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My Sellers and Buyers

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Long-time reader (and client!) Just-some-guy asked about some where-and-why on my clientele to give folks a feel for who is doing what.

Sellers

Reason for Selling
Number
Comments
Excess Property
7
Six of those 7 got big tax benefit
Downsized
5
3 in SD, 2 out-of-state. Four purchased
Moved Out-of-State
4
Three of the four have purchased a home
Moved w/i California
3
New jobs
Moved Up
3
I also sold them their move-up house
Divorce
1
Estate
1
Proceeds benefited the Ayn Rand Foundation

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Buyers

Reason for Buying
Number
Comments
First-timers
4
Three of the 4 used 20% down payments)
Downsizing
4
Move Up
3
All were sellers and buyers
Relo from Outside CA
2
Relocating here from CA
1
Divorce
1

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Notes

A. One of the sellers who moved out of state took a job in Toronto.  The weekend we sold the house, the temperature in Toronto was 1 degree!  I told the seller to hang onto my card!

B. Four properties sold were dual agency – we represented both buyer and seller.  It sounds like a high wire act, but I am clear about my duty – I give advice based on what’s best for the person with whom I’m speaking with, and don’t disclose anything about the other party.  When you can keep it clear in your head, it’s not a problem.  None of them were ‘sold before processing’.

The commercial brokers do it all the time, and it’s likely enough to come to the residential side that keeping my dual-agency chops up will pay off someday.

C. Seven of the 24 sellers sold a house that I sold them.  I can’t rely on past clients as my only sellers – people aren’t moving like they used to!

D.  Two-thirds of the buyers expected to invest more than 10% of their purchase price into repairs and improvements.  Fixers provide additional inventory, and I think we did a good job to adequately discount the price paid.

E. All of my listings were featured here at bubbleinfo.com, and my SP:LP ratio was 99%.  Do the video tours and blog exposure help?  They must!

F.  A sign that the frenzy is over and the market is flattening out is the second negotiation – the request for repairs.  None of them go down easy.

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Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in About the author, Bubbleinfo Readers, Jim's Take on the Market, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling?, Why You Should Hire Jim as your Buyer's Agent, Why You Should List With Jim | 3 comments

Newer One-Story with View

Richard has a new listing in the Stone Canyon gated community high in the hills of San Marcos.  We’ve contemplated just being one-story specialists, but there aren’t enough of them coming up for sale!

We also have it as a Coming Soon listing on Zillow.

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/913-Bridgeport-Ct-San-Marcos-CA-92078/60326309_zpid/

Even though I’m not a big fan of the practice, I like to try things out at least once a year to see if I can learn anything new.

One of the problems with the Coming Soon listings is that agents don’t have a game plan once the listing hits the internet.

Are they willing to show it prior to MLS input?

Are they willing to sell it prior to MLS input?

Apparently these questions don’t occur to many of the agents employing the Coming Soon strategy, because when I call on them, rarely do they have an answer. They just hope a buyer calls and they can round-trip the deal.  The seller deserves better! (we are happy to show while the seller puts the finishing touches on the house)

If you like this one, call Richard Morgan at 619-200-3844.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Richard Morgan, Why You Should List With Jim, Zillow | 0 comments

Making a Lower Offer

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It is rare in today’s market that you will find a truly motivated seller that will give it away (discount more than 10%).  Of the NSDCC sales closed over $1,000,000 in the last 30 days, the average sales price has been within 5% of the average list price.

Does it hurt to try?

Lightweight agents will warn you not to ‘offend’ anybody with a lowball offer.  But let’s assume that sellers have a thicker skin.  There is a tactical problem that makes it very difficult to come to terms when a buyer presents a low offer.

My rule-of-thumb is that we have two days or two counter-offers, whichever comes first, to make the deal.  If the initial offer is 15% or more below the list price, there is too much ground to cover.  You’re more likely to run out of time or counters, than to reach an agreement.

The biggest problem is that both sides become attached to their price once they put it on paper, and feel the need to defend it no matter how that price was determined.

Typical Example:

Buyer offers 85% of list price.

Seller thinks it is low, and counters 98% of list to send a message to the buyer that this house isn’t going to be stolen.

But the buyer becomes attached to his 85% offer, and he’s not going to be pushed around! The fight is on – and the buyer counters at 88% of list.

Seller thinks we’re going nowhere fast, and drops the negotiations.

Example that has a Better Chance:

The buyer offers 85% with low expectations, knowing the seller won’t be pleased.  The seller counters at his 98% number.

The buyer’s response to the seller’s counter needs to be at least 90% of list, for  two reasons: A) to impress the seller that a deal could be made here, and B) beat the clock.

Typically, the seller will then counter at 95% of list, and hope the buyer just signs it.  But the buyer splits the difference instead at 92.5%, and hopes the difference is small enough that the seller shrugs it off and signs.

The key is the buyer’s counter to the seller’s first counter – it has to be high enough that the seller stays in the fight.  If the buyer doesn’t come up much, it’s too easy for the seller to give up.

Tips:

  •  If you want to buy at 85% of list, then have the agents discuss it on the phone.  You have to convince both the seller and the listing agent, so you might as well start with the agent first – if they blow you off, just wait and see if they lower the price later.
  •  Determine a price strategy in advance, and respond promptly.  The egos on both sides will run out of gas within two days.
  •  Make a clean, crisp offer – include a solid prequal letter and proof of funds.
  •  Provide convincing data why your price is right, especially if there have been new comps since the listing began.
  •  Don’t justify your price by dogging the house, and all the repairs needed.
  •  Include other sweeteners like free rent after closing.
  •  Keep in mind that you are only fighting for the last 2% or 3%.

Having a strategy is important.  Too often a buyer will just throw a price out there, without having a path to follow – and the path is predictable!

The prevailing market theory employed by nearly every realtor is to wait until someone comes along to pay their price.  Your negotiations have to go perfectly to disrupt that belief!

Get Good Help!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling?, Why You Should Hire Jim as your Buyer's Agent, Why You Should List With Jim | 5 comments

San Diego’s Pending Index Rises

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Work with an agent who is well-versed in handling multiple offers!

http://www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2016releases/may2016pending

Pending home sales in Southern California as a whole rose 5.6 percent from May 2015 and 2.4 percent from April, thanks to year-over-year gains of 6.9 percent in Los Angeles County and 6.2 percent in San Diego County. Orange County experienced a 1.8 percent decrease from the previous year.

In a separate study, California REALTORS® responding to C.A.R.’s May Market Pulse Survey reported slower growth in floor calls, listing appointments, and open house traffic, reflecting slowing market activity. Despite the lagging indicators, the percentage of properties selling above asking price reached an all-time high and the number of offers per property rose.

• The share of homes selling above asking price in May increased to 38 percent, the highest level since the survey began, rising from 32 percent in April. Conversely, the share of properties selling below asking price dropped to 34 percent. The remainder (27 percent) sold at asking price.

• For the homes that sold above asking price, the premium paid over asking price declined for the third straight month to an average of 9.4 percent, down from April’s 9.6 percent and up from 8 percent in May 2015.

• The 34 percent of homes that sold below asking price sold for an average of 10 percent below asking price in May, down from 12 percent in April and up from 7 percent a year ago.

• Nearly seven of 10 properties for sale received multiple offers in May, indicating the market remains competitive. Sixty-five percent of properties received multiple offers in May 2015.

• The average number of offers per property increased to 3.1 in May, up from 2.9 in April and 2.8 in May 2015. The increase in the number of offers was driven by a greater share of transactions that received three or more offers. Moreover, homes priced between $200,000- $399,000 and $750,000-$999,000 saw the greatest increases in three or more offers compared to a year ago.

• About one in four (23 percent) properties had price reductions in May, indicating sellers are pricing their homes more realistically. One-fourth of properties had price reductions in May 2015.

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Market Buzz, Market Conditions, Why You Should Hire Jim as your Buyer's Agent, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments

Broker Preview

After I pitched it at two different sales meetings, we had 30+ people come to the broker’s open house today.  All we need to do is find the buyer who needs multiple master suites, and appreciates the location/view.

Prediction: Someone from Klinge Realty finds the buyer at open house – we’ll be there every weekend until sold!

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Bubbleinfo TV, Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments

Open House Report

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The weather was fantastic this weekend, and we had good traffic – 40+ people each day.  You know you have a specialty product in a mostly custom area when the zestimates are bouncing around.

Here is our zestimate history since Thursday.

BEFORE ZILLOW INPUT on Thursday night:

327

AFTER ZILLOW INPUT, THE ZESTIMATE INCREASED $249,754:

327 27

It has since come back to earth a bit:

zest may 23

I think buyers are putting more stock in the zestimates for a number of reasons – easy-to-find data point, it is somewhat reliable in tract neighborhoods, and it’s been around the longest.  Yet, I found myself having to explain to one visitor why was so far under our zestimate.

When the zestimate is within 10% of the list price, people might give it some credence. But when it is off by over 20%, buyers aren’t going to consider it as a reliable source.

In this case, the Z team used an oceanfront 2,000sf attached-home as a comp:

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This is a recent sale nearby that is a better comp:

http://www.sdlookup.com/MLS-160008484-437_Hillcrest_Dr_Encinitas_CA_92024

But Zillow doesn’t show it as a closed sale, thanks to the dispute between them and our MLS (it wasn’t uploaded manually).

Hence, their zestimate is only $2,142,343:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/437-Hillcrest-Dr-Encinitas-CA-92024/81774561_zpid/

The Sandicor MLS people think they are doing us a favor by not negotiating with Zillow, but this is what we get – zestimates that are more unreliable than ever!

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Open House, View, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments