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Kenny Slaught On Low Rates Inside California’s Hot Market

Because of a white-hot housing market, today’s West Coast buyers learn that they must pay excessively high prices for older, less luxurious homes. Kenny Slaught notes that home values have been steadily rising since 2008, and the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index reveals that Los Angeles home prices reached their highest point during April of this year, since October of 2007. Moving well beyond mere recession recovery, Southern California’s bigger metropolitan areas are closing in on their previous peaks. Slaught points the turnaround to a number of factors, including interest rates, job growth and supply and demand. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages are hovering around 3.5% or less, and these enticing numbers (the record low hit 3.31 percent in November 2012) are encouraging many to buy. Historically low rates are coupled with strong employment numbers, such as a 2.4% gain in Los Angeles County and a 3.5% rise in Orange County, and it is clear just why values are appreciating in an extraordinarily fast-paced manner. While home prices vary considerably throughout the state, the inflated asking price of high-end homes is outpacing all other states with the exception of Hawaii. The feverish demands on the  market cannot currently be met by the slim supply available, therefore many first-timers are forced to consider condominium-style units: obtainable and much more affordable.

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Kenny Slaught – California Architectural Traditions Stand Tall

Kenny Slaught writes on his blog that some of the most famous Santa Barbara architecture features are the centuries-old Hotel Virginia, El Pueblo Viejo district in historic downtown along with the two pink towers of the Old Mission, hosting today retreats and events. The brightly colored tiles of the County Courthouse are brilliant displays of… Continue Reading

Kenny Slaught Notes California’s Natural Charm

The city’s natural charm was intentional and back in 1925, city planners enacted development controls to prevent demotion of Spanish Colonial architecture. The region was the first in the nation to proactively think about the importance of historic structures. Controls came in to place and guidelines were designed to keep unique structures and parks. In… Continue Reading

Kenny Slaught Proud Of Rich History Of Santa Barbara

Famous architect George Washington Smith is behind the California movement known as the Spanish Colonial revival, beginning nearly 100 years ago. Smith left Harvard to work as a bond trader, and once he became a wealthy businessman, he moved to Santa Barbara area anticipating a relaxing lifestyle of painting. However, he was taken by surprise… Continue Reading

Kenny Slaught Notes One In Five Kids Struggles With Loss

Kenny Slaught notes that Hospice of Santa Barbara delivers a wide range of services not only for those facing terminal and chronic illness, but also for their families. Many of the organization’s programs focus on the needs of children as they struggle with the impending or recent passing of a family member. Around 20 percent… Continue Reading

Kenny Slaught Totes Santa Barbara’s Commitment To Community

Kenny Slaught calls the Santa Barbara community’s widespread commitment to philanthropy a major pillar in its success. The county’s civic leaders, business professionals, and residents have upheld the city’s deep tradition of nonprofit activity and generous giving, with numerous charities, volunteer organizations and community initiatives, and carrying on the tradition that dates back to 1928… Continue Reading