February pending home sales flattened with limited buyer choices, but remained at the second highest level in nearly three years according to research.
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, slipped 0.4 percent to 104.8 in February from a downwardly revised 105.2 in January, but is 8.4 percent higher than February 2012 when it was 96.6. Contract activity has been above year-ago levels for the past 22 months; the data reflect contracts but not closings.
With Earth Day coming up, many local parents are thinking about how to reduce the amount of baby and kids items that they use for a short time and then throw away. For years, local parents have flocked to Parent Connection’s family swap meets to buy and sell such items, including new and used baby, children’s and maternity clothing, handcrafted gifts, toys, strollers, wagons, tricycles, car seats, high chairs, play pens and other furniture. The first Family Swap Meet of 2013 will be held at Canyon Crest Academy on Sunday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Is there a golden ticket to raising the value of your home before putting it on the market and quickly finding a buyer? Yes, in fact, there is.
A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and highly effective selling feature that can take your home to the top of a buyer’s list in a hurry. A gallon of paint usually runs about $25, leaving plenty of room in your budget to purchase rollers, tape and drop cloths.
SOLANA BEACH — Each year people and cities around the world honor the planet by turning out their lights for one symbolic hour called “Earth Hour,” sponsored by World Wildlife Fund. This year it will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. March 23.Residents can participate in your homes by turning out all lights for the hour, or join a special Community Conversation, “Going Beyond the Hour” with guest speaker Dr. Lynne Talley, Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist/UCSD Professor, at a special gathering at Fletcher Cove Community Center. There will be an Earth Hour 2013 official video.