Jobs move real estate

There is a 1-2 month reporting delay for all data. The past and future of jobs in California: the number of people employed: Chart last updated 10/23/11 September 2011 14,099,200 August 2011 14,025,400 September 2010 13,865,500 Current, detailed employment numbers for California’s biggest counties: Chart last updated 10/23/11 September 2011 August 2011 September 2010 Los…

How neighbors can make or break a home sale

This article comes from The San Jose Mercury Are you on good terms with your neighbors? If you aren’t, you might want to mend those fences before listing your home for sale. A client of mine didn’t get along with his neighbor, for reasons having nothing to do with real estate. Their dispute grew personal,…

You’re sure you’re a shortsale specialist?

Part II of this article series examines the pedigree of a true “short sale specialist” and highlights the many tedious aspects of qualifying a negative-equity homeowner for a short payoff with his mortgage lender. The new and present normal, sort of The shortsale has resurfaced to again become a commonplace feature of the home resale…

Age and education in the golden state

This article comes from First Tuesday Journal Online Part II of this article series delves into specific age and education data to complete a portrait of some of California’s largest and most dynamic counties. This is the second article in a series discussing demographic trends statewide. For more information and demographic analysis about California’s major…

The distribution of California’s human resources

This article comes from First Tuesday Journal Online Part I of this article series digests information on education, income, and age in California’s largest counties and discusses how brokers and agents can use localized data to perfect their expertise in real estate transactions. This article is the first in a two-part series. For further analysis,…

Is homeownership still part of your American Dream?

This article comes from the On The Block blog from SFGate.com Here and there, we’ve written in the past about homeownership and the American Dream.  Last year, we explored how being a homeowner became synomyous with the American Dream (homeownership has been vastly supported and encouraged by numerous government administrations, in the form of mortgage tax deduction…

10 ways to beat the real estate crisis

This article comes from First Tuesday Journal Online This article provides tips for building your brokerage practice and creating personal wealth during real estate’s enduring bumpy plateau recovery. Why it’s still considered tough out there Uncertain about the future of California real estate? It’s no wonder. Bipolar reports from industry pundits proclaim a recovery in…

U.S. to lower the size of mortgage it will guarantee

This article comes from The Los Angeles Times Uncle Sam is about to take a first tentative step out of the mortgage business by lowering the size of home loans that the federal government will guarantee, and it’s already hitting California neighborhoods with higher costs and bigger down payments. The downward adjustments have ignited outcries…