Category Archives: Homesellers

California Real Estate Sales Dip — Except for Southern California

California pending home sales dip slightly in January; Southern California market continues to outshine other regions

Source: C.A.R.

Following relatively strong closed escrow home sales over the past few months, California
pending home sales slipped negligibly from a year ago, which suggests a softening in the
housing market in the upcoming months, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
(C.A.R.) said.

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Making sense of the story

  • Based on signed contracts, statewide pending home sales decreased in January on a
    seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* slipping 0.2
    percent from 107.4 from January 2016 to 107.2 in January 2017. On a monthly basis,
    California pending home sales were down 9.2 percent from the December index of 118.0.
  • Only the Southern California region posted a year-over-year improvement in pending
    sales last month, rising 8.1 percent from January 2016 and increasing 10.5 percent on a
    monthly basis. Riverside County led the region in pending sales, posting a 16.2 percent
    increase from a year ago. Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties also posted
    modest year-over-year increases of 7.1 percent, 8.0, and 4.0 percent, respectively. San
    Bernardino County was the only area within Southern California that saw pending sales
    lower on an annual basis by 2.8 percent.
  • For the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole, tight housing supplies and low affordability
    contributed to a fall in pending sales of 9.7 percent compared to January 2016. Only San
    Mateo County posted an annual increase, rising 5.3 percent from January 2016 after
    posting a significant double-digit annual decline (35.3 percent) in December. Pending
    home sales decreased 21.2 percent in San Francisco County, 7.1 percent in Santa Clara
    County, 24.9 percent in Monterey, and 4.8 percent in Santa Cruz County. A shortage of
    homes on the market and poor affordability will likely persist throughout the year, and
    impact Bay Area home sales.
  • Pending sales in the Central Valley fell 7.9 percent from January 2016 and were up 2.2
    percent from December. Within Central Valley, pending sales were down 14.6 percent in
    Kern County and 11.8 percent in Sacramento compared with a year ago.

Read the full story from CAR.org here.

Projects with the Best Returns in 2017

Resale ROI

House projects have varying degrees of return; here are the top five projects with the greatest ROI, and the top five with the least ROI:

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

How to Decide on Paint Colors

What’s in a color?

Paint isn’t just paint; it affects the mood and feeling of the home and room you’re painting. Deciding on the proper color is important, whether staging your home to sell or just giving it a refresher.

what's in a color car.org

This infographic is from CAR.org.

Money Monday: Home sales up in California

California home sales register nominal annual increase in September

Source: C.A.R.

urban real estate prices, most live in suburbsCalifornia existing home sales ticked up in September on a year-over-year basis for the first time in seven months as a shortage of homes available for sale continues to hold back the market, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.

Making sense of the story

  • Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 425,680 units in September, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2016 if sales maintained the September pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.
  • The September figure was up 1.3 percent from the revised 420,360 level in August and up 0.8 percent compared with home sales in September 2015 of a revised 422,360. Home sales remained above the 400,000 pace for the sixth straight month, and the year-over-year increase was the first since January.
  • “While higher sales both on a monthly and an annual basis is a glimmer of good news, with most of the home-buying season behind us for 2016, it’s not enough to tip the scales for an increase above 2015’s sales pace,” said C.A.R. President Pat “Ziggy” Zicarelli. “With listings continuing to decline and demand still strong, especially at the lower end of the market, affordability will remain a challenge for would-be buyers.”
  • The statewide median price remained above the $500,000 mark for the sixth straight month, with minimal signs of cooling down outside of a few select markets. The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home was down 2.3 percent in September to $514,320 from $526,580 in August. September’s median price increased 6.1 percent from the revised $484,670 recorded in September 2015. The median sales price is the point at which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less; it is influenced by the types of homes selling, as well as a general change in values. The monthly price decline is primarily due to seasonal factors.

Full story: www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2016releases/september2016sales

Millennials Make Up Half of US Real Estate Buyers

News from Zillow’s recent real estate study

HomeForSaleSignZillow released a study on Tuesday, revealing some of their real estate findings; including: “half of all buyers are under age 36, meaning the Millennial generation is driving more of the housing market than we previously understood.”

Another finding had to do with the hiring of real estate agents. They found that “buyers aren’t replacing the expertise of real estate agents with online research—but they are doing a tremendous amount of research online before contacting an agent. Those who start their home searches online are actually more likely to use an agent than other buyers.”

The report summarizes Zillow’s findings in a 164-page report; click here to read about all of the real estate findings in detail.

Is it Time to Sell?

Reasons why home sellers want to sell now

It’s a sellers’ market; according to 58% of homeowners, that is. Here’s some reasons why sellers want to sell their homes and move:

  • 40% want a larger home
  • 20% want a smaller or less expensive home
  • 24% are relocating
  • 21% want to pull out equity
  • 19% have had a family change
  • 15% want to move to a better school district for the kids

Why would you want to move?

TimeToSell

This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Exposure is the Name of the Game

Exposure is the key to selling your home fast and getting top dollar.

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With good exposure your home will be viewed by more people, thereby increasing the chances of an offer on your home. If you are looking to sell your home quickly then it is definitely in your interest to contact a REALTOR®, as it is unlikely that you will be able to generate as much exposure as an experienced professional.

Why is it that a REALTOR® is able to generate so much more exposure than the average homeowner? Part of the explanation can be found in the fact that most REALTORS® have marketing plans that consist of print ads, an online presence, and a network of clients interested in real estate. A second reason is that for many REALTORS® this is a full time job and they are willing to put all their experience and time to the sale of your home. The final reason is that the REALTOR® has access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and through this is able to network with every agent in your market area. As soon as you list your home with a REALTOR® this information is disseminated to all agents in the market, who are then able to match it to buyers that they are working with; maximizing your exposure and minimizing the time it takes to sell your home.

What’s in a Name? Energy Efficiency in Real Estate

Energy-efficient real estate and housing is a top priority for consumers; buyers and builders just call it different things.

An energy-efficient home when buying or remodeling is a top priority for 50% of interviewed consumers, and thus home builders often cater to and strive to build those types of houses. But the consumer and the builder often use different terms to describe sustainable, green and environmentally friendly real estate.

environmentally friendly real estate

This infographic is from CAR.org.