Friday, September 24, 2010

Real estate market: good but slower...

Home sales remained stagnant after tax credits expired.

The market has been much slower since the beginning of July. It is typically the case in a normal year (which is seldom the case in the Valley), but it has been brutal this year, as it probably was compounded with the end of the tax credits.

(the number of) Sales of existing single-family homes in California fell by more than 10% in July, from their June level, and hit the lowest level since June 2008 when sales were at 428,000. Although this was the first back-to-back double-digit monthly decrease since early 2007, monthly sales remained well above the cyclical trough of 254,650 sales that occurred in October 2007.

However, remember that the real estate market is a very local matter. No two areas, houses, are the same.
Indeed, in the County of Santa Clara for instance, prices are UP, year-over-year.

Prices for single-family, re-sale homes were up in August, year-over-year, for the eleventh month in a row. The median price rose 13.7%, while the average price was up 15.4%, reflecting a higher share of $1 million + home sales.

However, the number of sales of single-family, re-sale homes continued to slide and were lower than the year before for the third straight month: -13.1%.
Inventory was higher than last year for the second month in a row: 18.4%. This should translate into softer sales prices.
... A little known fact, showing that the market in this County is pretty good: the sales price to list price ratio for homes dropped below 100% for the first time since June 2009: 99.6%.
– many places envy the Silicon Valley situation…

The median price for condominiums was up 5.3% year-over-year. This is the tenth month in a row the median price has been higher than the year before. After nine straight months of year-over-year gains, the average prices for condos dropped 1.7%.

For complete information on a particular neighborhood or property, don't hesitate to contact me. And remember, real estate is not a short-term proposition. Timing the market is impossible.

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