Solana Beach is an affluent coastal town south of Encinitas and Cardiff, and among the more expensive coastal communities. Despite changes in prices over the last several years Solana Beach has seen less dramatic changes in their real estate market than some other nearby towns.
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As a buyer or seller in the Solana Beach real estate market, understanding recent trends and current market conditions is essential in order to make informed decisions; area media reports focus on general market conditions and therefore will not provide an accurate picture of the local housing market in Solana Beach.
The following data are taken from the San Diego MLS (private sales are not included in these statistics, nor are multifamily properties). The data are believed to be reliable but are not guaranteed.
In April 2009 there were 10 homes sold in Solana Beach, as compared to 6 sold in March. Here's the breakdown of overall activity.
- 2 of the homes were detached homes (as in March) and 8 were attached; the detached homes sold at $877,500 (184 DOM, 95% of list price) and $905,00 (18 DOM and 98% of the asking price)
- The 8 detached homes that sold in April were on the market for an average of 73 days (about the same as March) and sold at an average of 93% of the asking price; the average price of an attached home selling in April was $629,562, up 16% over the average price in March
- 3 of the 10 homes that sold in April were short sales - 1 detached, 2 attached
At the end of April 2009 there were 136 Solana Beach homes for sale, an 8% increase in inventory over March (which increased 24% over February). Given only a modest increase in sales volume this is a concern. This represents an inventory of 9 months for attached homes (about the same as in March) but an increase to 24.3 months (versus 21.9 for March) for detached homes based on the current rate of sales over the last 6 months. Detached homes range in price from $475,000 (a short sale) to $4,995,000 (the same as in March); attached homes are $299,000 to $1,950,000.
Other than in 2007 when 9 homes sold in April, we are behind the rate of sales for recent years; there were 17 homes sold in Solana Beach in 2008, 14 in 2006 and 29 in 2005. There have been 35 Solana Beach sales so far in 2009, which is 26% behind the rate of sales for 2008. The average price YTD in 2009 is $819,675, as compared to $1,060,106 for 2008.
In April 49 homes came on the market, a 58% increase over March (which was up 25% over February): 35 detached and 14 attached. At this time 13 homes went pending, about 3 times the number that went under contract in March, which is good news. Despite that, we are trending up in terms of inventory, especially for detached homes, and the volume, while modestly increasing, is not having an impact on decreasing the inventory of Solana Beach homes for sales, in particular the more expensive detached homes.
More details can be provided if needed with regard to current real estate activity in Solana Beach.
If I can provide more information about Solana Beach, Carlsbad and surrounding areas, or the housing market in general, or otherwise assist you in your homes search, please contact me by phone or text at (760) 840-1360 or email me at JDowler@remax.net.
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