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Money Monday: Financial Milestones

How do your financial milestones compare with the average consumer’s?

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCATION OF REALTORS averaged consumers’ answers to when they:

  • Started saving for retirement
  • Attained a good credit score over 700
  • Saved $10,000
  • Paid off student loans
  • Purchased first home

average consumer financial milestones

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Homeownership is beneficial

Homeowners have a lot going for them: improved educational performance, lower crime rates, greater health.

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Home Buyers — Don’t Compromise on These Three Things

Unless you’re building, typically buyers won’t find their perfect home. Compromise is common and expected if you want to become a homeowner. But these three items are things where perhaps you shouldn’t budge from your ideal.

  • Layout
  • School district
  • Buying near neighboring houses that will lower your home’s value

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Financial priorities of the generations

Each generation has a different priority when it comes to their finances.

Our nation’s different generations (centennials, millennials, xers, boomers, matures) place five categories in different order of importance. While some focus on building a nest egg, others concentrate on paying down debt, keeping a budget and controlling spending, saving money for emergencies or what-ifs, or saving for something specific.

Financial priorities of the generations

This inforgraphic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

California Pending Home Sales Increase Moderately

Led by Southern California, state’s pending home sales trends in December.


Led by the Southern California region, California pending home sales registered gains on a month-to-month and year-to-year basis, portending a moderate increase in sales in the near term, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.housing market forecast

The modest sales growth is unlikely to be sustained, however, given the severe shortage of homes for sale and affordability concerns, as indicated in C.A.R.’s December Market Pulse Survey**, which saw fewer listing appointments and less open house traffic.

Based on signed contracts, statewide pending home sales increased in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* rising 1.9 percent from 115.8 from December 2015 to 118.1 in December 2016 – even with new mortgage rules that pushed sales higher December a year ago.

  • On a monthly basis, California pending home sales were up 3.3 percent from the November index of 114.4.
  • Southern California saw the largest increase in pending sales last month, rising 7.8 percent on an annual basis and decreasing 16.1 percent on a monthly basis.
  • On the flip side, in the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole, tight housing supplies and low
    affordability contributed to a fall in pending sales of 14.2 percent compared to December 2015 and 32.5 percent from November.
  • Overall pending sales in the Central Valley improved 0.9 percent from December 2015 and were down 18.4 percent from November.
  • The share of homes selling below asking price fell from 57 percent a year ago to 43 percent in December. Conversely, the share of properties selling above asking price increased to 23 percent from 18 percent in December 2015. The remaining 34 percent sold at asking price, up from 25 percent in December 2015.
  • For homes that sold above asking price, the premium paid over asking price rose to 11 percent, up from 8.4 percent in November and 9.2 percent a year ago.
  • The 43 percent of homes that sold below asking price sold for an average of 22 percent below asking price in December, double the November figure of 11 percent, and was up from 13 percent from a year ago.

Read the full story: www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2017releases/dec2016pending

Money Monday: Affordability Facts

Real estate affordability facts

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS put out some real estate facts concerning California real estate affordability:

  • 31% of California households can afford to purchase a median-priced single-family home in California.
  • $516,220 is the median single-family house price in California.
  • That would make the monthly payment about $2,730.
  • The minimum income needed to purchase a median-priced home is $101,217.
  • See more details below

Real estate affordability facts

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Is it Time to Sell?

Reasons why home sellers want to sell now

It’s a sellers’ market; according to 58% of homeowners, that is. Here’s some reasons why sellers want to sell their homes and move:

  • 40% want a larger home
  • 20% want a smaller or less expensive home
  • 24% are relocating
  • 21% want to pull out equity
  • 19% have had a family change
  • 15% want to move to a better school district for the kids

Why would you want to move?


This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Homebuyer Challenges

Potential homebuyers can face challenges to buying a home.

What difficulties to they face?

  • Saving for a down payment (need help on saving/not spending as much? Check out my Money Monday posts!)
  • Lack of houses for sale (real estate inventory)
  • Difficulty getting financing and credit
  • Personal debt (I have some tips in my past Money Monday posts!)



This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS at CAR.org.