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Lydia Gable Top Ranking Realtor in California

Lydia Gable of Lydia Gable Realty Group with Keller Williams, Westlake Village was named one of America’s most productive sales volume associates in California as a part of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents, the newly issued ranking report produced by REAL Trends and sponsored by Zillow Group.

 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents ranks over 12,600 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during calendar year 2016. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party in order to ensure accuracy and report integrity. “This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States,” says Steve Murray, publisher of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents and president of REAL Trends.

To qualify for inclusion, real estate agent teams must have closed a minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. “The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed 8.6 transaction in 2016 and had less than $1.3 million in sales,” said Murray. “To say that Lydia is an exceptional sales professional is an understatement. To attain $41.1 million in sales is truly outstanding.”

“I am very honored to be ranked among California’s top residential real estate agents,” said Lydia. “It represents the time and effort that we put into each and every customer that we serve and reflects the hard work of a great team.”  Lydia may be reached at 818-383-4335 or lydia@lydiagable.com for any and all of your home buying, selling, investing or redecorating/renovating needs.

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Tuesday Tip 7/11/17: 2nd Quarter 2017 Market Update

Here’s the latest data on the local real estate market and what I think we will see in July 2017.

June was very busy in real estate and that’s a good thing, considering May was a bit sluggish. Overall, the local real estate market[1] inventory is up 37% from last quarter with 518 homes currently for sale. This represents a little over 1.5 months of inventory as 322 homes went into escrow this second quarter. Homes sold year-to-date are down 6% from prior year, but things are selling about 1 week faster than they did in 2016, taking about 61 days on average to sell.

It’s really interesting when you look at it by city though:

  • Westlake Village has a 19% increase in inventory from 1st quarter and YTD sales are down 3% from 2016.
  • Agoura/Oak Park has a 41% increase in inventory from 1st quarter and YTD sales are down 15% from 2016.
  • Thousand Oaks East sits about the same as it did last year in terms of inventory, and YTD sold homes.
  • Thousand Oaks West’s inventory jumped 52% from 1st quarter and YTD sales are down 8% from last year.
  • Newbury Park put a lot of homes on the market this quarter – up 79% and YTD sales are up 36% from 2016.

When you look at the data by price point, we continue to see that homes under $1M are selling more quickly and that’s where almost 75% of our homes sales happened through June. Interestingly enough, year-to-date sold homes are down from 2016 across all price points, except over $1.5M, which is actually up 19% at 135 homes.

So, what to expect in July? It’s typically the last busy real estate month of the busy selling season as people try their best to move over the summer before school starts back up. Homes under $1M should continue to sell quickly. We see buyers being choosy above that price point. We are starting to see a shifting market that we are watching closely. Today’s buyers are very well prepared and selective when making their purchases.  Great homes (staged/remodeled) that do come onto market tend to sell quickly and get in a bidding war. With inventory increasing, we are seeing more price reductions on homes that need a remodel. Buyers who are willing to see the potential and remodel may get some great values for their efforts. Does this mean you should only sell if your home is in tip top shape? Absolutely not. Right now, it’s all about pricing the home well for what it is because we are seeing homes in need of some updating go into multiple offers. We expect a busy 3rd quarter and look forward to updating you when the results are in next quarter.

If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Gable, Lydia Gable Realty Group with Keller Williams Westlake Village at 818-383-4335. CalBRE#01704493.

[1] Represents Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park.

 

Based on information from the Ventura County Regional Share (MLS) as of 7/6/17 and/or other sources.

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April stats for our local Conejo Valley area are here.

Summary

Overall, we have seen a slight creep up in the housing inventory.

  • Westlake Village has about 2 months of inventory
  • The other cities have just over 1 month of inventory
  • Some neighborhoods face little to no competition
  • We are seeing multiple offers on many of our listings so if you are looking for a home under $1M and see one you like, please don’t wait to make an offer as you may miss out.

Sales remain strong in all our local cities and I expect that to continue through June as we are in the peak real estate market season.

Days on market are about the same as we reported in May except for Westlake Village where we saw an increase of 13 days which is most likely due to homes selling during this buying season that had lingered on the market at the end of 2016.

It’s a great time to sell if you are thinking about moving up or down. Always here for you and your home so please call me with any questions! 818-383-4335.

 

 

 

 

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1st Quarter Real Estate Market Update 2017 for the Conejo Valley

Here’s your 1st quarter real estate market update for the Conejo Valley and it’s looking great out there! Home values are up from 4th quarter and things are selling more quickly too, about 1-2 weeks better on average. The Spring market is here!

Average price of sold homes

Westlake Village – up 15%

Thousand Oaks East – 12%

Thousand Oaks West – 10%

Agoura/Oak Park – 1%

Newbury Park – 1%

When we look at the data, the sweet spot for activity is definitely homes priced $500,000-$999,999, but overall 558 homes sold this quarter in all price points so our inventory is selling.

Days on Market tends to increase with price point (so the more expensive the home, the longer it takes to sell), but homes that are in great condition and staged properly are the most appealing to buyers and often have multiple offers within days of going on the market. Buyer are being picky and swoop up the good ones as they come onto the market.

It’s a great time to sell if you are thinking of doing so. Give me a call – I’d love to help: 818-383-4335.

 

 

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Tuesday Tip: 3.14.17 Share everything with your Agent

It’s so important for your Realtor to get to know you and vice versa. Take a few minutes before you begin looking at homes to chat with your Realtor. Tell them your dream home wants and needs. Tell them about yourself and your family. The more your Realtor knows about you, the better able she/he will be able to find you that home you have always wanted.

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How To Win The Bid On You Dream Home

It’s that time of year when people start looking for a new home. It’s exciting. It’s fun. It’s also a competitive market out there right now with multiple offers on homes that are updated and move-in ready. So how do you make sure you put forth a successful offer on the home of your dreams? Here are a few tips:

Use a Realtor with a proven track record

Not all real estate agents are the same. If you should be in a multiple bid situation, a good Realtor will present your offer in the best possible light and really sell your offer to the Seller. Some transactions fall out of escrow – in fact, more than you realize – so make sure you have a Realtor that will drive the transaction to close and protect your interests all along the transaction. How do you know if they have a good track record in closing transactions? Ask them. You can check their references too. But also do your homework and check out their ratings on Zillow and other real estate sites.

Use a reputable Lender

There are so many mortgage lenders out there. You probably know a few personally. But just because they are your relative or friend, doesn’t mean they are the best place to get your mortgage. You can shop rates and points, but please use a lender who will meet the transaction deadlines so your home closing doesn’t have to be postponed due to delays in processing or underwriting. Ask your Realtor for their trusted business lending partners or family and friends for ones they like and have used successfully.

Get a Pre-Approval Letter

Home buyers are often so excited to start looking at houses that they tend to leave the more bureaucratic aspects of home buying until last. In this competitive market, a serious buyer should get a pre-approval letter from their lender in advance of beginning a home search. It’s written statement from a lender stating that you qualify for a particular loan amount under that lender’s guidelines based on their review of actual bank statements, W-2 forms and other asset documents. This way you are shopping for a home you know you can afford and it lets the seller know you are a serious buyer.

A pre-qualified letter is not the same as a pre-approval letter and doesn’t carry as much credibility because it’s only based on what you verbally tell the lender rather than the lender reviewing your actual documents. I realize some people don’t want to share their personal information but you will have to at some point to get a mortgage so just get it over with at the start so you can truly enjoy the home shopping process.

I’ve dealt with a few multiple offers already this year. My advice to my clients who are selling is to choose the strongest offer. Please understand that a strong offer is not only the dollar amount offered but also whether the Realtor and Lender are ones that can get the transaction closed on time and work together as issues arise. I have trusted lenders in this business for a reason. I can rely on them for great customer service to my clients and because they do whatever it takes to meet the closing deadlines so a dream home doesn’t slip away to another buyer waiting in line. I have seen deals fall through because a real estate agent or the lender let deadlines pass without obtaining the necessary information or paperwork. So protect yourself as you go out there to get that house you really want. Good luck and happy home buying (with your pre-approval letter in hand)!

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February 2017 Market Update for the Conejo Valley

The real estate market is heating up here in the Conejo Valley. Let’s take a look at activity for the first two months of 2017.

The days of market actually represents the homes that were for sale in the last quarter of 2016 so we should start to see an improvement in these numbers as we head into the busy real estate season.

 

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Purpose and Points of a Home Inspection

Buying a home is a huge investment. Having a home inspection on that home before your close on the purchase transaction is an even bigger investment for a lot less money. The home inspection is an important process in the home buying experience and one that is very informational so please do not skip it. The last thing you want to do is buy a home in need of thousands of dollars in repairs that you were not aware of and did not negotiate for in its price. So, let’s go through the process.

The buyer gets to choose the home inspector. As such, make sure you choose a reputable, licensed inspector. How do you find a good one? Ask your Realtor as they most likely have inspectors who are thorough and competent from past home inspections, research top inspectors on the Internet (sites such a Yelp can be very helpful), or ask your family and friends who they have used and liked. It a good idea to call an inspector and ask any questions you may have and even request recent referrals.

Once you have selected your home inspector, it is helpful to actually attend the house inspection and follow the inspector at the end of the inspection as he highlights and points out issues in the home. You may even pick up a tip or two about making your new home more energy efficient or how certain things work. It’s important to remember that no house is perfect…not even a new home. Believe it or not, inspectors even find repairs that are needed with a new home. Every home inspection seems to uncover conditions that need repair and/or potential safety-related concerns relating to the home. Mostly, the inspector is there to make certain the home is functioning as it should, checking items such as faucets and toilets to see if they leak, or the heating and air conditioning to ensure they are in good working order. If they see something that needs more attention they will recommend further inspections with a specialist. Home inspectors won’t address cosmetic items if they don’t impair the integrity of the home. They also do not do destructive testing so know there is always some risk of flaws (such as wiring and plumbing within the walls) that cannot be assessed.

When you get your inspection report back, however lengthy it is, your inspector will generally include a summary sheet as one of the first pages. Pay particular attention to this section with all its vital information because these are the items that the inspector believes are code and safety issues that need immediate correction. The rest of the report are other issues that you should know about but the inspector may not find to be a priority at this point. Most repairs are normally not a deal breaker between buyer and seller and can be negotiated for resolution. So go forth and buy that new home because you know exactly what you are buying.

If you have any questions about the home buying process or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Lydia Gable at 818-383-4335 or asklydia@lydiagable.com.

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