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Jim Klinge, broker-associate
858-997-3801
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Jim Klinge
Cell/Text: (858) 997-3801
klingerealty@gmail.com
701 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 300
Carlsbad, CA 92011


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Inventory Watch

Our contest for Padres tickets got a little tighter this week:

NSDCC New Listings Jan 1 to Feb 15:

2018: 620

2019: 607

There should be a few more added this week to the 2019 count, so it’s about even?  The total pendings count is 11% behind last year at this time, which confirms the slower start we expected in 2019.

But maybe an increasing inventory could spur more sales in the coming weeks?

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Meanwhile, the Padres themselves are hoping to make a splash:

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-hot-stove-padres-have-reportedly-offered-manny-machado-an-eight-year-deal-worth-at-least-240-million/

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in Inventory, Jim's Take on the Market | 1 comment

Mortgage Business Shrinking

Reader SM sent in this story on a mortgage company shutting down – and this one had a Carlsbad office:

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/02/14/provident-savings-bank-to-shutter-mortgage-banking-arm-cut-133-jobs/

Provident Savings Bank, the largest community bank in Riverside County, is discontinuing its mortgage banking operation, the company said in a statement.

The decision, announced by the bank’s board of directors Feb. 4, was based on a lack of profitability given the current financial environment. The operations are scheduled to cease on or before June 30.

Layoffs of 133 employees, of which 83 are in Riverside, were posted this week on the California WARN Act website, which requires layoffs to be publically reported. The others were at satellite offices in Brea, San Bernardino, Glendora, Carlsbad, Placer County and Northern California.

This one was even bigger:

https://www.housingwire.com/articles/48196-homestreet-bank-moves-to-sell-off-almost-entire-mortgage-business

HomeStreet announced Friday that it is planning to sell off its entire retail mortgage operation, which includes 72 home loan centers in five states, as well as nearly all of the mortgage servicing rights associated with loans originated in those retail outlets.

According to HomeStreet’s website, the company has 72 home loan centers: 37 in Washington, 16 in California, six in Hawaii, five in Idaho, and eight in Oregon.

According to the bank, it is making this move due to the “persistent challenges facing the mortgage banking industry.” The bank cites “the increasing interest rate environment,” which has reduced the demand for refinances, and higher home prices that have decreased the affordability of homes.

The mortgage business thrives on refinances in the ultra-low rate environment, but once rates rise, those refis dry up in a hurry.

A long-time local lender told me this week that two years ago there were 8,000 licensed mortgage originators in San Diego County, and today it’s 4,200!

We speculated that many of them became agents – another industry that is overdue for constriction.  There are over 15,000 realtors in San Diego County, and last month we sold 1,770 houses, condos, and mobile homes countywide.

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Jim's Take on the Market, Mortgage News, Realtor | 3 comments

The Bridge House Photos

Welcome to the Bridge House!

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, this modern craftsman is one of the most architecturally-significant homes in Carlsbad.  A wonderfully artistic design and brilliant use of space – this one-of-a-kind home is defined by its clean lines and dramatic use of materials.  Enjoy the stylish great room with fireplace, hardwood floors, high-end windows, sophisticated lighting, and then step out to the patio under the stars!

4 br/3.5 ba, 3,294sf built in 2006 on a 10,298sf lot.  LP = $1,499,000.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4240-Hillside-Dr-Carlsbad-CA-92008/69016703_zpid/

Ideally suited for multi-generational living with two master suites (entire home is on one level except for a bedroom suite). A home for the individual who appreciates quality, craftsmanship and wants an impressive home that stands out from the rest! For comps see 3255 James, plus 4039 and 4120 Sunnyhill.

4240 Hillside Drive, Carlsbad – open house 12-3pm Saturday, February 16th.

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019 in Jim's Take on the Market, Listing Agent Practices, Why You Should List With Jim | 4 comments

The Bridge House

We’ve just listed for sale one of the most architecturally significant homes in Carlsbad – The Bridge House!

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, this modern-craftsman home was built on heavy-duty steel girders over a creekbed just 1.3 miles from the beach.

4br/3.5ba, 3,294sf built in 2006 on a 10,298sf lot. $1,499,000.

Open 12-3pm Saturday, February 16th!


Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Bubbleinfo TV, Carlsbad, Historic Homes, Interesting Houses, Jim's Take on the Market, Why You Should List With Jim | 0 comments

NSDCC January Sales

The number of houses for sale between La Jolla and Carlsbad is already 20% higher than last year – but we can live with more unsold inventory lying around.

If sales can hang close (80% or more) to last year’s count, we’ll be fine.

So far, so good!

NSDCC Detached-Home Sales, January:

Year
Number of Sales
Cost-per-SF
Median SP
Avg DOM
2013
185
$379/sf
$845,000
69
2014
182
$501/sf
$1,045,500
60
2015
165
$507/sf
$1,218,000
73
2016
168
$557/sf
$1,093,500
53
2017
162
$519/sf
$1,178,390
55
2018
150
$573/sf
$1,310,000
53
2019
148
$535/sf
$1,324,100
58

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Jim's Take on the Market, North County Coastal, Sales and Price Check | 0 comments

Real Estate for the Older Crowd

According to the Realtors Confidence Index national survey, 89% of home sellers were at least 35 years old, and two-thirds were selling their primary residence:

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Of those who bought a home, 72% were at least 35 years old, and 40% came from a home they owned. Mix of those buying up or down? Maybe 50/50?

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The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key indicator of housing market strength based on a monthly survey sent to over 50,000 real estate practitioners. Practitioners are asked about their expectations for home sales, prices and market conditions.

Link to NAR Survey

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Boomers, Jim's Take on the Market, Market Conditions, Realtor, Realtors Talking Shop | 0 comments