Posted tagged ‘Inventory’

1st Quarter of Real Estate in 2015- the Highlights

April 30, 2015

Prices continued to rise to $195,000 in March of 2015, from $149,000 in March of 2014.  This is an increase of 31% over 12 months.

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During the 4th Quarter of 2014, the inventory steadily rose to 5.5 months in December.  Starting in January of 2015, and continuing throughout the 1st Quarter, inventory dropped like a rock and at the end of March was down to 2.3 months.

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Summary:  Prices continuing to move up, and inventory at near record lows! For sellers this is indicative of a strong markets- so if you are considering selling, now is the time!

We believe that the market will continue to remain strong throughout the remainder of the Spring / Summer selling season.

For buyers- interest rates continue to remain at near historic lows, even though the inventory is tight.  Our agents can utilize the Multiple Listing Service’s auto-prospecting program to notify you immediately when a property that matches your purchasing criteria is placed on the market.

We have 2 Residential Sales Offices, located conveniently in Merced and Atwater.

Merced Sales Office:                209-383-2171

Atwater Sales Office:               209-358-6429 

To be pre-qualified for a loan, contact Dorathe Catlin of Coldwell Banker Mortgage.


Phone:                                         209-261-4320

Gonella Realty also offers Property Management services.  If you are interested in our company managing your property, please contact Property Manager Kathy Jameson, or Assistant Property Manager Tina Winek.


Phone:                                         209-383-6277

For any Sales or Leases of Commercial Properties:

Commercial Office:                  209-725-7253


What Does it All Mean???

October 28, 2014

The trend line for average Days on Market continues to increase, from 28 days in Sept. 2013 to 53 currently.

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The rate of appreciation for Median Sold Price is up slightly over a 2 year period, but the rate has slowed.

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The supply of homes for sale has increased slightly from 2.7 months of inventory to 3.3.

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So what does it all mean?

We believe the real estate market is returning to a ‘more normal’ market – where marketing time is longer, there are more homes for buyers to select from, and values are appreciating, but at a slower more manageable rate.

The Federal Reserve has relaxed loan standards, allowing more buyers into the market, so this is a great time to buy.  Loan information on rates and fees can be obtained by contacting:

Dorathe Catlin of Coldwell Banker Mortgage.


Phone:                                                        209-261-4320

If you are interested in selling, you may be surprised at the market value of your property.  If you would like a current market analyisi of your property, please contact one of our highly trained agents:

Merced Sales Office:                                  209-383-2171

Atwater Sales Office:                                 209-358-6429

The Numbers Are In for Merced County!

April 16, 2013


The Median For Sale Price has increased $45,000, or 38%, from March of ‘11 to March of ’13 to $164,900.

The Median Sold Price is also up, increasing $27,000, or 23%, to $142,000 in the same time period.


Inventory has dropped drastically in the last 2 years. In March of ’11 the inventory in Merced County was 3.6 months.  By March of ’13, it was down to 0.9 of 1 month.  This is a drop of 76%!

With the extreme lack of inventory, and prices continuing to increase, now is an excellent time to speak with an agent about finding out what your home is worth in today’s market- you may be pleasantly surprised.

Merced Sales Office:                                  209-383-2171

Atwater Sales Office:                                 209-358-6429

Median Sales Price Continues to Increase!

October 15, 2012

The median sales price in September of 2012 was $139,900. This is an increase of 27% over September 2011. Local home values have hit the bottom, and continue to move up.

While home values are on the rise, the inventory of available homes for sale is moving in the opposite direction.

In September 2012 the available inventory was 1.3 months, whereas in September 2011 it was at 4.1 months. This is a decrease of 68%! When homes are placed on the market they sell quickly and, in many cases, for more than the asking price.

For more information, or if you would like to speak with a sales person about selling your home, please feel free to contact us today at one of the following numbers.

Merced Sales Office:                                                   209-383-2171
Atwater Sales Office:                                                  209-358-6429

We also offer professional property management services:

Gonella Property Management:                           209-383-6277

Why am I Having Trouble Buying a House?

October 26, 2011

There are several reasons that you might be having trouble buying a house.

1.  Inventory: The inventory of available homes for sale is down to 1.9 months- a level of less than 4 months is considered very low.  This means that if no new available properties come onto the market, at the current rate we sell properties, there would be no inventory remaining after 1.9 months.

2.  Affordability: Merced is one of the most affordable places in the United States with 85% on the affordability index, meaning that 85% of the local population can afford to buy a median priced home.  Therefore, we have significant competition for the small number of homes available for sale.

3.  Multiple Offers: Most properties receive more than 1 offer – a significant number receiving as many as 5 or 6.  In many multiple offer situations, the final sale price exceeds the asking price.

4.  All Cash Offers: Statewide, all cash offers make up approximately 26% of all offers written.  Locally, all cash offers account for approximately 40% of all offers.  Therefore, if you are competing with an all cash offer and you need to secure a loan, this can present an obstacle as many sellers prefer all cash transactions.

With low inventory, lots of competition, multiple offer situations, and competing with all cash offers, in today’s market you need the advice of a real estate professional.

For more information, please do not hesitate to call one of our sales associates in any of our convenient locations:

Merced Sales Office:                                   209-383-2171

Atwater Sales Office:                                  209-358-6429

Commercial Office:                                     209-725-7253

Property Management Office:                209-383-6277