March 23, 2021
By Saeed Ghaffari
So Cal Market Beat
MLS Data provided courtesy of Real Estate Legends, USA
Table below shows the impact of the market trends and factors on our economy, ECON 101.
Buyer, Seller & Investor Tips
- Active Inventory listings had .5% rise from the week before, it’s a slight increase but a continuation of the trend from the week before. The more properties on the market, the more choices for buyers to choose from, downward pressure on prices, advantage towards buyers.
- The average closings were up also by 1.09% in So Cal with 4 out of 6 counties in the positive.
- The new listings were up by 3.27% this week and the older listings were down by 4.42%. If this trend continues, it is expected to balance the market between the buyers and sellers.
- The Activity Index (the percentage of new listings to the active listings) was up by .93% and the Aging Index (the percentage of older listings to active listings) was down by .91%.
- Coming Soon inventory was up 1.56% across the So Cal.
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Should I Wait For Housing To Crash Further Before I Buy A House? 3 Reasons The End of 2022 Could Be The Very Best Time To Jump In
Prices falling in expensive cities
In two-thirds of major regional housing markets — 98 out of 148 — prices continue to drop, especially in more expensive locations.
We may see expensive markets fall further, which if that happens sooner than later, would make it an excellent time to buy into an expensive market. This wouldn’t have registered as a possibility even a few months back.
It’s difficult to predict if this will happen. And if so, whether falling prices become offset by the federal interest rate hikes practically certain to arrive in the coming months.
The only way to know for sure is to wait until the latest rate hike sets in.
Meanwhile, keep in mind that — as with any investment — it’s best time to buy is usually when prices are low.
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The days of waiving contingencies such as appraisals and forgoing inspections are fading into the rearview mirror. Still, contract activity remains slightly competitive depending on your location.
At least 24% of buyers waived the inspection contingency in December 2022, according to the National Association of Realtors confidence survey, up from 16% a month prior and 19% one year ago. An additional 24% of buyers waived an appraisal contingency in December, up slightly from 16% in November and 21% a year ago.
Home inspection contingencies are particularly important because it can let you know if there’s a deal-breaking issue with the property before a purchase occurs. It can also help you negotiate repairs with the seller, which is becoming increasingly common in today’s market.
“If buyers have this short window to buy where they can get incentives to purchase, [they] would rather buy where they have an opportunity to really think about it, get an inspection, a financing contingency and not feel rushed,” Jeff Reynolds, broker at Compass and founder of UrbanCondoSpaces.com, told Yahoo Finance.