Spring Buying Season is Sweet and Sour

The divide between the prices of homes Americans want to buy and the inventory of such homes is growing, suggesting first-time home buyers and high-end sellers might have a difficult year ahead of them. The result is likely to be swiftly rising prices at the low end and challenges for first-time buyers, and sluggish price […]

The California Housing Crisis

The backlash comes as California’s lack of housing supply is becoming a crisis. A postwar building boom gave birth to a labyrinth of freeways and sprawling suburbs, and between 1980 and 2010, coastal metro areas in California added new housing units at about half the rate of the typical U.S. metro area. Our golden state […]

2017: The Focus Ahead

Some shocking numbers have just come in. It has been reported that total housing inventory dropped 10.8% in December to 1.65 million existing homes available for sale, the lowest level since the National Association of Relators (NAR) began tracking housing supply in 1999. Inventory decreased 6.3% from last year and has fallen for 19 consecutive […]

The Great Divide

Urban areas have benefited in recent years from an influx of younger workers seeking high-paying jobs. At the same time, land-use regulations have constricted supply, helping drive up prices. While the wealthiest homeowners had a rocky ride during the past decade, their homes have recovered most or all of the value they lost during the […]

Virtual Reality for a Seller’s Market

Sellers in the current housing landscape often have the luxury of listing their homes “as is” without fixing it up or with only minimal window-dressing since demand for homes has been high and inventory low. It’s common for sellers to receive multiple bids, and in the hottest markets, sell for over asking price. An inventive […]

Declining Housing Affordability & the California Economy

For the first time in nearly a year, declining housing affordability topped lack of inventory as realtors’ number one concern, with 26% stating they were concerned about low housing affordability. However, worries over a tight housing supply were not too far behind, with 19% indicating their concern. Looking toward 2017, the California realtor community is […]

Get It While It’s Hot

While recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that household incomes rose strongly last year, home prices are still outpacing incomes in many metro areas because of the persistent shortage of new and existing homes for sale. Without more supply, the U.S. homeownership rate will remain near 50-year lows. As outdoor temperatures slide into […]

Home Flipping in California

Nearly 40,000 people flipped their properties in the second quarter this year – the most since the second quarter of 2007, according to a recent report from ATTOM Data Solutions. The company analyzed public sales deeds of more than 950 counties, representing 80% of the U.S. population, on homes that were bought and then sold […]

Real Estate Firms Remain Optimistic

Good news: the vast majority of real estate firms have an optimistic outlook for the future of the industry’s profitability and growth, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) 2016 Profile of Real Estate Firms. Profitability expectations have declined from the 2015 survey, mainly due to inventory shortages and home-price growth, but real estate […]

Zombie Foreclosures Do Not Pose a Threat in California

Here’s a spooky bit of data: vacant homes in the foreclosure process are expected to drop 9 percent in the third quarter from a year ago, but vacant bank-owned properties are expected to jump 67 percent during the period, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. This Halloween season, zombies nationwide are creeping into the least desirable […]