Looking for something scary to do? How about a play at a (gasp!) mausoleum?

UnammableSmall1.jpgThis sounds really spooky. Plays that take place on foot at night at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery in Altadena. Oooo! The Wicked Festival, from now until November 6, alternates productions of classic horror from Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. This sounds like a don’t miss! More info.

New $6,500 federal tax credit for ‘move-up’ home buyers may benefit you — latimes.com

In the market for a new home? Your first home? Good news from Congress–the first home buyers credit has been extended and the a new credit for non-first-time buyers has been created. An article in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday helps clarify who is can take advantage, and how. http://www.latimes.com/classified/realestate/news/la-fi-harney15-2009nov15,0,7738021.story

Your Best Chance to Modify Your Mortgage

The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) Save the Dream Tour has will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center from now through Sept 28th with representatives from banks and lenders on hand to restructure loans.
NACA, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, has legally binding agreements with most banks and lenders, and are helping eligible homeowners reduce their interest rates to 4%, 3% and 2%. The services are free.
The first step is to go to NACA.com web site to register for the event. The site has information about what paperwork to bring with you.
Wedesday’s Los Angeles Times had an article about the tour.

Home Prices Slip, Inventory Rises in April

Peter Viles, writes in his blog, L.A. Land, that media listing prices fell just $100, from $450,000 to $449,000 from March to April in the greater Los Angeles area, and inventory is up slightly. Viles says this reflects “a listless market that is neither deteriorating nor showing signs of life.”
It could be that a lot of buyers are holding back, waiting for sellers to let go of their unrealistic price expectations. Once they do, buyers will be jumping back into the market. Those buyers, however will have to contend with tight credit.