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The Housing Market in California Today

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A summary of the real estate market in California might read, “mixed bag”.  While home prices increased year-over-year in July, the number of homes sold fell by a whopping 31.1% and the number of homes for sale rose as compared to last year. According to the California Association of Realtors 30 counties recorded sales declined more than 30% from last year.

The Central Coast experienced the largest decline among major regions, with sales decreasing 37.3% from the previous year.  However, the good news for sellers is, median sales price continued to grow in nearly 80% of the California counties!  The final median home prices decreased by only 3.5% to $833,910 (meaning homes are selling for less than asking price) – but this median home price was 2.8% higher than last year at this time.

The report for August reads as follows:

  • Closed sales per day: 513
  • Pending sales per day: 306
  • New listings per day: 260
  • % Of active listings with reduced price: 41.6%
  • % Of homes closed above list price: 35%
  • Median days of the market for closed sales: 22

Currently, we see some markets cooling down.  It is good to keep in mind that all real estate is local and the national news headlines don’t necessarily apply to every market around the country. It would appear that in most of California it has gone from an extreme seller’s market to a more balanced one. One thing remains constant: real estate is now and always has been a sound investment.

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Real Estate Market Report for San Francisco and Peninsula

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Despite the fear mongers’ warnings, life and real estate go on as before in San Francisco and the Peninsula when we are speaking of the real estate market. While there is no longer the frenetic pace of the past two years, buyers and sellers continue to engage in transactions with hefty profits. We have only to examine the past quarter of San Francisco sales to see that, while there has been a very slight slow down in business, homes are still selling above asking price for single-family residences.

Screen Shot 2022 08 26 at 12.54.32 PMThe Peninsula is also showing no backsliding when it comes to average sales vs. listing prices:

Screen Shot 2022 08 26 at 12.54.39 PMWith the year half over and the economy in flux, it is difficult to predict the future, but most economists are still recommending real estate as a safe investment vehicle to increase personal wealth.

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North Bay Real Estate Trends for June 2022

Home Real EstateFor purposes of this report, we are including the counties of Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma.

Inventory at end of June: 2,429 homes and condos (30% over last year; 19% over last month)

Nationally, listings are up 31% over the past year.

There were 1,310 sales in June, which was 30% below last year’s total sales and 12% below last month’s sales.

The ratio of listings whose price was lowered for each county reads as follows:  Sonoma 16%, Mendocino 22%, Napa 23%.

Those counties whose sales were more than the original listing price were as follows: Mendocino 26%, Napa 45%, Sonoma 61%.

Average sales price = $955,270 (+8% YTY)

Median Days on Market = 31 (-26% YTY)

Sales vs. List price = 102% (0% YTY)

What conclusions are we to take from this report? We are not in a free-fall, but real estate has cooled slightly off the frenetic pace we were on for the past couple of years. We are certainly not looking at another 2008, and for good reason. There is plenty of equity in existing homes and inventory is just not plentiful enough to satisfy the demand.

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North Bay Real Estate Market and the U.S.Economy

North Bay Real Estate Market and the U.S.Economy

The red-hot North Bay real estate market has responded to the climbing interest rates and growing inflation by slowing sales. For rates to go from 3% to 6% is a shock to the market. The current market still favors Sellers, however.

In the North Bay year-over year property sales in May were down in Sonoma County by 22% (385 homes sold); Napa County 12.1% (105 homes sold); Marin County by 10.1% (178 homes sold). In Solano County sales rose 5.8% with 328 homes sold in May. This increase was not a surprise to CAR Chief Economist, Oscar Wei, who knows that Solano County is the most affordable county in the North Bay.

There is a definite shift in the market. Buyers are realizing that they don’t need to put in an offer on the first thing they see, and there is a decrease in multiple offers and homes selling for more than the asking price. It is note-worthy that the economists see this as a shift to a more balanced market rather than a crash like we witnessed in 2005 to 2012.

In May, 16% of homes in the three counties sold at reduced prices, and by late June that number jumped to 19%. There is a slowdown of both the low end and the high-end Buyers. People are still buying, just not at the frenzied rate they have been in recent years.

Different demographics have influenced the real estate market in recently, but that could be changing. With baby boomers becoming seniors who may be more reluctant to downsize because of higher interest rates, much of the market will belong to the millennials.

We know that there will always be a demand for housing in the North Bay. So, while things may not be as hectic as they have been for the past 3 years, we can relax a bit and welcome the more stable, balanced market that we are experiencing today.

Whether it be a Buyers’ or a Sellers’ market, Sun Pacific Mortgage is here to offer our privately funded loans to those borrowers who need a fast close or have been turned down for a conventional mortgage. Give us a call at 707-523-2099 or visit our website at www.sunpacificmortgage.com to see what we can do for you.

What Happened in the Bay Area Real Estate Market During the 2nd Quarter?

What Happened in the Bay Area Real Estate Market During the 2nd Quarter

As one Realtor put it, “If the stock market is like a jet skier on a triple espresso, the real estate market is like a giant cargo ship that decelerates and turns slowly.”

This is what we are seeing in the Bay Area as mortgage rates increase and inflation is climbing. Because of the sharp turn in the market, it is better to consider a three-month average than a single month’s data. The following data gives the Bay Area market results in each county for April, May, June:

Q2 2022 Medium Sales Price:

San Mateo: $2,200,000

San Francisco: $2,000,000

Marin: $1,995,000

Santa Clara: $1,880,000

Alameda: $1,460,000

Santa Cruz: $1,350,000

Contra Costa: $975,000

Napa: $973,000

Monterey: $875,000

Sonoma: $860,000

Solano: $625,000

With numbers like this, Bay Area properties are not likely to plunge into severe depreciation any time soon. Real estate continues to be the most stable of all investments according to the economists. Relax, no need to panic. This is just a part of the natural real estate market cycle we have experienced time and again.

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San Francisco and Bay Area Real Estate Report for May

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Even though we have been bombarded with negative headlines for over a month, the housing market in the North Bay has remained strong. San Francisco Bay Area has seen over 30% growth for residential real estate since the pandemic! That is huge! It has been on a 10-year bull run. Even though real estate markets have historically been on a 7-year cycle, this wild ride has been constant for 13 years! Hard to believe? Look at the statistics for single-family home sales for May:

San Francisco:

Avg. sale price: $2,410,387 (April $2,502,144)
Avg. list price: $2,148,931
Avg. Days on Market: 18
Homes sold: 282

Menlo Park:

Avg. sale price: $4,009,035
Avg. Days on Market: 10 (9% over asking)

Foster City:

Avg. sale price: $2,529,181
Avg. Days on Market: 11 (18% over asking)

Belmont:

Avg. sale price: $2,925,721 (15% over asking)
Avg. Days on Market: 10

San Carlos:

Avg. sale price: $3,052,856 (13% over asking)
Avg. Days on Market: 7

San Mateo:

Avg. sale price: $2,302,186 (15% over asking)
Avg. Days on Market: 11

Burlingame:

Avg. sale price: $3,289444 (9% over asking)
Avg. Days on Market: 9

 

Most analysts believe that the secondary and tertiary markets will be hit harder going forward, and that prices will begin to come down slightly for every market. Sellers will need to get realistic about our new normal and Buyers will need to be patient. Buyers will still need to pull the trigger on homes they love when the opportunity arises.

If you are interested in getting into this strong wealth builder but have been disqualified for a loan now that rates have risen, give Sun Pacific Mortgage a call at 707-523-2099 or visit our website www.sunpacificmortgage.com. We have been in business supporting California Homebuyers for 34 years with private mortgages. Our investors are standing by ready to make your dreams of home ownership come true.

Breaking News – Loan of the Week

Breaking News – Loan of the WeekWe Help – Despite Being Turned Down Elsewhere

If you or someone you know are trying to refinance, buy a house or pull cash out and needs this done fast or is having difficulty elsewhere, we can help!  Our Private Money loan programs provide faster than usual funding AND can help those turned down elsewhere. Let us help you, just as we did below with our Loan of the Week:

See our recent blog about the Six C’s of Private Money:
https://www.sunpacificmortgage.com/blogs/the-six-cs-of-private-money-lending/

Loan of the Week

A Borrower and her Real Estate Agent from Santa Clara County reached out to us, desperate to save a home purchase.  Buyer was in Escrow but had just been turned down by their current Lender, due to some last-minute issue with the debt-to-income ratios.  A loan of $1-Million was needed immediately.  As Buyer had a sizable down payment, great credit and low LTV, we quickly got this loan approved and funded in just 11 days!

If you find yourself or someone you know in need of fast financing or having difficulty elsewhere getting a mortgage, give us a call at 707-523-2099 or visit our website at www.sunpacificmortgage.com.  We’ll quickly let you know what we can do to help!

Real Estate Continues to be the Best Investment

Even when inflation is high like today, Americans recognize owning a home is a powerful financial decision. Because inflation has reached its highest level in 40 years, it is more important than ever to understand the benefits of home ownership. Rising inflation means prices are increasing across every commodity, and that includes goods, services, housing costs, and more. When you buy a home, you lock in your biggest budgetary item each month.

For 9 years in a row Americans have chosen real estate as the best long-term investment. The following graph depicts the results of the latest poll conducted:

image1When inflation has risen in the past, home prices have risen as well. A house is an asset that typically increases in value over time even during inflation. According to Mark Cussen, Financial Writer for Investopedia:

“There are many advantages to investing in real estate…It often acts as a good inflation hedge since there will always be a demand for homes regardless of the economic climate and because as inflation rises, so do property values…”

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an investor looking to increase your family’s wealth or retirement fund, look no further than property.

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North Bay Real Estate Statistics for May 2022

Sonoma County Coming Out on Top in Move North

With interest rates rising and inventory falling, it is no surprise that we found this May very different from last May.  Here’s a snapshot of what happened in three of the North Bay counties last month in single-family residence sales:

Sonoma County: 

  • 492 Sold (22% fewer than 2021)
  • 416 New Listings (40% fewer than 2021)
  • 396 Closed Escrow (30% fewer than 2021)
  • 504 Homes left at end of May

Marin County:

  • 231 Sold
  • 185 New Listings (37% fewer than 2021)
  • 230 Closed Escrow
  • 174 Homes left at end of May (16% fewer than 2021)

Napa County:

  • 103 Sold
  • 87 New Listings
  • 117 Closed Escrow
  • 195 Homes left at end of May (17% fewer than 2021)

Marin County remained the hottest of all 7 North Bay counties.  The experts expect more inventory to appear from now until the end of August, which might improve the picture to a degree in spite of expected increases in interest rates.

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So, You Want to Build an ADU in California?

So, You Want to Build an ADU in CaliforniaFor a variety of reasons, thousands of California Homeowners are adding Accessory Dwelling Units to their property. Whether it is for housing adult kids, aging parents, or another source of income, these smaller homes can be built for a fraction of the cost of a new house and can be installed relatively quickly.

These units are viewed as part of the solution to California’s housing crisis and as a result we have seen laws passed over the last five years which have made it considerably easier to obtain permits while slashing local fees. Nevertheless, these projects are expensive, the rules can be complex, and the bureaucratic hurdles can be daunting.

ADUs can be attached or detached. They can be new builds or a conversion of an existing structure. According to a survey of ADU owners in Berkeley, the median construction price in 2020 was $150,000 or about $250 per square foot. Construction prices had risen dramatically since 2020, so the cost will be considerably more in today’s economy.

In support of these constructions, the law states that local governments retain some authority to set objective standards for such things as height limits, setbacks, parking requirements and landscaping, but if the ADU is no more than 800 square feet and16 feet high, set back at least 4 feet from the property line, it is eligible for a permit in any residential or mixed-use zone.

Local officials must act on a completed ADU application within 60 days or else it is automatically approved. At least that is what the law requires. A developer in Campbell who specializes in ADUs says that there is still “a ton of boxes to check” to get the project approved.

An ADU is still a complicated, costly project no matter how small it is because it requires a kitchen, a bathroom, a sewer connection and permits. As a builder in Los Angeles stated, “The stuff that you don’t see is the most important stuff-the foundation, the plumbing the electrical, what’s hidden behind the walls.”

The other key point to consider in a decision to add an ADU to your property is the increase in your property tax bill. Newly constructed ADUs are assessed at market value upon completion, which in California with a 1.25% tax rate, could raise your property tax on an ADU valued at $200,000 by $2,500 a year.

The idea of an ADU is a bit more glamorous than the reality when examining all the aspects associated with the build. But, for many Homeowners it had been the answer to otherwise unsurmountable problems. Weighing the pros and cons before embarking on a project this large, and consulting with local officials and contractors is essential to a successful outcome.

If you have been denied a loan from your bank or other lending institution, consider a privately funded loan from the investors at Sun Pacific Mortgage. Call us today at 707-523-2099 or visit our website at www.sunpacificmortgage.com to see how we can help you with  your real estate financing needs.

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