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Eureka California Home Sales in February 2012

by Dean Kessler

Real estate sales for Eureka California remained consistent as we tumbled into February 2012. The number of homes sold in February was similar to those sold in January. Yet the number of homes that are presently under contract are 150% more than we had in January. March and April will be very busy as we work hard to bring these offers to closings.

Home buying activity is again led by the First-Time homebuyers, with Move-Up home buyers and Investor buyers remaining very active. I have noticed a trend developing with the type of real estate Investors are pursuing. Many entry level homes readily cherished by First-Time homebuyers are now being aggressively pursued by Investor home buyers. Homes for sale in the lower price point are now receiving multiple offers after being on the market for a short time. Case in point, witnessed a home  receive 8 offers after being on the market for 5 days. Majority of those offers from investors flush with cash. 

My counsel to First-Time home buyers, or any home buyer; to compete in this market, you must have a loan pre-approval letter from your lender of choice, period. Loan pre-qualification letters are not up to the task (if you're not sure of the difference, shoot me an email). With a loan pre-approval letter, a homebuyer is more competetive when faced with a multiple offer scenario.

For home sellers there remains great news. We continue below the two year moving average of homes available for sale. For active home sellers, there is less competition for home buyers. And home buyers are out in force with interst rates below 4%. These home buyers have seen the existing inventory and are anxious for new inventory to choose from.

Eureka California Home Sales in January 2012

by Dean Kessler

Home sales in Eureka California have remained consistent as we moved into February 2012. The Humboldt Association of Realtors MLS System reports the number of homes under contract increased 150% from January to February. These are homes with offers not yet sold, so as we move into March we should see even more Sold homes. This is a positive sign and many experts believe we are heading for a more stable housing market. Interest rates remain at all time low's hovering around 4%.

One of the most interesting trends I'm watching is the number of homes for sale which had dipped below it's 2-year moving average back in December 2011. Today our available inventory remains below this 2-year average. This means there are fewer homes for buyers to choose from. Less inventory means more activity for the available homes. The reason I'm sharing this with you is because it confirms a trend that our local real estate market activity is on the rise and I believe their is a high probability this trend will continue throughout 2012.

Thinking of buying or selling a home? Home prices are stabilizing and interest rates are at their lowest levels in 50 years.

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