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by Jodi Summers If you own real estate, you’re lucky. Your portfolio value grew…no matter where you own, but especially if you live in California. In 2015, the value of all homes across the U.S. increased $1.1 trillion, growing 4.1% percent over the past year. At year end, the entire housing stock is expected to […]

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by Dorie Iwata As the town transforms, so goes Modernism Week. Just a few short years ago, I talked a couple of friends into driving out to Palm Springs for a kitschy event called the Retro Martini Party. MAYBE, there were 50 guests in attendance. I remember oohing and awing at one of the first […]

JANUARY CALENDAR

by Jodi Summers As those in the real estate industry know, home prices fall in the cold, dark days of winter as buyers pay off the holiday spending spree, and stay warm watching football playoffs. According to sales data analysis of the Toronto housing market by TheRedPin.com realty service, home prices averaged $22,338 less in […]

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edited by Jodi Summers Americans’ energy-conservation efforts -from switching bulbs to upgrading washing machines and air conditioners – have done more to reduce carbon emissions than the increased use of solar, wind and natural gas. Wait, this gets easier folks…metrics pouring in from utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are concluding that the […]

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by Jodi Summers The U.S. homeownership rate reached a national high of 69.2% in the fourth quarter of 2004 and was as high as 68.2% in 2Q 2007 before beginning its decline. According to the Census Bureau, the rate is currently sitting around 64.4% – its lowest level since 1995. It has fallen in four […]

Los Angeles Median 1-bedroom rents 3Q 2015 2

by Jodi Summers If you’re renting a well-priced rent control unit in Santa Monica, relish it, because reasonable rents have gone away. If you’re a landlord with a vacant unit by the beach…take pleasure. A recent report by Zumper and LA Curbed study concludes that downtown Santa Monica continues to be the most expensive place […]