Belmont, CA Real Estate News

By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
The graph below is for San Mateo County, California. Notice how steep the trend-line is for this year as compared to 2004. The trend line used is a straight line computation in which the trend illustrated is based upon the previous data points. Of course this predicted outcome can change radically as market conditions change and in fact we would expect that this level of appreciation (given the current issues in the mortgage industry) is not sustainable and in fact it may be the result of more expensive homes selling in the two previous months--September data points should help level off this trend.
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
We hear it all the time, the media reporting this or that about the housing market. Of course being in the industry makes us keenly aware of our markets-regardless of what the media puts forth. Notice how slow the mainstream media were to get a hold of the rise in mortgage defaults? The sub-prime mess only really made the headlines after the 10th largest lender in the country went belly up!  The media will argue all day long that they are simply reporting the facts but anyone who even possesses an iota of critical thinking capabilities realizes that they are less interested in information and more interested in sensationalism.Forget the reports--how about a quick thumbs up or down about your local market? Would you say the median price is up, flat, or down over the same time last year i...
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By John Pinto
(Realty World - John V. Pinto & Associates, Inc.)
I have reviewed the August MLS statistics for Condominiums & Townhomes in Belmont, California. Please listen to my podcast to learn about the key trends and indicators in this area. If you have any questions about the market, feel free to give me a call at 408-829-4141 or e-mail JohnPinto@jvpinto.com Thank you, John V. Pinto
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By John Pinto
(Realty World - John V. Pinto & Associates, Inc.)
I have reviewed the August MLS statistics for Single Family Homes in Belmont, California. Please listen to my podcast to learn about the key trends and indicators in this area. If you have any questions about the market, feel free to give me a call at 408-829-4141 or e-mail JohnPinto@jvpinto.com Thank you, John V. Pinto
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By Lenore Wilkas, Lenore Wilkas
(Coldwell Banker - Vista Village )
Belmont sits between San Mateo and San Carlos in the hills above El Camino Real.  It's the kind of town one either loves or hates because of it's unique homes.  They vary from small former summer cottages to huge mansions and these home can reside on the same street and block.  It's very rual in nature with loads of California oak tress and narrow roads running all over the hillsides. The median priced home in Belmont last week was $950,000.  The most expensive home on the market was listed at $1,888,000.  In Belmont it is still possible to find a resonablely priced home, for San Mateo County that is. The average days on the market is the lowest of any of the towns we cover, 38 days.  There were 47 homes for sale last week and Belmont is a Warm Seller's Market.  Homes sel...
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
When is the Best time to sell a home? (Part five of five).If you've read parts one though four of our series, you undoubtedly know by now that there are many factors affecting the real estate market.Understanding your particular area's local market conditions and fluctuations will assist you in finding the best time for you to sell your home.In our home town of Belmont for example, just before spring, the winter inventory of homes for sale is typically low; but crescendos through spring into summer. Getting a jump of your competition can be rewarding. This is illustrated in the graph which shows the inventory levels at various times of the year.If conditions are right for buyers (i.e. job stability, favorable interest rates, etc.), then usually during this time of year demand for housin...
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
With Indian summers blessing the Bay Area and Belmont in particular, great weather embraces us late into the fall buoying the house hunting season beyond traditional markets. After Labor Day, once the summer vacations are behind and children back in school, the market takes another bounce up as more inventory appears and buyers wishing to make a move before the end of the year are once again more focused. Notice how there's a summer "bounce" as market activity typical increases this time of year?
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
It becomes pretty clear that historically, listing your home in late winter or early spring in the Bay Area will brings you the most market activity. Notice that the percentage a seller receives and the median home price is highest usually around June. Remember though-June sales were from homes listed in April and May.Most sellers do not want to sell their home during the holiday season. The market slow down generally starts around Thanksgiving and activity wanes though the end of December. This is usually the slowest time with few buyers focused on shopping for a home, and the sellers who are selling are usually ones who must sell (due to a job transfer in many cases).
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
Agents-ever "Just Want to Get Away?"It rained that day, but that wasn't why I was reluctant to show property-the 49ers were playing. Being new to the business, I was determined to take my very first buyer out to see property regardless that my home team was playing and I had to forfeit my season pass seats; this was the first buyer I had the possibility of showing homes to and I was excited at the opportunities that awaited me; I was new. I was eager.The year was 1991. The 49ers were coming off several recent Superbowl wins and remained the talk of the town. If you were a buyer out during a Sunday game-you were a serious buyer, and agents knew it.The stores were quiet, the streets empty, and only the local pubs benefited from the excitement; nearby, a recent bride awaited anxiously in h...
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
Our MLS system in Belmont (San Mateo) decided this year to disallow the practice of re-listing a home (effectively re-setting the DOM stat) since consumers thought it was a deceptive practice-and to some degree I suppose some agents employed this practice inappropriately.One of the first questions we receive at an open house from prospective buyers is how long a home has been on the market; and of course we tell them from the date it was originally listed; and we also tell them how long it has been on the market after any price reductions. Home buyers judge in our area if a home is overpriced if it's still on the market after 21 days. Clearly more and more buyers are relying on this statistic and the Internet for information to help them in buying a home.When the MLS systems decided to ...
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By John Pinto
(Realty World - John V. Pinto & Associates, Inc.)
I have reviewed the July MLS statistics for Single Family Homes in Belmont, California. Please listen to my podcast to learn about the key trends and indicators in this area. If you have any questions about the market, feel free to give me a call at 408-829-4141 or e-mail JohnPinto@jvpinto.com Thank you, John V. Pinto
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By John Pinto
(Realty World - John V. Pinto & Associates, Inc.)
I have reviewed the July MLS statistics for Condominiums & Townhomes in Belmont, California. Please listen to my podcast to learn about the key trends and indicators in this area. If you have any questions about the market, feel free to give me a call at 408-829-4141 or e-mail JohnPinto@jvpinto.com Thank you, John V. Pinto
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By Lenore Wilkas, Lenore Wilkas
(Coldwell Banker - Vista Village )
The City Council of Belmont is getting ready to pass a law outlawing smoking on city streets, public parks, apartments, condos and townhouses.  If you are a smoker and can't afford to buy a single family house, do not move to Belmont.  I can understand how obnoxious second hand smoke can be.  I remember having to deal with it in an apartment house I lived in many years ago with a next door neighbor who dearly loved is cigars.  I did not love them and especially hated smelling his stinky cigar smoke intruding into my apartment next door.  But, I wonder whether this kind of ordinance or law is legal.  If you bought your home, whether it was a house or condo or townhouse you are entitled to enjoy it and do what you wish within your home.  Your home is your castle, right?  Possibly no longe...
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
In part four of our five part series on "When is the Best Time to Sell A Home" we examine some of the broader national issues which affect the overall atmosphere of home buying and selling.JobsWhen people feel secure about their jobs they are willing to take on more debt. But that's not the whole story. When more jobs are being created (and filled) in an area than are exiting, and the supply of available homes can no longer keep up with demand, there's competition for housing. A good indicator of where your local housing market may be headed is watching the number of net jobs increase or decrease; not just employment data. In other words, after all is said and done are there more jobs entering your area than leaving? And what kinds of jobs are being created? Those of high salaried profe...
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
Real estate is best examined on a local scale since a rapid sell-off in south Florida, or falling values in San Diego can have little bearing on what a home is worth at any given point in your neighborhood.Although it is best to focus on your local area, keeping an eye on the big picture is prudent.In part two of our five part series on "When is the Best Time to Sell A Home" we examine some of the broader national issues which affect the overall atmosphere of home buying and selling.Interest Rates and the Availability of Mortgage MoneyTo begin to address these issues is rather redundant since the current issues facing the mortgage industry are changing everyday and are covered well enough by experts-for many-the writing was on the wall. Suffice to say though that when money is more expe...
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
Consumer Confidence In part three of our five part series on "When is the Best Time to Sell A Home" we examine some of the broader national issues which affect the overall atmosphere of home buying and selling.The confidence of consumers is critical to trade. The "Consumer Confidence" report  is a measurement taken by the Conference Board, an independent not-for-profit organization who polls 5,000 representative U.S. households; it's bit like taking the pulse of the average consumer. Of course when consumer confidence is high-or rising-buyers tend to be more bullish. The effect that the release of these numbers has is a bit like the tail wagging the dog. In fact, it is a measurement of what a predetermined group of consumers think about the future, and when the numbers are released they...
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
Sales of resale homes in Belmont have declined this year as mortgage rates have increased. Surprisingly, inventory levels have not reached threshold conditions enough to put downward pressure on pricing to any large extent. Fewer sales can be the simple result of having fewer homes for sale (low inventory). This can have the effect of raising prices as buyer compete for relatively small inventory. Fewer sales can also be attributed in the case where large inventory exists to buyers simply deciding not to purchase a home. Examining the "Days on market" and "Percent a Seller Receives" graph can help explain which is the current market condition.
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
Belmont's median price took a dip in July but is well within the normal real estate cycle. Small samples such as the town of Belmont are better examined year-over-year since the sale of higher priced homes in one month can skew the results.The Median price trendline is illustrating where the median price should be if it continued an averaged climb based on prior performance. Note that while it takes some wild swings up and down above and below the trend line, overall, the trend has remained up for years.
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
The number of days it takes to sell a home is a good indication of the market activity. In some areas a week is normal and in others it could be three months. It's important to know your local real estate market. As you can see by this graph, Belmont's current stat is right on track for this time of year.
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By Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate
(RE/MAX Star Properties)
The inventory levels in Belmont are still well within reason to sustain current pricing levels and currently do not indicate a "fire sale" mentality on the part of sellers. While inventory levels fluctuate wildly, the median price continues a somewhat steady climb. Mid-year cyclical inventory levels change as holidays, vacations and even inclement weather impact a seller's ideal time to list their home for sale. Sharp increases in inventory--those which are caused by a decrease in demand--have the most impact on what a seller might receive for their home--not seasonal levels. Notice the impact the World Trade center attacks of September 11th 2001 had on inventory levels as potential home buyers temporarily withdrew from the home buying process.Notice that it takes several months after t...
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