Real Estate

  • It’s a Wrap!

    To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it wasn’t the best of times, it wasn’t the worst of times. 2015 ended just in time, not with a bang, but a whimper. As forecast, December sales volumes for the region spiked up 24% over November pulling the year up 9% over 2014 ( 9,932/10,916) and a scant 1% ahead […]

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  • Housing? Bah, Humbug!

    As forecast, regional yearend housing numbers are not at all jolly, they’re downright Bah, Humbug! After falling 10% in October, sales dropped another 19% in November. In the past six months, sales have fallen 40% (1,156 / 700) although we’re still 7% ahead of 2014 YTD sales (9,174 / 9,915). Historically this is not an […]

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  • Ranch & Coast Real Estate Joins Berkshire Hathaway

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, today announced that independent brokerage Ranch & Coast Real Estate will join the network in December operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ranch & Coast Real Estate. The brokerage affiliates with a network that in just 26 months has grown […]

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  • Interesting Times…

    Local elections are over. Congratulations to the new City Council Members in the region. As always, a lot of good folks (and a few others), stepped up and volunteered to help guide their city. We look forward to working with you to implement sound housing policies and answer any questions you might have on real […]

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  • Into the Home Stretch

    Unless the market completely shuts down between now and the end of the year, 2015 will go into the record books with a slight increase in sales over 2014 and maybe even a little improvement over 2013. After falling 16% in August, September sales ticked back up 5% for the region and stayed 6% ahead […]

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  • Slowly, Slowly…

    The watchword for the Southwest California housing market in August was SLOW. Home sales dropped 16% from July’s pace and we sold 1(one) less home across the region than we did in 2014 (905 / 904). That’s a little slower than anticipated even with pending sales down the prior month. The bad news is, pending […]

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  • More of the Same

    If you remember last month (and who doesn’t), the region celebrated a month of sales and price appreciation not seen for nearly a decade. Indeed the whole country seemed to experience the same boosted level of housing market happiness in June leaving housing prognosticators salivating over the prospect that the housing market has finally hit […]

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  • 6 Bedroom Temecula Home to Auction August 6th

    A six bedroom, four bath home located at 43250 Via Sabino in Temecula will auction at 12pm Thursday August 6th, 2015. The home is 3,948+/- square feet and was built in 2000. It includes a pool, spa and waterfall and features great views from the backyard and master bedroom deck. The upgraded kitchen has granite […]

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  • Equity Management Welcomes Brandi Scott and Melissa Jaffe

    Equity Management and Realty Services, an Associa company, welcomes two new members to its team.  Brandi Scott, vice president of builder development and Melissa Jaffe, director of builder development will be working together to assist in the management of Equity’s growing developer portfolio. “They are both experienced professionals whose integrity, work ethic, commitment to success […]

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  • Which Way is Forward?

    by Gene Wunderlich Amidst depressing national and state news revolving around the economy and water, Southwest California housing posted another decent month in April, giving hope to at least a minor recovery from 2014’s slow pace. The nation’s economy faltered during the 1st quarter nearly coming to a halt with just a .2% growth, instead […]

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  • Stopping the Home Mortgage Foreclosure Train

    *A Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Primer by Morton J. Grabel, Esq. In California, the mortgage home foreclosure process proceeds without court intervention. This is called a “non-judicial foreclosure”. Because non-judicial foreclosures begin without papers being filed by the lenders/trustees in court, you must file a lawsuit to stop the foreclosure.

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  • Had a Bankruptcy, Foreclosure or Short Sale? You Can Buy Again!

    By Pat Whitney                                                  While others may have told you “NO”, the recent changes in loan program guidelines may allow those that lost their homes due to a short sale or foreclosure to re-enter the home buying market again. Between home values plummeting beginning in 2006 to the large amount of job loss in our […]

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  • Thoughts on Customer Service

    by Destry & Shelley Johnson It seems interesting to us that even though Real Estate is essentially a service industry, Real Estate professionals are largely known for providing the worst customer service of any other industry. Most agents are extremely attentive until the escrow opens, and then they tend to disappear. There are so many […]

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  • Mixed Messages on Recovery

    by Gene Wunderlich March was generally a good news month for the local housing market – and a much needed boost for both sales and prices. We hope it’s the beginning of a recovery, or a trend, or at least a few months of good news. However, the general outlook is more mixed. I read […]

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  • Temecula Wine Country – A Very Special Place!

    by Nancy Hughes The Temecula Wine Country – also known as Southern California Wine Country – is a very special place in our own back yard. We are lucky to have this amenity to enjoy – with beautiful views, excellent wineries, great restaurants, spectacular wedding locations, cooking schools, and for the adventurous – Horseback Riding, […]

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  • Big IF’s, AND’s and BUT’s

    by Gene Wunderlich For anybody keeping track, our state Legislators introduced over 2,300 new bills this session. That’s 2,300 new ways to tax you, regulate you or otherwise dictate how you run your life and your business. Some, maybe a couple hundred, would impact us positively but most of them probably stand very little chance […]

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  • Nowhere to Go But Up!

    by Gene Wunderlich The good news is we’re getting the trough over early and hopefully the market starts back up next month. There’s an old saying that home sales pick up after the Super Bowl. Don’t know what that says about us but let’s hope it holds true. January sales for the Southwest California region […]

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  • Looking Back on Temecula’s Past

    by Nancy Hughes So many people living in Temecula today don’t really understand how this area came to be the way it is – with the beautiful open spaces, well planned neighborhoods, great schools and large areas of low density residential lots and homes, and of course the beautiful Wine Country. While the County of […]

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  • HERO Energy Retrofit Program? Buyer Beware.

    by Gene Wunderlich It’s hard to open a newspaper or your mail these days without seeing some promotion of the HERO Program (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity). Launched in December of 2011, the HERO Program is offered by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and administered by RenovateAmerica. It began as a local implementation of […]

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