April 2019 RE/MAX National Housing Report

April home sales finished just 1.1% below a year ago as selling times shortened and tight inventory held steady, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Meanwhile, April’s median home price of $251,000 in the report’s 54 markets was up a mere 2.1% – the smallest year-over-year April increase in eight years.

April’s year-over-year sales decline of 1.1% marked the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year decreases, but April’s sales dip was the smallest during that time. At the same time, inventory increased 4.8% and marked the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year growth in number of homes for sale.

Compared to March, home sales in April sped up by a full week, taking an average of 52 days instead of 59. The average in April 2018 was 51 days. The Months Supply of Inventory in April decreased year-over-year from 3.0 to 2.6.

While the March-over-February increase in home sales of 28.8% was the smallest in five years, the April-over-March increase of 11.2% was an April-over-March record for the 10-year history of the report.

“April’s home sales blossomed, suggesting the typical seasonal jump in spring sales arrived later than usual this year,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “Solid buyer interest and sellers with realistic price expectations advanced the market’s march toward equilibrium last month. That said, inventory remains constricted, and prices continue to climb, albeit at a slower rate. All in all, April’s results were encouraging, and we continue to be cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a healthy spring selling season.”

Closed Transactions

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in April 2019, the overall average number of home sales is up 11.2% compared to March 2019, and down 1.1% compared to April 2018. Leading the month-over-month sales percentage increase were Augusta, ME, at +30.4%, Des Moines, IA, at +23.6%, and Milwaukee, WI, at +22.9%.

Median Sales Price – Median of 54 metro median prices

In April 2019, the median of all 54 metro Median Sales Prices was $251,000, up 2.1% from March 2019, and up 2.1% from April 2018. Three metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in Median Sales Price: San Francisco, CA, at -1.4%, Seattle, WA, at -1.0%, and Anchorage, AK, at -0.3%. Four metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, with the largest gains in Boise, ID, at +14.8% and Birmingham, AL, at +13.8%.

Days on Market – Average of 54 metro areas

The average Days on Market for homes sold in April 2019 was 52, down seven days from the average in March 2019, and up one day from the April 2018 average. The metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were Omaha, NE, at 27, and Denver, CO, and San Francisco, CA, both at 30. The highest Days on Market averages were in Augusta, ME, at 116, Hartford, CT, at 89, and Miami, FL, at 86. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

Months Supply of Inventory – Average of 54 metro areas

The number of homes for sale in April 2019 was up 3.3% from March 2019 and up 4.8% from April 2018. Based on the rate of home sales in April 2019, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 2.6 from 2.9 in March 2019, and decreased compared to 3.0 in April 2018. A six months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In April 2019, of the 54 metro areas surveyed, only Miami, FL, at 6.3 reported a months supply at or over six, which is typically considered a buyer’s market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory were Boise, ID, Denver, CO, Manchester, NH, and Omaha, NE, all at 1.2.

 

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE

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Tips for a Smooth Moving Day with Pets

You did it! You searched for what felt like forever, to find a home that suits you and your family and of course, your pet. You had a smooth closing and now moving day is approaching!!

Packing up and moving to a new place is always stressful, but when you own a pet, things can get worse if you’re not careful. As much as you love your fur-baby, they can make things like packing and moving a lot more chaotic then it should be.

Should You Hire Movers?

You can pack up your belongings without a problem, but should you save some money and move things yourself? Or is it better to hire a moving company? While that depends on your fitness and how many possessions you own. Typically, it is worth it to hire movers.

First, movers are experienced carrying heavy objects and trained to do that safely. You can protect yourself from getting hurt by letting others carry everything. Even if you don’t own anything particularly heavy, your body can get injured through the repeated carrying of smaller boxes. Just remember to tell the moving company about your dog and give them any special instructions for when they interact with the pet. Research options in the area; there are several to choose from.

And if your dog starts getting in the way, put some food and toys in a separate room and shut the door. You can also bring your pet to a dog sitter for that day.

Best Time To Move

One often overlooked aspect of moving is picking which day to move. Anytime you pack up your belongings and move to a new home is going to be stressful. If your moving day ends up with bad traffic and moving companies already hired, things are going to get even more stressful.

That’s why you should aim to move on Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesdays. These are the slowest moving days, so your chances of having a smoother transition go up. (Some moving companies might even have reduced rates for the slow days.)

You also want to move when it’s good for your dog. For example, you’ll need up-to-date shots and prescriptions before you move. By moving when you’ve already taken care of both, you’re less likely to forget something important about your dog when the logistics of moving become too much.

Keeping Your Pet Happy

You’ve hired movers for the right day, and it’s time to move — at least for you. Your dog doesn’t know that moving day is here, and they don’t even know what moving means. To them, their comfortable, old home is just gone, replaced by an unfamiliar place. To help with the transition, I Heart Dogs recommends that you quickly unpack some familiar toys and objects your dog loves. With all the change going on, your dog will appreciate something that hasn’t changed.

But before you even unpack, it’s a good idea to keep your dog in one room at first. Don’t overwhelm your pet with all the different sights and smells throughout your house. Keep those toys and bowls in one room with your dog. Then as your dog relaxes, introduce them to the rest of the house one space at a time.

Have A Smooth Moving Day

While it’s unreasonable to expect a completely relaxing moving day, there are ways dog owners can help make things happen more smoothly. Hire some movers and communicate to them about your dog. Move on a slower day, and slowly introduce the new place to your pet. This way, both of you can feel more comfortable — and that can make moving day much better.

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE

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Access: The Key to Selling Your Home

Congratulations, you’re selling your home! If you haven’t yet, you should hire a real estate professional to help you through the process and from there, your agent will ask you what level of access you want to provide to your potential buyers. This is quite possibly one of the most important key factors in selling your home! You need to make sure your home is accessible and here’s how:

Check out these different levels of home access to decide which is right for you

  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showings with just a phone call’s notice.
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48-Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2 pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.

With more competition coming to the market this summer, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.

Contact me today and I will walk you through the different options to set you up for success!

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE
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What Would Make You Sell Your Home?

There are many reasons why a homeowner decides to sell their house and move. The latest Generational Trends Report from NAR asked recent home sellers to share their reason for moving.

The younger the respondents (ages 29 to 53), the more likely their top response centered around needing a larger home. Relocating for a job was the top reason for those ages 54 to 63 and the second most popular response for those under 53.

For homeowners over the age of 64, wanting to be closer to friends and family served as the top motivator to move. Downsizing to a smaller home or moving due to retirement came in as a close second and third.

Have you outgrown your current house? Are you a homeowner who can relate to wanting to be closer to family and friends? Is your house becoming a burden to clean now that the kids have moved out?

Bottom Line

Contact my real estate office and I help set you on the path to selling your current house and finding the home that fits your needs, today!

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE

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Will Low Inventory Keep You from Your Dream Home?

New waves of first-time homebuyers hitting the market this summer have created a new and interesting statistic. A survey in move.com showed that nearly 60% of buyers searching for a home this spring said they are willing to consider buying a fixer-upper rather than endlessly searching for the home of their dreams. 95% of those said they believe the projects needed will increase their new home’s value.

As stated in several interviews and articles on Realtor.com’s, low-inventory for entry-level price ranged homes is to blame for the increase in willingness to renovate.

Just over half of all respondents who said they would be willing to buy a home in need of some TLC would also spend more than $20,000 to make the home fit their needs.

The most common ‘expected’ renovation is a kitchen remodel which can run anywhere from $22,000 for a minor remodel to $66,000 for a major remodel.

This isn’t a new trend by any means. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, “Americans spent $336.9 billion on remodeling projects, up 7.4% from the $313.6 billion a year earlier.”

Home renovation television shows have given many buyers hope that they could renovate a home they can afford into their dream home. Are you up for the task?

If you are one of the many Americans considering buying a home this spring, meet with a local real estate professional who can help you find a house with the potential to be your dream home.

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE

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March 2019 National Housing Report

Kicking off the spring home-buying season, March sales climbed almost 29% over February, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. But this remains the slowest start in five years, with March sales 8.6% lower than March 2018.

March was the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year sales declines and the sixth straight month of year-over-year inventory growth, with a 5.3% gain. Housing activity in the report’s 54 markets nationwide also saw the Median Sales price grow by 3.4% year-over-year – notably smaller than the year-over-year increases in February (5.5%) and January (4.6%).  However, the median sales price has risen by more than 3% year-over-year in 17 of the last 18 months.

From 2015 to 2018, the housing market’s spring sprang to life with an increase in sales from February to March averaging 37.0%. March 2019’s month-over-month increase of 28.8% was the smallest since 24.6% in 2014.

Days on Market increased to 59 from 57 last March, while Months Supply of Inventory declined year-over-year to 2.7 from 3.0.

“It was encouraging to see month-over-month sales improve during March,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “Although the seasonal bounce that typically ends the first quarter wasn’t as strong as in the past few years, conditions are in place for a healthy spring selling season. Falling interest rates, rising inventory and moderating price increases against the backdrop of a healthy overall economy are cause for optimism for buyers and sellers alike.”

Closed Transactions

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in March 2019, the overall average number of home sales is up

28.8% compared to February 2019, and down 8.6% compared to March 2018. Leading the month-over-month sales percentage increase were Burlington, VT, at +48.3%, Wichita, KS, at +46.8%, and San Francisco, CA, at +44.3%.

Median Sales Price – Median of 54 metro median prices

In March 2019, the median of all 54 metro Median Sales Prices was $246,000, up 2.5% from February 2019, and up 3.4% from March 2018. Two metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in Median Sales Price:  San Francisco, CA, at -3.8% and Hartford, CT, at -1.4%. Three metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages – Manchester, NH, at +12.2%, Omaha, NE, at +11.8%, and Wichita, KS, at +10.7%.

Days on Market – Average of 54 metro areas

The average Days on Market for homes sold in March 2019 was 59, down three days from the average in February 2019, and up two days from the March 2018 average. The metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were Omaha, NE, and San Francisco, CA, both at 31, and Denver, CO, at 35. The highest Days on Market averages were in Augusta, ME, at 122, and Burlington, VT, and Hartford, CT, both at 97. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

Months Supply of Inventory – Average of 54 metro areas

The number of homes for sale in March 2019 was up 0.3% from February 2019 and up 5.3% from March 2018. Based on the rate of home sales in March 2019, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 2.7 from 3.7 in February 2019, and from 3.0 in March 2018. A six-months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In March 2019, of the 54 metro areas surveyed, only Miami, FL, at 6.5 reported a supply at or over six months, which is typically considered a buyer’s market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory were Denver, CO, at 1.2, and four metros at 1.3 – San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA, Boise, ID, and Manchester, NH.

 

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE

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Pet-Friendly Homes Are in Demand

pet-friendly, dog, homesA lot of home buyers are interested in buying pet-friendly homes so that they can finally settle with their ‘furever’ friend. Pointing out the aspects of your home that appeals to owning a pet can help you attract these buyers over other homes. That’s 68% of the market that’s looking for a pet-friendly home!

As a homeowner looking to list their home, how do you stand out among the rest of the listings to get your home noticed and sold?

These pet owners are looking to treat their pet like family and want them to be safe and comfortable. This means that the community also needs to be pet-friendly, not just the home.

Most aspects of buying, selling and owning a home, come down to pet-friendly variables, which is of no surprise since $72 billion was spent on pets in the U.S in 2018.

Pet Stats Matter in Choosing a Home

  • 12% percent have moved for their pet
  • 19% of Americans say they would consider moving for their pet
  • 89% of pet owners say they would not give up their pet due to a housing restriction
  • 81% of Americans say their pets play a role in their housing situation
  • 31% of animal owners have refused to put in an offer on a home because it wasn’t a good fit for their animals

Even new home builders are taking new strides to make their homes marketable to pet owners. Some have actually begun installing retractable pet gates that tuck inside door jams to attract new pet owners and home buyers.

What can you do to stand out in this pet-friendly market? Make sure to point out the features of your home that will attract these pet owners:

  • Fully fenced in backyard – (91% of pet owners ranked this as the most important feature of a home to accommodate their pet)
  • Locations of dog parks/walking paths/pet-friendly beaches in the area (71% ranked this as the top feature of any neighborhood they would consider)
  • Proximity to veterinarians/groomers/pet supply stores (31%)
  • Sectioned off or split floor plan homes. These make it easier to gate certain areas
  • Tile and wood flooring compared to carpet that holds dander, allergens, hair and shows dirt
  • A backyard big enough for the pet to do their business and still have room to play and run

Take advantage of the fact that many Americans love their pets and will do anything they can to find a home that includes these valuable features by showing how your home can meet these needs.

Roberta L. Voss, JD, e-Pro, CNE, SFR, CDPE

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How to Pet-Proof Your Home

Dog, Pet Proof, Chewing, Home ValueFrom fury snuggles and kisses to comic relief and unconditional love, pets are wonderful additions to a home. However, they also bring with them some less desirable traits: truckloads of animal hair and drool, bad table manners and the ability to break things around the home.

While you may be looking to sell your home in the future or at least increase its value, your beloved animals can actually ding the value of your property. They can add scratches to your doors and floors, funky, semi-permanent smells, and other flaws that may scare away prospective buyers. Take a look at these precautions you can take to pet-proof your home so that their negative impact is greatly reduced.

Damage control tips are as follows:

Set up some barriers

Do you have an area of the house that contains your favorite rug or your favorite and fragile vase? The best idea would be to set up barriers to discourage your pet’s curiosity in that section of the home.

Most of our furry friends show their love for their environment with their noses and mouths. Indoor and outdoor items alike are sure to be sniffed, licked, or chewed. This is why physical barriers are so important. Try out some baby gates, doors, screens, and other barriers to contain your pet.

If you’re finding it impossible to keep your pets off your brand new couch, you may try investing in a pet cover or large throw blanket. When company comes over you can remove the blanket and reveal your new and perfectly clean couch.

Create a separate eating area for them

You can take all of your old cabinets, appliances, and dishes downstairs or into the den to create an entirely new eating space for your animals that is strictly for them. If they eat in their secluded area, they usually refrain from scratching up the new kitchen flooring or cabinets. We’ve all seen how excited your furry one can be when you head to the closet to scoop out their food, with their jumping, excitement, scratching and pawing.

Get smart about flooring

Not everyone can set up barriers or even separate eating areas for their pets. Another recommendation is to use bamboo flooring.

Bamboo is much harder than most woods so it doesn’t scratch easily and it doesn’t have any grooves between boards like other hardwood floors. The lack of groove makes it much easier to clean up potty accidents.

Tile throughout the house is also another great option along with recycled tire rubber flooring for the basement floor covering for people with kids and pets.

Carpet is typically the last choice for good flooring when people have pets and want to preserve the value of their home. Carpet holds hair and odors and is a complete disaster for people with allergies.

Decorate your windows wisely

It is also important that pet owners pay attention to how they decorate their windows.

Curtains need to not drag on the ground. Both for the sake of picking up pet hair and dirt but also because kittens like to claw at and climb them.

For window coverings, it is recommended to use thick wood or faux wood blinds that can stand the test of clawing. Remember to keep all chords tucked away as well.

Keep pet toys and chews out of sight

The fastest way to ruin the ambiance of your home on a tour is to come across a chewed up bone or destroyed toy. It’s recommended to stash all the toys and chews in a cute basket that you can hide away when needed. This is also another place where a designated pet spot can come in handy to distract your pet away from your home decor. Use a comfy crate or dog bed near a kitchen nook, under a table, or in a large corner of a room.

While it would be impossible to trick a buyer into thinking you’ve never had a pet in the home, it sure helps to hide and prevent the negative telltale signs of a pet, especially when considering selling the property.

 

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February 2019 Housing Market Report

RE/MAX National Housing Report for February 2019

Declining Sales, Growing Inventory Continue to Move in Direction of Buyer’s Market

Riding two trends—declining sales and growing inventory— the U.S. housing market continued to transition from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market in February, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report.

Home sales in the 54-market report have declined year-over-year for seven consecutive months, though, February’s downturn of 4.2% was the smallest since the 1.1% drop that started the streak in August 2018. At the same time, inventory grew 5.8% over February of 2018, marking the fifth consecutive month of growth following a decade-long trend of shrinking inventory. The Months Supply of Inventory also grew in February from 3.1 in 2018 to 3.4 this year.

Bucking these trends, the Median Sales Price increased to $240,000, a year-over-year gain of 5.5% and a February record in the 10-year history of the report. That followed January’s upturn of 4.6%.

Days on Market totaled 63—one day more than February 2018 and four days more than January 2019.

“Trends of five months or more often indicate significant shifts, and the year-over-year trends in declining sales and rising inventory have both reached that length now,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “It’s interesting to see the slowing sales and growing inventories that benefit buyers and at the same time the record prices that benefit sellers. The big picture supports an ongoing return to more balanced conditions.”  

“The next few months will determine whether the shift brings a wave of buyers into the market for the spring selling season. Members of our network are reporting high local demand along with a need for even more inventory. The optimism for a solid spring exists – and a more balanced market certainly contributes to it.”

Closed Transactions

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in February 2019, the overall average number of home sales is up

10.2% compared to January 2019, and down 4.2% compared to February 2018. Leading the month-over-month sales percentage increase were Houston, TX at +28.8%, Birmingham, AL at +26.7%, and Raleigh-Durham, NC at 26.5%.

Median Sales Price – Median of 54 metro median prices

In February 2019, the median of all 54 metro Median Sales Prices was $240,000, up 2.2% from January 2019, and up 5.5% from February 2018. Nine metro areas saw a year-over-year decrease in Median Sales Price including Birmingham, AL at -4.2%, Hartford, CT at -4.0%, and Anchorage, AK at -3.9%. Four metro areas increased year-over-year by double-digit percentages, with the largest increases seen in Boise, ID at +16.0%, Cincinnati, OH at +13.2%, and Wilmington/Dover, DE at +12.6%.

Days on Market – Average of 54 metro areas

The average Days on Market for homes sold in February 2019 was 63, up four days from the average in January 2019, and up 1 day from the February 2018 average. The metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were Omaha, NE at 34, San Francisco, CA at 37, and a two-way tie between Denver, CO and San Diego, CA at 42. The highest Days on Market averages were in Augusta, ME at 120, Trenton, NJ at 113, and Hartford, CT at 96. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

Months Supply of Inventory – Average of 54 metro areas

The number of homes for sale in February 2019 was down 1.4% from January 2019 and up 5.8% from February 2018. Based on the rate of home sales in February 2019, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 3.4 from 3.9 in January 2019 and increased compared to 3.1 in February 2018. A six months supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. In February 2019, five of the 54 metro areas surveyed reported a months supply at or over six months, including Miami, FL at 7.6 and Indianapolis, IN at 7.4, which is typically considered a buyer’s market. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory were Denver, CO at 1.4 and San Francisco, CA at 1.6.

For more info, please click here to download your copy of the RE/MAX National Housing Report for February 2019. If you are looking to sell your Arizona home or are ready to buy a Phoenix home, please contact The Voss Team today.

 

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Enjoy Your Hometown Foods in Arizona

Philly CheesesteakNot from Arizona originally? Missing the great tastes of your hometown food? There’s a great chance that if you are from another state, your favorite food is most likely already here in Arizona. If it’s not, it is surely on its way.

Arizona has been listed as one of the top places for migration across the US. So whether you’re from the West Coast or the East Coast or somewhere in the middle, chances are you will find a taste of home here.

New York, Maryland, Michigan?

Chicago has a large number of its restaurants here but before we dive into that, let’s take a look at places from across the US.

From New York, we feature Times Square  an Italian restaurant, Lorenzo’s Pizza and Pasta and Chompies.

Craving a hoagie or Philly cheesesteak? Then we’ve got you covered at Corleone’s in Phoenix or Scottsdale. For you Marylanders, Ernie’s Karaoke and Sports Bar serves up some authentic Maryland crab. Die-hard Steelers fan? You can find a club with your name on it and Iron City Beer at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek.

Let’s not forget about Michigan and California. You can find those fares at Detroit Coney Grill, Cornish Pasty and Ono Hawaiian BBQ and can find several locations across the valley.

If you’re from the Buffalo, New York area, there is no doubt that you may be missing a dog right about now. To fix that craving, simply check out Ted’s Hot Dogs in Tempe. You won’t be disappointed. They offer cheese sauce and all the fixings your heart desires!

The Windy City

Last but not least, we have a wide selection of restaurants serving up great eats from Chicago scattered all across the valley of the sun.

Fixing for a classic deep dish? Then you’ll want to stop by Oregano’s, Guido’s and Chicago Hamburger Company  with several locations in Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. Craving other great Chicagoan fares? You can get your hands on some great pizza, beef, burgers, and dogs at Lou Malnati’s, Portillo’s and Giordano’s all without having to hop on a plane.

It’s safe to say you can find fare from just about anywhere across the US in Arizona and more restaurants are popping up each day!

 

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