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Home Sellers Trending Toward Keeping Original Listing Price



Price reductions remaining low

houses little bitty housesWith only 21% of homes reporting at least one price cut of their original asking price during the last month, fewer sellers are slashing their home prices, according to who reported 22% in December 2009. The average reduction remains at 11% across the nation.

While the South experienced 20% of listings having price reductions, the West, Midwest and Northeast weren’t too far behind at 22%, showing that currently, no region is massively outperforming any others. Locally though, Jacksonville, FL saw 36% of their listings with price reductions and Los Angeles, CA dropped 46% with only 14% of homes reducing their prices.

According to Trulia, “Luxury homes (those listed at $2 million and above) continue to be hit the hardest by price reductions with the average discount rising to 15 percent for the first time since Trulia started tracking in April 2009. Additionally, luxury homes represent less than two percent of all current listings on Trulia, but are responsible for 24 percent of the $21.2 billion in home price reductions. The average discount for homes priced less than $2 million continues to hold at 10 percent.”

While these stats are interesting, it isn’t always applicable to agents on the ground. Nanette Labastida with Austin Fine Properties noted, “I don’t take price reductions into consideration much when working with a buyer- DOM [days on market] and comps are the top two things I consider,” which are more common influential reference points than price reductions.

For those interested in the data, however, it is of note that Texas cities account for 12% of the Top 50 U.S. Cities experiencing price reductions, although the price reductions were all 9% or under. California accounts for 16% of the Top 50 with price reductions at 9% or over. Below is the list of the Top 50 including the total amount of reductions per city:

Shadow inventories are up 55% over last year, unemployment remains around 10% and mortgage apps are the lowest since last summer, so this piece of the puzzle shows stability in the housing industry but we have several other pieces that have to fall into place before we see a real recovery.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. BawldGuy

    January 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I wonder if the underlying X-Factor here is the realization by brokers/agents that they’ve been behind the curve with pricing? Possibly what you’ve shown here is the result of brokerages finally dealing with the reality of their various local markets. Make sense?

  2. Ruthmarie Hicks

    January 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I think a lot of people are pricing their homes to sell the FIRST time rather than testing the market. Around here, a lot of the overhanging inventory has gone down and there are even some bidding wars for some properties. The higher end seems to be coming back a bit. It was dead for a long time. The bidding wars are restricted to what would be “prime” properties in the “right” neighborhoods, school districts etc.

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Austin tops the list of best places to buy a home

When looking to buy a home, taking the long view is important before making such a huge investment – where are the best places to make that commitment?



Looking at the bigger picture

(REALUOSO.COM) – Let us first express that although we are completely biased about Texas (we’re headquartered here, I personally grew up here), the data is not – Texas is the best. That’s a scientific fact. There’s a running joke in Austin that if there is a list of “best places to [anything],” we’re on it, and the joke causes eye rolls instead of humility (we’re sore winners and sore losers in this town).

That said, dug into the data and determined that the top 12 places to buy a home are currently Texas and North Carolina (and Portland, I guess you’re okay too or whatever).

They examined the nerdiest of numbers from the compound annual growth rate in inflation-adjusted GDP to cost premium, affordability, taxes, job growth, and housing availability.

“Buying a house is a big decision and a big commitment,” the company notes. “Although U.S. home prices have risen in the long term, the last decade has shown that path is sometimes full of twists, turns, dizzying heights and steep, abrupt falls. Today, home prices are stabilizing and increasing in most areas of the U.S.”

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Average age of houses on the rise, so is it now better or worse to buy new?

With aging housing in America, are first-time buyers better off buying new or existing homes? The average age of a home is rising, as is the price of new housing, so a shift could be upon us.



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The average home age is higher than ever

(REALUOSO.COM) – In a survey from the Department of Housing and Urban Development American Housing Survey (AHS), the median age of homes in the United States was 35 years old. In Texas, homes are a bit younger with the median age between 19 – 29 years. The northeast has the oldest homes, with the median age between 50 – 61 years. In 1985, the median age of a home was only 23 years.

With more houses around 40 years old, the National Association of Realtors asserts that homeowners will have to undertake remodeling and renovation projects before selling unless the home is sold as-is, in which case the buyer will be responsible to update their new residence. Even homeowners who aren’t selling will need to consider remodeling for structural and aesthetic reasons.

Prices of new homes on the rise

Newer homes cost more than they used to. The price differential between new homes and older homes has increased from 10 percent traditionally to around 37 percent in 2014. This is due to rising construction costs, scarcity of lots, and a low inventory of new homes that doesn’t meet the demand.

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Are Realtors the real loser in the fight between Zillow Group and Move, Inc.?

The last year has been one of dramatic and rapid change in the real estate tech sector, but Realtors are vulnerable, and we’re worried.



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Why Realtors are vulnerable to these rapid changes

(REALUOSO.COM) – Corporate warfare demands headlines in every industry, but in the real estate tech sector, a storm has been brewing for years, which in the last year has come to a head. Zillow Group and Move, Inc. (which is owned by News Corp. and operates ListHub,, TopProducer, and other brands) have been competing for a decade now, and the race has appeared to be an aggressive yet polite boxing match. Last year, the gloves came off, and now, they’ve drawn swords and appear to want blood.

Note: We’ll let you decide which company plays which role in the image above.

So how then, does any of this make Realtors the victims of this sword fight? Let’s get everyone up to speed, and then we’ll discuss.

1. Zillow poaches top talent, Move/NAR sues

It all started last year when the gloves came off – Move’s Chief Strategy Officer (who was also’s President), Errol Samuelson jumped ship and joined Zillow on the same day he phoned in his resignation without notice. He left under questionable circumstances, which has led to a lengthy legal battle (wherein Move and NAR have sued Zillow and Samuelson over allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets), with the most recent motion being for contempt, which a judge granted to Move/NAR after the mysterious “Samuelson Memo” surfaced.

Salt was added to the wound when Move awarded Samuelson’s job to Move veteran, Curt Beardsley, who days after Samuelson left, also defected to Zillow. This too led to a lawsuit, with allegations including breach of contract, violation of corporations code, illegal dumping of stocks, and Move has sought restitution. These charges are extremely serious, but demanded slightly less attention than the ongoing lawsuit against Samuelson.

2. Two major media brands emerge

Last fall, the News Corp. acquisition of Move, Inc. was given the green light by the feds, and this month, Zillow finalized their acquisition of Trulia.

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