There were 77 residential home sales last month in the communities listed in this Lakes Region real estate market report. That’s down a bit from the 88 sales last June. But the average sales price came in considerably higher at $476,304 compared to $292,586 in June 2010. The higher average seems to have originated from a strong month in Moultonborough where seven sales closed in excess of $1 million. Not a bad month there with 19 sales at an average of $1,072,761! Laconiaalso had a pretty good sales tally with 16 homes exchanging hands. It appears that about a third of the sales for the month were waterfront or vacation type homes.
OK, I like really like milestones such as being halfway through the year. It seems to mean more when you can compare results for the first half of one year to another. Must be some sort of psychological thing or something. But it doesn’t mean you have to like the results. In the case of comparing our Lakes Region real estate sales for the first half of this year to last, the results aren’t great. It is another one of those glasses that are half empty or half full depending on your perspective. So here it is; for the first six months of 2011 there were 325 residential sales, which is 10% less than the 364 we had in the first half of 2010. The average price though is up from $298,945 to $328,294 so that’s on the plus side. We are also up compared to the first half of 2009 when there were 306 sales at an average of $254,071. So it’s kind of a couple of steps forward and one back…
Everybody today is getting a “smart phone”, an “Ipad”, or some sort of “tablet” to help them get through the technological and informational quagmire of the day. Then there are all these different “apps” that you can get for them that will do everything from telling you where to get the cheapest gas to what movies are playing where to following your stock market investments. There are also a lots of real estate apps available for these devices to help tech savvy buyers find information about homes. There’s a REALTOR.com app, Trulia and Zillow apps, a Smarter Agent app with a GPS, mortgage calculator apps, real estate vocabulary and dictionary apps, apps for home flippers (that must be a good one!), and apps to find rental properties. How’s that saying go? Whatever you need, “There’s an app for that!”
While all of this technology in the palm of your hand is amazing and quite helpful I am not sure where it is all going to end up. Information today is instantly available to home buyers in so many methods and formats that it boggles the mind. I think that we are all suffering a little from information overload. Sometimes there is so much info available that home buyers get caught up over analyzing the property that they want to buy. Maybe things need to be a little simpler? There needs to be a way to sort all of this information and make sense of it. Well now there’s an app for that, too!
The app is called “REALTORG”. That’s pronounced loudly as “RRRREEEEELLLLTOOOORRRGGG!” like the announcer in the ring at the World Wrestling Federation. Impressive, huh? This app is designed to take all the extraneous bits of jumbled information gathered by home buyers and uses a unique and patented common sense approach to sorting and enhancing the data. This app has been developed from years of real world experience. Imagine an app that can tell you so much more about a property than the limited factual property information you get from those run of the mill real estate apps! Things like; what’s around the property, is it in a nice area, what’s the condition of the home, do the pictures really reflect what the house looks like, or is the home a good value? It helps you make common sense decisions about buying or selling a home. That’s something other apps can’t do. This app could revolutionize the real estate world! And its free! It doesn’t download into your smart phone, I Pad, or “tablet”, but it is readily available to home buyers everywhere. This app is your local REALTOR® and he’s been around awhile so there are no bugs to work out. Call him for a 90 day free trial. Guaranteed no problems downloading.