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Will 2017 be a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?

Can you tell I have one thing on my mind this January?  Where is this real estate marketing going?  Enjoy this article from Inman News.

Will 2017 be a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?

Four economists weigh in on what the next year has in store for each group

Key Takeaways

  • Next year will likely remain a seller’s market in most markets, but buyers might have their day in 2018 or 2019.
  • Future buyers will be “less white and a little younger.”

In some years and some markets, the answer is obvious — in 2016, Denver was a seller’s market, and San Francisco’s been one for quite a stretch.

But sometimes, it’s not so clear, and with mortgage rates on the up-and-up and robust plans for the economy ahead, all the plans for 2017 seem to be out the window.

Here’s what four economists had to say about whether 2017 is leaning toward buyers or sellers.

The consensus is?

Most economists we talked to said that overall, they thought 2017 was going to continue to be a strong market for sellers — for now.

“While I expect inventory levels to rise in 2017, it will likely remain a seller’s market,” said Matthew Gardner, chief economist at Windermere. “New construction will pick up steam in 2017, but not to levels that will provide sufficient support to a stretched housing market. Sellers will likely find that it will take a little longer to sell, but demand will still outstrip supply on the back of a job market that continues to tighten.”

Svenja Gudell, chief economist at Zillow, opined that “2017 is probably going to skew more toward the seller’s market — most markets will skew more toward seller’s markets, and even in the Midwest there are probably more seller’s markets than buyer’s markets compared to their own history.”

Geography does play a role, however, said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at realtor.com.

“Ultimately, I do think it depends on where you are in the country — and not even at a market level,” Smoke said. “We’re seeing some clear patterns emerge within markets — one might be slowing down and cooling off where another part is really heating up. Real estate is so local that I would argue that a neighborhood view is really where you can see the differences and disparities and changes that are occurring around the country.”

Smoke noted that first-time buyers have been most successful in the Midwest this year, whereas markets in the West have seen the most significant price appreciation, making it difficult for first-time buyers to find success.

“We tend to have markets that are either above average in price expectation or sales expectation, and there aren’t many markets that have above-average expectations in both — supply constraint is driving the price movement in the strongest price markets, seller’s markets, but the buyer’s markets where buyers are getting a really affordable home, as a result, those markets are seeing a greater growth in sales,” Smoke explained.

“Either one is good for real estate,” he concluded.

Will we see a shift?

Gudell said that Zillow had just asked a panel of experts — more than 100 economists — “what they thought was going to happen to the tradeoff between buyers versus sellers.”

She said that among the economists surveyed, the most popular belief was that in 2018 or 2019, the bulk of markets will begin to shift from seller’s markets to buyer’s markets.

“In some markets, it’ll start to turn already in 2017, where demand isn’t quite so high and you get a little more inventory in and you have buyers better able to negotiate,” Gudell added.

What does the future buyer look like?

Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American, said that, “assuming an environment with modestly and predictably rising mortgage rates, it becomes a first-time homebuyer purchase-oriented marketplace.

“The question as a real estate agent is, how do you find and market to that first-time homebuyer?” asked Fleming. “Because that first-time homebuyer is going to be a young, technologically savvy millennial — and even more importantly, ethnically diverse. The demand for first-time housing is going to come from a different kind of individual than we’ve traditionally seen: Young, diverse, technologically savvy and much more likely to be college-educated.”

“The homeownership rate will grow, and they’ll be less white and a little younger,” said Gudell.

“Unfortunately, I think all of us will be spending more time in the car as more people have to look for more housing outside the city center as homes become much more expensive in the urban area,” she added. “During the recovery, it’s really picked up and the urban centers have appreciated much faster than the outerlying areas.”

“The potential is there for the market to have the most first-time buyers — certainly on an absolute volume basis, but also on a shared transactions perspective,” said Smoke.

“For the industry, this is the biggest shift we need to be able to contend with because it likely means elongated length of time that people are spending in that journey, especially the first-time buyer, but it potentially also means higher cancellation rates and lower conversion rates. You’re going to have more challenges with people contending with needing to qualify for and buy a home in the environment we’re in now than in the environment we were in the last two years.

“Highly qualified pent-up demand has been driving the market — now, it’s more organic activity at a time when interest rates are on the move-up,” he added. “The potential is there for an even bigger year than we’re forecasting, but it comes with challenges and that’s why we’re expecting only moderate growth instead of huge growth.”

“The thing about housing is that everybody needs it and you can’t outsource it,” said Fleming.

 

I read this article at: http://www.inman.com/2016/12/13/will-2017-be-a-buyers-market-or-a-sellers-market/?utm_source=weeklyheadlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sundaysend&utm_content=20161216_readmore

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Property Taxes DUE Feb 1, 2017

Just a friendly reminded that the 2nd installment of your Property Tax bill is due on February 1, 2017.  Late April 10,2017.

 

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The Landlord’s Guide to Dealing With Problematic Tenants

From time to time our clients have run into some issues with their investment properties.  I thought I would share this article – great guidelines on how to deal with tenant issues.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact The Caton Team at 650.568.5522 or Info@TheCatonTeam.com

The Landlord’s Guide to Dealing With Problematic Tenants

Problematic tenants come in all forms and are not limited to bad neighborhoods. It can be that very detailed-oriented tenant renting a class-A home who doesn’t stop calling you about every little item or it can be the tenant in a class-D rental who has a son with gang affiliation causing trouble on the block.

The challenge in being a landlord or a property manager is that sometimes no matter how hard you screen a tenant or a family, you can still find yourself dealing with a tenant who continues to be an issue. I think as a property manager or owner, you find better ways to deal with tenants and the stress and agony they can cause early on in your investment career.

Analyzing the Situation

Below are the three main steps that we take to analyze problem tenants when there’s an issue:

  • Verify if it can be solved without moving out. We never want turnover, so allowing a tenant out of their lease or negotiating an exit from the term is our last option. We first try to find a solution with the help of our property management team, so it doesn’t result in a tenant moving out.
  • Internal or external? Next we try to figure out if the issue is an external problem or an internal problem. An external issue can be something going on in the neighborhood with a neighbor or individual who isn’t on the lease. An internal issue can be something about the property, such as damage to the property caused by the tenant or the property causing any issues to the tenant.
  • List all options. There are many ways to skin a cat, and at this point, we are looking for the solution that can be a balance of making sure that the problem is solved, doesn’t damage our relationship with the tenant, and makes sense economically.

Once the above steps are laid out, we then have to execute our plan. As property managers, we try to find a win/win first, but at the end of the day, we need to protect the interest of the property and the owners.

Guidelines to Handle Problematic Situations

Many tenant issues are not solved with a black and white handbook of answers, but we follow some guidelines that help our team make decisions on how to handle a problematic tenant. Some of them are:

  • Remove emotion. It is easy to get emotional when issues arise, and most of the time, it doesn’t benefit anyone. Continue to make fact-based decisions that are in the best interest of your investment today and going forward.
  • “Right is right” is not always the answer. You must consider that “what is right?” isn’t always the solution, and many times “it’s the principle” is irrelevant.
  • Refer to the lease. Remember that 6-25 page document you signed in the beginning? More often than not, many issues are laid out in the form of expectations in the lease. Refer to the lease to enforce items such as tenant damage, occupants not on the lease, and loitering.
  • It won’t go away. Issues that go unaddressed hardly go away and often reappear down the road in other forms or more serious issues. Address issues as they come and never expect issues to go away.
  • Whenever there are issues, make sure to communicate or discuss them with tenants. Many times, tenants become problematic simply because they might need a little more hand holding than the others.
  • Hold up your end. I have seen many landlords who stop doing what they are supposed to do because a tenant has created an issue. This is a good way to start a downward slope in your relationship with your tenant. As a landlord, hold up your end of the bargain by completing what you are responsible for as part of the lease obligation for the landlord. This can only help you to be the bigger person.
  • Learn from it. Like any problem in life, you want to analyze it and see how you can prevent that issue from happening again. Was there something you could have had in your lease to prevent this? Was there something on the application that in hindsight makes sense now or was a red flag?

I read this article at: http://gcrealtyinvestments.com/problematic-tenants/

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Real estate predictions for 2017

Brad Inman’s crystal ball: Real estate predictions for 2017

The year of the homeseller, a female CEO of NAR and more

Here were my predictions for 2016.

 

Here are my predicitons for 2017.

2017 will be the year of the homeseller

The most profound real estate technology innovations in the last two decades have benefited homebuyers finding homes and agents becoming more efficient.

This coming year, technologists and venture capitalists will zoom in on homesellers, with the $60 billion commission pie up for grabs.

Opendoor, Knock and to a degree transparent bidding features are examples. Using technology, more companies will figure out how to give sellers more certainty around their home sale.

Don’t miss out on the homeseller innovation parade — your livelihood is at stake.

The housing market will soar (temporarily)

Boosted by the Trump confidence pop, mortgage money will be plentiful.

IRAs (individual retirement accounts) are already increasing in value, and job creation efforts will take hold as unemployment has already reached new lows. Both of these trends will give consumers a boost in the market.

This could be short-lived as robots steal millions of service jobs, middle managers included. This trend will make overseas offshoring seem like a pimple on our butt.

Enjoy the sunlight, but stash away some of your profits for dark clouds later.

NAR will pick a woman to lead the trade group

Though the old-guard will lobby hard for anointing one of its own, the National Association of Realtors will do what the country could not — make a woman the CEO.

Remember, your hard work funds NAR, so speak up in one way or the other. If you hold an opinion, email the search committee and give them a piece of your mind.

Zillow will expand overseas by acquiring a European portal

Zillow will cross international borders through an acquisition of some type, somewhere.

Growth opportunity in the U.S. is still strong, but to fill its valuation expectations globe trotting will be necessary.

Still avoiding Zillow as a source of business?  Think twice before you continue to dismiss the giant portal.

Footnote: dotloop (a Zillow company) will come out of the closet and do some interesting things on the back end that make life easier for brokers and agents.

Opendoor becomes second-biggest broker in the country by year’s end

One year from now, Opendoor will be the second-largest broker in the U.S., second only to NRT.

By unit count — and, most importantly, by revenue — the exchange platform will give a segment of the selling market the certainty they generally cannot get when unloading their homes the traditional way.

Remember, Opendoor still works with buyers agents, so when the company comes to your market, consider how to make it work for you.

Redfin files to go public

The 10-year old online plodder will take its story to Wall Street and file to go public.

Redfin will use its new funds to capture more share in its current markets and continue to innovate and make gains on the recruiting front and with its technology.

Lots to learn from Redfin — copying their best features is one strategy to compete with them.

Equity-sharing mortgages will spread

Wall Street will provide the funds, and homebuyers in pricey markets with a sparse down payment will be the beneficiaries, as equity sharing becomes widespread because of support by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the big lenders.

Learn everything you can about this new loan so you can help your buyers who are scrambling to save their down payment.

Luxury housing market recovers, but tastes change

With a U.S. President who earned his billions in luxury real estate, the high-end market will have a revival as rich people who have been hoarding their cash and hiding out from the redistributionists will tiptoe back into the market.

But tastes will change. Walkable neighborhoods will become the Cartier wrist bands of real estate, guard dogs in tow.

Docusign IPO bigger than Zillow

The paperless cruasader, San Francisco-based Docusign will  go public, shining light on the real estate efficiency race. The company’s finances will look sterling and get the attention of Wall Street technology skeptics.  The IPO could be huge.

 Mars will be subdivided

A first step in creating a new civilized world on Mars will be a plan to subdivide the far-off planet. It could pay for space exploration. That is how we pay for infrastructure on planet earth.

Some of the smartest minds in the real estate industry will get involved. But don’t be bamboozled into investing in Mars property — yet.

The present and future will merge

Bots on your phone and on everything you own or drive will help you manage many functions of your life and will be automatically updated, taking you into the future every second, whether you like it or not.

Installation artist Douglas Coupland calls this phenomenon “accelerated acceleration.” Your challenge will no longer be keeping up with technology, because it has already kidnapped a big part of your life.

Instead figure out how to hold onto, restore and grow your humanness.

Bottom line: Enjoy 2017 — it will be a fun and exciting year.

What do you think 2017 will bring????

I read this article at: https://www.inman.com/2016/12/13/brad-inmans-crystal-ball-real-estate-predictions-for-2017/

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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

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Seize The Day – 6 Tips To Start Your Day Off Right

A new year is a new chance to make some positive changes in your life.  With the first working Monday in 2017 coming up tomorrow – I thought I would share these easy tips to get your Monday started off right!

  1. Brush your teeth (2 minutes)

While your whole body was resting throughout the night, little evil bacteria in your mouth were teaming up to cause some damage. Taking two minutes to brush your teeth thoroughly will ensure that you start your day truly fresh and ready to rock with a Hollywood smile!

  1. Drink water (1 minute)

Countless studies highlight the importance of morning hydration. Can we add more to it? Nope. Just drink that H2O. Your body and your brain will be thankful.

  1. Meditate (7 minutes)

We tend to think of meditation as a lengthy process, but Matthew claims that even as little as seven minutes of peace can make a huge difference.

Whether you use apps like Headspace, or just sit still and watch your breath, this little ritual will help you clear your mind and bring more harmony and structure to your life.

  1. Focus (5 minutes)

Calmed down by the meditation, your mind is now perfectly ready to define the priorities and goals for the day.

Set your alarm for five minutes and think about the direction you want your day to take. Map out the key activities and milestones that you need to reach. When the alarm goes off, your mind will have a clear layout of how to approach the new day.

  1. Exercise (7 minutes)

“You have to move your body to move your brain and ideas around,” says Matthew, and we couldn’t agree more.

A seven-minute morning workout is no excuse for skipping the gym later, but it is a perfect way to energize your body and lift your spirits early on.

  1. Stretch (2 minutes)

Now that you’ve broken some sweat and got some endorphins run through your body, take two minutes to gently stretch your muscles. This will help you gain more flexibility, both in your body and in your mind.

After this, take a rewarding shower and go conquer the world. You are definitely ready to do it.

 

I read this article at: http://www.careergirldaily.com/24-minute-morning-routine-will-make-successful

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Thanks for reading – Sabrina

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10 Time Management Tips for the New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Let’s start 2017 off right!  Here are some great tips I just had to share from MK Coaching….  Enjoy and share your tips!

 10 Time Management Tips

Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder how you managed to get so little done? You’re not alone. And while you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself for your time management shortcomings, here are 7 ways you can get more done.

  • Make appointments with yourself

If a task or project is important enough to do, it’s important enough to add to your calendar. Get in the habit of calendaring everything, and sticking to those appointments.

You should place as much importance on your appointments with yourself as your doctor places on his or her time. Miss a doctor appointment and you’ll be charged the full fee anyway, and your time is just as valuable, so don’t let yourself get away with broken appointments!

  • Set a timer

No matter what task you’re working on, set a timer—preferably one that makes an audible ticking sound. You might choose a 25-minute time block as recommended by proponents of the Pomodoro Technique, or you can simply set a timer to remind yourself of your next appointment. The psychology is the same no matter which method you choose.

The idea here is that the ticking sound helps keep you on task. It’s a subtle reminder that you’re supposed to be working, so when you’re tempted to wander off to check Facebook, your subconscious will help keep you focused.

  • Take a day off

Have you ever noticed how much more you get done in the last days before vacation? Suddenly you’re super motivated to:

  • Return all those phone calls you’ve been putting off
  • Clean out your email inbox
  • Finish your bookkeeping for the month
  • Get the rest of the month’s blog posts written

And anything else that represents an “open loop” in your life or business.

You can create that same sense of urgency to get things done simply by scheduling a day off. In fact, you may even decide to take this strategy one step further, and take an extra day off each week!

  • Give yourself permission to say no

You’re not responsible for everything, but all too often we feel that we simply cannot say no…to anything.

This is especially true for coaches, because you’re passionate about helping others and you love to give. But if you try to accommodate everyone, you’ll wind up stressed out, overworked, and your time management skills will suffer.

Instead, learn to say no. Say no to the client you don’t want to work with. Say no to the volunteer position you don’t have time for. Say no to another year as treasurer for the PTA. You can (and should) even say no to household chores that don’t have to be done.

After all, no one will be harmed if your living room doesn’t get dusted today. Wouldn’t you rather spend your time working on something that really matters?

  • Take a break

Too much time spent at work can be decidedly UN-productive. When it begins to feel like you’ll never get all your work done, it’s the perfect time to step away from your desk for a quick break.

Go for a walk in the park. Nature has a wonderful way of recharging our batteries.

Play with your kids. They’ll remind you why you do what you do every day.

Read a novel. Paint a picture. Knit a scarf. Just do something other than work. It will improve your perspective and give you more energy to face the rest of your day.

  • Give up control

A leading cause of overwork—especially for “type A” personalities—is the feeling that you must have control over everything. When you mistakenly believe that no one can do your job as well as you can, you’ll take on too much work and ultimately fail to get everything done.

A far better choice is to give up some control and allow others to help.

Does it really matter that the towels aren’t folded precisely as you’d like? Or that a sales page isn’t formatted quite the way you’d have done it?

Probably not. Learn to recognize when good enough really is good enough, and let go of your need to have everything “just so.” You’ll save hours of time that can better be used on other projects.

  • Practice focusing

How many browser tabs do you normally have open while you’re working? Ever listen to a webinar while responding to emails? How about browsing Facebook while writing a blog post?

All these multi-tasking habits (and many others) are massive time-wasters that can turn a 30-minute task into an afternoon of accomplishing next to nothing. While we all like to think we’re good at multi-tasking, the truth is, multi-tasking is really “task switching,” and every time you stop to quickly do something else, you lose your focus. That lost momentum costs you added minutes every time you turn your attention back to the task at hand.

So close all those browser tabs, turn off your webinar, put a block on Facebook, and regain your focus. You’ll be amazed at how much more productive you’ll be.

  • Schedule shorter meetings

No other workday task manages to feel so important while being such a waste of time. Nip these time-sucks in the bud by scheduling only those meetings that must happen, and keeping them to a minimum.

  • Skip the small talk
  • Create an agenda—and stick to it
  • Use email to discuss non-urgent topics

The obvious exception to this rule is your client meetings, but even those can be more productive and maybe even shorter by applying the rules above.

  • Reduce interruptions

Text messages, Skype conversations, email notifications and other “urgent” interruptions will take you out of the moment and add up to hours of lost time over a week.

Make it a habit to turn of your phone, Skype, email and other instant message applications while you’re working. Between tasks, schedule a quick check in if necessary, but don’t allow these interruptions to dictate the course of your day.

  • Work remotely

Always working at your desk can put you firmly in a work rut. Want to get more done? Change it up a bit. You became an entrepreneur to have more freedom, so enjoy it—and get more done in the process.

  • Take your laptop to the library or coffee shop for an afternoon of phone free work.
  • Head to the park on a nice day and let the beauty of nature inspire your product or content creation.
  • Rent an office for one day each week to get away from distractions such as laundry, television and other work-at-home pitfalls.

 

I read this article from MK Coaching

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