Riders get set! Tour de Lake Arrowhead!

Month: August 2014

Bicycle riders are gearing up for the exciting Tour de Lake Arrowhead Race tomorrow. Registration begins at 6:30am in the Blue Jay Village. Right outside from The JoAnn Dickinson Group office! There are 3 options to choose from; 100k starting at 7am, the 50k, & 25k starting at 8am. Even if you aren’t a rider, it will be a grand time cheering on the athletes! Roads will be open all day (except for a small closure at the start point when the bikers take off!). Please be on the lookout while driving.

You can also take advantage of other activities happening on the mountain this weekend. The Free Concert Series is featuring the Atomic Punks – A Van Halen Tribute on Saturday and the Hollywood Stones on Sunday. Along with that, stop by our open house on 129 A Lane, Lake Arrowhead, which is a stone’s throw from the lake. The open house will be this Sunday from 12pm-4pm!


We hope to see everyone out and about this weekend to enjoy in the festivities and support our mountain community!

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26408 Apache Trail, Rimforest, CA

Absolutely adorable cottage with loads of charm! Sip your morning tea/coffee on the sunny, private porch or have friends over for an evening BBQ on the patio. Property has so much to offer: Work shop or finish for guest quarters or art studio, charming living room w/FP, eat in kitchen w/laundry, master on main level with full bath, 2nd bedroom upstairs w/cute “baby’s room” that owner has set up for her pet. Additional driveway with potential for more parking or street, level parking pad, storage shed out back, level yard for kids & pets & located close to Blue Jay for hardware store, rental company, restaurants or Jenson’s & Starbucks. May be purchased “Turnkey”.  $148,000. To view the virtual tour click here.

Bridging the gap between young renters and first-time home buyers is a challenge made more difficult by corporations paying for homes in cash.  By: KRISTON CAPPS
Steve Dipaola/Reuters

By one measure, renters in most of the nation’s metro areas could afford to own a home. Not just the mortgage, but the suite of financial responsibilities involved with homeownership, from property taxes to home insurance. There’s a host of reasons why more young renters aren’t first-time home-buyers right now, but the ones that are cited the most—stay-at-home Millennials, crushing student debt loads—may not be the best explanations.

A new interactive map from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studiesreveals that in many metro areas across the U.S., more than 50 percent of renters could afford to own a home. To create the map, researchers used data from a variety of sources to calculate both the homeownership costs and renter incomes in 85 of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas.

The lightest-colored regions on the map indicate metro areas where more than 50 percent of renters could afford the monthly payments for a home reflecting the median price for the market. In six metro areas—centered around San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, and represented by the darkest-colored regions on the map—less than 30 percent of young renters (aged 25-34 for this analysis) can afford home ownership.

(Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University)

The Chicago metro area, for example, enjoys a homeownership rate of 65.1 percent. Some 38.3 percent of residents aged 25–34 are homeowners. Yet nearly half the renters in the same age cohort (46.9 percent) can afford to own homes, given a median home value of $189,200 and monthly costs of about $1,300.

The analysis requires a lot of assumptions, starting with a 43 percent debt-to-income threshold for determining the affordability of a mortgage for a renter household (a ratio pegged to the Qualified Mortgage rule that went into effect in January). The researchers also assumed 30-year mortgage interest rates and a 5 percent down payment, among other financial baselines. (Toggling that down-payment figure from 5 percent to 20 percent doesn’t substantially change the results, by the way, since monthly payments would go down, though the implications would be more dramatic for a median home price of $773,375 than one of $83,775.)

The full methodology is here. One more of the researchers’ assumptions bears teasing out, and that’s non-housing debt. Student debt accounts for $1.2 trillionin the U.S., more than any other kind of debt except mortgage debt. To account for young renters’ student-loan debt (and other kinds of debt, including credit-card debt), JCHS researchers applied a conservative debt-to-income ratio of 8 percent, drawing from statistics provided by the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. That works out to about $340 per month on average for car payments, credit-card bills, and student loan payments.

Given the fact that plenty of young renters with bills wouldn’t be crushed under a mortgage, most metro areas would expect to see more of them buying homes. Yet in all but the most heated metro area real-estate markets, where renters simply don’t have the incomes to buy, young renters don’t appear to be transitioning into homeownership at the rate they could be. Either renters are opting out of the American dream, or it remains out of reach for reasons beyond affordability.

One thing that could be putting homeownership out of reach for young renters is a credit market that’s still too tight, especially for graduates and young professionals starting their careers with established debt. As the Brookings Institution explained in a report on the consequences of student debt earlier this year, the gulf in credit-risk scores between borrowers with student debt and those without it is vast.

(Brookings Institution)

Another factor muddying the water for would-be homeowners: competition from corporations buying up houses. According to RealtyTrac, in the first quarter of this year, institutional investors made 5.6 percent of all U.S. residential home sales, down a little from the roughly 7 percent they accounted for throughout 2013. Institutional investors—”entities that have purchased at least 10 properties in a calendar year”—include the Blackstone Group, theprivate equity firm buying up leftover housing stock in suburbs across the country and renting them out.

Tight credit and big buyers dovetail neatly with all-cash purchases, which made for a stunning 42.7 percent of all home sales in the first quarter of 2014. That’s more than double what all-cash buys meant to the market at the same time the year before. According to the RealtyTrac report, all-cash buys make up more than half of home purchases in diverse markets, including New York, Detroit, Memphis, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. (RealtyTrac hasn’t released the figures for Q2 yet.)

Assuming a young renter has the income to buy a home in her market, she might not have access to the credit to make the deal, and even if she does, how can her credit compete with investor cash? The gulf between would-be first-time homeowners and second- or third-time homeowners—or corporate homeowners—is larger than a monthly mortgage payment.

Original Source: http://www.citylab.com/housing/2014/08/many-renters-could-afford-mortgages-but-cant-afford-homes/375599/

Do not miss the upcoming run through the pines around Lake Gregory this Saturday! This will be the 35th annual run hosted by Rim of the World Recreation and Park District (ROWRPD). There is an option for a 10k at 7am, a 5k at 8am, and a kids run at 10am. All proceeds go towards sponsoring sports scholarships for students through ROWRPD. The event features water stations, chip timing, computerized race results by PrimeTime, entertainment, distinctive event t-shirts with custom designs, beautiful medals for all participants, post-race refreshments and entertainment.

Registration opens at 6:30am and will take place on the ball field off of San Moritz Rd. near Lake Gregory in Crestline. Runners are coming from all over the country for this fun event!