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By Ryan Lundquist

Sacramento County price per sq ft - Sacramento Appraisal Blog

If you’re looking to stay on top of the Sacramento real estate market, here are a few tidbits to check out. I hope this helps give you a sense of what is happening. If you have any questions or insight, feel free to comment below.

1) The Market is Flattening Out: Realtor Doug Reynolds posted a video two days ago about how the market in Sacramento has been flattening out. This is right in line with the way I’ve been describing things. It’s important to watch trends closely so we are empowered to employ the best strategies for business and be on top of our game for clients. This is worth a watch or listen below (or here).

It’s normal in real estate to see the market slow down in Fall and then heat up again in Spring. The only issue is that some locals are shocked to hear this since they have only heard the market is “on fire” or that values have increased by 30%. But when we take a closer look, the trend has shifted. We’re now in a new market, so let’s keep an eye on the past, but focus on the present and future.

2) The Word on Unemployment: If you didn’t catch the recent news, the unemployment rate in Sacramento County is now 8.9% as of August 2013. It’s been hovering around 9.0% for a few months now, while the unemployment rate in California is currently 8.8% and it’s 7.3% in the United States.

Unemployment in Sacramento California United States - August 2013 - blog size - by Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Here’s my take on the interaction of jobs with real estate. The recent upward trend in values was very strongly influenced by forces external to the Sacramento market as opposed to our local economy. Now that interest rates are increasing and some investors have begun to exit the market (down nearly 8% over the past few months), the job market will stand out a bit more now that we are missing some of the outside power that gave the market a boost. Remember, there are many factors that impact real estate values, and jobs is just one of the “<a class="colorbox" title="The multi-layered real …read more

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