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U.S. Real Estate Overview

 

Note: September 2018 data below are the most recent released by the National Association of Realtors.
Existing-home sales declined in September after a month of stagnation in August, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity.
Total existing-home sales (transactions including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops) did not change from July and remained at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.34 million in August. Sales are now down 1.5 percent from a year ago (5.42 million in August 2017).  
National Association of Realtors August 2018 Data
NAR's chief economist, Lawrence Yun says rising interest rates have led to a decline in sales across all regions of the country. “This is the lowest existing home sales level since November 2015,” he said. “A decade’s high mortgage rates are preventing consumers from making quick decisions on home purchases. All the while, affordable home listings remain low, continuing to spur underperforming sales activity across the country.”
The median existing-home price for all housing types in September was $258,100, up 4.2 percent from September 2017 ($247,600). September’s price increase marks the 79th straight month of year-over-year gains.
Total housing inventory at the end of September decreased from 1.91 million in August to 1.88 million existing homes available for sale, and is up from 1.86 million a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.4-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 4.3 last month and 4.2 months a year ago.  
Properties typically stayed on the market for 32 days in September, up from 29 days in August but down from 34 days a year ago. Forty-seven percent of homes sold in September were on the market for less than a month. 
Per Freddie Mac data, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.63 percent in September from 4.55 percent in August. The average commitment rate for all of 2017 was 3.99 percent.
First-time buyers were responsible for 32 percent of sales in September, up from last month (31 percent) and a year ago (29 percent).

Note: September 2018 data below are the most recent released by the National Association of Realtors.

Existing-home sales declined in September after a month of stagnation in August, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity.
Total existing-home sales (transactions including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops) did not change from July and remained at a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.34 million in August. Sales are now down 1.5 percent from a year ago (5.42 million in August 2017).  

National Association of Realtors August 2018 DataNAR's chief economist, Lawrence Yun says rising interest rates have led to a decline in sales across all regions of the country. “This is the lowest existing home sales level since November 2015,” he said. “A decade’s high mortgage rates are preventing consumers from making quick decisions on home purchases. All the while, affordable home listings remain low, continuing to spur underperforming sales activity across the country.”

The median existing-home price for all housing types in September was $258,100, up 4.2 percent from September 2017 ($247,600). September’s price increase marks the 79th straight month of year-over-year gains.
Total housing inventory at the end of September decreased from 1.91 million in August to 1.88 million existing homes available for sale, and is up from 1.86 million a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.4-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 4.3 last month and 4.2 months a year ago.  

Properties typically stayed on the market for 32 days in September, up from 29 days in August but down from 34 days a year ago. Forty-seven percent of homes sold in September were on the market for less than a month. 
Per Freddie Mac data, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 4.63 percent in September from 4.55 percent in August. The average commitment rate for all of 2017 was 3.99 percent.

First-time buyers were responsible for 32 percent of sales in September, up from last month (31 percent) and a year ago (29 percent).

Seller Strategy

Selling your home in today's market requires strategy and execution. Here are some tips to help sellers reduce their time on market while getting excellent value:

  • Make it shine. Buyers are attracted to attractive homes. To make your home stand out, mow the lawn, rake the leaves, wash your windows, and clean the carpets. These small things can make a big difference.
     
  • Remove clutter. Not only do clean homes show better, but tidy homes offer more to the imagination. One person's treasure is another person's trash. Removing unnecessary clutter will help potential buyers envision their own potential for the home.
     
  • Consider removing art and personal keepsakes. This one is tough for certain people emotionally, but don't take it personally. Some savvy sellers go beyond de-cluttering and remove all (or most) of their personal artwork, family photos and personal mementos to make easier for potential buyers to imagine the home being theirs
     
  • Pay attention to the market. Work with your agent and price your home to sell. A competitively priced home is the one that sells first, and in this market that counts for a lot. Even in fast-moving markets in many parts of the United States, overpricing your home can lead to selling it for less or incurring greater holding costs than if you had priced the house appropriately in the first place. An experienced agent will help you arrive at the most advantageous price for your home.

These simple tips can help you sell your home and take advantage of our today's market. Please contact us if you have any questions about selling your home. We are here to help!

The Perfect Pizza Is Waiting in Albuquerque

If there’s one thing among many that people love about Albuquerque is all the great flavors to be found here.  Usually you think of Southwest or Mexican dishes when you think of New Mexico. But what about pizza? The fact is that Albuquerque has over 100 places to get a delicious pie, along with other Italian dishes and brews.  So get ready for an unforgettable pizza night in Albuquerque! Here’s the top 4 places to get pizza to start you off on your journey to flavorville.

Golden Crown Bakery

If you want more than just great pizza, Golden Crown combines a bakery to offer sandwiches and other baked goods. Being primarily a bakery means that your pizza crust is sure to be amazing, and the reviews prove it. Over the years, Goldne Crown has been featured in magazines such as Gourmet, Condé Naste Traveller, Budget Travel, Alibi, USA Western, IQ, Guia Azul, and Su Casa. They also feature espresso drinks and a variety of brews.

Saggio's

Family owned and operated, Saggio’s prides themselves on their upbeat nostalgic atmosphere that appeals to young and old, along with gourmet pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, salads, pastas and desserts. They also offer a great selection of beer and wine. Your dollar also goes farther at Saggio’s with their huge portions. It’s the perfect place for a large family pizza night.

Farina

Named the #17 Best Pizza Joint in the Nation by TimeOut Magazine, Farina offers a more trendy and hip environment for your next pizza outing. You’ll keep coming back for their artisan pizzas, house-made pastas, and fresh salads. Local art from some of Albuquerque’s best artists adds to the atmosphere. They also stay committed to using only fresh locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.

Old Town Pizza Parlor

Located in old town Albuquerque, the name certainly applies, as they’ve been an Albuquerque fixture since the late 1930’s. Today’s Old Town Pizza is a melding of traditions and a modern vibe, offering the perfect setting for your next pizza night.

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The Sandi Pressley Team
Coldwell Banker Legacy
10400 Academy Rd. NE Suite 100
Albuquerque NM 87111
505-980-2999
505-263-2173
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