Pacific Union’s July 2015 Real Estate Update

Inventory conditions remained tight across the Bay Area as the third quarter began, with the months’ supply of inventory (MSI) dropping or remaining flat from the previous month in the majority of Pacific Union’s regions. Meanwhile, all regions saw the median sales price increase from one year ago with the exception of condominiums in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region.

Click on the image accompanying each of our regions below for an expanded look at local real estate activity in July.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Contra Costa County‘s MSI has been steadily declining since the spring and finished July at 1.2, tying its one-year low. The median sales price was $1.1 million, the sixth straight month that prices have exceeded seven digits.PowerPoint Presentation

After receiving modest premiums for the past few months, sellers took home 99.8 of original prices in July. Homes left the market in an average 23 days, similar to the pace of sales recorded one year earlier.

Defining Contra Costa County: Our real estate markets in Contra Costa County include the cities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes single-family homes in these communities.


EAST BAY

Multiple offers persisted in the East Bay in July, resulting in homes selling for about 15 percent over asking price for the fifth consecutive month. Since March, the median sales price in the East Bay has been above $900,000, climbing to $921,500 as the third quarter began.PowerPoint Presentation

At 0.8, the MSI in the East Bay was unchanged from the previous month and similar to what it was a year earlier. Homes sold in an average 17 days, also the same amount of time as in June.

Defining the East Bay: Our real estate markets in the East Bay region include Oakland ZIP codes 94602, 94609, 94610, 94611, 94618, 94619, and 94705; Alameda; Albany; Berkeley; El Cerrito; Kensington; and Piedmont. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes single-family homes in these communities.


MARIN COUNTY

The median sales price in Marin County cooled just a bit from June to land at $1,056,000 in July. At 1.3, the MSI tied its one-year low.PowerPoint Presentation

Homes took an average of 38 days to sell — unchanged from June — with the average seller taking in 100.3 percent of the original price.

Defining Marin County: Our real estate markets in Marin County include the cities of Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes single-family homes in these communities.


NAPA COUNTY

A slim supply of homes for sale helped push Napa County‘s median sales price up to $639,000 in July, a yearly high. At the same, the MSI fell to 2.2, the lowest level observed in the past 12 months.PowerPoint Presentation

Homes sold in an average 71 days, almost identical to the pace of sales in May and June. Sellers received 95.7 percent of asking prices, a bit less than they did in the preceding month.

Defining Napa County: Our real estate markets in Napa County include the cities of American Canyon, Angwin, Calistoga, Napa, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, and Yountville. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes all single-family homes in Napa County.


SAN FRANCISCO – SINGLE-FAMILY HOMESPowerPoint Presentation

The MSI for single-family homes in San Francisco has been slowly dropping since the spring, closing July at 1.3. The median sales price tapered off slightly from June to $1.28 million, up 18 percent from one year ago.

Single-family homes in San Francisco continue to command sizable premiums, selling for 112.3 percent of original price. Buyers took an average 27 days to seal a deal, two days faster than in June.


SAN FRANCISCO – CONDOMINIUMSPowerPoint Presentation

For the sixth straight month, the median sales price for a San Francisco condominium was north of the $1 million mark: $1,085,000 to be precise. At 1.3, the MSI rose a hair from the previous month and is in the same general range as it has been since the spring.

Condominiums in the city sold in an average 28 days in July, unchanged from June. Successful buyers paid 107 percent of asking prices, nearly identical to levels recorded one year earlier.


SILICON VALLEY

With a July median sales price of $2.7 million, Silicon Valley remains the most expensive real estate market in which Pacific Union operates. For the third straight month, the MSI in the region was 1.2, tying a one-year low.PowerPoint Presentation

On average, homes sold in 20 days – two days faster than in June – and for 103.1 percent of asking prices.

Defining Silicon Valley: Our real estate markets in the Silicon Valley region include the cities and towns of Atherton, Los Altos (excluding county area), Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park (excluding east of U.S. 101), Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and Woodside. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes all single-family homes in these communities.

Mid-Peninsula Subregion

For the past few months, the median sales price in our Mid-Peninsula subregion has been climbing and reached $1,803,500 in July, a yearly peak. Inventory conditions remain exceptionally tight, with the 0.8 months’ supply unchanged from June.PowerPoint Presentation

Homes sold in exactly three weeks, one day longer than in the preceding month. Sellers received 105.7 percent of original prices, a bit less than they did earlier in the late spring and early summer.

Defining the Mid-Peninsula: Our real estate markets in the Mid-Peninsula subregion include the cities of Burlingame (excluding Ingold Millsdale Industrial Center), Hillsborough, and San Mateo (excluding the North Shoreview/Dore Cavanaugh area). Sales data in the adjoining chart includes all single-family homes in these communities.


SONOMA COUNTY

At $545,000, the July median sales price in Sonoma County was essentially unchanged from the previous two months, dropping a mere $500 from June. The MSI shrank to 1.6, which ties one-year lows recorded last December.PowerPoint Presentation

The average Sonoma County buyer paid 97.8 percent of the original price, and properties sold in 60 days – both in line with numbers from last July.

Defining Sonoma County: Our real estate markets in Sonoma County include the cities of Cotati, Healdsburg, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Windsor. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes all single-family homes and farms and ranches in Sonoma County.


SONOMA VALLEY

After several months of declines, the median sales price in our Sonoma Valley region rebounded in July, rising to $712,500. Buyers appeared to have a bit more negotiating room than in June, with the average home selling for 96.3 percent of the asking price.PowerPoint Presentation

Contrary to patterns observed across the rest of Bay Area, Sonoma Valley saw inventory upticks – albeit very slight ones – on both a monthly and yearly basis, with the MSI rising to 2.4. The pace of sales slowed dramatically from the previous month, with homes selling in an average 66 days in July.

Defining Sonoma Valley: Our real estate markets in Sonoma Valley include the cities of Glen Ellen, Kenwood, and Sonoma. Sales data in the adjoining chart refers to all residential properties – including single-family homes, condominiums, and farms and ranches – in these communities.


LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE – SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES

The median sales price for a single-family home in our Lake Tahoe/Truckee region increased for the second straight month to close July at $599,000. At 6.6, the MSI was up a tiny bit from June but down significantly from levels recorded last July.PowerPoint Presentation

Buyers paid 86.5 percent of original prices in July, netting the largest discounts in the past 12 months. Single-family homes sold in an average 84 days, considerably slower than in June.

Defining Tahoe/Truckee: Our real estate markets in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region include the communities of Alpine Meadows, Donner Lake, Donner Summit, Lahontan, Martis Valley, North Shore Lake Tahoe, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Tahoe Donner, Truckee, and the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes single-family homes in these communities.


LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE – CONDOMINIUMS

After a brisk pace of sales in June, the condominium market in Lake Tahoe/Truckee slowed again in July, with properties taking an average 107 days to sell. July’s MSI was 8.8, nearly identical to what it was one year earlier.PowerPoint Presentation

The median sales price — $356,000 — was down on both a monthly and annual basis, with condominiums selling for 95.9 percent of asking prices.

Defining Tahoe/Truckee: Our real estate markets in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region include the communities of Alpine Meadows, Donner Lake, Donner Summit, Lahontan, Martis Valley, North Shore Lake Tahoe, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Tahoe Donner, Truckee, and the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes condominiums in these communities.

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