In January, the median price of a single-family home in the valley went down to $587,900, compared to $620,000 a year ago, a 5.2 percent decrease, according to the association. The median price of a condominium was $360,000 in January, the association stated. In January 2006 it was 9.3 percent higher, at $397,000. There were 73 condominium sales last month, compared with 82 in January 2006, a difference of 11 percent. Unlike in recent months, sellers are less likely to dip their toes in the market and pick up the for-sale sign if they cannot get their asking price, said Pam Ingram, with Remax of Santa Clarita. “I think the market has definitely picked back up,” Ingram said. “I don’t see that prices are going up a lot, but they’re also not going down. I’ve seen prices level off, but the buyers are back out buying. It looks like it’s going to be a good year.” SANTA CLARITA – The home sales market is returning to normal, not generating spectacular profits but staying solid, real estate experts said. Sales of single-family homes in the Santa Clarita Valley were up 11.7 percent in January compared with a year ago. The month saw escrows close on 172 houses, compared with 154 in January 2006. The market is expected to be steady in the year ahead. “It’s not going to be like it was the last two or three years, where we were seeing huge numbers of sales and huge price increases,” said Larry Gasinski, president of the Santa Clarita Valley division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc. There is more than a seven-month inventory of homes on the market, while about a six-month inventory is considered a balanced market. [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Earagail Arts Festival launched an exciting, fun-filled festival programme at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny this week. Now in its 27th year, the Earagail Arts Festival takes place from Friday, 10th – Sunday, 26th July.The festival was officially launched by Joe McHugh, TD, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources This year, the festival has introduced free online booking and the full programme of events can be found at www.eaf.ie. As part of the 2015 programme, Earagail Arts Festival will present the inaugural Donegal International Folk and Roots Festival.Experience an undiscovered world of music, culture, and stunning scenery on the North West Atlantic coast of Ireland at this four day festival of traditional, folk and world music.Taking place from Friday 10th July – Monday 13th July, the festival will include world premieres of unique music collaborations, free concerts, workshops, master-classes, guided walks, hiking, cycle tours, music trails and traditional Irish music sessions in the heart of Ireland’s undiscovered magical county of Donegal.During the weekend of 23rd – 26th July, the festival will present the Wild Atlantic World, a cultural collaboration between musicians from differing musical traditions including folk, traditional, world, jazz, and blues. Surrounded by stunning landscape with excellent walking, hiking, fishing and spectacular beaches, music lovers are invited to join The Henry Girls for a once in a lifetime musical experience on the edge of Europe.Taking place in The Doagh Isle Coffee House visitors can expect workshops, concerts, traditional Irish sessions and plenty of opportunity to explore the spectacular Atlantic coastline.Speaking at the launch, Minister McHugh said: “I am delighted to launch the 27th Earagail Arts Festival.“This event is a cornerstone of Irish tradition and culture in Donegal, and throughout the country, highlighting and promoting the very best of our history and society.“It allows us to demonstrate our talents and our artists and combine them with world productions in a rich blend of the old and the new. “Our heritage plays a key role in our identity, and whether it is through the Irish language, music, history and arts, we ensure that this identity remains as strong and as vital as ever.“I would like to commend all those involved with the Festival, for once again putting on a world class event and showing off the best of what Donegal has to offer.”Minister McHugh continued: “I would like to acknowledge all of the voluntary work that goes into the success of the Earagail Arts Festival.“The cornerstone of the ongoing success of the festival has been the creative celebration of Donegal’s cultural, language, landscape and heritage diversity. “I wish the festival team well and I’m confident that this year’s programme and 27 years of capacity building and experience will bode well in our journey towards the 2016 celebrations”.Adding to this, Cllr. John Campbell, Chairman, Donegal County Council said, “Founded by Donegal County Council in 1989, the Earagail Arts Festival continues to act as an annual, high profile focus for the very best of contemporary and traditional, local and visiting Irish and international arts.“The Earagail Arts Festival highlights Donegal’s fabulous Atlantic coastline and places the rich contemporary culture of our coastal communities at the forefront of the county’s tourism offering.’Festival director, Paul Brown said: “Woven into the fabric of the 2015 Earagail Arts Festival is the very essence of Donegal’s cultural and social history, new and old.“This year’s festival celebrates the unique and idiosyncratic character of Donegal’s musical tradition through the inaugural Donegal Folk & Roots Festival, featuring some of the county’s most established and fast emerging artists in collaboration with guests from around the globe.“The 2015 festival programme includes a host of new productions in wonderful new venues, including our centre-piece production ‘She Knit the Roof’ which theatrically investigates and interprets the once thriving cottage industry of knitting in Donegal.”Joan Crawford of Failte Ireland said: “Earagail Arts Festival has become an extremely important event over the past 27 years to tourism in Donegal.“This festival provides an opportunity for visitors to experience local culture and traditions and for communities to bring visitors and revenue to their areas given the geographic spread of the festival.“This year’s programme has something for everyone that comes to the county and they will get to see some wonderful parts of the Wild Atlantic Way”.For full details on the Earagail Arts programme visit www.eaf.ie. Earagail Arts Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council.EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL 2015 LAUNCH EXCITING AND FUN-FILLED PROGRAMME OF EVENTS was last modified: June 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessEaragail Arts FestivalFeaturesnews