Real Estate Market Statistics in California

Posted in society with tags , , , , on November 10, 2008 by yomosa

How would you like to own your very own piece of Golden State property? Real estate in California can fluctuate a lot. It tends to be pricey in most parts of the state due to the high demand for property there.

The California real estate market is one that is watched by people from all over the world. Many people want to have their own opportunity to own a piece of the great state of California. The problem is that nice land or property is not readily available in California. If it is, the price is very steep. There are also many popular overpopulated or polluted areas of the state.

Where the Market Stands

To understand where the market stands, you need to realize that there are different parts to the state of California. Such a big state is going to have lots of different types of property and real estate. There has recently been a steep increase in residential foreclosures in California. Residential foreclosure activity in California surged to its highest level in more than four years last quarter, the result of slower home sales and flattening prices. This could mean great opportunities for someone looking to break in to the real estate market in California.

Bay Area home prices fell on a year-over-year basis for the first time in more than four years last month. Sales were at their lowest level in five years. A total of 42,450 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month. That is down 14.8 percent from 49,800 for August and down 28.8 percent from a 59,600 for September 2005.

Does this mean that fewer people are buying real estate or just that there are fewer available since they are all bought up? It?s likely a bit of both. You will need to stay up t date with the market to see how things continue to change.

Keeping Up to Date

What is happening in the real estate market this month? How can you find out where the real estate prices are at any given time? How can you learn the value and worth of a particular Californian property?

There are easy ways for you to stay up to date on what is happening in California real estate even if you live someplace else in the world. There are websites online that show you regularly updated figures and statistics. This is a great way to stay in touch with what is going on in the Californian real estate market. You can even set up one of these pages as your home page, create an RSS feed on your own site or even have the figures and data sent to your mobile device to stay up to date no matter where you are.

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Wedding Music – Band or DJ? How to Decide

Posted in society with tags , , on November 8, 2008 by yomosa

In choosing your wedding music, you will inevitably debate whether to hire a band or a DJ to lead your wedding reception festivities. In some instances, the type of venue you choose and the overall theme of your wedding will dictate whether you decide to go with a band or DJ, but the decision is always up to you. In making your wedding music decision, consider the pros and cons of each:


? The Pros
A band is live, and when played by experienced musicians, nothing can beat live music. Talented musicians can really work with the theme of your wedding reception and modify songs accordingly. If the party is lagging, they can always switch the tempo. Hiring a band also adds the exciting possibility that anything can happen.

? The Cons
With wedding bands charging anywhere from $1500-$15,000, budget constraints can make hiring a band too expensive to consider. A band’s sound can also be limiting. If you want to hear from Beethoven to Outkast and everything in-between at your wedding reception, you may have some difficulty in finding a band that can play such an eclectic mix.


? The Pros
One of the main benefits of hiring a DJ is that all the songs are played as you know them; you can rest assured that your first dance song will sound EXACTLY as you expect it to and can plan accordingly. You are also likely to get more variety in sound with a DJ, and for couples on a budget, even the most expensive DJs are usually cheaper than hiring a band.

? The Cons
On the other hand, a bad DJ can kill the elegant atmosphere you carefully planned for your wedding reception – so hire wisely! A DJ typically does not have as much ability to improvise and set the theme of the evening. The songs will be played exactly how they were originally recorded and therefore can’t be modified to suit a beach, country or jazz swing wedding (for example) as bands can often do. Your DJ also can’t switch tempo if need be to accommodate your fiance’s dragging feet during your first dance.

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Cori Locklin is editor-in-chief for and Elegala Magazine. Elegala is a new wedding planning resource offering the most comprehensive portfolio of superior wedding reception sites and wedding services, along with planning tips, photo galleries and checklists to keep brides in-the-know on today’s wedding trends and styles.