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Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

By |2018-08-09T06:59:16+00:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |

State legislation that took effect January 1, 2017 gave California cities more flexibility and latitude for allowing homeowners to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Last year, the number of building permits for accessory-dwelling units jumped by 63 percent, according to Attom Data Solutions, an Irvine-based real estate data company. Overview An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is [...]

Rent to Own Model under Regulatory Scrutiny

By |2018-07-18T20:44:08+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: General|

The rent-to-own model, in which tenants have an option to purchase the home they’re renting from their landlord is now under scrutiny by New York’s top financial regulator. The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) is investigating whether rent-to-own programs constitute predatory lending and has issued a consumer alert to create awareness that lease-to-own, rent-to-own and land [...]

Rent Control Gains in Popularity as Renter Households & Rents Rise

By |2018-07-18T20:44:59+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: General|

If you have been watching the rental market in California, you’ll have noticed that rents are increasing faster than wages. Jeff Collins reporting in the Orange County Register notes - over the past seven years, rent increased $337 a month on average in Orange County and $450 a month in Los Angeles County, according to Reis [...]

Median Home Values Above Pre-Recession Peaks

By |2018-07-18T20:45:52+00:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: General|

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, home prices have exceeded their pre-recession peak. An analysis from ATTOM Data Solutions, reports Median price above pre-recession peaks in 54% of US metros. United States Home Prices & Values According to Zillow's Home Value Index, the median home value in the United States is $213,146. United States home values [...]

How could US-China Trade Tariffs Impact California Real Estate

By |2018-08-08T10:40:40+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: General|

There is much hyperbole in the news surrounding the economic impact of a trade war between China and the US, but just how would it effect California real estate? INTEREST RATES John Mauldin, an investment advisor, suggests that US trade with China is so intertwined that less trade could result in higher interest rates causing house [...]

A New California Recording Fee

By |2017-11-12T18:39:40+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Categories: General|

A New Recording fee for Real Estate Documents. California State Capitol in Sacramento The California Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 2, also known as the Building Homes and Jobs Act (“Act”) and was signed by the Governor on September 29, 2017. The Building Homes and Jobs Act (“Act”) imposes a recording fee for real [...]

Cost of new construction in LA County could go up $15 a Square Foot

By |2017-11-12T11:17:13+00:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: General|

Housing costs in Los Angels California continue to outpace demand, reducing affordable housing. In an effort to address this housing dilemma, a Los Angeles City Council committee backed a plan for a new fee on the construction of single-family homes, offices, apartments and other developments, with the funds going to pay for affordable housing. Although this [...]

How the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Might Change Real Estate Finance

By |2017-03-08T19:57:42+00:00October 24th, 2016|Categories: General|

How the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Might Change Real Estate Finance No matter who wins the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the history books will be stuffed full of exciting firsts. This is the first time we’ve ever had a woman as one of the major two-party candidates, and as such, if Clinton wins, she’d be America’s [...]