Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:45 pm
I enjoyed the Lodi Association of Realtors annual luncheon at the River Mill in French Camp last week — lots of fun moments.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 4:40 pm
The Lodi Association of Realtors installed Sheri Aguilar of Grupe Real Estate’s Lodi office as its 2013 president.
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00 am
Diane Gallagher describes herself as a giver, not a taker. She
says she loves people, which is precisely why she loves doing real
Friday, January 6, 2012 11:52 am
Happy New Year Everyone! It is that time when the Lodi
Association of Realtors installs a new president. This year, on
January 11, 2012, it is my honor and privilege to be sworn in as
the 2012 President of the Lodi Association of Realtors.
Friday, December 30, 2011 12:00 am
Happy New Years to you all. We have survived another overall
very difficult year in the general economy and specifically in the
housing market. However, I must say that it has been an honor to
write this column for you every week. It has also been a challenge
to select topics for the discussion that are appropriate for the
current events of the day.
Saturday, December 24, 2011 12:00 am
First of all I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy
Hanukkah, Merry Kwanza or just happy holidays. If I missed anyone
I’m sorry. I know I have talked a lot this year about it being a
great time to buy a home. It’s not because I want to make a sale. I
believe in home ownership and the benefits to individuals, families
and also for the community. Here are some things to consider as you
might ponder a large belated gift for you and your family this next
Friday, December 16, 2011 6:28 pm
2011 has been an interesting year on many fronts. The economy
and housing markets have shown promise at times and then dipped
again. Gas prices have been up and then again recently down. Europe
and banking issues, national debt and credit rankings have all
caused the stock markets to rise and fall almost daily.
Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:00 am
Happy holidays struggling homeowners! Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
and several large mortgage lenders have pledged not to foreclose on
delinquent borrowers during the Christmas season.
Friday, December 2, 2011 12:10 pm
Here we are already in December with the holidays fast
approaching. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is
much to be thankful for regardless of our personal situation. I
think almost all of us can look around at the circumstances of
others and at least realize that things could be worse.
Friday, November 25, 2011 1:23 am
John Wasik from Reuters recently wrote that “Watching the U.S.
home market struggle to rebound is like listening to children in
the back of a car. No, we’re not there yet.”
Friday, November 18, 2011 12:00 am
Candidate positions on housing will be important considerations
to nearly seven of 10 Americans (69.6 percent) in the 2012
presidential and congressional elections, according to a new
national survey on housing released by online real estate leader
Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE). This is especially true for Millennials
(70.7 percent), the next generation of homebuyers and the segment
expected to play as important a role in the 2012 elections as they
did in 2008.
Friday, November 11, 2011 4:39 pm
We look around and we see the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party.
I have heard some people recently asked, “What do these groups
MarJo Rivinius, right, poses with Kerry Suess, president of the
Lodi Association of Realtors, at their association’s office on Ham
Lane on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. Rivinius, 72, has worked for the
association for 38 years and will be retiring at the end of
Friday, November 4, 2011 12:00 am
MarJo Rivinius, clad in red and black, glanced quietly out the
window through her silver-rimmed glasses.
Friday, October 28, 2011 9:48 am
The San Diego Associated Press reported that Banks sent nearly
26 percent more default notices to California homeowners in the
third quarter compared with the previous three months, stepping up
actions against those with delinquent loans in what may herald a
new wave of foreclosures, a real estate information service
Friday, October 21, 2011 7:09 am
Neal Lipschultz recently wrote an article titled “We Can’t
Ignore Housing Anymore.” The story ran in the Wall Street Journal,
Real Time Economics Blog.
Friday, October 14, 2011 12:49 pm
Mortgage rates hit historic lows last week falling below 4
percent for the first time since Freddie Mac started keeping track
in 1971. The average rate for a 30-year fixed was 3.94 percent. The
average 15-year rate was 3.26 percent.
Friday, October 7, 2011 2:13 pm
Liz Enochs recently wrote on www.housingwire.com that the U.S.
housing market will hit bottom this year and remain flat until
2014, when it will start to slowly recover, according to Rick
Sharga, an executive vice president with Carrington Mortgage
Holdings. “We’re looking at a catfish recovery,” he told attendees
at the Asian Real Estate Association of America conference in San
Francisco Friday, saying the market will bump along the bottom for
some time before starting to revive.
Friday, September 30, 2011 12:00 am
Last week there was a small group of us from the Lodi
Association of Realtors who attended the California Association of
Realtors Directors meetings in San Jose. Despite some of the guilty
pleasures of really good dining we were able to stay awake for the
long days of informative meetings. CAR’s California Housing Market
Forecast for 2012 was one of the hot topics. Everyone wants to know
when the housing market has hit the bottom. Well here is the report
as given by Claudine Thomas.
Friday, September 23, 2011 9:41 am
What a jumbled mess of information we have in the real estate
market again lately. Let’s see if we can break it down, at least,
according to me.
Friday, September 16, 2011 12:00 am
E.S. Brown wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal that “Most
people used to pay off their debts before retiring.” But as wages
have barely kept up with rising prices over the past 35 years
Americans have pushed debt higher, living beyond their means.
Friday, September 2, 2011 12:00 am
I have heard all my life that one of the basics of business is
to “buy low and sell high.” Over the past weeks we have probably
all watched as the stock market goes up one day and down the next.
If I had lots of money to invest, I’m not sure I could handle
watching that every day.
Friday, August 26, 2011 4:12 pm
Sara Sutachan, senior research analyst with the California
Association of Realtors, says that with all of the headlines, the
problems with U.S. Treasuries, the debt crisis here and abroad are
adding another layer of uncertainty to an already uncertain
marketplace right now.
Friday, August 19, 2011 4:09 pm
Many of you may remember that my theme for this year as
president of the Lodi Association of Realtors is “Reputation — A
Friday, August 12, 2011 12:00 am
Coming up next week the Lodi Association of Realtors will be
GREEN REALTOR Education Series. This is a program to educate
Realtors about Home Energy Assessments, rebate programs, Energy
Efficient Mortgages and much more.