Sunday, October 2, 2011

Most Expensive Homes in LA, a Video Tour.

Having lived in LA for a number of years, I used to spend lazy Saturday afternoons driving around in the neighborhoods surrounding UCLA looking at these homes and dreaming. This is a fun video, shot from an angle I never got to see (usually all I could see where the gates that guard these amazing mansions!). Hope you enjoy this fun look at some of the world's most incredible real estate!

Thanks to Teresa Workman of Scott Anastasi Real Estate in Redondo Beach, for telling me about the man who made this video, Christophe Choo. Talk about an exciting life!

Sacramento's Shadow Inventory

Monday's Sacramento Bee had an interesting article on the front page regarding the second wave of foreclosures to hit the Sacramento market.  Foreclosure filings in the Sacramento area increased 76% over July to 2,420.  This is the highest number 11 months.  A staggering 1 out of every 7 homes in the Sacramento area is currently somewhere in the foreclosure pipeline.  According to RealtyTrac, Sacramento's shadow market currently stands at 53,256.  This includes:
  • 12,285 homes already owned by banks but not on the market; 
  • 19,367 homes with a notice of default but not foreclosed upon; and 
  • 21,604 borrowers who are 90 days or more behind but not served with a foreclosure notice. 
To put that into perspective, at the end of August, in Sacramento County there were 4,073 homes currently listed as for sale, and during August 1,645 homes were sold in the County.  That puts the total inventory of shadow homes at 2.7 years worth of inventory.  Many of these homes won't ultimately go to foreclosure; for many, the lender will approve a short sale.  But that doesn't erase the fact that they will have to enter the market and be sold. 

What does all this mean to the average homeowner?  The market is going to continue to be flooded with short sells and REO properties keeping prices down.  Great if you're an investor, not so great if you're a homeowner.  Also, not so great for the economy in general as the real estate market is seen by many as a major catalyst for helping the economy get back on track. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hello World (and Sacramento!)

Hello Everybody,

I'd like to welcome you to the Sacramento Real Estate Updates blog.  This blog is intended for both the seasoned professional and the Average Joe.  This will be a place that will hopefully entertain as well as educate its readers.  It will be a forum for sharing those stories that are impacting the world of real estate as they happen. 

I hope you enjoy!