14 SoCal real estate twists: coronavirus, protracted slump, 31% sales drop



Here are 14 must-read stories about the local real estate market from the Southern California News Group’s Home Stretch newsletter. To subscribe to the free, twice-weekly email publication, just CLICK HERE!

1. Irvine Co. sees “protracted” economic challenges. Real estate giant cuts workers in shopping center management unit.

2. SoCal economy to be dented through 2021. Forecast sees as much as 38% drop in retail spending.

3. Slowest April for SoCal housing on record. Homebuying plunges 31%.

4. Landlords threaten lawsuits over rent, eviction limits. Are cities violating property owners’ rights?

5. Cash-out refis, home-equity loans in danger. Thoughts on lending from Jeff Lazerson.

6. Should you wear a clean mask every time you visit another location? Thoughts on house-selling from Leslie Eskildsen.

7. What’s next for big landlords? Thoughts on commercial real estate from Allen Buchanan.

8. Can my HOA fees skyrocket due to coronavirus? Thoughts on homeowner associations from Kelly Richardson.

9. Pocket listings controversy continues. Realtor ban brings lawsuit.

10. Return of bidding wars? Shortage of sellers may mean few bargains for house hunters.

… and locally speaking:

11. Trabuco Canyon: 33-acre monastery listed for $18 million

12. San Bernardino: Amazon part of airport cargo project.

13. Carson: Is outlet mall plan in trouble?

14. Rancho Mission Viejo: Builder quickly sells 14 new homes.