From: Realtor.com When the coronavirus pandemic gutted the strongest U.S. economy, many assumed another recession would bring rock-bottom home prices along with it. Instead, home prices defied logical assumptions—and soared to new heights. Paradoxically enough, one of the biggest drivers of the double-digit price hikes is the very same record-low mortgage interest rates that put […]Read More Why Are Home Prices Rising So High? Blame Record-Low Mortgage Rates
One of the biggest misconceptions for first-time homebuyers is how much you’ll need to save for a down payment. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to put 20% down to buy a house. Here’s how it breaks down. A recent survey by Point2Homes mentions that 74% of millennials (ages 25-40) say they’re interested in purchasing a home […]Read More Do You Have Enough Money Saved for a Down Payment?
Changing leaves, ripe pumpkins, crisp apples and spooky attractions signal that fall has arrived in San Diego, but this year will be different in the COVID era BY MONICA GARSKE • PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 • UPDATED ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 AT 2:43 PM – NBC & San Diego Sept. 22 marks the first day of fall and, while the coronavirus pandemic may […]Read More THINGS TO DO THIS FALL IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: PANDEMIC 2020 EDITION
Housing inventory is at an all-time low. There are 39% fewer homes for sale today than at this time last year, and buyer demand continues to set records. Zillow recently reported: “Newly pending sales are up 25.5% compared to the same week last year, the highest year-over-year increase in the weekly Zillow database.” Whenever there is a shortage in supply […]Read More The Cost of a Home Is Far More Important than the Price
Today’s housing market is making a truly impressive turnaround, and it’s also setting up some outstanding opportunities for buyers and sellers. Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, there are perks today that are rarely available, and definitely worth looking into. Here are the top two. The Biggest Perk for Buyers: Low Mortgage Rates The […]Read More Current Buyer and Seller Perks in the Housing Market
My passion for all things housing related, and human rights in general, prompts me to reflect on the history of fair housing and issue this reminder of what fair housing is- it is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory education for REALTORS®. As stewards of the right to […]Read More Fair Housing
The uncertainty the world faces today due to the COVID-19 pandemic is causing so many things to change. The way we interact, the way we do business, even the way we buy and sell real estate is changing. This is a moment in time that’s even sparking some buyers to search for a better deal on a […]Read More Today’s Homebuyers Want Lower Prices. Sellers Disagree.
I am touched by how many clients, friends and family have reached out concerned not only about my health, but about my business. I am happy to report that I am healthy, both personally and professionally, though this is definitely not business as usual. Under other circumstances it would be flattering to be considered an […]Read More Residential Real Estate During COVID-19 Crisis
The market for photovoltaic installations is hot, creating opportunities for home sellers and buyers. How much value does a solar installation add to a property? It’s a question increasingly on the minds of consumers who are interested in the cost-benefit analysis of residential solar installations, also known as photovoltaic systems. If you haven’t already sold […]Read More The Sun is Shining on Solar
You’d be surprised at what your home insurance policy doesn’t cover. Here’s what is and isn’t covered by your insurance. What does your homeowners insurance cover? The short answer is: “A basic homeowners insurance policy (called HO-1 in insurance lingo) covers your home and possessions if they’re damaged or destroyed by these things: Fire […]Read More What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?