Two things. Let’s talk about a very easy mistake to make with lot sizes and then let’s look at pent-up demand right now.
LOT SIZE MISTAKES: I’ve seen it happen twice lately where Tax Records lists the lot size, but it’s actually incorrect. In one instance Realist showed the lot was five acres when in fact it was only two acres. In another example it said two acres when it was less than one. Yikes.
My advice? Thankfully most of the time we can trust the lot size in Tax Records, but it’s still a good idea to quickly double-check just to be sure. After all, listing the wrong lot size in MLS or an appraisal could lead to litigation, right? What we can do is view the plat map to see if there is anything abnormal as well as try to piece together the lot size (easy to do if it’s a rectangle). Also, when viewing a property in MLS we can click on “See Map” and then “Layers” to view the lot size. All I’m saying is taking an extra minute to do these steps is a good habit that can be a safeguard. How would you handle it though if the lot size was different in Tax Records, MLS, and the plat map? Which one are you going with? I’d love to hear your take in the comments.
NOTE: A land surveyor is going to be the definitive source. I’m just saying my advice above helps give us clues into when something is not right with a lot size.
Moving on to trends…
WEEKLY VIDEO: I’m really excited for this week’s video. On one hand it looks like the seasonal market has begun to crest, BUT it’s as if real estate has sped up a little after slowing down. Watch below (or here).
PENT-UP DEMAND: Check out these visuals to show some serious pent-up demand being expressed. For eleven weeks now the market has been rebounding after an initial dip when the pandemic began. And for five weeks in a row we’ve literally had MORE pending contracts than new listings in Sacramento.
VOLUME NO LONGER DOING THE LIMBO: A big trend we’ve been seeing is sales volume is starting to come back. In fact, this past week is only down about 10% from the same time last year. This is huge because a couple months ago we were consistently down 30-40%. The x-factor is having more pending contracts from 4-6 weeks ago finally starting to close.
LET’S WATCH THE COVID-19 NUMBERS: Unfortunately we’re starting to see COVID-19 cases tick up again in quite a few states. As it relates to real estate it’s going to be important to stay in touch with the psyche of buyers and sellers since a trend of more cases can shape whether people engage or sit out of the market. Moreover, it’s a wonder if different areas and states will have some form of lockdown again too.
ONE MORE THING: If you need some background noise, here’s a 30-minute Q&A I did with Rachel Adams Lee to talk about the Sacramento market. And yes, I mentioned my love for Breaking Bad and that I don’t like Downton Abbey (sorry). Enjoy if you wish.
Thanks for being here.
Questions: Have you ever seen that lot size mistake in Tax Records? What are you seeing in the market right now? I’d love to hear your take.