Is Now the Right Time to Put Your House on the Market …or Not?

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Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator of home sales based on contract signings. The report revealed that this May’s numbers weren’t quite as good as the year before:

“With last month’s decline, the index reading is still the third highest in the past year, but declined year-over-year for the first time since August 2014.”

The mainstream media ran headlines highlighting that the index had dropped for the first time in two years. Many read this as an indication that the housing market must be slowing down.

If you were thinking that now may be the perfect time to put your house on the market, these reports may have caused you some concern. We want to alleviate that concern today.

Though it is true that the index dropped in last month’s report, let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Below is a graph of the index since January 2014. We can see that the index has increased every month over the last eighteen months, leading up to this past May.

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Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explained that it wasn’t a slowing of the market that caused the index to slip, but instead a lack of housing inventory:

“Total housing inventory at the end of each month has remarkably decreased year-over-year now for an entire year. There are simply not enough homes coming onto the market to catch up with demand.”

Here is a graph depicting the situation Yun was referencing:

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Bottom Line

Did the latest numbers from the Pending Home Sales Index cause you to question if now is a good time to put your house on the market? If anything, it indicated the exact opposite: that this may be the perfect time to sell!

May’s Market Update

Average Days on Market – SLO County – Single Family Homes
This is trending downward, as buyer demand has remained strong but the inventory of homes one the market remains low. As of May 2016 average days on market was 51 days!

 

 

Average Sale Price – SLO County – Single Family Homes

This continues to trend upward, low interest rates, low inventory, and growing buyer demand continues to push prices upward. As of May 2016 average sales price for single family homes in SLO county has risen to $620,745! Up 13.3% year over year!

 

 

Inventory Months Supply – SLO County – Single Family Homes

This continues to trend downward as people are seeing solid appreciation in values and their equity increasing and many are staying in there homes longer. As of May 2016 there is only 3.5 months of inventory of homes for sale, this is down 28.6% year over year! THIS IS A COMPLETE SELLER’S MARKET RIGHT NOW!

 

 
Months of inventory are often referenced when determining whether it’s a seller’s market or a buyer’s market:

  • If there are 0-4 months of inventory, meaning that all current listings can expect to be sold within 4 months, it is considered a seller’s market because houses are selling very quickly. In a seller’s market, sellers have the advantage because demand for property exceeds supply.
  • If there are 5-8 months of inventory, it is considered a balanced market. Current listings aren’t selling like hotcakes, but they’re not staying on the market too long either.
  • If there are 9 or more months of inventory, it is considered a buyer’s market because houses are selling slowly. In a buyer’s market, buyers have more negotiating power than sellers do because the supply of listings exceeds the current demand for housing.

These timelines are approximate, but it is generally accepted that fewer than 6 months of inventory reflects good conditions for sellers whereas greater than 6 months of inventory represents optimum conditions for buyers.

My team and I are here to help you get from where you are to where you want to go. If you are thinking about buying or selling in this market give me call, text, or shoot me an email and I’ll walk you through the process and get you on the right path to a successful sale for your home and get you into your next home. We’ll do all the hard work so you don’t have to.

Experienced, innovative, & exceptional service here when you need it most.

 
 
Want to know more about what’s happening in your specific area and how it affects the value of your home? Click here or below!

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April’s Market Update

Here’s your San Luis Obispo city house price market update. This graph shows median sales price  for single family homes in San Luis Obispo. You can see that trend line steadily climbing since February, and going even higher in April, and likely May.


Below is San Luis Obispo County House Price Trend Line


 

Every city here on the Central Coast, every neighborhood, and every home is unique in relation to every other. How to properly assess and calculate the current value vs market value is a detailed and complex process when it comes home property valuations. Do you want to know more about what’s happening in your specific area and how it affects the value of your home? CLICK HERE OR BELOW!

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Thinking about selling? Now may be the best time!

 

The Ultimate San Luis Obispo Seller’s Checklist

Here’s pretty much everything that you need to consider and be mindful of before we put your San Luis Obispo home on the market. If you want top dollar for your property it’s crucial that we present your property in the best possible light and in the best possible condition. If you need help with referrals for contractors or any other local central coast service people let me know and I can help you with that as well.

Remember we can only make one first impression with buyers, why not make the best most attractive first impression possible?

If you are ready to get started let me know and I can guide you through this entire process, my team and I are here to help and get you to where you and family want to go.

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6 San Luis Obispo County High Schools Receive Top Rankings

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Six San Luis Obispo County public high schools received silver medals in U.S. News and World Report’s annual assessment released Wednesday.

The magazine evaluated data on more than 21,000 schools, weighing their performance on state assessments, how well they serve disadvantaged students, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.

From that total, it identified 6,218 schools as gold, silver or bronze medal winners, ranking them according to a College Readiness Index based on students’ rate of participation and success at passing Advanced Placement tests. The top 500 ranked schools nationwide received gold medals. The next 2,173 received silver medals. And an additional 3,545 earned bronze medals. California has 683 ranked high schools.

Arroyo Grande High School placed the highest locally, ranking No. 170 in California and No. 1,032 nationwide.

It was followed by San Luis Obispo High School (No. 221 and No. 1,262, respectively), Templeton High School (No. 279 and No. 1,555), Coast Union High School (No. 430 and No. 2,278), Paso Robles High School (No. 449 and No. 2,345) and Morro Bay High School(No. 475 and No. 2,492).

Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo earned a bronze medal but wasn’t ranked.

Atascadero and Nipomo high schools were unranked locally.

The report named the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, as the best in the country. Whitney High School in Cerritos was named the No. 1 high school in California.

For more information on the school rankings and to see detailed breakdowns on local high schools, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

San Luis Obispo Home Prices Are Up…But There is a Challenge

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Home values continue to climb and are projected to increase by about 5% over the next twelve months here in San Luis Obispo. That is good news for anyone who owns a home. However, it could present a challenge for a family trying to sell their house.

If prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that closed recently) to defend the sales price when performing the appraisal for the bank.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released information revealing just how prominent the challenge is in today’s market.

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And the challenge is deepening…
Every month, Quicken Loans measures the disparity between what a homeowner believes their house is worth as compared to an appraiser’s evaluation in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). Here is a chart showing that difference for each of the last 12 months.

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As we can see the difference has increased each of the last two months.

Bottom Line

Every house on the market has to be sold twice; once to a prospective buyer and then to the bank (through the bank’s appraisal). With escalating prices, the second sale might be more difficult than the first. If you are planning on putting your San Luis Obispo home on the market this year, I am here to guide you through this process, and effectively deal with any other obstacles that may arise. That’s what I am here for!

Have you been thinking of Selling? The Market Needs Your Listing!

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The Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties real estate markets are really heating up and buyer demand is dramatically increasing as we enter the spring season. However, one challenge to the current market is the major shortage of inventory. Below are a few comments made in the last month by industry experts.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of NAR

“Looking ahead, the key for sustained momentum and more sales than last spring is a continuous stream of new listings quickly replacing what’s being scooped up by a growing pool of buyers. Without adequate supply, sales will likely plateau.”

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist of Realtor.com

“Low inventories and tight credit will limit the gains we will see in 2016. However, given the level of pent-up demand evident in web activity and stated buyer intentions for 2016, we should see this spring materialize as the busiest season of sales since 2006.”

Rick Sharga, Ten-X’s EVP

“Inventory is too low to support much higher sales. There’s virtually no inventory available at the entry level, and single family housing starts and permits continue to languish at levels far below where they should be at this point of the recovery.”

David Crowe, Chief Economist of the National Assoc. of Home Builders

“Many sellers may not have an absolute decision as to whether to buy an existing home or a new home. So the low inventory of existing homes is locking them in place.”

Freddie Mac

“Challenges remain, with low housing supply and declining affordability being a key concern in many markets.”

 

If you have have been thinking of selling your central coast home my team I would love the opportunity to earn not only your trust and business but your friendship as well. We are committed to serving you and this community.

We look forward to hearing from you!

BUYING A HOME IS 36% CHEAPER THAN RENTING NATIONWIDE

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In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States.

The updated numbers actually show that the range is an average of 5% less expensive in Orange County (CA) all the way up to 46% in Houston (TX), and 36% Nationwide! 

Other interesting findings in the report include:

  • Interest rates have remained low and even though home prices have appreciated around the country, they haven’t greatly outpaced rental appreciation.
  • Some markets may tip in favor of renting if home prices increase at a greater rate than rents and if – as most economists expect – mortgage rates rise, due to the strengthening economy.
  • Nationally, rates would have to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying – and rates haven’t been that high since 1989. 

Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many San Luis Obispo renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, my team and I are here to help when you’re ready. It’s not as daunting as you might think, trust me, it will be fun!

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HOW’S THE MARKET? SAN LUIS OBISPO MARCH MARKET UPDATE

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How’s the market? How many times have you asked a Realtor that question? Probably more times than you can remember, right?

As a local San Luis Obispo Realtor I get asked that question more than 50 times a week. What most people don’t realize is how broad that question is and that we, Realtors, can’t properly give you the educated answer unless you tell us more about what you mean by that. Do you mean the California state market, the regional Central Coast market, the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara county markets, the Pismo Beach market, or how’s the market for your specific property that you are looking to sell?

So next time you get to that place where you’re about to drop my favorite line, think to yourself what is it that you really want to know, so that I can give you what it is you really want to know. My goal is always to help you be informed, educated, and confident in your decision to buy, sell, or hold onto your current home or investment property.

If you are still curious about how the market is, here are some stats from March 2016 here in the city of San Luis Obispo for Single Family Homes.


 

Median Days on Market | 31 days | Down from Feb. 2016

Ave. Days on Market | 54 days | Down from Feb. 2016

Ave. Sales Price | $826,938 | Up from Feb. 2016

Median Sales Price | $707,750 | Up from Feb. 2106

Inventory | 40 New Listings | Up from Feb. 2016


 

THE WRAP UP

Homes sold faster and at higher prices despite there being more inventory for sale last month here in the city San Luis Obispo. All signs are pointing to a seller’s market and a highly competitive environment for buyers.

Interest rates remain at historical lows (under 4%) so if this is the right time for you and your family to look at buying a home make sure you are prepared by having your loan qualification and closing funds in place and ready to go.

For a free no obligation consultation you can call/text me at 805.776.3313 or email me at RenierADresser@me.com

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If You Are Thinking of Selling, Now Is The Time

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If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale here in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market here on the Central Coast.

Jonathan Smoke, the Chief Economist of realtor.com, in a recent article revealed that:

“Would-be buyers face a dilemma: There will be more homes on the market over each week of the next three to four months, but there will also be even more prospective buyers. We are entering the busiest season of home buying with the lowest amount of inventory in three years. To be competitive, buyers should get pre-approved for a mortgage and be ready to act quickly if they find a home that meets their needs.”

Smoke goes on to say:

“Listings are growing as they normally do this time of the year, but because demand has been growing faster than supply, homes are selling faster. So the monthly trend is the normal seasonal pattern, but the year-over-year decline is reflective of demand being stronger than supply for more than a year, which is resulting in fewer homes available and faster-moving inventory.”

In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

Bottom Line

As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas. If you are ready to move forward with selling your home let us know and we can set up a time to get you moving in the right direction.