Author: Kevin Kueneke

The most competitive, tightest housing market in decades may finally be loosening its grip, and that could put pressure on overheated home prices. The supply of homes for sale in the second quarter of 2018, the all-important spring market, rose at three times the rate...

If you're thinking about buying your first home, that pesky down payment has probably kept you awake more than a few nights. We get it—while a pre-approval is crucial for determining your buying power, it's the down payment that shows you mean business. But saving up...

Consumer sentiment about future economic conditions in California remained about the same in the second quarter (Q2) of 2018. Planned spending on big-ticket purchases rose from the previous quarter. The outlook for future spending is more positive than negative, according to Chapman University’s California Consumer Sentiment Survey. Last quarter’s...

The electricity you use to power your home can cost a pretty penny. The average family spends $1,900 a year on utility bills, according to the government's Energy Star program. But did you know that performing simple home maintenance tasks can substantially bring down the cost...

Will mortgage rates at recent record levels drive down home buying? Mortgage interest rates just hit the highest level in seven years, but those in the lending trenches already knew that, right? That news shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of you who live and breath the...

Selling your home? Then you've likely had that rude awakening where a real estate agent tours your home and breaks some tough news: Your house needs work before it goes on the market. For starters, you'll have to fix the boiler. And paint. And replace those outdated cabinets ...

Zillow predicts that 2018 will shape up to be an even hotter real estate market than in 2017 . An analysis conducted by Zillow Research, a division of Zillow Group that operates the Zillow real estate marketplace, found that homes sold faster than ever in 2017 largely...

Looking for housing in California — to buy or rent — means having the fewest choices in the nation. A curious stat from the U.S. Census Bureau tracks empty residences, whether those units are rentals or ownership properties. Basically, “gross vacancy rate” is a proportional measure...

In my yearlong house hunt, I've toured countless homes, and that first visit is a lot like a first date. It can be going great, right up until you spot your personal deal killer—like a pack of cigarettes in her purse, or white socks with sandals. Check, please! Same thing happens when...