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What's Happening in Our Local Market This Fall?



Want to see which St. George area homes are currently for sale? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You can always call us at (435) 215-4533 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Friends and Clients —

Fall is upon us, (the best season :) ), and with what it what can be some of the STRONGEST months in St. George Real Estate.

And if you're thinking you've missed your chance to sell your home, let me reassure you…..

This autumn actually presents a fantastic moment to sell. Here's why.

First off, housing inventory is still incredibly low. In some areas of St. George inventory is so low that we’re selling homes BEFORE THEY EVER HIT THE MARKET!

In fact, according to data from the Census Bureau and the National Association of Realtors, inventory remains well below historic averages, and is 50% less than the peak in 2006….and we thought no market could ever be that hot again. Go figure!

Second, while mortgage rates also remain very low, recent announcements by the Federal Reserve might cause them to finally start rising.

This would make mortgages less affordable and might turn away a significant number of potential buyers.

This is even more of a concern when you consider the continuing growth of home prices—6.9% in the last year alone.

Third, contrary to conventional wisdom, Fall is generally a great time to list your home.

Buyers in the Fall are likely to be more serious because they have probably been searching for months without success. (For more on that, check out our recent post on bidding wars.)

Also, because fewer homes are listed in the fall, this means there's even less competition than we’ve seen due to the general low inventory.

So what do you get when you put all those things together?

Arguably the finest home-selling environment St. George has seen in a decade. Some will wait because it makes sense, others will wait because they’re trying to “time” the market….and will look back with regret.

Here are a few resources to help you with whatever next steps you are considering:

1. Our Fall 2017 Home Buying and Selling Guides. Download them (for free, without having to share your personal info), by clicking HERE.

2. You can get started with this home value calculator on my website, which takes into account recent St. George sales:

Enter your street address here to find out what your home is worth

This calculator will give you a good idea of what your home is worth in about 60 seconds or less. 

And if you would like a more precise estimate of what your home could sell for this fall, or if you have any other questions about the current St. George real estate situation, give us a call at 435-215-4533. We’ve got the finest folks in St. George real estate ready to help!

Now I’m headed out to enjoy this Fall weather, you should do the same!


-Jeremy Larkin

A Career Opportunity for You?


Our team has seen explosive growth recently. Because of this, we’re looking to add a listing coordinator to our staff.

Want to see which St. George area homes are currently for sale? Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You can always call us at (435) 215-4533 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

It’s a lovely September day in St. George and there’s a career opportunity ahead. Is it for you? For someone you know? 

We’ve had explosive growth on our team. We’re running a highly successful real estate business and we’re looking for some administrative support.

We’ve seen explosive growth.

Specifically, we’re looking to hire a “Listing Coordinator.”

This is a KEY admin / operations position who will interface with our home-selling clients on the “front lines” daily.  This salaried position does NOT require a real estate license, but a license or experience in real estate is preferred.

If you or someone you know is dynamic, likes working with people, and is highly detail-oriented, we want to hear from you. CLICK HERE to apply! We’ll be in touch if we think there’s a fit.

Are you curious about our environment? If you’re on Facebook, CHECK OUT THE LIVE VIDEO I SHOT LAST WEEK: https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgeExperts/posts/10154841336846053 

We hope to hear from you with the name of someone who’s perfect for The Larkin Group!

Best,
Jeremy & Team

Real Estate’s First Cryptocurrencies

Yes “cryptocurrencies.” There’s a new word for you!

Cryptocurrencies are meeting the world of real estate investing.

It's a very exciting prospect. Let me explain exactly what's going on. 

In case you don't know, cryptocurrencies are very much like regular money in that you can use them to pay for many things.

The best-known cryptocurrency right now is bitcoin. At the moment, you can use bitcoin to buy software on the Microsoft site, to book a plane ticket on Expedia, or even to withdraw actual dollars from a number of bitcoin ATMs around the country.

The value of bitcoin has been growing explosively over the past 12 months, and it recently crossed a symbolic threshold: One bitcoin is now worth more than an ounce of gold. 

At the same time, cryptocurrencies and regular money are also very different, because cryptocurrencies are not issued by a government and are not backed by any real asset. 

This has many people worried that bitcoin and its like are open to price bubbles and that they aren't well regulated.

Well, several startups, such as Brickcoin and REcoin, are trying to tackle this exact problem by making bitcoin-like currencies, which are backed by a very real asset: property. 

Here's how it works.

First, these startups make an initial coin offering (ICO).

This is similar to the way traditional companies offer stock, and it's a way of raising money while putting a certain amount of the cryptocurrency into circulation.

Second, the startup invests this money in a real estate investment trust (REIT). 

The value of the currency is then a reflection of the actual value of the underlying real estate investments, as well as of the usefulness of the currency in making financial transactions easier. 

In theory, this means you get the best of both worlds: the flexibility and liquidity of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, as well as the steady returns, the security, and regulatory oversight of a real asset such as property. 

In practice, it's still way too early to say whether this idea will work, and if it does, which of the real estate cryptocurrencies will emerge as the winner. 

In any case, this is certainly an interesting development that's worth keeping an eye on.

However, even if these real estate coins take off, there will always be room for traditional real estate investing.

After all, people love investing in real estate because property is a tangible asset less prone to volatility and market manipulation. Also, real estate allows for greater leverage than just about any other type of investment. 

If you are interested in investing in real estate, check out some of the great homes that have recently come on the St. George market:

Click here for all available St. George homes for sale


And if you're looking to sell your home, you can get a good estimate of what it's worth right now with this calculator that takes into account recent St. George home sales:

Enter your street address here to find out what your home is worth

Finally, if you've got any questions about current conditions in the St. George real estate market, or if you want to talk about cryptocurrencies and how they connect to property, give us a call at (435) 215-4533. We're always ready to help.