Laguna Niguel Lifestyle Launches its Premiere Edition!

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April 16, 2019 – Laguna Niguel, CA – Gerard Lifestyle Real Estate is pleased to announce that Laguna Niguel Lifestyle, a premium-quality, luxury lifestyle publication and events platform will officially launch on May 1st. This monthly publication was created exclusively for and about the residents of Laguna Niguel.  Enhanced through the development and support of local events,  we hope to play …

Top 10 Myths That Trip Up First-Time Home Buyers

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If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably received your share of advice from family and friends. Add to that the constant stream of TV shows, news segments, and social media posts that over-simplify the home buying process for easy entertainment. With so much information to sift through, it can be tough to distinguish fact from fiction. That’s why …

What’s Your Home Actually Worth?

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Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market It’s easy to look up how much money is in your savings account or the value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price …

Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2019

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If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the …

What’s Ahead for Real Estate in 2019?

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As we begin another year, everyone wants to know: “Where is the housing market headed in 2019?” It’s not only buyers, sellers, and homeowners who are impacted. The real estate market plays an integral role in the overall U.S. economy.  Fortunately, key indicators point toward a stable housing market in 2019 with signs of modest growth. However, shifting conditions could …

“How’s the Market?” What’s Ahead for Real Estate

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While no one can predict the future with certainty, most experts expect to see modest growth in the U.S. housing market for the remainder of this year and next. Inventory will remain tight, mortgage rates will continue to creep up, and affordability will remain a major issue in many parts of the country. So what does that mean for home …

July 2018 Housing Affordability Index

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At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.75 percent this July, up 14.7 percent compared to 4.14 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in July moving the index down 8.2 percent from 151.2 to 138.8. The median sales price for a …

Existing-Home Sales Slip 0.7 Percent, Lowest Pace in Two Years

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Existing-home sales decreased for the fourth straight month in July to their slowest pace in over two years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The West was the only major region with an increase in sales last month. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 0.7 percent to a seasonally …

February 2018 Pending Home Sales

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NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that February’s pending home sales pace was up 3.1 percent last month and down 4.1 percent from a year ago. Pending sales represent homes that have a signed contract to purchase on them but have yet to close. They tend to lead Existing Home Sales data by 1 to 2 …

January 2018 Pending Home Sales

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NAR released a summary of pending home sales data showing that January’s pending home sales pace was down 4.7 percent last month and down 3.8 percent from a year ago. Pending sales represent homes that have a signed contract to purchase on them but have yet to close. They tend to lead existing-home sales data by 1 to 2 months. …