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Are We Heading for Another Housing Bubble?

by Sandi Pressley

We are asked often if the state of the market in real estate today is setting us up for another housing bubble like that of recent years. The answer is not an easy one. A NAR economist recently addressed that question and you might be surprised at what he had to say.

So far in 2015, the spring buying season is performing well. Prices are rising faster than at the beginning of the year or this time last year. Does that mean we're in a bubble? Not necessarily. This is a common occurrence when demand increases at a faster rate than supply.

Existing home sales were up 9% this March compared to the same time last year. We're also seeing more homes hit the market but not quite enough to answer the increase in demand for those homes.

According to the article, "An equilibrium level of supply on the market is considered to be six to seven months; supply has been under five months since December. Looking at every quarter since 1988, when supply was under five months, prices rose 8% year over year on average. When supply was in the equilibrium range, prices went up only 4% on average."

So why isn't this a bubble? The biggest reason is that loosened lending practices made it much easier for buyers to get a loan during the bubble. While rates are still at historic lows, those lending standards have tightened back up. We saw a record number of new loans during the bubble and that's definitely not repeating this time.

This in turn means we are seeing fewer abandoned homes and less flipping of homes. We are also seeing the return of those important first-time buyers. As the economy continues to slowly improve, it is completely normal, even expected, for home prices to improve. Owners will start seeing the benefit of selling and list their homes and will also encourage new home builders to get into the market again.

If you want to know more about the home sales activity in your area, contact a member of the Sandi Pressley team today.

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Sandi's Hot Home Listing

13804 Spirit Trail Place NE, Albuquerque

Price: $629,000 Beds: 5 Baths: 4 Square Feet: 4,935

Exquisitely Feng Shui Home built by ULTIMA HOMES. This Custom home showcases dramatic DOUBLE spiral staircase. With over 4900 SQFT, this dream home offers sophistication & Luxury! Meticulously built-this home features stunning raised ceilings, arched accents, gleaming oak hardwood flooring are but a few. Huge gourmet kitchen w/just installed Hi end granite counter/kitchen island thru-out & stainless steel appl-chefs delight! View This Listing


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Mobile Home Search Made Easy

by Sandi Pressley

A recent NAR study reveals something most people probably already suspected, 85% of home searches online are done on a mobile device. What does that mean exactly? Most home searchers are looking for their next home purchase from a smart phone or tablet. This fact makes it far more important than in recent years, for a real estate broker to have a website that is optimized for mobile devices. Sadly, a significant number of real estate professionals have yet to make that change, leaving visitors frustrated by size distortions, cumbersome pages and sites that simply do not work.

When you're ready to search for Albuquerque real estate, including the surrounding areas, you can rest assured that the Sandi Pressley Team website is ready for you! Our search pages are fully optimized for mobile devices and designed with our customers in mind. From our website search page AlbuquerqueHomeSolutions.com you can perform a basic search by area, price or number of bedrooms or bathroom. You can also dig deeper and perform an advanced search for things like high school district, year built, whether or not a home is bank owned or has a pool. If you have questions about a specific home or area you search on our mobile website, give our team a call and we'll help you set up a custom search to find exactly what you're looking for.

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Sandi's Hot Home Listing

41 Cienega Canyon Road, Placitas

Price: $325,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Square Feet: 3,110

Fantastic Passive Solar Home offering Bright, Light & Open Floorplan. Spacious Kitchen w/ample counter & cabinet space opening to Greatroom. Passive Solar features include Trombe Wall allowing maximum passive solar benefits. View This Listing


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Wall Street Journal

by Sandi Pressley

We want to say congratulations to Sandi Pressley for once again making the Wall Street Journal as one of Coldwell Banker's top teams internationally! Way to go, and way to represent! 

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Should You Buy Now?

by Sandi Pressley

Every day we hear this question, "Is now a good time to buy or should I wait for the market to slow down?" The easy answer is BUY NOW! Homes are very affordable and rates are still incredibly low. These rates are likely to increase in the near future.

Realty times explains that buyers have a great opportunity right now because home prices have risen but remain below 2006 bubble prices and interest rates have remained just above historic lows. Despite these facts, many buyers are hesitant to take the leap.

Experts recommend not waiting. The reason is, in order for a drop in home values to offset a change in interest rates, the drop would need to be pretty significant and experts are hopeful we won't see drops like that again any time soon.

Average home prices have seen significant increases since 2010. In the past year and a half, they've risen over 6% on average. If you're waiting for prices to drop to buy that dream home, you may be out of luck if you wait too long. At the current pace, the home you're looking at now might be too expensive in the future.

There aren't many people who keep their home for the full 30 year term anymore. Things like downsizing, divorce, refinancing, employment changes and moving up all affect the investment in your home. If you're thinking about buying a home, contact the Sandi Pressley team today and let us run the numbers for you.

 

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Sandi's Hot Home Listing

185 Ashley Lane, Corrales

Price: $475,000 Beds: 3 Baths: 2.5 Square Feet: 2,700

Check out this dream house w/your wish list met! With approx. 1.1 Acre this Private & quiet Sanctuary showcases stalls/barns, corral & workshop w/half bath-This private CORRALES lot is UNBELIEVABLE! Gorgeous Custom single story 3 Bdrm/3 Bath/2 Car Garage home features a spacious floorplan w/radiant heat, soaring ceilings w/viga & latillas, exposed adobe wall accents,2-way FP. View This Listing


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The Home Ownership Path

by Sandi Pressley

The Home Ownership Path

The path to owning a home can be tumultuous.  With the right help though, it can also be one of the most exciting times of your life.  Here are some common obstacles along the way and how to avoid them.

Step 1 Preapproval – The first step in the path is to get a preapproval letter from your lender.  If you can’t qualify, work with a lender to find out what you need to do to clean up your credit to get that preapproval. Many buyer brokers won’t even show homes to a buyer who isn’t preapproved.

Step 2 Finding The Right Home – You have a few choices when shopping for real estate.  A significant portion of buyers start their search online.  Many homes listed on 3rd party websites can show outdated or inaccurate information.  Even if you start your search online, use a reputable real estate broker to help you find a home that meets your needs and falls in your desired price range.

Step 4 Making an Offer – The paperwork involved in a real estate transaction has grown exponentially in the past decade.  Making an offer is the first step to owning the home of your dreams and offering too little or leaving details out of your offer can mean losing that opportunity.  Having a professional who understands this process and the documents that go with it is the key to getting the home you want for a price that’s fair to both parties.

Step 5 Getting to Closing – Think of the closing table as the finish line in the race to owning your own home.  Inspections, repairs, contingencies and documents are all things that could potentially be stumbling blocks for your deal.  Let your broker navigate that path and help you get to the closing table with your sanity intact. 

The ups and downs of a real estate transaction can scare away some buyers but if you have a professional on your side, it can be a rewarding experience. 

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2700 Vista Grande Drive NW #114

Price: $595,000     Beds: 3    Baths: 2.5   Sq Ft: 3,970

INCREDIBLE & RARE BLUFF LOT RESIDING ALONG THE RIVER W/Unobstructed views of the City, Bosque, Rio Grande & Mountains. This bluff lot offers unsurpassed sensational views-will not find more breathtaking views anywhere ceiling to floor windows from living, dining, kitchen & Master-Suite showcases phenomenal Views!


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4 Bad Reasons to Overprice Your Home

by Sandi Pressley

Sandi has been working Albuquerque real estate for over 30 years.  One thing that never seems to change is that an overpriced home is unlikely to sell. Not only does overpricing cost a seller sometimes thousands of dollars, they also often sit on the market longer than if they had been priced appropriately from the start.   

You may ask yourself why a seller would take a chance that might sabotage their ability to sell their home in the shortest amount of time and for the highest price the market will bear.  It doesn’t make sense but it happens all the time. 

While a listing agent will make a recommendation on the listing price, in the end, the seller makes the decision.  They often feel that a higher starting price might give them more wiggle room to negotiate but in the end, the market usually speaks loud and clear, either with no offers or several extremely low offers that reflect where the price should be. 

Just in case you needed a reason, here are four bad reasons to overprice your home. 

Reason #1 You think you know the market

If you truly know the market, then your agent, the buyer broker, the lender, the local appraiser and other sellers who recently sold or have homes listed, know less about it than you do. 

There is always a chance that a cash buyer is out there looking for exactly your home and will make you an offer but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Reason #2 You want to be in control.

If you’re the type of seller who likes to be in control, there is a chance you might give your real estate broker a happy smile when they recommend a sales price but then insist that your list price be higher.  This tactic may make you feel like you are in control but when low-ball offers begin rolling in, or worse, no offers at all, you will quickly lose that feeling.   

Just keep in mind that you are not in control.  The market is.  Buyers are.  If you overprice, you are basically telling your broker that you are in no hurry to sell and can wait for the right buyer to come along.  You’ll likely end up lowering the price later anyway. 

Reason #3 You're hiding something

You may think overpricing will help you if you owe more than your home is worth.  The fact is this will be revealed when the preliminary title search is run and is likely to scare off any potential buyer.  Honesty is always the best policy and giving your listing broker all the information up front helps them determine if listing your home is a worthwhile venture for you. 

Reason #4 You have unrealistic expectations

Sellers can have a strong emotional attachment to their home, especially if they’ve lived there since childhood, or if they’ve put a lot of money and sweat equity into it.  Unfortunately, sweat equity, emotional attachment and expensive upgrades don’t usually translate to higher sales price.  There are some upgrades that have better return on investment but if you’re expecting to recoup the $40,000 you spent closing in your 3 car garage, you’re in for a big surprise. 

Overpricing your home is a big risk to take and your agent knows it.  If you are in the market to sell your home in the shortest time possible and for the highest dollar amount the market will bear, listen to your listing broker and price your home accordingly.

 

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Sandi's Hot Home Listing

4412 Woodrose Rd. NW Albuquerque

Price: $309,000   Beds: 4   Baths: 3.75  Square Feet: 3,040

Lovely Popular Sivage Home featuring 4BDRMS + Loft AND Office/4 Baths (All updated 2010). With 3040 SQFT, this home showcases spacious and functional floorplan. New Carpet MAY/2015 . Sunny Gourmet Kitchen boasts updates with stunning granite counters/island(MAY 2015), stainless steel appliances and cozy breakfast nook! View This Listing

 


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