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Why Your Blog Is Not Adding Business Value, and What You Can Do About It from Les and Elaine

If you hire an online marketing consultant, chances are that starting a business blog will be one of his first recommendations. After all, some 79% of companies that have a blog report a positive ROI for their inbound marketing. Moreover, a well-managed blog builds not only credibility for a company but also brand loyalty and […]

One-person households on the rise from Les and Elaine

Living alone All by yourself? You’re in fine company. In fact, singles make up roughly one-in-four households in California, up sharply from just a decade ago when singles consisted of one-in-five households. The number of married individuals increased for the first time since 2000 in 2013, up insignificantly to 46.2% from 46.1% in the prior year. One-person […]

Rentals Feeling First Signs of Millennials’ Impact from Elaine Golden-Gealer

Like their baby-boomer parents before them the millennial generation appears to be starting to drive parts of the housing market.  While their delay in forming households and buying homes has been the subject of much comment and research, RealtyTrac says they now appear to be impacting rentals. The California company recently released an analysis of […]

There Are 700 LA Code Complaints That Have Gone Un-Investigated For More Than a Year from Elaine Golden-Gealer

Alerting the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety about things like illegal construction or conversion is easy; getting a timely response can be hard, especially for those living on the east side of LA, according to an LA Times analysis of records available on the city’s open-data website. The median time to get a […]

How Much Will Student Debt Drag on Housing? from Elaine Golden-Gealer

Soft entry-level housing demand has fanned fears that rising student loan burdens may be crimping home purchases. But new data suggests that student debt may lead young adults to defer homeownership rather than skip out on it entirely. Moreover, the housing market may face a greater drag in the long run from weaker homeownership among […]

Home builder confidence jumps 4 points in November Elaine Golden-Gealer

U.S. home builders are seeing more buyer traffic through their model homes, and that was enough to boost their overall confidence in November far higher than expected. Builder sentiment in the single-family housing market jumped 4 points to a level of 58 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). Anything […]

The Safest Cities in America from Elaine Golden-Gealer

The number of violent crimes across the United States is estimated to have dropped by 4.4% in 2013 from the year before, according to data recently released by the FBI. In all, the number of such crimes declined by nearly 15% in the last 10 years. Putting this drop into context, John Roman, senior fellow […]