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March 2018 Report

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Prices Set New Highs, Again

Prices for both single-family, re-sale homes and condos set new all-time highs in February.

The median price for homes has been higher than the year before by double-digits six months in a row. The average price was up by double-digits for the fourth month in a row.

The median price for homes rose 19.1% over last February to $1,610,000. That is a $100,000 gain over the record high set in October.

This is also the 23nd month in a row the median price has been higher than the year before.

The average price for homes rose 24.9% to $2,024,690. This is the first time the average price has been over $2,000,000.

The median price for condos gained 23.3%. The average price for condos was up 27.8% over last February.

Multiple offers continue to be the norm. The sales price to list price ratio, or what buyers are paying over what sellers are asking remains in the triple digits: 112.2% for homes and 111.6% for condos.

The ratio has been over 100% for homes since April 2012 and for condos since June 2012.

Homes and condos are flying off the shelf. It is taking only twenty-one days to sell a home, on average. Condos are taking twelve days.

All this is due to an incredible lack of inventory. Since January 2003, San Mateo County has averaged 83 days of inventory. Last month it was thirty-one.

Condos have averaged 92 days since 2000. Last month it was twenty.

As of February 5th, there were 250 homes and 60 condos for sale in San Mateo County.

Deed vs. Title: What's the Difference?

By: Audrey Ference

Deed vs. title: What's the difference? Most people use the terms interchangeably, but there's a significant difference between the two— a distinction that's important to understand when you're ready to purchase a home. So let's look at what distinguishes deed from title.

Deed vs. title: The difference between these 2 real estate terms

"A deed is a legal document used to confirm or convey the ownership rights to a property," explains Anne Rizzo of Title Source Title Clearance. "It must be a physical document signed by both the buyer and the seller."

Title, however, is the legal way of saying you have ownership of the property. The title is not a document, but a concept that says you have the rights to use that property.

So when you buy a property, you will receive the deed, a document that proves you own it. That deed is an official document that says you have title to the real estate.

How to get the deed and take title of a property

To get the deed and "take title," or legally own the property, your lender will perform a title search. This ensures that the seller has the legal right to transfer ownership of the property to you, and that there are no liens against it. If everything is clear, then at closing the seller will transfer the title to you, and you become the legal possessor of the property.

The title or escrow company will then ensure the deed is recorded with the county assessor's office or courthouse, depending on where you live. You'll generally get a notification a few weeks after closing that your deed has been recorded. If you don't, check with the professional who did your closing and ensure that the paperwork has been filed. At that point, you have the deed and title to the real estate and the property is all yours.

What is title insurance?

Even with all of the due diligence a title company does before closing, there are rare instances when title problems can pop up later (e.g., missed liens and other legal issues that can be very costly to resolve). To protect against any financial loss, two types of title insurance exist: owner's title insurance and lender's title insurance.

"Unlike other types of insurance that protect the policyholder from events that may happen in the future, an owner’s title policy protects the buyer from events that have happened in the past," says Rizzo. "That may jeopardize their financial interest, such as title defects from fraud or paperwork errors, unpaid liens against the property, or claims that someone else is the real, legal property owner."

On the other hand, when you secure a mortgage, your lender or bank will require that you purchase lender's title insurance to protect the lender's investment in case any title problems arise. Lender's title insurance essentially protects the lender's interest in your property, which is typically until your mortgage is paid off.

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