Daily Real Estate News | Monday, October 31, 2011

San Francisco emerged on top as the best city to go trick-or-treating this Halloween, according to Zillow’s Trick-or-Treat Index. Zillow calculated the best cities for trick-or-treating by factoring in median home values, walkability scores, population density, and crime rate. 

Here are the 10 cities that emerged on top for best trick-or-treating spots: 

1. San Francisco

2. Boston

3. Honolulu

4. Seattle

5. Chicago

6. San Jose, Calif.

7. Washington

8. Los Angeles

9. Philadelphia

10. Portland

Source: “Zillow Names 20 Best Cities to Trick-or-Treat in 2011,” Zillow Blog (Oct. 19, 2011

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If you're having problems paying your mortgage, be sure to avoid companies selling "foreclosure rescue," "securitization audits," and other home loan modification schemes.  Free, or reduced fee, housing counselors are available nationwide to assist homeowners in working with their lenders, so there really isn't any reason for a consumer to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for these services," Attorney General Rob McKenna said in a statement.  "Unfortunately, we continue to hear from homeowners who have lost their money after paying large, up-front fees to companies who ultimately did not deliver on their 'foreclosure rescue' promises," McKenna said.

In recent years, new companies have cropped up across the country aiming to take advantage of…

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As of Monday October 24, 2011, the median price for a single family residential home in Carlsbad has begun to trend up to $711,950, with an average of 145 active days on market.  While Carlsbad home prices have now moved above the $700K point, the days on market have held fairly steady.  We need to see days on market begin to trend down to create more stability in pricing.  While Carlsbad home price action has been essentially flat, and there doesn't seem to be a strong pull in either direction, both the 90 day and 7 day averages have recently touched the $700K price point, which would create a double bottom if prices can hold at this level.  In addition, the seven day moving price average just recently crossed the 90 day average, which could be…

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Priced at $667,000

Bedrooms:  4 Bathrooms:  2.5
Home Size:  4,005 sq.ft. Garage:  2
Lot Size:  10,493 sq.ft. County:  King
Property Type:  Single Family Detached Year Built:  2006
MLS Number:  286969

Property Description

Camwest Golf Course home with Amazing Mountain Views from every bedroom. With an abundant amount of large windows, this light filled home captures the golf course mountain views spectacularly. The main floor features an office, bonus room off kitchen, a family room open into the stainless steel and granite kitchen with large island & breakfast nook with built in desk. Enjoy the views from the master bedroom with sitting area & 5-piece tiled bath with two walk-in closets. Second bonus room upstairs. Enjoy the…

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Austrian company Marchi Mobile announces luxury mobile home Elemment Palazzo


The Chevy Corvette car and speedboat hybrid might be the slickest amphibious vehicle on the planet, but when it comes to campers, nothing compares to the luxury the Elemment Palazzo offers. The mere mention of campers and RVs invokes images of cramped living quarters that can house only your essentials. But the Elemment Palazzo with its lavish fixture and ornate designs obliterates that notion completely. As it should, what with a coronary-inducing price tag of $3 million.

Austrian company Marchi Mobile designed Palazzo as part of its Elemment line of luxury vehicles that very visibly displays the trappings of wealth. You'll see in Palazzo what you never thought you'd…

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Priced at $2,995

Bedrooms:  1 Bathrooms:  1.5
Home Size:  952 sq.ft. Garage:  1
Community:  Escala County:  King
Property Type:  Rental Year Built:  2009
MLS Number:  285482

Property Description

Welcome home to Escala with a VIEW! This roomy 1 bedroom/1.5 bath condo is located in the top selling building in Downtown Seattle. Featuring cherry Pedini cabinets, graphite oak floors, slab granite counters and Bosch appliances throughout. Breathtaking views of Puget Sound, The Space Needle and Lake Union embrace the flavor of the Northwest in this urban setting. 1 parking space and storage included. Unrivaled amenities and 24 security/concierge to top it off.

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Northwest MLS brokers say September activity reflects "healthy activity, positive trends"

KIRKLAND, Wash. (Oct. 5, 2011) – With inventory at its lowest level since May, members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service report "stiff competition for move-in ready homes" in some neighborhoods. Other key indicators in the latest statistical report from Northwest Multiple Listing Service show upticks in sales and some leveling off on prices.

Pending sales for the Northwest MLS service area, which encompasses 21 counties, are up more than 20 percent from a year ago. Following typical August-to-September patterns, the volume of pending sales (mutually accepted offers) tapered off last month (down 9.6 percent) compared to the previous month.


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Daily Real Estate News | Monday, October 03, 2011

What are the best cities for twenty-somethings? AOL Real Estate News recently revealed its top picks, factoring in affordability, employment opportunities, cost of living, social activities, and places with the highest percentage of 20-29 year olds. 

According to AOL Real Estate News, here are some of the top cities for twenty-somethings: 

1. Cincinnati, Ohio

Metro population: 2,130,151

Residents ages 20-29: 13.3 percent

Monthly rent: $675

Starting salary: $41,800


2. Seattle, Wash.

Metro population: 3,349,809

Residents ages 20-29: 14.5 percent

Monthly rent: $942

Starting salary: $46,700


3. Baton Rouge, La.

Metro population: 802,484

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