Friday, December 06, 2013

Two Items--Both Important!

This week we have two items of news for all of you. One is important if you're living in or near Petaluma, while the other covers the Bay Area in general.

Let's start with the Petaluma one first. Pacific Union has opened its latest office in Petaluma, starting with 19 of the area's most highly regarded Realtors. Located at 755 Baywood Drive, it will handle all of the real estate needs of people in the immediate area in and around Petaluma. Jim Michaelson is the Manager. Joining him are:  Deb Cheda, Steven Cozza, Jan Frost, Gael Grove, Nieves Hargrove, Heidi Hemstalk, Robin Hubbard, Kerry Jones, Ellen Lesher, Alan Maciel, Rose Marshall, Shari Nadale-DeSantis, Tony Parrish, Sean Payne, Molly Row, Kathryn Santos, and Ted Weber.

This fits right with PU's growth in the county.
Over the past three years, Pacific Union has made significant strides in capturing a bigger piece of Sonoma County’s market share.
Between 2010 and the end of the second quarter of 2013, Pacific Union increased its market share in Sonoma County by 181 percent. Pacific Union now ranks third in Sonoma County market share year to date, and we look forward to gaining even more ground in the region through 2014 and beyond.

Now, for the second important item.
Pacific Union has written several stories recently about the surprising strength of the Bay Area’s real estate markets in the normally slow autumn months. Our optimism is confirmed by the latest sales figures from the California Association of Realtors, which show that Bay Area home sales rose 13 percent from September to October  – in marked contrast with the statewide average, which fell 3 percent for single-family homes.
Homs in San Francisco's Bernal HeightsSan Francisco and San Mateo counties posted the highest sales gains, both up 30 percent in a month’s time.
Alameda and Solano counties also saw robust sales, both up 24 percent, followed by Marin County (up 14 percent), Sonoma County (up 9 percent), and Santa Clara County (up 2 percent). Sales were down 4 percent in Contra Costa County and 2 percent in Napa County.
Comparing October sales data with year-ago figures also shows the Bay Area’s resiliency: While statewide October sales dropped 11 percent from 2012 to 2013, they held steady (up 0.1 percent) in the Bay Area.
Meanwhile, the rapid rise of home prices eased a bit in the nine-county Bay Area, with the median price slipping 1 percent from the previous month but rising 15 percent from a year earlier. Statewide, the median price fell 0.3  percent from September to October but rose 25 percent over a year’s time.
Marin County was home to the highest median sales price in the state in October, at $959,740, followed by San Mateo County ($910,000), and San Francisco ($844,510).
Median sales prices elsewhere in the Bay Area: Santa Clara County ($770,000), Contra Costa County ($740,200), Alameda County ($618,930), Napa County ($497,730), Sonoma County ($469,900), and Solano County ($294,920).
Statewide, the median sales price in October for a single-family home was $427,290.
The CAR figures dovetail with Pacific Union’s own October Real Estate Update, released two weeks ago, which tracks a variety of statistics from more-narrowly focused regions. Our report also noted more-moderate increases in home prices and tightening inventory.
An earlier story, examining data from the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indexes, noted that three Bay Area regions finished among the top 10 in the United States in terms of yearly price increases.
No matter what your Real Estate needs, we can handle them to your complete satisfaction! Give us a call: Peter: (415) 279-6466; Jane: (415) 531-4091; or email us at . We look forward to being able to help you.


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