Orange County CA Home Selling Markets Are Now Balanced

IMAG0223 (Large)_optOrange County CA now sees balance in its home selling markets – with no advantage for either sellers or buyers.

While comparing the supply (the active inventory) and demand (the number of pending sales over the prior month) smart analysts can determine the EXPECTED MARKET TIME – or how long it would take to sell the current supply of homes actively listed on the market with current level of demand.

When the expected market time is below three months, it’s sellers’ market.  In March 2013, the expected market time dropped to 1.1 months and Orange County housing strongly favored the seller – when there were only 3,183 homes for sale and demand was at 2,880 pending sales.

Cash was king during that time, and most homes got multiple offers and were selling in less a month.

Orange County CA home selling and EXPECTED MARKET TIME is now balanced at about 4 months.  This will continue to be balanced through the end of the year – and will not shift towards a buyers’ market – since some listings are being pulled off the market by sellers.

Sellers at Orange County CA need to make sure they are pricing their homes correctly from the start, so they can get real buyer attention during this balanced market.

By Harrison K. Long – Source of some information is CRMLS and ReportsOnHousing and is for listings and sales by all agents and brokers.

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Contact us with questions about East Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Newport Beach homes and about listing and sale of your home at Orange County CA. ~ Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for home and property owners, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of homes and properties at Orange County CA.

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Moving to New Normal at Orange County CA Home Selling

Is this the New Normal at Orange County CA home selling?

IMAG0223 (Large)_optHome sellers at Orange County CA are no longer getting huge price appreciation, multiple offers, and highest selling prices.Orange County Property News

2014 has been different from both 2012 and 2013 when Orange County homes for sale flew off the market and prices were soaring.

Some buyers are now trying to time the market and expecting to see lower prices. However, these buyers are sitting on the fence without looking at the facts.

Orange County is still in a home seller’s market – and a sign is current expected market time at 3.3 months. Home selling is moving toward a new normal – which would be a balanced market of between four to five months average time from listing to sale.

Interest rate are still at historical lows. However, quantitive easing by the FED will end in October, and mortgage rates will fluctuate more then, and rates will go up. When mortgage rates go up, monthly payments will also go up, and buyer affordability will go down.

Buyers need to cash in on these amazingly low rates, which we might never see again. Home buyers who take advantage of today’s rates will look the smartest people ever in a few years.

Number of homes for sale at Orange County will continue to drop for the rest of this year – as fewer homeowners choose to sell now that we have entered the Autumn, when familes are focused on schools, and the holidays are coming soon.

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By Harrison K. Long – Source of some information is CRMLS and ReportsOnHousing and is for listings and sales by all agents and brokers.

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Newport Beach CA Real Estate Recap Starts Fall Season

Newport Beach CA home selling starts fall season with recap

Newport Beach CA has some amazing home seller and buyer opportunities as we start this year’s fall season 2014.

With luxury and expensive homes near Newport Harbor, Balboa Island, the canal, the Back Bay, and beaches – Newport Beach is a most popular location for residential living and investment.

Summer has ended with fall season started on September 22, 2014.

70 Newport Beach homes have sold during past 30 days – from August 22 to September 21 – at end of summer 2014.

$2,011,000 was average Newport Beach home sold price during this past 30 days – and average time on market for those sold homes was 108 days.

67 Newport Beach homes sold during same time last year – August 22 to September 21, 2013.

$1,793,000 was average sold price las year – and average time on market for those sold homes was 70 days.

So Newport Beach average home selling prices are up more than 12 percent during this time – end of summer 2014 as compared with end of summer 2013.

Newport Beach now has 344 homes listed for sale – with average list price of $2,753,000.

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By Harrison K. Long. Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA. This is information from CRMLS multiple listing service and is for homes listed and sold by all brokers and agents.

Contact us at 949-854-7747 with your questions about home prices and values at Newport Beach and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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Now Is a Great Time for Orange County CA Home Buying

Now is a Great Time for Orange County CA Home Buying

Orange County CA now has more than 8,000 homes listed for sale, which is up about 35 percent from one year ago.  Buyers have lots of choices these days and room for positive negotiation in many situations.

So why are some Orange County CA home buyers waiting?  Perhaps it’s because they are nervous and on the sidelines for what they believe will be a real buyers market where they will get the best deals.

But buyers should not wait.  Purchase money mortgage loan rates are still low and hover around 4.1% for a 30-year fixed rate for those who qualify.

Number of homes for sale listings is way up from last year and first part of this year, and buyers have much better choices now.

However, with an expected market time to sell all homes now on the market is just over 3 months, the current Orange County home selling market still favors the sellers is not yet close to a buyer’s favored market.

Buyers are wishfully thinking and not using facts and real housing data while they wait to buy.

2014 is very different from last year 2013 when Orange County CA was a sizzling seller’s favored market – with homes flying off the market at almost any price.

Just because prices have gone way up does not mean that the market has shifted to a buyer’s market.

Orange County home selling markets are moving more towards a normal, balanced market where neither buyers nor sellers will be able to call the shots.

Today, it’s still a seller’s favored market with very little price appreciation. That means that homes will sell close to the most recent comparable closed sales and sellers will be able to control the terms.

Buyers need to look at the facts about the market and not wait!

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By Harrison K. Long.  Source of some information is Steven Thomas and his ReportsOnHousing.com.

Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA.

Contact us at 949-854-7747 with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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East Costa Mesa CA Home Selling Market Trends

East Costa MesaEast Costa Mesa is a most-popular area for home buyers at Orange County – and is located just inland from Newport Beach and about two miles from Newport Harbor.

Ideally situated on the highly coveted Magnolia Street in EastsiEast Costa Mesa homeowners and residents cherish their neighborhoods, with flat and wide streets, friendly neighbors, single level homes, good access to public parks and recreational areas, and located close to good public schools.

 

  • 16 East Costa Mesa homes were sold so far from August 1 to August 28, 2014 – with average sold price of $825,593 – and average time on market of 76 days for those sold homes.
  • 17 East Costa Mesa homes were sold during same time last year 2013 from August 1 to August 28, 2013 – with average sold price of $798,115 – and average time on market of 53 days for those sold homes.
  • So East Costa Mesa home selling is a little slower this year in August, and selling numbers are otherwise about the same as last year 2013.

290 Magnolia, sold, 5-1-2014Investors and buyers have also liked East Costa Mesa real estate.

149 East Costa Mesa homes have sold so far this year – from January 1 to August 28, 2014.

Average sold price of 870,366, and average time on market of 65 days for those sold homes.

  • East Costa Mesa has now has 68 homes listed for sale – with average list price of $922,726.
  • 18.6 East Costa Mesa homes are being sold on average each month this year.
  • So it will take 3.65 months to theoretically sell all homes now on the market at current pace of selling.
  • This market still favors sellers, but it has been moderating in favor of buyers who now have more choices.

See East Costa Mesa homes for sale here.

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By Harrison K. Long – Source of some information is CRMLS and is for listings and sales by all agents and brokers.

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Now Is a Great Time for Orange County CA Home Buying

Orange County CA now has more than 8,000 homes listed for sale, which is up about 35 percent from one year ago.  Buyers have lots of choices these days and room for positive negotiation in many situations.

So why are some Orange County CA home buyers waiting? They seem to be nervous and on the sidelines for what they believe will be a real buyers market where they will get the best deals.

But buyers should not wait.  Purchase money mortgage loan rates are still low and hover around 4.1% for a 30-year fixed rate for those who qualify.

Number of homes for sale listings is way up from last year and first part of this year, and buyers have much better choices now.

However, with an expected market time to sell all homes now on the market is just over 3 months, the current Orange County home selling market still favors the sellers is not yet close to a buyer’s favored market.

Buyers are wishfully thinking and not using facts and real housing data while they wait to buy.

2014 is very different from last year 2013 when Orange County CA was a sizzling seller’s favored market – with homes flying off the market at almost any price.

Just because prices have gone way up does not mean that the market has shifted to a buyer’s market.

Orange County home selling markets are moving more towards a normal, balanced market where neither buyers nor sellers will be able to call the shots.

Today, it’s still a seller’s favored market with very little price appreciation. That means that homes will sell close to the most recent comparable closed sales and sellers will be able to control the terms.

Buyers need to look at the facts about the market and not wait!

Coldwell Banker residential brokerage

By Harrison K. Long. Source of some information is Steven Thomas and his ReportsOnHousing.com.

Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA.

Contact us at 949-854-7747 with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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Orange County CA Home Sellers Have Good Questions

When we talk with people who are considering to sell their home at Orange County CA, they have questions.Home Selling guide

What is my home worth in this Orange County CA market?

What is the best way to determine list price of my home?

What is the average selling price of homes in my neighborhood?

I saw recent news that home selling is down recently at Orange County. 

If so, how that will impact my home selling?

Is the information about prices that I see on public access real estate sites – like Zillow  – correct?

Will there be all cash buyers for my home?

How long will it take to sell my home?

Should I spend money and upgrade my home before listing?

What’s the future of home selling prices in my city and area?

I see on the news that buyer affordabilty is down.  Does that matter for my home selling?

How can I get the highest possible price for my home when selling?

What is an escrow?  And how does that work?

What are the costs for me to sell my home?

These are all great questions, and we look forward to discussing these with Orange County homes sellers.

We are here to help Orange County CA home owners evaluate the market in their area for pricing of their homes to sell.

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By Harrison K. Long.  Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA.

Contact us at 949-854-747 with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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Orange County CA Home Selling Price Appreciation Moderates

Good news for home buyers is that Orange County price appreciation is no longer in white hot territory.

Home sellers this year 2014 need to seriously consider the comps and what buyers are paying for homes.

Our Orange County real estate market has changed during 2014, and buyers are looking to pay fair market value.

More Orange County homes listed for sale are sitting on the market without buyers.

Average market time for OC home selling has gone up, and active inventory of listings has been up all year. 8,057 Orange County homes are now listed for sale, which is 2,535 more than were on the market same time last year (a 45 percent increase in listings this year).

Orange County price and values skyrocketed from 2012 to the end of 2013. Sellers priced their homes above recent sale prices and received multiple offers – sometimes selling for more than list prices.

That’s stopped! Buyers at the OC now want to pay at value relative to recent sales – and expect to pay “fair market value”.

Orange County home selling usually cools after the kids return to school, and we expect this to moderate further from Thanksgiving through start of the New Year 2015.

Buyers have better options this years and are looking for nice upgraded homes and real value. Sellers are no longer in complete control and need to price their homes correctly while considering recent comp sales, location, upgrades, and condition of the home.

Sellers should price their homes realistically and correctly according to value from the start of marketing time and then expect positive results.

We here to help you evaluate the market in your area and price your home to sell.

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By Harrison K. Long. Source of some information is ReportsOnHousing.com and is for homes sold by all brokers and agents.

Professional REALTOR® agent representation and help for property owners, home sellers, private trust estate representatives, estate administrators, executors and heirs, probate and trust attorneys, estate planners, income tax professionals, public guardians, fiduciaries, investor group managers, bankers, and individuals, with listing and sale of properties at Orange County, CA.

Contact us at 949-854-7747 with your questions about home prices and values at Irvine, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and other Orange County CA cities and areas.

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Price Reduction Presents Real Opportunity for Buyers at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA

Price Reduction presents real opportunity for buyers at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA real estate.

Lovely GardenMediation gardens near patio at 3163 Watermarke Place

 

 

 

 

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Best executive style residential living with security, privacy and amenities, at Irvine CA

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful, upgraded Watermarke home with premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden!

 

 

 

11 copy_10569086235_lWell designed floor plan with open-concept kitchen, dining and living area.

 

 

 

 

17 copy_10569344113_lNatural light, volume ceilings and wood floors throughout.

 

 

 

 

Featuring convenience and privacy

22 copy_10569326303_lIdeal first evel location makes coming and going easy, with no steps to very close private parking space in gated garage.

 

 

 

15 copy_10569146834_lGorgeous kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets to ceiling, stainless steel appliances including 5-burner gas range, and built-in desk & cabinets.

 

 

 

18 copy_10569066995_lSpacious master bedroom has views of tranquil garden, trees & fountain, plus walk-in closet, ceiling fan and new carpet.

 

 

 

19 copy_10569135284_lAdjacent bathroom with granite counters. Inside laundry. Private patio next to Garden. Owners loved and cared for this home.

 

 

 

-Experience the Watermarke resort-style life with amenities including Clubhouse, Concierge service …

… sparkling pools and spas, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts …

 

watermarke homes, 2013-W-… movie theater, game room, and business center.

 

 

 

 

3163 Watermarke Place, 7-10-2014

watermarke homes, 2013-I-Watermarke is centrally located near the Irvine business center, Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Orange County airport, UC Irvine, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary walking/running trails, South Coast Plaza & easy freeway access.

 

3163 Watermarke Place – Now offered at $378,500 – MLS no. OC14118459

Presented by Harrison and Christi Long, Realtors and professional real estate representatives, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Irvine and Orange County CA – CAL BRE 01410855 – 949-701-2515 (cell).

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Open House Saturday Afternoon, July 26 – 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA

Open house Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2014, and you are welcome to attend.

-Best executive style residential living with security, privacy and amenities, at Irvine CA

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful Mediation Garden and peaceful views at 3163 Watermarke Place, Irvine CA

Clear value and best location at Watermarke Irvine

 

 

 

 

07 copy_10569370523_l

Beautiful, upgraded Watermarke home with premium lot location on the peaceful Meditation Garden!

 

 

 

11 copy_10569086235_lWell designed floor plan with open-concept kitchen, dining and living area.

 

 

 

 

17 copy_10569344113_lNatural light, volume ceilings and wood floors throughout.

 

 

 

 

Featuring convenience and privacy

22 copy_10569326303_lIdeal first evel location makes coming and going easy, with no steps to very close private parking space in gated garage.

 

 

 

15 copy_10569146834_lGorgeous kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets to ceiling, stainless steel appliances including 5-burner gas range, and built-in desk & cabinets.

 

 

 

18 copy_10569066995_lSpacious master bedroom has views of tranquil garden, trees & fountain, plus walk-in closet, ceiling fan and new carpet.

 

 

 

19 copy_10569135284_lAdjacent bathroom with granite counters. Inside laundry. Private patio next to Garden. Owners loved and cared for this home.

 

 

 

-Experience the Watermarke resort-style life with amenities including Clubhouse, Concierge service …

 

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-Q-… sparkling pools and spas, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts …

 

 

 

watermarke homes, 2013-W-… movie theater, game room, and business center.

 

 

 

 

3163 Watermarke Place, 7-10-2014

watermarke homes, 2013-I-Watermarke is centrally located near the Irvine business center, Irvine Spectrum, Newport Beach, Orange County airport, UC Irvine, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary walking/running trails, South Coast Plaza & easy freeway access.

 

3163 Watermarke Place – Offered at $384,000 – MLS no. OC14118459

Please call us at 949-701-2515 for information about access to Watermarke Place homes.

Presented by Harrison and Christi Long, Realtors and professional real estate representatives, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Irvine and Orange County CA – CAL BRE 01410855 – 949-701-2515 (cell).

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