Carmel Valley pricing slipped in mid 2007 and early 2008 and then suffered an additional decline from late 2008 through the spring of 2009. By giving back value early, Carmel Valley pricing while not appreciating did appear to have found a plateau in 2010 into early 2011 with a slip in values in late 2011. Much of the pricing variability is in the highest end of the market, discussed below. The “Valley” is the most geographically diverse of our markets … Continue reading Carmel Valley Residential Market Snapshot
Selling a home in Carmel or Pebble Beach California can be challenging for a number of reasons, not least of which, this is a discretionary market:No one is ever forced to move here. There aren’t companies sending employees here or demanding that people live here to work for them. Many of the homes in our area are second homes. How Most Home Buyers Approach Carmel and Pebble Beach Proper pricing of a Carmel or Pebble Beach home is even more … Continue reading The Importance of Properly Pricing a Home to Sell
Last week Forbes published their “by zip code” analysis of the most expensive zip codes. As expected, the median price of homes for sale in most zip codes fell over the last year. A year ago California accounted for 96% of the top zip codes, this year…less than 50%. Of the California zip codes still on the 500 most expensive zip codes, 83% had median prices that stayed the same or declined. Pebble Beach Pebble Beach experienced an 8% decline … Continue reading Pebble Beach Real Estate Ranking in Forbes 500
My grandfather was a thoroughbred race horse trainer and obsessive trader. There were times he would head off to the track in a given truck and return later that night having traded it for an older model truck…and a colt. (As in horse, not beer or gun.) Trading is back in style in the current real estate market. A colleague of mine recently completed a trade of a large lot for a house. Another client considered a trade for a … Continue reading Trading Real Estate
Admittedly many of the homes that sell in Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley and over the hill in Monterey and Pacific Grove are priced such that most buyers need a “jumbo” or “non-conforming” loan. “Jumbo” loans are the loan product that has been most changed by the current credit crunch. The cost of these higher principal loans is much higher and the hurdles that have to be overcome to be approved can be extremely tight. Lenders used to make these loans … Continue reading The Stimulus Package and its impact on Carmel, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley
The AT&T Golf Tournament mostly escaped rain on Friday and Saturday with 24 year old Dustin Johnson taking the lead. Every year as the tournament approaches I am asked by potential sellers what impact the event has on efforts to sell a home in Pebble Beach, Carmel, or the other peninsula communities. The AT&T golf tournament and other events such as the Concours d’Elegance in August are very important because they bring people to town and remind those who watch … Continue reading Pebble Beach AT&T—and How It Impacts Real Estate
The Pebble Beach housing market has softened somewhat, more so at the highest price point. The Carmel housing market is holding its own with a bit of strengthening at the upper end. First, a look at our markets, then some national numbers. To more accurately describe the real estate sub-markets, I report the median price in Carmel and Pebble Beach in quartiles. The most expensive 25% of homes make up the first quartile, the next 25% the third quartile, the next … Continue reading Pebbble Beach and Carmel High End Homes Tracking with National Market?
Better Here Than Elsewhere, But…. Nearly all of our markets are discretionary. People choose to live here. When they come to the Peninsula, buyers are often acting on their dream of owning a second, or even a third home. Most of our buyers are sophisticated and successful and pay attention to appreciation potential and the cost of money. They track the market and pay attention to statistics. Given the lack of urgency, many buyers are holding back in hopes … Continue reading 15 Oct. 2008, The Carmel, Pebble Beach and Area Markets from 10,000 Feet