I Was Feeling Rather Down, Then This Happened!

I have a friend (believe it or not) in the Lake Oroville real estate market  that I spend time with who is great with “turning a phrase” to make me laugh.

In fact, we make each other laugh for almost the entire time we are together.  It was not too long ago (actually almost exactly one month ago today),  that I was dealing with bit of a stressful situation when he reminded me in a text message that “It is always darkest just before it goes totally black.”   Yes,  he thinks he is funny!!  But it did feel a little bit like he was right.

BUT NOT TODAY!!

I am absolutely PROUD and EXCITED to announce today that Continue reading

Another Closing

By Mark Wisterman

 

A big congratulations to our associates, Marie Hawkins and Steffan Blaser for successfully and diligently representing their respective clients in the sale and purchase of this home in the Kelly Ridge subdivision in the Lake Oroville real estate market.

 

FHA Cuts Loan Limits

Weekly Sales By the Month

By: Mark Wisterman

My 2013 Photo-Web-Revised

Whoever “they” is says that everything happens for a reason.

That must be why it has been over a month since we visited regarding the weekly state of the Lake Oroville real estate market. In all honesty as each week came and went, and because I am certainly not a professional blogger by any means, I struggled to find the words I thought were needed to summarize each week’s activity. Especially given the fact the not much was different from one week to the next.

But just like “they” said, I now think I know the reason. Over the past 5 weeks in the Oroville real estate market we have seen a widening gap between  Lake Oroville area home’s original asking price and the price at which it actually sells.  To see this trend more clearly here is the “Reader’s Digest” version of my weekly Lake Oroville homes sales report.  Here is what I think you can take away from this information, especially if you are a seller:

1. The widening gap between between original list price and the final sales price of Oroville area homes shows that some agents have demonstrated an “irrational exuberance” in pricing homes for their sellers when valuations bounced off the overdone drop in values.  Remember that many agents will purposely recommend an inflated price to get the seller to list the home for sale and then go back in a couple of weeks to convince the seller that the price needs to be reduced.

2. The inventory of homes is NOT loosening up as many homeowners, who would like to sell their Lake Oroville homes, still owe more on their mortgages than their home are worth. It is my belief that we will not see any significant increase in Lake Oroville area homes on the market until values get back to 2005-2006 levels, which, for many Oroville homeowners, could be more than a couple of years from now, or, the banks release more homes onto the market. ( if they actually have any to put on the market). Whether it be one or both of these things that occur, once it does, the rate that values have been increasing over the past 6 months will be a thing of the past and may actually back track somewhat. In other words, putting your home on the market now ( if you are able to) may be the best time to do so.

3. Based on the activity level in my office, the lack of an increase in the number of “Pending” sales is the a result of a shortage of quality, reasonably price homes on the Oroville market. As a homeowner who is considering the possibility of placing your home on the Lake Oroville real estate market you should seriously consider your price-point. It is easy to get wrapped up in the hype that you can promptly sell your home even if you price it a little high, because “you can always come down when an offer comes in.” But remember this: Quality, experienced, knowledgeable buyers agents will not show obviously overpriced homes to their clients and they won’t waste everyone’s time by writing an offer on one either. They will just patiently wait on you to reduce your price and then make a offer even lower than that.

MLS Stats for Oroville Area Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending
11/7/2013 11/14/2013 11/21/2013 11/28/2013 12/5/2013
Avg. List Price $188,044 $131,322 $145,620 $129,785 $154,580
Avg. Sold Price $189,978 $130,044 $140,840 $124,746 $149,700
Sold Price % of Listing Price 101.03% 99.03% 96.72% 96.12% 96.84%
Avg. Original List Price $196,717 $141,378 $150,020 $139,008 $169,780

Sold Price % of Original Price

96.57%

91.98%

93.88%

89.74%

88.17%

# of Single Family Listings

173

173

169

167

165

# of Pending Sales

63

67

67

67

67

Data compiled from the CRMLS multiple listing service for single family homes in the
Greater Oroville real estate market area including the areas of Oroville, Palermo, Concow, Forbestown, Bangor, Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Honcut, Yankee Hill
Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

 

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Agent Flunks The Ethics Test

The Government “Shutdown” and Your Loan

By: Mark Wisterman

Are you more than a little confused about how the current government slowdown will affect your loan processing for the purchase of your home? Well join the crowd!!

Thankfully, I work with a number of quality lenders that serve the Lake Oroville real estate market and the surrounding Butte County markets who are very good about communicating with me when off the wall issues like this occur.

One of these lenders, Tim McCabe of Academy Mortgage, just e-mailed this flyer to me which discusses the impact of the current slowdown on the loan processing by the various government agencies which currently control the mortgage market.

Click here to see the flyer or click on the graphic.

Gov Shutdown


Check back to this site, or see myFacebook business page  for any updates to the situation.
 

 

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FHA And The Partial Shutdown

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