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Marin County, CA. Real Estate Update — May 2009 (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges)
The leading indicator of future sales is the number of homes in escrow at a given time. We have experienced over 60 new escrows in five of the past seven weeks and over 70 for the past three weeks. May 2009 new escrows will likely surpass the levels of April and May 2008. As you can see from the below chart (which goes back 6 months), the number of escrow is up 105% and sales are up 30%. 
The upsurge in sales and escrows is seasonal, but also due to low 5% interest rates on conforming loans right now. We are also seeing a spike in home sales at the low end due to the increased FHA loan limit (now at $729,750). Given the activity we are seeing, it seems likely that the traditional Summer slowdown in home sales will be modest as buyers continue pursuing those "value" properties through the Summer. This year is shaping up to be one defined by "value."
The chart below shows a 90-day rolling average of Mill Valley's new listings and absorbed listings (e.g., sales), comparing current numbers with those of last year. Note that each is about equal to 2008. If you would like to review a ... more

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