Deb Howard and Ellen Camacho Meet with Assemblyman Frank Bigelow

During The California Association of Realtors Legislative Day on May 1st, over 2,000 Realtors marched to the Capitol to meet with Legislatures on real estate related topics. Deb Howard and Ellen Camacho met with Assemblyman Frank Bigelow and discussed important California state legislation and topics on home owners interests. … [Read more...]

CA Median Home Price Stays Strong, Buyers Confront Listing Shortage

LOS ANGELES (March 15) - Courtesy of the California Association of Realtors  California's median home price marked a full year of  annual price gains, propelled by strong sales of higher-priced homes in  February, while a lack of inventory constrained total home sales for the month,  the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported.  Also, consistent  with a rebenchmarking conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR)  in December 2011, C.A.R. released today benchmark … [Read more...]

Wally the Skier Realtor

Are we out of the real estate market bottoming in prices?  That’s the number 1 Lake Tahoe real estate question buyers and sellers are continuing to ask. Of course no one has the crystal ball, however, all indicators helping to answer this question are pointing to the affirmative: The number of listings for single family homes and condos are extremely low…as of 4.2.13 there are only 146 active listings on the South Shore, when normally there are closer to 300 Prices are increasing throughout … [Read more...]

Happy Easter from Deb Howard & Company!

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California Home Sale Prices Up By Mark Glover The median sales price of existing, single-family homes in Sacramento County climbed sharply in February compared with the same month in 2012, according to the California Association of Realtors. In Sacramento County, February's median of $203,540 was about 24.5 percent higher than $163,530 in February last year. February's median also was up about 1.3 percent from $201,010 in January. The statewide median price of an existing, single-family … [Read more...]

January Existing-Home Sales Hold with Steady Price Gains, Sellers Market Developing WASHINGTON (February 21, 2013) Existing-home sales edged up in January, while a seller's market is developing and home prices continue to rise steadily above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Sales rose in every region but the West, which is the region most constrained by limited inventory. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include … [Read more...]


As I look out our office window this beautiful sunny morning, there’s not a cloud in the sky and the temps are predicted to warm into the mid 40s at lake level for most of the week.Skied at Heavenly yesterday with a good buddy from the North Shore. The best snow on the runs is for the first couple of hours in the morning on the fun groomers that Heavenly in particular prepares so well on a daily basis…of course the views from the mountain are always spectacular and enjoying a hot chocolate on a … [Read more...]

Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast?

Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast? Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, February 06, 2013 In a historical context, home prices typically increase about 3 to 4 percent a year.  But in the years preceding the housing crash, prices in 2002 started soaring 7 percent a year, then 8 percent in 2004, and 12 percent by 2005, reports. A "new bubble" may be forming, CNBC columnist Diana Olick writes. CoreLogic's latest housing data shows home prices rose 8 percent in December year-over-year, the … [Read more...]

After a Decade of Boom and Bust, Do We Bounce?

The sky didn't fall but it certainly had an altitude change! After experiencing an amazing up-turn in the market in the 1st half of the decade we got a heavy dose of reality in the form of pricing declines in the 2nd half. I'm cautiously optimistic to report that the industry leaders at CAR and NAR are predicting that during the next year we will experience modest increases in median home price with continued increases in home sales as well. In the forecast for the Lake Tahoe South Shore: … [Read more...]

Real Estate Provisions in The Fiscal Cliff Bill

Real Estate Provisions in The Fiscal Cliff Bill Courtesy of On Jan. 1 both the Senate and House passed H.R. 8 legislation to avert the "fiscal cliff." The bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 2.Below is a summary of real estate related provisions in the bill:  Real Estate Tax ExtendersMortgage Cancellation Relief is extended for one year to Jan. 1, 2014Deduction for Mortgage Insurance Premiums for filers making below $110,000 is extended through 2013 and made … [Read more...]