2018 White Paper on Future Housing Product Type Demand and Preference

| April 26, 2018

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This prior paper showed clearly that the SACOG region is falling behind in meeting people’s needs for housing. Housing is being developed at a much slower rate than almost any time since the early 1980s. In information provided by Greg Paquin of the Gregory Group, building permits in the six county Sacramento region averaged less than 3,500 per year between 2009 and 2014. In the last three years, 2015-2017, the rate of production has increased, but it still lags behind previous decades.

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Lockdowns To Push Back Spring Selling Season

Article | August 18, 2021

The spring selling season might be pushed back for a couple of weeks or even months as lockdowns restrict activity in some states and territories, according to CoreLogic. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, sales and listing turnouts typically rise from September to November. Over the ten years to December 2019, the growth in new listings during spring averaged 15.7% while sales hit 6.8%. CoreLogic head of research Eliza Owen said both sales and listings tend to be most seasonal in the capital cities, particularly in Sydney and the ACT. With the lockdowns, however, the in-demand locations might not witness the same level of activity this upcoming spring, which is only two weeks away. "Observing housing market performance through lockdowns reveals that both sales and listings volumes will fall through lockdowns," Ms Owen said. What can be learned from last year's Melbourne lockdown? The extended lockdown in Melbourne last year could provide a glimpse as to what could happen in this year's lockdowns. Melbourne was in lockdown from mid-July to late October. During the period, listings dropped consistently, hitting the lowest at 1,411 in the four weeks to September, which was 80.7% lower than the previous five-year average. There are several factors that contributed to the slowdown during the period. Aside from the obvious restrictions that have limited inspections and auctions to virtual sessions, the low levels of consumer confidence also dampened the overall market sentiment, with vendors being unsure whether they would get an optimal price for their properties. Mortgage repayment deferrals and other government support also contributed, as these prevented distressed sales. However, when restrictions in Melbourne got lifted by late October, there was a sudden shift in the market mood, with listings quickly recovering. "New listings volumes through December 2020 trended an average 40.4% higher than the previous five-year average, suggesting the spring selling season of 2020 was 'pushed back' into the final months of the year," Ms Owen said. Lockdowns to only postpone market activity Ms Owen said the trend in sales and listings through a lockdown indicate the relative stability of the economy and the housing market amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "This has meant that housing purchasing decisions were more likely to have just been postponed through lockdowns, rather than abandoned all together.” In fact, the muted sales activity through lockdowns actually led to an uplift in sales across Melbourne in December of 2020 and July 2021, a time when seasonally, sales volumes would usually be far more subdued. "There are tailwinds in place for housing market demand to suggest this may happen again; household savings rates remain elevated, new average mortgage rates continue to reach new record lows, and many government fiscal stimulus and broader institutional responses have been resurrected amid renewed lockdowns," Ms Owen said. Affordability might become a concern The consistent surge in prices across capital cities in recent months have already resulted in the inevitable constraints in affordability. CoreLogic's Hedonic Home Value Index in July showed a 1.6% gain in dwelling values, a retreat from the previous growth of 1.9%. Ms Owen said some support schemes that supported consumer sentiment, such as JobKeeper and HomeBuilder have already ended which could dampen the expected rebound in demand. The rising threat of the Delta variant of COVID-19 might also be a major headwind, as it could result in further lockdowns which will ultimately impact the incomes of Australian households. "With affordability constraints becoming a larger obstacle in the market, as well as the potential for tighter credit conditions further down the track, if buyer activity does not match the lift in listings we could see a gradual rebalancing between sellers and buyers," Ms Owen said.

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How Custom Virtual Tours Can Save Your Real Estate Business in 2020

Article | August 18, 2021

Outside of luxury listings, virtual tours have always been something of a solution looking for a problem. Sure, they look cool, and they definitely impress homeowners, but even a brand-new agent with the ink barely dry on their real estate license could tell you that they never really did much to, you know … actually sell houses. Of course, today the reality on the ground is that technologies like virtual tours for real estate are offering a viable alternative to showings to help agents keep their business afloat. After all, when people are scared to leave their homes, virtual tours offer a seemingly perfect solution. That’s why we decided to give you some actionable, real-world strategies to incorporate virtual tours in your showing arsenal. We’ll go over the tech behind the tours, get insight from some top-producing brokers already using them, and finally give you some creative and affordable ways to use them yourself.

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What is Commercial Real Estate Data?

Article | August 18, 2021

Over the past few years, data has become the most discussed topic in commercial real estate (CRE). Like almost every other field, the proliferation and access to data is fundamentally changing the way the world thinks about commercial properties and commercial real estate in general. And like other industries, one of the critical challenges with the emergence of real estate data is the ability to understand and communicate what we actually mean when we lump every bit of information into a generic term like “data.” Depending on who you speak with in the real estate space, data can mean a variety of different things. For some in commercial real estate, data is all-encompassing and includes every bit of information available about a property. For others, data includes information about how the building works and all of the relevant systems that power a modern building. And yet for others in commercial real estate, data is everything captured around a transaction related to a specific piece of property.

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COVID-19 may advance trends in commercial real estate

Article | August 18, 2021

The coronavirus outbreak has quickly put the economy into turmoil. While many businesses are struggling to keep up with the drastic changes in the market, the commercial real estate industry may have some bright spots despite obvious uncertainties. The COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. is expected to advance trends in commercial real estate that were established in the market before the global pandemic. Of course, the industry is facing some difficulties, but these are currently projected to only be short-term. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the NAIOP Research Foundation is suggesting an increase in demand for both industrial and office sectors.

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