Real Estate

As home buyers continue to show an appetite for new construction in markets all across California, large plots of land capable of developing luxury estates in cities like Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and La Jolla have perhaps never been more valuable. Although rare, such sites occasionally hit the market, giving moguls and other deep-pocketed buyers
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The Federal Reserve laid the groundwork for interest rate hikes Wednesday. At the conclusion of its two-day meeting, the central bank said it will aggressively unwind last year’s bond buying after a variety of inflation reports reached their highest levels in decades. Although interest rates will stay near zero for now, Fed officials set the stage
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One of the most pressing real estate (and social) issues today is the shortage of affordable housing. “Due to housing production lagging demand over many years, housing affordability is a growing challenge for moderate and lower income households throughout the U.S.,” observes Christopher Ptomey, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing. Fortunately, one
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A home for sale in Susanville, CA. Gary Coronado | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images Rising interest rates are causing big headaches for mortgage lenders, especially those who depend most on refinance business. Demand is simply drying up. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($647,200 or less)
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Mastercard reports in spite of hurdles from supply chain disruptions and a Covid-19 resurgence, retail sales were up 8.5% between November 1 and December 24, vis-à-vis the year before. But once holiday season concluded, another kind of work commenced. A robust holiday shopping season resulted in retailers being inundated with returns and exchanges. In the
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