VENICE REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE
JUNE 2008 VENICE SALES
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE ???
The month of June showed a drastic decrease in the number of single family homes sold as compared with a year ago ...a 63% drop in the number of properties sold ... and a 53% decrease in the month's dollar volume !!!
The average sales price jump of almost 27% was mainly due to the sale of 2 top end new homes. The average price per square foot remains fairly constant showing just a small dip.
Currently, the Multiple Listing Service Venice inventory is still very high with 87 active single family homes for sale as of July 18th ... up 2 from a month ago. However, the average days on market for the current listings has decreased to 65 days as compared to 77 days a month ago. Many properties that have not sold are going off the market and coming back on which resets the days on market back to zero and skews the stats.
So far in 2008, 69 single family homes have sold (average days on market was 64 days ... down a smidgen from last month's 65); 20 are in escrow (average days on market was 71 ... up 20% from over month's 59 day average) and 113 listings have been taken off the market without selling (average days on market was 115 days ... up from last month).
For a look of all of the Venice property sales by month since 1999, visit my web site at ../sa/index.html.
FED APPROVES NEW RULES FOR MORTGAGE LENDERS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS
The Federal Reserve Board on Monday approved a set of new rules, effective October 1, 2009, pertaining to home mortgage loans aimed at better-protecting consumers and ensuring responsible lending practices. The new rules prohibit unfair, abusive, or deceptive home mortgage lending practices and restrict certain other mortgage practices.
In addition, the rules establish a new set of advertising standards for the mortgage lending sector and require certain mortgage disclosures to be given to consumers earlier in the home-buying transaction.
"The proposed final rules are intended to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive acts and practices in mortgage lending, while keeping credit available to qualified borrowers and supporting sustainable homeownership," said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. More info.
California median home price - May 08: $384,840 (Source: CAR)
California highest median home price by CAR region May 08: Santa Barbara So. Coast $1,199,000 (Source: CAR)
California lowest median home price by CAR region April 08: High Desert $200,740 (Source: CAR)
California First-time Buyer Affordability Index - First Quarter 08: 44 percent (Source: CAR)
Mortgage rates - week ending 07/10/08
30-year fixed: 6.37% Fees/points: 0.6%
15-year fixed: 5.91% Fees/points: 0.6%
1-year adjustable: 5.17 % Fees/points: 0.5% (Source: Freddie Mac)
CALIFORNIA ENACTS FORECLOSURE REFORM LAW TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS FACING DEFAULTS
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FORECLOSURE RELIEF BILL BECOMES LAW
This week, the State Legislature enacted foreclosure reform law to address the adverse effects of high foreclosure rates in California. The new law requires lenders to contact homeowners to explore options for avoiding foreclosure at least 30 days before filing a notice of default. It also requires owners acquiring property through foreclosure to maintain the exterior of vacant residential properties. The new law also extends from 30 to 60 days the time for residential tenants to move out of properties that have been foreclosed upon, unless other laws apply. These requirements will remain in effect until January 1, 2013. The full text of Senate Bill 1137 (Perata) is available at www.leginfo.ca.gov.
Highlights of the new law are as follows:
* Contact Between Lender and Borrower: Effective on or about September 8, 2008, a lender, trustee, or authorized agent may not file a notice of default until 30 days after contacting a borrower to assess the borrower's financial situation and explore options for avoiding foreclosure. A lender must generally contact the borrower in person or by telephone, or satisfy due diligence requirements for contacting a borrower. During the initial contact, the lender must inform the borrower of the right to request a meeting with the lender within 14 days. The lender must also give the borrower the toll-free number for finding a HUD-certified housing counseling agency. A subsequent notice of default must include the lender's declaration that it has contacted the borrower, tried with due diligence to contact the borrower, or the borrower has surrendered the property. A lender who had already filed a notice of default before the enactment of this law must include a similar declaration in the notice of sale. This requirement to contact borrowers applies to loans secured by owner-occupied residences made from 2003 to 2007. Certain exemptions apply if the borrower has filed for bankruptcy, surrendered the property, or contracted with a person or entity whose primary business is advising people, who have decided to leave their homes, on how to extend the foreclosure process and avoid their contractual obligations.
* Maintenance of Vacant Properties: Effective July 8, 2008, anyone who acquires property through foreclosure must maintain the exterior of vacant residential property. Violations of this law include permitting excessive foliage growth that diminishes the value of surrounding properties, failing to take action against trespassers or squatters, failing to take action to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in standing water, or other public nuisances. This law authorizes a governmental entity to impose a civil fine up to $1,000 per day for any violation, as long as the owner has been given notice and an opportunity to remedy the violation. A violator must be given at least 14 days to begin, and 30 days to complete, such remediation before a fine can be assessed.
* 60-Day Notice to Terminate Tenants: Effective July 8, 2008, a tenant or subtenant in possession of a rental housing unit that has been sold through foreclosure is generally entitled to a 60-day written notice to quit, not just 30 days. However, a borrower who remains on the property after foreclosure may be served a three-day notice to terminate. This law does not affect, among other things, rent-controlled properties with just-cause evictions. Effective on or about September 8, 2008, the lender, trustee, or authorized agent posting a notice of sale must also post and mail a specified notice of a tenant's right to a 60-day eviction notice from the new owner, unless other laws apply. This requirement to notify tenants of their rights applies to loans secured by residential real property where the borrower has a different billing address than the property address.
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HOW TO HOLD A SUCCESSFUL GARAGE SALE
Garage sales can be a great way to get rid of clutter — and earn a little extra cash — before you sell your home. But make sure the timing is right. Garage sales can take on a life of their own, and it might not be the best use of your energy right before putting your home on the market. Follow these tips for a successful sale.
1. Don’t wait until the last minute. You don’t want to be scrambling to hold a garage sale the week before an open house. Depending on how long you’ve lived in the home and how much stuff you have to sell, planning a garage sale can demand a lot of time and energy.
2. Get a permit. Most municipalities will require you to obtain a special permit or license in order to hold a garage sale. The permits are often free or very inexpensive, but still require you to register with the city.
3. See if neighbors want to join in. You can turn your garage sale into a block-wide event and lure more shoppers if you team up with neighbors. However, a permit may be necessary for each home owner, even if it’s a group event.
4. Schedule the sale. Sales on Saturdays and Sundays will generate the most traffic, especially if the weather cooperates. Start the sale early, 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. is best, and be prepared for early birds.
5. Advertise. Place an ad in free classified papers and Web sites, and in your local newspapers. Include the dates, time, and address. Let the public know if certain types of items will be sold, such as baby clothes, furniture, or weightlifting equipment. On the day of the sale, balloons and signs with prominent arrows will help to grab the attention of passersby.
6. Price your goods. Lay out everything that you plan to sell, and attach prices with removable stickers. Remember, garage sales are supposed to be bargains, so try to be objective as you set prices. Assign simple prices to your goods: 50 cents, 3 for $1, $5, $10, etc.
7. If it’s really junk, don’t sell it. Decide what’s worth selling and what’s not. If it’s really garbage, then throw it away. Broken appliances, for example, should be tossed. (Know where a nearby electrical outlet is, in case a customer wants to make sure something works.)
8. Check for mistakes. Make sure that items you want to keep don’t accidentally end up in the garage sale pile.
9. Create an organized display. Lay out your items by category, and display neatly so customers don’t have to dig through boxes.
10. Stock up on bags and newspapers. People who buy many small items will appreciate a bag to carry their goods. Newspapers are handy for wrapping fragile items.
11. Manage your money. Make a trip to the bank to get ample change for your cashbox. Throughout the sale, keep a close eye on your cash; never leave the cashbox unattended. It’s smart to have one person who manages the money throughout the day, keeping a tally of what was purchased and for how much. Keep a calculator nearby.
12. Prepare for your home sale. Donate the remaining stuff or sell it to a resale shop. Now that all of your clutter is cleared out, it’s time to focus on preparing your house for a successful sale!
Reprinted from Realtor® Magazine. Copywrite 2008. All rights reserved.