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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 10-26-13.

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Low Inventory.

Another strong buying week has once again pushed the inventory of single family homes in San Carlos down to paltry levels.    Five single family homes went into contract last week with only 3 new listings to replace them.  That net deficiency pushed the number of available homes down to 15 at the time of this post.   Worse yet, with 4 more listings that have set offer dates for this week, that inventory number will continue to plummet if there isn’t a significant influx of new homes today or tomorrow.

If you’re still on the fence about listing your home this late in the year, you should have no qualms about doing so.  You could not ask for more favorable market conditions to sell a home than what we have right now.

Here are the numbers for last week…

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 10-26-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 10-26-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
7 9
Average Sold Price
$1,142,857 $1,179,056
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$674 $592
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 110% 111%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 10 24
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 21 22
Inventory of Active Listings:
15 16
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,543,400 $1,550,615
Average DOM of Active Listings: 39 42
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $602 $577
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.71 : 1 0.73 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 10-19-13.

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Market Strength.

The real estate market in San Carlos has seemed to survive everything that has been thrown at recently — rising interest rates, temporary government shutdown, and the corresponding stock market volatility — and yet it keeps chugging along.  This past week’s home closing data showed us that homes in San Carlos are still selling at a blistering pace, and are fetching significant premiums over the asking price (111%).

Even though only 5 listings went pending this week, the majority of these saw fierce competition and garnered multiple offers, as you will see when the sales numbers are published after they close escrow.   So buyers take heed that the market is still ultra-competitive here in San Carlos — and should remain so throughout the fall/winter buying season.

Here are the numbers for last week…

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 10-19-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 10-19-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
9 4
Average Sold Price
$1,179,056 $1,127,750
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$592 $739
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 111% 97%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 24 28
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 22 28
Inventory of Active Listings:
16 19
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,550,615 $1,485,781
Average DOM of Active Listings: 42 31
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $577 $598
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.73 : 1 0.68 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 10-12-13.

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The Fall Push.

It was a little disconcerting for San Carlos home buyers last week when the inventory of homes for sale plummeted to 12.   For a brief moment, there were thoughts that the fall market was going to maybe pack it in for the year since we’ve now hit mid-October.  But we’re still well over a month before the Thanksgiving holiday, and that means there’s still plenty time for a home owner to sell their home and close the deal before the Thanksgiving break.  And there are many in the business who feel that the real estate market this year is completely oblivious to any calendar anyway.

Well, as if almost on queue, nine new listings debuted in San Carlos this past week, making it a very busy weekend for house hunters — especially since open house hours were competing directly with the San Carlos Art and Wine Faire.   This burst of new listings pushed the inventory back up to 19 homes for sale as of this morning.  That’s still not a huge number for this time of the year, but a bit less frightening for sellers than 12.

Here are the numbers for last week…

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 10-12-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 10-12-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
4 6
Average Sold Price
$1,127,750 $1,044,917
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$739 $677
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 97% 103%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 28 11
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 28 28
Inventory of Active Listings:
19 12
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,485,781 $1,820,663
Average DOM of Active Listings: 31 43
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $598 $572
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.68 : 1 0.43 : 1

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Bridge Funding is Making a Comeback.

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Help for Landlocked Homeowners.

A few months back, we discussed one of the not-so-pleasant effects of the rapidly escalating San Carlos real estate market:  Many potential sellers in San Carlos who were looking to upsize and still stay in San Carlos were finding that they either had to sell their existing home first before they could purchase the next home, or they had to make an offer on the second home that was conditional on them selling (and closing) the first home.

Well, neither option is remotely appealing.   Selling one’s home without having the next home clearly identified and locked up is somewhat akin to walking a tightrope without a net — if you mess up that next step, life is going to change in a negative way for you.   And with regards to the other option, getting a conditional offer accepted in a competitive market like this is about as likely as finding an empty bar stool at Town on a Friday night.   Not gonna happen.

So we referred to these homewoners as “landlocked sellers”  because they would love to move up to a large home, but the market conditions are forcing them to stay put.  And as we discussed in that post, it’s one of the reasons why there has been so little inventory to choose from this year in San Carlos since their existing homes are potential listings that will never see the light of day.

But there may be some good news on the horizon for our landlocked sellers.   A financial tool known as bridge funding is quietly making a comeback into this market, and it may be just what the doctor ordered for at least some of these sellers.

What is Bridge Funding?

In its most primitive form, bridge funding is simply the act of borrowing money against your existing home to give you extra capital to put together an offer on your next home — or in other words, providing  you “bridge” to purchase the second home.   It’s a practice that became virtually extinct with just about every other type of loan after the credit crash of 2008.  But now that the economy is humming along once again, banks are looking for ways to make more loans and to service (aka, make money from) their clients in creative ways.

The most common form of bridge funding is simply a short-loan that’s secured against the first house to provide liquid funds to help purchase the second house — this is referred to as a “bridge loan”.   The bridge loan is then paid off from the proceeds of the sale of the first home.   Here’s a perfect example of how this could be used:

A family of 5 is living in a cramped 3BR home and they’re desperately looking for more space.   They have good credit and decent equity in their existing home, and would probably easily qualify for a larger loan — but they don’t have enough money to meet the down payment requirements of the new loan.   They could sell their home to get the funds for the down payment, but they don’t want to run the risk of being homeless if they can’t find another place right away.    So they’re stuck…

A bridge loan would give them the funds for the down payment on the second home, and might even make the loan on the second home smaller.  They purchase the second home, then sell the first, and the bridge loan is paid off from the proceeds of the first sale.

Pretty simple, right?  There are many other examples of how this type of funding can be used to decouple the two transactions.   Because only a few specialty lenders are actively marketing bridge funding,  their offerings are often quite different and can be somewhat complex.  One lender I work with has four different bridge options for home buyers today.   That’s exactly 4 more than were available just a few years ago.

Is Bridge Funding Right for You..or Vice Versa?

Like anything else good in life, this doesn’t come free — nor even cheap, for that matter    With most bridge options, there’s usually an origination fee associated with the loan, and you’ll pay interest on the amount that you borrow at a rate that’s somewhat higher than the prevailing rate for conforming and jumbo first mortgages.

Also, not all buyers will qualify.  Generally speaking, the stronger a buyer is in the areas of credit scores, income level, and equity in their existing home, the more options will be available to them.    A qualified mortgage loan agent who specializes in these types of loans will need to run ALL the numbers to see what you qualify for.

Finally, many lenders that do bridge funding will require that you use them for the first mortgage on your new purchase, effectively locking you up for two loans, not one.  So you may have less flexibility with who you can work with on your mortgage.

But on the positive side, bridge funding may ultimately be the only way for some homeowners to actually get out of their existing house and into their next one, rather than just watching the market go by.

Interested?

If this sounds like something that may help you, drop me a call or an email (my contact information is in the sidebar)  and I will put you in direct contact with a couple of very sharp mortgage officers who know these products inside and out.   Each one has different options, so there’s bound to be a plan that works for you.

Who knows?  Maybe that larger home is closer to reality than you think.
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San Carlos Pipelinegate: Will it Impact Home Values?

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Shades of San Bruno.

By now you’ve very likely heard about the sequence of events that took place over the weekend between the City of San Carlos and Pacific Gas & Electric that culminated in a court order to shut down gas transmission line #147 which runs up the heart of San Carlos.   Lest you think that the plethora of news trucks that were parked along Brittan Avenue were there to cover youth soccer matches, this was definitely the talk of the town over the weekend — and it put the City of San Carlos in unenviable company with San Bruno as a community that is now linked with gas pipeline safety concerns.

After much wrangling, both in the press and in the courts, the City of San Carlos was ultimately successful in getting PG&E to agree to shut down line 147 until a hearing can be conducted regarding the safety of this critical transmission line. 

For those not familiar with the background of this issue, here’s a good summary in a report from KTVU:

Pipeline Disclosure and Real Estate.

In the wake of the San Bruno tragedy, laws were passed to help increase the public awareness of the presence of gas transmission lines in their neighborhoods, or in places where they were considering buying a home.   The two main real estate purchase contracts that are used this area (PRDS and CAR) recently inserted advisories into their respective contracts about the possible presence of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines in the area.  The advisory points interested parties to the National Pipeline Mapping System website that is maintained by the Department of Transportation as to the location of the various pipelines in their areas.

In addition, several brokerages — including mine — are mandating that a separate advisory with basically the same information be included in the disclosure packets that buyers are required to sign, just to ensure that the initial advisory was not glossed over in the contract.  The advisory also directs interested parties to contact their utility company with any questions about the pipelines in the area.

Is it a perfect solution?  No.   First of all, when you click the link above today you’ll find that it’s a dead link — courtesy of the federal government shutdown.  Second, the information that is disclosed in the map (when the website actually works) is only enough to send you into PG&E’s massive phone tree to get more answers.

Pipelines and Home Values.

Whether it was because of the economy or the pipeline explosion (or both), home values plummeted in San Bruno after the tragedy in September of 2010.   And it’s still a topic that taints any conversation about real estate in San Bruno, even with homes that are miles from that transmission line.

Will a similar effect happen in San Carlos now that this issue has become front and center on every news broadcast?   After all, Line 147 runs right under Brittan Avenue all the way up through the hills.  You probably couldn’t pick a more centrally located place to put a pipeline, right?

I think the answer in this case is no.  First, the updated advisories and increased public awareness have been in place for over a year, so anyone who has recently purchased a home directly on Brittan Avenue, or in close proximity to Brittan, should have been aware of the presence of this transmission line.   And as you have seen from the performance of home prices in San Carlos lately, nothing has dampened the enthusiasm for San Carlos real estate.

Take a look at the price performance of 3BR homes on Brittan Avenue over the past 3 years since the San Bruno tragedy:

3-Bedroom Home Sales:  Brittan Avenue, San Carlos

3-Bedroom Home Sales: Brittan Avenue, San Carlos

This growth average sales price is in lock-step with the rest of the home in San Carlos, so clearly there’s not much concern about what’s happening under the ground.

Second, I think rapid response of the San Carlos City Council in forcing PG&E to re-evaluate the safety of this line will placate the concerns of homeowners and prospective buyers.   This public vetting process will push PG&E to produce evidence that they indeed thoroughly understand and have documented the history of this transmission line, and can prove that it can be used safely before it is turned back on again.

The bottom line is that San Carlos is no different from any other community on the Peninsula in this respect — high-volume natural gas transmission lines run through every community here.  The concerns of prospective home buyers will likely be the same whether they are close to a gas transmission line in San Carlos, or San Mateo, or Menlo Park.    Buyers are either going to care, or they’re not.   This episode of Pipelinegate should have no adverse affect on the local real estate market.
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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 10-5-13.

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Back to Low Inventory.

Don’t look now, but the inventory of single-family homes for sale in San Carlos just took another nose dive.   As of this morning, there are only 12 homes for sale in the entire city, and that number may drop even further by the end of the day today.   This is all because 8 homes went into contract last week, and there were only 3 new listings to fill the gap.   Clearly, there is still strong buyer demand in San Carlos, and sellers should take this as proof that this real estate market knows no calendar.   Sellers will be able to move their home at any time throughout the end of this year.

If you’re thinking about selling your home and debating on whether to wait until next year to list it, you really need to take heed of this climate.  The market is still so heavily in favor of sellers right now — especially now that there is virtually no competition.

Here are the numbers for last week…

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 10-5-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 10-5-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
6 12
Average Sold Price
$1,044,917 $1,239,022
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$677 $777
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 103% 118%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 11 13
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 28 26
Inventory of Active Listings:
12 18
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,820,663 $1,679,217
Average DOM of Active Listings: 43 46
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $572 $552
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.43 : 1 0.69 : 1

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Is Belmont Hotter than San Carlos?

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We’re Not Talking About the Weather.

The answer to that title question is “yes“, Belmont is definitely hotter than San Carlos — according to a study that was commissioned by the real estate brokerage Coldwell Banker and published in CBS Market Watch recently.   But that’s not all.  Belmont is not just hotter than San Carlos — it has been designated the hottest suburb in the entire state of California in this study.   Holy Twin Pines!

I can almost hear the cheers echoing from canyons of Belmont, and the guffawing that is emanating from the streets of White Oaks and the grand vistas of Beverly Terrace.  Belmont is hotter than San Carlos?    Absolutely, contends Belmont.  One Belmont resident once told me that Belmont is “San Carlos without the sidewalks and the attitudes.”   To which another San Carlos resident countered “Belmont is where you go to live when you can’t afford San Carlos.”    Ouch!   Everyone just calm down….

But rather than turn this into a modern-day version of the Hatfield’s vs the McCoy’s,  let’s try to figure out how Coldwell Banker came to this conclusion?  Unfortunately, I don’t have access to their “exhaustive” study, but we can take a few minutes and compare some of the relevant home sales metrics that may have been used in this analysis.

Price Appreciation.

There’s no doubt about it — whether you’re looking for a home in either San Carlos or Belmont, you’re keenly aware of how much prices have skyrocketed in the past 5 years.  This is especially true in just the past 12 months.  But how do they both compare in this arena?   Let’s take a look:

Belmont:  Average Home Sales Price

BELMONT: Average Home Sales Price

San Carlos Average Home Sales Price

SAN CARLOS:  Average Home Sales Price

From the graphs above, the average sales price of a single family residence in Belmont increased by 17.6% since just last year, and a whopping 32% since the bottom of the housing market in 2009.  That is indeed significant growth.   But over that same span, the San Carlos housing market increased by 18.2% and 36.6%, respectively.    Hmmm…

Other Metrics?

Let’s take a look below at some other common sales metrics that may have been used in this study.  Note that all of these pertain to single-family residences only, unless otherwise noted.

Key Housing Metric
Belmont San Carlos
Median Price: 2012->2013
+17.3% +21.0%
Median Price: 2009->2013
+28.5% +37.5%
Average Days to Sell:  2013
19 17
Closed Sales YTD 2013
176 201
Sales Price/List Price Ratio: 2013
109.5% 108.7%
Total Sales Volume (SFR + Condo) 2013
$207.6M $298.2M

(source: Multiple Listing Service)

What Does It All Mean?

There are several conclusions that you can draw from this immensely informative post.   First, I am pleased to inform you that after comparing the data above with scientific study conducted by Coldwell Banker, that I am thoroughly more confused than I was when I started.    But that’s OK, because it points out that “hotter” is very much a subjective measurement — it can’t be deduced from the third derivative of home sales in the 4th quartile during a full moon.

Belmont has two Safeways — San Carlos has none.  San Carlos has two CVS Pharmacies — Belmont has none.   San Carlos has 3 Starbucks to Belmont’s two.   Belmont has its own police and fire department.  San Carlos has….. well, you get the idea.   The point is, people like Belmont for their own reasons, while others like San Carlos for theirs.  Why does there have to be a #1 with everything?    Can’t we all just get along?

The other thing this study tells me is that any discussion about a “hottest suburb” in the Bay Area that does not include Palo Alto (the land where cash is king, and sanity has long left the building) is highly suspect from the start.  Seriously….

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 9-28-13.

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The Premium for Dirt.

If you’re looking to buy a home in San Carlos and you get queasy at the thought that prices are escalating out of your budget, then perhaps you should skip reading this week’s review.   This week’s closed sales featured more eye-popping final prices than I’ve seen in a single week in San Carlos in a long time.    But all kidding aside, for some of the bigger sales there is a rational explanation — for others, there’s simply not.

269 Kelton Avenue and 294 Devonshire Boulevard were the two sales that fetched the highest amount (both % and $$) over their asking price.  But both of these homes are perfect examples of two points I made recently in the post “The Price of Dirt in San Carlos” — First, the homes themselves had virtually no influence on the final sale prices — the value was driven solely by the dirt on which they stand.  And second, it illustrates the fact that there’s still a HUGE premium for flat, buildable land in San Carlos.   The economy is once again strong enough were homeowners are willing to make that significant investment to build their “15-20 year” home.

The other home sale that topped the charts was 3363 Melendy Drive, which fetched a whopping $301,000 over the asking price.   But the reality of this sale is that this home simply sold where its value was — it’s a very clean 3,400 square foot home with some incredible views, and even the higher sales price only equates to $485/square foot, compared to the average of $777/square foot that the rest of the homes fetched this week.

The rest of the big winners this week?  Chalk it up to high demand and market exuberance.  And here are those numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 9-28-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 9-28-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
12 6
Average Sold Price
$1,239,022 $1,131,667
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$777 $688
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 118% 99%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 13 18
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 26 29
Inventory of Active Listings:
18 22
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,679,217 $1,714,770
Average DOM of Active Listings: 46 37
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $552 $547
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.69 : 1 0.76 : 1

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