Santa Clara County’s Active Real Estate Inventory is Miniscule

silverlake small frontWe have the lowest active inventory since 2006 when I started tracking local statistics.  The total of active single family homes, townhomes and condos was just 555 on January 2nd!  That is in a County with over 1.9 million people!  No wonder prices have been steadily increasing.   Last year was also low with 20 more than this year.  To give you some perspective – in 2008 there were more than 6000 listings. 

The number of active single family homes was 449 and condos/townhomes were 106. The number of active homes is about 45% lower than last month.

The number of homes and townhomes/condos that went into contract in December was 760. It was made up of 546 single family homes and 214 condos/ townhomes. The pending sales were down about 34% from November, due to the lack of inventory. 

December saw more closings than in November.  November was the first month that felt the effect of the new lending requirements rolled out in October.   The number of closed sales in December was 1133 (816 were single family homes and 317 were condo/ townhomes).  The closed sales were up 13% from last month and up 15% from last year’s figure. Find out more market conditions in specific areas in Santa Clara County.

What does this mean to you? If you are a buyer, you need to be ultra prepared and have a knowledgeable Realtor to guide you. As a seller, you can reap the rewards of this good market. How much your home sells for can be very improved with proper guidance on how to prep and market your home.

I am daily in the trenches with real estate. I have been through 31 years of ups and downs in Real Estate.

Understanding your options both in Real Estate and lending is critical now as guidelines have changed making the real estate market fluid. Want to know your options? Call me!

For more information on this local market, go to my website – Pat@PatChadwell.com 

Pat Chadwell,
Broker, CRS, ePro, SRES, CDPE, CIAS, SFR.
I have 31 years helping clients with their Real Estate needs.

Someone asked me – What are all those acronyms after your name?

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What are all those acronyms after your name – CRS, ePro, SRES, CDPE, SFR?

Why use Realtor with alphabet soup initials after their name?

Those acronyms point to an agent’s further education and knowledge. Those agents value education so they can do a better job at representing their client’s needs. It shows a commitment to our industry and wanting to excel in what you do.

CRS – Certified Residential Specialist – only 3.5% of the Realtors have this designation. A CRS has extensive experience, confirmed sales, and an advanced education especially on the Internet.

ePro – An e-PRO certified real estate professional joins the ranks of a special community of highly skilled and continuously trained professional who provide high quality and innovative online-based real estate services. Only 4% of Realtors are an ePro.

SRES – A designation only held by 1.5% of Realtors. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel senior clients through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

CDPE – A Certified Distressed Property Expert® has specific understanding of the foreclosure avoidance options available to homeowners. Currently only 28,000 Realtors have this designation

SFR – The SFR certification program provides training and support that helps real estate professionals specializing in short sales and foreclosures build confidence and become a trusted resource for their clients.

Hope that helps.

Pat Chadwell, Broker
CRS, ePro, SRES, CDPE, SFR

www.patchadwell.com

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Homebuyer Taxes Credit Extended and Expanded

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Now this is good news.  The tax credit that gave the Silicon Valley steam in the real estate market has just been extended!

There are some great new features for those existing homeowners who have lived in their homes for 5 years – they can now get a $6500 tax credit if they buy another home. 

Get all the facts here

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