Friday, March 24, 2017

FRIDAY - let's go somewhere



- 7 Things to Make Room for in a Small Home
- California home sales start year off strong…but will that last?
- February pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey
- Homebuyers Face Bidding Wars on Scarcer-Than-Ever U.S. Listings
- How to Prepare Your Budget for Buying Your First Home
- Scam Alert: How To Avoid Utility Fraud
- What to Look For in a House if You Have Kids

Enjoy!



California home sales start year off strong…but will that last? - “Despite a strong sales start for the year, the housing supply shortage in California continues to cast doubt on whether the sales momentum can be carried forward into the spring home-buying season,” said CAR Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “The number of active listings has been on a downward trend for the past 20 months and has shown no signs of improvement.”


February pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey - After a solid start to the year in closed escrow sales, low housing inventory, eroding affordability, and rising interest rates mildly pulled back pending sales on a year-over-year basis in February, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. In line with seasonal patterns, REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.’s February Market Pulse Survey** saw elevated market activity, with an increase in floor calls, presentations, and open house traffic for the second month in a row.


Homebuyers Face Bidding Wars on Scarcer-Than-Ever U.S. Listings - It’s the 2017 U.S. spring home-selling season, and listings are scarcer than they’ve ever been. Bidding wars common in perennially hot markets like the San Francisco Bay area, Denver and Boston are now also prevalent in the once slow-and-steady heartland, sending prices higher and sparking desperation among buyers across the country.


How to Prepare Your Budget for Buying Your First Home - Buying a house is exciting, but you need to go ahead and prepare yourself for unexpected expenses — that's just the reality of owning a home. No more calling the landlord or leasing office to come fix something. Whether it's a broken light bulb or a busted HVAC, the cost of that repair is coming out your pocket. Basically, you should overestimate how much money you'll need to cover all of your expenses each month.


Scam Alert: How To Avoid Utility Fraud - You may get a call about a late phone, gas or electric bill. Should you pay right away?


What to Look For in a House if You Have Kids - Your life at home with children will be easier if your house has some version of these features. Some of my faves:







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