Bring Your Cup and Get Free Coffee at Starbucks Today for Earth Day.

Per LAist today, bring your own container and you’ll get it filled for free:
“Celebrate your love of planet earth and caffeine dependency* today with a free cup of brewed coffee or tea, hot or iced, from participating Starbucks. The catch: You gotta bring your own receptacle in which to catch the liquid. Okay, they aren’t throwing it at you, they’re pouring it into your reusable mug or tumbler, which you are bringing into a Starbucks to collect your freebie.

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

Southland home sales inch up; median levels off

Southern California home sales inch up; median price steady
October 13, 2009. Dataquick reported today that Southland home sales inched higher in September, boosted by late-closing summer sales, low mortgage rates and buyers hoping to get the federal tax credit that expires next month. The region’s median sale price are lower than in September 2008 but, for the first time in years, several counties logged year-over-year gains in the median price paid for resale houses.
Last month 21,539 new and resale houses and condos sold in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties. That was up 0.2 percent from 21,502 in August and up 5.1 percent from 20,497 a year earlier, according to MDA DataQuick of San Diego.
September marked the 15th moninth in a row with a year-over-year sales gain, although last month’s was the smallest of those increases. Sales for the month of September have averaged 24,873, ranging from a low of 12,455 in September 2007 to a high of 37,771 in 2003, based on DataQuick’s statistics, which go back to 1988. Last month’s sales were the highest for a September since 2006, when 24,195 sold.
From Dataquick

February Home Price and Sale Statistics Are In

Some the Southland’s February housing market indicators are the same as January’s, according to Dataquick’s March 17th release. Median prices stayed about the same, as did the number of homes sold.
However, John Walsh, the president of MDA DataQuick, says that, “The market is so tilted away from normal mainstream activity that it’s impossible to generalize or predict based on the atypical patterns we’re seeing. That means that normal demand and supply is building up. The floodgates could open once mortgage credit starts to open up.”
According to Dataquick’s report, the lower end of the market accounts for majority of sales, with the higher end market languishing.

Foreclosures Push Price Down 38%

Although home sales increased 17.5 percent in June in California compared with the same period a year ago, the median price of an existing home fell 37.7 percent, the California Association of Realtors® reported recently.
“Statewide home sales remained above the 400,000 level for the said C.A.R. President William E. Brown. “Following a 30-month string of year-to-year percentage decreases that began in October 2005, sales during June also posted their third consecutive year-to-year gain.
“Sales were driven in part by large shares of deeply discounted distressed sales in many parts of the state,” he said. “With lower prices and favorable interest rates, affordability also has improved significantly in recent months, paving the way for many buyers to purchase their first home,” Brown continued.

Realistic Pricing – 89 Offers Pour in on Temple City Home | RISMedia

RISMEDIA, June 10, 2008-At a time when most news in the real estate sections of newspapers is of the floundering real estate market, it is great to tell an uplifting real estate story. Let’s put aside the gloom and doom.
Toni Motte, a sales partner with Dilbeck Realtors GMAC, listed a home in Temple City, CA, recently. Now, this was not a million dollar mansion and it wasn’t a fixer-upper, it was in fact a lovely little 3 bedroom, 2 bath traditional home on a quiet street in Temple City.
Motte took the listing and put it into the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) that same week; then she pitched it at a local Board of Realtors caravan meeting. Immediately, the phone started ringing-everyone wanted to see this little home-and then almost as immediate-the offers started rolling in.
Realizing that when the phone didn’t stop ringing, she had a special property, Motte suggested to her client that a deadline be set that all offers had to be in by. The date arrived and Motte sat with 89 offers on her desk. It brought back memories of the “good old days”-when just a few years ago, agent%