Monday’s Real Estate Update

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LOCAL news 

The historic residences in Seattle’s Discovery Park that will soon be on the market have mountain and water views. I loved this place when I was a kid and will definitely be touring these homes.

Soon you’ll be able to buy one of the historic homes in Discovery Park

Snapshot of Snohomish and King County

In order below: County, New listings, total active, pending sales, closed sales, Average Price, Median Price. month of inventory and same time last year inventory. Read the full information from the NWMLS.

Snohomish 1,083 1,918 1,237 686 $341,735 $315,000 2.80 3.50
King 2,518 3,536 2,788 1,688 $487,745 $390,000 2.09 2.46

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

 How to buy a home when you can’t afford one

There are down payment assistance programs in our state too. Just ask me and I can direct you to many that may help. Remember however there are guidelines and income requirements.

REAL ESTATE news 

Paul McCartney’s childhood home up for auction [VIDEO]

Home automation comes of age. Yes were heading towards the “Jetsons” age.

FOR FUN

Meeting the World’s first luxury tiny house. I am not sure about these they look like a trailer to me. Thoughts?

Sneak Preview New Listings

Sneak Peak! Do you know there are some great bank owned homes from Fannie Mae coming soon? Here is one in Bothell that will hit the market in a few weeks. 1994 Rambler with nice tile floors, island kitchen, gas fireplace, 3 bdrm/ 2 bath/ 1632 sq ft. List price will be under $340K. Want more info? Hurry and ask BEFORE it hits the market.

Bothell Coming soon

 

This one is going on tomorrow! Turn Key FHA approved town home ready for new owner! Located in a small gated community surrounded by new homes & natural growth protected area. This Private & spacious home sits in back of the complex backing up to green belt. W/ Large living space of 1128sq. ft. & a 525 sq. ft garage w/additional storage you have room for everything. Features lots of large windows, hardwoods in kitchen & bath, gas stove, gas fireplace, gas heat & all appliances. Min. to Everett Boeing, Muk. Schools & Shopping. $165K

 

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National Real Estate News

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 09:31 AM PDT

The new home sales report for June – combined with the downward revisions for previous months – was very weak.

The Census Bureau reported that new home sales this year, through June, were 225,000, Not seasonally adjusted (NSA). That is down 4.3% from 235,000 during the first half of 2013 (NSA).

Maybe sales will move sideways for a little longer, but remember early 2013 was a difficult comparison period. Annual sales in 2013 were up 16.3% from 2012, but sales in the first four months of 2013 were up 26% from the same period in 2012!

New Home Sales 2013 2014

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This graph shows new home sales for 2013 and 2014 by month (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate).

The comparisons to last year will be a little easier in Q3, and I still expect to see year-over-year growth later this year.

And here is another update to the “distressing gap” graph that I first started posting several years ago to show the emerging gap caused by distressed sales.  Now I’m looking for the gap to close over the next few years.

Distressing Gap

The “distressing gap” graph shows existing home sales (left axis) and new home sales (right axis) through June 2014. This graph starts in 1994, but the relationship has been fairly steady back to the ’60s.

Following the housing bubble and bust, the “distressing gap” appeared mostly because of distressed sales.

I expect existing home sales to decline or move sideways (distressed sales will slowly decline and be partially offset by more conventional / equity sales).  And I expect this gap to slowly close, mostly from an increase in new home sales.

Note: Existing home sales are counted when transactions are closed, and new home sales are counted when contracts are signed. So the timing of sales is different.

 
New Home Sales decrease to 406,000 Annual Rate in June

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 07:13 AM PDT

The Census Bureau reports New Home Sales in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 406 thousand.

May sales were revised down from 504 thousand to 442 thousand, and April sales were revised down from 425 thousand to 408 thousand.

Sales of new single-family houses in June 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 8.1 percent below the revised May rate of 442,000 and is 11.5 percent below the June 2013 estimate of 459,000.

New Home Sales

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The first graph shows New Home Sales vs. recessions since 1963. The dashed line is the current sales rate.

Even with the increase in sales over the previous two years, new home sales are still close to the bottom for previous recessions.

The second graph shows New Home Months of Supply.

New Home Sales, Months of Supply

The months of supply increased in June to 5.8 months from 5.2 months in May.

The all time record was 12.1 months of supply in January 2009.

This is now in the normal range (less than 6 months supply is normal).

“The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of June was 197,000. This represents a supply of 5.8 months at the current sales rate.”

New Home Sales, Inventory

On inventory, according to the Census Bureau:

“A house is considered for sale when a permit to build has been issued in permit-issuing places or work has begun on the footings or foundation in nonpermit areas and a sales contract has not been signed nor a deposit accepted.”

Starting in 1973 the Census Bureau broke this down into three categories: Not Started, Under Construction, and Completed.

The third graph shows the three categories of inventory starting in 1973.

The inventory of completed homes for sale is still low, and the combined total of completed and under construction is also low.

New Home Sales, NSA

The last graph shows sales NSA (monthly sales, not seasonally adjusted annual rate).

In June 2014 (red column), 38 thousand new homes were sold (NSA). Last year 43 thousand homes were also sold in June. The high for June was 115 thousand in 2005, and the low for June was 28 thousand in 2010 and 2011.

This was well below expectations of 475,000 sales in June, and sales were down 11.5% year-over-year.

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Information obtained from http://www.calculatedriskblog.com

 

 

 
 

WEEKLY DOSE OF Real Estate Awesomness

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

7 steps to help you navigate the mortgage process

5 tips for unmarried couples buying a house together

 5 tips to help you win a bidding war for your new home

REAL ESTATE news

 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett Metro area 3rd fastest-moving housing market in U.S.

 Home Tips

So you boldly painted a wall a vibrant red. Now what?

 5 ways to turn that drab deck into a relaxing summer oasis

 Tips for cutting down waste while entertaining this summer

 Water conservation tips for Seattle and all Puget Sound homeowners

Just for fun! Take a look at this Everett Home listed for Sale.

What a view of the Cascades and the entire Snohomish Valley!  Can you imagine waking up each morning and having coffee on the deck to this? Its one of the very many scenic views our community offers and is the reason I call this area home.

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Tuesday Tid Bit Real Estate News

Whew! A bit late I guess Tuesday evening for the news but its end of the School Year fun and with two boys all these events are making for one tired mom who is up working late.

So if your up as late as me here is your Tuesday Tidbit Real Estate News.

From Fannie Mae: Spring-Summer Buying and Selling Season Sputters Despite Drop in Mortgage Rates

“Consumers’ lukewarm income expectations and reticence about the economy seem to be holding back housing demand,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “This year’s spring and summer home buying season has gotten off to a slow start, even as mortgage rates have trended lower over the past two months. Our National Housing Survey data show that economic conditions continue to be the top concern among consumers who think it’s a bad time to buy or sell a home. While recent housing activity suggests that the worst of the housing slump may be behind us, this caution among consumers supports our expectation that the rebound in home sales will likely be too modest to pull sales for all of 2014 ahead of last year.”
As a reminder: a decline in existing home sales this year is not “bad news”. With fewer distressed sales and less investor buying, it is no surprise that existing home sales are down. I expect housing starts and new home sales (the key for GDP and employment growth) to increase this year and also in 2015.

Other  news included the research data that demand for purchase mortgages in the last three months gained a cumulative 9%. On the pricing front, a national listing site said prices are beginning to stabilize. Their chief economist explained: “…home price changes are looking more balanced, sustainable and widespread than at any point since the price recovery began.” With home prices still rising, but in a more controlled fashion, there are now more than 43 million homes with equity. This should encourage more people to put their properties on the market, improving the inventory situation. 

I know buyers will like to hear this.  I just secured a home for a buyer of mine that had 5 offers! Since it was the only Rambler in that zip code for sale you can imagine how happy they are.

News You Can Use~ Mortgage Rates 4.27%

Check out these articles for great information about our community and the real estate industry.

MORTGAGE & FINANCE news

10 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/04/15/when-homeowners-are-better-off-than-renters

Americans now consider real estate best option for long-term investments

http://www.gallup.com/poll/168554/americans-sold-real-estate-best-long-term-investment.aspx

Average 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27%

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/04/17/mortgage-rates/7823375/

Earth Day: Energy-efficient mortgages have you spending now to save money later

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/02/07/how-an-energy-efficient-mortgage-can-save-you-money

REAL ESTATE news

Is your home ready for your retirement?

http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2014/04/18/home-remodel-design-aging-in-place/

10 home feature trends for 2014

http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-home-feature-trends-for-2014/10/

 

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Earth Day: 15 tips to make your home more green

http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2014/04/15-tips-to-make-your-home-more-green.html

LOCAL news

Price gains in 2014 don’t indicate a bubble, correction and inflation the cause of increases

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlewaterfronthomes/2014/04/15/is-there-a-real-estate-bubble-in-seattle-inflation-and-11-of-our-home-equity-says-no/

Pierce County still cheaper to buy than rent a home

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/02/19/3056712/in-pierce-thurston-counties-its.html?sp=/99/261/273/

Earth Day: Downtown Bellevue and Seattle’s Columbia City among top 10 green neighborhoods in the nation

http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2014/04/top-10-neighborhoods-for-green-homes.html#.U1SWO-aMWRM

WEEKLY DOSE OF awesomeness

Did you know Earth Day was first announced in 1969 at a conference in Seattle?

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day

Earth Day: 3 free apps to help you go green

http://parade.condenast.com/280529/viannguyen/3-free-apps-to-help-you-go-green-this-earth-day/

 

 

30 Offers on one house???

Yep I am not kidding! See this house?

What a day yesturday! Put in an offer on a home in a HOT neighborhood for one of my investor clients and we were one of 30 offers! Yes, 30 I could not believe it!

I have been really rocking lately on getting homes for my clients in multiple offer situations but today I was humbled and reminded sometimes you can do everything possible and still not be the winning bid. I dont know exactly as of yet but, was told the winning offer was WAY over asking! It must have been because ours was too.

Sometimes this market is so crazy and just goes to show you what I have been saying lately there are more people looking earlier this year than I have seen in the last few years. So if you are in the market get out there soon because the best deals go very fast.

Or if your considering selling give me a call for a FREE Price Analysis anytime!

Here are some recent listings from my office and more coming. Its getting busy!

Remax Town Center Listings