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October 2016 California Housing Market

As you can see from this information, we have a very strong market for sellers in Southern California: overall, prices have appreciated nicely. There will be variation across different neighborhoods and it’s important to keep in mind that the individual characteristics of each home (condition, view, renovations, upgrades, etc.) will need to be considered in pricing.

Call Clint at 310.426.8811 for a complimentary consultation concerning home prices in your area or to discuss purchasing or selling a home.

California Housing market infograhic 2016 October


Source: CAR

Fielding a Lowball Purchase Offer on Your Home


Consider before you ignore or outright refuse a very low purchase offer for your home. A counteroffer and negotiation could turn that low purchase offer into a sale.

You just received a purchase offer from someone who wants to buy your home. You’re excited and relieved, until you realize the purchase offer is much lower than your asking price. How should you respond? Set aside your emotions, focus on the facts, and prepare a counteroffer that keeps the buyers involved in the deal.

Check your emotions.

A purchase offer, even a very low one, means someone wants to purchase your home. Unless the offer is laughably low, it deserves a cordial response, whether thatís a counteroffer or an outright rejection. Remain calm and discuss with your real estate agent the many ways you can respond to a lowball purchase offer.

Counter the purchase offer.

Unless you’ve received multiple purchase offers, the best response is to counter the low offer with a price and terms you’re willing to accept. Some buyers make a low offer because they think that’s customary, theyíre afraid theyíll overpay, or they want to test your limits.

A counteroffer signals that you’re willing to negotiate. One strategy for your counteroffer is to lower your price, but remove any concessions such as seller assistance with closing costs, or features such as kitchen appliances that youíd like to take with you.

Consider the terms.

Price is paramount for most buyers and sellers, but it’s not the only deal point. A low purchase offer might make sense if the contingencies are reasonable, the closing date meets your needs, and the buyer is preapproved for a mortgage. Consider what terms you might change in a counteroffer to make the deal work.

Review your comps.

Ask your real estate agent whether any homes that are comparable to yours (known as “comps”) have been sold or put on the market since your home was listed for sale. If those new comps are at lower prices, you might have to lower your price to match them if you want to sell.

Consider the buyer’s comps.

Buyers sometimes attach comps to a low offer to try to convince the seller to accept a lower purchase offer. Take a look at those comps. Are the homes similar to yours? If so, your asking price might be unrealistic. If not, you might want to include in your counteroffer information about those homes and your own comps that justify your asking price.

If the buyers don’t include comps to justify their low purchase offer, have your real estate agent ask the buyers’ agent for those comps.

Get the agents together.

If the purchase offer is too low to counter, but you donít have a better option, ask your real estate agent to call the buyer’s agent and try to narrow the price gap so that a counteroffer would make sense. Also, ask your real estate agent whether the buyer (or buyer’s agent) has a reputation for lowball purchase offers. If thatís the case, you might feel freer to reject the offer.

Don’t signal desperation.

Buyers are sensitive to signs that a seller may be receptive to a low purchase offer. If your home is vacant or your home’s listing describes you as a “motivated” seller, you’re signaling you’re open to a low offer.

If you can remedy the situation, maybe by renting furniture or asking your agent not to mention in your home listing that you’re motivated, the next purchase offer you get might be more to your liking.

By: Marcie Geffner / Houselogic

The Rolling Hills Estates Summer 2016 Market Report


Read our Summer 2016 Real Estate Market Report for Rolling Hills Estates

The Rolling Hills 2016 Summer Market Report



Read our Summer 2016 Real Estate Market Report for Rolling Hills 

How Will Brexit Impact the U.S. Housing Market?


On June 23, 2016, British voters decided that it was about time for the United Kingdom (U.K.) to break loose from the European Union (E.U.), as they voted 52 percent to 48 percent in favor of leaving the E.U. Global financial markets reacted violently to the “Brexit” decision, with the Dow Jones, S&P, and Nasdaq indices all tumbled 3.4 percent or more on the day the voting results surfaced.

Pound to dollar exchange rate also dropped sharply after the breaking news. In just a few hours overnight, as the “Leave” campaign gained momentum, the British pound to U.S. dollar rate hit 1.33, reaching the lowest level not seen since 1985. For US travelers going to the U.K. for vacation, that’s good news. The drop in the value of the currency means more bucks for your pounds when you are on vacation. But this is bad news for exports from the U.S. to the U.K., as Britons now need to pay more for the same American products, which could mean fewer goods being sold to the U.K. in the near future.

This direct effect on U.S. exports, however, appears to be rather limited, as the U.K. accounted for less than 4 percent of American exports of goods in 2015, which is equivalent to only 0.4 percent of U.S. GDP. The direct economic impact on the U.S. economy would be miniscule, even if the U.K. economy slipped into recession.

The more significant damages, however, could be coming from indirect effects. The panic selling in financial markets around the globe was due primarily to uncertainty about the economic conditions of the U.K., the E.U., and the U.S. The health of the U.K. will take a hit in the upcoming quarters, as existing trade agreements with the E.U. and other countries started being questioned, while business investments to the country will be put on hold due to lack of clarity and confidence in the economic and political environment.

The housing market could benefit from the Brexit outcome though. Treasury prices soared as investors flocked to the perceived safe haven of government bonds amid a global stock selloff after the U.K. voted in favor of leaving the E.U. The yield on 10-year Treasury note ended down 16.4 basis points to 1.58 percent and the 30-year yield fell 13.1 basis points to 2.43 percent. This is good news for homebuyers as mortgage rates follow the same movement of the long-term Treasury yield. Rates were expected to remain near 4 percent for the rest of the year before the Brexit vote, but the latest development could potentially push rates further down to levels last seen in 2012. Brexit also pretty much slammed the door shut for any Fed rate hike this year, as tight financial conditions resulting from the meltdown in equity markets could decelerate economic growth in the U.S., as well as many economies overseas.

By Oscar Wei / California Association of Realtor