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April Swenson, Managing Broker at
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers

Cell / Text: 360-589-2777       aswenson25@juno.com
          Fax: 360-289-3941                                 www.OceanShoresInfo.com
Ocean Shores, WA Real Estate


October 2010 Edition
Ocean Shores/North Beach
E-Newsletter
Presented by April Swenson,
Realtor & Managing Broker for Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers


NOTABLE NEWS/EVENTS


KITE FESTIVAL 2010

The kites flew high on the beach of Ocean Shores for June 5th-6th. Held just off the Chance a La Mer Ave (or Shilo) beach access street. See more info and pictures at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/kitefestival2010.html


FLAG DAY PARADE 2010

The annual Flag Day Parade occurred on June 12th along the streets of downtown Ocean Shores with the newly paved streets, the new sidewalks, lighting and round-about. See more info and pictures at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/flagdayparade2010.html


SAND & SAWDUST FESTIVAL 2010

The wonderful event of sandcastle building and wood carving was held on June 25th-27th. This is personally one my favorite events. See more info and pictures at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/sand&sawdustfestival2010.html


INDEPENDENCE DAY 2010

Another personal favorite of mine. Tons of fireworks set off on the beaches of Ocean Shores. See more info and pictures at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/july4th2010.html


DAY of RECORD HEAT

August 14th saw temperatures in Ocean Shores reach over 90 degrees. See more info and pictures at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/hotaugustday2010.html


CRAFT & CAR SHOW 2010

The annual Craft Fair was held at the Convention Center. Nearby was a display of Mustangs. See more info and pictures at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/pics/craft&carshow2010.html


STREET LID INFO

On October 5th, Hearing Examiner Wayne Tanaka submitted his finding/recommendations in regards to the protests to the upcoming Street LID. On September 20th, the City held an LID Hearing at the Convention Center. An incredible 1000+ people were attendance. Why such a large turnout? About 2 weeks prior, property owners received a letter from the City of Ocean Shores explaining what the proposed Street LID (assessment) amount was for their individual property. See the whole story at www.OceanShoresInfo.com/news/streetLID.html


OTHER NOTABLE LOCAL NEWS


UPCOMING EVENTS


October 16th-17th ~ CFA All-Breed Cat Show: learn about a wide range of cats and vote on the "Best of Show."

October 22nd-24th ~ Celtic Music Festival: 7th annual festival featuring over 20 bands playing Irish music.

November 5th-7th ~ Jazz Music Festival: featuring 9 jazz bands.

November 26th-28th ~ Winter Fanta-Sea Craft Show: over 70 arts & crafts booths at the Convention Center just in time for Christmas.



BUYS IN OCEAN SHORES


Click on the following links to view flyers for some good deals for Ocean Shores properties:

Homes $150K or Less

Homes $150K-$200K

Homes Over $200K

Waterfront Homes

Lots $10K or Less

Lots $10K-$15K

Lots $15K-$20K

Lots Over $20K

View Lots

Waterfront Lots



MARKET ACTIVITY/UPDATE
2010 3rd-Quarter (July 1st thru September 30th)

The number of properties sold in Ocean Shores is slightly UP from a year ago (101 properties compared to 97 properties).


OCEAN SHORES MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (3rd Quarter--July 1st-September 30th):
Sold Homes
Sold Lots
Sold Condos
Sold Commercial

2010 3rd Quarter Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Current Listings 236 492 149 6 19 902
Pendings 26 15 1 0 1 43
Solds 42 51 7 0 1 101
Sold Volume $7.66M $1.48M $749,150 $0 $27K $9.85M
Sold Median Price $156,200 $23,500 $53,900 $0 $27K
Average Days on Market (solds) 175 287 275 0 212

VS.

2009 3rd Quarter Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Current Listings 209 541 108 ??? ??? 858+
Pendings 32 9 6 1 0 48
Solds 47 42 7 1 0 97
Sold Volume $5.56M $771,350 $384,900 $0 $0 $6.71M
Sold Median Price $150K $31K $70K $0 $0
Average Days on Market (solds) 159 119 21 0 0


NORTH BEACH (Ocean City to Moclips) MARKET:

Click on the following links to view the MLS flyers for sold properties (3rd Quarter--July 1st thru September 30th):
Sold Homes
Sold Land
Sold Condos

2010 3rd Quarter Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Current Listings 72 121 4 4 6 207
Pendings 11 5 0 1 0 17
Solds 2 1 1 0 0 4
Sold Volume $880K $12K $7K $0 $0 $899K
Sold Median Price $440K $12K $7K $0 $0
Average Days on Market (solds) 314 2418 738 0 0

VS.

2009 3rd Quarter Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Solds 6 1 0 0 2 9
Sold Volume $1.1M $27K $0 $0 $475K $1.6M
Sold Median Price $138,750 $27K $0 $0 $237,500
Average Days on Market (solds) 259 26 0 0 457



MARKET ACTIVITY/UPDATE
2010 Year-to-Date (January 1st thru September 30th)

The number of properties sold in Ocean Shores is UP from a year ago (277 properties compared to 242 properties).


OCEAN SHORES MARKET:

2010 YTD
(1/1/10-9/30/10)
Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Solds 133 125 16 1 2 277
Sold Volume $22.95M $3.7M $1.8M $149,500 $252K $28.85M
Sold Median Price $150K $19K $79,500 $149,500 $126K
Average Days on Market (solds) 206 304 357 667 134

VS.

2009 YTD
(1/1/09-9/30/09)
Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Solds 126 101 14 1 0 242
Sold Volume $21.75M $3.68M $2.17M $0 $0 $27.6M
Sold Median Price $166K $24,625 $93K $0 $0
Average Days on Market (solds) 151 180 272 0 0


NORTH BEACH (Ocean City to Moclips) MARKET:

2010 YTD
(1/1/10-9/30/10)
Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Solds 18 3 2 0 0 23
Sold Volume $3.67M $54K $256K $0 $0 $3.98M
Sold Median Price $162,500 $12K $128K $0 $0
Average Days on Market (solds) 181 847 524 0 0

VS.

2009 YTD
(1/1/09-9/30/09)
Homes Land Condos Multi-Family Commercial Total
Solds 19 8 0 0 1 28
Sold Volume $4.05M $214K $0 $0 $150K $4.4M
Sold Median Price $156,375 $16K $0 $0 $150K
Average Days on Market (solds) 193 53 0 0 152

NOTE: All of the above data was pulled from the NWMLS and is not guaranteed.



FINANCING NEWS

POSITIVE NEWS

According to the Federal Reserve, households gained $6.3 trillion in net worth in the first quarter from a year ago, and homeowners have regained $1.1 trillion in home equity over the same period.

Funding for USDA Rural Development loans is once again available. The guarantee fee has increased to 3.5% for purchase loans. The guarantee fee for refinance loans has increased to 2.25% on October 1st. Ocean Shores/North Beach area is applicable for these loans.

Another positive factor that has remained relatively consistent is the historically low mortgage interest rates. The low rates, combined with a drop in home prices to what we hope is at or near the lowest point they will go, really can make it an ideal time to buy. This is especially true for buyers who just a few years ago might not have seen home ownership as an affordable option. For example, as economist Karl Case (of Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller housing index) pointed out in the September 1st issue of the New York Times:

Four years ago, the monthly payment on a $300,000 house with a 20% down payment and mortgage rate of about 6.6% was $1,533. Today that $300,000 house would sell for $213,000 (29% drop in price) and a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with 20% down would carry a rate of about 4.2% and monthly payment of $833. In addition, the down payment would be $42,600 instead of $60,000.


FANNIE MAE NEWS

Fannie Mae has announced several changes to its underwriting standards effective June 1st. While most of the changes represent a tightening up of lending guidelines, others may benefit some borrowers:


FHA NEWS

In an effort to raise critical funds to boost its eroding capital, Congress voted in the FHA Reform Act. The following changes are effective October 4th:


OTHER NOTABLE LAW CHANGES


For more help on getting pre-approved/qualified, contact our local lender, The Bank of the Pacific. You can call Carol Warfield, the Vice President Residential Loan Officer, at 360-580-0187 (cell) or e-mail her at cwarfield@thebankofpacific.com. Interest rates are still very low.



Once again, if you ever have any questions about Ocean Shores, the North Beach, the surrounding Grays Harbor cities, and/or real estate, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me. ~ April Swenson


Your Beach Destination Awaits You at the #1 Washington Coast Town!



April Swenson, Managing Broker & CRS
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers ~ Ocean Shores, WA

Cell / Text:   360-589-2777
Fax: 360-289-3941
aswenson25@juno.com              www.OceanShoresInfo.com

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