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Key Indicators – Focus on non-traditional real estate market statistics beyond price information such as time-on-market, number of current properties with price reduction, and current inventory levels by zip code and price level.By mapping out a number of key determinants, a more comprehensive view of the real estate market’s real-time conditions is available.Everyone knows the price headline – “What else can be used to give buyers and sellers the opportunity to make an intelligent decision?” (Altos Research releases a national housing report each month that is available for free.)
Advice for President-Elect Obama – Any rescue plans should focus on the acute problems – chronic problems that require longer term and structural changes. Short term programs designed to stave off foreclosure for six months will not solve the systemic economic problems.The path to jobs is economic growth, which means investments in education, and allowing for innovative people to enter the United States and contribute to future economic development.
Key Indicators - Look at transaction activity, as the level of sales activity gives you a clue on the direction of the price.About 18 months ago, there was a contraction in the number of transactions.While credit stabilization will be a key indicator, it may take another 18 months for the credit market to stabilize.
Advice for President-Elect Obama – The last seven years have been a mortgage boom more than a housing boom.The housing sector is what manifested the mortgage boom. The new administration should focus on smart regulation – comprehensive regulatory structure.There has been an increase in regulation every year for the past five to seven years, but they clearly have not been effective.Get agencies in sync to create a stable and safe playing field.Missing piece right now is the trust.
The Recovery – A more stabilized credit environment is necessary first. Every month that passes in getting things settled, inventory rises and consumer confidence falls.If one assumes improvement in second half of 2009, then the recovery will begin in another year or two with a full recovery in “several years.”
Key Indicators: Look at the number of foreclosures in the next 30-, 60- and 90-day periods.Remember that many markets are bipolar - Distressed/REO/foreclosures versus rest of the market. (Here’s a good example from Los Angeles, CA – comparing price trends by price level. Strength at the top of the market and price weakness elsewhere.)
Inflation - There’s a tremendous amount of liquidity in the market right now and it’s only going to get bigger with the stimulus package. Down the line, we’ll see a return to a very significant level of inflation compared to what we saw. On the upside, high inflation has historical spurred the housing market.
The Recovery– In terms of transactions, California was at the bottom in 2007, as transactions increased 12% in 2008. While year-on-year prices are down 40%, it’s clear that much of the action is in the distressed part of the market.Markets work, markets clear.With the current economic environment, there’s now more risk in the high end than there was a year ago.
Key Indicators – Stay local because real estate is local – it is difficult to look nationally to see one indicator, therefore local real estate market data should be a primary source. In California, transactions are largely distressed properties.What happens when those clear?Once distressed properties leave the marketplace, there is a better chance to see what is really going on in the traditional market.
Advice for President-Elect Obama – Mortgage rescue programs are bad.While it is important for people to stay in their homes, those not requiring assistance will ask – “but what about me?”
Real Estate Marketing Strategy: Tips and Ideas. We work with real estate professionals and Altos Research subscribers all across the country. This blog is an exchange of ideas that we've learned from our daily interaction and events like Inman-Connect and the REBarcamps.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.