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Wednesday, May 29, 2024   /   by Bob Cowan

DISCOVER WHERE TO LOCATE THE LOWEST AND HIGHEST-PRICED HOMES IN CALIFORNIA, RANGING FROM A MERE $205,000 FOR A HOUSE

If you're eyeing a house purchase in California, brace yourself for significant expenses.

As per the April home sales and price report by the California Association of Realtors, the median price for an existing single-family home in California surged to a record high of $904,210.


Since April 2023, the statewide median home price has climbed approximately 11%. Jordan Levine, the association's vice president, noted that although the market showed robust performance in April, a swift recovery isn't expected due to persistent inflation and fluctuating mortgage rates, despite recent decreases. As of Monday, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage in California stood at 6.64%, as reported by Zillow.


Levine highlighted that the uptick in housing inventory will furnish much-needed supply to the market, potentially fostering a higher volume of home sales in the latter half of the year. For those on the hunt for a new residence, the California Association of Rea ...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024   /   by Bob Cowan

14 CALIFORNIAN CITIES WHERE SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN HOME PRICES ARE OBSERVED FOR PURCHASE

California's diverse and extensive natural beauty, spanning from ski-worthy mountains to lakes, hiking paths, and vibrant urban centers, has always drawn people to settle among its renowned golden landscapes. Yet, alongside these attributes, come notably steep costs.


Although many regions of the state continue to command high housing prices, certain cities in California are witnessing a downturn in the housing market, potentially advantageous for prospective homebuyers. Several of these cities are situated in the northern region of the state, where coastal fog envelops the lush redwood forests for which the area is celebrated.
GOBankingRates presents a list of 14 Californian cities experiencing rapid declines in home prices, offering prospective buyers an opportunity to acquire a home in the all-encompassing West Coast state.
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Thursday, May 16, 2024   /   by Bob Cowan

CORELOGIC HOUSING MARKET UPDATE FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: MAY 2024

CoreLogic® has unveiled its latest findings on residential home sales in Southern California for March 2024. The report encompasses data concerning both new and previously owned single-family homes, as well as resale condominiums across six counties in the area: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura.

Dr. Selma Hepp, CoreLogic's chief economist, commented, "Southern California's housing markets are experiencing a period of stagnation due to elevated mortgage rates, affordability hurdles, and a stagnant sellers' market." She further noted, "Although robust buyer demand persists, evidenced by ongoing home price escalation and heightened competitiveness in the region, sales are declining due to a persistent shortage of available properties and sellers' reluctance to relinquish their homes to preserve advantageous mortgage rates and tax bases."


Southern California March 2024 Median Home Sales Prices

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Monday, May 13, 2024   /   by Bob Cowan

CASH OFFERS AND AFFLUENT PURCHASERS DRIVE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOUSING PRICES TO UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS

In March, Southern California witnessed a historic peak in home prices, fueled by soaring mortgage interest rates, resulting in the most expensive housing market in decades. Zillow reported the average price for the six-county area surged to $869,082, marking a 9% increase from the previous year and surpassing the previous peak set in June 2022 by 1%. With mortgage rates averaging in the upper 6% range, the monthly payment on an average home exceeds $5,500, assuming a 20% down payment.
“It's insane,” remarked Tommy Kotero, a 43-year-old refinery worker, over the past weekend as he inspected a dated house priced at $899,000 in north Torrance, noting visible cracks in the ceiling and walls. "The asking prices for what we are getting is outrageous."


The narrative of how home prices reached a record despite the expensive borrowing costs revolves around a scarcity of homes for sale, coupled with a wealth gap enabling some buyers to offer substantial cash payments thar ...

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Thursday, May 9, 2024   /   by Bob Cowan

CALIFORNIA'S HOUSING MARKET: ANALYSIS AND PREDICTIONS FOR 2024

The California housing market has been under scrutiny and analysis, especially as we progressed through April 2024. As summer approaches, real estate agents and analysts are discussing the potential trends that might influence the market in the upcoming months.


According to the California Association of Realtors (CAR), they anticipate a 6.2% increase in median prices within the next year, citing positive factors such as declining mortgage rates, escalating prices, economic growth, and robust home demand. Nevertheless, they highlight that housing affordability is expected to remain stagnant.


Looking forward to summer patterns, real estate agents anticipate increased activity in the housing sector. The emergence of more affordable and smaller residences, particularly in the Southern region, is likely to draw in buyers. Furthermore, the market is adapting to the new norms, with sellers becoming more proactive in listing their properties. This shift could result in a more b ...

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