In the aftermath of the nation’s housing-market collapse and recession, more than 500 midsize and large cities have seen a rise in the share of homes that are rented rather than owned, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Census data.
Nationally, 34.9% of occupied homes were rented in 2010 compared with 33.8% in 2000, according to Census data.
Almost 4 million homes have been lost to foreclosures in the past five years, turning many former owner-occupied homes into rentals.
The shift to rental housing is potentially long-lasting and portends changes for neighborhood stability and how people build wealth, economists say.
“The changes are big but glacial,” says Mark Zandi, economist at Moody’s Analytics.
“This year’s Fiesta del Sol is on track to shatter last year’s record-breaking crowds. We’re serving up an eclectic mix of live music, multiple adult beverage venues, fun family activities, compelling food choices and great vendors —- all by the ocean. If you can’t have fun at Fiesta, you must be perpetually bummed out,” event co-chairman Peter Zahn said.
The party will be running from 9am to 9pm, and is off Lomas Santa Fe just west of Highway 101 – and you can shuttle from the Solana Beach train station!
The live music includes eight bands each day, and Peter’s description of eclectic is fitting – enjoy the blues, soul, reggae, ska, dance & world beat music.
Personally, I am looking forward to the Springsteen tribute band Thunder Road scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, plus on Sunday the Farmers at 1pm and Wild Child, the Doors tribute band at 4pm.
The weather is expected to be in the mid-to-high 60s.
Myself and some of the crew will be there, handing out pens, t-shirts, and our new coffee mugs. We’ll have a game or two, and hope readers will stop by and say hello!
The Case-Shiller Index for March was released today – quotes from David Blitzer:
This month’s report is marked by the confirmation of a double-dip in home prices across much of the nation,” David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Indices, said in a statement. “Home prices continue on their downward spiral with no relief in sight.”
While the overall numbers in the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for March are down and disappointing, the pattern is not uniform. A few cities — Washington DC and two in California — San Francisco and San Diego — remain above their recent lows. At the other end of the scale, Detroit is about 30% below its level of January, 2000.
“What we’ve seen over the last few months despite the decline in prices is we’ve gone back to the old ‘location, location, location’ story instead of everything going down at once,” Blitzer said. “California has clearly broken out of the pattern it was in, which is a big plus.”
Though there had been hopes in the industry that prices were troughing and ready to turn higher, the latest trends show little hope in sight until later this year or early in 2012, he added.
“Everybody’s now keeping their fingers crossed for 2012 and wondering whether people just don’t want to own homes anymore,” he said.
The official month-over-month reading for San Diego is -0.8 (March/February), which is better than the previous -1.3 (February/January).
Here are the peak-to-trough-to-now numbers:
Trough: 144.43 in April 2009 (-42.4% from peak)
Latest: 153.88 in March 2011 (-38.5% from peak)
How accurately does the Case-Shiller Index reflect reality? They don’t count any repeat sales within six months, so flippers are excluded for the most part, and they weight the rest. Here’s a summary of the index here, which notes how it can direct consumer mood and behavior.
But the C-S Index does make for great sound bites, which apparently is all we have time to digest.
Thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and to those who served.
The previous generation was proud to serve – My dad was a ROTC second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and my two uncles served as well – Tom was in the Navy, and John was in the Army too. All three served between Korea and Vietnam, so they didn’t face any live fire, but their contribution is worthy.
My Uncle John passed away last night, after a bout with Parkinsons. He was a great man, and we’ll miss him dearly – RIP.
The only value of this data below is trying to predict how home buyers and sellers will interpret it.
Because the accuracy is suspect. For example, the ‘homes in foreclosure process’ for San Diego is more than 20% higher than the 12,561 properties shown to be in default by foreclosureradar.com. But you could also wonder about the +7.5% increase in prices too.
Sellers are happy to ignore any bad news, but how about the buyers? Does the frustration cause buyers to settle after months or years, or do they get more determined? I think there is a little of both – in my experience the buyers are holding out more for the best quality, but once they find it, they’re willing to add a little extra mustard to the price if that’s what it takes to get it over with!
The media perpetuates the idea that more foreclosures means lower prices (whether it’s true or not). But with buyers squeezing for better quality, we’ll probably continue to see the best-quality homes getting bid up, and the inferior homes getting beat down.
If you’d prefer to buy an older house in a prime location, your patience will most likely be tested.
Sellers tend to have low, or no, mortgage balance, and they’ll only move when they don’t have any other choice – plus they love to hold out on price.
The houses are usually dilapidated, because when they only paid $38,500 like they did on this street in the 1960’s, the thought of spending $15,000 for a new roof sounds outrageous. Heck, if it’s leaking, you can always buy a couple of extra buckets!
But if you can outlast the initial aggravations, you can end up with the home of your dreams on a quiet 10,000sf culdesac lot with panoramic ocean view and no HOA or Mello-Roos fees for about the same money as a tract house:
Through four months of 2011, developers have placed a bet that there’s demand for new housing in a market dominated by severely discounted distressed properties.
While foreclosures and short sales continue to depress the housing market, builders have begun securing housing permits at the fastest rate since 2007 on the assumption that higher-priced homes that present less risk can coexist with the distressed properties that banks are increasingly releasing to the market.
Builders secured permits for 716 housing units in April, an annual increase of 120 percent and a monthly increase of 96 percent, according to numbers released by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB).
“The chance the industry is taking is that the lack of existing new product will itself create demand,” said Borre Winckel, president of the Building Industry Association of San Diego (SD-BIA).
It’s the highest monthly total since June 2008, when builders pulled permits for 986 units, and the highest April total since the 1,270 in 2005, at the height of the housing boom.
Home building activity in 2009 reached an all-time low in the county, with 2,990 total permits issued. Last year’s permit total increased only slightly, to 3,346.
The county needs to issue permits for the construction of 15,000 homes per year to keep up with population growth, according to Winckel
“The true measure of permit increases is a statistical false indicator, because the percentage numbers are so big, but off of such low volume,” he said.
Demand for new housing has been low in recent years due to the sustained presence of foreclosed homes available at substantial discounts compared to traditional sales.
But buyers have complained of an arduous process of buying those homes — whether as an REO or through a short sale — in which banks need documents submitted multiple times and often reject a sale after months of negotiation.
Distressed properties also carry discounts for a distinct reason: they’re in poor shape and can require expensive repairs just to return to a livable status.
Builders are therefore banking on buyers’ desire for a new home that carries less risk and a less stressful sales process — especially with the current pool of new homes at an all-time low, according to Winckel.
“It’s a cautious play by the major homebuilders who happen to have the cash to wage this waiting game,” he said.
Through the first four months of the year, county builders have secured permits to build 2,225 homes. That’s the highest total at this time of the year since 2007, when builders had pulled 3,094 permits, and is a 93 percent increase over the year-ago period, when 1,152 permits had been issued.
Of the 716 permits approved last month, 520 were for the construction of multifamily units, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,499.
There were 1,092 multifamily permits approved in all of 2010.
The word is on the street – Bank of America will stop taking loan applications for the super-conforming loans (max $697,500 in SD) on July 1, 2011, in order to comply with Fannie/Freddie’s October 1st deadline.
Their website today is quoting 5.0% with one point for jumbo money, so hopefully borrowers won’t be too bent out of shape about having to pay more – but the hysteria from the media is sure to ramp up concerns.
Jim the Realtor is legit - I interviewed three brokers; he said list price should be $100,000 higher than the other two brokers; listed it with him and had all cash (no financing) offer in two days, five day contingency period, closing in two weeks - and it closed at his recommended list price. I could not recommend anyone more than I recommend Jim the Realtor.
When we moved to San Diego in 2005 we rented a big house on Mt. Soledad (La Jolla) with 180 degree ocean views for the same payment as a mortgage on a dump in Chula Vista. Clearly something was wrong. Yet, the media was full of the usual happy-talk nonsense, so I was glad to find Jim's blog. I've followed his honest assessments and data since.
We decided to sell and move to AZ at Thanksgiving. Dec. 1st we met with Jim to sell our home. We closed today (29 days later). Jim orchestrated a feeding frenzy -- we had 25 showings in 2-1/2 days, multiple offers, and sold for well over asking price. I'd say he earned his commission! We have owned and sold homes in 5 different States always using experienced, productive, full-time realtors. Jim outshines them all.
You don't decide to sell and close 29 days later over Christmas (with COVID lockdown) without some miracles. Donna was amazing at performing lots of those miracles and ensuring that everything was done right and on time. They are a terrific team with a very responsive and professional network.
Where do we begin..2020 has been a year for everyone. When COVID hit and shut down both my husband and my businesses, we were left with a mortgage and very little income coming in. We were stressed, scared and felt stuck. We made the hard decision to sell our home and move out of state. We contacted the Klinges' and spent a good hour going over what we hoped we could accomplish. Jim and Donna came over with comps in hand and suggestions on improvements to get our house ready for the market. It was overwhelming to think about, but Donna was there and one step ahead in every scenario. Basically we just approved what they suggested and Donna handled literally everything. We placed our house on the market and within the first day we had multiple offers well above asking price! We couldn't believe it. We were overjoyed! Jim countered the offers to weed through them, and everyone came back with way more. It was amazing, and we are ?? sure it was because of the staging and repairs the Klinges suggested we do.
Due to unforeseen dishonesty from the buyers lender, we hit a big hurdle when trying to close. We had already moved out of state and were shocked when three days before closing the lender dropped a bombshell on the buyers and us. However, Jim and Donna handled it like veterans, not afraid to play hard ball and represent their clients. After a few phone calls with us, and several between Donna and the lender, they had a plan B-Z to make sure we were taken care of. In the end we closed with even more money than we ever thought possible and with very little work from us. The Klinges handled this entire "2020" worthy event with the utmost professionalism and did everything in their power to not only make this as smooth as possible for us, but we also walked away with more money from the sale of the house than we ever hoped for. After working with Jim and Donna, you don't ever use anyone else. They are hands down the best team to represent you in any scenario.
Working with Klinge Realty Group was a great experience! They are very responsive, professional and knowledgable about the real estate market! I would definitely recommend Klinge Realty Group.
Jim and Donna Klinge made the sale of our condo extraordinarily easy. They know the market and gave us sound advice backed by details and very considerable experience, reflected both in the initial pricing and subsequent negotiations. They work together as a team and are always available to talk. We had a few challenges with our property and they were able to coordinate the resolution to everything, including items that I would not think would ordinarily be their responsibility to handle. They made the whole process effortless on our part. They are folks with high integrity and we cannot recommend them highly enough.
Review for Member: Donna Klinge
I cannot believe there are no reviews of Donna yet, ugh!! She is the secret sauce of the Jim Klinge/Donna Klinge combo! I will touch on Jim here, but Donna is why I'm so totally loyal to these two (no offense to Jim :)).
I consider myself a rather savvy buyer/seller. I've bought/sold 7 times in about 15 years. On the buy side, Jim is the PERFECT combo of: completely digitally savvy (he will pull data all day long until you feel comfortable with your chosen house, area, school district, anticipated appreciation rate...anything!), he's super well respected and known in the area by other agents, an amazingly cool but strategic negotiator, is totally devoid of desperation for a sale/commission, and more.
Then once you get into contract phase, Donna literally handles every last and final detail in a concierge-like manner -- totally shielding you from the daily back and forth, noodling and annoyances of the buyer's requests. She solves it ALL; it's miraculous what that woman accomplishes over and above what is even expected in a buy/sell transaction.
On the sell side, Jim and Donna do the same, but even moreso. Donna in particular truly takes everything off your plate: she'll manage getting the house painted, the carpets replaced, she'll go on site (as she Jim both did for me when selling our rental properties) to work with the renters and make sure the house is ready to show -- freeing me to have to take time off of work to do so. They work with A+ integrity, too, so you know you are serving all parties fairly and lawfully throughout.
A home purchase/sale is the most considered you'll ever make. HIRE A SAVVY AGENT, not a friend!, and get what you need out of the transaction. Jim and Donna are our agents for life.
Jim and Donna Klinge are by far the most professional, personable and responsive realtors I have ever worked with. They provide VIP concierge level service in every area of the process of selling your home. My home was marketed so successfully that we received an offer the day after our first and only open house. Thanks to Jim's pricing and negotiating, our house is now the highest sold in our community. Jim's vast experience means he has worked with several realtors and knows the market all over north county. Donna is AMAZING in processing everything in the transaction. She scheduled trades people to work on the house in preparation for the sale as well as the repairs needed before closing. She communicated clearly every step of the way about what would be happening. She took the weight off my shoulders for the whole process. I will always use Jim and Donna for my future real estate needs and I whole heartedly recommend them to anyone buying or selling a home.
Jim and the team at Klinge Reality are without a doubt the best in the business! Not only was Jim helpful and extremely knowledgeable, he was patient and determined to help me find my first home. Jim and his team have been in the business for many years, and it shows. Jim is a wealth of knowledge and was my biggest proponent despite the temperature of the competitive market. I ended up getting the perfect property in my dream neighborhood all thanks to Jim. From the day my offer was accepted, Donna was a real lifesaver. She was extremely helpful, responsive, and knowledgeable when it came to every minute detail, and held my hand through the process. As a first time home buyer I had no idea what the process would entail, but Donna curtailed every concern I came across and made the escrow process feel seamless. Jim and Donna provided me the best home buying experience, and I am very grateful for all they did for me. It was truly a pleasure to work with Jim and Donna and I am already looking forward to the next time we work together!
Review for Member: Richard Morgan
Richard is an amazing realtor! He has high integrity and genuinely cares about his clients and their needs. Richard paid close attention to what I was seeking in a home and was very patient in our search to find it. I would highly recommend Richard and will use him for future transactions. Truly a different kind of realtor experience!
Could not be happier with my experience with Jim and his team. He helped me sell a very unique and challenging property. Throughout the entire process he was always available, honest, transparent, trustworthy, and always put my interests as a seller first. A (rare) true professional! During close of escrow Jim went above and beyond to complete the deal. It would not have been possible without his experience, fantastic team, and pure dedication. Highly recommended!
Thanks Jim and Donna Klinge!