Friday, July 13, 2012

July Silicon Valley Real Estate Market Comments

Here are my observations of the most recent June transactions for Santa Clara County real estate and San Mateo County real estate. Your comments and questions are always welcome. If you see something in your neighborhood that you are curious about or have a question, please don't hesitate to share with us. If you have questions or a comment, please leave them here, or feel free to contact me through my website or send me an email.

General Market Observations and Comments -- The amount of homes (single family and condos and townhouses) available for sale continue at low levels continuing the pattern started at the beginning of the year. Normally, inventory levels start their climb in early spring and peak by mid-year but not this time. Most areas in both counties have the characteristics of a seller's market with more than half of the closings during June had a sales price greater than a list price. A well-priced listing has a tendency to attract multiple offers.

Want to Be First Time Buyers? Part 3 --  Rents are continuing to jump as there is more demand than supply of rental units. This week, mortgage rates again reached record lows so it may be more advantageous to own than to rent provided you plan on living in the home for a while.

Median Prices Increase -- Median prices of single family, condo and townhouse homes continue to march upward. For June, Santa Clara County's median price for single family residences, half above and half below or the middle transaction, increased to $686,000, as more and more lower priced homes have been scooped up whereas the median sales price for San Mateo County was $840,000.

Median Days on Market Drops -- Some real estate practitioners are mentioning that it takes on average about six weeks (40 days) to sell a home and they consider that good. However, most sellers wouldn't consider that good when you tell them it will take an average of that long to sell! In actuality, it now takes but 13 days to sell half of the homes. That is the median days on market. The difference is that those homes that have issues, are grossly overpriced or just plain super expensive sit on the market for a long time thus bringing the average up and does not impact the median which is the middle transaction. When I provide advice to sellers I use the median and calculate it down to their neighborhood or as small an area as possible.

Inventory of Available Homes for Sale Continue at Low Levels -- There were just 1,296 single family residences for sale in Santa Clara County and just 606 in San Mateo County. Not record lows but each are about 56% lower than in June 2011.

What's HOT and What's NOT -- In Santa Clara County, the hottest market area is Santa Teresa, North Valley, Blossom Valley portions of San Jose and Milpitas with a Days of Unsold Inventory (DUI) of 24. In San Mateo County, the hottest area is Foster City with a DUI of 18. What's not is Los Gatos/Saratoga in Santa Clara County with a DUI of 66 and the expensive areas of Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Hillsborough and Woodside in San Mateo County with a DUI of 76.

OK, I'm bragging so I'm repeating that Sunnyvale is #7 in the U.S. -- According to the Kiplinger Personal Finance survey, Sunnyvale was named as the 7th greatest city in the United States to raise kids. As a long-time resident of Sunnyvale and where my wife and I have raised our two sons, I'd have to agree! For a glimpse at Kiplinger's write-up of Sunnyvale, here's a link.

Thanks for reading my blog. I'm Tom McEvoy, Realtor with RE/MAX Santa Clara Valley -- Let me know if you have any comments, questions, observations or any future topics you'd like me to address.

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