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Category Archive: ‘Sales and Price Check’

Trump and Local Real Estate

The inauguration is almost here – Trump will be your president on Friday!

How will he affect our local real estate market?

His detractors are aghast over his tweets, but Trump keeps them coming.  In spite of their bombastic nature, I think we are already numb to his tweets, or at least getting used to them being part of the landscape.

At this point, I don’t think the Trump Effect will have much, if any, impact on us – positive or negative.  If rates stay under 5% (today’s 30Y is 4.12%), buyers should shrug it off and keep buying.

I also think sellers and agents are getting smarter about price, which will help tremendously.  As you saw in the previous post, they might screw it up a bit once they hit the market, but eventually buyers and sellers should both be happy with a modest appreciation rate of 2% to 4% this year.

The #1 thing that should keep our market stable is the buyers’ focus on getting the right house for the long-term.  Before the 2007 downturn, buyers thought they could always sell for a gain, and, as a result, any house would work for the short-term.  But after our so-called ‘crisis’, we recognize prices can go down – but it only hurts if you sell.

Sales and prices may bounce around, but with the focus on the long-term as a foundation, our market should keep cooking.

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Forecasts, Jim's Take on the Market, Market Buzz, Market Conditions, North County Coastal, Sales and Price Check | 2 comments

Measuring the Start of 2017

Every prognosticator has released their cautious predictions for the year, but how will we know what’s happening in the meantime?

  1. How will buyers know if it’s safe to go back in the water?
  2. How will sellers know if they can pack another 5% on to their price?

There are two ways we can get a sense of the initial enthusiasm, and by the end of January it should become more clear on which way the market is breaking.  Last year, our start was already slightly slower than the previous two years, but close enough that there wasn’t any panic.  Buyers kept buying, and for the most part, they paid what the sellers wanted.

NSDCC Monthly Sales

Year
December
January
February
Totals
2013-14
211
182
180
573
2014-15
250
165
170
585
2015-16
253
168
144
565
2016-17
215

If we close 150 sales in each of the next two months, and hit 515 for our 3-month total, I think we can say our market is surviving. But we can dig deeper to see what will have caused those results.

January New Listings and New Pendings

Year
January New Listings
January New Pendings
2014
307
176
2015
273
163
2016
320
140

Yes, there will be several old listings being ‘re-freshed’ this year – in the first week of last year, about 70% of the new listings had been re-inputted.  But it is like that every year.

Keep your eye on the number of new pendings. If we can get close to last year’s 140, we should be fine, but the wait-and-see trend has been building.

The new listings will play a role – if there is a surge of fresh meat, it could cause rate-sensitive buyers to jump in now if they see something decent. But rates should moderate, keeping buyers picky.  If there aren’t many current owners willing to sell, then we could have fewer pendings but healthy conditions. Let’s compare the two as we go!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Market Buzz, North County Coastal, Sales and Price Check, Why You Should Hire Jim as your Buyer's Agent, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments

NSDCC November Sales

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Here’s the update on last month.  There were two fewer business days in 2014, and one less business day in 2013 and 2015 (same # in 2012).

With both sales AND pricing being this strong, the momentum should carry over to 2017…..and I think we’ll get off to a fast start too.  There has to be some motivated sellers scooting closer to the exits, and buyers who are anxious to lock in a rate and price before they get any worse.

We should be at full speed by March!

NSDCC November Sales

Year
# of Sales
Sales Per B-Day
Median SP
Average $/sf
2012
241
12.68
$885,000
$415/sf
2013
187
10.39
$1,030,000
$474/sf
2014
172
10.12
$1,007,450
$491/sf
2015
193
10.72
$1,187,500
$520/sf
2016
227
11.95
$1,265,000
$544/sf

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Forecasts, Jim's Take on the Market, North County Coastal, Sales and Price Check | 6 comments

NSDCC 11-Month Report

Mortgage rates calmed down yesterday, retreating back to 4.125%, but with all the hysteria about Trump, things sure seem unsettled.

How will we know if our local market is getting into trouble?

Watch three things:

  1.  Inventory/sales relationship
  2.  High-end market
  3.  Actives/pendings ratio

Apply these to your local micro-market, because results will vary by neighborhood.  I started this blog in September, 2005, when it was becoming obvious on the street that change was afoot.

We had a great lesson in 2006 – the inventory took off, and sales plunged:

La Jolla-to-Carlsbad, Jan – Nov

Year
New Listings
Closed Sales
Median Sales Price
2003
5,002
3,609
$725,000
2004
4,955
3,121
$945,000
2005
5,290
2,808
$1,000,000
2006
5,829
2,388
$985,000
2007
5,198
2,339
$1,000,000
2008
5,030
1,905
$900,000
2009
4,811
1,984
$810,000
2010
5,066
2,256
$830,000
2011
4,994
2,342
$828,414
2012
4,246
2,860
$829,200
2013
4,653
3,007
$950,000
2014
4,541
2,599
$1,022,000
2015
4,715
2,771
$1,098,000
2016
4,807
2,761
$1,170,000

The 2016 inventory has increased, but it’s more in line with the average now – which, excluding 2006, is 4,869 per year. Sales aren’t plunging either, so we’re in good shape, at least for now.

How about the high-end market?

Sales are down slightly in La Jolla this year, compared to 2015 (320 vs. 336), but the Ranch is hopping! There have been 13% more sales in the 92067 this year, compared to 2015, and sales in August-through-November are up 46% year-over-year!

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I’ll come back to the Actives/Pendings ratio, but at least we have guideposts that look relatively health today!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, North County Coastal, Sales and Price Check | 0 comments

NSDCC November Sales, Preliminary

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There was one more business day last month than there was in November, 2015, but it’s impressive to just keep up with previous years when we are at higher price points.

NSDCC November Sales

Year
# of Sales
Median SP
Average $/sf
2012
241
$885,000
$415/sf
2013
187
$1,030,000
$474/sf
2014
172
$1,007,450
$491/sf
2015
193
$1,187,500
$520/sf
2016
211
$1,252,840
$546/sf

The big difference is on the lower end.

In November, 2012, there were 37 regular houses sold under $600,000, and last month there were only four – and they were of the patio-home variety.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, North County Coastal, Sales and Price Check | 0 comments

CA Realtor Survey – October

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  • The share of homes selling above asking price edged up from 27 percent a year ago to 28 percent in October. Conversely, the share of properties selling below asking price dropped to 44 percent from 47 percent in October 2015. The remaining 28 percent sold at asking price, up from 25 percent in October 2015.
  • For homes that sold above asking price, the premium paid over asking price rose to 9.1 percent, up from 7.7 percent in September and 8.9 percent a year ago.
  • The 44 percent of homes that sold below asking price sold for an average of 8.9 percent below asking price in October, the lowest since May 2015. The premium paid in both September and a year ago was 12 percent.
  • Nearly six in 10 properties for sale (59 percent) received multiple offers in October, down from 63 percent in September and 64 percent from October 2015. October marked the seventh straight month of declining multiple offers.
  • The share of properties receiving three or more offers fell to 30 percent, the lowest level since the beginning of this year. Thirty-five percent of properties received three or more offers in September, and 36 percent of properties received three or more offers a year ago.
  • Compared to a year ago, there was an increase in the share of homes receiving three or more offers in homes priced $400,000 to $499,000 and $2 million and higher, while the share of low- to mid-priced homes experienced a decrease in three or more offers, particularly in homes priced $300,000 to $399,000, which dropped the sharpest – from 43 percent in October 2015 to 18 percent in October 2016.
  • About a third (31 percent) of properties had listing price reductions in October, up from 25 percent in September and down from 32 percent in October 2015.
  • Nearly half (45 percent) of REALTORS® were concerned about high home prices and housing affordability, while 26 percent indicated they were concerned about a lack of available homes for sale. REALTORS® also were concerned about a slowdown in economic growth, lending and financing, rising interest rates, and policy and regulations.
  • REALTORS®’ optimism of market conditions over the next year has been trending downward for the past few months but is still in positive territory at an index of 54 in October, unchanged from September but down from 57 in October 2015.

http://www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2016releases/oct2016pending

San Diego County looks like the best in the state (highest index):

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*Note:  C.A.R.’s pending sales information is generated from a survey of more than 70 associations of REALTORS® and MLSs throughout the state.  Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, offering solid information on future changes in the direction of the market.  A sale is listed as pending after a seller has accepted a sales contract on a property. The majority of pending home sales usually become closed sales transactions one to two months later. The year 2008 was used as the benchmark for the Pending Homes Sales Index.  An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2008.

Posted by on Nov 26, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Market Conditions, Sales and Price Check | 1 comment

Trump Effect on Real Estate

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What is the consensus on the Trump impact on our local real estate market?

After speaking to agents on broker preview the last couple of days, I think we can divide the buyer pool into two camps:

  1. There have never been more reasons to wait-and-see.
  2. But some buyers will want to hurry it up, before anything else happens.

Yellen made it sound like the next Fed move is imminent, which hopefully means next month.  There is 1/4% (or more) already baked into the market, so if they do bump the Fed Funds rate, it should have a calming effect on mortgage rates – it did last time.  If we can stay around the current 4%, it should motivate people to buy before it goes higher.

But there is also the anxiety that comes with buying or selling that gets aggravated by uncertainty.  Have you ever felt more desire to hunker down??  The motivated buyers and sellers want to get it done.

I think we will see a very active selling season – and it already is!

NSDCC October Sales and Pricing

Year
# of Detached-Home Sales
Median Sales Price
Average Cost-per-SF
2012
297
$825,000
$388/sf
2013
266
$957,500
$495/sf
2014
244
$978,754
$467/sf
2015
216
$1,076,000
$473/sf
2016
263
$1,100,000
$532/sf

Our current momentum should carry us well into 2017. But look at the stumble in 2014 – I’m more worried about 2018.

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Market Conditions, North County Coastal, Sales and Price Check, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling? | 3 comments

Happy November!

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It would be natural to assume that sales start dropping off once we get into November.  But do they?

Not really.

November has the most holidays of the year (three) when the county recorder’s office is closed.  Let’s compare the number of NSDCC closings per business day:

Year
October Closings Per Day
November Closings Per Day
2012
12.9
12.7
2013
11.6
10.4
2014
10.6
10.1
2015
9.8
10.7
2016
11.3
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You can see that November usually keeps up with October as far as number of closings per day – and November exceeded October sales per day last year!

In spite of the election, we are coming off a hot October.

Last month’s 11.3 is based on this morning’s count.  There will be late-reporters that will drive the number close to 12 – like it was during the 2012 election, which was also the beginning of the Real Estate Frenzy of 2013.

I don’t think we are heading for a frenzy next year, but with rates up slightly, it looks like this month is going to be sizzling!  There are 398 pendings today!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Frenzy, Jim's Take on the Market, Market Buzz, Sales and Price Check | 0 comments

Value Range Pricing

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I have a new listing this week that we decided to put on range pricing for two reasons; A) we’re not doing all the repairs needed, and B) if you only have one price, buyers will want to deduct for repairs, even if the repairs are already priced in.

Of the 495 NSDCC houses that have sold over the last sixty days, 127 of them (27%) were on range pricing.  Here is how they did:

Sold ABOVE the top of the range: 7

Sold at the top of the range: 5

Sold at the bottom of the range: 8

Sold UNDER the bottom of the range: 70

Going with range-pricing is a gamble that I don’t think sellers or listing agents recognize – over the last two months, most NSDCC houses (55%) listed on the range sold for UNDER the bottom price, which had to be a disappointment.  It wasn’t just the high-enders either – it was across the board.

It leaves us with a couple of questions:

  1.  Is pricing so inaccurate that the bottom of the range is too high?
  2.  Do buyers look at the bottom price and go down from there?

I have never seen a buyer jump for joy over range pricing.

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Sales and Price Check | 0 comments