Thursday, August 31, 2006

HOA Legislation Signed


California Association of Realtors sponsored AB 2100 (Laird), "Homeowner Association Reserve Accounts," was signed into law this month. The existing law requires HOAs to provide their members a pro forma budget, but not how and when they will repair or replace major assets of the association. C.A.R. sponsored AB 2100 requires Homeowners Associations to adopt an assessment schedule of the dates and monies necessary to fund their reserve accounts.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

New Spanish Language Online Classifieds

Check out the new online source for Spanish language classifieds at http://laRed.com
It's set up similar to the popular craigslist. Check them out and let me know what you think.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Mobile Homes as an Alternative for Housing

Mobile Homes can be an alternative housing for Ventura County Residents. The new modular homes look, feel and live just like the much more expensive stick-built homes. You can't tell the difference once you are inside.
The mobile home parks in the area have useful amenities that a lot of house owners can't afford. They have a clubhouse for having a large party in, they have a pool and a Jacuzzi, some have playgrounds for the kids, some have pool table and/or ping-pong table, some have RV storage at a very reasonable rate.
Downside: You don't own the land - only the mobile home. You have to pay space rent on the space the mobile home sits on. Most of the older mobile homes require a 20% down payment.
Upside: You have your own space - no shared walls like in a condo or townhouse. Space rents in Ventura are under rent control and can only be raised a minimum amount annually. You get all the tax advantages on owning your own home.
Would you like to get inside a mobile home and take a look? Give me a call at (805) 901-8805.
Lorraine
Realtor

Friday, August 25, 2006

Friday Best Buy!


Just a few years old, this single story Oxnard home has it all. Lot's of square footage, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and on and on! All this for $699,000.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Rates at 5 Month Low!

Last week's better than expected reading on the Consumer Price Index helped to lower rates to a 5 month low. Slow economic growth, coupled with the Fed pausing rate hikes has helped to bring fixed rate mortgage rates down. Fixed rates have fallen nearly half of a percentage point since the end of June. Looking to refinance? Now might be a good time.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Worried About Property Taxes When You Move?

Are the kids all moved out of the house? Those stairs getting harder to climb each night? Thinking about a move, but worried about huge increases to your current property tax bill? Well, Prop 60 and 90 allow you to make that move if you are at least 55 years old and the home is your principal residence. You can spend up to 105% of the value of your new home and take your current tax base to your new home. Ventura County is one of the few counties in California that accepts transfers from other counties, too! Give me a call or email for more information on this and other programs that might help you to make that move!

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday Best Buy

Owner will credit for closing costs up to $10k with the right offer! Check out the new exterior paint on this great home! Light & bright interior is accented by tiled floors & a totally remodeled kitchen! Upgraded cabinets, huge tiled work area, & a serving bar that opens to the famiy area make entertaining a joy! There's a bonus room + a storage bldg., several fruit trees, and & a large fenced back yard with potential for RV access. Master bedroom features a window seat, tiled floors, & a spa tub in the bath. $589,000

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Friday Best Buy!

Lowest priced 3 bedroom townhome in the Todd Ranch development! Attached garage and small fenced yard w/wood deck. $399,000

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Fed Leaves Rates Alone!

The Feds decided to suspend interest rate hikes, maintaining the target for the federal funds rate at 5.25 percent. This is the first meeting in more than 2 years that did not result in an rate increase. A little bit of breathing room for those buyers in the market right now, not to mention those of you with adjustable rate mortgages. Ahhhhh.

"Economic growth has moderated from its quite strong pace earlier this year, partly reflecting a gradual cooling of the housing market and the lagged effects of increases in interest rates and energy prices," the Fed said in a prepared statement.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Friday Best Buy!

Over 2000 Square Feet of living space for UNDER $600,000!!!!
This home has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, a family room, fireplace, and a big yard!

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Harvard Study: Slowdown is Merely a Breather

"Cooling home sales nationwide won't last long because continuing strong household growth will fuel more housing demand" Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies says. "Don't expect prices to plunge as a result of the current slowdown, either. Markets are seeing neither big employment drops nor overbuilding in housing supply - two conditions that precipitated price falls in the past." More on this at Realtor.org

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