Million-dollar home sales hit seven-year high in California

LA TIMES | by Tim Logan

Sales of million-dollar-plus homes hit their highest level in seven years in the second quarter.

The number of homes that sold for $1 million or more in California hit a seven-year high in the second quarter, and sales north of $2 million reached a new record.

That’s according to new figures from San Diego-based DataQuick, which tracks local housing markets in the state. They found million-dollar-plus sales grew at a 9.1% clip statewide compared with last year, while sales overall fell 7.4%.

Several factors are driving the high-end liftoff, market-watchers say…

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http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-million-dollar-homes-seven-year-high-20140731-story.html

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Existing Home Sales Improve

The conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East had little impact on markets this week, while the economic data was slightly stronger than expected overall. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week a little higher.

The housing data released this week contained mixed news. Fortunately, the good news came from Existing Home Sales, which cover roughly 90% of the housing market. June Existing Home Sales rose 3% from May to the highest level since October 2013, marking the third straight month of increases. Also, the inventory of existing homes for sale rose to the highest level since August 2012.

Less encouraging, June New Home Sales, accounting for the remaining 10% of the market, declined 8% from May, and the May results were revised sharply lower. These figures are frequently volatile from month to month. New homes inventories increased as well to the highest level since October 2011. To summarize, the bulk of the housing market showed continued improvement, and the tight supply of homes for sale in some markets may be showing signs of easing.

While Fed officials have recently downplayed the risk of higher inflation, many investors are not quite so certain. The inflation data released on Tuesday eased some concerns, but just slightly. The June Consumer Price Index (CPI), one of the most widely watched inflation indicators, increased at a 2.1% annual rate. Core CPI, which excludes the volatile food and energy components, was 1.9% higher than one year ago. With CPI holding steady close to the Fed’s stated target level of 2.0%, investors will be keeping an eye out for signs of rising inflation which could pressure the Fed to tighten monetary policy.

Next week, investors will be watching both geopolitical events around the world and major economic news in the US. The next Fed meeting will take place on Wednesday. The first reading for second quarter GDP, the broadest measure of economic growth, also will come out on Wednesday. The important monthlyEmployment report will be released on Friday. As usual, this data on the number of jobs, the Unemployment Rate, and wage inflation will be the most highly anticipated economic data of the month. Core PCE inflation, ISM Manufacturing, Pending Home Sales, and many other reports will round out a very busy week. In addition, there will be Treasury auctions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Zillow & Trulia Merger

LA TIMES | Tim Logan

The nation’s two biggest real estate listing websites announced Monday that they’re joining forces.

Zillow Inc. will buy Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock, the Seattle-based company said. The deal is expected to close in 2015.

While both popular websites will retain their names and separate sites, their merger will create a giant in the burgeoning business of online real estate listings. Zillow and San Francisco-based Trulia combined had 137 million unique visitors in June, the companies said, far more than their next largest competitor, National Assn. of Realtors-affiliated Move Inc.

The two sites, with their troves of searchable, mappable home listings and other data, have transformed the way Americans shop for homes, giving consumers the sort of information that was long the exclusive domain of agents and multiple listing services…

Read more here…     http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-zillow-to-buy-trulia-20140728-story.html

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Visually pleasing, Ease of use

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Industry features

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Intuitive navigation & pages

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Online Testimonials, Video

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Social friendly integration

Millions of consumers spend Billions of minutes on Social Media. If you want to attract the new generation customer, it’s inevitable to implement Social Media strategy into your website. Integrating a Blog, FacebookTwitterYouTube andLinkedIn not only increase the user interactions but also help in brand awareness.

Mobile friendly

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Now a days, businesses have many Social Media profiles other than just the Website. Make sure to setup these pages with the same brand message across. The Logo, caption, brand colors, contact information and the brand promise has to remain consistent.

Your website could make a deal or break a deal. If your current website is not setup to attract leads, you might be losing major chunk of your new business and sales. Remember, your website is your best sales person forward 24×7. Make sure you put the best person forward to attract prospective customers and to create effective brand recognition.

 

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