Orange County's Real Estate Market News, Updates, and Features
Almost 1 in 4 Homeowners Are Considering Selling... But Are Still Waiting...
23% of current homeowners questioned are considering selling their home, but haven’t put it up for sale...yet. This is the inventory necessary to normalize the balance between “supply & demand” in the current market.
If you are contemplating getting your home on the market, this may be the ideal time to capitalize on the great market we are in... Contact Justin Yee for a consultation now!
Orange County New Housing Developments Selling Out Ridiculously FAST!
As we enter 2015, we still see a good amount of Buyers seeking homes in Orange County. While there isn't an avalanche of Buyers knocking down the doors of available home inventory, there are quite a few that are waiting for the "right home" or haven't found "exactly what they're looking for." With the plethora of detailed information and pictures of homes for sale in Orange County, Buyers begin to feel that the existing inventory that is desirable is being fought over and sold at a premium. The contemplation of lack of homes they really want vs. what the market is actually providing pushes Buyers into seeking new construction.
Why go after new construction?
- Similarly Priced to Comparable Homes in Square Footage, Bedrooms, and Bathrooms
- Newer Homes in Same Neighborhood or City
- Many developers are offering incentives in the form of upgrades and rebates
- New construction is looked upon as less problems since it's new
- Most appliances and high dollar items in home come with warranties
Downsides of new construction?
- Many developments are sold out currently or availability of your desired floor plan is hard to obtain due to competing buyers
- Smaller lot size
- Lack of Yard(s)
- Built closer together
- Many with stairs not ideal for Seniors or Persons with Disability
- Several 3 story models
Each buyer should sit down with a qualified Real Estate Agent that is familiar with the New Developments in Orange County to see if purchasing a new home is beneficial to their needs in a home. An experienced Real Estate Agent can also advise buyers which upgrades are worthwhile and which floor plans may be most desired when it comes to reselling the home.
Negotiating buyer credits and rebates is a task best suited for your agent. Contact Justin Yee for a consultation or for detailed information on new homes in Orange County.
Positive Signs in US Economy Directly Effect US Housing Market
- · Consumer Spending Up
- · Job Creation Steady and Increasing
- · Interest Rates Are Still Low
- · More Home Inventory Coming to Market From Builders (New Construction)
2014 Real Estate Market Summary
- · Across the US, the prices for homes continue to rise.
- · Interest rates according to Freddie Mac average currently at 4.16%
- · First time home buyers are hovering at less than 30% for the last year to year and a half.
- · Decreasing Investor Activity in Market Currently
September 2014, existing home sales (SFR, condo, townhomes, and co-ops) at highest sales pace for the year. Went from 5.05 million homes sold in August 2014, to 5.17 million homes sold in September 2014. This is a 2.4% increase from August to September 2014. However, from a national perspective, we are still 1.7% below September in 2013.
Demand from home buyers still strong. The combination of low interest rates and home values increasing in the market have contributed to this September 2014 gain. As of October 2014, there are fewer Investor buyers in market. Investor home purchases account for about 14% of all home sales. 64% of those investor home purchases were all-cash.
Foreclosures, short sales and REO bank owned homes are selling for about 14% off Fair Market Value. The inventory of foreclosures is still very low at around 10% of all the market’s combined inventory.
Existing Condominium / Co-Op sales steadily increasing at 5.2% with median condo prices up 3.2% higher than in 2013.
Existing Home Sales in the West Coast of the country has proven to be the strongest market in the country at a 7.1% increase vs. the next highest which is the Midwest at 5.6% increase. The national average for existing home sales is still down from 2013 as a whole.
New Search - Townhomes in Orange County For Sale
I have added another specialty page that displays the latest town homes for sale in Orange County as soon as they hit the market. You may also search for town homes throughout the Orange County area with your specific criteria.
The median home price continues to rise along with total home sales across Orange County and the State of California. Indicators do demonstrate that the rate in which home prices are increasing is slowing down. The natural seasonal adjustments do play a factor in this slow down, however I believe as prices rise, it prices many buyers out of the market. Buyers should be aware of this factor and know that time is of the essence when purchasing in a rapidly appreciating market, especially a more expensive local market such as Orange County. Currently, Orange County has the highest median price point in any other county in Southern California.
While new construction in Orange County continues to target buyers sitting on the side lines with new homes, the demand still significantly exceeds the supply of available homes for sale on the market. New construction will help provide alternatives for buyers, but the slow pace in which the development is being completed may not match up with present buyer demand. Many new residential developments in Irvine have been selling out quickly and have a long list of interested buyers eagerly waiting new homes to be built. Some new neighborhoods are over 60% sold out already without all construction being completely finished.
Home prices have risen 7.1% from July 2013 to July 2014 and are expected to continue to rise into 2015. The current median sales price for a Single Family Home in Orange County is $695,270 which is 3% more than in 2013. The median time on market it takes to sell a home in Orange County is 53.1 days. Typically it takes about 60-90 days in a "normal" market. Our Orange County real estate market continues to be a Seller's market.
Average Mortgage Rates Currently sit at about 4.13% for fixed-rate mortgages.
My clientele has increasingly seen trends of what was once affordable in 2013, edged up to a slightly higher price point where they are considering surrounding neighborhoods, different homes, or saving up until they find what they are truly seeking. Timing really is key in this market and as we continue to see prices in the Orange County market increase, it's a prudent idea to pursue the probability that buying sooner rather than later will most definitely be in your favor. As Fall Season approaches, it's a good idea to start looking for homes as a Buyer because the natural seasonal lull combined with eager Seller's pushing a longer period to sell their home is an ideal circumstance in which to pursue negotiation when buying a home.
For more specifics on the market trends in your neighborhood or with your investment property,
Ever wonder where your local schools rank as far as Academic Standing by the California Department of Education?
Every family values their children's education. Many Orange County high schools have leading performance indicators that give opportunity for your child's future. There is a strong correlation with high school academic performance and college graduation rates. Several Orange County schools led with outstanding academic performance by their students by harboring an environment aimed that helping students reach their full academic potential.
I found a report where you can measure your current area's school rankings as far as academic performance indicators and other areas of California you may be thinking of moving to. How do your schools rank?
Check out the Academic Performance Index (API)
How Important is Home Ownership To Your Children's Education?
To gather more information on neighborhoods with solid schools with high Academic Performance Index ratings or to schedule a showing within a particular community, please contact Justin Yee and make an appointment.
The Holidays Are A Great Time To Buy A Home
The holidays may be a busy time for most people. Given the season, most people are visiting family, traveling, shopping, and spending their time at leisure. This is the perfect storm in the current SELLER'S MARKET we live in. If you're having difficulty getting your offer accepted or just don't seem to be able to find a decent home in your price range - I would suggest making the time to pursue homes in your market during the holidays. While people are out of town and occupied, you have the chance to push your offer for a home in a way where elements are in your favor.
Ideal homes to go after:
- Newly listed homes - homes receiving little attention, putting in your offer first can put you in a strong position
- Homes that have been on the market for an extended period of time - stale listings may have Sellers willing to negotiate on terms or reduce their asking price for a sale
- Expired listings - Sellers usually are looking to reduce or revise their original price
- Homes listed at the cusp of your budget ceiling - you may be able to negotiate a lower offer price
You may be able to negotiate an offer that gets accepted more easily during this period because many times Sellers are not getting bombarded with offers, buyers and agents are both out of town or busy which results in not many showings and offers, and Sellers are in a good mood.
We've had our Buyer's offer accepted at 3% below the asking price in a desirable solid neighborhood in Orange County. The home was fully renovated on a large lot. Through our aggressive methodology with offer submission and working diligently with our Buyers, we have developed a competitive edge. It helps to have a Buyer's Agent that knows what he's doing and will "go to bat" for you when it comes to "put the gloves on" in the negotiation arena.
If you believe you could utilize a Realtor with this skill set, contact Justin Yee directly at (949) 533-1572 or at his office (714) 500-3025.
Thanksgiving Luncheon - Meet & Greet
Join us for our luncheon this Thanksgiving for great food, networking, and giving back to our local community. We will be joining in with Amerilink Escrow (our in house escrow), Encore Lending Source (our in house direct lender), and United Star Real Estate (residential brokerage). Invite your friends and family for an afternoon of celebration!
Los Angeles Region Ranked #2 - Best Place For Women to Live a Long Healthy Life
Download Your Copy of the Women's Well Being National Report produced by Measure of America - a Project of the Social Science Research Council
It's not a coincidence that the TOP 3 Best Places for Women to Live A Long and Healthy Life are all in California. Upon closer analysis, it's evident that the correlation between metropolitan cities in California with opportunity and diversity are the best places in the country for women to live healthy long lives. The life expectancy for women is 83.8 which is over 3 years longer than the bottom ranked cities of the country. It must be something about Los Angeles and Orange County that cultivates healthy lifestyles - perhaps the people, the ocean, the diversity, the opportunities, the culture, the weather, or just that it's an awesome place to live.
I realize that living a healthy lifestyle in Los Angeles is a priority for many women when contemplating where to move. My female clientele value opportunity, lifestyle, and safety as significant factors as well. Narrowing a neighborhood that is aligned with what's most important to you is my priority. I'm a resident of Southern California for over 10 years and I make excellent suggestions that will fit your healthy lifestyle.
There's never any obligation and I'm here to help, so feel free to contact me without any high pressure sales tactics and just get the facts by clicking here.
OCTOBER 2013 - California State-Wide Market Update and Trends
- Interest rates have increased slightly and inventory state-wide has also increased
- Economic uncertainty and the buyers waiting on government policy to be implemented have caused a slight decrease in California Single Family Home prices. Many prospective buyers' purchasing decisions have been put on hold temporarily until they feel comfortable with the status of the economy and local market.
- Market is entering the off season (upcoming holiday months in California slows the real estate market down)
Sales volume have decreased 5.1 percent from August 2013 where 434,910 homes were sold
- Lower price points (under $300K) are still very active and inventory remains low due to investors and owner occupant home buyers' activity.
- Mid to High price points ($500K-$1M+) are seeing a trend of increasing inventory and increasing unsold inventory (reasons why are only speculative at this time)
- Homes over $500K have seen a 10% increase in sales share since a year ago (September 2012). This means more homes in this category are selling in our current market. 300K-500K categories seem to have stayed about the same from a year ago (no significant increase or decrease in sales share of the market).
- Median CA Home Prices are 24.4% higher than a year ago. However, Median CA Home Prices are down 2.8% from August 2013 to a Median of $428,810.
Possible Reasons for home buyer behavior and real estate market slowing down in CA in October:
- “The debate leading up to the expected tapering of the Fed’s stimulus program caused interest rates to rise over the past several months and might have put some of the housing demand on hold,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “While interest rates have decreased since the Fed’s decision last month to postpone the pullback, the government shutdown and debt ceiling discussions over the past two weeks are likely to have an adverse effect on October home sales.”
How long did it take to sell a Single Family Home in September 2013?
- The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home also increased to 29.6 days in September from 28.8 days in August, but was down from a revised 39.2 days in September 2012.