Author: Kevin Kueneke

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...

The mortgage interest deduction (MID), long the politician’s poster child for homeownership, has taken some hits in recent months. The MID has been under fire by Democrats for years for disproportionately benefiting wealthy homeowners. But no one really thought it would actually go away or be reduced...

Renters in 2017 spent more of their income on rent, while homeowners actually spent less of their income on mortgage payments and associated housing costs. In California, both are paying way too much. Financial experts recommend a tenant or owner limit their cost for shelter to...

In what year do you sense the next economic recession will hit California? 2020-2021. (38%, 231 Votes) 2019. (37%, 230 Votes) 2022-2023. (15%, 90 Votes) 2024 or later. (10%, 63 Votes) Total Voters: 614 As we head into 2018, we find ourselves a full decade out from the last debilitating U.S. recession. The...

Pent-up demand from the holidays likely fueled the solid jump in mortgage applications last week. Total application volume rose 8.3 percent during the first week of the year from the previous week, as mortgage rates held below year-ago levels, according to the seasonally adjusted Mortgage Bankers...

California stands tall among other states in terms of economic standing and agreeable living. A desirable state to live in, each year hundreds of thousands of new residents arrive in California from other states. What defines these residents — and what about the people leaving...

Everyone wants to know the best time to buy, sell or hold real estate. Three factors, explained in the charts below, help you anticipate the best action to consider for 2018 and beyond. The yield spread has experienced a recent downward trend in 2017 though it...

On December 20, 2017, Congress passed a tax reform act (formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or the “Act”). President Trump is expected to sign the Act into law. The Act includes several major changes to many areas of the Internal Revenue...