Thursday, October 18, 2012

October Silicon Valley Real Estate Market Update

Here are my observations of the most recent September 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 to drift lower, continuing to advantage sellers. Levels reached are among the lowest in the last 12 years! Most areas in both counties have the characteristics of a seller's market with more than half of the closings during September had a sales price greater than a list price (59% in Santa Clara County and 50% in San Mateo County). That said, a well-priced listing has a tendency to attract more activity and multiple offers.

Which Half Are You? --  In September, it took just 13 days to sell half of the homes in Santa Clara County and only 16 days in San Mateo County! If you know of a home that has been on the market longer than the median days on market then there must be something wrong no only with the marketing strategy employed but with its condition, location, and oh yes, maybe the price.  These are countywide averages. 

In Santa Clara County, the fastest market is the Cupertino and Sunnyvale (zip codes 95014, 94086, 94087) market area with a median days on market of just 9 whereas the slowest is Los Gatos and Saratoga with a median days on market of 30 for those that closed escrow during the month. For San Mateo County, the fastest market area comprises the Bay Cities of Belmont, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Carlos and San Mateo with 13 and the slowest is the Coastal area of Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach and Montara with 68.

Median Prices Increase -- Median prices of single family, condo and townhouse homes continue to march upward. For September, Santa Clara County's median price for single family residences, half above and half below or the middle transaction, increased to $649,000, compared to $598,000 the same month a year ago representing an increase of 16.2%. The median sales price for San Mateo County was $790,000.

Inventory of Available Homes for Sale Continue at Low Levels -- There were just 1,211 single family residences for sale and 257 condos/townhouse in Santa Clara County and just 598 single family residences in San Mateo County. Not record lows but each are about 55% lower than the same month a year ago.

Yahoo! HQ, Sunnyvale, CA
 What's HOT and What's NOT -- In Santa Clara County, the hottest market area is Cupertino and Sunnyvale with a Days of Unsold Inventory (DUI) of 19. In San Mateo County, the hottest area is Foster City/Redwood Shores with a DUI of 20. What's not is Los Gatos/Saratoga in Santa Clara County with a DUI of 99 and the expensive areas of Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Hillsborough and Woodside in San Mateo County with a DUI of 137.

History Repeats Itself? -- Median prices in some areas have either met or closely approached their all-time highs! Yes, you read that right. Median prices in Santa Clara County saw a bottom in place in the Spring of 2009 and have trended up since. When analyzing the different market areas in the county, we find that two fall into this category. They are: the Los Altos/Palo Alto (median price of $1,834,000) and the Cupertino/Sunnyvale (zip codes 95014, 94086 and 94087; median price of $1,049,000) market areas.

Thanks for reading! 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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