We are now seeing record high selling prices for homes in many markets of California and the nation.
The sky high home values that seemed unbelievable back in 2007 have now been eclipsed in many of the larger markets of the state. The markets in the Bay Area now boast the highest values and record fast sell times.
- Employment is strong throughout the state. In all coastal counties, the unemployment rate is now at the full employment level, meaning that job opportunities are relatively abundant and wages are rising.
- The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.83% this week — significantly below the 5% to 6% range during the 2005 to 2007 “bubble” years.
- In fear of facing higher interest rates because of overt statements by the Federal Reserve to push rates higher in a measured fashion, demand for mortgages has increased.
- Because consumer confidence in March was at its highest level since 2000, people in general are feeling very confident about their employment prospects, their future income prospects, and the stability of the economy right now.
- The financial market composite indices are at or near all time record highs. Households owning financial assets are feeling more wealthy today than during the previous 10 years.
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In real estate markets near and far, growth is abundant and it looks like it will continue that way for at least a bit!
According to National Mortgage Professional Magazine, “… Sky-high potential price gains may be finally prompting more homeowners to sell.” This is fantastic news for sellers and buyers alike. Movement increases inventory. Inventory increases a buyers choices. We all like choices! The unique and distinctive properties available on the market right now are not to be missed!
“Hermosa Beach will temporarily permit residents of commercial areas to rent out their homes to vacationers on sites like Airbnb.com — even as it fights a court challenge to its outright ban on them in most neighborhoods.”
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Happy New Year!
I wanted to share with you the latest information of the South Bay new home sales from 2016. Also, see what 2017-2018 holds for new home pipeline.
Happy New Year!
CoreLogic reported in late December that home buying saw the fastest November in more than four years even though the month’s sales totaled 7.5% below 1988 month average. The surge in sales increased what buyers paid. Our relatively robust local job market created more job opportunities along with pay hikes nationwide. Fewer absentee buyers were reported. Mortgage financing was not used in 21% of the deals.
For full report, click HERE!
After falling to the lowest level in 50 years, the U.S. homeownership rate bounced up slightly in the third quarter of this year. Corelogic reports that the amount of equity homeowners now have has doubled in the last five years sales.
For the full article & market report, click HERE!
“Existing-home sales rebounded strongly in September and were propelled by sales from first-time buyers reaching a 34 percent share, which is a high not seen in over four years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw an increase in closings last month, and distressed sales fell to a new low of 4 percent of the market.”
Click HERE for complete article, plus inside market info!
Exciting news at South Bay Brokers! I am proud to be part of such a great local firm, South Bay Brokers, for the last 13+ years. With a stellar reputation going back 30 years, South Bay Brokers is the gold standard of the local real estate community. The local strength and esteem of South Bay Brokers has now combined with the globally respected brand of Sotheby’s International Realty.
The new company will function under the name Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, combining the traditional “sunset over the ocean” logo of South Bay Brokers into the new logo. We will now operate within six offices with nearly 200 affiliated agents.
The world of real estate is changing, and our local real estate market is world renowned! This combined “Local Touch and Global Reach” is a perfect fit.
This opportunity will open new doors, and allow access to multiple tools and networks. I am very excited to share all the benefits of the new company with my current and new clients. These resources are great assets that will continue to allow me to provide my clients with the ultimate service in the changing world of real estate.
(Please note my new email: email@example.com; My South Bay Brokers email will still receive and forward, but please make the change in your contacts. All other information is the same, including cell and office address.)