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Welcome to LA Digs, the real estate and Northeast Los Angeles community blog written by Realtors Tracy King and Keely Myres.

Here, we share tips, market updates, and local news bits to keep you informed on what's happening in Northeast Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods. Read on to learn about the latest in your neighborhood!

The Internet is Driving the Northeast Los Angeles Real Estate Market Like Never Before

The Internet is Driving the Northeast Los Angeles Real Estate Market Like Never Before

Hot Markets like Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Mt. Washington Owe their Heat to Online Listings

If you’re a potential home seller, you’ve probably noticed that home prices are through the roof in Northeast LA. Homes in Pasadena are always in high demand, and real estate in Highland Park, Glassell Park and Eagle Rock don’t stay on the market long.

If you’re considering selling your Northeast Los Angeles home, a good question to ask yourself is: “How did I find my existing home?”. For most people it was either online, from a Realtor, or from seeing a yard sign.
 
Statistically speaking, you probably utilized the Internet at some point during your search process if you’ve purchased your home in the last 10 years.

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California Median Price Hits 2011 High


California's Median Home Price Hits 2011 High







The state of California is soaking in the last rays of the calendar summer and cashing in on the last days of the traditional homebuying season, with sales soaring in August and the median home price touching on its highest reading of the year.



Data provided by the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) puts the statewide median price of an existing, single-family home sold in California last month at $297,060.


“August’s median price marked the highest since December 2010, signifying that prices may be stabilizing in some market segments, as investors and first-time buyers continue to see value and opportunity in the market,” said Beth L. Peerce, C.A.R. president.


The August price point is up 1 percent from a revised $294,050 in July. Last month’s was the highest reading in eight months, but remains 7.4 percent below the $320,860 median price recorded for August 2010.


The San Francisco Bay area registered a median price of $498,190 last month, while the Inland Empire came in at




$173,670, and the Los Angeles metro fell in between at $275,100.


Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California rose to a seasonally adjusted 497,390 units in August, up 8.6 percent from July, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local Realtor associations and MLSs statewide. August home sales were up 10.2 percent from the same period last year.


Leslie Appleton-Young, C.A.R.‘s chief economist, says while the increase in August sales is encouraging, this data is largely based on closings that occurred before the debt ceiling debate in early August which spawned increased concern about the future of the U.S. economy.


“How these events and the impending reduction in the conforming loan limits will impact home sales and prices in the coming months remains to be seen,” Appleton-Young noted.


C.A.R.’s index of unsold single-family housing inventory was 5 months in August, down from 5.5 months in July and 5.8 months in August 2010. The index indicates the number of months needed to deplete the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate.


The biggest backlog of housing stock can be found in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, but at only a 5.4-month supply, even that is well below the national average.


By comparison, the National Association of Realtors’ assessment of market conditions for the month of July put the overall inventory of unsold homes in the U.S. at a 9.2-month supply.


The California Realtor group reports the sales cycle for single-family homes was a median 52.7 days in August, compared with 45.5 days a year earlier.





Posted via email from Tracy's LA Real Estate



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Good News from DSNews

DS stands for Default Servicing, so if this publication is talking about sales going up, this is real news!

Sales of previously owned homes came in 18.6 percent higher last month when compared to August 2010, according to data just released by the National Association of Realtors. Completed transactions rose 7.7 percent on a month-over-month basis to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.03 million. The latest numbers far surpassed market expectations. Many analysts were forecasting a decline while others were predicting a much more modest increase, with projections for the annual rate ranging between 4.61 million and 4.80 million.

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It’s Up, It’s Down, It’s Up--It’s the Highland Park Market Update!

How is 90042 doing this year over last year at this time?

What looks like bad news is that the number of listings is up while the number of pending and closed sales is down:

But wait! Look at the average price per square foot!


And look at the average sales price vs. list price!


What is a buyer or seller to do?

If you listen to the news, you will be so confused. One day it’s a good market and housing is a good buy, the next day there is more trouble to come.


Right now, interest rates are back under the 5% range, sellers who are realistic and motivated are eager to sell, and buyers who have the courage to take advantage of this market can find good quality homes to buy.  So all of you, call me!  If you are motivated, I can help you realize your real estate goals.
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More good economic news...



Real estate sales rebound in 2011, prices nearly flat


NAR forecast anticipates quicker recovery for new homes


By Inman News, Thursday, January 27, 2011.

Inman News™








In its latest real estate and economic forecast, the National Association of Realtors anticipates that sales of existing homes, after falling 4.8 percent in 2010, will rise 7.9 percent this year, to 5.3 million, and another 4.5 percent in 2012, to 5.53 million.

The median price of existing homes, meanwhile, rose 0.3 percent in 2010 after a 12.9 percent drop in 2009, and is expected to rise 0.5 percent this year, to $173,800, and another 2.4 percent in 2012, to $177,900.

Sales of new single-family homes are expected to rebound faster, rising 17.7 percent this year, to 374,000 sales, after a 15.5 percent drop in 2010, and then rising 51.1 percent in 2012, to 565,000 sales. In an earlier forecast, released last month, NAR anticipated that sales of new single-family homes would climb 20.8 percent in 2011 and 30.9 percent in 2012.

The new-home median price rose 2.2 percent in 2010 and is expected to climb 1.8 percent this year, to $224,700, and 1.9 percent in 2012, to $229,000.

NAR expects that 30-year-fixed mortgage rates will average 5.1 percent this year, up from 4.7 percent in 2010, and rise to 5.9 percent in 2012.

The group also forecasts the U.S. unemployment rate to fall from 9.7 percent in 2010 to 9.4 percent this year and 8.7 percent in 2012, while U.S. real gross domestic product is expected to dip from 2.8 percent in 2010 to 2.6 percent this year, rising to 3.2 percent in 2012.

Also today, NAR reported a 2 percent month-to-month rise in December for its index tracking pending sales of existing homes, though the index was down -4.2 percent compared to December 2009.

The Pending Home Sales Index tracks homes for which a sales contract has been signed but the transaction has not yet closed. Typically, a sale is finalized within one to two months of signing, so the index is considered a leading indicator.

Regionally, the index fell 10.7 percent in the West, 5.3 percent in the Northeast and 5.1 percent in the Midwest while rising 1.7 percent in the South in December 2010 compared to December 2009.

And the index dropped 13.2 percent in the West while rising 11.5 percent in the South, 8 percent in the Midwest, and 1.8 percent in the Northeast from November 2010 to December 2010, NAR reported.

Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, said in a statement, "Modest gains in the labor market and the improving economy are creating a more favorable backdrop for buyers, allowing them to take advantage of excellent housing affordability conditions. Mortgage rates should rise only modestly in the months ahead, so we'll continue to see a favorable environment for buyers with good credit."

NAR reported last week that the sales rate for existing homes rose about 12.3 percent from November 2010 to December 2010, but fell 2.9 percent compared to December 2009. The median price of existing homes dropped about 1 percent year-over-year in December, to $168,800.

Sales of new single-family homes were up an estimated 17.5 percent from November 2010 to December 2010 and fell about 7.6 percent year-over-year in December, the U.S. Census Bureau and Housing and Urban Development Department reported Wednesday. The median price rose about 8.5 percent year-over-year in December, to $241,500.


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