June 2009 Price Report

Here is our latest sales report for all homes sold within the city of La Quinta as well as all Golf Course homes in La Quinta through May 2009.

Here are the latest sales numbers for all homes sold within the city of La Quinta as well as all Golf Course homes in La Quinta through June 2009.

The blue lines represent 2008 data and the orange lines represent 2009 data.

The chart above shows Monthly sales of homes within the city of La Quinta. When looking at “sold” data, you have to remember that the numbers are generated on the date that the sale is recorded with the county but that the decision to buy was made about 45 – 60 days earlier.

Although the sales in June are still lagging behind the same period in 2008, the number is  very close to May’s number and continues to be leading this years recovery. We continue to notice an improvement in consumer confidence and an increase in activity in the higher priced homes brought on by two factors. The continued improvement of the markets on Wall Street and the falling prices of homes. An interesting statistic this month is that the decline in price per square foot of “all” LQ homes increased slightly. This is directly related to the scarcity of distressed properties – foreclosures and “short sales” – that tend to bring down the market value of the homes being sold. Earlier this spring, the government sponsored a moratorium on banks releasing foreclosures to moderate their downward affect on the housing market. That moratorium has been lifted but we still haven’t seen the expected flood (or even a wave) of distressed property hit the local market yet and, in fact, the “distressed” inventory currently remains very low.

The number of homes sold in golf course communities in La Quinta has decreased since this time last year but continues its steady climb upwards. While the lower end of the market has been extremely active ($400,000 and below), the upper-end (which contains many of the golf properties in the chart above) continues to be sluggish but is improving. June and July have been the 2 best months of the year.

Because of the sluggishness of this higher end market there are many really good deals available. If buying a golf property is something on your list, why not take advantage of the incredible prices and seller incentives now, when sellers will work with you, instead of in the future, when the demand starts to catch up with the supply? Especially if you’re buying and planning to hold for 5+ years.

The bottom line…

Unit sales in 2009 are lagging behind the same period last year reflecting the downward trend of the general housing market. Please remember that the decline of the real estate market greatly accelerated in September 2008 when our economy went into crisis and consumer confidence disappeared. We are now, 8 months later, beginning to see increased activity; a trend that many economists believe will continue to grow in the next several months. With home prices as low as they are now (pre 2004), and capital starting to flow back into the banking system, tremendous opportunity exists right now for buyers in all spectrums of the market.

Also, we all hear about “the Bottom”, where is it, when will we hit it etc. We think that it may be closer than you may guess. See my entry: Click here to read “In Search of the Bottom…”
Here are some yearly sales figures (units) for the City of La Quinta from 2002:

Year        All LQ      Golf Course
2002        1,354          259
2003        1,565          652
2004        1,931          813
2005        1,553          657
2006        1,098          491
2007           935          447
2008        1,063          416
2009 YTD    532          205 (June)

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