"What's happening in the Sacramento market?"
by Rob McQuade, ABR, Sacramento REALTOR®
Sacramento Real Estate
I just had a great exchange on a real estate forum with a professional in the East Bay asking about the Sacramento market:
Q. Can anyone answer this general question, in regards to Sacramento?
Where are you seeing all the action, in terms of sales, and reduced listings? Is there a particular area, or price range, or type of home? I know this is a broad question, just looking for some insight into the Sac market.... From an outsider...
A. If your question is "what's selling?" then there are a couple answers.
Bank-owned properties. The investors are coming back and they're looking for deals. In many cases, the best deal (on paper) is going to be a foreclosure listing. MLS statistics have been showing that single family homes priced under $250K are leading the local market in activity.
Established neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods never go out of style locally. The best parts of Sacramento—Land Park, East Sac, Arden Park, Fair Oaks—always seem to hold up well, even when the market is down. Many of these neighborhoods don't have a ton of inventory (sellers aren't selling if they don't need to), but there continue to be a lot of buyers looking to "get in".
The urban core. Downtown and Midtown are back in style as more single professionals, young couples, and empty-nesters are looking to be close to everything. Commuting is out, walking/biking to work is in. Proximity to shopping, dining, entertainment, and employment make these areas popular—and the number of new projects that are selling and the fact that huge price declines haven't hit these neighborhoods show that demand remains.
If your question is "where are the deals?" then there's a slightly different answer.
A lot of traditional "first-time homebuyer" and "new investor" neighborhoods have seen dramatic price declines. I'm seeing bank-owned properties on the market for under $100K in areas like Oak Park (95817), North Sac (95815), and ... View the rest of the post here.