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Looked at from one perspective, there has been a “bailout” of enormous magnitude. Okay—maybe you have to expand the meaning of “bailout” just a bit, but if you do, many Dewey Beach homeowners can be counted among the most prominent beneficiaries. We Dewey Beach real estate agents wouldn’t be complaining, either. As bailouts go, it’s the least controversial in a long time—probably because there are no politicians involved (so they aren’t quarreling about who’s responsible for what).
The colloquial term “bailout” has become a household word of late. “Bailout” comes from a straightforward nautical solution for a sinking ship: grab a bucket and bail as fast as you can. The odds of success increase if you can also stop more water from pouring in. Wikipedia’s definition is “providing financial support to a company or country which faces serious financial difficulty.”
It’s no exaggeration to say that after the last decade’s financial meltdown had driven residential real estate prices into the basement, many Dewey Beach homeowners faced, if not actual “financial difficulty,” at least the threat that it might be on the way. If the amount outstanding on their mortgage was greater than their home’s market value, they were said to be “upside down.” Since bailing and buckets don’t have much effect on a boat that’s upside down, perhaps that’s why another term gained prominence.
They were “underwater.”
The coincidence of maritime imagery couldn’t be more apt. During the underwater days, if you were a Dewey Beach homeowner wanting to sell or refinance, more likely than not the outcome left you feeling swamped. The banks were inundated with foreclosed properties. The market was flooded with bank auctions. Property values sank…
But finally, rays of sunshine broke through the storm clouds. The floodwaters receded, etc. etc. etc., until today, when CoreLogic has just come up with some buoyant metrics about the current unambiguous state of the nationwide turnaround. A huge amount of equity has returned to the residential real estate market. The increase in homeowner equity in owner-occupied homes is now $6 trillion since mid-2011—$1.3 trillion in the last 12 months alone!
If that is a type of bailout, it’s one accomplished through the free market, powered by consumers reversing the previous distortion. CoreLogic’s figures include the good news that 92% of homeowners no longer bear the burden of being “underwater.” A relatively short while ago, among those who didn’t own their homes outright, that designation tainted nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeowners.
For several years now, the return of high and dry Dewey Beach homeowner equity has meant a more stable and blessedly predictable marketplace. Right now, some excellent property offerings—not to mention historically low mortgage interest rates—make this a propitious moment to call me to take a look at all that’s available! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at email@example.com, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.
There are two kinds of situations that homeowners looking at Sussex County comparables run into:
1. THE SIMPLE COMPS: Your Sussex County home is part of an area that’s more uniform than not, in a neighborhood where there are a sufficient number of similar houses to have produced several sales recently. Your street may not be part of a literal development with models that have near-duplicate floor plans—but the area is, in general, homogenous. When it comes to selling your Sussex County home, you’re in luck!
2. THE NOT-SO-SIMPLE COMPS: AKA, the incomparable situation. Your area home is one of a kind, almost totally unlike any other in the neighborhood (two bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths) or unlike any other in any neighborhood (who else has a swimming pool built into the attic?). All right, maybe your house isn’t quite that weirdly incomparable, but it’s still the case that no similar home has sold within a 5-mile radius within the last year or two. When it comes to selling your Sussex County home, you may still be in luck—but not because of ‘the comps’!
When your property falls into the first category, one whole part of your selling situation becomes a piece of cake because of the comparables. Sussex County comparables from previous sales make the ultimate, convincing case that your home has at least $X value, because the market says so. In writing. Real people have plunked down their hard-earned dollars as proof. Even better, real banks have backed them up with their also very real dollars. It’s all verifiable in the public records.
When your property falls into the second category, in terms of the comparables for our town, it really doesn’t matter if you have the most attractive house or the best bells and whistles and bathroom renovations that will take a buyer’s breath away. If no other home within a reasonable distance has sold with a reasonable period (say, six months) that are close to the same size as yours, or if none has anything like similar features, you and your Realtor® are going to be pretty much on your own even settling on a listing price. Here’s a few lesser known reasons why paying attention to comparables is important when selling your home.
· Unique amenities won’t always guarantee a higher comparable value. If the amenities are unusual for Sussex County, it might make it that much more difficult to find enough comparables in your area to come up with a listing price.
· School districts factor heavily into value. You might have grumbled about paying school taxes if you aren’t sending your own children off to school, but the quality of the school district has a large influence on comparables.
· Scarcity of housing inventory in your neighborhood can be either an advantage or disadvantage. It’s a plus if the housing inventory is low due to high demand (there will be enough recent sales information to set an accurate listing price). It’s a negative if scarcity occurs because no one is buying nearby homes—and appraisers will find it more difficult to place a value on the property.
It’s my job to get your home the best offers in the shortest amount of time for either category of Sussex County comparables. Give me a call—regardless of which one yours falls into, we’ll discuss how we can produce results that are truly incomparable! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit more listings at www.beachrealestate.com.