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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.

August Real Estate Trends

by Dean Kessler

Interest Rates Remain at Lowest Levels

by Dean Kessler

Great news for all home buyers. For the 5th week in a row, interest rates have again been reported to be at their lowest levels.

 

Nationally, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage average interest rate is 4.91 percent. This is .07 percent lower than the previous week. Last year at this same time the interest rate hovered at 6.13 percent.

 

Locally in the Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville and Fortuna markets we’re seeing interest rates average right around 5 percent.

 

For our Humboldt County home buyers this is an awesome time to be purchasing. The Federal Government’s extension of the $8,000 tax credit for 1st time home buyers and the $6,500 credit now being offered to the repeat home buyers, this is a great time to be making a move. And home prices are at their most competitive levels in a decade.

 

Buyers need to watch out as it appears we are seeing the bottom in sales prices for homes priced below $250,000. For homes priced higher than $250,000, there is still softness in market value. And in the $450,000 price range and higher, this market is still spiraling downward as it aggressively searches for its bottom. Our Humboldt Bay area home buyers are finding some tremendous values across the price range spectrum.

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