FHFA increases conforming loan limits for first time since 2006

For release:November 23, 2016 California REALTORS® commend FHFA for raising Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits LOS ANGELES (Nov. 23) –  The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement to increase the 2017 conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Read more [...]

New Trump administration?s effect on housing

Housing and housing policy were largely absent from the discussion during this election cycle, but with a new President comes the potential for change. It is important to consider how the President-elect might affect the economy and what the implications are for the housing market here in California. The details on specific policy proposals have been scant, but C.A.R. has parsed some of his campaign statements, Read more [...]

C.A.R. releases its 2016 housing market forecast

For release:  October 8, 2015 C.A.R. releases its 2016 California Housing Market Forecast California home sales to increase slightly, while prices post slowest gain in five years LOS ANGELES (Oct. 8) – California’s housing market will continue to improve into 2016, but a shortage of homes on the market and a crimp in housing affordability also will persist, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF Read more [...]

June Pending Sales and Market Pulse Survey

For release:July 23, 2015 California pending home sales continue annual increase for seventh straight monthHome sales expected to remain strong in upcoming quarter LOS ANGELES (June 22) – California pending home sales continued to gain steam in June, registering seven months of continued annual increases and the fifth consecutive month of double-digit increases, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. In a separate report, California REALTORS® responding to Read more [...]

C.A.R. 2015 Investor Survey findings

For release:May 6, 2015  As housing market improves, investors shift to multifamily investments, C.A.R. survey finds Good price tops main reason to buy now LOS ANGELES (May 6) – With the depletion of available distressed homes on the market over the past two years, more investors are shifting to investing in multifamily properties and away from single-family homes, according to a CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION Read more [...]

The Future of California Real Estate

Esteemed authors, futurists, and social commentators joined CEO Joel Signer for the first Thought Leadership panel at the California Association of REALTORS’ annual EXPO. Panelists concluded that the future is not a given when it comes to real estate, and that public policy and facts really matter in shaping the future lives of everyday Californians and where they call home. Overall, three engaging experts Read more [...]

Survey: The American Dream is still alive for young renters

For release:November 21, 2013 The American Dream is still alive for young renters, C.A.R. survey finds LOS ANGELES (Nov. 21) – Despite the financial toll the recent financial crisis has had on Americans, renters continue to hold homeownership in high esteem, and it remains a goal for the majority of them, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2013 Renter Survey.” Nearly Read more [...]

C.A.R. Offers Finance Helpline

Earlier this year, C.A.R. launched the C.A.R. Finance Helpline, a member benefit to help California REALTORS® who encounter difficulties with finalizing short sales, REOs, Deeds in Lieu, funding, and other hurdles in closing a deal for clients. REALTORS® can contact C.A.R’s Finance Helpline to receive one-on-one assistance and help with resolving financing issues within a transaction.  The members-only Read more [...]

C.A.R.releases new Industry Leader Insights report

C.A.R. has released its first executive report as part of its new Thought Leadership initiative. C.A.R. recently convened its first high-level roundtable event with CEOs from top national brokerages in order to hear their thoughts on the state of the industry. That discussion is the basis of this report. C.A.R.’s CEO Joel Singer moderated the panel. C.A.R. was honored to have the following participants: Read more [...]