As a broker, my job is to list and sell homes, so of course, I'm going to tell you that you should invest in real estate if you want to build long term and lasting wealth.
We all know that the housing market took a big hit in late 2008-2009 and the recovery has been slow. Although things are looking better with rising prices and a lack of inventory, causing cases of multiple offers, values have not skyrocketed like they did in the period between 2005-and mid 2008.
Some pundits have insisted that perhaps housing is not the best investment vehicle for long term wealth acquisition. A recent KCM blog offers a little insight on this question. Please click here to read the article.
All in all, it appears that home ownership is still the single smartest and safest way to build long term wealth.
When you're looking to buy or sell a property, please give me a call. I always contribute a portion of my commissions to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. With your help we can put some deserving dogs and cats into new homes too!
People often ask me if now is a good time to sell. The answer is really dependant on personal circumstances, but for the most part right now is the best time to sell that I've seen in the past 5 years.
In the previous two post, I covered the aspects of the shrinking existing inventory and pent up buyer demand is actually spilling over and creating a lack of existing homes on the market.
Today we'll talk a little about a recent KCM blog that outlined why new construction homes will be your new competition. Please see the article here.
Here are a few points from the recent article:
- 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.
- 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. Give me a call to see if selling now makes sense for you. Thank you, Jerry
Last week I was interviewed by KPQ radio for the business beat talking about the health of the real estate industry in the Wenatchee Valley. Pacific Appraisal Associates prepares and publishes a monthly snap shot report showing how the market is compared to the same month in the previous year.
This report shows a vast improvement in the local housing market. See the most recent Snap Shot Report here.
The number of homes sold and the actual dollar volume has increased significantly when compared to April 2012. It also shows that the number of new listings is decreasing and that will eventually lead to a slow down of sales.
In another post, I've been talking about the lack of inventory nationwide and how 2013 will be a great year to try to sell your home. Low interest rates and low inventory equate to the best seller's market that we've seen for several years. Don't miss your chance if you're thinking about selling – now is a great time.
When you're ready to sell your property give me a call and lets talk about how my experience and marketing plan can help you achieve your real estate goals.
Across the country housing inventory levels are dropping like a rock. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average housing inventory is below a 5 month supply, this is 20% below the levels of just one year ago. Please read the KCM Blog about this info here.
Here in the Wenatchee Valley, the same thing is true with extremely low levels in all price ranges under $500,000. With the exception of the price range from $350,000 to 400,000, all other value ranges are showing less then a 4 month supply on the market.
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.
Now is the best time to sell since 2005 according to KCM, and I have to agree.
Call me when you're ready to make a move, I'll put my experience to work for you.
More and more, I'm seeing articles from a variety of news and real estate sites that say this year will be a good year to sell your home. In most parts of the county, inventory levels are shrinking and demand is increasing. This is leading to some speculation that a new construction boom is right around the corner.
A recent 3 part article from the KCM Blog deals with the perceived demand, shortage of inventory and the inevitable building boom that will take place. Read part one here.
When 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.
If you've been thinking about selling, there may not be a better time to do it. Inventory levels are low and selling now puts you in the best position to capture the buyer before they have new construction choices to consider.
Give me a call to discuss the best way to market your home and help you achieve your real estate goals.
Spring is here and it's time to plant flowers, clean up beds, green up the grass and touch up the paint. The old adage of you never get a second chance to make a first impression is so true when it comes to selling your home. If the lawn and flower beds don't look pristine, then a buyer will believe that the inside of the home is also not pristine. This may not be a fair judgement, but it exist anyway.
A couple hundred dollars spent in landscaping and flowers will go along way to keeping a prospective buyer interested enough to set an appointment and look at the inside of the home as well. This doesn't have to be elaborate or require a landscape architect, but color and clean edges will show off the home and give it that all important curb appeal.
For more expert tips or information on how I can help you achieve your real estate goals, give me a call.
In this recent real estate news article by NewsGenius.com, respondents to a Fannie Mae survey showed a belief that it is a good time to sell a home. The study found that nearly twice as many people think now a good time to sell compared to a year ago. A record number also believe that prices will rise over the next year.
I'm seeing the same thing here in the Wenatchee Valley. Low inventory levels in all prices ranges, historically low interest rates and pent up buyer demand is creating a sellers market. Recently I've seen several properties with multiple offer submitted. This is welcome news if you're thinking about selling your home. Of course, the home still needs to be priced correctly, staged, clean and always show ready. Landscaping needs to be show-ready as well. Lawns mowed, shrubs trimmed and flowers gardens freshly planted. This is the first impression – so curb appeal is key.
I walked though a tour home today and was really surprised at what I saw. This home was not ready to show. Beds were unmade, there was toothpaste in the sink. Cosmetics were scattered around on the dresser and make up table. One bedroom had the video game and corresponding cables on the floor – presenting 2 problems, one of unsightliness and being a trip hazard. If your agent allows you to show a home in this condition, they need to be fired. It is imperative that the place be spotless everyday. The old saying is as true now as ever, "you only get one chance to make a first impression". If a buyer sees that your home is unkempt and messy, that's all they see. You are not showcasing your home's best features, only your lack of housekeeping.
The market is changing and buyers are buying again, but that doesn't mean that you can't strive to be the best home out there. You never know when a buyer will want to look and you have got to be ready. Keep the house clean, have your agent conduct a pre-inspection with a licensed home inspector, have professional pictures taken, consult with a staging professional – put your best foot forward. Be the home that stands out. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how quickly it will receive an offer and how much higher that offer usually will be.
If you're thinking about selling, give me a call to discuss how to make your home stand out in the crowd.
I, and most of the Realtors I know, would prefer to market a pristine home, yet it surprises me to walk into a newly listed home and see un-made beds, dirty clothes on the floor, overflowing garbage cans, pet stains on the carpet and a variety of other things that we wouldn't want anyone to see in our own home. We've all seen this kind of listing and they usually spend several months on the market, while similar homes, even those priced higher – but in show condition, are selling right and left. Think about how you would expect a home to show if you were looking to buy it and then make sure yours looks better.
When you put your home on the market, do everything within your power to make it a show place. The simple practice of making sure the beds are made, the floors are clean, the dishes are put away and that no one can tell if Fido lives in there will go along ways to getting a sold sign placed in front of your home.
When you're ready to sell your Wenatchee, E. Wenatchee, Cashmere or Leavenworth property, give me a call and we'll talk about my exclusive marketing plan to get the job done.