 2018

2018 Luxury Report

Real Estate

The overall fundamentals in luxury housing are stable and strong, according to the highly anticipated 2018 edition of “The Report” presented by the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® program. Released at the beginning of each year, Th...

June 8, 2016

Should I Rent or Buy a Home?

Real Estate

Choosing whether to rent or own a home is not an easy decision. It requires you to carefully examine the factors and costs associated with each option. Which is better? That depends. Your unique economic situation, lifestyle and goals pl...