Ladera Ranch CA Home Selling Market Update

Ladera Ranch is an exciting area for residential living and investment – located in the foothills of South Orange County CA near Saddleback.

Ladera Ranch was developed with most homes built between 1995 and 2005.

It’s divided into nine residential “villages” –  Oak Knoll Village, Bridgepark, Flintridge Village, Township, Wycliffe Village, Echo Ridge Village, Avendale Village, Terramor Village, and Covenant Hills Village.

Buyers were busy at Ladera Ranch last year 2014 when 532 homes were sold – with average sold price of $727,341.  This includes range of homes from comfortable one bedroom condos to expansive estate homes in Covenant Hills.

2015 started well for Ladera Ranch home sellers who priced according to value  and compared to what other homes in the area have sold for.  Average selling price of all Ladera Ranch homes continues to be about $720,000.

Source of information is CRMLS multiple listing service and is for homes sold by all brokers and agents.

By Harrison K. Long, real estate broker, Realtor, professional real estate representative and attorney at Orange County CA.

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2015 Orange County CA Home Selling Market Forecast

2015 Home selling market forecast

Orange County CA Home Selling Market Forecast for 2015

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  • 2015 will present good opportunities for serious home sellers and buyers.
  • Some overzealous sellers who list high will be challenged by buyers who are only willing to pay perceived fair market value.
  • As more overzealous, optimistic homeowners get overpriced homes on the market, some of them returning after unsuccessful selling in 2014, the inventory of homes for sale will rise to about 9,000 and peak by the end of August.
  • Buyer demand will remain subdued, similar to 2014, since buyers will continue to patiently wait to pay only Fair Market Value for a home.  Some buyers will sit on the fence and wait until the market turns more to their favor.
  • For the first half of the year, expect mild price appreciation from 1 to 3%. By year’s end, that appreciation will be all but wiped away, and year over year appreciation by the end of December will be close to zero.
  • The housing market will follow a normal cycle.  The strongest buyer demand coupled with a new inventory of homes for sale will occur during the Spring, followed by slightly less demand and a continued fresh supply of homes in the Summer, then another drop in supply and fewer new listings in the Autumn Market.  Finally, the distractions of the Holiday market 2015 will present lowest demand of the year and few homeowners opting to sell.
  • The number of successful, closed sales will be similar to that from last year 2014 levels.  There will be an increase in the number of “move-up” sellers during 2015.
  • The distressed homes inventory will remain low with a similar level of successful short sales and foreclosures, representing just a few percent of all sales by year’s end.
  • There will be improved mortgage market competition from direct lenders who are not as regulated by the government.
  • Even though mortgage rates have remained low for several years, that was the FED’s manipulation of the monetary system.  If the FED starts increasing the Federal Fund Rate, that will result in higher mortgage rates perhaps toward range of 5%.
  • 2015 will be a good year at Orange County CA for home selling and buying.

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By Harrison K. Long, Realtor, real estate broker, and professional real estate representative at Orange County CA.   Source of some information is ReportsOnHousing.com and Steven Thomas housing forecast for 2015. 

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Mortgage Rates Staying Down is Fantastic News For Home Buyers at Orange County CA

Purchase money lendingFantastic news for homebuyers is that home loan mortgage rates at Orange County CA went down big-time during 2014 and have stayed down.

4.5% was the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan offered by lenders one year ago today –  see article from that time – Mortgage rate watch report for December 28, 2013.

Average payment on a $417k conforming loan one year ago was $2,113 per month.

3.75% is the average rate offered by lenders on a 30-year fixed loan at Orange County today on December 29, 2014 (for those who qualify) –  see article – Mortgage rate watch report for December 28, 2014.

Average payment on that same $417k conforming 30-year fixed rate loan is now $1,930 per month (for those who qualify).

So a monthly payment on that $417k loan now will save a homebuyer $183 per month on payment as compared with same loan and time last year.

What this means is that prospective homebuyers should get organized, qualified or pre-approved with a lender, and move forward with decisions to buy now!

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By Harrison K. Long, Realtor, real estate broker, and professional real estate representative at Orange County CA.    

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5 Top Reasons Orange County CA Homebuyers are Buying Now December 2014

5 Top Reasons Orange County CA Homebuyers are Buying Now in December 2014.

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1.  Astonishingly low mortgage interest rates give buyers more buying power – the ability to buy more home for the money!  Today’s average 30-year fixed rates are under 4%, which is historically low.  These low rates give buyers a window of opportunity.  The Federal Reserve said it is planning to increase the federal funds rate next year, and that is when interest rates will increase.  

2.  Average time to sell a home at Orange County has increased, which allows buyers the opportunity to be patient and negotiate.

3.  Buyers have a bigger selection of homes now to choose from.  Inventory of homes for sale in Orange County is higher than same time last year.  

4.  Buyers have less competition from other buyers during December and winter months.  Homeowners who place their homes on the market during the holidays and winter months tend to be more serious about selling.    

5.   Increased buyer incentives for Chinese business travelers and tourists – The U.S./ China visa agreement took effect last month and will allow multiple entry visas spanning 10 years for business travelers and tourists and five years for students.  This new visa policy is expected to encourage overseas buyers to invest in real estate at Orange County.

It’s not surprising that buyer demand for Orange County homes has increased 16%  as of December 1, 2014, as compared to same time last year during 2013.

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By Harrison K. Long.  Source of some information is CRMLS multiple listing service ReportsOnHousing.com. 

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Irvine CA Real Estate Market Update

Irvine Home Selling and Real Estate Market Update – November 22, 1014

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IMAG0187-c-Irvine CA is the economy driver at Orange County – has a population of about 230,000 people and is still growing.

Irvine homeowners and sellers have high expectations and confidence of the buyers.

530 Irvine homes are now listed for sale – with average list price of $1,131,333.

That’s a 9.2 percent drop in number of Irvine listings since November 1 (three weeks ago) when 584 Irvine homes were listed for sale.

It’s also a 28.3 percent drop in number of homes listed for sale since September 1 – when 740 Irvine homes were listed for sale.

121 Irvine sellers got buyers for homes under contract and went into escrow during the first 21 days of November – and average list price for those homes was $827,472.

The average list price of an Irvine home going into escrow is about 25 percent lower than average for sale listing price of all Irvine homes.

210 Irvine homes sold with closed deals during October 2014 – with average sold price at $902,560 – and average time on market for those homes was 72 days.

Irvine CA average home selling market time is now about 2.5 months – that time it would theoretically take to sell all homes on the market at current pace of sales.

Irvine home sellers who are serious are looking carefully at “fair market value” – the amount that other homes in the neighborhoods have actually sold for.

Irvine home selling markets are more balanced now as compared with last year November 2013 – with little or no advantage to either buyers or sellers. Buyers have improved negotiating power and choices.

More homes are sold and money spent to buy Irvine real estate as compared with any other city in the OC.

People are especially attracted to Irvine, because of its positive economy and jobs, famous and award-winning schools, that it is one of the safest cities in America, and some of the best weather anywhere.

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6 Great Reasons to Buy a Home Now

Top Reasons to Buy a Home Now

cheaper to buy than rent, truliaTo take advantage of near-record low mortgage interest rates and home prices undervalued by as much as three percent nationwide, now is a great time to buy a home.

There are still some great home buyer opportunities.

Why now is a best time for buyersThe economy is growing. From information gathered on or before August 22, 2014, the Federal Reserve’s “Beige Book” report found economic activity is up in all eight national districts, including consumer spending, freight loads for deliveries of goods, and more. But there are even better reasons to buy a home right now, and here are just a few:

More jobs are available

The Labor Department announced that the jobless rate is now below six percent. Consider how far the job market has come since January 2010 when unemployment was 9.7 percent.

Houses hedge against inflation

The Consumer Price for All Urban Consumers is up 1.7% from August 2013 to August 2014, excluding volatile food and gas prices. The food index has risen 2.7 percent over the span, while the energy index has increased 0.4 percent. This is the first month that the index hasn’t risen since 2010.

Why is that good for homeowners? Even in a tepid inflationary environment, when prices rise, a major asset such as a home, purchased at a fixed cost, becomes more valuable. Typically, in an inflationary environment, housing prices rise.

Housing price gains are slowing

The median existing-home price in August was $219,800, which is 4.8 percent higher than home prices in August 2013. This marks the 30th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains. In 2013, home prices rose in the double digits.

Mortgage interest rates are still low

According to Freddie Mac’s archives, the lowest that mortgage interest rates have been in modern history (since 1971) was in November and December 2012 at 3.35 percent with 0.7 points for a benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate loan, and that was back in 2012 before the housing recovery began in earnest. The most recent Freddie Mac survey found national averages at 4.16 percent with .05 percent points in September 2014.

Pent-up demand ready to release

Household formation has been muted since the Great Recession, preventing as many as 2.5 million people from forming households who otherwise would have. Economists with Harvard’s Center for Joint Housing Studies predict that annual U.S. housing starts should average 1.4 to 1.5 million over the coming decade. Considering that the largest generation ever –81 million Echo Boomers — are well into renting and homebuying age, the numbers should be closer to the 2.3% annual growth of the 1970’s, when 78 million Baby Boomers reached adulthood.

Buy VS rent ratios favor homeownership

Trulia, a real estate marketplace and research group announced that nationally, rents rose 6.5% year-over-year in September 2014. Apartment rents were up 6.9%, while single-family home rents gained 5.2%. At the same time, housing prices have leveled off.

The takeaway

A housing market never remains even. There are always surges and dips. Buyers could wait for better market conditions, but the present alignment of low mortgage interest rates, slowing home prices, rising rents and pent-up demand add up to great reasons to buy a home right now.

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By Harrison K. Long. Source of information is Property ID.

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3 Top Reasons Why Now is Best Time of Year for Orange County Homebuyers

Top 3 reasons Top 3 reasons why now from November through the end of December is a best time for Orange County CA homebuyers.

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1.  Some of the best mortgage interest rates in years (at under 4 percent for a 30-year fixed loan) are still available for Orange County home buyers who qualify.

Mortgage credit has become increasingly available over the past two years , and regulators are trying to ease credit for less than perfect borrowers.

2.  Sellers who have their homes listed on the market this time of year have outlasted others and will be more motivated and willing to negotiate toward “fair market value”.  Some sellers weren’t realistic on price and pulled their homes from the market during the past 30 days.  Sellers listed this time of year will be more motivated and realistic.

3.  Fewer buyers are on the market making offers this time of year – before start of new year.  This will result in less competition for those buyers who are prepared and qualified.

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

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Best Time is Now for Buyers to Take Advantage of Unbelievably Low Mortgage Rates

Purchase money lendingWith interest rates dropping to their lowest levels since June 2013, now is a great time to buy a home at Orange County CA.  Now is a great time for home buying-b-

Current rate drop to about 4.03% for 30-year fixed rate mortgage (for those who qualify) is a big  savings for buyers on a monthly basis.

Home loan rates are fantasticRates are a lot lower today than they were at the beginning of this year 2014 – and are now at their lowest level since June 2013.

The FED has been printing money by funding the secondary market and purchasing mortgage back securities.  It has held the Federal Fund Rate at almost ZERO for over five years.  Lenders are essentially charged next to nothing to borrow money and are able to pass along this savings in the form of unbelievably low interest rates.

But that won’t last forever.  The FED is ready to eliminate the economic stimulus (end QE3).  The FED is looking to keep a lid on inflation and increase the Federal Fund Rate in about six months.  That’s where we will see a change in interest and mortgage loan rates.  As the Federal Fund Rate increases, banks’ profitability is squeezed, and lenders will raise their rates to home buyers and those who refinance.

In about six months – or about April 2015 – pressure is expected to rise on interest rates.

Message to home buyers and those who want to refinance:  DON’T WAIT.  Lock in your great mortgage loan rate now.  There is no better time than now to buy your Orange County home and lock in the low rate.

Orange County CA how has 7,174 homes listed for sale, which is 841 more than same time last year.  The expected average market time for all of Orange County CA is at 3.24 months now – or 97 days – now a balanced market that does not favor buyers or sellers.

Sellers at Orange County CA should 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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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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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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