Saturday Will Be a business day. Changes to CRMLS Rules - May 1st

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 15, 2021 9:45:00 AM

CRMLS rules and regulations

CRMLS users drive the changes made to our rules, MLS systems, and services. CRMLS doesn't make up rules on a whim – we follow the directives of Brokers and Agents.

Based on feedback from the CRMLS subscribers and participants, filtered through committees, and approved by our Board of Directors, a few changes to the CRMLS Rules and Regulations are being made.

Effective May 1, 2021, CRMLS is updating the Rules and Regulations and publishing them on the Compliance page of the CRMLS website.  Please read the two-page summary of the rule changes, located here.

Here's a brief overview of some of the most impactful changes:

  • 12.23 Business Days Definition. For all purposes of this ruleset, “Business Days” shall be defined as Mondays through Saturdays, not including holidays
  • Addition of new rule (14.5) regarding MLS staff modifying fields and data points within listings
  • In connection with new rule 14.5, violations of rules 7.8 (Mandatory Delivery of Listing Agreement) and 7.9 (Mandatory Submission Upon Marketing) may result in modifications being made to the DOM count of any listing at issue
  • Modification to rule 7.22 (Expiration, Extension and Renewal of Listings) to include the following: "The Listing Broker may modify the status of an expired listing within 7 days of the Expiration date. At any time and for any reason, the MLS has the right to request a copy of the seller's written authorization to extend or renew a listing." (Please note that this change may not reflect immediately or at the same time in all MLS systems.)

 Additional resources are available here:

Please familiarize yourself with the new rules as soon as possible. 

Topics: Announcements, Industry

April is Fair Housing Month

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 13, 2021 2:59:59 PM

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Every April, REALTORS® commemorate the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 with events and education that shine a light on housing discrimination and segregation. Fair Housing Month signifies a recommitment to expanding equal access to housing. Implicit bias is often a manifestation of muscle memory. A go-with-your-gut unconscious choice, act, or opinion with immeasurable consequences that can–and have–impacted generations.

Slow down, course correct, and take action. Throughout the year we must remain steadfast in our commitment to breaking down biases, holding ourselves accountable, and upholding the letter of the law.  Refresh your memory, and open your mind. There’s always more to know, and we can all do better.

What can you do? 

1. Complete the NEW fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® which uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. Learners will also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions. Get started by visiting fairhaven.realtor (link is external) to explore the fictional town of Fairhaven and assess how well you are adhering to fair housing principles.

2. Join a PSAR Reading Discussion Circle.  PSAR is encouraging community leaders and Realtors to read "The Color of Law" by  Richard Rothstein.  The fact that some neighborhoods are almost exclusively African American while others are almost exclusively white—is the result of explicit government policy rather than personal choice.  Understand how residential segregation was realized.  Join community leaders and other Realtors as we discuss this book.
Interested? Sign up Here to join and receive for more information.

3. Join the Facebook Group Deliberately Fair Housing. Listen and engage in discussions about Fair Housing.  Read and discuss books and discover issues that face diverse communities.  

4. Be knowledgeable in your craft. Read or listen to one of these resources and books. Prefer a podcast?  How about one of these? For film and video, here are some other resources.

5. Take a Fair Housing class though PSAR. This presentation covers: Fair Housing based on issues in advertising. This training is designed for those new to the housing industry as well as experienced housing professionals wishing to learn about current issues affecting fair housing laws.  Register for: April 20th, 1:00-2:00 pm

6. If you don't think you have biases, think again.  We all do.  Check out this great Ted Talk with Valerie Alexander "How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias"

Topics: Announcements, Leadership, Industry

Take Action! Selling a Home May Be More Difficult - April 6th

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 5, 2021 6:45:35 PM

Stop New Rent Control & Countywide Eviction Ban

A last-minute urgency item has been added to the County Board of Supervisors agenda for a vote this Tuesday, April 6. The ordinance, if approved will limit rent increases to only the CPI percentage (currently 1.8%) until July 1 throughout the County. It would also prevent any termination of tenancies and evictions unless a tenant is "an imminent health or safety threat." This means tenants can create nuisances and commit crimes at your property with no consequences. This also means that property owners will not be able to move into their own homes or sell their properties. 

"Homeowners will not be able to move into their own homes or sell their properties."

Industry groups were not consulted about this proposal. Rental housing providers are already hurting financially and struggling with problematic tenants. This attack on the ability of property owners to keep their properties safe and maintained is unacceptable. And there is no end date on the eviction ban...it would be tied to the Tier system. 

 

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PSAR is joining the Southern California Rental Housing Association in opposition to this ordinance.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

PSAR Member JOHN CARROLL Receives Ostrem Award

Posted by Communications on Mar 22, 2021 10:01:55 AM

John Carroll NewOn January 27, the EastLake Educational Foundation (EEF) presented John Carroll with the Ostrem Award, which is named after the “Father of EastLake” Bill Ostrem, whose leadership and generosity left an indelible mark on the EastLake Community.

John's roots are in Chula Vista. He attended Hilltop High School in the ’80s. In fact, it was there that he met his future wife Susan. They moved to EastLake in 2002 where they raised their twins, JJ and Katie. Later they started Fidelity Title Company.  John and Susan will celebrate their 29th year of marriage this May. 

John was selected for the Ostrem Award because of his generosity and leadership in the community. He invested considerable time, talent, and treasure helping schools his kids attended, including Olympic View Elementary, EastLake Middle School, and EastLake High School. It is during these years that John expanded his commitment to helping all the area public schools by joining the leadership of the Eastlake Educational Foundation. His generous commitment is still felt today.

“John’s efforts have supported the dreams of countless children and have buoyed the ability of local public schools to educate kids for the 21st-century technology-driven world,” said Janet Francis, Executive Director at the EastLake Educational Foundation.

John thanked the EEF and stated he was grateful to receive the OSTREM AWARD. He reflected on a quote from his late friend Corky McMillian, “Treat people with respect, always do the right thing, and good things will follow.”

John’s long-standing commitment to the EEF Board ensured that events and activities were successful year-after-year—events like Taste of EastLake, the Stan Canaris Golf Tournament, and EastLake Cycle & Run. These events culminated in successful fundraising efforts that made it possible for EEF to provide substantial grants annually to EastLake’s public schools. These grants commonly totaled $120,000+ each year which allowed schools to fund technology, educational software, scholarships, and professional development.

Fellow board member Barbara Legg shared: “John’s can-do attitude and warm personality always made everyone feel they were fortunate to be involved in the mission, and his extensive list of contacts ensured that no matter what problem arose, he could get it fixed.”

Long-time friend Michael Minjares shared: “John has epitomized what the OSTREM AWARD means. He has modeled community leadership and generosity even during a difficult personal time in his life. He has inspired me with his courage and character.”

Others in attendance at the virtual award presentation shared their thoughts and reflections about John’s commitment to the community. Stan Canaris, Emeritus EEF Board Member, reflected on the bike shop in Bonita that John’s parents owned, and how the whole family worked together to make it a success. Canaris highlighted how John’s strong character is like his father. Stan went on to say: “John is a role model for his family, as well as his extended family—the EastLake Community.

Susan Mahler recalled how John simply shows up for people in need. She stated: “We are so fortunate that John Carroll is a member of our community. John is an extraordinary role model and his boundless love and care for others is a blessing to all he touches.”

The award was presented to John via Zoom. The presentation can be viewed at  https://vimeo.com/eefkids.

The Ostrem Award

THE EASTLAKE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION's MISSION IS A FOUNDATION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In collaboration with the community, the EastLake Educational Foundation raises funds to provide educational resources for programs in EastLake public schools, ensuring students can succeed in a technology-driven worldEEF granted permission to share this message. 

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AFFILIATE, BROKER/OFFICE MANAGER & REALTOR® OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Posted by Rick Griffin on Mar 19, 2021 4:16:04 PM

2020 REALTOR, Broker/Office Manager, Affiliate of the year

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of PSAR 2020's Industry Awards, including REALTOR® of the Year, Broker/Office Manager of the Year and Affiliate of the Year.

Honoring PSAR members who empower all REALTORS® through selfless contributions to our industry
(drum roll, please):

2020 REALTOR® of the Year Award recipients:
Rafael Perez, Central
Anthony Andaya, East
Yvonne Cromer, South

2020 Broker/Office Manager of the Year Award recipients:
Lupe Soto, Central
Carey Guthrie, East
Nikki Coppa, South

2020 Affiliate of the Year Award recipients:
Jake Holmes, Central
Ted Przybylek, East
Martha Garcia, South

More Criteria Information and Past Recipients

These award recipients were announced at this week’s online party celebration held in honor of these selfless members and also of the the more than 300 REALTOR® members who recently received a Real Estate Achievement and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) award. The party was hosted by PSAR’s Young Professional Network (YPN) group,

The R.E.A.L. awards program recognized PSAR’s top producing agents and brokers based on sales volume dollars or units sold, including listings or sales units entered into the MLS and closed in 2020. R.E.A.L. awards were presented to PSAR’s top 1%, 3%, 5% and 10% REALTORS®.

The primary mission of the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR) is to empower REALTORS® to achieve their business goals. The R.E.A.L. awards are a tangible recognition of the highest level of REALTORS® business achievement by agents, brokers and teams over the prior year.

“A hearty congratulations to everyone who received a 2020 R.E.A.L. Award plus these special annual award winners,” said Ditas Yamane, 2021 PSAR President. “PSAR's mission is to empower REALTORS® to flourish while being accountable to each other, our clients, and our community. All these award winners embody our mission. I am so very proud of everyone.”

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Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth and development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County.

Topics: Announcements, Events, Leadership

SAN DIEGO HOME SALES 6% HIGHER SINCE LAST MONTH

Posted by Rick Griffin on Mar 19, 2021 3:14:32 PM

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California’s home sales and prices eased in February as mortgage rates spiked, while strong buying interest continued and tight housing supply restrained demand, especially in more affordable markets.

According to its monthly home sales and price report released this week by the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), the state’s housing market has recently encountered some speed-bumps due to rising mortgage interest rates.

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 462,720 in February 2021, which was down 4.5 percent from 484,760 in January 2021, but 9.7 percent higher from February 2020, when 421,670 homes were sold on an annualized basis.

It was the eighth straight month for year-over-year gain in home sales. However, February’s nearly 10 percent home sales increase from a year ago was the smallest gain in the past seven months. Year-to-date statewide home sales were up 15.9 percent in February.

The statewide annualized sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2021 if sales maintained the February pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

Meanwhile, California’s median home price in February 2021 was essentially unchanged from January 2021, but was 20.6 percent higher than in the $579,770 figure for February 2020, recording the first back-to-back 20 percent yearly increase since February 2014. The statewide median home price dipped 0.1 percent on a month-to-month basis to $699,000 in February 2021, down from $699,920 in January 2021.

February 2021 County Sales and Price Activity
(Regional and condo sales data not seasonally adjusted)

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The double-digit statewide increase from last year was the seventh in a row and the second largest since February 2014.

In San Diego County, February 2021 home sales were 6.1 percent higher, compared to January 2021, and 12.8 percent higher compared to February 2020.

San Diego’s median price for a single-family detached home was $765,000 in February 2021, a 4.8 percent increase from $730,000 in January 2021, and a 14.2 percent increase from $670,000 in February 2020.

The median price represents the point at which half of homes sell above a price, and the other half below it.

“The housing market has been cruising at a robust pace since the second half of 2020 but has encountered some speed-bumps recently as rates began to rise,” said C.A.R. President Dave Walsh, vice president and manager of the Compass San Jose office. “While higher rates may slow growth in home sales temporarily, the major roadblock in the long run is a shortage of homes for sale. With inventory dropping more than a half from a year ago, the market will soften in the second half of 2021 if we don’t see enough homes come on the market to meet demand.”   

“The upward movement in rates has called into question whether the market will sustain its momentum going into the spring homebuying season,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Jordan Levine. “While rates are off their record lows, they are still relatively low by historical standards. Recent increases in mortgage rates will likely slow the pace of price growth in the coming months but will also motivate those who truly want to buy to enter the market before rates start moving further up.”

Other key points from C.A.R.’s February 2021 resale housing report included:

-- Home sales from a regional perspective surged in February, compared to a year ago. The Central Coast region posted the highest year-over-year sales gain, with a growth rate of 22.4 percent. The Far North (17.3 percent), the San Francisco Bay Area (16.1 percent), and Southern California (10.5 percent) regions also experienced double-digit year-over-year increases in sales from a year ago.

-- Resort marks continued to perform well in February. Sales growth in the resort markets was relatively strong when compared to the rest of California. South Lake Tahoe (56.7 percent), Lake Arrowhead (44.1 percent), and Big Bear (36.1 percent) all experienced sales increases of more than 35 percent from a year ago. The exception was Mammoth Lakes were sales were flat in February 2021. However, aggregated sales for the first two months of 2021 in mountain resort communities are up 40 percent from the same period last year.

-- All major regions recorded double-digit increases in the median price increased from last year with the San Francisco Bay Area growing the strongest at 26.5 percent. The year-over-year increase in the Bay Area’s median price was the largest since September 2013, and it helped to set a new record high in the median price for the Bay Area. The Central Valley region had the second highest price growth rate of all regions with its median price increasing 19.1 percent year-over-year in February, followed by Southern California (16.4 percent), the Central Coast (15.9 percent) and the Far North (11.7 percent).

-- Active listings statewide fell 52.5 percent in February 2021, compared to February 2021. It was a decline of more than 40 percent on a year-over-year basis for the eighth consecutive month. On a month-to-month basis, for-sale properties inched up slightly by 0.4 percent in February 2021 and should climb further in the coming months as the market prepares for the spring homebuying season and the pandemic situation continues to improve.

-- The unsold inventory of available homes for sale inched higher to 2.0 months in February 2021, from 1.9 months in January 2021. However, inventory levels in February 2021 were sharply lower than in February 2020, when there was 3.6 months of housing inventory. Inventory levels measured in months refers to the number it would take for the current supply of available homes on the market to sell-out given the current rate of sales.

February 2021 County Unsold Inventory and Days on Market
(Regional and condo sales data not seasonally adjusted)

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-- In San Diego County, the inventory of available homes for sale remained at 1.8 months for February 2021, which was the same figure for January 2021. That compares to 1.2 months in December 2020, 1.6 months in November 2020, 1.8 months in October 2020 and 3.0 months in February 2020.

-- The median number of days it took to sell a California single-family home was 10 days in February 2021, compared to a revised 11 days in January 2021, 11 days in December 2020, nine days in November 2020, 10 days in October 2020, 11 days in September 2020 and 23 days in February 2020. The nine-day November 2020 statewide figure was the lowest ever recorded.

-- In San Diego County, the median number of days an existing, single-family home remained unsold on the market was seven days in February 2021, which was the same figure for January 2021. That compares to eight days in December 2020, seven days in November, October and September 2020. The timeframe a year ago in February 2021 was 12 days.

-- The 30-year, fixed-mortgage interest rate averaged 2.81 percent in February, down from 3.47 percent in February 2020, according to Freddie Mac. The five-year, adjustable mortgage interest rate was an average of 2.83 percent, compared to 3.26 percent in February 2020.

Topics: Brokers/Managers, Market Information

CRMLS & Glide are changing the real estate game!

Posted by PSAR Communication on Mar 12, 2021 4:17:24 PM

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What is it?

A “Submit offer using Glide” feature will appear on the listing results pages within Paragon and Flex. In Paragon, the feature will appear as a button; in Flex, as a link. Clicking it will seamlessly transition you into the Glide system, where you can create, manage, negotiate, and close offers all in one place.

Register for a live Zoom seminar
        Register       
(multiple dates and times)

Two Training Videos
How to use Transaction Timeline
How to create an Offer package

Here is what it will look like in Paragon:

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How does this feature help your business?

Simplicity. No more paper forms in various locations. With this new feature, you can manage your entire transaction from beginning to end from your desktop or mobile device

Benefits for all users
  • Extract key dates from a completed offer package in seconds
  • Create a calendar with key dates, automatically accounting for weekends, holidays, etc., or automatically add to your Google Calendar
  • Customer Offer summary emails including important details, dates, and contacts. Users can send emails from their own Google accounts (Outlook coming soon).
Benefits for Buyers’ agents
  • Innovative offer-writing experience on desktop & mobile
  • Highlighted areas identify all important/required parts of an offer in one place (typically a Pro feature, but no cost for CRMLS users)
  • Ability to track offers via links
  • Get alerted when people view your offer
  • Receive SMS notifications
  • Additional security
  • Track & send transaction details to the listing agent, even for offers that did not originate in Glide
  • Access to semantic analysis (typically a Pro feature, but no cost for CRMLS users)
Benefits for Listing agents
  • Quickly compare, manage, counter, and accept offers
  • Solicit offers from buyers’ agents via a link – available in the transaction, the CRMLS listing, or via email
  • Comparison tables for offers
  • Presentation-mode for Zoom calls (typically a Pro feature, but no cost for CRMLS users)
  • Negotiation tools for counter-offers
Some of these new features for offers include:
 
  • MLS Integration
  • “Submit offer with Glide” button
  • Auto-generated counteroffer forms
  • Side-by-side offer comparison
  • Automated closing timelines
  • Offer tracking
  • Secure document sharing
  • ….and more!
C.A.R. forms are also included in Glide!
Introducing Glide Offers - 45 Minute introduction Video
Introducing Glide Offers

Training Videos
How to use Transaction Timeline
How to create an Offer package

Presentation Slides

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Register for a live Zoom seminar
        Register       
(multiple dates and times)

R.E.A.L. Awards Celebration

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Mar 12, 2021 10:05:08 AM

REAL Awards Celebration

R.E.A.L. Awards Celebration!
Thursday, March 18th
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This event has it all and all are welcome!

Don't miss all of the entertainment, cocktails, and opportunity drawings we have planned! You'll also have the chance to network with some of the best fellow real estate professionals in the business. Join us in congratulating and toasting the recipients of the 2020 R.E.A.L. Awards!.

      REGISTER NOW      

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Nominees and winners of the 2020

Affiliate, Broker and REALTOR®
of the year will be announced at the event!

 

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Tune in for some much needed Real Estate Laughs with Eric Gillman!
@EricRidesForHope

Adam

 

 

Our on-call mixologist, Adam Wild, will be showing us how to make some drinks to toast the award winners, so be ready with the following ingredients to follow along and bring your glass!                                                                   @drinksbywild

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Breakfast Sour

• 2oz Irish Whiskey
• 3/4oz Lemon Juice
• 1tbsp of your favorite Jam

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French 75

• 1/2oz Lemon Juice
• 1/2oz Simple Syrup
• 1oz Gin
• Top with Champagne

On the call there will be a people's choice award for the
most creative, unique, unusual, drink container!

and....

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Opportunity Drawing!     
We will have several drawings during the event! To be automatically entered, you must register by Thursday, March 18th at 11am*    
Grand Prize $500 Cash-Money!     

To enter the drawing for the grand prize, you need to go to the @psar_ypn Instagram account or the PSAR YPN Facebook page and find the OPPORTUNITY DRAWING POST (will say in the first line of the caption) and do the following 3 things:

- Like the post
- Tag 3 friends
- Register and attend the event
 
*Grand prize winner MUST be present at the time of the drawing to win.

        What are you waiting for?
      REGISTER NOW      
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Event Sponsor
Valerie Gardner Insurance

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Topics: Announcements, Events, Leadership

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PSAR R.E.A.L. AWARD RECIPIENTS

Posted by Ditas Yamane on Feb 26, 2021 2:00:00 PM

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The Board of Directors, members, and staff of PSAR extend sincere congratulations to the more than 300 PSAR REALTOR® members who are honored with a 2020 Real Estate Achievement and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) award!

The PSAR R.E.A.L. awards program recognizes San Diego county’s top 10 percent PSAR producing agents and brokers who qualified for their awards based on units and/or dollar volume production, coupled with noteworthy industry leadership, in the 2020 business year.

The REAL Awards program provides a platform upon which the high achievers in the San Diego real estate market stand and receive the well-earned recognition of their sphere, peers and the industry as a whole. These leaders are the cream of a realtor crop numbering more than 19,000 in San Diego county.

“A hearty congratulations to everyone who received a 2020 R.E.A.L. Award from PSAR,” said Ditas Yamane, 2021 PSAR President. “To all the award recipients, your award broadcasts the value that you bring to our industry. It is a testament to your achievements and leadership. All of us at PSAR are particularly impressed at the levels of sales reached by those receiving the award for 2020 production, given the very challenging landscape in which everyone had to conduct their business endeavors last year.”

The 2020 PSAR R.E.A.L. Awards Committee members included:

Robert Cromer
Yvonne Cromer
Charmaine Orcino-Gonzales
Lisa Lozoya
Tony Santiago
Amber Tannehill
Zoe Khetani
Ditas Yamane

PSAR staff members assisting the committee included Kevin McElroy and Sally Valdez.

We extend a special thanks to Reshia Guarnotta, who created all the graphics that are used for R.E.A.L. Awards marketing and promotions.

PSAR REALTOR® members received their R.E.A.L Awards based on CRMLS data extracts showing units sold and/or sales dollar volume for residential sales that closed in San Diego in year 2020.

Award recipients, both individuals and teams, who qualified for R.E.A.L. Awards fell into one of the following categories:

• Top 1%, over 30 sides or more than $27,064,246 in volume
• Top 3%, over 18 sides or $14,750,000 in volume
• Top 5%, over 14 sides or $10,834,000 in volume
• Top 10%, over 9 sides or $6,700,900 in volume.

Note that Award recipients are not eligible to receive both an individual and a team award.

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Names of the Award recipients are appearing in a full-page ad to be published in The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper Sunday, February 28 edition. The ad can be viewed by clicking this pdf.

 

In addition, recipients will be invited to a YPN (Your Professional Network) R.E.A.L. Awards celebration from 4:00 pm to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, over Zoom. This event is a celebration of your 2020 achievements and those of your peers at a fun-filled activity hosted by PSAR's YPN! All REALTORS, brokers, and office personnel are welcome to attend. More details are forthcoming.

The primary mission of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR) is to empower realtors to achieve their business goals. The R.E.A.L. awards are a tangible recognition of the highest level of realtor business achievement by agents, brokers and teams over the prior year.

PSAR has created a variety of options for sharing news of your accomplishments with your clients, family and friends. They are all stakeholders in the success you have achieved.

Recipients should have received an email with various graphics: an image that can be shared on social media pages (eg, Instagram and Facebook); an email banner for use in your email signature; a Zoom background image.

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PSAR's Mission is to empower Realtors to flourish while being accountable to each other,
our clients, and our community.

Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth and development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County.
Workshops are open to all REALTORS® and Affiliated Members. This class is free of charge.

Topics: Announcements, Events, Leadership

2021 BEGINS WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT PRICE AND SALES GROWTH COMPARED TO 2020

Posted by Rick Griffin on Feb 19, 2021 4:49:45 PM

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California’s housing market kicked off the New Year on a positive note in January 2021 with double-digit price and sales growth in year-over-year comparisons.

According to its monthly home sales and price report released Friday, February 19th, by the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), the momentum from 2020 is continuing into 2021.

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 484,730 units in January 2021, which was down 4.9 percent from 509,750 units in December 2020 but up 22.5 percent from 395,700 units in January 2020.

The year-over-year, statewide double-digit sales gain posted in January 2021 was the sixth consecutive month in a row and the third straight month for an increase in sales of more than 20 percent from a year ago.

Meanwhile, California’s median home price in January 2021 dipped below the $700,000 benchmark after hitting a record high in December 2020. The statewide median home price declined 2.5 percent on a month-to-month basis to $699,890 in January 2021, down from $717,930 in December 2020. In contrast, the median home price in January 2021 was 21.7 percent higher compared to the $575,160 priced recorded in January 2020.

The double-digit median price increase from last year was the sixth month in a row and the largest since February 2014. Low rates and tight supply are continuing to push up home prices, said C.A.R.

In San Diego County, January 2021 home sales were 31.7 percent lower, compared to December 2020, but 9.9 percent higher compared to January 2020.

San Diego’s median price for a single-family detached home was the same amount, $730,000, for both January 2021 and December 2020. Mirroring the statewide double-digit trend, the January 2021 price in San Diego County was 10.06 percent higher than the January 2020 price of $660,000.

January 2021 County Sales and Price Activity
(Regional and condo sales data not seasonally adjusted)
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“Despite an economy that’s slow to recover, the momentum from late last year continued into January, driven by strong growth in California’s core housing markets, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the higher cost areas experienced the most sales growth,” said C.A.R. President Dave Walsh, vice president and manager of the Compass San Jose office. “Home prices continued to power through the traditional slow season in January with the largest annual price gain in nearly seven years.”

“With the COVID-19 vaccine continuing to roll out, another fiscal stimulus relief package likely on the way and historically low interest rates, the housing market will continue to thrive,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Jordan Levine. “The market outlook is stronger than previously projected as buyer demand continues to outstrip supply, but we do expect the current robust market growth to decelerate later this year as the housing shortage intensifies.”

Other key points from C.A.R.’s January 2021 resale housing report included:

-- Home sales from a regional perspective continued to record healthy year-over-year gains in nearly all major regions. The San Francisco Bay Area had the highest year-over-year growth rate at a gain of 31.8 percent over last January. The Central Coast (19.9 percent) and Southern California (13.5 percent) regions also remained strong and experienced double-digit, year-over-year sales increases.

-- More than 80 percent of all counties, 42 of 51 that are tracked by C.A.R., recorded a year-over-year increase in closed sales, with both Calaveras and Mariposa gaining the most from last year at 69.2 percent, followed by Alameda (53.6 percent), and San Benito (50 percent). Counties with an increase from last year averaged a gain of 22.7 percent in January, compared to 36.1 percent in December.

-- Median home prices from a regional perspective also posted double-digit increases in January 2021, with the San Francisco Bay Area growing the fastest at 20.2 percent. The Central Coast region had another strong month, increasing18.6 percent from January 2020, followed by Southern California (15.0 percent), the Central Valley (14.5 percent), and the Far North (10.5 percent).

-- Forty-seven of the 51 counties tracked by C.A.R. reported a gain in price on a year-over-year basis, with 40 of them increasing more than 10 percent.

-- Active listings fell 53.4 percent in January 2021, compared to January 2020. It was the eighth straight month for a decline and more than 40 percent decrease on a year-to-year basis. On a month-to-month basis, for-sale properties dropped 10.7 percent in January 2021.

-- Homeowners reluctant to list their homes for sale during the pandemic contributed to a shortage of active listings. The unsold inventory of available homes for sale remained extremely low at 1.5 months in January 2021, compared to 1.3 months in December 2020 and 3.4 months in January 2020. Inventory levels measured in months refers to the number it would take for the current supply of available homes on the market to sell-out given the current rate of sales.

-- In San Diego County, the inventory of available homes for sale in January 2021 was 1.8 months, compared to 1.2 months in December 2020, 1.6 months in November 2020, 1.8 months in October 2020 and 3.0 months in January 2020.

-- The median number of days it took to sell a California single-family home was 12 days in January 2021, compared to 11 days in December 2020, nine days in November 2020, 10 days in October 2020, 11 days in September 2020 and 31 days in January 2020. The nine-day November 2020 figure was the lowest ever recorded.

January 2021 County Unsold Inventory and Days on Market
(Regional and condo sales data not seasonally adjusted)
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-- In San Diego County, the median number of days an existing, single-family home remained unsold on the market was seven days in January 2021, compared to eight days in December 2020, seven days in November, October and September 2020. The timeframe a year ago in January 2020 was 23 days. The January 2021 seven-day figure also compares to eight days in August 2020, 10 days in July 2020, 12 days in June 2020, 11 days in May 2020, eight days in April 2020, 10 days in March 2020 and 12 days in February 2020.

-- Resort communities sustained their momentum going into 2021, as sales continue to outpace the rest of state. Big Bear and Mammoth Lakes experienced year-over-year, triple-digit gains of 176.2 percent and 150 percent, respectively, while South Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lake both had sales growth rates of more than 30 percent.

-- The 30-year, fixed-mortgage interest rate averaged 2.74 percent in January 2021, down from 3.62 percent in January 2020, according to Freddie Mac. The five-year, adjustable mortgage interest rate was an average of 2.87 percent, compared to 3.33 percent in January 2020.

In other recent real estate and economic news, according to news reports:

-- CoreLogic is forecasting home prices in San Diego will increase by 8.3 percent in 2021, which will be among the highest in the nation. Among the reasons: Record low mortgage rates and demand from stay-at-home workers who have been priced out in other areas, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, who are moving to San Diego for a better deal.

-- Realtor.com reports the number of homes for sale in San Diego in January 2021 was down by 21.1 percent compared to January 2020. Nationwide, inventory plunged 42.6 percent from a year ago. Realtor.com also said San Diego’s median home price was $850,000 in January 2021, representing a 15.7 percent over-over-year increase. If January is any indication, home shoppers are in for another fiercely competitive season this spring with record low inventory pushing prices higher and homes selling more quickly.

-- Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes rose again last month, a sign that the housing market’s strong momentum from 2020 may be carrying over into this year. Existing U.S. home sales rose 0.6 percent in January from the previous month to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 6.69 million annualized units, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) said Friday. Sales jumped 23.7 percent from a year earlier. It was the strongest sales pace since October and the second highest since 2006, the NAR said.

-- The value of a typical single-family home in San Diego has jumped 12.5 percent in a year, according to a recent Zillow report. Zillow’s median price in December 2020 of $678,665 for a San Diego home was 12.5 percent higher in a year-over-year comparison, as well as 1.7 percent higher than November 2020 and 5.1 percent higher than the 2020 third quarter. Nationwide, home value growth was 3.2 percent in the 2020 fourth quarter, which was the highest since Zillow began its Home Value Index in 1996.

-- According to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices for November 2020, the most recent statistics available, home prices in the San Diego metropolitan area were up 12.3 percent in a year, which was the third highest percentage in the nation behind Phoenix at 13.8 percent and Seattle at 12.7 percent. All 19 cities in the index were up significantly year-over-year, with analysts pointing to demand outstripping supply and record low interest rates as key drivers pushing up prices.

-- Redfin reports that San Diego had the second highest number of multiple offers on homes for sale in the U.S. in January 2021, with 77.1 of Redfin homes in a bidding war, second only to Salt Lake City’s 90 percent. Behind San Diego in Redfin transactions with multiple bidders included the Bay Area (77.1 percent with multiple bidders), Denver (73.9 percent) and Seattle (73.8 percent). Nationwide, 55.9 percent of Redfin offers for homes faced competition from at least two prospective buyers, up from a revised rate of 52.5 percent in December. January marked the ninth consecutive month in which more than half of home offers written by Redfin agents faced competition.

-- One quarter (26 percent) of San Diegans who visited Redfin.com in the 2020 fourth quarter to shop for new homes were looking for properties in another city, Redfin reports. That’s the ninth highest percentage in the U.S., with New York City as the top outflow market. For those local residents wishing to leave San Diego, Los Angeles was the most popular destination while the top out-of-state destination was Phoenix. Redfin said the largest net inflow of new residents in the fourth quarter among U.S. cities included Austin, Texas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Sacramento and Dallas.

-- The Mortgage Bankers Association reports that 5 million households nationwide failed to make their rent or mortgage payments in December 2020, indicating the economic recovery is sluggish. Rental property owners lost as much as $7.2 billion in revenue from missed payments in the 2020 fourth quarter, which was less than the $9.1 billion lost during the previous quarter.

-- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently approved the use of $52.2 million in state funding for emergency rental assistance in the wake of COVID-19. The latest round of funds is in addition to the $48.8 million in federal funds the board approved receipt of in January 2021. The county now will have more than $100 million in regional emergency rental assistance money available to help people struggling to pay their rent. The funds will be available only to county residents who don’t live in the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista because those jurisdictions have their own allocations.

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