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The Summer in Palm Springs!

Yes hot but hot hot in sales !  I am selling just as if we were in high season and I understand …understand the buyers brave enough to come and run around with me in 110 degrees heat to look for the deal! And yes deal are being made…and yes sellers are accepting low offers…and I am not shy of writing low offers.

This might be my best year yet in sales !! So by reading the news media …I feel I am living on another planet or continent because I AM BUSY!! and I AM SELLING!..

Take a look a the statistics page of the site 

Yes you might say what about next year prices?…Well I do not have the cristal ball but I know my market and the inventory is dropping and that means that getting closer to season and seeing naturally more buyers around we are just now hitting bottom and the sellers can only go so low…

Our sellers for the condos type properties are not the ones hurting by subprime – our sellers are selling their second home that they bought for cash for most part and will only go as low as they have paid for it in the best case figure. THey DO NOT HAVE TO SELL!

The foreclosures are mainly on new built properties in the newly developped areas of the valley bought with subprime loans by young families , first time buyers that were put in the bad situation by the banks.

So in fact the market affected is the single families home market ..the condo market is active….

Yes the market has affected the sellers but they don’t have their back to the wall!!


A Year of Repair, Then a Year of Growth

First, the good news : Home sales have stabilized over the last seven months and are expected to increase measurably in the rest of 2008. And the subprime lending crisis is almost past; the balance of this year will be about cleaning up that mess. The bad news is that the current annualized sales pace of about 5 million existing homes is the lowest in 10 years. Luckly, the economy has over 10 milion more jobs than 10 yers ago, so sales should begin to grow later this years and continue into 2009, when sales should climb to 7.71 milllion units. HIgher conforming loan limits at Fannie Mae adn Freddie Mac also are helping. With high-cost limits now at $729,750, intrest rates on formerly jumb0-sized loans are easing. THere are other reasons for optimism, including the home buyer tax credit that’s passed both House and Senate. It would give buyers an incentive to get off the fence.So, eventhough we are not out of the woods yet, by many signs we’ve put the worst behind us.

It is Hot ! and the sales are growing !

 Yes between 110-115 degrees and I am showing properties and I am selling properties. Two more escrows in last week besides the 6 for the previous weeks.So DO NOT LISTEN TO THE MEDIA !As I said for over a year already, we are a micro market , so different from most of the country where yes the situation is catastrophic sometimes.We have to thank our Canadians neighbourghs for coming to our wonderful region and buying properties. Of course this is not out of their good hearts to “help us out” but just because it  makes all the sense in the world for them to buy NOW HERE :the currency gives them a 15% gain right away and of course our market.I am not shy of writing low offers…and I make the sellers understand and see the opportunity of an offer and a cash buyer at their door. So for the sellers who bought before 2004 it is not impossible to accept lower  offers.They are happy to move on and my buyers happy to have a SUPER DEAL!Yes I am not shy …try me!

California Same Sex Marriages

This is the latest news and the importance of such a law now. This will impact a good number of our deals here in Palm Springs. 

On June 16, 2008, the State of California enacted a law thatallows same sex marriages throughout the state. In view of thisdecision, questions may arise about the requirements to insuretitle.Simply stated, upon acquisition of real property, spouses of asame sex marriage should be treated the same as spouses froman opposite sex marriage. No proof of marriage is required.Any underwriting requirements related to how title is to be heldor disposed should be the same as those currently applied totransactions involving married persons of the opposite sex.As a reminder, as an escrow holder, we are not authorized toprovide recommendations as to how anyone should hold title;however, the following variations are acceptable examples fortitle insurance purposes:John and James, who are married to each other, as tenants incommon. Susan, a married woman and Sarah, a marriedwoman, who are married to each other. Peter, a married manas his sole and separate property. Louise and Catherine, amarried couple, as joint tenants. Anthony and Douglas, spousesas community property. Barbara and Jane, a married couple ascommunity property, with right of survivorship.

Greenspan Predicts Rise in Interest Rates

Here is one more reason to really look close and take opportunity to buy now!

Rates are still low while prices are coming down..As we can read here under..a couple of months from now might make the difference in making the right move or missing the train.

I am here and available all summer (yes even with 100+ degrees of heat) 

The credit crisis is under control, but with inflation now the top concern, higher interest rates can be expected, said former Federal Reserve Chief Alan Greenspan last week.

Greenspan said he thought the credit crisis had peaked in March. “I think the worst is over (for the U.S. economy) if the financial crisis is over,” Greenspan said via video link to an event in Mexico.

But to keep inflation under control, Greenspan said the Fed will have to tighten monetary policy and that will drive up interest rates.

NAR economist offers upbeat spin to the problems in U.S. market

I know now that I am not “dreaming” and that it is true the market is turning and not only in Palm Springs area…This might be my best year ever is sales of real restate…

I must be doing something right or is that just luck ? Or I am not living on the same planet ? 

National Association of Realtors chief economist Dr. Lawrence Yun delivered a pep talk last week to agents in Miami, which he described as “one of the ground zeroes” for the downturn in the United States.
Dr. Lawrence Yun“The downturn is a short term phenomenon,” Yun told attendees at the Realtor Association of Greater Miami & the Beaches’ annual international congress, assuring the audience that key economic indicators remain strong. “The good news is that [the market] appears to have stabilized,” the NAR economist said. Valuations in mid-level cities like Miami, Las Vegas and Phoenix will grow 10 to 50 percent over the next five years, Yun predicted, a sharp contrast to the forecasts of continued declines offered by some economists. (Although the financial community might not be inspired by the possibility of a paltry 10 percent increase over five years.)

Yun warned of “pessimism in the marketplace,” suggesting that the media and the daily negative headlines are driving down the market. “Psychology” can turn into a “self-fulfilling prophecy,” he said. “You have to fight the self-fulfilling negative psychology in the marketplace.” Yun was a bit vague on data to support his optimism. He touted an un-sourced survey which suggested that “77 percent of homeowners” don’t believe prices will decline, which is akin to basing the weather report on news that 77 percent of the people don’t think it will rain. (And it also suggests that people are not all that pessimistic, despite that darn media.) Part of the reason for the stabilization in Florida, Yun noted, was an 80 percent drop in housing starts. That’s reduced the supply of shiny new Mediterranean villas, but it hardly represents a healthy industry. And he didn’t attempt to predict the fate of what he called “superstar cities,” including Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, which he said “defy gravity.” But he did assure the audience that “99 percent of markets will have a higher value in five years.” 

Just a note on Statistics .

Yeap this is the time of the month…Statistics!! see the page in the site :

Here is the update for the sales statistics for May 2008..approx. same number of sales, prices came down a little bit but still it is not STOPPED..I am giving you here the table of sales for May 2008 and May 2007 to compare :

  • In Rancho Mirage prices came down 18% in one year
  • In Palm Springs prices came down 20% in one year
  • In Palm Desert prices came down not even 1%!!in one year
  • In La Quinta prices came down close to 14% in one year
  • In Indian Wells prices came down close to 15% in one year

So with all this noise and panic..done by the media …we are far from the 40% and more,  announced, we hardly reached the 20% and in average for the Valley 13.6%!!!

Love to hear your comments!! 

Plenty of Positive Market News Today

Hungry for a little good real estate news? Leon d’Ancona, president of IMS Inc., has something to cheer you up.

D’Ancona, who provides real estate information to the industry, has set up a Web site that lists 2,319 markets in the United States where homes are selling well.

For instance, Loganville, Ga., homes sold 38.5 percent faster in April than they did in March, and sales of homes in Avondale, Ariz., increased by 64 percent in April compared with March

“The problem with glass-is-half-empty stories is that they have an undue psychological impact on markets that is not borne out by all the facts,” says d’Ancona. “We know, because it’s our business to know, that there are hundreds of cities and thousands of neighborhoods in the United States right now where the market is very healthy, thank you.”

Coachella Valley home sales up 25 percent

I would like to share this article with you.!1 

Erica Solvig • The Desert Sun • May 29, 2008April housing sales strongest since September 2005April’s housing sales marked the strongest year-over-year showing the Coachella Valley has seen since September 2005.The 912 homes sold in April reflect a 3.8 percent drop from the year before – a marked improvement compared to typical year-over-year declines that have hovered around 30 percent.The sales also mark a 25.1 percent increase over March, according to a monthly analysis of the valley DataQuick Information Systems released this week.A bulk of April’s sales were resale homes, which made year-over-year gains.”We’ve seen little baby steps, little baby steps (in the market upswing). Now you’re starting to see full strides,” said Sam Schenkl, executive officer of the Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors, which represents 1,500 agents and brokers.DataQuick’s April analysis also shows:The resale market continues to drive housing sales.A total of 496 existing single-family homes sold, up 2.5 percent from April 2007. There were 276 resale condos sold in April, up 1.5 percent from a year ago.New construction continues to struggle, though sales rose over previous months. A total of 140 new homes were sold. That’s a 27.1 percent decline from April 2007.April’s sales continue an upward swing that began in the fall. It’s the highest number of monthly sales since July.Experts credit renewed confidence from investors, notably Canadians, for helping boosting April’s sales.Many visitors who have enjoyed the desert all season want to buy before they leave and summer starts.”People have been holding off; now they’re ready to make the move,” Schenkl said.

I guess it is time to start smiling for real !

I was just working on the sales statistics for the month of April…it brought a smile on my face…The sales are up and it seems that we are on the same trend for May. Canadians have helped us a lot by buying during the winter, prices did come down but not drastically and the American buyer is getting slowly his confidence back. Prices will not drop lower..if anything we will see now offers at almost listing prices, the worst is behind us. For us realtors we sure went trough tough times. But I kept working and I closed deals and I spoke to clients and I was busy . I certainly did not sit home and complained. I am a positive , optimistic person and I helped my clients get good deals because I understood the market and could show them the way. Our summer is going to be hot in every way!!