Month: February 2017

Is the California Real Estate Market Peaking?

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Some experts are predicting that the California Real Estate market is getting soft. Based on some recent data, there could be some truth to this notion. While the Southern California region is strong, there were decreases in sales for the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley. With low inventory and rising prices, affordability still remains a concern which is likely slowing down sales.

Important items to note:

Based on signed contracts, statewide pending home sales decreased in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, with the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)* slipping 0.2 percent from 107.4 from January 2016 to 107.2 in January 2017. On a monthly basis, California pending home sales were down 9.2 percent from the December index of 118.0.

• For the San Francisco Bay Area as a whole, tight housing supplies and low affordability contributed to a fall in pending sales of 9.7 percent compared to January 2016.

• Pending sales in the Central Valley fell 7.9 percent from January 2016 and were up 2.2 percent from December. Within Central Valley, pending sales were down 14.6 percent in Kern County and 11.8 percent in Sacramento compared with a year ago.

• Only the Southern California region posted a year-over-year improvement in pending sales last month, rising 8.1 percent from January 2016 and increasing 10.5 percent on a monthly basis. Riverside County led the region in pending sales, posting a 16.2 percent increase from a year ago. Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties also posted modest year-over-year increases of 7.1 percent, 8.0, and 4.0 percent, respectively. San Bernardino County was the only area within Southern California that saw pending sales lower on an annual basis by 2.8 percent.

It’s important to keep these numbers in perspective as experts indicate that the economic fundamentals of California remain strong. 2017 is still likely to be a good year for California Real Estate, but, the pace of growth could be more gradual.For further specifics, please contact me and I would be happy to speak with you about your specific situation.

California pending home sales dip slightly in January. Southern California market continues to outshine other regions.

Source: January pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey

Essential Facts That First-Time Buyers Don’t Know About Mortgages

I routinely speak with first time buyers about the challenges with obtaining a mortgage and it’s very true that there are a lot of misconceptions out there. A perfect credit score and 20% down is not a pre-requisite to obtaining a loan and there are programs available to assist first time buyers. The link in the article below is worth reading as it explains some of these misconceptions. The best place to start is speaking with a knowledgeable lender that will assess your current situation and help you identify your options. If you don’t have a lender, ask your real estate agent since most experienced and respected agents have lenders that they routinely work with. I work with lenders almost every day, but, there are only a select handful that I know and trust which I would be happy to refer to you. I serve most of southern California including the San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, and West LA. Contact me for more information! suzan@suzankozman.com

When it comes to what might be the biggest purchase of your life, it’s nice to know real facts. A lot of mortgage “facts” are not what people think.

Source: Essential Facts That First-Time Buyers Don’t Know About Mortgages a>

San Fernando Valley Condo Price Highest Since 2007

Home and condominium sales throughout the San Fernando Valley got off to a solid start during January even as inventory continued to shrink and the median price of condominiums hit its highest level since 2007. The 377 single-family homes that closed escrow last month added up to the highest total for the month since 2013, rising 11.9 percent over a year. Similarly, 136 condominiums changed owners during January, up 15.3 percent from January 2016.

The total also was the highest for the month since January 2013.The condominium median price in January hit the $400,000 benchmark for the first time since February 2007. It has been on a relentless upward drive with January’s condo median 10.3 percent higher than a year ago and up 5.3 percent from December. The median was 3.6 percent below the record high of $415,000 established in 2006. “Rising prices are wonderful for sellers,” said Nancy Starczyk, president of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. “But higher prices make it tougher on buyers and a growing number of buyers really need help.”

The median price of single-family homes that closed escrow during January was $605,000, up 6.2 percent over a year ago and 5.2 percent higher than the December median and 7.6 percent below the record-high median of $655,000 set in June 2007. Tim Johnson, the Association’s chief executive officer, said the lack of property for sale combined with plentiful buyers fuels higher prices. A total of 1,139 active listings were reported at the end of January. “It’s difficult to believe that 7,000 active listings per month were common last decade,” Johnson said, “and that back in the 1990s there were months when more than 14,000 properties were for sale during any given month.”

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Source: SRAR Realtor Report February/March 2017

Top Home Improvement Projects

Are you thinking about a home improvement project to boost the value of your home? If so, you may want to consider those projects that provide the highest ROI. At the same time, there are other factors to consider depending on your specific situation. Some questions to ask yourself are 1) Am I doing this project for resale only? 2) Will this project differentiate my home from others in my neighborhood? 3) Will the time it takes to complete the project align with when I plan to sell? 4) Is this project addressing one of the most “outdated” areas of my home?

Some Guidance:

Clearly, there are additional questions and a number of factors that need to be considered before making a substantial investment. Either way, it’s a good idea to contact your local realtor to get informed about the market in your area and have an independent opinion about your project. I have been helping my clients with these decisions for many years and would be happy to help you as well. I serve the San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley, and West Los Angeles.

Valley housing market off to solid start in 2017

As we suspected, the real estate market continues to be strong across Los Angeles County including the San Fernando Valley. One of the major reasons is the lack of inventory on the market. If you’re thinking about selling, you might be surprised to know how much it’s worth. Feel free to ask me for a free market valuation report on your home today!

Source: Valley housing market off to solid start in 2017

San Fernando Real Estate Finishes 2016 Strong

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