Quick Market Summary: Is there a slight draft in this room? Well, the markets in general in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have cooled a bit. Not too much to bring about a buyer’s market but there’s less pressure on buyers as inventory has increased and the amount of activity and traffic for open houses has eroded somewhat. You may recall that the markets earlier in the year were on fire and we still have some “hot spots” we can perhaps lay blame on buyer fatigue as well as the normal cooling off of the markets during summer (after Memorial Day lasting historically until Labor Day). The year over year median in Santa Clara County was up 18.4% to $1,400,000 in June and in San Mateo County the median price was $1,665,000. Inventories are up overall but seem like they are topping which is normal for the summer months. Listings for very high-end priced homes throughout both counties remains sluggish and take quite a bit longer to sell than the recent past. Condo and townhouse median in Santa Clara County has reached $933,000. In Santa Clara County 79.5% of homes that closed escrow in June sold for more than list price inferring multiple offers and a record for this time of year. It was 81% in San Mateo County.
Nuts and Bolts: Inventory or the amount of homes available for purchase in Santa Clara County was 1,045, up from 806 or 29.7% from last year. Sales (accepted offers) were 1,100 down 14.1% from the same month last year.
For San Mateo County, inventory of single family residences stood at 397 in June. Sales (accepted offers) were 431. For both counties, the inventory continues to lag far below the historical average for this time of the year which continues to place pressure on buyers.
Sale price to list price ratio, an important key market condition indicator, shows that for Santa Clara County transactions completed during June this stood at 107.8% and the highest ever for this time of the year. Last year at this time it stood at 105.8%.
The hottest market in Santa Clara County belongs to the Cupertino/Sunnyvale market area (median price of about $2.25 million) at 109.0% which means that the average closed sale has a sale price 9.0% higher than the list price! It also registered the lowest median days on market at just 10 which means half the inventory sells in just a bit over a week and 86% of closings sold above list price! The coolest is the South County (Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Martin) market area (median price of about $0.935 million) with 103.4% and 40 days of unsold inventory.
Days of unsold inventory moved up a bit and stand at 35 for Santa Clara County and 32 for San Mateo County. This means that for Santa Clara County that the entire inventory, if held static, would sell out in about a month!
San Mateo County’s overall sale price to list price ratio stands at 111.4% with the highest ratio and hottest market area is in the North (Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, Pacifica, San Bruno, South San Francisco) market area (median price of about $1.143 million) at 117.0% with a median days on market of 12. One advantage of this area is its proximity to San Francisco and a heck of a lot less expensive or to rent! The coolest is the San Mateo County Coast (Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara) market area (median price of about $1.260 million).
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