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Cash Money: Napa County Home Buyers Paying Up Front

A record number of California condos and houses were purchased without mortgages in 2012.

Almost 40 percent more Napa County home buyers bought outright with cash last year, compared to a year earlier, a real estate information service reported.

Statewide, a record number of condos and single-family houses were purchased without a mortgage in 2012, according to San Diego-based DataQuick.

“It’s clear that a lot of today’s housing market recovery is being fueled by people putting their own money into homes,” DataQuick president John Walsh said in a statement. “Some cash buying is part of a normal housing market, but we’re at twice that normal rate. A lot of buyers are chasing what they view as the deal of a lifetime.”

Across California, one-third of the 447,573 homes were sold in the state were bought without mortgage financing in 2012.

In Napa County, 490 homes were purchased with cash in 2012. That figure was up from 354 in 2011.

Number of Homes Bought with Cash County 2011 2012 Percent Change Marin 758 1,168 54.1% Napa 354 490 38.4% San Mateo 1,694 1,948 15% Santa Clara 4,625 5,415 17.2% Santa Cruz 553 739 33.6% Sonoma 1,711 2,122 24% Source: DataQuick

A real estate agent told the LA Times that many of the buyers he worked with were young and wealthy who either received trust funds or were getting financial assistance from their parents.

“People feel that cash is safe in real estate and maybe not safe in the stock market or even sitting in a bank,” the real estate agent, Ed Kaminsky, said.

Statewide, cash buyers paid a median $205,000 in 2012, up 17.1 percent from $175,000 in 2011, according to DataQuick. A total of 145,797 condos and houses were purchased with cash, up from 125,812 cash sales in 2011, the prior record.

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Unfiltered Steve Simoneau February 10, 2013 at 08:09 PM
And the majority of sellers receiving all this cash? The banks and lenders behind all the foreclosures and short sales. The same corporate machine that caused this mess in the first place. New game, same stacked deck of cards.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 10, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I agree steve.I paid all cash for my house in 09 I think I got in before the crush of foreclosures. I payed 299.000 for a house valued at 500.000 just 2 years prior. I was told by my Next Door Neighbor, the bank was owed around 180.000 When taken back by the bank.
Rusty Cohn February 11, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Please define "home buyers". I see lots of homes purchased with cash and flipped within a few months. New paint and quicky repairs and remodels of kitchens frequently without permits. There is one outfit that seems to flip 5 to 10 per month in Napa alone.

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