September 2018: San Diego Real Estate Update

Mind the Gap [in Affordability!]

We’ve been watching all market factors very closely – with all factors in consideration, we determine there to be a plateau in our market today.  Watch quick video here:

The main reason is e assess that is really the affordability aspect, in particular the national income level. Over the last year, household income only rose about 2.8% annually. Now we this we’ve had rising housing prices, interest rates up AND building costs increase.. these rising costs on a national level have far outpaced our income averages. What does this mean?

Well this is what many refer to as the ‘gap’ in affordability. Now here we have hit that ceiling on national average levels of affordability. 

 

Here’s the stats we are looking at:

Buyer Advice:

Finally, there are options!! Actually a great time to be a buyer.  Remember last year, there was so much competition you LITERALLY had no options.. look at the market today, you appreciate how much more opportunity awaits for buyers today!

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Seller Advice:

For sellers, what it comes down to is pricing to the current market, preparing the property and marketing properly in order to be that ‘next-to-sell’ home. There are still homes selling fast & for record breaking prices – does your home have what it takes?

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    2018: Happy, Healthy… Homeowners!

     

    As we’re reaching those final dog days of summer here, while the weather reports heat waves and perfect beach days..our housing market has actually shifted into cooldown already. The rumors are true, folks – the shift has happened! Remember, this is a GOOD thing.  For all those crying, “housing bubble!” we see you.. That was soooo 2007, stop it. We have actually entered into a “healthy” market – economists agree, our market conditions have set the stage for stability moving forward.

    What we’re seeing in our market now is about a 2.2 month supply of homes, this is extremely low compared to the rest of the US; however, we expect for that number to increase to around 3 to 3.5 months here soon. This will allow buyers to take their time and not be forced into jumping into the first property that comes on the market… Finally, right?? If you’re interested in becoming a homeowner and making the American Dream your own, now might be your time to pull the trigger and find your dream home!

    Here’s what we’re seeing now:

    Closed Sales decreased 9.5%. Pending Sales decreased 1.9%. Inventory increased 9.4%. The Median Price was up 6.8% to $657,000 for Detached properties and 6.7% to $432,000 for Attached properties. Days on Market increased 8%.

     

    All-in-all, we are looking at a promising future on the horizon for our local housing market. Consumer spending on home goods and renovations are up, and more people are entering the workforce. Employed people spending money is good for the housing market. Meanwhile, GDP growth was 4.1% in the second quarter, the strongest showing since 2014. Housing starts are down, but that is more reflective of low supply than anything else. With a growing economy, solid lending practices and the potential for improved inventory from new listing and building activity, market balance is more likely than a bubble.

     

    Buyers Advice: 

    Buyers, you are now able to be a little more picky than buyers last year.. so you can be more patient, take your time for the right home to come along and really find that “dream home” you’ve been waiting for. Now, we’re not talking major price cuts here… as we said, it’s a healthy market not a housing crash – San Diego Is one of the most desirable places to live in America, so keep your expectations reasonable. Now’s the time to figure out what you really want and hire that Realtor who will work with you, pound the pavement and find that dream home! 

    Sellers Advice: ​​​​​​​

    The best advice I can you right now is this: make sure you will be, what I call the ‘Next-to-Sell-Home”. What I mean by that is that you have to win on all fronts when compared to your competition. Your home either has to be in the same or better condition than the rest, at either the same or better price. Certain factors help set up sellers for success, we’d be happy to walk you through the process.

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      The Secret’s in the Sale

      We certainly have some interesting times seen in our local markets here in San Diego County. What we’re seeing is an odd disconnect between what’s recorded in our monthly housing stat report and what we real estate professionals are seeing on the ground, working day-to-day in our local market. We dove deep into this month’s market report to find the secret to this mystery – here’s what we found…

      First statistic I’d like to bring attention to is our closed sales this month is DOWN 15% compared to last year .. that’s a significant drop! Now, sales are down.. and the number of homes for sale is actually UP! So we have less homes closed, but more inventory. Now usually this results in prices going down.. however, instead we actually have a 6.3% increase in value (home prices) in closed sales from this month.

      Scratching your head over that one? Yup, we did too.. but we dove deep and here’s what we found:

      We see that yes, we have more inventory, however we’re seeing more homes coming on market that aren’t showing well and are overpriced .. So what we have are these homeowners who see the housing market doing great, so they say, “hey, market’s great – let’s go ahead and list our property.. let’s sell our home”.. But they’re not taking the proper steps to sell their homes for the best results – their homes aren’t being prepped for market properly. These listings aren’t showing well. Some homes aren’t priced at fair market value either – they’re overpriced, they’re not showing well… so naturally, we’re seeing this population of listings sit longer on market.

      Then in contrast, we’re seeing the sellers ( “smart sellers” ) who are taking into account the condition of their property, making it look good …they’re hiring professional realtors to help prep their homes properly for market, having them come in and help prep, PRICE and market their home properly. Sure enough, these sellers are having more success with their homes on market than these other poorly prepped, overpriced homes – more closings & quicker sales with these “smart seller” listings. So despite more inventory, not all listings are equal.. however those “smartly” listed are selling with more success & faster, resulting in our increase in home prices seen still in San Diego county.

      Here’s the stats from this month:

      Buyers Advice: 

      So on the BUY side, BE CAREFUL. Make sure you do your proper research!
      Even if there’s no comps in the neighborhood, make sure you have your realtor to run comps for those homes you’re interested in. You want to make sure these homes are actually priced at fair market value, and seeing as several homes on market today are overpriced, make sure your realtor helps determine if in fact you are getting a fair price when you buy your new home.

      Contact us today!

      Sellers Advice: ​​​​​​​

      On the SELL side, take the time to meet with your realtor – make sure your listing agent really works to sell your home properly. Have them really guide you through this process – have them tell you what you need to do for staging, painting, PRICE..and then the proper marketing plan for your home sale. Note: we ARE still seeing a high demand for these types homes on market – sellers: if you prepare your home for market, you WILL be able to sell with great success! Maybe sell for more than your neighbor did, or get a great listing agent and you could even max out what your neighborhood can sell for.. the secret’s in the sale!

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        What Just Happened to our Market??!

        The market just got hot again.. WHAT??? Now, the market getting hot is by no means out of norm for us here in San Diego.. however HOW it happened certainly is odd!

        We saw a relatively slow market start to emerge over the last couple months (slow by our standards, that is), but then lo and behold, summer is here and we are coming into a HOT summer selling season! Historically, this time of year does tend to see an activity increase across the country, but we’re talking about the slight cool down that happened for just a blink of an eye here. 

        I believe the reason this happened is not just due to it being summer time, kids are out of school and people are getting freed to make a move.. but also I believe this to be in part due to the steady rising interest rates. On June 13th, the Fed raised rates 0.25%; this increase is primarily impacting those currently holding or purchasing with short term loans (such as ARM’s or Interest Only loans). I think this rate increase has been a push for buyers to hop off that fence and buy now versus waiting while the Fed delivers on their promise with raising interest rates close to 6% in our near future.

        Here are the numbers we are seeing for this month…

        Buyers Advice: 

        As you already read in the article above, NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY! You know what type of market we’re in, what factors are on a clock.. so if you do want to purchase a new home in San Diego, any Realtor or Mortgage lender can express the same degree of importance to low interest rates. My advice to you is this – make this a real conversation for yourselves. If you are comfortable with the payment and can see yourself in that house for 5 years.. BUY NOW! Want to talk to a great mortgage lender about getting pre-approved? 

        Contact us today!

        Sellers Advice: ​​​​​​​

        Don’t fall victim to thinking this market is SO hot you don’t need to prepare your home properly – I am seeing far too many homes hit the market that have not been staged, are unclean and have low quality pictures and marketing. Trust me, this will result in a huge chunk taken out from your net proceeds.. don’t start your selling process at such a costly disadvantage. Let us guide you through this process and insure that you WILL get top dollar for your home!

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            [May 2018] San Diego Real Estate Update

             

            WATCH OUT! Mortgage Rates on the Rise Again!


            They said this day would come.. Well folks, I’m here today to report that sure enough the F.E.D. has just delivered another promised increase to our mortgage rates. Be aware that rates are scheduled to increase several increases are set to occur several more times over the year… 

            As we turn the page and head into the more palatable days of summer, we can expect our local housing market to pick up speed and all signs suggest our housing prices will continue this steady climb into the foreseeable future. With mortgage rates on the rise – buyers will soon realize the real threat time now plays against housing affordability. 

            As for the recent rise in mortgage rates – buyers will realize these climbing rates are not just distant  threats on the horizon, but rather a costly condition of today’s housing market. Especially for first-time buyers and those looking in the lower-tier homes, these steady rising rates should be cause to push buyers out there and purchase their home during these next few summer months before its too late.

            Many sellers and builders are in a good position for financial gains, as the economy continues to favor sales of existing homes and constructing new homes for sale. As we predicted just last month, the market has officially shifted on a national level – after more than two years of waiting, we are finally seeing some upward movement in new listings hitting the market here. Remember, we’re talking slight shifts here – we still maintain a sellers’ market with inventory levels still well below the line of demand, so buyer competition and price increases are still active conditions in our present housing market and likely will continue for the next several months.

            Here’s the numbers to back that up…

            Buyers Advice:

            Ok, now we don’t want to scare you – but as our mission is to serve your best interests first as your real estate advisors. In that effort, we speak candidly here and want to alert our local home buyers to these condition changes within our San Diego housing market. 
             
            So that being said, here’s our message to all buyers out there: GET OFF THE FENCE!!! Rising mortgage rates are like logs on the fire. Alongside all other factors now in play – trust me, time is the enemy here. Home prices are going to continue to climb, now steadily alongside mortgage rates as well for the foreseeable future – that means as time goes on, buyers will edge closer and closer to their affordability line. Remember, buying versus renting in San Diego is still the better move for most, but NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!!!! Want to discuss what next move is best for you?
             
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            Sellers Advice:

            The competition has arrived… inventory numbers are gradually edging back up and those white hot days of selling your home for $10K+ over asking in just 1 day on market are officially over. However, you should rest assured that our housing market can absorb the impact of these rising mortgage rates for some time here – meaning that your home price will not be negatively impacted by this buying factor at this time. Now that’s not going to be the case indefinitely… time is a factor working against sellers here as well. Eventually home prices will start to feel the market affects of these climbing mortgage rates, especially for lower-tier homes. That being said, your best results will be achieved selling your home sooner rather than later here… right now you can still expect your home will sell fast and for top dollar, so long as you plan properly. Your home can be your best financial asset – don’t leave money on the table.. Take the proper steps to get top dollar for your home today!

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              April 2018  –  San Diego Real Estate Update 

              Can it be true?? Ladies and Gentlemen, no fools’ jokes went into the making of this statement… let it be known: there is finally a significant shift in our San Diego Housing Market! We are just seeing significant evidence of a lasting change to our local market. Basically, what had been several long discouraging months with severe inventory droughts in a scalding HOT sellers’ market has simmered down to what I would say to be a more stable market.  So small shift statistically, but what a significant impact on the market!  

              Now, this news may be a shocking surprise to you – but don’t be jumping to any sky-is-falling conclusions about this now.. we are seeing only slight shifts here, nothing to indicate we are at any risk of a market collapse, I assure you! What we are seeing is a slight, and long overdue increase in our market inventory finally, though oddly enough also saw slight dip in buyer demand over last few weeks. This may seem odd, but considering all the many other factors in play here like tax season/reforms, stock market, school season, newly increased interest rates, economic stability concerns, or just some awful cocktail of them all gives just cause for buyer numbers to take slight dip momentarily here, as shown below.

              However we can expect buyer demand recover soon as this recent market shift becomes more evident  – this surge of new inventory brings long-overdue relief onto our buyer market.  More inventory means buyers will finally have more options when out looking for their new dream home (and slight decline in present buyer activity is GREAT news for active buyers now! – More options, less competition, better deals!) For sellers, this shift will mean the end of price gauging and return to more strategic home sale practices.

              Now you might be asking yourself, “Why is this not a sign of a correction, or market crash???” Well, when the market crashed in 2007 people were stuck with these adjustable rate mortgages which when adjusted, sent their payment through the roof, we don’t have that anymore. Rental rates were extremely low in 2007 so it was cheaper to go rent than to own, we don’t have that anymore. Our population has grown yet we have only managed to build around 22% of the housing that is needed to support those new members of our community. Therefore these signs all point to high demand for housing here.

              All in all, the market is going to remain very strong for the foreseeable future, however expect to see more inventory and more options for home buyers.

              Here are some stats to back that up:  

               

              Closed Sales are down 15.9%,. Pending Sales are down 3.1%. The Median Sales Price was up 10.4% to $635k for Detached homes and 5.7% to $412k for Attached homes.
               
              Buyers Advice: 
               
              Alright, it’s time to get off that fence and buy now before interest rates go up even more – the Fed has come out and said they plan to do 2 more increases to interest rates within this year. You will definitely want to get into your new home before that happens! Also, we are finally seeing more homes hit the market, this means you can give yourself more time to be picky and make sure the home has everything you’re looking for! 
              See all the new inventory for yourself (Click Here)
               
               
              Sellers Advice: ​​​​​​​
               
              With competition to sale higher than we have seen in last few years, you will really want to make sure your home stands out from all the rest! To do this best, you will need to make sure the home is suitably decluttered and arranged so it can be shown well, make sure the property photos are amazing & flawless, always review all marketing to make sure it is advertised correctly, and of course, make sure it’s priced right! If this sounds like a lot to do, you’re not alone & that’s why our  team created this specialty selling system that provides sellers with full service, start to finish so we when you list with us, we’ll do the rest, cut out the stress & always deliver the best! 
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                  Spring is Here! San Diego is Blooming… 

                  And the Housing Market is BOOMING!!!

                  It’s finally Spring in San Diego! I don’t know about you, but this change has me saying “Hallelujah!” …With our days already longer, beach weather just around the corner & seeing all these beautiful flower fields here coming into full bloom… what’s not to love??

                  Unfortunately that question isn’t a rhetorical one to local real estate professionals here…

                  While living in San Diego has its many obvious perks, our housing market is still a bit of a problem patch… and concerns are mounting as we see this problem starting to grow like a weed…

                  The general consensus is set to the same broken record you’ve been hearing here month after month… low inventory, fewer home sales and home prices still in a steady climb… Nothing new there. Now as we turn the corner on winter and spring into warmer months here in San Diego, it’s easy to see why everyone wants to live here… unfortunately the housing demand for our area is higher than the national average, so you can follow the dominoes to see how the growing gap between buyers and homes available brings us into more competitive buying conditions with more aggressive bidding, and thus higher sales being recorded in recent closed sales. We are still seeing this correlated market change continue across all of San Diego county.

                  It’s no secret that in any sellers’ market, home buyers get the short end of the stick.. and with mortgage rates now starting to rise as well, now more than ever this ‘hot’ sellers market seems to be really stoking the fire under buyers to hurry and buy now.. before it’s too late!

                  According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the average rate for a 30-year fixed with 20% down payment is up to 4.5-4.6% (highest since 2014). While this isn’t any cause for worry to all those experienced and savvy in real estate, this rise brings quite a significant hurdle in terms of affordability for many potential first-time home buyers. With both factors now in play as we round the corner into spring and our “home buying season”, we believe we will soon see a more stable market here soon.

                  Basically, this ‘hot’ sellers’ market that has been stoking the fire under home buyers will likely cool to a simmer here soon. 

                  Here’s the stats we are seeing from last month:
                  Buyers Advice: 
                   
                  While the stats may sound a bit discouraging for buyers, especially first-time buyers looking now… Remember: “We Got This”! It’s a competitive market for buyers now, yes..but it’s just like anything else. If you learn the game, practice and play to win, then when game day rolls around, you’re sure to bring your A-game! (..and if you also have an All-Star team ready to bat for you, who wouldn’t bet on you to win??
                   
                  But in all seriousness, we are about to roll into spring “home-buying” market here and already starting to see an uptick in homes for sale (meaning more opportunities & more options for you to buy)! So whether you’re just out of practice or a first-timer new to the game, it’s pre-season and you need to get ready! Get back in the game now – find yourself a Realtor who will work for your best interests – start there now. Let them be your coach and help you get in the game now… with many more options coming to market here soon, be ready to bring your A-game!  Contact the All-Star team here
                   

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                  Sellers Advice: 
                   
                  Yes, a lot of homes are selling fast, however we are still seeing poorly prepped homes sit on the market with horrible marketing efforts usually causing them to sell for much less than they should have. We see so many sellers drawn to these discount brokers or flat-fee services [*cough* Redfin *cough*]… unfortunately with discount fees comes cut-corners, confusing unpersonalized service and all the hassles of sitting on the market for much longer periods of time.. that means constantly maintaining a ‘show ready’ home, having to leave at a moments notice for constant showings… and if the home finally does sell, you have rookie agents you’ve never met doing the negotiating on your behalf…in a nutshell, homes are selling for much less than should with discount selling services.
                   
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