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Alan, Like you referrals are the life blood of my business. Earning the precious right to be referred by a past customer who valued the service we provided is truly the test of our worth in the profession we choose as our life's work. Its truly a pleasure to work with you and while my expectations have always been high of those I work with, you have exceeded my expectations and for that I am truly grateful. Your attention to detail and willingness to take control and follow through on all aspects of this transaction has been nothing short of amazing. Most people just don't do what's necessary....and that's what separates mediocrity from high levels of personal and business success. So glad Patrick introduced us, and I look forward to our continued friendships. Russ George CFP(R)
Alan has represented us or family in 10 transactions over the past 20 years. You couldn’t ask for a more conscientious, hardworking broker. He has represented us as both a listing agent and a selling agent and has guided us through some really tough deals while remaining focused on what is in our best interest. His experience, honesty and integrity set him apart and those attributes are why we have relied on him over the years. Don & Mindy Grant
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REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: April 2019 Highlights

The REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI)[1]  survey gathers monthly information from REALTORS® about local real estate market conditions, characteristics of buyers and sellers, and issues affecting homeownership and real estate transactions.[2] This report presents key results about market transactions from April 2019. View and download the full report here.

Market Conditions and Expectations

  • The REALTORS® Buyer Traffic Index registered at 63 (74 in April 2018).[3]
  • The REALTORS® Seller Traffic Index registered at 47 (45 in April 2018).
  • The REALTORS® Confidence Index—Six-Month Outlook Current Conditions registered at 67 for detached single-family, 56 for townhome, and 53 for condominium properties. An index above 50 indicates market conditions are expected to improve.
  • Properties were typically on the market for 24 days (26 days in April 2018).
  • Eighty-two percent of respondents reported that home prices remained constant or rose in April 2019 compared to levels one year ago (88 percent in April 2018).

Characteristics of Buyers and Sellers

  • First-time buyers accounted for 32 percent of sales (33 percent in April 2018).
  • Vacation and investment buyers comprised 16 percent of sales (14 percent in April 2018).
  • Sales of distressed properties (foreclosed or sold as a short sale) accounted for 3 percent of sales (4 percent in April 2018).
  • Cash sales made up 20 percent of sales (21 percent in April 2018).
  • Twenty-one percent of sellers offered incentives such as paying for closing costs (10 percent), providing warranty (8 percent), and undertaking remodeling (4 percent).[4]

Issues Affecting Buyers and Sellers

  • From February 2019–April 2019, 76 percent of contracts settled on time (78 percent in February 2018–April 2018).
  • Among sales that closed in April 2019, 74 percent had contract contingencies. The most common contingencies pertained to home inspection (54 percent), obtaining financing (43 percent), and getting an acceptable appraisal (41 percent).
  • REALTORS® report “low inventory” and “construction” as the major issues affecting transactions in April 2019.

About the RCI Survey

  • The RCI Survey gathers information from REALTORS® about local market conditions based on their client interactions and the characteristics of their most recent sales for the month.
  • The April 2019 survey was sent to 50,000 REALTORS® who were selected from NAR’s more than 1.3 million members through simple random sampling and to 10,000 respondents in the previous three surveys who provided their email addresses.
  • There were 4,611 respondents to the online survey which ran from May 1-10, 2019. The survey’s overall margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level is one percent. The margins of error for subgroups and sample proportions of below or above 50 percent are larger.
  • NAR weighs the responses by a factor that aligns the sample distribution of responses to the distribution of NAR membership.

The REALTORS® Confidence Index is provided by NAR solely for use as a reference. Resale of any part of this data is prohibited without NAR’s prior written consent. For questions on this report or to purchase the RCI series, please email: Data@realtors.org


[1] Thanks to Gay Cororaton, Research Economist for their data analysis and comments to the RCI Report.

[2] Respondents report on the most recent characteristics of their most recent sale for the month.

[3] An index greater than 50 means more respondents reported conditions as “strong” compared to one year ago than “weak.” An index of 50 indicates a balance of respondents

who viewed conditions as “strong” or “weak.”

[4] The difference in the sum of percentages to the total percentage of sellers who offered incentives is due to rounding.

  • NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this April, modestly fell 0.4 percent from March 2019. April’s sales of existing homes dropped 4.4 percent from April 2018. April’s existing-home sales reached a 5.19 million seasonally adjusted annual rate.

  • The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $267,300 in April, up 3.6 percent from a year ago. This marks the 86th consecutive month of year-over-year gains.

  • Regionally, all four regions showed growth in prices from a year ago. The Midwest had largest gain of 5.5 percent followed by the South with a gain of 4.4 percent. The West had an increase of 1.3 percent followed by the Northeast with a modest incline of 0.9 from April 2018.
  • April’s inventory figures are up from last month 9.6 percent to 1.83 million homes for sale. Compared with April of 2018, there was a 1.7 percent increase in inventory levels. It will take 4.2 months to move the current level of inventory at the current sales pace. It takes approximately 24 days for a home to go from listing to a contract in the current housing market, up from 26 days a year ago. This would be the fastest pace since 2011 when the days on the market index began.

  • From March 2019, two of the four regions showed declines in sales while the Midwest was flat. The West was the only region to have an incline in sales at 1.8 percent. The South fell 0.4 percent followed by the Northeast with the biggest decline of 4.5 percent.
  • All four regions showed declines in sales from a year ago. The Midwest had the biggest drop in sales of 7.9 percent followed by the West with a decline of 5.9 percent. The Northeast fell 4.5 percent followed by the South with a dip of 1.7 percent. The South led all regions in percentage of national sales, accounting for 43.7 percent of the total, while the Northeast had the smallest share at 12.3 percent.

  • In April, single-family sales were down 1.1 percent and condominiums sales were down 5.6 to last month. Single-family home sales fell 4.0 percent and condominium sales were down 8.1 compared to a year ago. Single-family homes had an increase in price up 3.7 percent at $269,300 and condominiums rose 3.4 percent at $251,000 from April 2018.

Research Behind the Scenes at the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo: Research Committee

On Thursday afternoon, the Research team presented the committee-directed redesigns and findings of several surveys and data projects to the Research Committee..  The purpose of the committee is to focus on market conditions in the real estate industry as well as developments in the general economy and to identify topics on which research and information is needed with an eye to improving the productivity and profitability of REALTOR® firms, state associations, and local boards, and how that data can be utilized.  The committee is comprised of three state or board association staff, 10 residential specialists, 10 commercial specialists (including 1 auction specialist), one REALTOR® appraiser, one AEC Representative, and 15 at-large members.  The Committee is Chaired by Karen Crowson and Vice-Chaired by Joanne Zettl.

Brandi Snowden, Director of Member and Consumer Survey Research, presented the findings of the 2019 Profile of Home Staging to the Committee.  New this year in the report was a discussion of the impact home staging-related TV shows have on consumer staging expectations.

Amanda Riggs, Research Survey Analyst, spoke about the findings of the 2019 Profile of Real Estate Firms, newly redesigned under a directive from the Research Committee.  The report includes new topic areas, such as career direction after staff leave the firm, and whether the firm utilizes virtual assistants.

Nadia Evangelou, Research Economist, and Jessica Lautz, Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral Insights, presented on a tax study and how the reduced SALT deduction will affect taxpayers by each state.  For more on the reduced SALT deduction, click here >

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ALAN WATT
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2776 Gateway Rd
Carlsbad CA 92009
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CITY OF CARLSBAD

Carlsbad is a scenic coastal city in North San Diego County with about 110,000 residents. It has great beaches, a wonderful downtown village, good restaurants and is home to Legoland, the famous La Costa Resort, Aviara Golf Course and the City golf course known as "The Crossings". Carlsbad has 4 zip codes:

92008 - Northwest which includes the downtown Village area west of I-5 and access to beaches
92009 - Southeast which includes the La Costa Resort, Bressi Ranch and Rancho Carrillo
92010 - Northeast which is predominantly residential. The most affordable area of Carlsbad
92011 - Southwest which includes Aviara east of I-5 and access to beaches west of I-5

Here's an interactive link comparing median single family detached housing prices in each zip:

Carlsbad Median Price Trends for Single Family Detached

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CITY OF ENCINITAS

The City of Encinitas is located along the coast in North San Diego County just North of Del Mar and Solana Beach and South of Carlsbad. Encinitas consists of 5 communities and is served by two zip codes: 

92007 - Cardiff also known as Cardiff-by-the-Sea
92024 - Old and New Encinitas, Leucadia and Olivenhain

Here's an interactive link comparing median single family detached housing prices in each zip:

Encinitas Median Price Trends for Single Family Detached

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CITY OF SAN MARCOS

San Marcos is about 7 miles from the coast east of Carlsbad and is bisected by Highway 78 with the 92078 zip code to the South and 92069 zip code to the North. South San Marcos includes a very popular retirement area known as "Lake San Marcos" and a national awarding winning newer town community called "San Elijo Hills".

92078 - South San Marcos includes Lake San Marcos and San Elijo Hills
92069 - North San Marcos

Here's an interactive link comparing median single family detached housing prices in each zip:

San Marcos Median Price Trends for Single Family Detached

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CITY OF VISTA

Vista is about 6 miles from the coast east of Carlsbad and is bisected by Highway 78 with the 92081 zip code to the South and 3 other zip codes to the North. South Vista has a popular retirement and family community known as Shadowridge which includes the Shadowridge Golf Club. 

92081 - South Vista including Shadowridge
92083 - Northwest Vista 
92084 - Northeast Vista

Here's an interactive link comparing median single family detached housing prices in each zip:

Vista Median Price Trends for Single Family Detached

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