Archive for September, 2006

Zillow Asks Owners to Update Property Info

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

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Because of the unique homes in Marin the values can be way off, but it is fun to look at.

Warren Carreiro

Marin County Real Estate Pulse

“Daily Real Estate News��|��September 20, 2006Zillow Asks Owners to Update Property Info
Consumers who notice their property data on isn’t accurate or up to date can now add more current information and post commentary to the Web site.

Seattle-based Zillow, which launched in February, provides estimated valuations and other property data on some 68 million U.S. homes.

“Opening up Zillow’s massive database and allowing home owners to contribute factual information and commentary will, over time, dramatically enhance the quality and relevance of Zillow,” says Rich Barton, Zillow co-founder and CEO.

Previously, Zillow allowed consumers to modify any home’s estimate via a private worksheet adding in remodel information, additions, and choosing their own comparable transactions to calculate a more accurate value. Now, a home’s owner can choose to publish this information for anyone to see. They can also choose to keep it private, or to e-mail it to select others.

Barton says the change was made after Zillow received “loads of feedback” from home owners who said they wanted to be publish things they know about their own homes, but aren’t noted on the public records that Zillow uses to create its home valuations.

To use Zillow’s opened database, home owners must register under their own name and “claim” their home’s record through an online private verification process. All home owner-contributed information will be shown alongside Zillow’s existing data for that home.

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Three Northern California MLSs Agree to Share Data

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Here is a copy of a press release from BARIES I thought you would find interesting. I think it is great news.

Warren Carreiro

September 22, 2006

Quattro will aggregate listing information for more than 40,000 real estate professionals.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA In a move considered to be a significant development for the real estate industry in Northern California, three well-known multiple listing services (MLSs) have agreed to share real-time property listing information for the benefit of the more than 40,000 real estate professionals they serve. The three MLSs are the Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Inc. (BAREIS) in the North Bay, MetroList Services, Inc. (MetroList ), serving the Northern California Central Valley and San Francisco Association of REALTORS, (SFAR), serving San Francisco and the northern peninsula.
The information-sharing venture marks a milestone in cooperation between these three MLSs and will provide practitioners with one-stop Internet access to real-time property listing information covering a vast geographic area of Northern California, from Daly City northward to Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties, and eastward to Sacramento over to the crest of the Sierra Nevada. The new information-sharing venture will greatly enhance the ability of real estate professionals to more effectively serve their clients in the areas served by the three MLSs.
This MLS data share venture is noteworthy to the brokerage community because it will provide access to substantially more data in an efficient and easy-to-use manner, said Matthew Borland, president of the SFAR and managing partner of Zephyr Real Estate.
Quattro, the name of the new service, will merge listing information from the three MLSs into a common data set and enhance the ability of real estate brokerages to download listing information from the three MLSs into their proprietary software programs. Individual real estate agents will benefit, as well, by no longer having to subscribe to three MLSs to access listing information for the geographical area served by Quattro. Through a mutual data access agreement, agents will be allowed full, real-time reciprocal access to the three MLSs, as well as access to Quattro, the merged data set, with only a single log-on required.
Quattro is proof that individual MLSs in a short period of time can cooperate to enhance user services through reciprocal data access and sharing arrangements without spending endless hours attempting to solve issues related to ownership structures and governance, said Tom Beede, president and CEO of MetroList Services, Inc.

Three Large Northern California MLSs Partner to Share Real-Time Property Listing Information Page 2
Rapattoni, the data service provider for the three MLS organizations, has been selected to develop the special software needed to facilitate the new service. This is an entirely new approach to accessing, controlling and distributing the MLS data from multiple MLS sources said Beede, and the selection of Rapattoni to be our technology partner will play a key role in our effort.
The BAREIS organization is totally dedicated to the success of this effort, said Darla Stever, chair of the board of BAREIS. Changes in the market place have driven the need for expanded data for multi-regional brokers and agents, and diffusing the impact of traditional boundaries. We are keenly supportive of this project because it recognizes both the need to have a locally focused and customized MLS, and the need to have an expanded multi-regional data.
As part of the effort, the three MLS organizations will be implementing the Rapattoni Secure Logon system. With the blending of the data from over 40,000 agents, and opening access to three MLS systems to all users, securing access to the data becomes a major priority, said Stever. BAREIS will be the first MLS to roll out the Secure Logon process in late October, followed by MetroList and San Francisco.
The power of Quattro will now provide real estate professionals with access to property listings in 14 California counties and more than 18 thousand square miles serving a population of 5.6 million people.
The new service offerings will be online and available to BAREIS, MetroList and SFAR subscribers by early 2007.
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About Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Inc. (BAREIS)
Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Inc. was created on October 22, 1 997. The organizations that founded BAREIS are Marin Association of REALTORS, Napa Association of REALTORS, Northern Solano Association of REALTORS, Solano Association of REALTORS and the Sonoma County Multiple Listing Service. The Mendocino County MLS joined the effort in 2001, and the Coastal Co-op MLS in 2005. BAREIS now serves approximately 11,700 members in five counties: Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma.
About MetroList Services, Inc.
MetroList Services, Inc. is the largest multiple listing service in Northern California headquartered in Sacramento, the states capital. Formed in 1985 by the Sacramento Association of REALTORS, the Placer County Association of REALTORS and the El Dorado County Association of REALTORS, MetroLists ownership group has grown to include the Lodi Association of REALTORS and the Yolo County Association of REALTORS. MetroList acts as a seamless real estate information network serving more than 25,000 real estate professionals in seven counties: El Dorado, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo.
About San Francisco Association of REALTORS (SFAR)
The San Francisco Association of REALTORS was founded in 1 905. It antedates both the National Association of REALTORS and the California Association of REALTORS and was active in the formation of both of these organizations. SFAR provides sophisticated business-related products and services to its more than 5,000 REALTOR members in San Francisco and the northern peninsula.

Name of New Service Quattro
Quattro Property Listing County Coverage Area

El Dorado Lake
Marin Mendocino Merced
No. San Mateo Placer
San Francisco
San Joaquin Solano
Stan islaus Yolo

Population Served
(Population based on the U.S. Census Bureau 2005 population estimates)
Geographic Area 18,409 square miles
Real Estate Agents Served More than 40,000
BAREIS MetroList San Francisco
Jim Branscombe Tom Beede James Fabris
President & CEO President & CEO Chief Executive Officer
(707) 575-8000 (916) 922-7584 (415) 431-8022

Marin real estate trends YTD vs. same period 2005

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

The following chart shows statistics from January 2006 through August 2006, month-by-month and compares them to the same months for 2005. I have also shown the aggregate for the months, both for 2005 and 2006, because sometimes looking at one month only does not really show the whole trend.
The one sure trend that shows is the number of sales are down.

Marin County MLS 2006 Residential Real Estate Stats
For Homes Sold 6-Jan 6-Feb 6-Mar 6-Apr 6-May 6-Jun
Median Price in 1,000’s 810 810 880 899 855 932
Median days on market 64 72 40 32 34 38
Total units sold 143 150 265 263 266 325
6-Jul 6-Aug
850 890
43 50
230 298
Lets look at the same time period for 2005
For Homes Sold 5-Jan 5-Feb 5-Mar 5-Apr 5-May 5-Jun
Median Price in 1,000’s 825 813 860 865 875 900
Median days on market 45 29 26 29 27 29
Total units sold 209 148 307 338 325 367
5-Jul 5-Aug
861 840
30 36
314 346
Now looking at the months combined.
For Homes Sold Jan-Aug 05 Jan-Aug 06
Median Price in 1,000’s 860 876
Median days on market 30 42
Total units sold 2354 1940

Freddie Mac September Housing Outlook Partially Frosty

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
"A Cooling Trend" was the title given to Freddie Mac's September 2006 Economic Outlook released recently. In keeping with the seasonal theme, the report, issued by the Office of the Chief Economist, projected a cooling trend for the balance of the year, "with occasional frost and warmer conditions as we move into next spring." Too cute by half, but the report goes on to emphasize the importance the housing sector has been to the overall economy during the recovery from the 2001 recession. In fact... Read More Now

Analysts Are Looking Hard At Rate Shock and The Possible Fallout

Monday, September 11th, 2006
The concept of href="" mce_href="">rate shock is getting a lot of press and a portion of it is pretty scary. has just published a stunning article that postulates that the fallout from "exotic" mortgages - i.e. interest only and option mortgages - will reach far beyond homeowners who took on these obligations either not understanding the ramifications or thinking they could game the system. According to the article Nightmare Mortgages... Read More Now


Saturday, September 9th, 2006

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Home Price Increases Seen Slowing In OFHEO Report

Thursday, September 7th, 2006
We have often said that the quarterly Office of Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) Home Price Index (HPI) report is one of the most interesting of the dozens of surveys and measures of the housing market that come out every month, quarter, or year. ...The unknown report "is probably the best overall indicator of what is happening overall to home values. We think it is the most important number coming out next week," said David Berson, chief economist at Fannie Mae. Read More Now