Frustrated agents and buyers cheer the new change at Sandicor, the San Diego County area multiple listing service (MLS). As a result of a change that occurred on 5/20/09 , about a third to one-half of the homes that were listed as "Active" moved to a new category titled "Contingent" overnight. This will eliminate the frustration of many buyers who find the perfect home only to find out it has multiple offers on it.
Before Wednesday, these homes showed actively listed, while indeed they were not available for offers. However, listing agents were unable to move them to "Pending" until the bank officially approved the offers. Agents seemed to be at odds with each other due to the added work to find truly available properties.
The reduction in the number of available homes will certainly seal the changing tide of the Housing Market, that many agents and buyers have been feeling already. The inventory of homes for sale has gone from about 3 1/2 months in San Diego County to about 2 months. While it is uncertain because of the economy, the law of supply and demand should cause the 2009 Housing Prices to slowly climb.
Although interests rates are still low and first time home buyers have lots of great incentives to take advantage of, including the items in the Economic Stimulus Package that can be found in my blogs Grab That Golden Housing Ring! and the Mortgage Protection Program outlined in
Buy Today with Recession Proof Plans.