crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Can You Find the Silver Lining in the Current Real Estate Market? - 04/03/11 02:02 AM
I have recently been accused of being overly negative regarding the real estate market.  I have reflected on that statement and would say that may be true.  While there certainly is a lot to be negative about, there is a silver lining and that silver lining has been keeping me very busy and away from blogging for the last few months.
First of all, I do not claim to be an expert in any market other than Del Norte County, but in that regard, I definitely will make the claim that I am an expert.  To my knowledge, I am the only agent … (3 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Foreclosure Offers in Del Norte County - 11/17/10 01:14 AM
REO offers are a bit different then writing a purchase agreement for a privately owned home. 
In my experience there are a few common threads that most banks are looking for.
Most want at least $1000 earnest money deposit if not more. All will shorten the inspection period to 10 days or less. Most want the name, phone number and address of the buyer, and I have one that wants the buyers social security number (this is in the negotiating stage). All require a prequal letter and/or proof of funds (POF) when negotiating. Many want to see a copy of the earnest … (3 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Current State of the Real Estate Market in Crescent City/Del Norte County - 9/15/10 - 09/15/10 06:39 PM
I usually do a market report each month.  I really don't feel like doing one for August.  July had six sales, six!  August had 19 and wow, 2 of those homes sold for over $300,000 so if I do a market report, everyone will get all excited and say, "See, things are getting better."  Well, so far this month--September--4 homes have sold and the highest priced home was $92,000 and we're halfway through the month. 
EVERYDAY I get a phone call from a friend or client who can no longer afford their home and either has to do a short sale … (0 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Del Norte County #1 Top Producing REALTOR - 08/11/10 03:31 AM
Fran Gatti is Del Norte County's #1 Top Producing REALTOR from January 1, 2009 to today, August 10, 2010.  No one has sold more real estate in Del Norte County in 2009/2010 than Fran (per Del Norte Board of REALTORS MLS statistics).
Fran is #1 in:
Sold more listings -10% of listings sold out of 50 real estate agents. Represented more buyers - 7% of all "selling agent" transactions. Has 9.15% of the total volume out of 50 agents. (The next closest agent has 6.94%.) Fran's focus is you.  Her customer service is unparalleled in the Del Norte County real estate market. 
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crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: The Perfect Client - 08/09/10 01:57 AM
I received this email from a client this evening.  What more could an agent want?   Absolutely nothing!
I promise I won't inundate you with updates every day, but I think you're the only one who half-cares and this is SO much work! 
So today hubby mowed all of the acre but the backyard.  The guy your referred, Jim, mowed the back.  I hand-pulled all the weeds at the fence line in and out because weed-eaters don't get in there, and I removed the table from the front porch, dug-up all the birdseed area for re-barking and sprayed the front porch again.   
I also … (9 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Don't Change a Thing Until Your Escrow Closes - 07/08/10 01:24 AM
Don't change a thing until your escrow closes. 
What does that mean exactly?
Don't charge anything on your credit cards Don't get married Don't get a divorce Don't purchase a car Don't change jobs Don't start attending school If you're attending school already, don't take out additional student loans Don't borrow any money Don't retire In short...DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING.
Why not?  Underwriters are checking their list and checking it twice.  It is becoming common for an underwriter to rerun credit and do additional verification of facts right up to funding.  A little change, like deciding to retire or purchasing a car … (41 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Crescent City/Del Norte County Real Estate Market Report - June 2010 - 07/07/10 01:51 AM
Crescent City/Del Norte County Market Report for June 2010 - Encouragement for sellers
I'm going to write an encouraging market report for a change.  Don't get overly excited, however...
The median price was still low at $145,000 for residential listings sold in Del Norte County for June, however, there were 19 sales, the most in one month so far this year and two sales over $300,000, one for $435,000 and the other for $356,000 (an REO).  The home that sold for $435,000 has an ocean view and sold for $115 a square foot, down from the high of a few years ago … (1 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Strategic Default Vs. Strategic Short Sale And "Verifiable Hardships" - 06/26/10 12:22 PM
Here is another excellent post by Bob Hertzog shedding light on a new option for underwater homeowners, Strategic Short Sale.  Bob's contention is banks are looking the other way regarding the requirement that a homeowner have a verifiable hardship for a short sale transaction and are now basing bank approval on how it will affect the banks bottom line.  In other words is the short sale a sound financial decision for the bank versus the time and expense of a foreclosure.  It's about time! 
In my previous post to this one, Bob discusses how FNMA is viewing short sale vs. foreclosure for homeowner's who have … (1 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Contemplating A Strategic Default? FNMA Says You Must Now Wait 7 YEARS To Buy Again! - 06/26/10 11:40 AM
Here is must read information for anyone considering a Strategic Foreclosure or Short Sale.  This post, via Bob Hertzog, shares new guidelines on how FNMA will treat a future home purchase for homeowner's who have experienced a foreclosure or short sale. 
Please consider all your options carefully and consult with a real estate attorney and tax professional before taking any steps in a foreclosure or short sale direction. 
If you are considering a short sale in the Del Norte County real estate market, I am available at your convenience to explain how this process works. 

Contemplating A Strategic Default?  FNMA Says … (0 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Crescent City/Del Norte County Real Estate Market Report - May 2010 - 06/16/10 11:23 PM
Crescent City/Del Norte County Real Estate Market Report - May 2010
Number of residential sales improved over April 2010 and May 2009 sales, however the median price has dropped 21% from the May 2009 median of $180,000. 
The effect of foreclosures, declining prices, can not be denied. REO (foreclosure) sales comprised 56% of May 2010 sales and 37% of sales so far for 2010.
Upper end sales continue to remain stagnant with only two homes closing in May over $300k and one of those sales was an REO.  So far in 2010 homes $300,000 and over were 11% of total residential sales.
What does … (3 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Spacious 3, 328 sq ft home with 928 sq ft master suite on 1 acre in quiet neighborhood - 05/21/10 01:02 AM
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crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: What Does it Take to Sell Your Home in a Buyers Market? - 05/18/10 01:50 AM
Home sellers,
I felt compelled to give a market update, even though we have another two weeks to go until months end, which is when I normally email my market report and update.  The reason is that many sellers are very anxious right now and understandably so.  If your home is priced above $300,000 I don't need to tell you that the market is slow for this segment of the market.  I pulled up all the listings over $300,000 and the average days on market is 270 days!  That's a lot when you consider the average days on market for homes … (8 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: The Customer Service You Deserve - 04/22/10 03:13 AM
Get the Customer Service You Deserve -
I have always felt that my clients deserve the same level of customer service I expect for myself.  That has pretty much been my measure since I've been in real estate and it's worked out well for me.
Buyers and sellers, you deserve great customer service. Your agent isn't doing you a favor by showing up, you are employing them, remember that.
When you leave a message, your agent should call you back that day, or if it's late in the day, by noon the following day.  If you email your agent, you should get … (4 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Del Norte County Market Observations - April 20, 2010 - 04/21/10 12:52 AM
Del Norte County Market Observations - April 20, 2010
I haven't been blogging too much in 2010, the reason?  My REO business is increasing along with my regular listings and it's keeping me busy, but I still have time to watch the market closely and I have noticed some trends that may be helpful for buyers and sellers in this market.
My first observation for our current market:
The shift seems to be from homeowner REO's to investor REO's - The majority of the REO listings I had in 2009 were owner occupant, but I would say 90% so far this year … (5 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: California Tax Credit for New Construction and Previously Owned Homes - 03/25/10 11:07 PM
California's governor signed a home buyer tax credit into law today that will keep the tax incentives to buy a home going until the end of the year. 
Although the federal home buyer tax credit runs out for home buyers at the end of April, California has one that will kick into gear on May 1st, keeping the homebuyer party going until years end.
Here are the details:
AB 183 will provide $200 million for home buyer tax credits Allocating $100 million for qualified first-time home buyers of existing homes and $100 million for purchasers of new, or previously unoccupied, homes. … (3 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Crescent City Home Sellers Update of the Market - 10/23/09 11:19 AM
This is an update for Crescent City/Del Norte County Home Sellers -
The time is quickly approaching for my monthly market report, which is for the general public; however times are tough for Crescent City home sellers right now and I thought I would do an update just for my those of you with active Crescent City/Del Norte County listings.32 listings have sold since 9/1/09 (I included land sales because many of you have land listed and are concerned with what is going on with that segment of the market).The median priced Crescent City/Del Norte County residential listing to sell in that time period is $150,000. 19% of … (0 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Selling Your Crescent City Home - Part 3 - You're in Escrow - 10/10/09 06:41 PM
Selling your Crescent City Home - Part 3 - You're in Escrow
Congratulations! You've made it. Your Crescent City home is in escrow. Don't make moving plans just yet. You have SEVERAL HURDLES to overcome.
First, if your agent didn't get a preapproval letter from the buyer when negotiating the offer, you will definitely want to see one now.  Why let one more minute go by without knowing your buyer is truly qualified to purchase your home.  If that's a go then start praying your home appraises for the purchase price. 
The lending industry is in CYA mode big time. Underwriter's, account executives, … (1 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Selling Your Crescent City Home - Part 2 - Negotiating an Offer - 10/10/09 05:15 PM
Selling Your Crescent City Home - Part 2 - Negotiating on Offer
Congratulations. You properly priced your home and now you have at least one offer on your Crescent City home.  Yippee!
What, the offer is asking you to pay up to 3% of the buyer's loan fees and closing costs?  You already took it on the chin in pricing your home to sell in a timely manner and now they want you to take 3% less and PAY their fees?  What's that all about.
Remember, the Crescent City real estate market is a BUYERS MARKET.  You already know that if you read my … (0 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Selling Your Crescent City Home - Part 1 - Proper Pricing - 10/10/09 04:31 PM
Selling Your Crescent City Home - Part 1 - Proper Pricing
Proper pricing, how important is it?  In the current Crescent City real estate market; it's everything. 
Unless you have been living in a cave for the last year or so, you are highly aware that the Crescent City real estate marketis a buyer's market. There are a plethora (oversupply) of listings for sale versus the supply of ready, willing and able buyer's.
What that means for you the seller is that you have a lot of competition in selling your home.  The number one factor in getting your home sold in this current buyer's market … (0 comments)

crescent city ca buyers and sellers info: Crescent City/Del Norte County Real Estate Market Report for September 2009 - 10/07/09 11:45 AM
Crescent City/Del Norte County Real Estate Market Report for September 2009 - Number of sales were down.
Sales were down for September, however I expect a sizable increase in number of sales closing in October (keep reading for the reasons for this optimism). 
The median price home that sold in September was $145,000.  This supports my statement I have made 100 times or more over the past few weeks that, "What is selling is $200,000 and under." 
Why?  This segment of the market was shut-out for years because of skyrocketing housing prices and now, these home buyers are taking advantage of falling prices, … (0 comments)

 
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