How can homeowners take advantage of the real estate market in 2014?


Southern California has seen home prices appreciating at steady levels in recent years.  It may be great time to look at some of the new opportunities that are presenting themselves to current Southern California homeowners in 2014. 

Back in 2011 & 2012 we had some of our clients purchasing homes with great rates and reasonable home prices. However, their intention was to move into a larger home for their growing families. With the the strong housing marketing over the last few years, it has provided some homeowners with a great opportunity to take advantage further increasing home values. Cashing in on the larger equity position allows them to put more money down on larger homes, while keeping their monthly mortgage liability affordable.  

Another scenario where increasing home values have applied to our clients are homeowners that were not able to refinance based on your homes value in 2012 or their mortgage did not qualify for the HARP refinance.  If you see on the chart I have provided you will see that the San Gabriel Valley area has increased 15% in median sales price from 2012 to 2013. Just because your home has not been upgraded or landscaped does not mean the value has not increased. Whether you are saving $100 or $500, the long-term savings of refinancing now could mean thousands of dollars in your pocket. 

Inquire today, so we can help you save for the future.  

Rental Increases are Slowing


Apartment rent prices grew significantly in 1Q, but it’s starting to look like the leverage that landlords once had could be diminishing as an increased supply takes over the market and the single-family housing market replenishes itself. 

The average monthly rent in the United States is currently $1,054 – which is up half a percentage point from last quarter and up 3.4% from a year ago at this time.  Ultimately, this represents the slowest growth since the end of 2011.  The nation’s vacancy rate fell 0.2% percentage points.

In the past several years, landlords have been collecting a solid profit due to a steady supply and demand from consumers who didn’t want to buy homes.  Since late 2009, rental rates have increased by almost 10%. 

With the housing market having made a comeback over the past year, we’re now seeing a large majority of renters who have turned into homeowners.  The new unit supply continues to increase sharply as time goes on.  That being said, analysts are concerned that the multifamily apartment sector may have already reached its cap, due to the fact that there aren’t many opportunities to push rent.

Real-estate investment trusts that have apartment buildings or complexes performed worst out of all the REIT sectors in 1Q.  In general, REITs had a 7.9% return while apartment REITs decreased 0.03% in 1Q. 

Wichita, Kansas is still the nation’s least expensive market with rent averaging $520 a month; New York has the most expensive market with rent averaging $2,989 a month.  Nashville, San Diego and Seattle all saw impressive 1Q rental gains.  Overall, 79 markets saw rent decline during the first quarter.

But still, the nation is concerned about overdevelopment.  This year, the nation’s fifty-four biggest metropolitan markets are forecasted to build 150,000 new units and an additional 300,000 units up until 2015.

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