Re-Blog of a really great article
It seems the transition is complete. In a recent survey by Redfin, 82% of agents described now as a “good time to sell,” while only 57% described now as “a good time to buy.”
Let’s back up to the third quarter of 2012, when 54% of the agents polled considered it a good time to sell, but 75% called it a good time to buy.
This complete ‘180’ in the housing markets can only be backed by dangerously low inventory, prices that continue to appreciate and low interest rates pushing buyers to buy now.
I recently wrote about a house my husband and I put an offer in on. I felt fairly confident about our offer and we’d managed to tour the house less than 24 hours after it had gone on the market, putting our offer in the same day. Unfortunately, within a day, four other offers were put in and the seller chose a higher one.
As a buyer, this is discouraging. It’s frustrating to know there is zero ‘wiggle room’ when it comes to negotiations and often homes are selling above the appraisal value.
On the other hand, I can only imagine sellers are riding high and feeling good, as multiple offers pour in on their homes within a day. In fact, 98% of agents surveyed by Redfin agreed that sellers are becoming more confident about the market.
With that in mind, 83% of agents agree that buyers also are becoming more confident, so it’s not totally a lost cause for those of us trying to find a home.
Working in this industry, I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard say “the time to buy is now.” Well, as a buyer (often frustrated with this sellers’ market), I can tell you that the time to sell is now as well.
Humor Alert! – 7 Real Estate Riders that Should Exist, but Don’t
1. By Appointment Only (And Good Luck With That)
Those ‘By Appointment Only’ riders don’t seem to be too terrible at a glance, and they’re not in most cases – especially when they give the sellers the chance to scrape up the oatmeal their toddler just plastered on the wall, clean up their bedrooms and vacate the premises so the buyer and the property can have some alone time.
But then there are those sellers who need 4 days’ notice, can only show their home on Wednesdays between 1 and 1:20 and Thursday after 10:15 pm, required 3 reminder calls and, because they refuse to put a lockbox on the house, want the buyer’s broker to knock three times and give a whippoorwill call before entering. This is the group whose listed homes should bear this fantasy sign rider.
2. Flexible Zoning: Lawn Parking Allowed
Flexibly zoned neighborhoods are fantastic for those who want to build another unit or have a little urban farm. The challenge with flexible zoning is that your neighbors’ “dream” uses are also allowed – and they might not exactly line up with your client’s idea of an idyllic, semi-rural setting.
Some of the other sorts of folks attracted to flexible zoning find it suits them because they need space for their 20 ‘vintage’ automobiles – space to stores them for the 10 years until they retire and have time to fix them up. That might become a challenge with the makeshift chop shop spot is the neighbors’ front yard.
3. Wildly Overpriced
4. Looooooooooong Sale
Part of buyers’ outrage at the concept of a short sale is the paradoxical, misleading nature of the transactional name. Nothing about a short sale is short, except the amount of proceeds the seller will have to payoff their mortgage. I wonder if buyers would be a little less outraged if we flipped the script and went in the direction of extreme truth in advertising? Maybe some bold listing agent will one day change all their short sale riders to be upfront about the “loooooooong” length of the escrow that is part of the trade off for low, short sale pricing.
5. Unnatural Lighting Galore
Ever watch a house hunting reality show on TV? Seems like every buyer’s dream is a home with more windows than walls, the better to let in beams of natural light. Unfortunately, in some eras, windows were costly and thought to make a home harder to cool and heat. Additionally, homes with additions or much reconfiguring done over the years can end up with bathrooms and kitchens that lack windows and even ventilation.
In homes like these, where fluorescents rule the day, the more accurate way to describe the situation might be ‘Unnatural Lighting Galore.’
6. Down and Going Neighborhood
“Up-and-coming neighborhood.” Is that label a blessing or a curse? That’s situation-specific, as it does hold the promise of a value-priced home that will be worth more in the future, based on the hope that the area is already on track to overcome its stigma. But the truth is, sometimes areas don’t really come “up” for a decade or two after people start calling it ‘up and coming.’ Other times, up and coming neighborhood is really just a pretext for charging more than the comparables – much more, in some cases.
But what about those neighborhoods that used to be nice, but have taken a hit by the recession, or the construction of a big mega-mart smack in the heart of the area? Sure would be nice (albeit unlikely) if sellers would flag this for buyers, with one of these riders.
7. Basement Flooding → Underground Pool!
Just last week I showed a home which had been the subject of multiple pre-listing inspections. The reports mentioned standing water in the crawl space, and I was on a mission to see precisely what the inspectors meant. I searched high and low and couldn’t find a door to the basement, but finally managed to use my fingernails to pry up a floorboard hatch in the entryway coat closet. And lo and behold, I found myself face to face with a few feet of standing water – in California, mind you. Weeks after the last rain.
To be a great agent for a long time, you’ve got to be an optimist. But there is a line beyond which looking on the bright side can border on flirting with delusion. As I was discussing the property and our viewing with my clients, there was nothing else to do to but to have fun with the situation, so I mentioned the underground pool – laughs were had, all around. Here’s to truth-telling and staying on the right side of the optimism/delusion line, my friends!
Read the full original article from Trulia Blog here- http://pro.truliablog.com/just-for-fun/7-real-estate-riders-that-should-exist-but-dont/?ecampaign=anews&eurl=pro.truliablog.com%2Fjust-for-fun%2F7-real-estate-riders-that-should-exist-but-dont
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This article comes to us from the REALTOR.com Lockbox blog. You can view the original article at Lockbox.REALTOR.com.
From a local market perspective, the 2012 ActiveRain real estate survey shows markets where real estate agents are significantly more optimistic and others in which real estate agents are concerned about 2012. Based on our survey data, the ActiveRain real estate network has created a real estate confidence index and ranked the top real estate markets.
Below is a list of the TOP 10 and BOTTOM 10 real estate markets ranked by real estate agent confidence.
With low real estate values, low interest rates and a recovering economy, American real estate agents believe that 2012 is a great time to purchase both single family and multi-family rental properties. Real estate agents feel that single family homes and luxury homes represent great investment opportunities. What did real estate agents think are the worst opportunities in the 2012 real estate market? Due to the glut of inventory in the real estate market due to short-sales and foreclosures, new construction condominiums, new construction single family homes, and land for construction were rated as the worst investment opportunities.
American real estate agents expect the US real estate market to be largely flat from 2011 to 2012. Real estate agents predict that real estate values will be flat from 2011 to 2012, signaling a bottom to the real estate market or the end of the real estate bubble. Given historically low interest rates as well as a bottoming of real estate values, real estate agents expect that the number of real estate transactions and new construction starts will increase slightly in 2012. Additionally, real estate agents believe local economies are on the mend and we will see improvements in the economy.