Properties are selling like hot cakes!

Last year, in 2013, more then half of the homes sold were on the market for 6 weeks or less.  This was the shortest time on the market since 2005.  One of the reasons why homes sold so quickly was due to lower then normal inventory levels.   In this type of market, sellers are seeing more and more offers over the asking price.  In 2013, 50% of the properties that sold last year, sold over the asking price. Most of the sales, almost all, had multiple offers to buy the property.  When this happens, buyers have no choice but to participate in an auction type situation.  The situation is changing and the inventory levels have increased, providing buyers with more choices.  As prices increase, sellers are more willing to make a move.

This is still a good time to purchase a home.  A couple of things to think about when buying a property, you might want to know how the neighborhood will fit in your lifestyle and since we are in a drought, how will the property help you conserve water.

 

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What do buyers want in a property when they are purchasing their home?

Thinking about improving your home?  Why not do it now and enjoy the improvements until it comes time to sell your home?  I have noticed that a lot of  homeowners improve or do updates to their home when they are planning to sell. Yes, it will make the home more valuable but they didn’t get to enjoy the updates.  If you’re planning to sell in the near future, there are a few things that could make your home more valuable and try to enjoy it before you sell.

 

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More forclosures are coming

Home sales have declined in some areas and its due to high demand, low interest rates and a shortage of homes to buy.  This creates a change in the market place.  Not good for buyers but good for sellers.

Buyers around the bay area are going to be happy to see more homes on the market.  Currently homes that are under $400,000 are experiencing a seller’s market.  Most sellers are receiving multiple offers for their home.  Every home that I have made offers for my clients have had more then 1 offer.  One house in Hayward had 18 to 20 offers.  Another house in San Bruno had 6 offers. My listing in So. San Francisco received 2 offers above the asking price, right after my open house, and 1 was all cash.   My other listing in Pacifica received 8 offers, all over the asking price.  It’s like that all over the Bay Area.  It’s pretty discouraging for buyers today.

Maybe there is some relief coming soon.  There is a shadow inventory due to be release around summer.  I hope this will help the buyers that are trying to get into their home.

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Is the real estate market improving?

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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