Monday, October 05, 2015

SF Still Hottest Market

Well, you've been hearing it here for several months--the San Francisco Bay area is one of the hottest markets for housing in the nation!  In Stats just released, this continues for the fourth consecutive month! 
California cities account for more than half of the nation’s hottest real estate markets as autumn gets underway, with San Francisco at the top of the list for the fourth consecutive month.sfskyline_clouds
In a running monthly report, ranks the country’s 20 hottest housing markets based on quickest pace of sales and most listing views on its website. As in the previous two months, 11 of those metro areas are located in California in September, and Bay Area communities make a strong showing.
Homes in the No. 1-ranked San Francisco metro area, which includes Oakland and Hayward, are selling in a median 29 days in September, the fastest of any of the nation’s hottest markets. San Jose is the list’s second fastest-moving market, with homes taking 31 days to find a buyer. Nationwide, the median inventory age is 80 days.
According to Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, U.S. housing inventory is currently reaching its 2015 peak at the same time as the pace of sales slows, opening a window for buyers who have been shut out of the market. But in the nation’s hottest cities, house hunters shouldn’t take this as a reason to drag their feet.
“Sellers in these markets continue to see listings move much more quickly than the rest of the country in September, and the seasonal slowdown is not as strong in these markets,” Smoke said. The pace of sales in San Francisco was unchanged from August to September, while homes in San Jose spent an additional four days on the market.
As in August, Vallejo ranked fourth on Realtor com’s list, while San Jose moved up a spot to the fifth position. The rest of California’s hot markets: San Diego (No. 6), Santa Rosa (No. 7), Sacramento (No. 8), Santa Cruz (No. 9), Yuba City (No. 10), Stockton (No. 12), Los Angeles (No. 13), and Modesto (No. 18). The latter replaced Ventura County’s Oxnard, which appeared on the list in both July and August.
Predictably, Northern California cities have the largest home price tags of the 20 hottest markets. San Jose was the most expensive, with a median list price of $878,000, followed by Santa Cruz ($824,000) and San Francisco ($750,000).
This holds for the entire area, Marin County included. So, what to do?
If you're buying, get that hunting mode active again, or step up the pace!
If a Seller you be, get all those repairs and preps completed.  A finished home always brings the seller a higher return than one needing work.
No matter which status you fall into, give us a call for ideas and assistance! We'd be happy to help! Remember, we have a combined experience in this market totaling nearly a half century! We'd be happy to put this expertise to work for your benefit! Peter: (415) 279-6466; Jane: (415) 531-4091.


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