February 27, 2010 |
If you're still having trouble selling your house, you're not alone. Sales of previously owned homes in January stumbled considerably for the second consecutive month. The National Assn. of Realtors in Washington said Friday that sales fell 7.2%. January sales were the lowest since June but 11.5% higher than in January 2009. Previously owned homes make up the bulk of the nation's buying activity. Economists said that last month's sales drop from December was another sign the market is critically weak and unlikely to recover robustly this year as the potential for more foreclosures looms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 |
More homes face high risk of being destroyed in a wildfire in densely populated Los Angeles County than in any other county in the state, according to new insurance industry research that underscores that fire danger is not confined to rural areas. The analysis, released Wednesday by the Insurance Information Network of California, places more than 2 million homes in the high-risk category statewide. Slightly more than half of them are in Southern California, where huge, wind-driven fires have charred thousands of houses in the last decade.
October 12, 2012 |
Competition for lower-priced homes in California is so hot that the number of cheaper homes available for sale has sunk more than 40% in the last year, pushing out many would-be buyers. Homes that sold for $313,200 or less were the most competitive type of home nationally, but nowhere did inventory in that price range drop more than in the Golden State, according to a report released Thursday by real estate website Zillow. In some parts of the Inland Empire, the supply of homes on the market is down to about a month's worth, real estate agents say. Economists typically consider a six-month supply to be a healthy market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 |
The tally of homes reported destroyed in the Powerhouse fire rose dramatically Thursday, as authorities discovered 24 homes were burned out, more than double the previous estimate. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Anthony Akins attributed the rise in damage to a survey by ground crews, who were able to explore the burn area more fully on Wednesday. Akins said he believes some of the additional destroyed homes are believed to be in a canyon near Lake Hughes. Fire personnel have the fire 78% surrounded and expect full containment around midnight Monday.
June 13, 2013 |
Home prices in the upscale Bay Area swelled last month, but tight inventory kept sales below average, driving bidding wars and frustrating would-be buyers. The median sale price for a home in the nine-county region hit $519,000 in May -- a 29.8% increase from the same month a year earlier -- real estate firm DataQuick said Thursday. That was a nearly 2% increase from April. Buyers purchased 8,541 new and existing houses and condos, down 4% from May 2012, but up 12.1% from April.
April 10, 2012 |
A nonprofit group has filed a bias complaint against Wells Fargo accusing the lender of poorly maintaining the foreclosed homes it owns in what the nonprofit calls Latino and black neighborhoods compared with those it owns in white areas. The complaint by the National Fair Housing Alliance to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development comes after the group released a report last week concluding that in nine big American cities, foreclosed homes were taken much better care of in what it calls white neighborhoods than in those with residents of color.
October 12, 2012 |
Foreclosed homes made up just a sixth of the Southland's resale market last month - a level not seen in nearly five years and a major reason the market is rebounding so rapidly. Foreclosures accounted for just 16.4% of the resale market in September - a substantial decline from the same month last year when foreclosures accounted for 32.3% of the market, real estate firm DataQuick reported Friday. The decline is even more significant when compared to the worst of the region's foreclosure crisis, in February 2009, when foreclosed properties made up 56.7% of resales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 |
Voluntary evacuation orders were issued for residents of several homes in the San Gabriel Canyon in Azusa as firefighters continued to battle a brush fire that had scorched at least 40 acres. The evacuation order came after 7 p.m. for the homes on Foxtail Court, which is part of a housing development on the north side of California 39, the Azusa Police Department said. The highway was closed north of Foothill Boulevard to allow fire engines and other emergency vehicles to access the brush fire area, according to police.
June 28, 2012 |
Colorado's toll of fiery destruction mounted Thursday when officials said the Waldo Canyon fire had destroyed at least 346 homes -- surpassing a record set only this month. Until Thursday, the High Park fire west of Fort Collins had been the most destructive in state history, burning 257 homes. Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said the 346 lost homes spanned 35 streets. He warned at a news briefing that the number could rise as authorities make more thorough inspections of the devastated Mountain Shadows neighborhood. PHOTOS: U.S. wildfires 2012 "This community is going to mount an unprecedented response to this," Bach said, vowing to "bring every possible resource to help these people that have been hurt so badly.” Authorities will meet with evacuated residents Thursday night to tell them the fate of their homes.