WOW! I ran a few calculations of the real estate activity so far since Thanksgiving Day and I was a little surprised.
110 Properties went pending collectively in the 11 days since Thanksgiving 2011 in the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.
In the same period after the Thanksgiving Day holiday in 2010, 83 properties had gone pending.
This year we’ve seen 27 more homes than last year go pending in the first 11 days, which equates to a 32% increase in PENDING SALES over 2010’s numbers. That’s a large number and is difficult to ignore.
Why has this happened?
There can be various reasons as to why this is happening. Among them would be :
People are feeling better about their financial condition
People feel we’re getting closer to the bottom of the real estate market.
People may feel like we have hit the bottom of this tough real estate market.
Investors are finding good value.
Sellers are willing to discount their asking prices to make a sale happen.
You might be wondering what is the break down of these pending sales. How many are the old fashion regular sale and how many are not.
Type of Transaction 2010 2011
Regular Sale 36% 36%
Short Sale 35% 43%
Bank Owned 29% 21%
Ironically, the regular sales are pending at the same pace as in 2010, but you can see that the number of homes that are classified as a “Short Sale”, or where the home seller owes more than the offer, has increased, while the Bank Owned properties has decreased. Overall, it is some good news for home owners and their single largest asset.
Where do we go from here?
Now this is great news, but will they turn into closed transactions.? That’s the bar that all things in real estate are compared to. All of them will not close, of course, but a foundation for 2012 may be forming with buyers making offers. Like I’ve mentioned before, the holiday months are not the best time to be a seller, but there are still buyers out there, and they’re making offers. And, from these numbers, there are more serious buyers this year than last year! This should be good news as we go into the spring buying season of 2012.
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