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Real Estate prices are rising fast

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Since the start of the Great Recession, property values have been on the decline until the last couple of years.   California has the most cities that are experiencing greater appreciation then other parts of the nation and  San Francisco has the highest median price, $769,000, in the nation.   If you haven’t purchased a home as of now, it is still a good time to buy before the prices get way out of hand and before interest rates prices you out of the market.

 

7metros with rising list prices

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Sticker shock

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San Francisco is doing well.  Prices have been and still going up.  Fueled by low inventory, low interest rates and a high demand, the market prices will continue to rise.  If you think it is hard to buy something today, it will be harder tomorrow.

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Single-Family Homes

Median Sales Price:
 $1,000,000

Active For-Sale Inventory:
 541

Days on Market:
 27

Condominiums

Median Sales Price:
 $850,000

Active For-Sale Inventory:
 740

Days on Market:
 31

Statistics reflect year-over-year figures from April 2012 to April 2013

May 2013

A million dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to in San Francisco

“Don’t you think we should ask for more than a million dollars? A million dollars isn’t exactly a lot of money these days,” Number 2 – Austin Powers International Man of Mystery.

If your clients are looking to buy a home in San Francisco after relocating from elsewhere in the nation, they can be forgiven for making the same mistake Austin Powers did in thinking he could get what he wanted (in his case, world domination) for a mere $1 million. Newcomers to the area are often shocked to find that $1 million might not get them all the amenities in a home that they desire.

April, the kick-off month of peak spring homebuying, found the median price for single-family homes in San Francisco reaching the $1 million mark, an increase of nearly 32 percent over the April 2012 median price. Click here to read SFAR’s press release about prices hitting the $1 million mark.

Add to escalating prices, high demand, tight inventory and stiff competition from investors who can pay all cash and homebuyers may too take a moment’s pause (with pinky finger firmly resting at the corner of one’s mouth). 

Single-Family Home Sales

Compared to April of last year, the inventory of single-family homes for sale in the City fell by 19.6 percent, to a total of 541 properties. The number of homes under contract rose by 11.5 percent, while the number of homes sold dropped by 4.1 percent, to a total of 212 properties.

For homes that were priced below $700,000, the months supply of inventory dropped by 42.6 percent to 1.1 months. For higher-priced homes between $700,000 and $1.2 million, the months supply of inventory also fell, by 20.6 percent to 1.1 months.

Properties being sold within just a few weeks of listing indicates a strong sellers market. Sellers are, in most cases, getting multiple offers due to limited inventory.

One region of the City experiencing a boost of mojo is the Central East section known as District 9 which includes the neighborhoods of Portero Hill, Dog Patch, Inner Mission and Mission Bay. Since 2011, the inventory of homes in this district has shrunk more than 42 percent with just 48 properties for sale in April 2013. At the same time, median prices in the area hit a 2-year high in April 2013.

The Inner Mission neighborhood has become a popular area for young tech professionals, due to its proximity to downtown, availability of mass transit, shuttles to Silicon Valley and an abundance of popular restaurants. The median price for a home here is $1,001,000, up 33 percent from the same time last year.

Condominium Sales

Along with single-family homes, the inventory of condominiums for sale in the city fell by 17.1 percent, to a total of 740 condominiums. The number of condominiums under contract rose by 20.6 percent, while the number of condominiums sold decreased by 0.3 percent, to a total of 295 units.

For condominiums that were priced between $500,000 and $900,000, the months supply of inventory tightened by 46.2 percent to 0.8 months. For luxury condominiums priced above $900,000, the months supply of inventory also dropped by 64.2 percent to 0.9 months.

One area in the City, perhaps not often thought of for condos is District 1, which includes the neighborhoods of Richmond and Sea Cliff, which sits just south of the beautiful Presidio. Condos in the area have been a hot commodity with inventory there decreasing by nearly 60 percent over the last two years. The median price for a condo in the district reached $810,500 in April 2013.

Outlook

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined in March, increased in April. Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board said: “Consumer Confidence improved in April, as consumers’ expectations about the short-term economic outlook and their income prospects improved. However, consumers’ confidence has been challenged several times over the past few months by such events as the fiscal cliff, the payroll tax hike and the sequester. Thus, while expectations appear to have bounced back, it is too soon to tell if confidence is actually on the mend.”

The California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported California home sales and prices experiencing strong increases in April, with the median price surpassing the $400,000-mark for the first time in five years. In addition, homes across the state sold more quickly in April 2013, with the median number of days dropping to 27.9 from 48 days in April 2012.

CNN Money recently reported that, “during the housing bust, sales were often derailed by low-ball appraisals that fell far shy of a home’s selling price. But now, as home prices climb and housing inventories shrink, appraisers are valuing homes at or above their selling prices.

According to SF Gate, “San Francisco rental rates rose 15.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same time last year, to an average of $2,663 for all size units. Studio apartments averaged $2,075, up 16.5 percent in a year. The steepest rise came in one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments, which are now $2,611 – up 19.9 percent in the past year and up 30 percent from two years ago.

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Low inventory creates problems for buyers in the S.F. Bay Area

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It is certainly a great time to purchase a property only if there is something to buy.  There are plenty of buyers looking to make the purchase but instead, they are experiencing disappointment after disappointment in trying to make offers for a home.   Some buyers have made offers over the asking price only to find out that there were 20 other offers for the same house.  Some all cash purchases, some with large down payments, and most of them are over the asking price as well.  This is due to the lack of properties available for sale.  The housing inventory is so low that it is creating a sellers market.  Where is all of the shadow inventory?  Until more properties come on the market, buyers need to be patient and hope that more properties come on the market.

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Is the real estate market improving?

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It seems like the market is improving.  Sales have been increasing and here are 8 areas that are showing signs of a recovery.

I have been experiencing a market that resembles the last seller’s market not a buyer’s market.  There is not a lot of inventory available for all of the buyers here in the Bay Area.  I have a property for sale in Pacifica, Ca, listed at $338k and received 6 offers and all above the list price.  I have been also representing buyers and making offers to purchase, but have been in bidding wars.   In San Mateo county, it would take approx. 4.1 months to sell all of the homes that are on the market compared to 4.5 months same time last year.  Where are all of the bank owned properties?

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Foreclosures are up in the third quarter!!

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There has been more then 610,000 foreclosures last month and represents a 1% increase then the previous quarter.  On average it took 336 days to complete the foreclosure process nation wide.  New York took 986 days to complete the process while Texas only took 86 days.  Wow, Texas seems to be doing something different. 

President Obama is expected to help struggling homeowners with their mortgage payments.  The Wall Street Journal reports,  ”The administration’s plan is expected to eliminate “appraisals and extensive underwriting requirements for most borrowers” who are up-to-date on their mortgage and want to refinance at a lower rate”.  This should help those who have been keeping up with their payments and were looking for assistance in avoiding foreclosure. 

While most the country is having foreclosure problems, there are areas that are still doing well.  These areas are the most expensive areas in the United States.  The economy today doesn’t seem to hurt these types of properties.  In fact, it seems to have increased the sales activity  in this  price range.

California sales in 2012

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California home sales are looking at a 1% increase in 2012 and the sales price may also increase 1.7%.   Employment , low interest rates and an increase of affordable homes are going to fuel the sales activity and help get the recovery going.  “It will take as long as five years for the state’s inventory of foreclosed properties to be absorbed” according to  Leslie Appleton-Young, chief economist for the California Association of Realtors. 

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San Francisco healthy?

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As we are getting into the last quarter of the year, San Francisco and the Bay Area have gone through a lot of changes.  They could be good or bad depending on how you look at it.  As I have mentioned on another post, what will the city be like in the next 5 years?  I believe it should be at a point of recovery.  We’ll see.

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Is the market recovering?

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Home sales rose slightly last month.  This is the sixth month in a row that home sales have increased.  Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says “We’re clearly on a recovery path”.  This is a good sign and sales should continue to increase. 

There are all types of buyers out taking advantage of the market.  First time buyers purchased 33% of homes sold in March and all cash buyers purchased 35% of the homes sold, for example.  With the market current market conditions, it makes more sense to purchase a property then renting.       

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Fannie offers to pay closing cost

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If you plan to purchase a home in the near future, you might want to speed up the process in order to have 3.5% of your closing cost paid by Fannie Mae.   That’s right, Fannie Mae is trying to decrease their inventory of REOs.  If you close on a HomePath property by June 30, 2011, you’ll be able to save 3.5% of the purchase price in closing cost.   So act now!!!! 

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Sales are down

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Home sales have fallen in February and is normal for a uneven recovery.  According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, even though properties are more affordable and the economy is improving, we will continue to see a rocky recovery as long as we have problems with tight credit and lower prices. 

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