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Friday, March 22, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

Housing market will remain 'positive, if not spectacular' until 2020

7 dryer vent facts every homeowner should know
Dryer vents are often overlooked, but improperly installed vents can cause dryers to malfunction, air conditioners to clog and even pose a fire risk

We’ve all been there — it’s the morning of an important interview and you go to the dryer to pull out your lucky pair of slacks, and they’re still damp and wrinkled. Boo.
Instead of spending a few hundred dollars on a new dryer, Cord Werner, a certified master inspector for A to Z inspections in Oklahoma City, says homeowners should focus their attention on the dryer vent. A clogged or improperly installed vent will cause your clothes to dry slowly, among other issues, he said.
“A good sign that your dryer vent is clogged and needs to be cleaned is that your clothes will start taking longer to dry,” Werner said. “I actually have a friend where his kids thought their dryer was messed up, so they bought another dryer, and it wasn’t working either. What they found out was that ...

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Friday, March 22, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

10 Signs It’s Time for You to Move

Lew Sichelman is a seasoned writer with 50 years of covering the housing and mortgage markets under his belt. His biweekly Inman column publishes on Tuesdays.

“For now” are the latest watchwords for the housing sector moving forward.

For now, according to economists speaking at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) annual convention and expo last week in snowy Las Vegas, mortgage rates will remain manageable.

Indeed, both Robert Dietz, the NAHB’s chief economist, and Frank Nothaft, Dietz’s counterpart at CoreLogic, believe loan costs will remain below 5 percent for this year before rising only slightly above that level in 2020.

Dietz said rates will run an average of 4.8 percent this year and “rise gradually” to 5.1 percent next year, whereas Nothaft predicted that rates will remain below 4.7 percent in 2019.

A third chief economist, David Berson at Nationwide Insurance, was on the high side, saying rates will hover “a little over 5 percent” this year.

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Friday, March 22, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

Heavy Rain = Beautiful Flower Fields!

The idea of digging up roots and all of your belongings to move can be a daunting thought: all of your storage, all of your pans, even shoving your favorite sofa through the front door. It can be a pain! But sometimes making a fresh start in a new house or a new city is exactly what your life needs.

Here are ten signs that it’s time for you to consider a move:

1. Your Living Situation Doesn’t Fit your Lifestyle

Does your living situation just not fit your lifestyle anymore? Are you too far from the things you love to do, and too close to things that don’t matter to you anymore? Does your living situation help mobilize the lifestyle you want to have? If your response is hesitancy or even a resounding ‘no’, maybe it’s time to think about a new place that could help cultivate your lifestyle. Regardless of a shift or style, if your home and location does not facilitate your lifestyle anymore, don’t be afraid to change it.

2. You’re Ready to Step Up Your Career Goals

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Friday, March 22, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

More Housing in San Diego?

The Anza-Borrego Desert isn’t the only local flower-growing area expecting a super bloom this spring.

The longtime manager of the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch said the gentle and steady rains, mixed with intermittent periods of sunshine, over the past five months have produced a nearly perfect germination of the ranch’s famed ranunculus flowering plants.

“Every inch of arable land should have plants on it. This has been one of our best years ever,” said Fred Clarke, who has managed the Flower Fields since 2006. “Visitors will see more flowering plants per acre and a lot more color in the fields.”

On March 1, the Flower Fields ranch will open for its annual 10-week tourist season, which Clarke said could draw as many as 290,000 visitors this year. The best time to visit is in mid-April, when much of the hillside will be in bloom, but Clarke said the robust rainfall has brought out a lot of early blooms already.

Ester Morales, foreground, cuts ranunculus blooms that will b ...

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Friday, March 22, 2019   /   by Olivia Braund

Flood Preparation in San Diego

Encinitas recently was told by state officials it needed to abolish, or change extensively, an anti-growth law passed by voters in 2013. The move is part of a growing effort by California to force communities to comply with state housing laws. Huntington Beach was sued by California in January for not complying with state law to allow enough homebuilding to accommodate its growing population.

Question: Will the state taking legal action against communities actually result in more housing?

Phil Blair, Manpower

YES: Unfortunately, if that is what it takes. In a city of villages, we need to all take our fair share of YIMBY (yes in my back yard.) People forget that two-thirds of all of San Diego’s growth is our own children and grandchildren wanting to live in our community. We need affordable and workforce affordable housing throughout the county, not just in pockets.

Kelly Cunningham, San Diego Institute for Economic Research

NO: Instead of increasing costs on cities and a ...

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