Remember before the last crash when buyers and sellers were far more cavalier about their real estate decisions? Why was that? Because if they needed to move again, there were always a reasonably-priced house down the street or around the corner for sale.
But things sure have changed.
Selling/buying/moving is no longer just something you do casually. Because of the difficulty, you are probably only going to move if, and when, you decide to make a permanent lifestyle change.
Look at the differences just since this blog has been around:
NSDCC January through September:
|Year||#Detached-Home Listings||Percentage Over $2M||Percentage Under $800,000|
There Are Fewer Homes For Sale – In particular, there are fewer high-quality homes for sale that would make it worth it for existing homeowners to move up or down. In spite of having loads of equity, trying to find a home better than your current home is a major obstacle.
Home Prices Are Higher Than Ever – If you can find a house that suits your needs, the price will be higher than ever. You have to pay more, qualify for more, and be willing to eat higher recurring costs like property taxes too.
Cost of Moving is High – Gone are the days when you could throw everything you own into a U-haul and move in a day. Commissions, closing costs, packers & movers, home upgrades, and new furniture will cost you $50,000 to $100,000 or more in any house you buy around the NSDCC.
Competition is Stiff – As a result of the three items above, buyers are very picky and holding out for the highest quality. Staying on the edge of your seat 24 hours a day can take its toil!
It’s a Market For The Affluent – With only 5% of the NSDCC houses priced under $800,000, it means home buying is only for those who have real horsepower – and regular folks are priced out, unfortunately.
The stakes are high, and making any mistakes now will be very costly. The worst part is that home prices are moderating (except in Solana Beach), and without an increase in their equity position, those who need to sell shortly after purchasing could incur a substantial hit.
We are in the No-Mistake zone. Get good help!
P.S. The Solana Beach house on Rios that set the all-time non-oceanfront price record in March at $8,250,000 was relisted for $9,750,000…..and it went pending today!