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California market seen as stable for now

According to Fitch Ratings, the average home price in parts of Southern California was 5 to 9 percent higher in the fourth quarter of 2017 than what should be expected given economic fundamentals. It also says that 17 percent of all housing nationwide is overvalued by 10 percent. National housing prices as a whole were 3 percent higher than they should be in the fourth quarter of 2017 according to Fitch. Although housing prices are higher than what may be expected, a price correction may not be imminent.

Bitcoin is becoming accepted in the real estate sector

Residents of California may find that bitcoin is useful when making real estate transactions. In 2017, a home in Manhattan Beach valued at $3.23 million was purchased with 3,300 bitcoins. Those bitcoins are now valued at roughly $34 million. Proponents of using bitcoin to make real estate transactions say that it is faster and easier because there is no need for bank involvement.

Home sales sluggish again in January

People bought fewer new single-family homes in January. According to the Commerce Department, sales in this category dropped 7.8 percent during that month to a seasonally adjusted 593,000 units. That was the lowest level since August 2017, and it was the second straight month in which home sales declined. Some believe that this may be a sign of a slowing housing market in California and other states.

Emotions add to the price tag of homes for first-time buyers

The purchase of a first home in California represents an exciting achievement. People typically work and save toward this goal for a long time, but a study produced by the Federal Housing Finance Agency reveals that first-time buyers pay more than veteran home shoppers. Two economists looked at data from 1.7 million housing transactions between 2012 and 2016 and calculated that first-time buyers spent an average of 0.79 percent more than people who had bought homes previously.

Barriers to home ownership for younger people

Society may think that young people living in California don't want to buy a home because it would make it harder to buy other things. However, the reasons why younger people don't want to buy a home aren't that out of the ordinary. For instance, many who went through the last recession may be wary about using credit. Therefore, they may not have the credit history needed to obtain a mortgage.

An overview of the 2018 housing market

California residents and others who are looking to buy homes in 2018 may face a couple of key challenges. First, mortgages are expected to get more expensive as the year goes on. Rates could rise to as high as 4.5 percent by the end of 2018. Second, any available homes that go on the market are expected to be sold quickly. According to an economist at Redfin, home sales will increase by 3 percent in 2018 compared to 2017.

Tips to keep in mind when buying a home

Buying a home can be an exciting yet challenging time for people in California. Planning a move into one's dream home can be a major accomplishment in life, but a home purchase also comes with major stresses about securing financing, ensuring a proper inspection and concluding a fair deal. As people plan their goals for homebuying, keeping a few tips in mind can help real estate buyers to make a good choice when making an offer for a new home.

How to buy a house with poor credit

When a California resident wants to buy a house, a lender will run a credit check. If prospective buyers have a low credit score, it may hinder their ability to get a mortgage. However, those with poor credit may still have an opportunity to purchase a home. One option may be to enter into an owner finance arrangement.

L.A. mayor signs off on developer fee to fund affordable housing

Very high rents price many people out of homes in California cities. To raise money for the development of affordable housing, the Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of a fee ordinance that would collect fees from developers. Mayor Eric Garcetti's signature made the linkage fee official, and it is expected to cost developers within the city $93.7 million to $114.3 million annually, according to a report prepared by the Department of City Planning and Housing and Community Investment Department.

Sellers may face tougher conditions in 2018

Buyers in California may find that they can find better deals on homes in 2018. This is because rising prices and changes to tax laws may reduce the demand for properties on the open market. According to the chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, home sales are likely to remain flat or decline during 2018 in spite of the fact that there are likely to be an increase in jobs over that period.

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