Tuesday, April 17, 2018



April 2018

Thank you for reading our newsletter. In light of limited inventory, we found this article of interest this month. We look forward to being a resource for all of your real estate needs.
Happy Spring, Amanda, Pamela & Jace 

New California legislature could provide opportunity for long-time owners

Source: CNBC - March 26th, 2018

A proposed ballot initiative in California could encourage older homeowners with larger homes to downsize and move to other counties, freeing homes for younger families and potentially easing the state's chronic housing shortage.

The proposed voter measure would allow homeowners age 55 and older to sell their primary home in one county and move anywhere else in California without a significant property tax hit, assuming the new property is valued the same or less. If the replacement property is higher value, though, there are still incentives under the portability measure since it keeps property tax benefits under the citizen-led Proposition 13 tax rate rollback passed in the 1970s.

"Many seniors live in homes that no longer fit their needs because their homes are now too big or too far away from their families," said Steve White, president of the California Association of Realtors, the group behind the proposal. "If they want to downsize or move closer to their children, they could face property tax increases of 100 percent, 200 percent or even 300 percent."

In recent years, 350,000 to 450,000 homes have sold in the California market annually, according to the Legislative Analyst's Office. It estimates that the proposed measure has the potential to increase that number "by as much as tens of thousands per year."

Finally, the California Chamber of Commerce supports the voter measure and says the state has "a massive housing shortage and needs at least 100,000 additional new units a year to meet demand." It also believes the initiative "could help ease the shortage by freeing up modest-priced homes and move-up housing for young families.

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April 2018 Laguna Beach Statistics

Active - 255
Pending - 53
Sold in March - 33

6 - Less than $1,000,000 (0 in March)
14 - $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 (+56%)*
8 - $2,000,000 - $3,000,000 (+100%)*
3 - $3,000,000 - $4,000,000 (-43%)*
1 - $5,000,000 

*Compared to March 2017

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