July home sales climb to highest level in nearly three years

Sales 2015-08Sustained job and income growth gave home buyers the confidence in July to jump into the California housing market, pushing home sales to their highest level in nearly three years.

Home sales remained above the 400,000 mark in July for the fourth consecutive month and rose to highest level since October 2012. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 449,530 units in July. The July figure was up 2.7 percent from the revised 437,680 level in June and 12.7 percent compared with home sales in July 2014 of a revised 398,980. The year-to-year change was the highest since July 2009 and significantly higher than the 6-month average increase of 6 percent observed from January 2015-June 2015.

The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home dipped 0.3 percent in July to $488,260 from $489,640 in June.  July’s median price was 5.4 percent higher than the revised $463,330 recorded in July 2014. The median sales price is the point at which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less; it is influenced by the types of homes selling as well as a general change in values.

Median Price 2015-08

The July Unsold Inventory Index was unchanged from June, remaining at 3.3 months, but down from 3.8 months in July 2014. The index indicates the number of months needed to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. A six- to seven-month supply is considered typical in a normal market.

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Home sales in June

As per the Bay East Association of Realtors, Days on Market (DOM) for the Castro Valley area year-to-date is around 55. The median detached home price in Castro Valley for June was $495,000. As of the last day of June there were 131 active homes in Castro Valley. At current selling rates this means there is approximately 3 months of inventory in Castro Valley remaining.

As of July 21, 2010 there were thirteen homes in Palomares Hills listed in a price range of $399,950-1,537,000.  Four homes are townhouses and Duets and nine homes are Single Family Homes.

There are ten properties currently listed in Five Canyons, Castro Valley with seven Single Family homes and three condos in the price range of $398,000-949,000.

There are 168 listings currently for sale in Castro Valley California. The price range is $116,100-$3,199,000

Castro Valley Statistics Active Pending Sold Months Supply
Jun 09 102 53 29 2.1 
Jul 09 108 49 45 2.2
Aug 09 100 52 44 2.0
Sep 09 107 48 38 2.1
Oct 09 103 47 30 2.1
Nov 09 78 51 26 .16
Dec 09 75 41 42 1.6
Jan 10 77 35 23 1.8
Feb 10 95 41 26 2.3
Mar 10 124 49 36 3.0
Apr 10 105 61 31 2.3
May 10 129 49 49 2.6
Jun 10 131 47 45 2.5

 

As per the California Association of Realtors, first time home buyers increased for the second year due to housing affordability and the first time home buyer credit.

The tax credit was the primary reason for those buyers who may not have had enough down payment and the tax credit helped to cover the difference.

Generally speaking, distressed properties and short sales sell for a lot less than the regular properties and with such an abundance of distressed properties on the market, first time home buyers affordability increased.

I specialize in Five Canyons and Palomares Hills. If you are looking for a list of Castro Valley Homes for sale, or sell your home in Castro Valley for a flat fee and save thousands of dollars, please call Meena Gujral at 925-425-9491 or go to my website:

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Right price for Selling a home in Castro Valley,CA

When you’re selling your home in Castro Valley, California, the price you set is a critical factor in the return you’ll receive. That’s why you need a professional evaluation from an experienced Realtor®. Meena Gujral can provide you with an honest assessment of your home, based on several factors, including:

• Market conditions

•Condition of your home

• Repairs or improvements

• Selling timeframe.

In real estate terms, market value is the price at which a particular house, in its current condition, should sell within 30 to 90 days.

If the price of your home is too high, this could cause several things:

• Limits buyers. Potential buyers may not view your home because it appears to be out of their buying range.

• Limits showings. Other salespeople may be more reluctant to view your home.

• Used as leverage. Other Realtors® may use this home to drive the sale of other homes that are better-priced.

• Extended stay on the market. When a home is on the market too long, it may be perceived as defective. Buyers may wonder, “what’s wrong,” or “why hasn’t this sold?”

• Lower price. An overpriced home, still on the market beyond the average selling time, could lead to a lower selling price. To sell it, you will have to reduce the price – sometimes several times. In the end, you’ll probably get less than if it had been properly priced in the first place.

• Wasted time and energy. A bank appraisal is most often required to finance a home.

Realtors® have known it for years – well-kept homes in Castro Valley that are properly priced in the beginning always get you the fastest sale for the best price! And that’s why you need a professional to assist you in the selling of your home.

Often, in a seller’s market, homes that are priced slightly below market value initially will sell for more, simply because of the extra interest they incite. This can be a risk, however, and when it comes to such a decision, an experienced, trusted Realtor® is your best ally.

If I can help answer any questions or provide you with a free market analysis on your home, you can call me (Meena Gujral) at 510-279-9580. To see all the homes I have sold in Five Canyons, Palomares Hills and other areas of Castro Valley California, go to

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September Home Sales in Castro Valley, California

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Housing Market in Castro Valley, Ca.

As per the Bay East Association of Realtors, Days on Market (DOM) for the Castro Valley area year-to-date is around 84. The median attached home price in Castro Valley for September was $505,000. As of the last day of September there were 107 active homes in  Castro Valley. At current selling rates this means there is approximately 2 months of inventory in Castro Valley remaining.

  Active Pending Sold Months Supply
Aug 08 190 36 42 4.5
Sep 08 184 40 33 4.4
Oct 08 174 43 32 4.2
Nov 08 162 25 29 4.5
Dec 08 157 22 32 4.8
Jan 09 152 39 18 4.7
Feb 09 151 30 25 5.2
Mar 09 137 50 25 3.9
Apr 09 125 46 31 3.0
May 09 111 48 34 2.6
Jun 09 102 53 29 2.1 
Jul 09 108 49 45 2.2
Aug 09 100 52 44 2.0
Sep 09 107 48 38 2.1

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How much have the prices dropped in Five Canyons in the last 2 years?

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I will give you an example of how much the prices have dropped in 2 years in Five Canyons. The example I am giving is the floor plan close to my heart since it was my own home.
I sold my house in Five Canyons for 1,125,000 on 2/1/2007. It was a 2,992 sq ft home.
On 5/5/2008 the same floor plan sold for $925,000.
On 5/16/2009 the same 2,992 plan sold for $730,000. This home was not the best location since it was closer to the power lines which is not desirable. It was also a foreclosure property.
There is a home currently listed in that sq footage for $845,000.

I hope that gives you a pretty good idea of what has been going on in Five Canyons. The prices in Five Canyons are now starting to go back up and if you are looking to buy, now is a great time since I don’t see them going down anymore.

The schools in Castro Valley are excellent, and the homes in Five Canyons are beautiful. There is a new Montissori school in Five Canyons which is also very good. The area is centrally located with easy access to major freeways like 580, 92 and 880.

To see all the homes I have sold in Five Canyons and Palomares Hills click on the link below:
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If I can show you any homes in Five Canyons or Palomares Hills (another great area with awesome Jensen Ranch school), please let me know at 510-279-9580.

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
510-279-9580

Castro Valley California June 2009 Housing Statistics

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As per the statistics from the Bay East Association of Realtors, Days on Market (DOM) for the Castro Valley area year to-date is around 96. The median single family home price in Castro Valley for June was $435,000. As of the last day of June there were 102 active homes in Castro Valley. At current selling rates this means there is approximately 2 months of inventory in Castro Valley remaining.

As you can see just from the last 3 months below, inventory is getting low and prices are on the rise.

             Average Price               Active Properties

March    $450,258                     137

April       $505,030                     125

May        $507,597                     111

June       $505,362                     102 

The market is changing from a buyer’s market to once again a seller’s market. I am finding multiple offers in many areas in the East Bay especially in Castro Valley, California.

 I just sold a home in Palomares Hills, Castro Valley. As per the seller’s agent he had 3 offers, and thankfully our offer was accepted. In Five Canyons , Castro Valley I ran into the same situation. The home there too sold over asking price. I now have an investor who wanted to see a house that just came on the market in Castro Valley. I had to give him the disappointing news that they already have 4 offers over asking price out of which 2 are all cash offers.

If there is anything you need to know about Five Canyons, Palomares Hills, Castro Valley Schools or homes for sale in Castro Valley California, you can reach me at 510-279-9580. You can also go to my website at http://www.helpusellachievers.com

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Is it a good time to buy in Five Canyons, Castro Valley, California?

Five Canyons Home on Crestfield DrCrestfieldMany people, particularly first-time homebuyers, still aren’t sure if homeownership is feasible. Prices, interest rates, mortgage lenders and market speculation are just a few of the things that are cause for concern among those looking to buy their first home.

This recent downturn is allowing the California real estate market to correct itself to more affordable levels. This is good for our economy as well as a positive sign for homebuyers. Real estate should be seen as a minimum five- to seven-year investment in order to give your home time to gain equity. With that average in mind, real estate is a solid investment. But beyond investment and tax benefits is the security and enjoyment a new home can bring.

 

The truth is homeownership is within grasp of more prospective new buyers in today’s new home market with prices in Five Canyons and Palomares Hills in Castro Valley at their lowest levels since 2004, and relatively low interest rates make real estate investment a very good idea right now.

 How long is this “Buyers Market” going to last? No one can actually predict, however the typical cycle in real estate starts to change when inventory shrinks below demand, driving up prices.

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