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Buying or Selling a Home in 2015? This is What You Need to Know!

We’ve had a boom, a bust, and finally a bounce. Housing is getting back to normal.

san diego housing market outlook for 2015Even though our economy is growing and mortgage rates will remain low—the 30-year fixed isn’t likely to pass 5%. As of this writing, rates are even below 4% again! Household income hasn’t changed in the last few years, while home prices are already about 20% higher on average (even more in San Diego). Lenders remain very cautious and are screening potential borrowers thoroughly before loaning out any money. 

Here’s what to do if you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in 2015.

Sellers-no more bidding wars. Yes, you still have leverage, but less than you did. In the summer of 2013, homes were selling at a premium to original list; this fall, the market cooled dramatically. The takeaway: You have to price your house right.  On the bright side, short sales and foreclosures have worked their way out of the market, so home sellers don’t have to compete with that.

Buyers-save in interest. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate is not expected to hit 5% until later in the year (then again, economists said that about this year too!), so the sooner the better to get the lowest rates. Of course, 15-year loans get be had for even a lower rate. With rates this low, it’s hard to think renting is a great option. Millennials continue to make up more than half of first-time home buyers. New home construction is also expected to increase 16% above 2014, giving buyers additional options.

Owners-renovate. Especially if you have a low-rate mortgage. Many times, it can be a lot cheaper to remodel than to move. If you need some cash, rates on home-equity loans and lines of credit are still low. Loans on HELOCs are a few points higher than a standard first mortgage.

 

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San Diego Housing Market Update – September 2014 Sales

Below is my monthly analysis of the San Diego housing market. It will show many different metrics to help us get an accurate “feel” for what the local market is like!

Activity Snapshot:

One-year change in closed sales

One-year change in median sales price

One year change in homes for sale

-7.5%

6.3%

-5.4%

Inventory levels (the number of homes on the market “actively” for sale) continues to stay strong. This San Diego housing market update showssan diego housing market update there are currently 8168 active listings in San Diego county, down slightly from 8350 last month.

According to Bankrate.com, interest rates continue to trend lower compared to previous months. They are currently at 4.08% for a 30-year fixed loan. This is well below the historical average of 6% or so, which is great for home buyers. To calculate your potential mortgage payment or see what you can afford, go HERE.

Finally, as you will see on the chart below, prices are starting to take on a more normal pattern. There are much more modest changes than the previous year, with a 6.3% increase in median prices, compared to over 20% a few months earlier. However, these higher prices are now resulting in a slow-down of the number of homes sold over a year ago.

The San Diego Association of Realtors analyses housing market date for San Diego county every month. Below is their monthly report. The figures combine both condos and townhomes, as well as single-family homes.

Housing stats san diego september 2014

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Buying A Home In One Market While Selling In Another

If you end up being transferred for work or making a major move for personal reasons, you could end up selling in one market and buying in another. The ideal scenario would be to sell in a sellers market like the San Francisco Bay area or Seattle, and buy in a buyers’ market, such as Providence, RI. The worst-case scenario, of course,  is to do the opposite.

Here are some tips for buyers and sellers in any market:

Know before you go

Today, real estate markets can vary by state, town, city and even block by block. But most people don’t realize this. So it’s important to start by researching the market of the cities and neighborhoods that interests you. Read local news and blogs. Watch the number of days a home is on the market before it sells. Note the sale price to list price ratio in the town where you’re looking to buy. This research can save you a lot of time and headaches. You don’t want to rely entirely on your real estate agent to tell you about that market. Get informed and make your own conclusions as well.

Selling in a buyers’ buying a home in a buyers marketmarket

Selling your home in a buyers’ market can be a tough road. This market could be slow due to a high level of inventory, low buyer demand, or simply slow economic times. If you need to sell in a buyers’ market, it will take extra effort. Make sure your home is priced competitively. You may not be able to wait for months to test the market. Homes will sell, no matter the market, when priced correctly.

Spend time removing junk and prepping your home for the market. You’ll have to pack up when you move, so it makes sense to start packing and organizing before listing your home. Not only will it save time later, but it will help open up the house, make more space available and help the home show better during open houses and regular showings. Consider any suggestions your agent makes for slight cosmetic fixes, staging, and minor repairs.

Buying in a buyers’ market

Who doesn’t love being a buyer in a buyers’ market? You have lots to choose from and motivated, if not desperate sellers. Take your time to see as many homes as possible. Focus on the most motivated sellers, as this is where you may find the best deals. With handful of homes meet your needs, ask questions such as: Why is the seller selling? What is their time frame for moving? How long have they lived in the home? You can ask these questions through your agent. The more questions you ask, the more information you will uncover.

Selling in a sellers’ market

Along the West Coast, sellers are overwhelmed with buyers at open houses and private showings. Demand is high, and properties sell quickly. But you still have to work a bit at selling.If you fail to clean the home and make it look it’s best, you could very well leave money on the table for the buyer who is desperate for a great deal.

If you are lucky enough to receive multiple offers, focus on the best buyer and the besselling a homet terms, and not so much on the bottom line. You want the most qualified buyer who is going to close on time. The last thing you want is to have to go back on the market again. When this happens, everyone will wonder what’s wrong with your home.

If you aren’t sure who is the best buyer, ask your agent. The best buyer is the one who has seen the home multiple times, is pre-approved with a lender, has been in the market and has even lost out on recent home purchase to another buyer. This buyer is working with a local agent and committed to buying. Your agent should know who they are.

Buying in a sellers’ market

Buyers in a sellers’ market will likely find themselves frustrated over the lack of homes for sale. The one’s that are for sale sell very fast. The competition is intense, and they need to invest a good chunk of their time on buying a home.

For serious buyers, finding a home becomes a part-time job. Work closely with a good local agent and mortgage pro. When a home hits the market, don’t wait. Don’t wait for the open house, because more aggressive buyers might get in and get it before you do.

When competing with other buyers, try to do as much due diligence as possible before making an offer. An offer with few or no contingencies is what sellers love. They want to be sure the deal will close for the most money, and as quickly as possible. Give sellers what they want and you will likely win the war!

 

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San Diego Housing Market Update August 2014

The end of summer is here and inventory levels (the number of homes on the market “actively” for sale) continues to climb. This San Diego housing market update shows there are currently 8350 active listings in San Diego county, up slightly from 8295 last month.

Activity Snapshot:

One-year change in closed sales

One-year change in median sales price

One year change in homes for sale

-23.7%

8.3%

-4.8%

How's the market 2According to Bankrate.com, interest rates are currently at 4.20% for a 30-year fixed loan. This is well below the historical average of 6% or so, which is great for home buyers. To calculate your potential mortgage payment, go HERE. Finally, as you will see on the chart below, prices are starting to take on a more normal pattern. There are much more modest changes than the previous year, with a 8.3% increase in median prices, compared to over 20% a few months earlier. However, these higher prices are now resulting in a slow-down of the number of homes sold over a year ago.

The San Diego Association of Realtors analyses housing market date for San Diego county every month. Below is their monthly report. The figures combine both condos and townhomes, as well as single-family homes.

San Diego House Market Stats August 2014

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San Diego Housing Market Update-July 2014

Summer home buying season is here and inventory levels (the number of homes on the market “actively” for sale) continues to climb. This housing market update shows there are currently 8295 active listings in San Diego county, up from 8062 last month and 7200 in May. This is the most the San Diego market has had in quite a long time.

Activity Snapshot:

One-year change in closed sales

One-year change in median sales price

One year change in homes for sale

-23.4%

7.5%

-0.4%

How's the market 2According to Bankrate.com, interest rates are currently at 4.25% for a 30-year fixed loan. This is well below the historical average of 6% or so, which is great for home buyers. To calculate your potential mortgage payment, go HERE. Finally, as you will see on the chart below, prices are starting to take on a more normal pattern. There are much more modest changes than the previous year, with a 7.5% increase in median prices, compared to over 20% a few months earlier. However, even with the higher prices, homes continue to sell a a faster pace than a year ago.

The San Diego Association of Realtors analyses housing market date for San Diego county every month. Below is their monthly report. The figures combine both condos and townhomes, as well as single-family homes.

San Diego Housing Market Update July 2014

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San Diego Housing Market Update-June 2014

Summer home buying season is here and inventory levels (the number of homes on the market “actively” for sale) continues to climb. This housing market update shows there are currently 8062 active listings in San Diego county, drastically up from 7200 last month. This is the most the San Diego market has had in quite a long time.

Activity Snapshot:

One-year change in closed sales

One-year change in median sales price

One year change in homes for sale

-17.3%

10.7%

-1.0%

  How's the market 2 According to Bankrate.com, interest rates are currently at 4.19% for a 30-year fixed loan. This is well below the historical average of 6% or so, which is great for home buyers. To calculate your potential mortgage payment, go HERE. Finally, as you will see on the chart below, prices are starting to take on a more normal pattern. There are much more modest changes than the previous year, with a 10.7% increase in median prices, compared to over 20% a few months earlier. However, even with the higher prices, homes continue to sell a a faster pace than a year ago. The San Diego Association of Realtors analyses housing market date for San Diego county every month. Below is their monthly report. The figures combine both condos and townhomes, as well as single-family homes.

San Diego real estate blog

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619.384.2248
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