Prices Going Higher--No Inventory!
Well, as I have said previously a number of times here, now is the best time in at least 4-5 years to list your home for sale. Lack of inventory is driving prices upward, and there are plenty of buyers looking. In some cases, in fact, lack of inventory is even hindering sales as there's nothing to buy!
Bay Area home prices continued to climb higher in March, with the median price of all sales up 33 percent from a year earlier.
All nine Bay Area counties posted double-digit increases in year-over-year median sale prices, led by Alameda County (36.1 percent), San Mateo County (34.5 percent), and Marin County (32.2 percent), according to statistics the California Association of Realtors, or C.A.R., released Monday.
Meanwhile, a continued shortage of available homes cut into sales totals. March home sales were down an average 9 percent in the Bay Area, year over year, and ranged from a 24.9 percent decline in Solano County to a 6.1 percent rise in Marin County.
Statewide, median sale prices of single-family homes were up 28.2 percent in March from a year earlier, while overall sales were down 4.9 percent.
“No doubt the dearth of home listings is driving the upsurge in the median price, as is an increase in sales in the higher-priced segments,” C.A.R. chief economist Leslie Appleton-Young said in a statement. “Sales of homes priced $500,000 and higher are up more than 34 percent from last year, and have been on a rising trend since early 2012.
“Sales growth in the coastal regions – Marin, Orange, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo, in particular – helped push the statewide median price up to the highest level in more than four years.”
The Realtors group also reported that homes continued to move off the market faster in March, with the median number of days it took to sell a single-family home decreasing to 29.4 in March, down from 34.2 days in February and 52.2 days for the same period a year ago.
So, if you have a question about your home's value, or want to discuss its listing, give us a call! We'd be happy to help! Peter: (415) 279-6466; Jane: (415) 531-4091.