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What In The Realty World is Going On Here?

One of the biggest challenges for anyone thinking of buying or selling real estate in any market across the country is determining the condition of the market in their particular area. Certainly the same holds true for the Lake Oroville real estate market.

But where in the world of realty can you get accurate market  information? Zillow? Trulia? Maybe the nightly news.? Or better yet, how about Facebook? After all, if it is on Facebook, it must be true, right?

Your best resource for LOCAL market conditions is right here on this blog site. Over the past 5 years I have brought market updates, real estate advice,  and sometimes some fairly provocative opinions. It is, and always will be, my opinion that there is a HUGE need for accurate local real estate market information in the Lake Oroville real estate market. I also believe that there is a drought of such information out there. This is why I make providing real estate market information the top priority of this blog site. I am always looking to bring information to you in a variety of ways and from different perspectives so that you know what is REALLY going on.

Which brings me to my latest graph. This graph  illustrates the changes in the inventory of Lake Oroville homes for sale over the past 8 months at different pricing levels. What spurred me to research this is the fact that , although prices of homes that have sold has admittedly increased, the number of homes that are selling in the Oroville real estate market is on pace to be the first year since 2009 that the market  will be selling fewer homes in the current year than the previous year. Yes, you read that right. Regardless of what the “salespeople” are telling you about how “busy” they are, the truth is the home sales in the Oroville market are significantly behind last years numbers.

Because the “numbers guy” in me is always looking to explain what would cause this to happen, I jumped into the database to see what I could glean. The graph below is the result of my research and is the basis for the following opinions: Continue reading

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

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.

Yes, There is Still Water In California

Enjoy the latest home video tour from our production department. We are seeing a great deal of success with our video tour of  homes in the greater Lake Oroville area real estate market. There is no hiding the fact that the Oroville real estate market cannot be characterized as a “large” market but the response to our video home tours is bigger than that of some of the agents doing video tours in their much larger markets.  Enjoy the tour!

New Property Video Tour Premier

Welcome to my newest video tour for the Lake Oroville area real estate market.

I hope these videos are helpful to all of you looking for a home for sale in the real estate market of Oroville. I always appreciate any feedback you are willing to give me about these Oroville home property videos.

Weekly Market Report

 

Hello once again everyone and welcome back to my latest report on market activity for the Lake Oroville real estate market.

As has been the case over the last number of weeks, this weeks market activity is extremely light. While it is good for sellers that values have improved, it would not be a healthy situation if the weekly number of homes selling stays at the level at which it currently finds itself. In fact, sales numbers for the first two months of 2014 have Oroville homes sales on the slowest pace in over 6 years.

It will be interesting to see Continue reading

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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