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Hi Friends- 

Since my last email, news has developed related to the election as well as the pandemic both of which will have an impact on the local and national real estate market in 2021. Check out the video and report below and if you have questions or concerns - particularly as they relate to Prop. 19 - reach out to schedule a time to chat about the impact these change may have for you.




There is still much to speculate about in terms of how the results of the recent presidential and state elections as well as the rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine may play out as it relates to the real estate market over the months ahead, and while we did see a slow down in home appreciation in October for the first time since May, we expect that that was simply a blip - accounted for by the election which was looming at the time. We continue to see low listing inventory and high demand, a recipe for a strong real estate market in 2021, particularly in San Diego which boasts the 3rd fastest growing housing market in the country, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices reported recetly.


We're continuing to see extremely low inventory driven by a lack of incentive for homeowners to sell due to various factors including the Coronavirus pandemic, favorable refinancing terms, political speculation and property tax implications. On the other had, we have extremely high buyer demand driven by various factors including a need for more space, newly gotten locational freedom due to remote work trends, low interest rates and high consumer savings. Because of these conditions, homes are selling fast - in around 7 days, locally - and they are getting multiple offers that are bidding values up over asking price. In San Diego County, there are nearly 48% fewer listings available now compared to this time last year, but approximately 33% more total homes had sold in September since that same time period. As a result, we continue to see surging home prices that are growing month after month - to the tune of nearly 20% statewide year-over-year since November of 2019, according to CAR. We expect 2021 equity growth to take a slower pace than this year, but to continue to grow substantially throughout the year.


In November, two major pieces of news have developed that will impact the trajectory of the real estate market in California and nationwide in the coming year.


#1: It appears that we are drawing nearer to a widely available and effective vaccine for Covid-19 which will positively impact the economy and likely drive an increase in home listing inventory.


Following the announcement that pharmaceutical company Pfizer has developed a Covid-19 vaccine that appears in trials to be 90% effective in preventing transmission, the stock market spiked and mortgage interest rates jumped to 2.84 percent from 2.78 according to a Freddie Mac survey released last month. For our local housing market, the vaccine will likely have the impact of increased housing inventory as home owners who put the sale of their home on hold, uncomfortable accommodating open houses and home showings, meeting to sign documents and going through the process of moving, are able to feel safe listing and cashing in on their equity.


While this economic improvement will likely impact mortgage rates in the long term, Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, said he thinks that, given the vaccine news, “we’ve seen the bottom for mortgage rates. But we won’t see any notable increases, either.” The existence of the vaccine means that the economy will grow in 2021 as consumer spending rebounds and investors will be less likely to invest in safe assets such as mortgage bonds, Yun said. It's likely that we will see interest rates rise in the later part of 2021, but historically speaking, even a 3.5% interest rate is an incredibly good rate.


#2: Proposition 19 passed in California which will likely spur an increase in home sale activity.


Prop. 19 will allow anyone over 55, severely disabled homeowners, and wildfire victims to keep their residential property tax basis when moving to a new home, regardless of whether the home is less expensive or more expensive that their original property. In many cases, homeowners originally paid very little - between $25,000 and $150,000 for their homes in the ’80s and earlier. Their property taxes (based on the original cost and a 2% inflation adjustment) are very low. These homeowners often do not move from their original home into a home that works better for their current needs because their property tax bill would skyrocket. As a result of Prop. 19 passing, these people can now sell their homes and move while retaining their lower tax basis.


Prop.19 also eliminates a loophole wherein inherited property was not reassessed to current market value when the property was transferred. Heirs, often from out of the area, would inherit their parent's property and would retain their extremely low tax basis. The heir would then rent out that property as an income source while paying very low property taxes. This opportunity will no longer be available. Inherited property is now reassessed to market value and the property taxes will increase accordingly unless the inherited home is used as a primary residence by the heirs. This will likely have the result of increasing home listing inventory to some extent.


Fortunately, buyer demand can be expected to stay strong as home buyers remain armed with low interest rates, bolstered savings and an increased interest in real estate as a result of a mindset shift following stay-home orders and an increase in working and schooling from home. We are also seeing a flock of out-of-towners moving into San Diego and a renewed interest in commercial and residential real estate acquisitions from foreign buyers as a result of the election and other current events. This sustained strong buyer demand will likely continue to absorb any increase in inventory which will keep home equity growth surging and maintain the strong sellers market.


As always, we will be here to continue to provide you with updates about the housing market and answer any and all of your questions. Feel free to reach out to us anytime.


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