Category Archives: Santa Clarita Housing Market

Median Price of Single Family Homes Already On The Rise In 2016

Santa Clarita Home Prices Take a Sizable Upswing In January

Last year, there were some experts and analysts wondering just how long the real estate market could continue to rise. There were definitely rumors of changes in light of What is your home's value?interest rates being raised by the Federal Reserve at the end of last year.

January is usually a very slow month for real estate. Many buyers and sellers are recovering from the holidays, and it's usually not at the forefront of the "to do" list. Typically, we see a slight drop in home values between December and January. For example, last year January saw a $15,000 drop in home prices from December of 2014. At the beginning of 2013, home prices dropped nearly $40,000 in one month. You get the picture, right?

However, this January saw single family home prices actually JUMP by $12,000 over December's closing price of $518,000. That's right. TWELVE THOUSAND IN ONE MONTH!

How is this happening in what's normally a slow month for real estate?

For one, mortgage rates are still dropping. That's right! We've seen them go down almost half a percentage point in recent months, and currently (As of the date of this post), rates for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage are at the nearly historic low of 3.64 percent. Qualified buyers can get a 15 year fixed rate home loan for just UNDER 3 percent.

If that's not motivation to get "off the fence" and find your dream home, then what else is there?

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Interest Rates Went Up…But They Didn’t Go Up!

A big deal was made out of the Federal Reserve raising rates last month, so why are they still at historic lows?

It was one of the biggest “hold  your breath” moments in the financial community. They said it was coming all year long. What would happen when it Mortgage applications on the rise in 2015did? Would it change the mortgage and real estate industry as we know it? Are the good times over?

Yes, we’re talking about the Federal Reserve finally following through on a promise they’ve been making for quite some time: The raising of interest rates. Now, when we discuss raising rates from a Federal Reserve standpoint, we’re talking about the rate lenders pay the Federal Bank to borrow money at what would be in laymen’s terms, a “wholesale” rate. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Fed bumped their rates a quarter percent.

So what are interest rates for home buyers today?

As of the date of this article, rates for a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage stand at 3.98 percent*, which is a near record low. If you want an even lower rate, shoot for a 15 year fixed-rate mortgage, which is holding at just 3.15 percent.  Continue reading Interest Rates Went Up…But They Didn’t Go Up!

Home Prices Hold Steady Through August

Santa Clarita holding its own in housing sales.

As summer sizzled its way through August, the SCV saw only a slight uptick in overall median housing prices, holding at $468,600, rising $4,000 Overlooking Saugusfrom July. This median level includes all homes, including single family and condominium sales.

Typically we do see an upswing in August from July as it represents the peak of the summer buying season. August also showed less listings and escrow closings than July, with 446 homes being listed for sale, and 415 homes closing.

Of course, even with home prices on the rise, buyers are still finding their purchasing power boosted by interest rates that are still below 4 percent, despite worries that they may rise. That fear was put on hold last week when, after a two day conference held by the heads of the Federal Reserve, it was decided that rates would remain at their current position for a while longer. There are hints that they may rise as early as December, however.  Continue reading Home Prices Hold Steady Through August

SCV Home Sales Up Nearly 20 Percent Over This Time Last Year

Santa Clarita single family homes holding at just over $500K, while condos take a leap forward in July.

Recent statistics released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors showed home prices holding, with single family homes in the Santa Team Avalos Real EstateClarita Valley at an 8 year high, and condo prices jumping $15,000 from June.

The median price of a single family home in the SCV clocked in at $509,500 for the month of July. Condominiums in the valley are currently at a median price of $330,000.

442 homes closed escrow in July, which is a 16% increase over July of 2014. A total of 546 residential properties were listed last month, with 470 homes opening escrow.

Home Mortgage Rates

Home mortgage rates have dropped once again below 4 percent, holding as of the date of this article at 3.93 percent for a traditional 30 fixed rate loan. Some other loan options have even more favorable rates, including: Continue reading SCV Home Sales Up Nearly 20 Percent Over This Time Last Year

Santa Clarita Home Prices Jump To Over $500K

Median Single Family Home Prices Rise 6% In One Month

Good news for Santa Clarita homeowners! Recent statistics released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors showed the median price of a Team Avalos Real Estatesingle family home in the SCV rose to $520,000 in March; up a little more than 6 percent from February’s median price of $490,000.

That’s a $30,000 increase in equity in one month!

Are you starting to see why it’s better to own than to rent your home?

Now to be clear, home equity doesn’t jump this much every single month, but year over year, real estate in the Santa Clarita Valley has averaged an increase of over 6 percent since 1998 (The first full year the Southland Regional Association of Realtors provided public statistics). This includes the short term declines in the real estate market during the darkest years of the recent recession between 2008-2011.  Continue reading Santa Clarita Home Prices Jump To Over $500K

Condos Rise, Single Family Homes Take a Slight Dip In January

Home prices hold fairly steady going into 2015 in the Santa Clarita Valley.

New statistics out from the Southland Regional Association of Realtors showed home prices holding steady as we move head on into 2015.Santa Clarita Real Estate Update. Photo courtesy George D. Cummings

January showed single family homes dropping in median price by $15,000, which is not uncommon for this time of year as sales slow down slightly after the holidays. What’s interesting is that condominiums in the Santa Clarita Valley increased in January by $15,000 over December 2014. The last time the SCV saw condo prices jump (rather than fall) in January was in 2006.

This interesting rise in condo prices could be attributed to a few factors:

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) guideline changes for first time home buyers.

The FHA has made several changes to their approach toward first time home buyers in 2014. This included initiating an incentive program called Blueprint For Access. They have also reduced the cost of Private Mortgage Insurance by about 35 percent.  Continue reading Condos Rise, Single Family Homes Take a Slight Dip In January

The Holiday Season Is Upon Us. So Now What?

Do I buy? Sell? Do Realtors work at all during the season?

There is a misconception out there that the real estate market shuts down between Thanksgiving and the New Year. That agents decide to “take the rest of the year off”, and not bother to Team Avalos works through the holidays to assist your home buying and selling needs.market for new business, or even tend to their current clients.

While this may be true for some agents, it most certainly isn’t true for Team Avalos. We are working hard through the season to insure our clients needs are met, and still meeting with, and working with, both home buyers and sellers.

Which begs the question: Is this a good time to do some real estate business? Are sellers showing their homes this time of year? The answer is a resounding YES! Right now, buyers have such great opportunities to get into the home they want based on less competition from other buyers who may decide to wait until “after the holidays.” Also, interest rates have taken another down turn, giving you incredible purchasing power to get into the home of your dreams.

So what about selling my home? Why shouldn’t I just wait until the new year to list my home?

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Was Your Home Purchase a Good Investment?

Given the reality of investment growth, real estate overall is one investment you can count on.

Yes, it occasionally has its ups and downs, but otherwise, over time real estate steadily increases in value more so than any other investment with less risk. Of course, the size and type of Is your home a worthwhile investment?investment depends on your own personal (and sometimes) professional needs and desires.

For example, if you plan on moving to a community to purchase a home where you plan on staying long term, perhaps even living there long enough to pay off your mortgage, then the positive growth benefits are without question. Let’s do some math:

15 years ago in September of 1999, the median price of a single family home in Santa Clarita was $224,900. Flash forward to September of 2014, and that home’s median price is $490,000. That’s nearly a 118% increase in your investment.

Conversely, if you bought your home in September of 2013, you will already see an increase of nearly 14% in your investment.

As we mentioned at the start however, the real estate industry occasionally does have its ups and downs. Just like any investment, there is an element of risk. For long term residential investors, your risk is minimized as you’ll ultimately see growth in your equity.  Continue reading Was Your Home Purchase a Good Investment?

Is Santa Clarita Seeing a Mini Real Estate Surge?

More requests from buyers leave agents scrambling to find homes for sale.

Santa Clarita has seen a decent summer as far as real estate goes. Prices and interest rates have remained steady, and we have seen an increase month over month in listings and sales, Team Avalos Real Estate Santa Claritaas well as inventory for sale.

Lately however, it seems there is a late summer surge with regard to buyers looking for homes and, for the first time in quite a while, some real estate agents are scrambling to find homes that will satisfy their buyers’ needs.

So what might be causing this end of summer buying spree?

Interest Rates

Interest rates are still holding in the low 4 percent range for qualified buyers, and even low for certain types of loans such as 15 year fixed and FHA loans. It’s a great opportunity for buyers to flex their purchasing power and get into a home before the end of the year. Continue reading Is Santa Clarita Seeing a Mini Real Estate Surge?

Is Santa Clarita Shifting To a Buyer’s Market?

Low interest rates and more homes for sale in the SCV are giving buyers more options this year.

Data released by the Southland Regional Association of Realtors for the month of July show some interesting trends that are creating more opportunities for buyers, while still Team Avalos Real Estate Santa Claritabenefiting sellers as well.

The median price of single family homes dropped by nearly $14,000 from June, and condo prices dropped by $5000. That being said, sellers should take note that price fluctuations typically happen when the market heats up. We have also seen an increase in the number of escrows opened, and closed, during July…more good news for sellers. A total of 500 homes were listed for sale last month, with 415 escrows opened, and 373 escrows closing. Single family home prices are up by $35,000 from July of last year.

We’re still asking the question: “Why rent, when you can own?”

A lot of you who are still renting do so because you may think your choices and options are limited when it comes to buying a home. Pricing and financing are always two big concerns that keep potential home buyers on the fence, but with interest rates still incredibly low, your purchasing power is at its best. As far as financing goes, there are several options that can create opportunities to get into a home with low money (or in some cases, no money) down. Continue reading Is Santa Clarita Shifting To a Buyer’s Market?