Looming Deadline Could Doom Your Loan

Take heed Lake Oroville area home buyers.  You may be about to have your home buying plans moved to the sidelines.

This information is also valuable to  Oroville home sellers as it is entirely possible that the pool of potential home buyer could be shrinking.

Watch this latest video for a brief explanation for why this may happen to you.

What’s Happening???????

By: Mark Wisterman

My 2013 Photo-Web-Revised


So do you ever wonder how a real estate agent reacts to a weekly market report like this one after being through 7 years of career challenges like the Lake Oroville real estate market  has presented?

The answer lies in the 1982 movie “Poltergeist” Click on the image to get the answer.

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More “Help” For The Market?

By: Mark Wisterman

My 2013 Photo-Web-Revised


The number of buyers who are searching for their next home in the Lake Oroville real estate market is about to increase putting further pressure on home prices thanks to FHA.

Under this new program, which runs until September 30, 2016, someone who has lost their home due to an “Economic Event” or has filed for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy due to an “Economic Event” can qualify for the purchase of a home with an FHA loan in as little as 12 months after the loss of their home or discharge of their bankruptcy.

What is considered an “Economic Event” under the FHA guidelines? According to Mortgagee Letter 2013-26 it is defined this way: Continue reading

Weekly Sales Review is Back

By: Mark Wisterman

Here we are once again, meeting to review the past week’s market activity of Oroville home sales in the Lake Oroville real estate market.

There is not much out of the ordinary to report this week.  The only interesting statistic in this chart concerns the number “distressed” sales (bank owned or short sales) that have taken place 2 of the last 3 weeks. With only one of these sales last week and just 2 of them 2 weeks ago it will be interesting going forward to see if this is an early sign of a trend developing in the sale of Oroville homes or if it is just a temporary slowdown. The next few weeks will tell.

In a recent post on our office Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RealtyWorld.CA  I commented about the perception some buyers, and quite frankly their agents, have about prices in today’s Lake Oroville real estate market.  The comment being that there is no factual basis for anyone to make a blanket statement that everything is selling for more that asking price.  In fact for the 4 years that I have been tracking Oroville home sales there have been only 4 weeks where the average sales price has exceeded the average listing price. And not one, I repeat, NOT ONE of those weeks has occurred in 2013. In fact, the average sales price to listing price ratio is pretty much within historic norms. That is certainly not to say that some homes have not sold for more that asking price, because they have. My point here is that, as a buyer in the Oroville real estate market, you need to be sure you are fully informed about what the market is actually doing. It is easy to get sucked into the real estate hype. But do not feel bad if you do because many who work in the industry get sucked into it to. The reason: They do not take time to actually look at the numbers.

Lucky for you, you have this Lake Oroville real estate market blog site to help you stay on top of the numbers.


MLS Stats for Oroville Area Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending % Change
5/2/2013 5/9/2013 5/16/2013 Previous Week
# of Total Sales 10 13 10 -23.08%
# REO/Short Sales Sold (SS) 2 7 1 -85.71%
% Sales that are REO/SS 20.00% 53.85% 10.00% -81.43%
Avg. List Price $132,430 $141,500 $138,350 -2.23%
Avg. Sold Price $127,195 $130,244 $132,445 1.69%
Sold Price % of Listing Price 96.05% 92.05% 95.73% 4.01%
Avg. Days On The Market 57 96 94 -2.08%
Total Sales Volume $1,271,950 $1,693,169 $1,456,900 -13.95%
# of Single Family Listings 151 158 156 -1.27%
# Foreclosed On Market 17 21 20 -4.76%
% of Foreclosed on Market 11.26% 13.29% 12.82% -3.54%
# Short Sales on Market 9 6 8 33.33%
% Short Sales on Market 5.96% 3.80% 5.13% 35.04%
Days of Inventory Left 106 85 109


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Where Have All The Homes Gone?

By: Mark Wisterman

Sellers in the Lake Oroville real estate market, as well as those in the Paradise, Chico, and other Butte County real estate markets, are currently experiencing the makings of a perfect storm for home prices.

Buyers finally jumping off the fence to take advantage of the low government suppressed interest rates and the increased affordability brought on by an over-correction in housing values, are finding difficulties in having a home because inventories of homes for sale continues to shrink.  Fewer foreclosures coming to market and potential home sellers who can’t sell  because they owe more that their home is worth on the open market, are providing plenty of opportunities for current sellers to stand firm on their pricing.

I invite you to watch my latest vlog post for my take on the whole situation. And, as always, I welcome your comments. Especially yours, Eric!




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Lake Oroville Real Estate Week In Review

Time to once again take a look at the weekly home sales for the greater Lake Oroville real estate market.

Another good week for the number of  Oroville homes sold in the Lake Oroville real  estate market this past week. Total sales volume exceeded $1,000,000 in back to back weeks for the first time in months.  The inventory of available homes for sale in the Oroville real estate market continues to decline as more buyers are entering the market as they try to beat the rise in interest rates that is occurring in the face of improved unemployment numbers were reported this week.

The number of  “distressed” Oroville home listings, those that have been foreclosed upon or have loan balances in excess of their values also continues to slide. Going forward I look for the short sale market of Oroville homes for sale to be on the brink of extinction towards the end of the year as values continue to slowly recover.  As the value of Oroville homes increases we will begin to see more inventory of owner occupied homes which will provide buyers more opportunities to avoid having to deal with the foreclosure market and the backwards way that the banks and their agents have deal with their transaction.  Before writing this post I briefly researched the sales activity of local agents whose clients are predominantly banks. I think that the most telling stat I discovered was that, for the first two months of this year, one of the busiest foreclosure agents in the Lake Oroville area has seen a nearly 40% decrease in the number of listings sold as compared to the same period last year.  I will monitor this in the coming months to see if this is just a blip or an actual trend developing.

 Tip of the Week: Pay attention the interest rates. The pressure is on for rates to increase! 

MLS Stats for Oroville Area Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending % Change
2/14/2013 2/21/2013 2/28/2013 3/7/2013 Previous Week
# of Total Sales 8 6 9 10 11.11%
# REO/Short Sales Sold (SS) 2 2 3 5 66.67%
% Sales that are REO/SS 25.00% 33.33% 33.33% 50.00% 50.00%
Avg. List Price $122,516 $117,100 $144,367 $132,915 -7.93%
Avg. Sold Price $117,138 $102,525 $140,861 $124,940 -11.30%
Sold Price % of Listing Price 95.61% 87.55% 97.57% 94.00% -3.66%
Avg. Days On The Market 178 51 64 190 196.88%
Total Sales Volume $937,100 $615,150 $1,267,750 $1,249,399 -1.45%
# of Single Family Listings 155 150 150 149 -0.67%
# Foreclosed On Market 20 18 19 17 -10.53%
% of Foreclosed on Market 12.90% 12.00% 12.67% 11.41% -9.93%
# Short Sales on Market 7 7 9 5 -44.44%
% Short Sales on Market 4.52% 4.67% 6.00% 3.36% -44.07%
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Lake Oroville Weekly Home Sales Update

 Home sales for the Lake Oroville real estate market had somewhat of a breakout week this past week as there were significant improvements in the major valuations area of the data.

In addition to big increases in the average list price and the average sold price of the Oroville homes that sold this week, there was a doubling of the total sales volume of homes that closed escrow this week. The sale of distressed homes in the Oroville real estate market (those that are bank owned or were sold for less than was owed on them) continues to hold at levels that have not been seem since the depths of the mortgage mess.

Inventories of Lake Oroville  area homes for sale continue to be constrained which seems to be causing, for lack of a better term, a mini-frenzy among Oroville home buyers who seem to think that there will never be any other  Oroville homes on the market and have allowed themselves, often with the prodding of their agent, to get sucked into the unenviable position of having to engage in auctioneering to buy a home. In an upcoming post I will give you my take on why I have a concern that there may be a mini-bubble developing in the market right now.

MLS Stats for Oroville Area Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending % Change
2/7/2013 2/14/2013 2/21/2013 2/28/2013 Previous Week
# of Total Sales 9 8 6 9 50.00%
# REO/Short Sales Sold (SS) 5 2 2 3 50.00%
% Sales that are REO/SS 55.56% 25.00% 33.33% 33.33% 0.00%
Avg. List Price $90,756 $122,516 $117,100 $144,367 23.29%
Avg. Sold Price $86,278 $117,138 $102,525 $140,861 37.39%
Sold Price % of Listing Price 95.07% 95.61% 87.55% 97.57% 11.44%
Avg. Days On The Market 66 178 51 64 25.49%
Total Sales Volume $776,500 $937,100 $615,150 $1,267,750 106.09%
# of Single Family Listings 158 155 150 150 0.00%
# Foreclosed On Market 20 20 18 19 5.56%
% of Foreclosed on Market 12.66% 12.90% 12.00% 12.67% 5.56%
# Short Sales on Market 8 7 7 9 28.57%
% Short Sales on Market 5.06% 4.52% 4.67% 6.00% 28.57%



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