report: Marin County (San Francisco Bay Area) Real Estate April / May 2011 (Pacific Union International Realtors - 05/09/11 08:32 AM
Despite formidable world events over the past few months, the roiling volatility of the equity markets (although things seem to have settled of late), and increased gas prices, the first quarter of 2011 experienced positive trends in many San Francisco Bay Area real estate markets. Properties selling below $1 million, which are over 70% of the closings in the six counties served by Pacific Union International, are experiencing modest to very favorable increases in units sold. In many markets we are enjoying units sold up nearly double the closings in the marketplace from Q1 2009. A refreshing trend which we feel … (0 comments)

report: Pacific Union International | Marin Luxury Homes Report (July 2010) - 07/26/10 05:42 AM
As reported in June 2010, “real buyers” continue purchasing “done” homes in prestige locations such as Mill Valley, Belvedere, Ross, Kentfield, etc., along with “value” properties with locational upside, views of San Francisco, southern exposures, and knolltop properties. Marin County’s luxury home real estate market reflects increased sales velocity driven by buyer optimism. In the $2 million to $4 million price band, June 2010 sales eclipsed last year’s total, inventory is down from last year, and the number of homes with accepted offers (in escrow) is high. This combination of factors looks promising for continued improvement. And we are not alone … (0 comments)

report: Mill Valley CA. Real Estate Market Report (March 2010 Home Sales Update) - 03/18/10 06:29 AM
The number of home sales in the Mill Valley, California real estate market held exactly even in February – 16 trades (February usually has lower sales totals because it is a short month with two legal holidays and bcause January tends to have weather which limits buyer activity). Based on last month’s total sales, we currently have an overall inventory of homes sufficient to last 5.1 months (absorption rate). This number is higher than last month because of the large number of homes that came on the market very recently. As discussed below, however, our touchstone price band is performing very well. 

Insofar as the sales and apsorption rate of Mill … (0 comments)

report: Novato, California Real Estate Report (January 2010) - 02/14/10 04:43 AM
The frenetic Novato, California real estate market slowed (at least in terms of closed sales) in January 2010. We had 25 sales, compared with 42 sales in December. The average sales price of Novato homes in January 2010 was $525,440. These homes averaged 97 days on market, were about 1,763 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $309 sq. ft. Novato's absorption rate (e.g., number of months' inventory of homes for sale based on last month's sales totals) has dipped to historically low levels - a scant 3.76 months worth of available inventory overall (94 single family homes are currently for sale in Novato). Below are the percentages of homes in escrow … (0 comments)

report: Marin County, CA. Real Estate Update — January 2010 - 01/21/10 02:24 AM
We are approached daily by our clients with requests to predict what will happen in our local real estate markets in the near future. To shape our perspective, Morgan Lane researched Marin County single family home (SFH) sales and indexed them (on a units-sold basis) to multiple benchmarks including: interest rates (10 Year T-bill), unemployment (SF Bay Area) and an affordability index (income vs. cost of ownership). We continue to struggle to find direct correlation between Marin County real estate and these available indices.   We have found a relationship worth noting between the total number of Marin County SFH (supply), … (0 comments)

report: San Rafael CA Real Estate Market Report (January 2010 Home Sales Update) - 01/19/10 10:05 AM
San Rafael, California real estate sales slowed in December 2009, with 32 trades, down 33% from November. The entry level price band (under $600K) remains active, with 38% of homes now in escrow. Meanwhile, the $600K to $800K price band (a mix of entry level and move-up homes) has dipped to just 29% of homes in escrow. The inventory for single family homes for sale remains steady at 78 homes. It is expected that this Spring will see a large number of homes hitting the market as sellers who have stayed out of the market for the past 2 years will feel more confident in … (0 comments)

report: Marin County, California, Luxury Homes Report (December 2009–Sales and Inventory Analysis) - 12/23/09 08:01 AM
The luxury home market in Marin County, California, which is vastly improved over a year ago, seems to have hit a comfortable level of activity. As reported in previous months, real buyers continue to homes in prestige locations with emphasis on views and lifestyle amenities (such as large usable yards, proximity to athletic clubs/shopping, reputable schools, and sensible scales). And they are seeking "value." For the last 2 quarters, the Marin County luxury market has strongly favored homes priced under $3 million.
For a detailed snapshot of current national trends from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, click HERE. And if you would like a … (0 comments)

report: Marin County, CA. Real Estate Update — November 2009 (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 11/10/09 09:19 AM
Marin County, California real estate enters the Winter months much the same way it entered the Summer months — with a feeling that activity will be stronger than usual for this time of year. While year over year prices are down across the board no matter how you slice it, many feel as though absent further crisis, we may be nearing the end of the downward cycle — after a full 3 years. Certainly, well priced, updated homes in great locations are selling.
As noted in my Novato update, it is apparent that the low end in Northern Marin has settled … (0 comments)

report: Tiburon & Belvedere CA Real Estate Market Report (October 2009 Home Sales Update) - 10/17/09 04:25 PM
Belvedere and Tiburon sit on the Tiburon Peninsula and associated islands, just across a narrow portion of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Real estate is expensive. Several homes each year sell for $5 million and up. As 2009 began to unwind, the luxury sector was flat for obvious reasons and it seemed as though the highly valued luxury homes with jetliner views and royal class appointments would never sell again — that has changed. For three months straight we have experienced sales above the $5 million mark. 
Nonetheless, sales and activity remain choppy. There are currently 109 … (0 comments)

report: Novato Real Estate Update (September 2009 Home Sales Report) - 09/17/09 10:08 AM
I have written in past months about the high level of competition in Novato, California’s entry level real estate market. This trend continues into Q3 2009. In August 2009, 38 Novato homes sold. This is down from 47 sales in July and the same as in June. Many of these sold properties were bargain basement homes that were in some of distress. But, the inventory continues its rapid absorption as pent up demand, historically low interest rates, the First Time Homebuyer Credit, and increased affordability carry the day.
Continuing on a trend noted last month, the average sales price of Novato homes rose. … (1 comments)

report: Marin County, California, Luxury Homes Report (August 2009–Sales and Inventory Analysis) - 08/21/09 06:48 AM
Marin County, CA’s luxury real estate market segment continues to take shape in the aftermath of the equities meltdown of Fall 2008. In our New Economy, buyers are placing emphasis on prestige locations, sweeping views, grand appointments, compelling “estate history,” and impressive scale. The luxury market in Marin remains weighted towards homes priced under $4 million, although we did have 3 sales of homes priced over $4 million in July 2009. The number of sales in July 2009 is off by 74% from July 2008. The news is not all negative, however, as we had several significant properties trade last month … (1 comments)

report: Marin County, CA. Real Estate Update — August 2009 (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 08/21/09 06:38 AM
Marin real estate has, it appears, survived the worst of the downturn. While prices are down across the board no matter how you slice it, the road to recovery is in view. Yet, virtually every call I get from potential buyers, at some point in the conversation, eventually turns to short sales and foreclosures — distressed sales remain featured on many buyers’ dance cards. In fact, distressed sales are very competitive and often receive multiple offers. In Northern Marin (a.k.a Novato), 82% of homes priced under $500,000 are in escrow (that’s 40 out of 49 homes!). In San Rafael, 84% of homes … (0 comments)

report: Marin County, CA. Real Estate Update — July 2009 (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 07/30/09 03:10 AM
The Marin County, CA real estate market is a mixed bag. Recent escrow activity levels have been refreshing, if not invigorating. New escrows generated in April – June 2009 represent the three best months since June ’07. This progress seems to be continuing. In fact, we could experience the busiest summer in MarinCounty real estate in recent years.
This increase in activity (not price appreciation) follows the slowest six month stretch we have seen in sixteen years. Closings of Marin County single family homes in the 4th quarter of 2008 (457) was the lowest since 1994. Closings in 1st quarter 2009 (222) and 2nd quarter ’09 (421) both set … (0 comments)

report: Belvedere & Tiburon CA Real Estate Market Report (July 2009 Home Sales Update) - 07/28/09 03:49 AM
Consistent with last month, the Tiburon and Belvedere real estate markets remain in a state of semi-slumber pending further clarity regarding the equities and housing markets. There are currently 110 active listings in the 94920 zip code, which covers Belvedere and Tiburon. Twenty-three of these properties are priced over $5 million with just one such home going into escrow in the past 3 months). Meanwhile, there is some limited activity in the lower price bands, including 2 sales in the $2 million to $3 million range. In June 2009, we had 10 sales compared with 7 sales in May 2009 (same … (0 comments)

report: San Rafael CA Real Estate Market Report (July 2009 Home Sales Update) - 07/18/09 09:14 AM
As Summer sets in, San Rafael CA’s real estate market has slowed a bit. It is increasingly fueled by foreclosures and short sales. The low end (under $600K) remains hot (67% of homes in escrow, compared with 64% in June 2009) and the $600K to $800K price band has seen steady activity with 35% of homes in escrow.
Increased affordability, low interest rates (rates are down from the time of last month’s report), an increased presence of FHA loans, and a shifting mindset by both buyers and sellers, are all resulting in a strengthening market. Additionally, the $8K tax credit for … (0 comments)

report: Novato Real Estate Market Update (July 2009 Home Sales Report) - 07/18/09 03:37 AM
The Novato single family home market seems to be forming a bottom. Prices appear to be leveling out and the percentages of entry level homes in escrow are very high. I know that many foreclosure sales and short sales are getting multiple offers. I have several clients who have faced as many 9 to 20 offers in competition for a single family home. This activity bodes well for sales in the higher price bands.
Moreover, in June 2009, Novato had 38 sales (up from 32 in June 2008). Indeed, this reflects an upward trend over the past few months—May 2009 had … (0 comments)

report: Mill Valley CA. Real Estate Market Report (June 2009 Home Sales Update) - 06/21/09 05:08 AM
Readers of my monthly reports on Mill Valley, CA. are well aware of my love for Mill Valley. And what's not to like? For starters: (1) A quick and easy commute to San Francisco, (2) often spectacular views of the Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge (a short 5-10 minutes down HWY 101), and Mt. Tam, (3) excellent schools, (4) pleasant weather, (4) a mellow, laid back ambiance, (5) a town square unlike any other in Marin (you have to go to the town of Sonoma for anything like it), (6) diverse social events (think Mill Valley Film Festival & The Dipsea … (0 comments)

report: San Rafael CA Real Estate Market Report (June 2009 Home Sales Update) - 06/21/09 05:06 AM
Moving into the Summer, San Rafael CA's real estate market is increasingly fueled by foreclosures and short sales. The low end (under $600K) has been hot (64% of homes in escrow). Meanwhile, the $600K to $800K price band has seen a surge in activity with 38% of these homes in escrow, up from 29% in May 2009. Increased affordability, low interest rates (although not as low as they were), an increased presence of FHA loans, and a shifting mindset are all resulting in a strengthening market. Additionally, the $8K tax credit for first time home buyers is likely helping pull some … (0 comments)

report: Marin County, CA. Real Estate Update — May 2009 (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 05/21/09 03:58 PM
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 … (0 comments)

report: Tiburon & Belvedere Real Estate Market Report (May 2009 Home Sales Update) - 05/21/09 03:53 PM
As inventory collects in Southern Marin's toniest locales (Belvedere and Tiburon), we are starting to see and hear about more offers being submitted. Certainly, sellers frustrated by the lack of activity have in some cases taken what they could get. Most recognize that our new economy, post-Equity Market Meltdown, has shifted the pricing and value expectations of buyers. While I perceive a high level of pent up buyer demand, buyers seem to be willing to wait things out. Much of this behavior is based on expectations of further price declines weighed against likely increased interest rates in the near to mid-term … (0 comments)

 
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