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The Southward Group

Southern California and Los Angeles Real Estate

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. — Warren Buffett

The Luxury Market: Glut of Megamansions will affect your pricing.

Los Angeles has too many megamansions and not enough buyers, reported Katherine Clarke for The Wall Street Journal. Real-estate agents and developers are turning to themed parties, gimmicky amenities, and $100 million price cuts to get the megamansions off the market. From LA to NYC, gimmicks and price cuts are being used in big cities nationwide, signaling a slow luxury real estate market.
Note : courtesy of Hillary Hoffower

Metro ExpressLanes is making changes to its Clean Air Vehicle Policy starting March 1, 2019:

Customers with a clean air vehicle (CAV) displaying a valid DMV-issued red or purple CAV decal are eligible for a 15% discount off of the posted rate on the I-10 and I-110 Metro ExpressLanes. To qualify, eligible CAV decal holders must first register for the discount on our website at www.metro.net/expresslanes/cav.

Half of Homes Past Pre-Recession Values

Half of the homes—50.4 percent—in the nation are past their peaks prior to the recession, with 21 of the 35 largest markets at the milestone value, according to the June Zillow® Real Estate Market Report.
Note : By RISMedia Staff

7 Things You Should Know Before You Rent Out Your Home

The single-family rental industry is booming. So many homeowners are choosing to rent out their homes these days that annual home sales dipped 5 percent in 2017, translating to about 270,000 fewer homes sold that year, according to a study by Zillow.
Note : Brittney Laryea, Magnify Money

Five Estate Plan actions to take in light of the new tax law!

Some people put off their estate planning pending passage of the 2017 tax law in case there were changes in the law that would affect their planning choices.
Note : Attorney Suzanne R. Sayward

It takes more than money to have a great life!

Setting a goal and reaching it often feels less satisfying than we might have imagined, says the life and business strategist Tony Robbins.
Note : by Catherine Clifford (MSNBC)

Boomerang buyers: Recovery or bubble repeat?

Foreclosed homeowners are now able to buy again, but what does this mean for the market?
Note : by Daren Blomquist on Apr 29, 2015

FHA program for flipped houses is extended!

Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday extended through the end of the year a popular program allowing buyers of flipped homes to obtain loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.
Note : Reuters - Reporting by Corbett B. Daly; Editing by Dan Grebler

Believe it or not, a housing shortage

With all the talk of excess inventory and a flood of foreclosures, the idea of a looming housing shortage sounds unrealistic, if not downright fanciful.
Note : This article was reported by Lisa Scherzer for SmartMoney

Requested of a Broker: Clean My House!

Even in the strongest economies, New Yorkers of sound mind find that talking with a real estate broker can result in rolled eyes, raised voices and a New York version of “taking it outside” by threatening litigation.
Note : By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY Published: August 23, 2010

7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Condo

You've found your dream condo, and you're ready to relax among the mango trees and swaying date palms. Hold everything...........
Note : Courtesy of RISMEDIA

Probate: An Investors Dream

Investors in real estate sometimes wish to buy property out of probate estates. Depending on the situation, the mechanics of this may be simple or complicated.
Note : Courtesy of Methven & Associates

Home Prices: Stablizing or heading up?

After five months of year-over-year declines in foreclosure activity, it looks as if the worst of the crisis in Southern California is behind us, according to a company that has been keeping records.
Note : Press Enterprise

Southland home sales, median prices on the rise!

Santa Monica,Ca---Southern California home sales eked out a modest gain in January compared with a year earlier but fell sharply – as they normally do – from December. The median price paid rose above the year-ago level for the second consecutive month, but fell 6 percent from December as foreclosures and lower-cost inland markets claimed a higher share of sales, a real estate information service reported.
Note : Dataquick ...

The 10 Must-Have Features - New Homes

Santa Monica,Ca -- Americans want smaller houses and they are willing to strip some of yesterday's most popular rooms -- such as home theaters -- from them in order to accommodate changing lifestyles, consumer experts told audiences at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas this week.
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$198 Parcel Tax on May Ballot

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education settled on $198 per parcel as the amount it will ask voters to approve in a mail-in election this May for a temporary/emergency measure to reduce a projected $14.5 million deficit.

Real Estate Tax Tips - 2010

The real estate downturn that dominated 2009 leaves many on unfamiliar ground at tax time. Where better to look for advice than in suburban Los Angeles, where property values took a particularly vicious dive. There, Woodland Hills investment adviser Mark Kennedy shared his tips with WalletPop:
Note : Amy Pyle

3 Factors to Take Into Consideration Before Jumping Into Housing Market

If you have a good job and good credit, the next few months might be a good time to go house hunting. Fence-sitters take the risk that Congress may let a rich tax credit expire, and that interest rates may rise. Buyers and sellers should consider the following factors as they consider jumping into the housing market.

To Avoid A Moving Scam, Keep It Simple

The moving industry is complicated. It uses a lot of lingo that most consumers don’t understand: You get your estimates as ‘binding’ or ‘non-binding’; movers use a ‘tariff’ to determine rates; when the mover ships your goods, you receive a ‘bill of lading.’
Note : Tim Johnson - Relocation.com

First Time Buyer Tax Credit

Bringing the Dream of Homeownership Within Reach As part of its plan to stimulate the U.S. housing market and address the economic challenges facing our nation, Congress has passed legislation that grants a tax credit of up to $8,000 to first-time home buyers.

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