Santa Clara, CA is performing well

Can you believe it  the number of active single family homes in Santa Clara (city) is 30, the pending sales in the last 30 days were 71 and closed sales for February were 25?

Active listings are down 43% compared to last year.  Closed sales are up about 10% and pending sales were even when compared to last year’s figures. Continue reading

Blossom Valley is in bloom – Sales are bursting forth

Yes – Blossom Valley is in bloom and Real Estate sales are bursting forth.

Double-flowered Cherry Blossoms

The number of listings is down by a whopping 57% from last year!    There are currently 63 active listings in Blossom Valley ranging in price from $240,000-$1,995,000. The current median list price is $505,000.  Look at these numbers – Last year there were 148 active listings. And the median price was $485,000. Continue reading

Guys in Penguin Suits

English: Josh Wood in tuxedo

Something struck me as funny at a recent auction at the Ontario Convention Center – The bidder assistants were in penguin suits (aka tuxedos).

Is hard to believe in 27+ years that I had not attended one of these auctions.  I wanted to know “Are there good deals being made?” Continue reading

Santa Clara Condos/Townhomes Flying off the Shelves

Santa Clara Condos/Townhomes Flying off the Shelves.  Can you believe it – Last year there were 97 active condos/townhomes in Santa Clara.  This year there are just 42!  That is a 57% reduction from last year.

Pending sales in the last 30 days for the same group (condos/townhomes) were 36 and closed sales in January were 19.  How much change is there really from last year?  The pending sales were up 44% over last year’s figure and closed sales – Hold onto your hat – were up 380%. Continue reading

Cambrian condos/townhomes are the stars!

Cambrian condos/townhomes are the stars!  The number of condos/ townhomes for the Cambrian area of San Jose is just 19 actives.  This is a huge reduction in inventory from last year’s 35!

There were 13 pending sales in the last 30 days and 13 closed condos/townhomes in January.  Pending plus closed sales are way up!  In fact last year there were only 2 closed sales of condos/townhomes in the area for January.  These are good signs of the real estate marketing returning to San Jose. Continue reading

Where have all the listings gone?

Victorian Single Family Home
Victorian Single Family Home (Photo credit: dlichaw)

Say – Where have all the listings gone?  The inventory for active listings in Santa Clara County has dropped to 2007 units!  That’s 1482 single family homes  and 525 condos/townhomes. I don’t know if you felt that reduction in listings but these numbers are down 41% from last year’s figures. Continue reading

HAFA short sale – Chase continues to amaze, NOT!

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I have written before about short sales and probably about Chase.  This company is one of the slowest I have had to deal with.

HAFA sales are supposed to be streamlined and go through a lot quicker.

We waited 2 months to get an approval to be a HAFA approved short sale listing. We got the approved price that was needed to be marketable. We put the home on the market. It was sold in 10 days. The contract went to CHASE where I was told it would take 10-14 business days for the final approval of the offer. It took 6 weeks to get that approval verbally!  After a week of getting a verbal okay we got the approval letter which stated that property needs to close in 18 days from now. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Chase adds more work for itself. We now need to straighten out the timing to something realistic.  I sometimes wonder about the IQ of the persons making the decisions for Chase.

I think some of us should go into Chase and straighten up the process!!

By the way,  I did a HAFA approved sale through Wells Fargo in days after the contract was received by the negotiator.

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Santa Clara County – 3rd Quarter Real Estate Stats

There’s no doubt many homeowners in Santa Clara County are suffering but we are lucky to be located in an area where we have a better real estate market than most.  The number of listings for Santa Clara County is down.  Down almost 34% over last year!

In this area, the percentage of active distressed single family homes is 29% and for townhomes/condos it is higher at 46% (combined it is 30.6%).  Just to give you an idea Phoenix closed sales were 62% distressed properties!

Guidelines for lending have changed dramatically and they now account for many of the home sales that are not completing.

The need for a knowledgeable Realtor is more important than in past years.  The possible pitfalls to the sale or purchase of a home can be navigated around with a Realtor who has on the ground experience in this market and markets of years past.

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