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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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Time Flies- Another Week Behind Us

By: Mark Wisterman

My 2013 Photo-Web-Revised

 

The preliminary market results are in for home sales in the Lake Oroville real estate for the most recent week.

I say preliminary because I discovered a bit of a glitch in how I have been reporting the weekly home sales numbers for the Oroville market. The week that I report on runs from Friday through Thursday of each week. What I discovered is that some agents are not getting their sales logged into our multiple listing service in time for me to pick them up for my weekly report causing an under reporting issue for Lake Oroville area home sales.  To correct this issue I will be revising the previous weekly Oroville home sales numbers at the time that I gather data on the recent weekly market numbers. I want you to have the most current and relevant data as you can possibly have and this new reporting standard will help with that.

Speaking of current and relevant numbers, I am making big change in this weekly report chart. Beginning with this report I am no longer providing data on the number of bank-owned Oroville homes for sale or the number of homes for sale in the Oroville market that are considered short sales. The reason for this is that the current level of these homes on the market is insignificant and they are no longer making a major impact on the market. I am still tracking the numbers but will no longer report them on this site.

In place of these numbers I have added something that I think, going forward, will provide more perspective on the market than the reporting of REO do. Continue reading

Look Ma, No REO’s!

By: Mark Wisterman

My 2013 Photo-Web-Revised

 

Well, well, well what do we have here in the Lake Oroville area? The end of the Oroville foreclosure market?

Looking at this week’s home sales data for the Greater Oroville area you might draw such a conclusion being  there was not ONE foreclosed property that sold in the past week. (see the red highlighted stat).  To bolster your conclusion you may also point to the fact  that this is the first week since I have been tracking this number dating back to October 2009 that there has not been at least one bank-owned Oroville home that has sold.

As I prepared to share this week’s Oroville real estate information with you my plan was to caution you that we should certainly expect to see more foreclosure sales take place and that it is a little early to say the foreclosure market in the Oroville area has met with extinction.  However, as I was typing the first paragraph of this weekly editorial, and because I am such a great multitasker, I began think that I may be…..yes, wrong!

Maybe the “foreclosure market” IS over! Oh sure, there are still bank-owned homes for sale, but does the current inventory of Oroville bank-owned homes (19 homes, or less than 10% of the available inventory) actually constitute a “market?”  I wonder?

Here is another interesting fact this week: 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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News Flash: More Completed Transactions To Report

By: Mark Wisterman

Congratulations to our agents who worked so hard to complete these transactions in the Lake Oroville real estate market. View the video for details.

 

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I Hope This Doesn’t Cause A Headache

Well, hello again, everyone! It is good to be able to take the time to update you on the real estate market in the Lake Oroville market area.

It has been a very long time since I last provided any meaningful stats on the Lake Oroville real estate market and I hope to be doing this on a much more frequent basis now that we are beginning to see new trends emerge in the number of Oroville homes that have sold as well as the number of Lake Oroville home listings that are currently on the market.

Probably the biggest news when in comes to the Oroville real estate market has to due with current inventories of homes available. Since the depths of the market crash we have seen a steadily decreasing number of  Oroville homes come to market. When you view the slide show that is included with this post, you will see that the number of homes available was just over 400 in March of 2009.  According to our Multiple Listing Database, as of this past Friday, there are now only 150 single family homes for sale in the greater Lake Oroville real estate market. This low inventory is making it extremely difficult on buyers as it causes a little bit of a “feeding frenzy’ whenever a home that is in move-in ready condition comes on the market in that some of the prices get bid up to the point where some buyers can no longer qualify.

You can expect this inventory shortage to continue until values recover to the point where homeowners, who are “underwater” and would like to sell but can’t, finally see that their homes are once again worth more than they owe on them. Barring anything that the government will do to screw things up, we should begin to see more news reports of significantly fewer of these upside down situations in the 2nd half of this year, which should provide the impetus towards an increasing number of Oroville CA homes for sale.

Below is a 4 week chart of the sales in the Lake Oroville CA market and below that is  a slide show that provides a little more overview on the current state of the Oroville Ca housing market.

As always, I appreciate your comments and questions.

 

MLS Stats for Oroville Area Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending Week Ending Previous %
1/31/2013 2/7/2013 2/14/2013 2/21/2013 Change
# of Total Sales 11 9 8 6 -25.00%
# REO/Short Sales Sold (SS) 6 5 2 2 0.00%
% Sales that are REO/SS 54.55% 55.56% 25.00% 33.33% 33.33%
Avg. List Price $130,550 $90,756 $122,516 $117,100 -4.42%
Avg. Sold Price $125,768 $86,278 $117,138 $102,525 -12.48%
Sold Price % of Listing Price 96.34% 95.07% 95.61% 87.55% -8.43%
Avg. Days On The Market 56 66 178 51 -71.35%
Total Sales Volume $1,383,450 $776,500 $937,100 $615,150 -34.36%
# of Single Family Listings 162 158 155 150 -3.23%
# Foreclosed On Market 22 20 20 18 -10.00%
% of Foreclosed on Market 13.58% 12.66% 12.90% 12.00% -7.00%
# Short Sales on Market 8 8 7 7 0.00%
% Short Sales on Market 4.94% 5.06% 4.52% 4.67% 3.33%

 

 

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Lake Oroville Market Update Time

It’s been quite a while since we discussed the condition of the local real estate market for the Lake Oroville real estate market.

With changing market conditions now becoming more prominent in the national news headlines I figure that it is probably time to, once again, provide with some regularity, market information for home sales in the Oroville real estate market area.  Now I know that 5 or 6 paragraphs of written stats can easily cause your eyes to glaze over. So I am going to try more new technology on you with the slide show that follows.  I am always looking for new and more interesting ways to bring information to you, and with all the Apps running around the world of the iPad, I found this latest find to be rather intriguing. As usual, I would greatly appreciate your feedback on this.

 

 

 

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LOCK…LOCK…LOCK

For those of you in the Lake Oroville housing market and the real estate markets of Chico, Paradise, Yuba City, Marysville, Gridley, Biggs and Durham, who did not see the Facebook posting I made on my business page yesterday at Facebook/RealtyWorld.CA, and, since I have not seen this recommendation from any other area real estate agent anywhere on the ‘net, I will repeat what I advised my Facebook readers to do:

If you are working on a loan for the purchase or refinance of a home, you need to have a SERIOUS  discussion with your lender about locking your interest rate ASAP.

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As a former financial advisor with a major Wall Street firm, I have seen this type of market volatility before and I will tell you that when you get the gigantic drop that the stock market took today and the huge drop in interest rates that came with it, there is a better possibility that that stocks and interest rates will “bounce” off these lows very quickly, then there is of rates continuing to fall in a fashion that makes it worth the risk to “wait and see” what happens.

There are two events coming up that make it a good idea to consider locking your rate as soon as your loan officer is available to do this for you.

1. The monthly employment numbers will be released tomorrow. If the numbers are at all better than analysts are expecting, or even in line with expectations,  I anticipate that interest rates will tick up slightly. If, as some suspect, the number is worse than the overall consensus expectation you may see rates tick down on the news. But not by much (unless the number is some off the wall number like 10% unemployment).

2.  The weekend is here. In a volatile market like this, and with rates as low as they are now, waiting through the weekend may cost you. If there is any positive economic developments from the international markets over the weekend it most likely will cause some upward movement in rates before your feet even hit the floor Monday morning.

Obviously, there is no way to know exactly what rates are going to do in the coming days, and , as I am no longer a professional financial advisor, the above comments should not be considered financial advice. I want you to be sure and make your own decision about this based on your current financial situation in consultation with your personal finance management team.

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