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Friday, January 17, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Who stole all the homes for sale in the Hudson Valley market? Pirates?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


It wasn't pirates, but it might as well have been. The market is currently at the lowest it's been since 2017 for homes available for sale, and it doesn't look like 2020 will be much better. 



One good thing is that mortgage rates remain at historic lows also. But the big challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report which stated:


“Last month saw the largest year-over-year decline of housing inventory in almost three years with a dramatic 12 percent decline, pushing the number of homes for sale in the U.S. to the lowest level since January 2018.”
The report also revealed that the decline in inventory stretches across all price points, as shown in the following graph:George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, explains how this drop in available homes for sale comes at a time when more buyers are expected to enter ...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Five critical disadvantages most people face in selling a home themselves.

Five critical disadvantages most people face in selling a home themselves.


By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.

Rising home prices coupled with the current inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their homes on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner). However, a FSBO might be hard to execute well for the vast majority of sellers. 

Here are the top 5 disadvantages owner face when selling their home on their own:


1. Online Strategy for Prospective Purchasers

Studies have shown that 93% of buyers search online for a home. That’s a pretty staggering number! Most real estate agents have an Internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

According to NAR, here’s where buyers looked for  the homes they actually purchased:

55% on the Internet
28% from a Real Estate Agent
10% Other
6% from a Yar ...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Pre-fab mini-home comes with a mini-price: $19,000.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


As median home prices continue to surge and the shortage of homes for sale grinds on in the Hudson Valley real estate market, buyers are taking a second look at alternative housing options. Not surprisingly, modular and pre-manufactured homes are an option for some. Unlike pre-fab homes from the past, Singapore manufacturer Nestron makes mini-homes that are both inexpensive, and smart in style and technology.
Nestron recently showcased four different prefab options which come with a built-in artificial intelligence assistant named Canny that controls lighting, heating and security.


Prices start at $19,000 for the baseline Cube model to $59,000 for the top-of-the-line Legend. All four models include one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen and living space, all fully furnished with custom  dining table, sofa, TV, built-in bed rack, wardrobe, washing machine, and a water heater. 
All four models ...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

There's a surprise inside half the condos in those skinny luxury Manhattan towers.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


You know all those ultra-slender, ultra-fancy tower condominiums that have been popping up out of the Manhattan concrete since 2015? Next time you look at one, bear in mind that half the condos in them are empty. Surprise! No buyers, according to Nancy Packes Data Services. The other half are probably Starbucks that have gone vertical. 

The reason for all the empty rooms over Manhattan: a combination of overly aggressive pricing and a growing public disdain for the skyline-disrupting mansions in the clouds. But really, it's all about pricing.

Comparing the prices of new development units to resale units over the last decade tells the story. In 2012, new units sold for a 22% higher prices than resale units. At the end of last year, the premium was 118%. 

Nancy Packes lists three reasons for the “extraordinary oddity of the current cycle. ”  

According to Packes, buil ...

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Thursday, January 9, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

The two reasons McMansions aren't selling in the Hudson Valley real estate market.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems

Large luxury homes which used to be the sought after symbol of success have started to slip out of favor in recent years. Since 2015, the square footage of newly built houses has been shrinking, according to Yahoo Finances. This is not projected to change as we continue into the beginning of the year. Yahoo says, “We expect this downsizing trend to continue in 2020, driven by a confluence of economic and demographic trends. 

On the demographic side, Yahoo reports that "Young working people, especially millennial home buyers, have expressed a preference for denser, more urban homes that are more walkable to shared amenities.” Today’s older homeowners want smaller, less maintenance-heavy and more accessible (read: less stairs) homes as they age and move into newer homes. With these two demographic groups surging through the market, the demand for this type of home is rising." If you&rsqu ...

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