Saturday, July 9, 2011


There are also articles stating the opposite.  "Winter Doldrums Worsen, Defying Usual Pattern," was seen on March 16th.  It was published just as demand was taking off.  More on the actual numbers later, but they are down compared to both the month before and the year over year.  But remember, a year ago we had a federal tax credit that was driving thousands of buyers into the market.  This year that is gone, and so the numbers we have may not be quite as high, but they reflect the true market and the true level of recovery.  According to the Orange County Home Inventory Report from Steven Thomas, pending sales at the beginning of the year were1,856.  Since then, it has increased by 61%.  What may be more interesting is a look at "market time" which is how many days on the market it takes a property to sell.  You take that number and combine it with how many properties are available and you get your "market inventory."  In other words, if not another home came on the market starting today, how many months would it take to sell everything we've got, at our current pace.  A seller's market is said to be under 6 months, an even market about 6 months, and a buyer's market at more than 6 months.  Well, right now, believe it or not, that number is under 6 months.  And yet prices are falling.  We may never see this exact market phenomenon again.  Buyers are sensing that there are some very good deals on the market.  But because financing is tight and because there is much competition from REO (real estate owned by banks), cash is king and cash can generally get a lower price.  But, having said all that, it is not uncommon right now to see multiple offers on in demand properties in good locations in the right price range.


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