Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Something stinks in LA REO brokering.

After another night of licking my wounds from trying to get my buyers houses, I took a look backward to see where all of these ludicrous bidding wars are ending up settling at. I became more than a bit disheartened when I saw a particular listin on 4674 Toland Way 90041. I have special affection for this property because I wanted it and made a very attractive offer for it. It is a beautiful 3+2 with a massive yard in a great section of Highland Park. It was listed for $319,000 on 7.20.09. We offered $355,000 with a 25% down payment on 7.24.09. We were told that our offer "met all of the seller's criteria" and was in the running. Like so many other offers, this one was never consumated into an escrow. We were told on 8.4.09 that the seller had taken another offer. We later discovered that the seller had taken an offer for $340,000 with only 20% down payment. Why would any seller take a lower offer with less of a downpayment? It just does not make sense, but it is on track with the summer of 2009 wild west real estate market in Los Angeles. I for one think that something illegal is going on with the listing broker. It seems that every time an REO comes for sale in our area that is over bidded on and one or more of my buyers is involved, the final selling price ends up being lower than what my buyers bid. What is happening over there in Glendale?

Monday, September 21, 2009

A brief pep talk to buyers.

As a real estate broker in one of the affordable and rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods of Los Angeles, I have the duty to be the truthsayer to my newbies about what to expect from buying a property in this day and age. I was just emailing this tidbit off to a buyer, and I thought it was too good to omit from the public eye.

The real estate market is hyper-competitive right now. (It usually is in LA). The only way to even have a shot in the lower price ranges is to get there right away when something becomes available. That's our job as Realtors, to bring you the top properties. But if you want to actually get one, you're going to have to get there right away and write a strong offer (i.e. over asking price with a good down payment). We can lead a horse to water, but we can't make them drink.

We know the homebuying process can be daunting, but the reward for going through this gauntlet of heartbreak and frustration is that prices are finally reasonable and within reach. For everyone who qualifies for a $300,000 mortgage, it becomes a question of if they will ever to be able to afford a home in LA if they don't get it now. Everyone who qualifies for only around $300000 in mortgage should strike while the iron is hot.

So don't give up, and when things come to you do go take a look. You'll be happy you did.