The 3,743sf active listing across the street has been listed for sale at $2,350,000 since June 10th – but still unsold. Next door to it was a 4,398sf sale that closed on June 21st for $2,385,000 (it was a rental and needed work). It was on the market for 28 days before they found their buyer.
We are at the end of summer and while my 4,000sf listing is spectacular, we didn’t want to risk joining the other 17 houses for sale between $2 million and $3 million in this zip code that have an average market time of 34 days – they are starting to stack up! This is my logical reasoning to predict a price that will work. I’d like to help you too – my phone is 858-997-3801.
To demonstrate the quirkiness in the marketplace, there was also a guy who came by the open house said, “I’d buy this house if it weren’t for the power lines”:
They are at least a 1/4 mile away and beyond the houses in this photo. To me, they blend into the landscape, but if any power lines are a deal-killer or you’re just looking for any reason NOT to buy, then…..
Now that buyers are being more cautious, we’ve seen how important it is now for sellers to spruce up their home and list for an attractive price. A third component is to not think that there are two in the bush that are going to offer hundreds of thousands over the list price – it’s already been priced in.
We received an offer on our new listing on Friday, and went ahead with open house to give any motivated buyers a chance to check it out. If you’re motivated (i.e., willing to pay at least full price), you’ll come to the first open house.
Here’s what happened:
When your ship comes in, don’t be at the train station!
Thank you Natalie for correcting me on yesterday’s blog post – the second half of 2022 is well under way! Sales won’t drop to zero over the next five months because people need to buy and sell, and hopefully all will be more diligent about the process and who they hire.
Here’s the story/ad-copy about our listing on Park Dale in Encinitas:
There haven’t been many Village Park condos on the market this year, so when our clients thought about selling theirs, they talked to a few agents to get quotes. One was $675,000!
So when they heard Jim say ‘mid-$800,000s’, it piqued their interest – why so much higher? Because we knew that a minor tune-up (cost of $15,000) would elevate the property into the preferred category of Move-In Ready and maximize the number of buyers.
We listed for $849,000, and sold it for $841,000 with a 21-day escrow!
The seller did not know us previously – here’s what he said about the experience:
You performed pure magic in selling our Encinitas condo near list price as we are potentially on the verge of severe economic times. Throughout the selling experience, we have appreciated your professionalism, considerable knowledge and experience in selling real property. It was a smooth and largely stress-free experience. We will certainly refer any friends to you who are considering selling their property.
Are you thinking of moving? We’d love to help you too!
If you were an affluent downsizer looking at those ten choices, which would you select? It also means that the North San Diego County coastal market will probably be dependent upon those buyers coming from more-expensive areas – and that those markets continue to hold up there.
We will find a way to survive the next six months, and by the 2023 Selling Season we should see a healthy increase in supply and demand. The worst thing that will happen is that pricing might be lower, which buyers won’t mind.
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Another good day for rates – from midday Friday, July 29th:
We just sold our listing in Davidson’s Starboard neighborhood of La Costa Oaks!
7535 Circulo Sequoia, Carlsbad
5 br/3.5 ba, 4,0000sf
SP = $2,250,000 – we represented the sellers.
This newer Davidson Plan 2 has over $100,000 in custom upgrades! The smooth-finish mission-style wall texture throughout, ‘rainforest’ marble counters in primary bath, customized white kitchen with stainless & walk-in pantry, hardwood floors, plus a fantastic courtyard that creates a terrific indoor/outdoor lifestyle! Private bedroom/full bath downstairs too! Owned solar, central A/C, and 75-gallon water-heater. This is a trophy property! Hike or bike the 6 miles of local preserve trails nearby and enjoy the pool/clubhouse/fitness center at the Oaks Club!
The last six sales in La Costa Oaks in the last 90 days are: $3,160,000, $2,650,000, $2,625,000, $2,385,000, $2,415,000, and $2,800,000 – we are under ALL of them (see documents). Encinitas schools too! The 33 panel Solar System produces 17,000MWh/year and powers two wall chargers for EVs. Four motorized sunshades were added (very effective), and recently replaced appliances include: Hot Water Heater, Microwave, Dishwasher, Kitchen and Laundry Faucets. Recessed lighting was added to ALL bedrooms, downstairs office, living room, kitchen/dining. Many of the wall switches were upgraded to vacancy sensors (or timers) and/or dimmers. Five-inch baseboards, window casings, and extensive crown molding. The upstairs ceiling fans were upgraded and built-in wall remotes added. All can lights have been switched to LEDs. Built-in surround sound in the Living Room, Family Room, Courtyard and Backyard, with built-in Air-Bus wall Amps that operate and control 3 zones. The 1/2 bath was recently remodeled, the garage floors were ungraded and storage cabinets added – holy cow! An extensive trail system in the 1,400-acre Rancho La Costa Preserve nearby enables hikers and mountain bikers to go for miles! Additionally, you will be a member of the Oaks Club which has activities like Movie Night, Poker Night, and the Annual BBQ!
The original owner of this premier Plan 2 was the CFO of Davidson Communities, and added over $100,000 in custom upgrades you probably won’t find anywhere else. The smooth-finish mission-style wall texture throughout, a custom door and window in the third-car garage that face the courtyard, ‘rainforest’ marble counters in primary bath, plus one of the best easterly views in the tract! The sleek white kitchen is adorned with Blue Pearl granite, stainless appliances, and walk-in pantry. En-suite bedroom downstairs too! Owned solar, central A/C, and 75-gallon water-heater. Between the backyard and courtyard, there is ample private outdoor space, plus you can hike or bike the miles of local preserve trails!
Encinitas schools too – wow! An extensive trail system in the 1,400-acre Rancho La Costa Preserve nearby enables hikers and mountain bikers to go for miles! Additionally, you will be a member of the Oaks Club which has activities like Movie Night, Poker Night, and the Annual BBQ!
The 33 panel Solar System produces 17,000MWh/year and powers two wall chargers for EVs. Four motorized sunshades were added (very effective), and recently replaced appliances include: Hot Water Heater, Microwave, Dishwasher, Kitchen and Laundry Faucets. Recessed lighting was added to ALL bedrooms, downstairs office, living room, kitchen/dining. Many of the wall switches were upgraded to vacancy sensors (or timers) and/or dimmers. Five-inch baseboards, window casings, and extensive crown molding. The upstairs ceiling fans were upgraded and built-in wall remotes added. All can lights have been switched to LEDs. Built-in surround sound in the Living Room, Family Room, Courtyard and Backyard, with built-in Air-Bus wall Amps that operate and control 3 zones. The 1/2 bath was recently remodeled, the garage floors were ungraded and storage cabinets added – holy cow!
Last week, we saw here how the number of July sales has been plummeting, and with three days to go in the month, we are now at 119 NSDCC sales – which means we will end up with around 40% to 50% of last year’s July sales.
We also hear about how inventory is rapidly rising in other areas of the country. How are we doing here?
Here are the recent monthly counts of NSDCC July listings:
2022: 215 so far.
The NSDCC sales really aren’t bad, considering how few new listings are coming to market.
There is a bit of a backlog of sellers hoping to get lucky, but they will likely cancel their listing in the next month or two and try again next year, rather than give it away.
Between now and February, there will probably be months when we don’t reach 100 NSDCC sales, and it will be because there won’t be enough homes available to sell!
Last month I guessed we’ll be 400+ at the end of the year, or about the same as February. If our local Case-Shiller Index drops 0.5% per month for the next seven readings, we’d still be in positive territory for 2022. We haven’t had a negative MoM reading since December, 2018.
San Diego Non-Seasonally-Adjusted CSI changes
Housing data for May 2022 continued strong, as price gains decelerated slightly from very high levels,” says Craig J. Lazzara, Managing Director at S&P DJI. “The National Composite Index rose by 19.7% for the 12 months ended May, down from April’s 20.6% year-over-year gain. We see a similar pattern in the 10-City Composite (up 19.0% in May vs. 19.6% in April) and in the 20-City Composite (+20.5% vs. +21.2%). Despite this deceleration, growth rates are still extremely robust, with all three composites at or above the 98th percentile historically.
Here’s a look at the difference between the average price per square foot of the active and pending listings.
Of those priced under $3,000,000, it shows how the more-expensive superior properties are the ones going into escrow – and the inferior properties aren’t, even when priced less. Apparently, the gap between them isn’t big enough yet!
NSDCC Actives & Pendings Average List Price per SF
NSDCC Active Listings
NSDCC Pending Listings
$1.5M – $2.0M
$2.0M – $3.0M
$3.0M – $4.0M
Click ‘more…’ below to see the trends of the average LP/sf in each price range.