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Oct. 18, 2019

Market Update: September 2019

Market At A Glance September 2019

Oct. 11, 2019

More than 50% Say ‘Now Is a Good Time to Buy'

Is now a good time to buy? -Real estate blog by Elise Russo

Forty-eight percent of renters compared to 73% of owners think now is a good time to buy.

Posted in Tips and Tricks
Oct. 4, 2019

Rent Control AB 1482

Statewide Rent Control Update

On Wednesday, May 29 the California Assembly passed AB 1482 which establishes a cap on rent increases equal to the Consumer Price Index plus 7 percent. The bill has a number of exemptions including property owners who own 10 or fewer single-family homes and homes less than 10 years old. The legislation, and all of its requirements, will expire in 2023. While the Assembly passed the bill, it still needs to be heard by the California Senate and signed by the Governor. More information about the AB 1482 and other rental housing legislation is here: https://na02.mypinpointe.com/l/3SEChnjV_aEO8GQMhI_obDM1cYxWttCgrT5uPEv4eJA.

Posted in Tips and Tricks
Sept. 27, 2019

3d Tour and Seller Interview: 1677 Countrywood Ct Walnut Creek, CA 94598

3d Tour of 1677 Countrywood Ct Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Read the seller interview and watch the 3d tour here: https://www.elizabethrusso.com/contra-costa/walnut-creek/listing-agent/official-listing-1677-countrywood-ct-walnut-creek-ca-94598/


3BD    2.5BA    1,568 SqFt    $357 per month HOA (PUD/TOWNHOME)

Posted in Listings
Sept. 20, 2019

Existing-Home Sales Increase 1.3% in August

Visual Story: Existing-Home Sales


Remember, when you're looking to buy or sell your home, we want to be your only Realtor.  Make contact when you're ready?  We're around! 

Posted in Tips and Tricks
Sept. 13, 2019

Market Update: August 2019

California Association of Realtors Market Snapshot

A Glimpse of Home as Sales Perk Up

Looking at the numbers today, it's not a wonder why housing markets are doing so well in the second half of the year.  I mean, mortgage interest rates are the lowest they have been in three years!  Statewide, existing home sales have increased year-over-year for the first time since April 2018.  For us here in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, it feels like it's been slow since January 2018.  We blogged about it too. 

Since April 2018, sales at the state level have climbed back above the 400,000 benchmark and reached the highest level in 15 months!  The number of existing single-family home sales was up 5.6% from June, up 1.1% from July 2018, but remained down year-to-date by 4.9% from the same time frame last year.

Home sales for luxury and affordable homes both declined year-over-year, while the rest of the price points improved from last year.  Sales below $300,000 declined by 8% from last July, primarily due to the supply just sucking (if you're looking in this price point, you know what we're saying!).  Sales $2 million and up also dropped 1.4%, probably because there's just not many who can afford that home at this time.

For the homes currently on the market (our current supply), the sates unsold inventory index dipped in July 2019 to 3.2 months from last year's 3.3 months.  It was the first drop since April 2018.  Economists are giving credit for this dip in the index to an increase in sales and a decrease in active listing (haha, right though?).  While home sales increased for the first time in over a year, the state's housing supply also had its first decline since March 2018.  Active listing fell 2.1% from July 2018, after increasing year-over-year for 15 consecutive months.

Finding an affordable home is starting to get a little difficult, as there were fewer homes for sale in the $500,000 or less market in July.  The number of active listings priced below $300,000 decreased 14.8%!  The ones priced between $300,000 and $500,000 also dipped 7.8%.  The homes priced at or above $750,000 increased modestly in the latest month and thank God the high-end markets continued to soften for those wanting to purchase.

On to median price homes...  They continued to grow on a year-over-year basis, but over the last 3 months, there was a record-setting price streak broken after the new purchase price sales numbers were registered.  New highs made the median price of an existing single-family home in California above $600,000 for the 4th consecutive month since April 2019!  It slightly dipped to $607,990 from the prior month's $610,720.  This is still a 2.8% increase from the same month of last year.  While the yearly growth rate of the state median price is the highest recorded in the last 3 months, it is still soft compared to 2018.  The year-over-year growth rate for the first 7 months in 2019 averaged only 1.9%, compared to 8.4% in 2018 and 6.6% in 2017.

On to the crystal ball reading... (I know this is the only reason you read my blog anyway) Economists believe, if you're ready to make a purchase for the long-term benefits of home ownership, personal wealth building and quality of life benefits, 2019 is still a great time to buy a home for the long hall.  The reason is, softer home prices mixed with low interest rates.  This will allow you to save hundreds of dollars per month on the same home, or you could even consider a slightly more expensive home for the same monthly cost. This is an important decision you'll have to make during the second half of 2019.

Remember, when you are ready to buy or sell a home, make contact with us?  We are ready when you are! 

-Elizabeth Russo and Tim Hanford (a father-daughter team)


Sept. 6, 2019

Qualified Opportunity Zone Program

Qualified Opportunity Zone Program

Posted in Tips and Tricks
Aug. 30, 2019

Pending Home Sales Snapshot

Housing Snapshot for August 2019

Housing Snapshot - Pending Home Sales for August 2019

August 2019 brought 5.49 million in sales, a median sales price of $278,200, and 4.1 months of inventory. The median sales price is up 2.6% year over year, and inventory is down 0.2 months from August 2018.

Posted in Tips and Tricks
Aug. 23, 2019

June Buyer Foot Traffic Report

Buyer traffic index decreased 5.6 points in June from May.  Home showings pulled back in June from one year ago, with an upside potential given low mortgage rates and strong job growth.

California Real Estate Foot Traffic for June 2019

Every month SentriLock, LLC. provides NAR with data on the number of properties shown by a REALTOR®. SentriLock Lockboxes are used in roughly a third of home showings across the nation. Foot traffic has a strong correlation with future contracts and home sales, so it can be viewed as a peek ahead at sales trends two to three months into the future.

Posted in Tips and Tricks
Aug. 16, 2019

Mortgage Industry Market Update: July 2019

Hello to all of Tim and Elizabeth's favorite clients!

Interest rates have DROPPED in the past several weeks to their lowest levels in over 2 years! That is good news if you're going to enter a real estate market that seems to be going through a correction. If you got a loan in early 2019, you may want to explore refinancing to a better rate. If you're already in the adjustable phase of an older ARM, and you're seeing your rate resets above 5% now, it's a good idea to explore refinancing to a fixed product, which of course I can help with.

  • Low down/zero down buyers?- The CalHFA program offers loan programs with no down and no closing costs! Ask for details, in a less competitive market you may have a good opportunity to buy NOW!
  • Self employed borrowers- If you're looking to buy, I'm using 12 month bank statements programs to qualify using deposits and NOT looking at income tax returns, let me know if you might be interested in this?

Available to my office- HIGH balance up to $726,525 to 90% LTV even in NON high cost counties, like San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sacramento, Solano, so basically ANY county in California, that didn't have the high cost limit, is now eligible for a high balance limit up to $726,525. This product is only available to a very select group of brokers, and I have it! Call me for the details!

CONDO's in litigation- YES I can do them, construction defects etc.. Let me know your scenario.

As always, have a safe and successful weekend and let me know how I can assist in smooth, efficient and timely loan closing! Also, let me know, Tim Hanford and Elizabeth Russo sent you too!

Thank you,

Eric ChauhanEric Chauhan Sr. Loan Officer  Associated Mortgage Group
Sr. Loan Officer
Associated Mortgage Group
39180 Liberty St #101
Fremont, Ca 94538
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