The Hottest Markets of 2017

Hottest Markets
Hottest Real Estate Markets 2017

At Realtor.com, they identify the country’s hottest metropolitan markets for real estate—those homes that attract the most listing views and spend the fewest days on market (DOM) as buyers put in offers to buy them up quickly.

Home prices have marched steadily upward, mostly due to the fact that there is a historic shortage of homes for sale.  The above photo shows how cities in California did in the Top 20 in the US.

California has been the USA’s top performer, and in the list below, dominates the top six spots, with the City of Vallejo at the number 1 spot in the country.  So here they are:

The Hottest Markets of 2017

Metro                         Rank                Rank Change

Vallejo, CA                               1               + 1

San Francisco, CA               2                -1

San Jose, CA                          3               +4

Sacramento, CA                  4                +4

Stockton, CA                        5                +1

San Diego, CA                      6              -1

Columbus, OH                      7              +3

Colorado Springs, CO        8             +5

Dallas, TX                               9             -6

Denver, CO                            10            -6

Detroit, MI                            11             0

Modesto, CA                        12             0

Yuba City, CA                     13            +4

Fort Wayne, IN                  14            0

Boston, MA                         15            +4

Santa Rosa, CA                  16           -7

Oxnard, CA                        17            -2

Fresno, CA                         18              0

Midland, TX                     19           +10

Kennewick, WA              20            +4

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As a dad, mom or family member, how do traditional roles affect the way you see and buy real estate? What types of properties are you interested in?

I receive many phone calls on parents looking to purchase homes for their children, even if they are not of age yet. Please give me a call at 650 483-4932 on some ideas on what you can do now to better prepare for their future.

Why You Won’t Buy a House

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Loan For a House?

A Reason You Won’t Buy a House

One of the reasons you won’t buy a house is because you can’t come up with the 20% down needed for the down payment, right?

It’s true that having a bigger down payment cuts the overall costs associated with getting a mortgage loan: borrowers likely will have to pay higher costs over the life of the loan – including higher interest rates and usually mortgage insurance.

However, according to a National Association of Realtors profile report, for the past three years, the median down payment for first-time buyers has been 6 percent and 14 percent for repeat buyers. But, when consumers are asked about the down payment amount they need to buy, 87 percent of non-owners say that a down payment of 10 percent or more is necessary.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that some lenders are luring more home buyers back by waiving mortgage-related fees and even showing more acceptance of allowing down payments to be made by others, such as the borrower’s family members.

So, what does this mean for you? There are mortgage options available for creditworthy borrowers with manageable levels of debt and smaller down payments. If you are interested in buying your first home in 2017, you should do the following:

1) Review your finances,

2) Sit down with a lender to see how you can qualify for a mortgage, and

3) Call me at (650) 483-4932 to help me find your home!

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