New Freddie Mac mortgage plan bundles purchases and repairs

The CHOICERenovation program offers homebuyers a single loan with just one set of closing costs that they can use to buy a house and then fix it up.

Prices surging in areas devastated by California’s Camp Fire

The hottest real estate market in December wasn’t San Francisco, New York City or Seattle. It wasn’t a ski town in Colorado or a warm retreat like Key West.

The California Association of Realtors is raising money for members impacted by wildfires

CAR is collecting donations that it plans to distribute to members who have lost their homes or other property in the state’s ongoing wildfires.

Fire won’t keep homebuyers away from California

California communities devastated by ongoing wildfires will recover. But in the meantime, they may be in for more pain as the destruction cascades across local markets.

California attorney general warns of price-gouging amid fires

State law specifically prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item prior to the declaration of a state emergency.

As California fires rage, Realtors fear the worst

A fast-moving wildfire is raging through Butte County, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, north of Sacremento and just east of Chico. One Realtor on the ground told Inman the blaze is “worse than you can imagine.”

Insurance commissioner warns wildfire victims of scammers

In the wake of the devastating wildfires that have scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and destroyed more than 1,000 homes in California, the state’s insurance commissioner Dave Jones is warning residents to protect themselves from possible scammers.

How can the real estate industry help wildfire victims in California?

More than a dozen wildfires are currently burning through California, headlined by the destructive Carr fire in Shasta and Trinity counties.

Wildfire raging through Northern California destroys 22 buildings

Wildfires are raging through Lake County, California, leading to evacuations and a state of emergency declaration yesterday from Gov. Jerry Brown.

How to help homeowners recover from fire damage

Just two months after fires devastated sections of Northern California, a cluster of fires have broken out across Southern California, fueled by dry brush and Santa Ana wind events. Southern California has seen an outbreak of at least six major active fires.  …