2016 Home Sales Doing Just Fine

2016 Home Sales Doing Just Fine

Some of the housing headlines are causing concern for some consumers who are in the process of either buying or selling a home. Pundits are concerned over the lack of new construction or the month-over-month sales numbers. Let’s set the record straight; 2015 was a good year for residential real estate in the United States and 2016 home sales are starting out stronger. 

Here is a graph of total homes sold (new construction and existing homes) in the first two months in 2016 compared to last year:

2016 Home Sales Doing Just Fine!! | Simplifying The Market

Will this momentum continue?

If we look at foot traffic (the number of purchasers currently out looking at homes), we can see that the spring buying market has started early and all indicators point to the fact that we may have the best spring in over a decade.

2016 Home Sales Doing Just Fine!! | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

The 2016 housing market started out well and looks to be gaining steam. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, now may be a great time.

Past, Present, and Future Home Values

Past, Present, and Future Home Values

Home Values

In CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, they revealed home appreciation in three categories: percentage appreciation over the last year, over the last month, and projected appreciation over the next twelve months.

Here are state maps for each category:

The Past – home appreciation over the last 12 months

Past, Present & Future Home Values | Simplifying The Market

The Present – home appreciation over the last month

Past, Present & Future Home Values | Simplifying The Market

The Future – home appreciation projected over the next 12 months

Past, Present & Future Home Values | Simplifying The Market

Bottom Line

Homes across the country are appreciating at different rates. As I have mentioned before, the rate of home price appreciation across the country is due to a strong housing market reacting to supply and demand, and not a new housing bubble.

If you plan on relocating to another state, and are waiting for your home to appreciate more, you need to know that the home you will buy in another state may be appreciating even faster.

Let’s meet up so I can guide you through your next steps and help you decide what’s right for you.

A New REO Lake Tahoe Home Available

A New REO Lake Tahoe Home Available

An awesome new REO Lake Tahoe home just became available. What’s even better is that it is in Montgomery Estates, one of the most highly desirable neighborhoods in the area! I just went in and previewed this a short time ago and fell in love.

It obviously needs work and looks like it was abandoned some time ago. With some sweat there could be major equity gained. It is a 3 bedroom 3 bath home listed at $439,000 right now. Want to flip it? Fixed up nicely and based on recent comparable properties I think it could sell for $580,000 to $600,000. Here’s info on it directly from the MLS:

“Situated in the well desirable Montgomery Estates neighborhood. This 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bathroom home is across the street from forest land and has partial mountain and forest views. With high vaulted ceilings, living room, kitchen, dining area and a master bedroom located upstairs. The additional two bedrooms and full bathroom along with the laundry room with access to backyard is located downstairs. The home house great potential with value.”

This place is going to go SO fast. When I was there two other groups of Realtors were in there and two more were rolling up as I was leaving!

Snow in Tahoe and the Home Inventory

We Got Some Snow!

Finally right?  It is way past due, and is very appreciated. What does fresh snow mean for the Lake Tahoe real estate market though?

Well, the inventory of Tahoe homes for sale is pretty low right now. When inventory is low we have a seller’s market and we start to see prices rise. Prices have risen slowly but steadily recently. With a potentially large influx of tourism now that we got some snow, we could see prices rise even a bit more as our visitors take the time to look at our home inventory.  Any Tahoe homes currently up for sale should benefit greatly from this.

If you’ve been thinking about selling your Lake Tahoe home, then now is a great time. With a low inventory plus an influx of buyers, it means more money for you and a potentially shorter time on the market.  As a seller you have fewer tahoe homes to compete with as the home inventory is so low.  Pull the trigger.