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Where buyers may find the best housing market conditions

California may rank as among the best places to live in the United States. However, according to an Owners.com report, Virginia Beach was ranked as the top location to call home. Homes there sell for an average of 3 percent less than their list prices while rent in the region has only increased by an average of $7 in the past year.

Short sales can benefit sellers and buyers

Some homeowners in California may benefit from going through a short sale. Short sales occur when owners sell their homes for less than what they owe on their mortgages. These tend to occur during economic downturns such as the Great Recession. When a buyer makes an offer on a home, the owner asks the bank to approve the sale. The bank will ask for evidence that the seller cannot repay the loan in full.

The process of buying a house

For most people in California and throughout the country, the process of buying a home starts months before the house search does. Ideally, a prospective buyer will get his or her finances in order and ready to be scrutinized by mortgage lenders. In addition to the mortgage payment, a buyer will need money for a down payment and other up-front costs due at closing. Individuals who are looking to buy a home may also need to improve their credit score.

Rising mortgage interest rates to slow home sales in 2019

Homebuyers in California have struggled with affordability for years, and real estate insiders do not expect 2019 to bring any relief. Mortgage interests rates, which had already increased throughout 2018, will continue their upward climb this year. Economists are saying that people shopping for homes will face higher borrowing costs.

Health care facilities and accessibility for disabled patients

As you know, running a medical facility, such as a hospital or doctor's office, whether in California or elsewhere, has similarities to running other businesses. As such, it is subject to various state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While meeting the ADA's criteria requires an initial outlay of funds, it helps medical facilities provide accessibility to care for every member of the public and helps avoid legal issues in the future.

How to craft the ideal home listing

The price that a buyer will pay for a home in California is partially dependent on local market conditions. However, there are some steps that a seller can take to get the most for a property. One important step is to create a reasonable list price based on what similar homes have been listed at or sold for. A real estate agent can do market research to determine what that price is for a given home.

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