SF Bay Area remains Priciest market in USA to buy a house

Industry Observer with Eagle Ridge Realty/Signature Homes & Estates DRE# 01469184
Original content by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES DRE# 01309169

78% of the markets in the USA hit with double digit home price increases!

The median price of an existing single family home rose in 99% of the 183 markets tracked by the National Association of Realtors.

BUT, the strong  surge in prices have slowed a bit from early 2021 according to NAR's quarterly home price report.  The median price was up 16% to $363,700 in the 3rd quarter compared to a year ago which was a slower clip than the 22.9% jump in the second quarter.

Strong demand, historically low inventory, and an expectation of rising interest rates is believed to be the driving forces behind the increases.  

There were three metro areas that saw an increase of 30% or more from one year ago:

  • Austin and Round Rock Texas were up 33.5%
  • Naples, Immokalee, and Marco Island, Florida were up 32%
  • Boise City and Nampa Idaho rose 31.5%   

The housing market that includes San Jose, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale, California is the most expensive place to buy in the USA with a median home price of $1,650,000.  

It was followed by Oakland, Hayward, and San Francisco which has a median price of $1,350,000.  

Irvine, Anaheim, and Santa Ana in Southern California had a median price of $1,100,000.  That was followed by Honolulu, Hawaii at $1,047,800 followed by Los Angeles, Glendale and Long Beach, California at a median price of $860,900.

Across the nation, the typical price of a single family home rose $50,300 from a year ago.  The average monthly mortgage payment financed with a fixed, 30-year loan with  20% down payment rose to $1,214-- roughly $156 more than a year ago.

Some of the most affordable markets last quarter were in the Midwest, including Decatur, Illinois, Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, Rock Island, Illinois as well as Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Davenport, Iowa and Youngstown, Ohio.

Needless to say, the 3rd quarter and for the most of 2021 as a whole saw a decline for many buyers as home affordability declined.

Gary Frimann
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Comments (2)

Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Thank you for taking the time to share this information!  This is exactly the type of information that buyers and sellers need to make informed decisions! Well done!

Nov 16, 2021 07:57 AM
Eagle Ridge Real Estate Agents
Eagle Ridge Realty - Gilroy, CA
Representing Buyers and Sellers in Eagle Ridge

Wonderful post on a great subject.  Good luck and keep on selling!


Mar 10, 2022 08:09 PM