Market Data April 18, 2022

Quarter One 2022 Residential Report for Santa Clara County

Quarter One 2022 Residential Report
Residential Real Estate in Santa Clara County

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In this report I compare first quarter year-over-year statistics and year-to-date results for residential real estate in Santa Clara County. This report covers a broad area and your city data will vary from these statistics. Send me a request for your localized report based on city or zip code.
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Q1 2022 vs. Q1 2021 (Single-Family Homes)

Number of homes for sale on the market…

For the first quarter of 2022 in Santa Clara County, the number of new listings on the market is down by ↓ 7.97% compared to the first quarter of 2021.


Number of homes sold from the market…

In the first quarter 2022, the number of home sales is down by ↓ 14.7% in Santa Clara County versus the previous year.


Average days a home is listed on the market before a seller accepts an offer…

The average days on market is down by ↓ 23% in 2022 within Santa Clara County compared to the first quarter of 2021.


Q1 2022 vs. Q1 2021 (Single-Family & Condo)

Single-Family: Median sales price for Q1 2022 is $1,850,000 an increase of ↑ 23.33% compared to Q1 2021

Condo/Townhome: Median Sales prices for Q1 2022 is $960,000 an increase of ↑ 12.81% compared to Q1 2021

Avg sale price in Santa Clara County Q1 2022

Single-Family: Average sales price for Q1 2022 is $2,194,814 an increase of ↑ 21.52% compared to Q1 2021

Condo/Townhome: Average sales price for Q1 2022 is $1,051,793 an increase of  ↑ 12.62% compared to Q1 2021


Single-Family Home (Q1 2022) Condo/Townhome (Q1 2022)

 → Q1 2022 Statistics for Single-Family Homes 

 → Q1 2022 Statistics for Condos/Townhomes


In conclusion,

Home inventory remains low in the first quarter of 2022, while homes are selling faster and for more money compared to the previous year. Less inventory means higher demand. While interest rates are rising, home buyers are feeling pressure to purchase a home now. Many home buyers are now looking to off-market listings so they do not have to compete with other buyers. Looking for off-market opportunities? Contact me at 408-504-2484


Sellers. My team and I net you more money for the sale of your home. Reach out for your complimentary consultation.

Buyers. Don’t let this competitive market bring you down. Proper representation is key to your success as a home buyer in this market. I stay current with the marketplace, keep my clients informed and assist them before, during and after they purchase their new home. Reach out to me to discover the difference I can make for you in this competitive real estate market.

Investors. I am current with off-market opportunities around Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. I’m happy to present these opportunities to my investor clients. Reach out to me for me information.

Jonathan Klotz, Realtor®
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Market Data March 21, 2022

Average Homeowner Gained $55K+ in Equity Last Year

If you’re a current homeowner, you should know your net worth just got a big boost. It comes in the form of rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. Today, you’re building that equity far faster than you may expect – and this gain is great news for you.

Here’s how it happened. Home values are on the rise thanks to low housing supply and high buyer demand. Basically, there aren’t enough homes available to meet this high buyer interest,  so bidding wars are driving home prices up. When you own a home, the rising prices mean your home is worth more in today’s market. And as home values climb, your equity does too. As Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, explains:

“Home prices rose 18% during 2021 in the CoreLogic Home Price Index, the largest annual gain recorded in its 45-year history, generating a big increase in home equity wealth.”

The latest Homeowner Equity Insights from CoreLogic shed light on just how much rising home values have boosted homeowner equity. According to that report, the average homeowner’s equity has grown by $55,300 over the last 12 months.

Want to know what’s happening in your area? Here’s a breakdown of the average year-over-year equity growth for each state based on that data.

How Rising Equity Impacts You

     In addition to building your overall net worth, equity can also help you achieve other goals like buying your next home. It works like this: when you sell your house, the equity you built up comes back to you in the sale.

     In a market where you’re gaining so much equity, it may be just what you need to cover a large portion – if not all – of the down payment on your next home. So, if you’ve been holding off on selling and worried about being priced out of your next home because of today’s home price appreciation, rest assured your equity can help fuel your move.

 

     …In conclusion, equity can be a real game-changer if you’re planning to make a move. To find out just how much equity you have in your home and how you can use it to fuel your next purchase, let’s connect so you can get a professional equity assessment report on your house.


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Market Data March 9, 2022

Real Estate Voted Best Long-Term Investment

Real Estate Voted as Better Investment Than Stocks, Gold and Savings for 8th Consecutive Year

Nationally, real estate tops the list as the best long-term investment for the eighth year straight. (Source: Gallup) Real estate continues to gain traction as the best long-term investment in the country, check out the graph below.

Real Estate Best Investment Nationally

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home this year, this poll should reassure you. Even when inflation is rising like it is today, combined with rising mortgage rates, real estate sales prices continue to climb. Homeowner’s are building incredible amounts of equity as home prices appreciate.

Why Is Real Estate a Great Investment During Times of High Inflation?

With inflation reaching its highest level in 40 years, it’s more important than ever to understand the financial benefits of homeownership. Rising inflation means prices are increasing across the board. That includes goods, services, housing costs, and more. But when you purchase your home, you lock in your monthly housing payments, effectively shielding yourself from increasing housing payments. James Royal, Senior Wealth Management Reporter at Bankrate, explains it like this:

“A fixed-rate mortgage allows you to maintain the biggest portion of housing expenses at the same payment. Sure, property taxes will rise and other expenses may creep up, but your monthly housing payment remains the same.” 

James Royal, Senior Wealth Management Reporter at Bankrate (Source)

If you’re a renter, you don’t have that same benefit. You aren’t protected from increases in your housing costs, especially rising rents.

History Shows During Inflationary Periods, Home Prices Rise

As a homeowner, your house is an asset that typically increases in value over time, even during inflation. That‘s because, as prices rise, the value of your home does, too. And that makes buying a home a great hedge during periods of high inflation.

“Tangible assets like real estate get more valuable over time, which makes buying a home a good way to spend your money during inflationary times.”

Natalie Campisi, Advisor Staff for Forbes (Source)

In conclusion, housing truly is a strong investment, especially when inflation is high. When you lock in a mortgage payment, you’re shielded from housing cost increases, and you own an asset that typically gains value with time. If you want to better understand how buying a home could be a great investment for you, let’s connect today.

Jonathan Klotz, Realtor | (408)504-2484 | jklotz@intero.com | YouTube | LinkedIn | Facebook

Market Data February 23, 2022

How Supply and Demand Impacts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

In today’s housing market, there are far more home buyers looking for homes than home sellers listing their houses. Based on the concept of supply and demand, this means home prices will naturally rise. Why is that? When there are more people trying to buy an item than there are making that item available for sale, that drives prices up. And that’s exactly the case in today’s housing market. So, knowing what’s happening with the inventory of homes for sale and the demand for housing is crucial for today’s buyers and sellers.

Demand Is High and Supply Is Very Low

The latest buyer and seller activity data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicates buyer traffic heavily outweighs seller traffic today, as shown in the maps below. There are far darker blues (strong buyer activity) on the left and much lighter blues (weak seller activity) on the right. In other words, this shows how the demand for homes is significantly greater than what’s available to purchase.

Source: https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics/research-reports/realtors-confidence-index

What Does This Mean if You’re a Seller?

Supply is struggling to keep pace with demand. In fact, the inventory of homes for sale recently hit an all-time low. That gives you an incredible advantage when you sell your house. With so few listings, it’s likely more potential buyers will view your house – especially if you work with an agent to price it right. That means there’s a high chance you’ll receive multiple offers or buyers will enter a bidding war for your house. And that dynamic can drive the sale price of your home up.

What Does This Mean if You’re a Buyer?

As a buyer with fewer options available, you’re likely to see more competition, so you need to be strategic to win. First, make sure you have a trusted professional on your side. Your real estate agent will help you understand your local market and work with you to act quickly when the time is right. Even when it’s challenging to find a home, you can still succeed as a buyer today if you have a trusted advisor on your side every step of the way.

 

In conclusion, whether you’re a homebuyer, seller, or both, knowledge truly is power. Let’s connect today so you can better understand what’s happening in our local market and achieve your home buying and home selling goals this year.

Real Estate Tips January 10, 2022

7 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

7 Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying real estate for the first time can feel quite intimidating – you’ve got to deal with agents, sellers, rival buyers, banks and lawyers. And it’s not always clear what role each of them plays in the process. 

As an experienced local agent, I have worked with many young and first-time buyers. It’s great to guide them on the journey of property ownership and help set them on the path to building their wealth through real estate.

Any first-home buyer should appreciate that they always have access to many professionals who can help explain the various tasks and processes required to buy a home. It’s not like you’ll walk through the experience blindfolded.

To help you on your way, here’s a quick list of tips for the first-time buyer. You’ll find the act of buying property is not as intimidating as you might have feared.

  1. Start saving:  That means not only reducing your day-to-day spending but also working to reduce regular payments on debts for items such as a car or personal loan. These obligations will reduce the amount of money a lender will allow you to borrow.
  2. Work out a budget: Investigate how much you might be able to borrow. Factor in the expenses of buying a home, such as legal costs and moving. You should then have an idea of what you can afford. Setting your expectations early on will focus your home-hunting efforts and avoid disappointment.  
  3. Arrange financing: Spend time exploring your options. Some banks demand a 20% deposit; others are more flexible. Perhaps your parents will go guarantor for the loan, or part of it. Consider using a mortgage broker as they will guide you and recommend suitable loan options. 
  4. Pre-approval is the first-step: Getting a letter of pre-approval from a lender is the first-step in the home-buying process so you know what you can afford. A lender won’t give you a pile of cash based on your salary. They’ll grant “pre-approval”, which means you can make a monetary commitment with confidence. However, the lender will finalize its approval once they’ve valued and approved the property you intend to buy. 
  5. Get mentally prepared – With your finances lined up, you need to think about the dynamics of buying a home. If you find your dream place, you better believe others will love it, too. So, be prepared to move quickly to beat the competition.
  6. Find a great agent – For a first-time buyer, a great agent will make the experience smoother and less stressful. When selecting an agent, ask each one to share with you properties they’ve bought for other clients. This will indicate whether they can find what you’re seeking.
  7. Go hunting – House hunting is fun but exhausting. In a hot market, it can get stressful because of buyer competition. Don’t be put off, and keep your focus. You may miss out on a few properties, but there are more out there.
California DRE December 2, 2021

New Real Estate Laws in California 2022

Summary of New Real Estate Laws in California for 2022

Below are summaries of new state laws that affect real estate licensees and applicants. Unless otherwise noted, the laws take effect January 1, 2022

·  Assembly Bill (AB) 107 requires that the Department of Real Estate collect information about military, veteran, and spouse license applications, including the number of expedited license applications, the number of expedited licenses issued and denied per calendar year, and the average length of time between application and expedited license issuance.  DRE will submit an annual report to the Legislature.

·  AB 502 allows homeowners associations (HOAs), regardless of size, to elect by acclamation candidates for the board of directors, if the number of candidates is no greater than the number of vacancies. To do so, the HOA will have to meet increased noticing provisions, have had a regular election in the past three years, confirmed receipt of a candidate nomination, and provided a disqualified nominee the opportunity to appeal. The HOA board must also consider the vote by acclamation at a meeting where the agenda includes the name of each candidate to be elected in that manner.

·  AB 830 allows real estate licensees who change their legal surname from the name under which the license was originally issued to continue to use their former surname for business purposes. The bill also provides that the former last name does not constitute a fictitious name prohibited under real estate law. The licensee must file both the new and previous name with DRE. 

·  Beginning July 1, 2022, AB 838 requires that a city or county inspect a property if it receives a complaint about lead hazards or substandard living conditions.  Upon inspection, it will have to advise the property owner of violations and required remedies, and then re-inspect the property.  Among other provisions, AB 838 provides that an inspection not be conditioned on a tenant being current on rent or other factors. Inspection fees cannot be charged, unless substandard conditions or lead hazards are found.

·  AB 948 creates the Fair Appraisal Act. Among its provisions, every sales contract for real property made after July 1, 2022, must include a notice stating that the property appraisal of the property must be unbiased, objective, and not influenced by specific factors, including: race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, source of income, ancestry, disability, genetic information, or age. The notice will also include information on actions a buyer or seller can take if they believe an appraisal has been affected.

·  AB 1101 modifies current financial practices and insurance requirements for homeowners associations (HOAs) in common interest developments. The bill prevents managing agents from investing HOA funds in stocks or high-risk investments, and removes the ability to co-mingle funds, among other provisions. The bill also requires HOAs and their managing agents to maintain crime insurance, employee dishonesty insurance, and fidelity bond coverage, or their equivalents.

·  AB 1466 changes the Restrictive Covenant Modification process. Among these changes are increasing the types of people and entities that can request a modification, expanding current notices to include information on how to request a modification, and requiring that professionals involved in property sales inform buyers and sellers about

an existing restrictive covenant and increasing their duty to assist in filing a modification. In addition, the bill creates a new $2 fee on real estate instruments subject to the SB 2 (Atkins, Chapter 364, Statutes of 2017) recording fee to fund redaction work.

·  Beginning January 1, 2023, Senate Bill (SB) 263 modifies the content of two courses required to take either the real estate salesperson or broker licensing exam. The real estate practice course will include a component on implicit bias and the legal aspects of real estate course will include a component on federal and state fair housing.

Also beginning January 1, 2023, the required continuing education course for salespersons and brokers on fair housing will include an interactive participatory component and a new two-hour implicit bias continuing education course will be required.

·  SB 800 extends the sunset date for both the Department of Real Estate and the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers to January 1, 2026. The measure also allows the Department of Real Estate to use debarment notices issued by sister agencies as grounds for action, codifies the current policy of expediting license applications for veterans and partners of members of the Armed Forces, and clarifies the definition of a real estate license in good standing.

Source: DRE (Department of Real Estate) Services

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Market Data November 5, 2021

Numbers Don’t Lie, It’s Still a Great Time To Sell!

Some Highlights

  • Heading into the end of the year, you might wonder if it’s still a good time to sell your house. Here’s what the latest data from the National Association of Realtors(NAR) says.
  • Housing supply is lower than last year, and home prices are up nationwide. Meanwhile, the average home is selling fast and receiving several offers. Listing now puts your house in the spotlight, meaning it could sell quickly – and for more than you’d expect.
  • Feeling motivated? If you’re ready to sell and capitalize on today’s market, let’s connect.

 


Jonathan Klotz Realtor®

Intero | A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

DRE #01951800

(408)504-2484

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Market Data October 27, 2021

What Does the Future Hold for Home Prices?

If you’re looking to buy or sell a house, chances are you’ve heard talk about today’s rising home prices. And while this increase in home values is great news for sellers, you may be wondering what the future holds. Will prices continue to rise with time, or should you expect them to fall?

To answer that question, let’s first understand a few terms you may be hearing right now.

  • Appreciation is an increase in the value of an asset.
  • Depreciation is a decrease in the value of an asset.
  • Deceleration is when something happens at a slower pace.

It’s important to note home prices have increased, or appreciated, for 114 straight months. To find out if that trend may continue, look to the experts. Pulsenomics surveyed over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts asking for their five-year projections. In terms of what lies ahead, experts say the market may see some slight deceleration, but not depreciation.

Here’s the forecast for the next few years:

As the graph above shows, prices are expected to continue to rise, just not at the same pace we’ve seen over the last year. Over 100 experts agree, there is no expectation for price depreciation. As the arrows indicate, each number is an increase, which means prices will rise each year.

Bill McBride, author of the blog Calculated Risk, also expects deceleration, but not depreciation:

“My sense is the Case-Shiller National annual growth rate of 19.7% is probably close to a peak, and that year-over-year price increases will slow later this year.”

Ivy Zelman of Zelman & Associates agrees, saying:

“. . . home price appreciation is on the cusp of flipping to a decelerating trend.”

recent article from realtor.com indicates you should expect:

“. . . annual price increases will slow to a more normal level, . . .”

What Does This Deceleration Mean for You?

What experts are projecting for the years ahead is more in line with the historical norm for appreciation. According to data from Black Knight, the average annual appreciation from 1995-2020 is 4.1%. As you can see from the chart above, the expert forecasts are closer to that pace, which means you should see appreciation at a level that’s aligned with a more normal year.

If you’re a buyer, don’t expect a sudden or drastic drop in home prices – experts say it won’t happen. Instead, think about your homeownership goals and consider purchasing a home before prices rise further.

If you’re a seller, the continued home price appreciation is good news for the value of your house. Work with an agent to list your house for the right price based on market conditions.

Bottom Line

Experts expect price deceleration, not price depreciation over the coming years. Let’s connect to talk through what’s happening in the housing market today, where things are headed, and what it means for you.

Development October 6, 2021

SB9 Has Passed in California

SB9 has passed in California allowing up to four homes on parcels where currently one exists. More information below.

SB9

More information found here

Market Data September 24, 2021

Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing?

     An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the double-digit price appreciation we’ve seen in each of the last two years. It’s the reason many would-be purchasers are frustrated with the bidding wars over the homes that are available. However, signs of relief are finally appearing.


According to data from realtor.com, active listings have increased over the last four months. They define active listings as:

The active listing count tracks the number of for sale properties on the market, excluding pending listings where a pending status is available. This is a snapshot measure of how many active listings can be expected on any given day of the specified month.”

What normally happens throughout the year?

Historically, housing inventory increases throughout the summer months, starts to tail off in the fall, and then drops significantly over the winter. The graph below shows this trend along with the month active listings peaked in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

What happened last year?

Last year, the trend was different. Historical seasonality wasn’t repeated in 2020 since many homeowners held off on putting their houses up for sale because of the pandemic (see graph below). In 2020, active listings peaked in April, and then fell off dramatically for the remainder of the year.

What’s happening this year?

Due to the decline of active listings in 2020, 2021 began with record-low housing inventory counts. However, we’ve been building inventory over the last several months as more listings come to the market (see graph below):

There are three main reasons we may see listings continue to increase throughout this fall and into the winter ➡ 

  1. Pent-up selling demand– Homeowners may be more comfortable putting their homes on the market as more and more Americans get vaccinated.
  2. New construction is starting to take off – Though new construction is not included in the realtor.com numbers, as more new homes are built, there will be more options for current homeowners to consider when they sell. The lack of options has slowed many potential sellers in the past.
  3. The end of forbearance will create some new listings– Most experts believe the end of the forbearance program will not lead to a wave of foreclosures for several reasons. The main reason is the level of equity homeowners currently have in their homes. Many homeowners will be able to sell their homes instead of going to foreclosure, which will lead to some additional listings on the market.

Bottom Line

If you’re in the market to buy a home, stick with it. There are new listings becoming available every day. If you’re thinking of selling your house, you may want to list your home before this additional competition comes to market.


Jonathan Klotz

Realtor® | DRE #01951800

(408)504-2484 | jklotz@intero.com

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