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  I've noticed that many currently adults in the 19-29 year range have migrated back to the big cities to be closer to work, entertainment and public amenities. However, this new generation, more so than the Generation X group is very conscious of the food they put in their mouth.  With the sudde...
10/26/2009
When I started selling homes back in 1991, I used to get the usual golf questions.  Questions that asked me about the local golf courses and homes which were near them.  Over the last 5 years, I have noticed a trend where more and more 30 and 40 something homebuyers are asking for locations which...
06/21/2009
Is it possible that educated women will hold off on getting married and having babies by personally buying a first time residence? Buying at the bottom of the real estate market would be certain way of building a nest egg over the next 10 years for one who doesn't want to tie the knot so fast. Th...
06/21/2009
                                                                                                                                                                   The number one reason why I love to live and sell homes in Valencia is this. We have 50+ miles of semi private paseos which link up al...
06/06/2009
Even though interest rates are low and listed houses aren't as plentiful, buyers are really doing a more in depth analysis before pulling the trigger on a home purchase. This is a good thing as this will help prevent another run up on prices. Younger buyers these days are much more educated than ...
06/04/2009
The average homebuyer for many decades has been families with the adults being an average of age of 37 years old.  The new demographic is that unmarried females are starting to overcome the previous statistic.  Females from the ages of 24-54 has started to overtake the previous demographic in ma...
06/02/2009
It seems like most buyers these days are trying to save a down payment for an FHA loan.   The minimum down pyment for borrowers who qualify for a $300,000 house would be $10,500.  I will use this price and down payment for an example of how one could save a down payment should they qualify for a...
05/20/2009
Should You Short Sale Your Home or Complete a Loan Modification? The market is just beginning to stabilize but short sales and foreclosures will be with us for a couple more years.  The options for many distressed home owners are the following:     (1) Do a loan modification with subject lender. ...
05/11/2009
Hello and Happy Springtime! Can you believe this market has finally started to turn around! For the 11th consecutive month, sales of existing single-family homes have "surged" in the Santa Clarita valley. Santa Clarita Valley has 719 resale homes pending in escrow. A total of 665 resale homes hav...
04/07/2009
I've noticed a trend in the last year where home buyers are asking for more land and less house.  Certain home buyers are now wanting more land and less house in order to become more independent.  The "more land concept" brings privacy and room for organic gardens, solar energy panels and collect...
03/30/2009
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Mark's Thought is a compilation of ideas, tips and wisdom that Mark has gleamed from 18 years as a Realtor and 25 years as a resident of California.