San Diego Real Estate Cafe by Krista Lombardi
Now, the Berkshire Hathaway name will be even more visible in San Diego County, and throughout the United States, as it will be found on real estate “for sale” signs.
As of Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, an established California real estate firm took on the prestigious company’s name. Prudential California Realty was purchased by Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway.
“We’re the first ones to be able to use that brand name in the real estate world. It’s quite an honor,” said David Cabot, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. “It’s a unique opportunity.”
With its headquarters in Carmel Valley, the company has a network of 62 offices and 3,200 agents in Southern California and the Central Coast. Many of those agents have been with the company for a substantial portion of its 20-year existence under Prudential California Realty.
California Properties focuses on the luxury market in such areas as Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, La Jolla, Newport Beach, Beverly Hills, Palisades and Brentwood, said Cabot.
Recent employment reports indicate that construction industry jobs are lagging while the housing industry recovers. Market uncertainty has left some companies cautious about adding workers since they were forced to cut staff during the recession. High costs for raw materials as well as developers’ fees are also likely factors. There has been a particularly big drop in public construction.
Countywide, the number of private residential-construction jobs has been more than halved since the peak of the housing market in 2005, according to job figures from the state.
Contractors who do manage to snag quality workers are struggling to retain them.
In certain trades, some companies have been trying to lure competitors’ workers by offering cash. Cash is attractive because workers tend not to pay the required taxes on that income, so they’re bagging more money.
Contractors in some cases have asked builders to pony up to $3 more an hour per worker so they can keep more from going to cash-only contractors.
The bottom line is that with the interest rate increase the market has cooled a bit however our inventory is still very low and we need builders to continue building so that we can have homes for buyers.
Ever wondered what the Easter Bunny has to do with Easter?
There’s no story in the Bible about a long-eared, cotton-tailed creature known as the Easter Bunny. Neither is there a passage about young children painting eggs or hunting for baskets overflowing with scrumptious Easter goodies.
And real rabbits certainly don’t lay eggs, right?
Why are these traditions so ingrained in Easter Sunday? And what do they have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?
Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. They were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
The list of questions every buyer asks about the various properties during a house hunt can change with each person. Color of granite? How much landscaping? Where can I put the doggy door?
Agents in San Diego are prohibited from discussing this and will refer you to law enforcement sites. As buyers, we assume that neighborhoods are either “good” or “bad.” The truth unfortunately is never black and white. Looking at details a little closer helps, which in turn allows us to make smarter decisions about which home we buy and how we live in it, once we buy it.
Here is a quick list of the right questions to ask about crime before buying a home.
1. What sorts of crimes happen in the area? Where and when do they happen? Crime truly happens everywhere. But the details of crime patterns vary widely in various neighborhoods especially San Diego because we have such diverse pockets within one zip code and the next. Some areas may have more stay at home workers or entrepreneurs and more break ins during the night and other areas may have day time workers and more day time crime.
This sort of information can be highly useful to a buyer-to-be, as it can help you make decisions not just about whether or not to buy, but also about whether to park your car outside (or not), whether to get an alarm and where in a given neighborhood you might prefer your home to be (interior cul-de-sac vs. thoroughfare in the same area).
“House hunters looking for bargain properties in the new year
will probably be disappointed.” – Los Angeles Times
A new report by CoreLogic shows that shadow inventory fell 12.3%
from the year prior to stand at 2.6 million units nationwide. Split among 50 states that does not
constitute a large number.
The housing recovery that began last year was dominated by tight inventory and strong demand from cash
investors and buyers capitalizing on record interest rates.
Those factors have pushed up prices in recent months.
According to CoreLogic
analysts, the strong demand from investors means that the current shadow supply is unlikely to drag
down the market in 2013.
The Mortgage Debt Relief Act was passed by the U.S. Senate early this morning to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. This is a programs important to real estate that would impact household wealth.
The “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012’’ passed on a bipartisan 89-9 vote in the middle of the night and extends current tax rates for all households earning less than $450,000, and $400,000 for individual filers. For households earning above these limits, tax rates would revert to where they were in 2003, when taxes were reduced across the board. That means taxpayers in the highest bracket would pay taxes on ordinary income at a rate of 39.6 percent, up from 35 percent.
The tax rate on capital gains would also remain the same, at 15 percent, for most households, but for those earning above the $400,000-$450,000 threshold, the rate would rise to 20 percent.
Importantly from NAR’s perspective, the exclusion from taxes for gains on the sale of a principal residence of up to $500,000 ($250,000 for individuals) remains in effect, so only home sellers whose income is $450,000 or above and the gain on the sale of their house is above $500,000 would pay taxes on the excess capital gains at the higher rate (with corresponding numbers for individual filers).
It happens sometimes, it’s not intentional, I mean let’s say that you inherited an old house in a distant location and want to put it on the market. You may not have the time, resources or energy to make it perfect and just want a quick sale.
Or, maybe you had renters at your property who did substantial damage and you don’t have the money to make necessary renovations.
Fear not. Just because the house needs work doesn’t mean you can’t sell it.
Many homebuyers today are shopping for deals and want to see the potential in your home. In that case, leave brochures for new cabinets in the kitchen, color palates around the bedrooms and even create computerized images of what updates could look like.
In addition, secure bids from licensed contractors on necessary fixes and provide them to your potential buyers. People may overestimate the cost of a new roof, shower stall or drywall repair and fresh paint. Estimates will bring the home into clearer perspective.
I thought I would share this morning’s great find while looking through properties for my clients. Out of 4 photos, this was one of them, and possibly one of the worst I’ve seen in awhile. Would you buy this house?
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
~Minot J. Savage
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