Headlines in Real Estate for week ending December 14th 2012

As we approach the holidays and prepare for family and friends some are still looking to sell their homes, for those, decorating appropriately to attract a potential buyer yet still enjoying the season may be a difficult thing to achieve. This week in the real estate headlines you may have missed you’ll find tips for staging your home during the season, how buyer’s are getting back into the market after foreclosure and a look inside luxury flipping.

How to stage your home to sell during the holidays (via Mercury News)
By properly staging a home, it is possible to sell a house during the holidays, even with the slowdown in house hunting during November and December. Read Full Story

Index of California consumer sentiment falls slightly in quarter (via Los Angeles Times)
The California Composite Index of Consumer Confidence decreased to 92.7 from a revised third-quarter reading of 93.4, which was its highest level since the recession, according to a Chapman University index released Tuesday. Read Full Story

The automated home is one step closer (via CNN Money)
By remotely controlling heat, locks, even the sprinklers, one company is making the house of the future a reality. Read Full Story

“Boomerang” home buyers bounce back from foreclosure (via Mercury News)
The number of boomerang buyers – locals who lost their home to foreclosure or short sale, but are jumping back into the market just two to three years after default – are small now, but real estate agents and home builders say that while these buyers don’t currently make up a big share of their clients, there’s evidence that their ranks are set to rise noticeably, and that could have implications for local home sales and neighborhood vitality. Read Full Story

Housing is adding more vigor to the recovery, report says (via Los Angeles Times)
The U.S. housing market is becoming the leading source of strength for the long-sluggish American economic recovery, outpacing both business investment and exports.  But even with the return of that crucial linchpin, job growth is expected to remain weak next year, a new report by UCLA says. Read Full Story

House flipping gets an expensive twist (via Los Angeles Times)
Luxury-home flipping is heating up in affluent neighborhoods as well-heeled builders and investors seek better returns than they get on other investments. Read Full Story

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