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Tide-You-Over Stats

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The last time I wrote about market stats was in July, covering stats through June.  I’m waiting for the sales for September to shake out and then I’ll do a 3rd quarter blog post, covering the info from all three months.

In the meantime, I noticed something in August, and did a little research…

In August of 2011, new homes comprised 34% of the sales.  That’s a HUGE chunk of the market to be new construction.

I got into real estate in 2004, and I always look at 2006 and 2007 as the building hey-day.  But apparently, I’m wrong!

Look at this – August #’s for each year –

2005 – 86.2 re-sale/13.8 new

2006 – 70.2 re-sale/29.8 new

2007 – 74.1 re-sale/25.9 new

2008 – 72.3 re-sale/27.7 new

2009 – 75.3 re-sale/24.7 new

2010 -67.4 re-sale/32.6 new

2011 – 66 re-sale/34% new

Look at last year and this year!  And that’s without federal stimulus money, too!  WOW!

So, what does this mean?  It means that if you want house, now is the time to get in on it, and this is why –

As more available land is taken up with housing, land becomes scarce.  When land becomes scarce, prices rise.  When you combine the current building boom with the current interest rates, housing is still terrifically affordable.  But if you wait until land becomes more scarce, even the greatest rates in the world (assuming they stay low, which we can’t really do) will not help you if the land is priced at too exorbitant a price.  This will make ALL existing housing more expensive, and make new ones all the more so, due to the scarcity factor.

Don’t buy if you can’t afford it, obviously.  But if you’re on the fence, now is the time to do it.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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