With our tight inventory and ultra-low mortgage rates, it kinda feels like Tesla stock. One minute you’re in the $800s, and the next thing you know, the same house is in the $900s!
What can buyers do?
- Buy location.
- Don’t buy crap.
Simple enough, right?
But it’s hard to accomplish both, because the best locations have the oldest homes.
Let’s narrow it down further.
If you can afford a decent location, what else can a buyer do to ensure a smart purchase?
Buy a newer home, and/or buy a one-story home.
Newer: Homes built in the last 15 years typically have modern floor plans with a large open great room and lots of windows that allow for ample natural light. When you go to sell it someday, it will still be a desirable home without a load of upgrading or maintenance costs to you.
One-Story: Boomers aging in place guarantee that the scant supply of one-story homes will stay tight, and those that do leak onto the open market will be hotly contested.
Here’s a good example.
This sold for $850,000 two years ago, and after a complete remodel it goes on the market for $1,149,000…..and they get multiple offers. Those who thought they could still buy a nice house in Old La Costa in the $800,000s are really scratching their heads now! But it had the good location, and the sellers added the new look to clinch a nice boost in value.
If you want to stick with a newer house and/or a single-story house, what are your chances?
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|$1M – $2M|
|$2M – $3M|
Buying a newer home or a single-story really looks daunting now, but if you can pull it off, you got it made!
Insisting on a newer home and/or a one-story home will give you maximum assurance that you’ve made a smart buy that will appreciate better than the rest. We can add a few older homes that have been thoroughly remodeled, but they probably still have a floor plan cut up into smaller rooms with low ceilings.
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> Buy a newer home, and/or buy a one-story home.
This was a troll right?
“Newer” has several meanings. Quality construction in Southern California since the 1950s has been wildly variable. I have to pre-drill any nail in my original lumber. Removing a 4×4 during a bathroom renovation I stopped counting after 80+ growth rings. In a 4×4.