So Cal Re Market Report/ Buyer, Seller & Investor Tips
August 25, 2021
By Saeed Ghaffari
So Cal Market Beat
Buyer, Seller & Investor Tips
ECON 101 (Supply & Demand)
Table below shows the impact of the market trends and factors on our economy.
MAI: Market Action Index. MAI of 30 represents a balanced market between buyers and sellers. Over 30 indicates a seller market and below 30 is a buyer market.
Avg. DOM: Average days on the market
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5 Week Trends
In So Cal, there was a mixed trend in current inventory with average 0.11% of overall increase. Orange & San Diego counties showed 1.00% & 0.47% decrease respectively. San Bernardino county did not show a change. Los Angeles, Riverside & Ventura counties showed an increase of 0.23%, 0.83% & 2.37% respectively.
New listings in the region showed downward trend with an average of 1.31% decrease with exception of Ventura county showing increase of 8.06%. Older listings went slightly up as well with the average for the region being 2.53%.
New listings were 24.62% of total active inventory and older listings slightly dropped to 10.80% of the active listings.
Coming soon inventory continued the trend from last week and went down by 0.28%.
Closed listings changed the trend from last week and went up by an average of 6.54% in So Cal.
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It’s All About Curb Appeal: The Simple Landscaping Task That Can Boost Your Home’s Value The Most
Those who would rather not lug the lawnmower out to tackle their grass generally pay about $415 for lawn maintenance.
A home’s exterior and front yard are “the first thing that many homebuyers see as they drive up,” says NAR’s Vice President of Research Jessica Lautz. “It does impact whether a buyer is willing to step inside.”
Having a beautifully landscaped property not only helps with a home’s resale value, but it also often keeps the neighbors happy. Homeowners who neglect their yards might face peer pressure to keep their properties tidy so as not to drag down local home values.
First-Time Home Buyer? Here’s How to Improve Your Credit Score
Pull your credit report
There are three major U.S. credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion), and each releases its own credit scores and reports (a more detailed history that’s used to determine your score). Their scores should be roughly equivalent, although they do pull from different sources. For example, Experian considers on-time rent payments while TransUnion has detailed information about previous employers.
To access these scores and reports, financial planner Bob Forrest of Mutual of Omaha recommends using AnnualCreditReport.com, where you can get a free copy of your report every 12 months from each credit-reporting company. It doesn’t include your credit score, though—you’ll have to go to each company for that, and pay a small fee.
Or check with your credit card company: A variety of card issuers offer free access to scores and reports, says Michael Chadwick, owner of Chadwick Financial Advisors in Unionville, CT. Once you’ve got your report, thoroughly review it page by page, particularly the “adverse accounts” section that details late payments and other slip-ups.
Does The Home You Want To Buy Qualify For A USDA Loan? Here’s How To Tell
What type of home qualifies for a USDA loan?
While there is a lot of flexibility in the type of home that may be accepted for a USDA home loan—including condos, townhouses, and new construction—not all homes will qualify. Since USDA loans are meant to help lower-income homebuyers, it’s not intended to be used to buy a mansion. On the contrary, eligible homes must appear “modest” relative to their location. In many cases, that boils down to square footage.
“The general USDA standards for eligible properties include a living area typically between 400 and 2,000 square feet,” says Jill Gonzalez, an analyst with WalletHub. “The property’s value is another indicator of whether or not the house is modest.”
While the exact limits will vary by area, another general rule of thumb is that the land itself cannot be worth more than 30% of the value of the actual home sitting on said property.