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The house I had listed in Carmel Valley closed yesterday for $1,080,000.  We hit the MLS on the morning of Thursday, April 5th, and the marketing began right away withYouTube video on the blog, the 48-hour Facebook ad (above), and open house on the weekend.

Carmel Valley has been the hottest market in North County, so it was no surprise that we were getting 300+ hits on the ad and on the Zillow page.

The only offer was submitted on Tuesday, April 10th, and we questioned whether to counter at $1,090,000, or just accept the $1,080,000.  We used this graph below to help decide it the phone wasnt ringing, and the Zillow views were dropping quickly:

The initial urgency around a new listing dwindles faster than ever, and it doesnt get better later, unless other higher-priced new listings happen nearby.

Is it a sign of a slowing market?  Or just the reality of real estate sales in 2018?

Buyers have ample internet tools, and are making decisions in an instant.

Posted byJim the Realtoron May 15, 2018 inCarmel ValleyJims Take on the MarketMarket Conditions1 comment

Its that time again more school bonds! In an area like Carmel Valley where there is already Mello-Roos bonds on the books, it feels like doubling up you may want to get involved!

A recent survey showed that voter sentiments have not changed significantly on a potential Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) bond in November 2018 to address facilities needs.

At the school boards Feb. 28 meeting Adam Sonenshein, vice president of FM3 Research and Associates, reported that support for a bond is right at the 55 percent necessary to pass, 10 points below where the measure tested in 2016.

The Carlsbad Unified School District which is still paying for the last bond issue of $198 million through 2035 is considering more bonds too:

Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) has provided an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment to students in our community since 1958. Our world-class elementary, middle and high schools improve our quality of life and protect the value of our homes.

We are proud of the education that our district provides, but some of our schools were built more than 50 years ago and dont have the modern classrooms, science labs or instructional technology that local students need. Our older schools need upgrades to meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools.

In order to succeed in college and careers, local students need to be skilled in the use of todays technologies and have a solid background in science, math, engineering and technology. Local schools need to be updated to ensure that school buildings, science labs, technology and facilities can continue to support high achievement.

State funding for school improvements is limited. In order to maintain high-quality education in local schools,the CUSD Board of Trustees is considering placing a bond measure on an upcoming ballot to generate up to $328 million for facility repairs and updates.

Posted byJim the Realtoron May 14, 2018 inJims Take on the MarketLocal Flavor1 comment

The new-listings count cooled off this week only 99 vs. 138 last week but the total number of houses in escrow jumped 9%!  Rising rates are probably playing a role in the decision-making by buyers, and the expectation of another Fed move is likely to keep the housing market hopping:

The Federal Reserve is almost certain to raise short-term interest rates at its June policy meeting and will likely follow up with another increase in September, according to economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.

Among professional forecasters surveyed in recent days, 98% predicted the Feds next rate increase will come at its June 12-13 meeting, with the average probability of a move then pegged at 85%.

We know that mortgage rates arent tied to the Fed rate, but buyers are already jittery about prices the thought of potentially-higher mortgage rates should keep them very active!

Posted byJim the Realtoron May 14, 2018 inInventoryJims Take on the Market0 comments

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They started at $5 million, but after nearly two years, it closed for $3,525,000 (LP was $3,989,000):

Posted byJim the Realtoron May 11, 2018 inCarlsbadJims Take on the MarketView3 comments

This guy says a housing bubble is brewing because: A)  incomes arent going up as fast as homes prices, B) the cost of building materials has risen, and C) oil production should collapse.  But if gas prices go up higher, arent electric or hybrid cars the answer?  For home prices to fall, we would need desperate sellers who need the money so bad they will sell at any price, which sounds more like a boomer liquidation sale which has been elusive so far, and mitigated by reverse mortgages.

Hat tip to Richard for submitting heres the summary:

For these reasons, I see a 3 Stage Collapse of the U.S. Housing Market.  The 1st stage of the housing collapse will occur when the broader markets experience a 25-50% sell-off.  At this point, the U.S. median home price will fall 40% to $200,000.  As U.S. oil production continues to decline, we will enter the second stage as the U.S. median home price drops 60% to $120,000.

The 3rd stage of the U.S. Housing Collapse will occur likely by 2030 (or possibly sooner) as domestic oil production falls  50-75%.As Americans and citizens of the world understand that oil production will continue to decline, the value of stocks, bonds, and real estate will also continue to fall.  Which is why I see the U.S. median home price to $40,000 in the 3rd stage of the collapse.

Of course, my timing could be off by a few years, but not decades.  Either way, the notion that real estate values will always rise in the future will be DEAD for GOOD as the market is impacted negatively due to falling oil production.

Posted byJim the Realtoron May 11, 2018 inForecastsJims Take on the Market7 comments

Keith atModern San Diegohad this to report in his last newsletter (see below):

Posted byJim the Realtoron May 11, 2018 inHistoric HomesInteresting HousesJims Take on the MarketLa Jolla1 comment

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