July 7, 2009http://www.inman.com/news/2009/07/6/signs-life-in-jumbo-lending If this happens, it will certainly help move up or vacation type buyers as they consider purchasing higher priced homes
July 7, 2009As you know, I’ve worked in the real estate field for over 16 years. In my position, I’ve had the opportunity to work not just with fellow Realtors, but those support people who are in the “trenches”, behind the scenes, helping business move along. When I decided I needed to make a company change, I did plenty of research, and interviewed with other real estate companies as well. I have found that RWR has been very proactive in keeping us informed about industry changes, continuing education, and and is quick to react to new trends in our industry. (i.e. the effects of social media and the internet) In addition, my concerns or questions have always been acknowledged and considered.
June 22, 2009http://www.inman.com/news/2009/06/22/report-stage-set-recovery
June 1, 2009http://www.inman.com/news/2009/06/1/going-fsbo-in-a-slow-market There are certainly times when selling it yourself makes sense, but make sure your property is the right type and you have the time to deal with all the nuances of selling a home and getting it to settlement
May 27, 2009http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/2009/07/best-cities-2009-where-the-jobs-are.html No matter who researches Charlottesville and the surrounding Central Virginia area, they always come to the same conclusion. People want to live here due to the employment opportunities and the easy ability to drive to the mountains, the beach, or to Washington DC or the State Capitol, Richmond.
May 19, 2009Here is an excellent article about the number of homes on the market written by Real Estate III’s Greg Slater and CAAR’s President-Elect. 05/17/09 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE INVENTORY Based on inventory levels, this market has been defined as a buyer’s market for quite some time now. Since the inventory is so critical to the conversation of what is going on in our market, I thought it would be a good idea to take a closer look. The first thing we need to cover is the latest change to our MLS. The CAAR MLS now includes a “proposed” property type option for attached, condo, and detached new construction listings. It is an MLS Rule that new construction listings not actually started must be entered as “proposed.” This new property type was created for several reasons. 1. Since inventory is so vital to market conditions, removing homes that were not actually built are important to the integrity of our data. 2. Agents often complained that they were arriving at listings only to find no home under construction. Similar photos and exceptional digital renderings can be misleading. 3. We have builders in our market who do not speculatively build and needed a place to list the homes available to be built. If you look at the total active inventory for our MLS, there are 3701 listings. (For the purpose of this article these numbers are as of 05/17/09) If you remove the proposed listings there are 3440 active listings in our entire MLS. That’s 261 proposed listings. More importantly, if you are following the new construction market, the numbers are significant. For example, 83 of 183 new home listings in Albemarle are proposed. In Fluvanna, 59 of 89 are proposed and in Greene 28 of 43 are proposed. This change just happened in 2009 and became mandatory as of March 2009. It’s hard to draw conclusions from the data yet, however, if we watch the non-proposed new home inventory going forward, we should be able to learn something about development and new home starts in our area. Building permits are down and the inventory is down as well. It’s just a little hard to quantify historically right now. Second, let’s look at the overall inventory. The CAAR Market report does a great job quantifying our inventory and months of supply. However, I’d like to share a couple of new perspectives to see if it is telling us anything about our market. We are all aware of the seasonal trends of our market. Each year inventory grows heading into the spring, peaks in the summer, and declines heading towards December. For years our inventory was suppressed by increased sales activity. Let’s look at how we have started and finished the year going back to 2005. (Albemarle, Cville, Fluvanna, Greene, Nelson) JAN 2005 960 DEC 2005 1418 47% Increase JAN 2006 1502 DEC 2006 1977 31% Increase JAN 2007 1952 DEC 2007 2256 15% Increase JAN 2008 2208 DEC 2008 2246 2% Increase As of April 2009, we were essentially right were we were in April of 2008. So it appears for the time being, inventory has leveled off. If you look at listings coming on to the market by listing date you’ll note that the pace has slowed. (These numbers include proposed listings to be consistent with years past.) In 2010, we will be able to start comparing year over year levels excluding proposed listings.) New Listings by Month � 2006 2007 2008 2009 JAN 725 802 688 706 FEB 793 756 748 712 MAR 980 1027 801 702 APR 963 947 768 750 So what does all this mean? We have always defined the market as buyer or seller’s based on the inventory and the number of months available. With inventory levels remaining relatively constant now for over a year and sales levels (over $300k) still decreasing year over year, we may have to take the definition of “buyer’s market” a step further. It seems to me that our buyers and seller’s, in many cases, have opposing views of market value right now. Maybe this “buyer’s market” is better defined as a market in which the buyer’s opinion of value carries more weight than the sellers. As CAAR President, Judy Savage reminded us monthly that we needed to make sure we were helping our sellers price their homes correctly. I think that message is still VERY pertinent today. The title of this article is “Its all about the Inventory.” It could have just as easily been titled, “It’s all about the prices of the inventory.” I think one of the challenges of pricing a home in this market is that buyers and sellers are using different methods to determine value. Many buyers (who believe prices are still coming down) want 2010 price now. Many sellers think their home is still worth what it was in 2006. As REALTORS®, we need to help our sellers understand what buyers are focused on right now. And maybe just as importantly, help our buyers understand the reality of this market as well. There’s frustration on both sides of the negotiation and it’s our job to find the common ground. If we work with BOTH buyers and sellers and help them understand what is going on, maybe we can help them meet at today’s market prices and release some of the very real pent up demand that exists today.
May 19, 2009
Enjoy the piece on Sharon’s clothing store in Gordonsville, VA. http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv/home/headlines/44745632.html
May 8, 2009check out the discussion on Michael Guthrie’s most recent appearance on the radio show “Charlottesville Right Now” http://www.wina.com/Charlottesville-Right-Now/3056918
May 7, 2009www.k12albemarle.org also check out a new exciting place to find charlottesville tidbits www.cvillepedia.org
April 27, 2009Martha Jefferson Hospital is moving to the Pantops Mountain area of Charlottesville. The new hospital campus there will be pretty amazing but I am as impressed with their desire to make sure their current downtown location special as well. So often, folks who leave one place don’t care what happens after their departure. This is not the case with MJ Hospital. Please listen to the podcast from a recently held CAAR General Membership meeting. http://www.caarblog.com/?p=373 The sound quality is not great but you will enjoy what will be happening in both locations.