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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Ada County March Report

Sales are picking up in spite of low inventory.

Median price is expected to stay strong through the summer.

Inventory is creeping up, though still at the lowest levels in over 6 years.

Even better news, distressed properties nearly back to pre-meltdown levels!

Thanks to Marc Lebowitz of the Ada County Association of Realtors.

Friday, April 12, 2013

3 Reasons to Sell Your House Today! (Part III)


Just drive around some of Boise, Nampa, Eagle, Meridian or Caldwell new subdivisions and you will see how true this is in our area!

Part III – New Construction Will Soon Be Your Competition


home builderOver the last several years, most homeowners selling their home did not have to compete with a new construction project around the block. As the market is recovering, more and more builders are jumping back in. As an example, the National Association of Realtors revealed, relative to last year, year-to-date new home sales are up 19%.

These ‘shiny’ new homes will again become competition as they can be an attractive alternative to many of today’s home purchasers.

Here are the numbers regarding new construction about to come to market from the Census Bureau:

BUILDING PERMITS



  • Single-family authorizations in February were at a rate of 600,000.

  • This is 25.5% above February 2012.


HOUSING UNDER CONSTRUCTION



  • Single-family housing starts in February were at a rate of 618,000.

  • This is 18.5% above February 2012.


HOUSING COMPLETIONS



  • Single-family housing completions in February were at a rate of 574,000.

  • This is 32.9% above February 2012.


As we mentioned, new construction can be strong competition to a seller of an existing home. It may make sense to list your home before this new inventory makes its way to market.

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

3 Reasons to Sell Your House Today! (Part II)

Part II – Housing Supply is Low


Homes for SaleA seller’s ability to sell their home in today’s real estate market will be determined by both the supply of homes for sale and the demand for that housing. In real estate, supply is represented by the current month’s supply of homes for sale (the number of homes for sale divided by the number of homes sold in the previous month).

While there is no steadfast rule that will apply to pricing in every category of housing, here is a great guideline:

  • 1-4 months’ supply creates a sellers’ market where there are not enough homes to satisfy buyer demand. Appreciation is guaranteed.

  • 5-6 months’ supply creates a balanced market. Historically home values appreciate at a rate a little greater than inflation.

  • 7-8 months’ supply creates a buyers’ market where the number of homes for sale exceeds the demand. Depreciation follows.


What is happening across the country right now?


In most parts of the country, supply is dropping like a rock. According to the National Association of Realtors, total housing inventory is below a five months’ supply. This is almost 20% below inventory numbers of just a year ago and at levels we haven’t seen since 2005.

Based on the table above, we can see that the supply/demand ratio is showing a sellers’ market where prices appreciate. This has created positive movement in housing values in most parts of the country.

Sellers have a great opportunity right now. Historically, inventory increases dramatically as we approach summer. Selling now while demand is high and supply is low may garner you your best price.

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Part I – Demand for Real Estate is Much Stronger This Year

The first in a three part series of reasons to sell your house now instead of waiting.

HouseKeysBlueWhen selling anything, owners can only hope there is a strong demand for that which they are selling. The great news for today’s home sellers is that the current housing market is experiencing a stronger demand than we have seen in some time.

The  spring housing market of 2013 is projected to be one of the best in years.

Home Sales


The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports monthly on both pending sales (houses going into contract) and existing home sales (actual closed sales).

In the first quarter of 2013, pending sales have consistently outperformed the numbers reported in 2012. Contract activity has been above year-ago levels for the past 22 months. Before this year, the last time the index showed a higher reading was in April 2010, shortly before the deadline for the home buyer tax credit.

NAR also revealed that closed home sales have been above year-ago levels for 20 consecutive months and sales are at the highest level since the tax credit period of 2009-2010.

Impact on Sellers


This increase in demand has created bidding wars for properly priced homes across the country. This has resulted in two favorable changes for home sellers:

  1. They are receiving offers closer to (if not greater than) the list price.

  2. The average days it takes to sell a home has dropped by over 20% from last year.


If you are thinking about selling your home, don’t miss out on the strong demand that exists in the current spring market.