Local homeowners who had developed an agreeable habit of checking online for their home’s latest Costa Mesa home equity estimates are doing so less often lately. For years, as Costa Mesa home equity estimates rose steadily, thousands of dollars were (theoretically) being amassed by area residents at a dizzying clip. It may have run contrary to the maxims we’d all been given since childhood (“there’s no such thing as a free lunch;” “you don’t get something for nothing”)—there was evidence right there on the screen that something like that seemed to be happening. And it wasn’t imaginary, either: local comparables supported the mounting gains.

But that was then—‘way back in the spring. Now, checking into those online good news vendors is less pleasing as theoretical home values shrink. The retreat isn’t headlong, but still: the exercise seems less worth doing. As CNBC.com’s Diana Olick reported last Wednesday, “Data suggests so-called tappable equity may have peaked in May.” The reasons given included a doubling of mortgage rates and its effect on “the once red-hot” housing market (for most of the U.S., it’s been slowing down). For those and other reasons, “at least on paper,” in July, home prices dropped 0.77%, constituting the first monthly drop “of any size” in 32 months.

Usually, almost any balanced real estate market report contains both good and bad news—even though headline writers habitually prefer picking one angle and sticking with it. So, to be perfectly fair, for Costa Mesa home equity watchers to be perfectly objective, there actually was some good news hidden among the numbers.

“Annual home price appreciation,” wrote the President of Black Knight Data & Analytics, “still came in at over 14%” over the past twelve months. In terms of the childhood truisms, in all fairness, last year’s free lunchbox had only shed a twinkie or two—and there remains an extravagantly good deal of “something” for nothing (although canny homebuying isn’t exactly ‘nothing’). Meantime, when Costa Mesa homeowners decide it’s time to explore the possibility of translating those paper gains into real ones, we stand ready to assist.

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We are built on a philosophy of Heritage & Hustle. The L3 is a full service real estate agency with a regional office located in the heart of #CostaMesa, offering a wide-array of custom services to meet their clients’ needs with roots in the community since 1976.  It’s L3 mission is to provide trusted, convenient, responsive service to ensure clients enjoy their real estate experience. The L3 was originally formed to offer personal, concierge-level service as an alternative to the large, nationally based real estate companies. From its small beginnings of only two employees, The L3 has grown to a full staff of 25 serving over 300 clients a year. The L3 is not limited to serving just its clients; it is also committed to serving the community. Not only has The L3 donated hundreds of hours to many area charities, they have also received the prestige of being named one of the #toprealestatecompaniesinCostaMesa  If you’re interested in #buyingorsellinginOrangeCounty, turn to the experts. Turn to The L3 and let them help you make your real estate buying or selling dreams come true. For more information or to get started on finding or selling your home contact The L3 today at 714-444-4663 or email us at info@thel3.com




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