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 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Asset or expense?

The word “commission” in the context of real estate conjures up a different opinion or reaction from everyone. Some sellers see it as an expense, rather than an investment in th... — Updated 4/19/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Proposition 13 is under attack

What exactly is the “California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018?” It sounds like it has something to do with financially supporting our communities and... — Updated 4/6/2019 Full story

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Flips are not all created equal

This is an open letter to the buyers who are looking to purchase a home in the current market. What I am seeing currently is buyers who want a home that is completely “dialed... — Updated 3/29/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Jobs and housing should go together

A jobs-housing balanced community is one in which residents can both live and work without having to leave the area. Implicit in the concept is a mix of housing types to... — Updated 3/21/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Compromise is the key ingredient to good negotiating

I’ve spent the last five weeks writing about some of the big issues facing real estate throughout California. I wrote about availability and its impact on affordability, on rent... — Updated 3/14/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Rent stabilization is just a fancy word for rent control

There are many discussions and proposals being considered by the state legislators to alleviate California’s housing crisis. Last week I wrote about “affordable owner-occupied w... — Updated 3/1/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: There's a new sheriff in town

I was in Indian Wells recently for the California Association of Realtors winter state directors meeting. It was like drinking from a fire hose, getting up to speed on the vision... — Updated 2/21/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Two responses to a transitioning market

Last week, I reported on the transitioning real estate market. Moving from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market, presents a huge psychological shift for buyers, but even more s... — Updated 1/31/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Sellers can succeed in a buyers' market

California has 12 percent of the nation’s population and 10 percent of the nation’s housing stock. Historically, California has led the nation in the cycles of real estate, both... — Updated 1/24/2019

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Reflecting on 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, I tend to think back on events that occurred over the year, to make sure I take stock of all the good that occurred. In a world where we tend to focus on th... — Updated 12/27/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Real estate and revitalizing Fallbrook go hand in hand

The definition of revitalization is, “the action of imbuing something with new life and vitality.” It’s a noun that calls for action. I love that. Action involves movement,... — Updated 8/10/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round Up: A cautionary tale of the 'smart home'

There once was a home, named Lucille. She was friends with Alexa and Roomba and thought that life was grand. One night, when Lucille’s owners arrived home, they unlocked the... — Updated 7/18/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Housing Solutions?

Last Monday I attended a forum entitled “Exploring Consensus-Driven Solutions to San Diego’s Housing Crisis.” The panelists were Kevin Falconer, mayor of San Diego; Borre... — Updated 7/5/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: An article about yours truly

I started writing "Real Estate Round-Up" in January. The topics focus on subjects that affect home ownership, property rights or the ins and outs of selling real estate. This week,... — Updated 7/1/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

The attack on home ownership continues

A few weeks ago I wrote about the California Energy Commission requiring all new residential structures to have solar panels installed as of Jan. 1, 2020. I called it an “attack... — Updated 6/20/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: Not all websites are created equal

Thinking about moving? Where to begin? People move for various reasons – to be closer to their children, for a job transfer or new opportunity, or sometimes just because they... — Updated 6/8/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up

Last week I wrote about the attacks on home ownership. They are real, and residents must be vigilant. But there is one more thing about which every homeowner must be vigilant, and... — Updated 6/1/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up

Remember the good ‘ole “American Dream of Home Ownership?” I do. It was something parents cared deeply about, and their parents cared even more deeply about. It was a... — Updated 5/18/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up:

Real estate has always been known as a “good investment” – if you’re able to hold on to it for a reasonable amount of time. We’ve historically had moments when that... — Updated 5/11/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up:

The real estate profession is under attack. Slick ‘Johnny-Come-Latelies’ are jumping on the real estate train to make a quick buck. Real estate professionals know these quick... — Updated 5/3/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-up:

TEMECULA – Real estate offices often get calls from buyers who just want to work with the listing agent directly. Since their business model is primarily with listings, this inter... — Updated 4/25/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up:

Recently we have received a number of calls from buyers who just want to work with the listing agent directly. Since our business model is primarily with listings, this could be per... — Updated 4/23/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real Estate Round-Up: community encouraged to save the date for the annual spring fundraiser

'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" as the old song goes... As residents enjoy the crisp springtime weather, a few blessed rainstorms – I know those East-Coast pats are... — Updated 3/31/2018

 
 By Kim Murphy    Community

Real estate round-up: What does 'shop local' really mean?

What does “shop local” really mean? I regularly overhear comments and discussions about how high the prices of homes are here in Fallbrook, a heavenly little slice of north San... — Updated 3/22/2018

 

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