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Top-selling master-planned communities

California has some of the best-selling master-planned communities in the state. Which one holds the Golden State title?

Also in the blog:
  • 3 cities join $1M club, 3 fall off
  • Buy or rent?
  • Guess what city has the largest percentage rent increase in the state?

Red-hot market will cool off

Economists and real estate experts say several cities are likely to suffer from fewer sales, lower values in 2020.

Also in the blog:
  • A decade of huge price gains, especially in this one city
  • Only three cities are ‘affordable’ for buyers

Listings plunge, home prices soar in December

Active listings plummeted by more than 20% for the second consecutive month, greatly increasing competition for homes — and lifting prices by more than 10%.

January is the new April for home shopping

More consumers are starting their home search in January — and what that means for you.

Also in the blog
  • Details on rent control
  • Fannie, Freddie less friendly
  • Equity growth slows
  • Flipping makes less sense (and profit)

Home affordability improves in the third quarter, sort of

Bigger paychecks and smaller mortgage rates help, but only 31% of households could afford to purchase during the third quarter.

What regions are most at risk for wildfires?

Nine of the nation’s 15 metro regions with the highest risk of wildfires are in California, threatening the state’s residents and economy.

Big cities, small spaces for renters in some cities

Rents are bigger while living spaces are shrinking. Pint-sized units are all that many consumers can afford in several cities in California.

Housing by the numbers

Mortgage rates

Rates fell to the lowest level in three years (yep, 2017) for the week ending Feb. 6:
30-year: 3.45% vs. 3.51% a week ago
15-year: 2.97% vs. 3.00% a week ago
Source: Freddie Mac

A decade of price gains

California’s median home price reached $605,280 in October, a 42% increase from the $427,180 in 2009.

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