Inventory Watch

Let’s flashback four months to the height of the selling season to check on prices:

Price
May 13 #Actives
Avg LP/sf
#Pendings
Oct 14 #Actives
Avg LP/sf
#Pendings
0-$1M
102
$470/sf
78
82
$478/sf
54
$1M-$1.5M
201
$497/sf
131
171
$546/sf
94
$1.5M-$2M
159
$599/sf
72
177
$608/sf
79
$2.0M+
507
88
517
80

The MLS doesn’t want us to know what’s happening to pricing above $2,000,000, but the average list pricing under $2,000,000 is higher today than it was four months ago.

The price point that everyone thought would have the most trouble this year ($1M-$1.5M) due to the tax reform is actually doing the best.  The average list price has risen 10% in four months!

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Solana Beach Valuation

506 Pacific Ave., Solana Beach

Open House 12-3pm Today!

$2,995,000

Solana Beach suffers the same fate as many well-established high-end areas.

There aren’t many comps to begin with, and it’s ripe for off-market sales.

Three of the last four on the street were off-market sales – were they low?

I’m hanging my hat on the cheapest one, 424 Pacific. The story poles are already up, so the $2,555,000 was really just land value – and that corner is much busier than at the subject property.

But let’s also consider that Solana Beach has been remarkably under-valued for years, and we are just now starting to see what buyers are willing to pay.  It wasn’t long ago that the non-oceanfront homes struggled to get more than $4,000,000.

Now look:

Three recent sales over $6,000,000, with one of them back on the market for nearly $10 million!

My $2,995,000 looks like a deal!

Come on by and check it out today, 12-3pm!

Link to Zillow listing

Tiny Homes Together

Chances are, you have had the thought of moving away and being surrounded with the people you love the most. These best friends are actually doing it.

While your ideal “get away from it all” escape may be an island retreat, or mountain cabin in the middle of a forest, these 8 friends had another idea: build an eco-town made out of tiny homes in good ol’ Texas.

“The cabin designed by architect Matt Garcia cost around $40,000 each and is environmental-friendly. The cabins are designed to be sustainable and make the most of the surroundings. The four couples named their settlement ‘Llano Exit Strategy’ and are looking to retire on the property,”

Even though they already lived close to each other, they didn’t see each other as often as they liked due to their busy schedules. Apart from the cabins, there is also a large communal kitchen and a guest bedroom for when other friends and family come to visit. There’s large, stainless-steel appliances, including a commercial range and clear-glass fridge.

https://mysticalraven.com/adventures/16786/best-friends-build-their-own-tiny-town-so-they-can-retire-and-grow-old-together

Making A Contingent Offer

In today’s market, sellers should consider an offer that is contingent upon the sale of the buyers’ home.

If the seller’s home has been on the market for 30+ days, the showings have probably slowed down – and a contingent offer might be the only hope of getting a sale done this year.

Above is a copy of the form we use – the Form COP.  Paragraphs 1-7 are self-explanatory, and Paragraph 8 is where the fun begins.

Buyers include this form with their purchase offer, so they go first on completing #8.

If you don’t touch it, then once the offer is accepted, Paragraph 8A applies – and the seller can cancel this sale within three days if an acceptable back-up offer is received.

Paragraph 8A isn’t favorable to the buyers, so they should check Paragraph 8B and buy more time.

Once checked, the form gives the buyers a 17-day period where they can’t get cancelled, and you can also fill in the blank to dictate a longer period – OR check the last box and lock out all other offers for the duration. The sellers probably won’t go for that option though.

If buyers request a period longer than 17 days, the sellers will probably counter-offer with a shorter time period – and even the boilerplated 17 days might be too long if the listing agent is compelled to throw their weight around and show everyone who the boss is.

End result?

You can probably get a contingent offer accepted today, but it will include the threat of getting cancelled in the first 10-17 days if a non-contingent offer is received.

Key Point?

Buyers making a contingent offer need to have their house ready to sell!

You don’t want to waste the first few days of your exclusive period on house-cleaning and clutter patrol!  Though it isn’t that likely that the seller will get another offer if they’ve already been languishing on the market, you don’t want to chance it.

Buyers making a contingent offer are smart to have their house ready to hit the open market right away – preferably, on the day of acceptance. Plan ahead!

Decorating Trends

Shag carpet was all the rage in the 1970s. Wallpaper borders and glass bricks were beloved in the 1980s. Along came the blonde wood in the 1990s. And now, these features are some of the first things to go when planning a home remodel.

Wondering which current home design trends are heading to join the others in extinction? We posed that question to real estate agents. Here’s what they think is becoming totally overdone:

Barn doors

They started as an interesting accent, but now barn doors are everywhere, says James McGrath, a licensed real estate broker and the co-founder of New York City real estate brokerage Yoreevo.

“Not only have they become overdone, they never really made any sense,” he says. “They are terrible at blocking sound since they just hang over the doorway.” Plus, barn doors feel mismatched in more modern or contemporary homes, McGrath says.

All gray everything

Gray floors, gray walls, gray kitchen cabinets! Treating gray as a neutral is something that’s starting to feel predictable, says Samira Tapia, a Los Angeles-based Realtor with Compass:  “I specifically have buyers asking me not to send them any all-gray listings.”

All-white kitchens

Remember black stone countertops—the ones that were trendy at the turn of the century but now look dated now? The all-white kitchen could be headed in that direction, too, says New York City agent Steven Gottlieb of Warburg Realty.

“We are seeing earthier colors now, including dark wood paneling on the cabinetry and stone countertops,” he says. He doubts the all-white kitchen will pull down sales, but any trend that has a big moment eventually dates itself.

Read full article here:

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/decorating-trends-to-avoid-2020-36651863

Market Conditions, 2019+

For those who didn’t see this in our newsletter, here are my guesses on market conditions:

  • A little better than usual for the rest of the year due to low mortgage rates.
  • A little worse than usual next year due to political/election distractions.

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