The fact is, buyers are searching for homes year round. Also, sellers have needs as well when it comes to the timing of listing their home; whether it is due to relocation, or in the case of selling for financial reasons, there are homes available for sale over the holiday period.
For sellers, while there may be the minor inconvenience of planning your holiday activities around showing your home to buyers, you should know that buyers looking for homes during the holidays are usually very serious about a home purchase. If they are taking the time during this season, it typically means they are under a time deadline or wish to make a move very soon. Making your home available to show during this time of year can net you a great buyer.
Buyers: The same situation applies to you as well. While there are some sellers who will temporarily suspend their listing over the holidays, the sellers who are opening their home for buyer preview are also very serious about getting an offer.
Whether you’re buying or selling, I can make it happen for you, even during the holidays. Contact me for more information and for a no-obligation real estate needs analysis.
That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t have the compassion to have your best interests at heart when helping you decide if now is the right time to purchase a home. Honestly, if it’s not the right time for you to purchase a home, or at least the home you want, I’ll be the first to let you know.
Of course, what many buyers get hung up on is the fear of the unknown when it comes time to purchase a home. It’s only natural, as this is one of the biggest decisions one can make in their lifetime, and there is a lot at stake in making this decision. Many people have seen what’s happened to property values in the past few years, so naturally some potential buyers may have a hesitance to purchase until they feel things are more stable. But while there is an element of risk in any investment, overall, the decision to own property is a sound, solid decision that will add to your overall financial portfolio.
What happened in the past few years with property values goes beyond the normal growth in equity. On average, property values increase 3 to 5% per year under normal circumstances. What began happening in the late 90s through the middle of the first decade of the 21st century is that speculation on mortgage-backed securities (unfortunately) caused an inflated housing market where property values in some areas of the country increased 25-50% in a very short period of time. Of course, all good things come to an end, and this, combined with the free flow practice of subprime loans being given to unqualified buyers, the market….er…shifted…to say the least.
In the past few years however, the market has begun to stabilize. Most mortgage companies have undergone transformations to where they provide loans to more stable and qualified buyers. They are also clearing out their inventory of Real Estate Owned (REO, or bank owned) properties. This is resulting in what economists predict as a final rally in the real estate market.
So what does this mean to you?
Don’t forget that interest rates are at historic lows (As of this writing they are back just below 4%), and housing rates are still very reasonable, but predictions are that this year will see a slight rise in inflation rates, which may result in a slight rise in interest rates. I’m not here to push you into anything, I just want to give you the truth about the market and let you make up your own mind as to whether you want to take advantage of the current real estate market.
So, what questions do you have? How can I help? Don’t hesitate to contact me and I will give you the real answers with no strings, and no obligations.
Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this single family home is a 3 bedroom,2 bath home featuring custom flooring, upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances, pool and spa and AMAZING views on a large lot.
Close to blue ribbon schools and shopping, this is a great place to call home!
Wanna see it? Contact me at (661) 733-6644 for more information or click here to schedule a showing.
Sometimes we “SClaritans” confuse the out-of-town types when we say we hail from Valencia, or Saugus, Newhall, Castaic, Canyon Country, and who the heck is Stevenson, and why are all these houses on his ranch?
I’ll be dotting my superblog with community spotlights from time to time so that if you’re not from Santa Clarita, but want to know more about the communities that make up this great valley, I’ll be your super tour guide!
Many people know Valencia, mostly because it’s the home of Magic Mountain. Some people realize they pass through Stevenson Ranch while traveling up the 5 freeway to get to Magic Mountain, and a few hearty types traveling to parts north maybe even realize that a small community called Castaic exists as they make their way to the Grapevine and beyond.
But where’s Canyon Country? Here’s a hint: It’s neither a canyon, nor a country! It’s a community smack dab in the middle of the Santa Clarita Valley that offers a diversity of housing choices and is a great place to plant roots.
Canyon Country began in earnest with the building of the North Oaks Lower housing development in the early 60s. Those homes are still around today just north of Soledad Canyon Road off of White’s Canyon. Prior to that however, there were a few small homes built WAAAYY out of the way in a place called Sand Canyon. Sand Canyon now boasts some of the most beautiful luxury estates and ranch properties in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Canyon Country takes up most of the eastern portion of the city of Santa Clarita, bordering Saugus on the west and north side, and Newhall to the south, and has an estimated population of nearly 60,000 residents.
Back to the diversity of housing choices: Canyon Country has something for every home buyer; from entry-level condominiums, quaint single family homes, some of the most FANTASTIC view homes in the valley, and (As mentioned earlier) luxury estates and ranch properties in the Sand Canyon area.
Canyon Country is conveniently located to major commuter access points including the 14 freeway as well as its own Metrolink train station.
There’s so much more to tell! Let me tell you in person. Call me and I’ll give you a tour and talk about the great places to live in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita CA. My number is 661-733-6644, or you can click here to send me a message.
When you’re looking for a place to buy a home, where should you buy?
Some things to consider:
Especially if you are settling down to raise a family, or already have children, a great family friendly neighborhood is always a great choice.
Thinking along safety lines goes beyond whether the neighborhood is relatively safe from crime (Although we all want that). Where is the home located? On a busy street, or a quiet cul-de-sac? When looking at individual homes, don’t overlook the safety (or non-safety) features of the home. Are windows and doors secured. Do any of them open easily, especially from the outside. Can windows or doors be jimmied open or easily broken into?
As they say, “Good fences make good neighbors.” No matter how friendly your neighbors are, it is still good to have a little privacy. When looking at homes for sale, can you easily see into the neighbor’s yard or home? Can they see into the home as well?
This obviously is the most important. Here comes another quote: “Buy a home for the things you can change, not for the things you can’t.” You can always remodel, repaint, or re-landscape a home to your heart’s desire, but you can’t move it from a busy street corner, or away from those hideous power lines overhead, or away from the freeway noise, etc. If you are buying a home to live in, think long-term and imagine what the area will be like in five years, ten years, or even twenty years. Changes in the surroundings may have an impact on the overall value of the home. Ask me about any pending construction, zoning changes, etc. when I’m showing you property. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have.
So, ready to begin the process? Contact me any time at 661-733-6644. While you’re at it, “like” me on Facebook, and make sure you visit The Superwoman of Real Estate often for up to date real estate info.
We talked about many aspects of real estate, but one in particular, is why it is so important to hire a realtor that is local.
I have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for more than 30 years, and I know all of the neighborhoods and market conditions, as well as many of the other agents in this valley, and we work together to make sure your home buying or selling experience is a “win-win.”
It is important that, when looking for a realtor, you hire someone who knows the area intimately, is involved in the community, and knows the ins-and-outs of the local real estate market as well as many of the other real estate affiliates (lenders, escrow agents, etc.) in an effort to make your transaction the absolute best from the first day you begin your home search, to your close of escrow and beyond.
I AM that realtor! Ask me all the questions you want. Challenge me to do my best for you, and hold me to my word that your home buying or home selling experience will be the best EVER!