When corporate leaders seek to communicate good news on their company’s performance, they frequently reach for the ‘R’ word: “robust.” Sales are robust; production is robust; future prospects are robust, etc. The ‘R’ word performs the near-miraculous feat of conveying strength, energy, and accomplishment —all without having to come up with specifics.

Especially in earnings guidance season, you see the ‘R’ word a lot.
So it was surprising that last week’s widely quoted tidings about existing home sales (which were very good tidings, indeed) included the ‘R’ word at all. The news—at least as cited by The World Property Journal—hardly needed the vocabulary assist. The details alone were astonishingly favorable. “U.S. Home Sales Spike in August, Highest…

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Costa Mesa residents who will be buying a home, refinancing their mortgage, or even just financing a car anytime soon, should think twice before making abrupt credit moves. Even some actions intended to reflect positively on their creditworthiness can backfire.

As everyone learns, your individual credit score determines not just whether financial institutions will grant your application for a home or auto loan—they also play a decisive role in the interest rate you will be quoted. Your score is calculated by using various historical data to determine the degree of risk the proposed loan would subject the lender to—an arithmetic calculation projecting the likelihood that repayment will proceed on schedule. As you can imagine, millions upon millions…

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The first words of last week’s Realtor Magazine title were reassuring to area homeowners with homes currently included in the Costa Mesa listings: “Sellers Are Calling the Shots…” For most regions across the U.S., that’s become apparent as the summer wore on. Realtor.com’s Chief Economist elaborated: “Prices are rising, and housing inventory is vanishing as fast as it appears.”

The following details bore him out. The Housing Market Index hit 107.7 for the week ending September 5th—nearly eight points higher than January’s. Significantly, that’s the pre-pandemic baseline figure. Median listing prices were up 10.8% annually, comprising the fastest pace of growth in more than two years.

Homeowners mulling the prospects should they decide to add…

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Custom Single Story by the Beach! A HOME is more than just a structure, it is something that has been cared for, cultivated, and loved by the owners. This home embodies all of those things and you feel it the moment you walk in the custom oversized Dutch doorway. The open and spacious layout consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and almost 1,500 sq ft of interior living space. Inside, you immediately notice the cathedral style ceilings and the abundance of natural light that exudes throughout the main area. The remodeled kitchen overlooks the spacious family room with the oversized kitchen island as the centerpiece. It features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances (including a warming drawer), and country style kitchen cabinetry. The master…

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It’s normally tricky business to predict the direction that the U.S. real estate market will be taking in any coming year, but in most years, projecting the situation for just a few months in the future puts the experts on safer ground.

But, alas: like everything else this year, “normally” doesn’t apply. When Forbes queried five of the top housing economists to venture their opinions on what they anticipated the rest of 2020 was likely to bring, that was after acknowledging that the first half of this year was “unprecedented” (hardly an auspicious takeoff point for dependable projections).

The opinions were first published a couple of months ago, which can supply Costa Mesa real estate watchers a strong clue about which have thus far pointed in…

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Welcome Home! This stunning remodeled property is located on a quiet interior street with no neighbors behind you. The front curb appeal is outstanding and features an oversized paver adorned driveway with RV potential, front lawn, and archway accented patio. The interior features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and almost 1,800 sq ft of comfortable living space. The main level consists of a formal living room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with shower, kitchen with windows overlooking the picturesque backyard, and an oversized beamed-ceiling family room. Upstairs features a massive master suite with an adjacent full bathroom. The backyard is private, serene, and beautiful with ivy covered perimeter walls, a large lawn, and covered patio area. Some of the other…

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Last week, those who closely monitor Costa Mesa home loan rates were treated to a literary fit of impatience by the Mortgage News Daily—usually one of the most dispassionate of mortgage journals. On Friday, it became more than clear that MND has had it! The headline read,

No, Mortgage Rates Are Definitely Not Back to All-Time Lows!

The exclamation point is a rarity from financial journalists—as are superlatives like “definitely.” The cause of the editorial apoplexy was spelled out in unequivocal terms—it was “the unified onslaught of news coverage” that had once again dispensed the now-familiar phrase about mortgage rates being “back to all-time lows.” Not so, exclaimed MND—in fact, “today’s rates are actually and unequivocally not even close…

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“Cross my heart and hope to die!”

It’s one of childhood’s most solemn oaths, still uttered by six-year-olds who hope it will convince one and all of their heartfelt intention to keep a promise. More convincing than “honest to goodness” or “cross my heart,” it is nonetheless a fairly counterproductive pledge. Since it needs to be said in the first place, the assurance can’t help but plant a seed of doubt.

As the Wall Street Journal points out, some Costa Mesa home loan applicants are already being called upon to make something like a cross my heart pledge. It comes as a new piece of paperwork in the form of the not-at-all childishly titled “Covid-19 borrower certification.”

The Home loan issuers are grappling with a problem created by the $2…

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This year may go into the history books as the one that sprang more surprises and turnarounds—including unparalleled disruptions and resumptions in Costa Mesa residential commerce —than ever before. Amidst a financial world recovering from the steepest nosedive since the Great Depression, followed by the steepest single-month rebound in history, you might think that the real estate commentators would double down to bring readers their most penetrating analyses and prognostications.

But keep in mind that August is journalism’s traditional Silly Season. It’s also the end of the month, when reporters, editors, and publishers are most likely to abandon ship for a few weeks. It’s been an exhausting year for them, too, so it shouldn’t be surprising if at…

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