Household Movers Act California

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To protect consumers, the Household Movers Act requires that those who transport household goods over California’s public roads for compensation be licensed by the Bureau of Household Goods and Services (Bureau).

Doing business with an unlicensed mover can lead to substantial financial consumer harm. This can range from delayed delivery, missing or damaged items, and in the most serious cases, belongings that are held until the consumer agrees to pay more money. In some instances, consumers pay double or triple the initial agreed upon price only to never again see their belongings. Many of these movers deliver the household goods after the Bureau intervenes, however, the consumer must pursue civil remedies to recover any extra money paid to the mover.

It’s also important to be aware that any person or business that provides moving services for compensation , even if they present themselves as operating a different type of business, must be licensed. This includes restoration companies and storage delivery companies.

For more information about who must be licensed, please see the Bureau’s publication “Moving Household Goods Who Is Required to Hold A Permit?” risk. To ensure that any mover is properly licensed, use the Bureau’s license lookup. If you have any questions about the permitting requirements related to movers or how to protect yourself from unscrupulous household movers, visit the Bureau of Household Goods and Services website or call (916) 999-2041.

Accessory Dwelling Units CA

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The sweeping changes that California is hoping to bring to housing with the new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) legislation is big news and could alter the way we live in our homes and the aesthetics of our communities in a massive way.

Turning single family homes on tract lots into Triplexes?  No more garage parking?  Where will all the stuff go?  I guess renting out the garage would surely cover storage and more.

Good or bad?  I’m sure as with everything in California…it will depend on who you ask.

Turning Your Property into a Triplex

Making Sense of New ADU Legislation

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Homebuilder Confidence Stabilizes

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Homebuilder confidence stabilizes,
hinting at solid spring home buying season-

Despite affordability and labor concerns, homebuilder confidence held steady in March, according to the National Association of Home Builders. “In a healthy sign for the housing market, more builders are saying that lower price points are selling well, and increased inventory of affordably priced homes, will enable more entry-level buyers to enter the market,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.

With that being said, the report also warns that affordability continues to remain a key concern for builders. “The skilled worker shortage, lack of buildable lots and stiff zoning restrictions in many major metro markets are among the challenges builders face as they strive to construct homes that can sell at affordable price points,” the report states. courtesy of 

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So Cal Rent Hikes 2019 Forecast

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Helping Seniors Transfer Property Taxes

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Portability Initiative is Designed to Help 55 and Over to Sell Their Homes and Buy Another

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) is attempting to qualify a ballot initiative, The Property Tax Fairness Initiative, that will restructure the way property taxes are calculated for buyers over the age of 55 (also the disabled and/or natural disaster victims).

CAR says, “A large part of the reason why (55 and overs are not moving) is that, even if they want to downsize or move closer to family, the prospect of a property tax increase of 100, 200, or even 300 percent, effectively locks our parents and our grandparents in their homes.” Thus, CAR maintains, “The Property Tax Initiative will help these homeowners to sell their current homes and move without being subjected to what is effectively a massive moving penalty”.

How will it help? Currently there are only limited conditions under which someone over 55 may transfer his or her old tax base to a newly purchased home. The Initiative would expand this.

“C.A.R.’s Property Tax Fairness Initiative would allow homeowners 55 years of age or older to transfer their Prop. 13 tax-base to a home of any price, located anywhere in the state, any number of times.”       –taken from 2-13-18

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Southern California Sales

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The median price paid for all Southern California homes sold in December 2017 was $507,000, a new all-time high that surpasses the previous peak of $505,000.
Absentee buyers (investors and second home purchasers) bought 22.9% of Southland homes sold in December 2017. The peak was 32.2% in February 2013. The monthly average for absentee buyers since 2000 is about 18.0%.

The number of homes that sold for $500,000 or more in December 2017 accounted for 51.3% of all sales. That is up from 45.4% in December 2016.

Foreclosure re-sales (properties foreclosed on in the prior 12 months) represented 1.4% of  the Southland re-sale market in December 2017. That was down from 2.9% in December 2016. Foreclosure resales peaked at 56.7% in February 2009.

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans made up 16.1% of all home purchase loans in Southern California in December 2017. Riverside and San Bernardino counties experienced the region’s highest FHA share in December at 25.1% and 26.9% respectively.

Just Released from DQNews January 30th, 2018

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Housing Affordability California

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3rd Quarter Housing Affordability

• 28% of California households could afford to purchase the $555,680
median-priced home in the third quarter of 2017, down from 29% in
second-quarter 2017 and down from 31% in the third-quarter 2016.

• A minimum annual income of $112,100 was needed to make the
monthly payments of $2,800, including principal interest, and taxes on a
30-year fixed-rate mortgage at a 4.16% interest rate.

• 38% of Riverside County households could afford to purchase the
$387,000 median-priced home in the third quarter. An annual income of
$78,070 was needed to make the monthly payments of $1,950.

• 51% of San Bernardino County households could afford to purchase the
$270,000 median-priced home in the third quarter. An annual income of
$54,470 was needed to make the monthly payments of $1,360.

• 26% of San Diego County households could afford to purchase the
$607,000 median-priced home in the third quarter. An annual income of
$122,460 was needed to make the monthly payments of $3,060.

• During the third quarter of 2017, the most affordable counties in
California were Tehama (56%), Kern (53%), and Kings, (52%).

• During the third quarter of 2017, the least affordable counties in
California were San Francisco (13%), San Mateo (15%), Santa Clara and
Santa Cruz, (both at 17%), and Marin (18%).

from CAR.ORG December 2017

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New Recording Fees California

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Affordable Housing

 Fund Document Recording Fee

With keen awareness of California’s shortage of affordable housing, the legislature passed more than 20 bills related to housing in this year’s session.

Chief among these laws is Senate Bill 2. 

This law provides a permanent source of funding for affordable housing by imposing a flat $75 per document recording fee on every real estate instrument that is NOT part of a sales transaction. In this way, SB 2 is written to ensure that the fee will not burden home purchase transactions.

The fee will be capped at $225 per transaction and coordinated with other revenue sources.

C.A.R. supported SB 2 which dedicates 20% of the funds generated to affordable workforce housing and 70% of revenues to local governments for housing.

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