Of dead cats and a recovery
As I sat down (late again! Damn!) to write this months blog posting, the headlines blared “July existing home sales down 27%!” or something like that. (Actually, in Oregon it was 29.8%. Come on. Round up! I mean seriously……)
Tell me something I don’t know.
What I do know, that many don’t is that we have bounced, and are busy again. Decent August, big September. The inventory, is quietly disappearing. Not the properties I would have thought, mind you, lot’s of stuff over $400, but some at really aggressive discounts, up to 10%, some more, most less. (See Justin Fox’s Latest) If there is a bottom, 10% off this years already lowered prices is probably getting there.
Its funny how fast my news cycle has become. I don’t read the electronic newspapers dropped into my inbox every morning, because I read it on the news feed already. My cycle has become quite instant.
But back to granularity. Here’s what a real instant cycle and granularity get you in the HR market. The aforementioned news headline is based on data from July. Since then, (these last three weeks) We have had a large jump in volume of transactions, while the newspaper titles are still promoting that we languish, Buyers moved in and went for it. My impression from seeing recent sales, is that these closings are going to set off a reset in valuation in some neighborhoods. Not much, but that rash of closings, (discounted) plus the winter, plus the increased restrictions on mortgage financing will push the prices a touch lower (5%-maybe 10%, a la fox), touch off a good bump in September (because of low rates) that will close into October, but not reset anything, and then the winter buyers will move in for their traditional late season searching. Someone should send a memo out to the Sellers, so they don’t get blindsided by the raft of appraisals that are not about to make it…….Weirdly, and (insert raft of external event caveats here) I’m thinking 2011 Spring could be alright.
So it boils down to this….
Sellers, you are close, but you aren’t there yet. Keep up with the recent closings in your market, because appraisals will be required to use them. One meltdown by your neighbor, and you are stuck. Be open to compromise, and renting you home and remember, in a declining market, todays price is the one you should seriously consider. Tomorrow’s price will most likely be lower. And regardless, they will not be recovering for quite some time.
Buyers: Hood River isn’t a suburb in Reno. Understand, that this is the place you are choosing to vacation in, live in, grow your children in, and a community to be a part of (not apart of) Leave something on the table, you are moving here for love of a place, because otherwise, Reno would be perfectly fine. Others are moving here, and have understood that. They are getting the deals, and great ones at that.
See you next month.