Folsom or El Dorado Hills Home Prices Are a Bargain…!

San Jose’s Median Home Price – $800,000 range – Folsom/El Dorado Hills = More Home for Much Less.

Prior to moving to  Folsom in 1989, my family sold an 1800 sq foot  home in San Jose for $300,000 and thought we’d robbed a bank in doing it.Home Prices in San Jose - Compare with Folsom & El Dorado Hills

Our new Folsom home was new in the new neighborhood of Lexington Hills.

A brand new 2500 sq.ft. home that included a pool and spa for under $220,000.

It’s plain to see  you can buy much more home for a lot less money in Folsom or El Dorado Hills then you can in San Jose or anywhere else in the Bay Area.

Today’s market is the same and I think we’re about to experience another wave of Bay Area buyers coming to our area to scoop up some homes here that would make a “Central American Dictator” proud.

Check out this article I got from the Silicon Valley Business Journal to see what I’m talking about.

If you live now in San Jose or anywhere else in the Bay Area, Click Here for a list of homes in Folsom and Click Here for a list of homes in El Dorado Hills and let me know what you think.

Some fun facts about our area;   We’ve got awesome weather.  We’re close to the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.   If you like wine tasting, you don’t have to drive to Napa.  Just check out next door Amador County.   If you have school aged children, trust me, moving to this area was the best thing I ever did for my family because we’ve got great schools with lots of activities and superior academics.

If you are from San Jose or any where else in the Bay Area and thinking of relocating, call me and let me give you what I call the “Chamber of Commerce” tour of the area.   I can help you find the home of your dreams, or… if you’re an investor we also specialize in the Sales and Management of Single Family homes, Duplexes, Four-Plexes and small to medium sized Apartment Complexes.

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Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE   916-203-1260    favinger@rwnetwork.com

 

Is Value Added When You Install a Pool or a Solar System…?

It All Depends… of course…!

If you have pondered adding a Solar electric system to your home or a pool, then take a minute and read here.

There was an interesting discussion started today on a Facebook Real Estate Group page that I and other Brokers/Agents belong to  regarding the costs/savings of installing a solar system.   Ryan Lundquist a local appraiser and Real Estate Blogger pointed out some interesting numbers.

I’ve cut and pasted his question to the group here:

A solar salesman told an owner the system would add $6,000 in value for each kilowatt of power. Since this system was 6kw, it would supposedly add 36K. Keep in mind this home is located in a 350K neighborhood. On a practical level would we expect to see a home without solar sell for $350K and one with solar sell for $386K? Here’s the thing. Buyers don’t pay the full cost of a solar system in the resale market. Moreover, even if it did add $36,000 in value, borrowing that much money for 30 years would cost a Borrower $170 per month (and $61,000 over 30 years). Of course the system is probably only going to last for 20 years though. At the least the first question a buyer should ask if there is at least $170 savings every single month. Thoughts?

After reading the above, I asked him “if a pool costs $50,000 to install, I know you’re not going to get that back,  but is there some kind of a rule of thumb you look at..?”

He had a very interesting response that hadn’t occurred to me, even though I’ve been selling real estate over 30 years.

Ryan Lundquist Good question Ed.

It would be nice if there was one adjustment that fit every situation, but the truth is that 50K pool in Granite Bay is probably worth way more there than it would be in a 200K neighborhood because the market expects a pool like that in the neighborhood.  Thus the adjustment is about where the pool is located and what buyers expect and pay for in that area.

We’d like to think there is one adjustment to apply everywhere, but that just wouldn’t work. On a practical level, we can consider the cost because it probably says something about the quality, but at the end of the day let’s start comparing homes with and without pools to see if we can come up with a reasonable and supported adjustment (or a reasonable range of what buyers having been willing to pay).

It’s okay if there are no recent sales too because we can look through years worth of data as well as competitive neighborhoods. I actually wrote a post about the percentage of pool sales in different areas of town.

When the market expects a pool, it can be a big hit to value when there is not one, but when the market doesn’t expect a pool, it might not be that big of a deal for value to have one.  http://sacramentoappraisalblog.com/…/what-does-the…/

What do you think….?   My thoughts are that what ever you decide to do as an improvement I don’t think you should expect to get it all back.  I would rather look at the test of whether or not the improvement I added would make my life a little more enjoyable when I’m home.

In the Mean Time…?

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Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE     916-203-1260 favinger@rwnetwork.com

 

Rates Can Still GO LOWER – Believe it or Not..!

See Frank and Brian – The National Real Estate Post Update

If you want to keep up in the Real Estate world, you might watch these guys from time to time because they do have interesting perspective… Then, after you watch the video below,  sign up for their updates.

If you’re looking for a new home or investment property it helps to have a finger on the pulse of the market and these guys are just one source.

frank and brianThey do regular Real  Estate and Mortgage Loan updates during the week.   I can’t watch them all but the headline today did catch me so I had to “point and click”  to check out what they had to say.

They deliver some great information and a little humor as well thrown in.

I think you’ll find this video worth the time and if you like these guys…..? go sign up for their updates.. !  You don’t have to be in real estate or the lending business to get on their list.

The “relevant” point regarding rates starts at the 3:56 mark

I think you’ll come away with the idea it’s not a bad time buy.  Rates for “investment” properties as of yesterday were at the 4.375% and “owner occupied” at around 3.50-3.75%.

If you’re renting, rents are going up and buying a home is actually “cheaper”… so you might want to consider getting into home now.

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE     favinger@rwnetwork.com   916-203-1260

 

Are we in a Bubble…? Not According to the Affordability Index…!

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No One Knows for sure… But Here’s some Stats You Should Look At…!

I remember the Real Estate Market back in 1989 and of course the big crash in 2007-2008.

If you want my opinion…?  I don’t think we’re there yet.   If you look at the links below, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

In 1989 I moved here from the Bay Area and the Index then was I believe about 19% of the folks living there at the time could afford to buy the median priced home with 20% down. Here in the Sacramento Real Estate market it was about 49% back then.

When we got to the top of the market in say, late 2004,  the index was way down through out the state. I’ll let the indexes below give you the data.   Take a peek at them and then decide for yourself if we’re in a bubble.   I think you’ll be surprised at what you’ll see.

Let’s talk about FIRST TIME BUYERS – it’s even better for them.

Bottom line is while interest rates are low and prices are going up some, there’s plenty of demand for Residential Real Estate.  There are plenty of Buyers out there but not much inventory to choose from.

If you’re thinking of buying and you’re worried we might be in a bubble, historically speaking we have a ways to go.

If you’re thinking of Selling you’ve probably heard from more than one source how low the inventory is so call me to get the latest valuation of your property.   We specialize in Single Family Homes, Duplexes, Four-Plexes and Small Apartment complexes.   If you’re in Investor, we also do Property Management.   So give us a chance at your business today.

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Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE         favinger@rwnetwork.com 916-203-1260

 

Sacramento Real Estate Market is On a Roll…!

Bottom Line…? It’s the Affordable Index..!

I received an email update from the Sacramento Business Journal this morning and thought I’d pass it on.

Some of the larger Real Estate companies in the area are talking about how the market is going to be about the same as it was last year.   Click Here for the Article, but read below why.   It’s not discussed in the article but below you’ll see why it’s important.

My take on what makes a great market…?   Buyers who can qualify for a loan and purchase the inventory.

If you look at the links below, you’ll see why,  even though prices have risen a lot over the last few years, the “affordability index” shows there’s plenty of Buyers out there able to qualify and purchase a home in this market.

Why is this important…?  It’s a gauge in my opinion to know when a market is about to change.   For instance I remember when I moved here to Folsom in 1989, the index was at 19% of Buyers who could qualify for the median priced home using the “traditional method” in the San Francisco Bay Area,  while it was at 49% here in the Sacramento area.Affordability_2015-Q3

Just before the big crash of a few years ago in late 2006 I saw an article where the index was at 19% here.   Shortly after I read that report, I started seeing lots of short sales and REO’s hit the market just like it did in the early 90’s.

From the data below you’ll come away with idea that we’ve got a long way to go before prices go up so high they become unaffordable.   Of course this assumes  interest rates stay near where they are now.

 

 

 

First Time Buyers

First Time Buyer’s Affordability Index

First Time Buyer’s Affordability Index Methodolgy

 

Traditional Affordability Index

The Affordability Index

Traditional Housing Affordability Index Methodology

Let me know what you think.

If you’re thinking about buying a home or an investment property,  today’s data should give you confidence your decision to get into the market.   Call, Text or Email today and we’ll get you started on your way.

We specialize in sales of Single Family Homes, Income and Investment Property such as a Duplex, Four Plex or even an Apartment complex.      Don’t forget we also offer Property Management services – Click Here for Our Property Management Page.

In the Mean Time…?

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Ed Favinger, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, CDPE      favinger@rwnetwork.com     916-203-1260