California Market: Neither the Best Nor the Worst?

The Housing Predictor has published its 25 best and 25 worst markets for 2011, and fortunately or unfortunately, California is not on either list. Are things getting better finally? The appreciation predicted for the 25 best areas ranges from 2.3% to 3.6%, and depreciation in the 25 worst markets ranges from 8.2% to 11.5%.  For Los Angeles County, Housing Predictor foresees an overall 5.4% loss for 2011, with Sacramento and San Diego faring a little better in the 3-4% loss range, with Sacramento also on the list for one of the first markets to recover.  Sacramento is considered one of the most affordable cities in the state. Meanwhile, pointing out that California is the world's 6th largest economy, and that it's not "falling into economic ruin", the sluggish housing market is still affecting Los Angeles County. The tax credit that boosted sales in 2010 is not around now. Per Realist Tax Data, in fact, the overall median price of a single family home did increase from October to November in Los Angeles County, from $330,000 to $335,000--but the median price of a condo decreased by $5,000 from $305,000 in October to $300,000 in November.
Per data by Dataquick released yesterday and published today by the LA Times, a Southern California median home price was up by 1% in December from November, even though lower when compared to the end of 2009, while sales volume was up (Dataquick tends to lump both house and condo prices into one overall median).

However, did you know that a long-gone single family loan type has returned? The 3% down conventional loan for houses is back on the scene--and some condos and condo buyers may be eligible for a 5% down conventional loan. These loans should be a great help to the conforming loan market buyers and sellers.

This would be a good time to review The Cost of Waiting To Buy -- a blog article that receives the most hits since last May.

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