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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch hits the market for $100 million

Sadly, the amusement park rides are gone
Ben Lane
The California manse that was once the home of the late, great Michael Jackson is now available for sale. The price tag for the property once known as “Neverland Ranch”? $100 million.
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Los Angeles spec home to list for record $500 million

Is spec home demand growing?
Brena Swanson
The $500 million price tag of this new home in Los Angeles makes it one of the most outrageous speculative homes built to date, featuring 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Are spec homes the next big thing?
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PropertyRadar: California home sales up 9%

Homebuyers stepping up to the plate
Brena Swanson
California single-family home and condominium sales were up 9% in April mostly due to the 9.2% gain in non-distressed property sales. But before you get too excited, it is still too early in the year to say the California real estate market is off to the races.
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California Realtors: Golden State finally becoming more affordable?

Housing starts to turn a corner
Brena Swanson
While California still has its fair share of hurdles to overcome, the state is making progress. In fact, a new report from the California Association of Realtors shows that this is the second consecutive quarter of improvements for the state.
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3 ways homebuyers can win bidding wars

You need more than a cover letter
Brena Swanson
After a recent article generated a lot of buzz on how buyers are winning bidding wars, the biggest takeaway from the comments: everyone and everywhere is different. So here are three different tactics a real estate agent uses that go beyond the standard letter.
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The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring

California dominates list
Brena Swanson
Spring ushers in the start of the year's busiest home-buying season, and as supply and demand gain strong momentum, these 15 markets exhibit the most strength. Is this where you're investing?
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Here's proof California's housing market is now booming

March sales soar 33.1%
Brena Swanson
California is finally ramping up for the spring homebuying season. After a tepid start to the year, this new report from PropertyRadar shows that pent-up demand, mild winter weather and attractive interest rates have created a wellspring of California housing market sales.
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Here’s how to afford homeownership in California

Conquering one of the most expensive states
Brena Swanson
California is notorious for its unaffordable housing market, and yet it is home to some of the top metros, leaving millions of people left wondering: How can anyone live there?
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Mortgage scammer commits fraud from inside jail cell

Alan Tikal stole $5.8 million from homeowners
Ben Lane
A California man will spend the next 24 years in prison for leading a mortgage fraud scheme through which he stole $5.8 million in fees and monthly payments from struggling homeowners.
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Mark Zuckerberg: Victim of real estate developer’s extortion scheme?

Facebook billionaire wants more privacy around his house
Ben Lane
According to Mark Zuckerberg, who made his billions by starting Facebook, he is the target of an extortion scheme perpetrated by a real estate developer who owns the rights to land around Zuckerberg's California home. There will be lawyers.
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