Saturday, April 28, 2007

April 2007 Marin Real Estate News


To view the stats for this month: April 2007 Marin Real Estate Home Sales

These statistics show how many homes are available for sale in Marin, and of those how many are currently in contract (either pending or contingent. For the 7th month in a row, the Marin overall real estate market is in a “Buyers Market.” We are still hovering close to a Balanced Market.

As always, it’s important to view the individual city and price range stats for more details:

Although the overall market shows that it’s a “Buyers Market’, only Greenbrae, Sausalito and Tiburon are the only cities still in that “Buyers” market. Fairfax is again (for the 2nd month in a row) in a Sellers market! This is the time to sell your Fairfax home. I believe this is the case because Fairfax has tended to be slightly less on the average sales. Kentfield, Larkspur and Mill Valley are all in a “Sellers Market.” Corte Madera, Ross, San Anselmo, and San Rafael are all in a “Balanced Market.

Homes priced from $500,000 to $1.5M are all in a “Balanced Market”. I think that the general consensus among agents currently is that there is a lack of inventory. Interest rates have been very good and there are buyers ready to purchase homes, but there is still a lack of homes that are finished and priced correctly. Multiple offers are becoming commonplace again.

If you are looking to purchase a home, it’s important that you be ready with a pre-approval letter so that you can be ready if the home that fits your requirements comes on the market. Buyers once again have to forgo some of their “must-haves” and make compromises for what they are looking for.

Recent local head lines are still selling newspapers, but when you drill down on articles you’ll find that the Marin real estate market hasn’t been affected by junk-bonds and foreclosures. For example, a recent Marin Independent Journal headline touted: Mortgage defaults up 55 % in Marin” “The number of home foreclosures initiated in Marin from January to March increased 55 percent over the first quarter of last year, a leading real estate research firm reported Monday.” but then the article continued to say: But Marin continued to enjoy one of the lowest default rates among California counties, according to DataQuick Information Systems.” DataQuick also said mortgages were least likely to go into default in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
Defaults were most likely in Sacramento, Riverside and San Joaquin counties.

John Karevoll, an analyst with DataQuick, said the level of defaults and foreclosures in the Bay Area is still too low to drag down housing prices. But in the Central Valley and in Southern California's Inland Empire, there are enough foreclosures that any sign of recession could pose a big problem for housing prices there, he said.

My advice?

For buyers: the same as last month: prime property is selling quickly and, in many instances, with multiple offers. Buyers need to be prepared to make an offer immediately on prime property. That means you need to have a loan in place. For more information about buying in a multiple offer situation, call me.

For sellers: where your home is, the condition and what segment of the market it's in, entry-level, move-up or million plus, are the determining factors in whether or not you will be able to sell your home quickly and for a good price. Demand in the entry-level market has fallen, which will impact the move-up market. The million dollar plus market is pretty much immune to the sub-prime mortgage tightening.

The real estate market is very hard to generalize. It is a market made up of many micro markets. For complete information on a particular neighborhood or for an evaluation of your home's worth, call me. If I can help you devise a strategy, call or click the buying or selling link in the menu above.

I’m always searching for ways to bring my clients and readers more local real estate statistics. I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new Marin home Sales Statistics page. To view, go to: Marin Real Estate Statistics.

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