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Monday, February 16, 2009

House "Deal of the Week"

by Calculated Risk on 2/16/2009 12:05:00 AM

The North County Times has a feature called "Deal of the Week". This week the deal is interesting for several reasons: See: Deal of the Week: 73% Off (sorry, wrong link initially)

The featured property is a one-bedroom, one-bath, 700-square-foot condominium in Escondido (inland north county San Diego).

In 2006, during the bubble, the unit sold for $191,000, and in December 2008 - after foreclosure, the unit sold for $52,000. That is almost 73% off the peak price!

A few key points:

  • In 2006, the unit was bought with no money down. Two months ago the buyer paid all cash. From no money down to all cash; near the opposite extremes of financing!

    Note: "near" because during the bubble, some buyers actually received cash out at closing with financing of 105% LTV or greater.

  • These units currently rent for close to $900+ per month (although I suspect rents will decline in this area). Even figuring in HOA fees, taxes, maintenance, insurance, vacancy and other expenses, this unit has to be generating a nice return for the investor.

  • The unit sold for $45,900 in 1979 (Yes, 1979). I checked with Zach from the NC Times, and he said he confirmed the 1979 price with the assessor's office. Zach told me other units in the building sold for $40,500 in 1984, so maybe the '79 price was a little high (that was near the peak of a housing bubble too, so a 10% decline from '79 to '84 might be reasonable).

    Over almost 30 years (1979 to Dec 2008) the price increased 13%. Annualize that return!