Months Supply of Inventory, Seasonality, and its Relationship to Pricing

We’ve always known that seasonality plays a big role in real estate, but this Months Supply of Inventory (MSI) chart shows: 1) The lower-priced (under $2m) market has the most competitive supply and demand dynamic. 2) How much more seasonality affects the luxury home end of the market. Homes under $2m ebb and flow by season, but the fluctuations are much more dramatic in the…

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It is Labor Day Weekend 2015

It is Labor Day Weekend 2015. I just discovered this sculture in Sutro Forest as I hiked with my dog. Apparently it has been up a year and I have missed it because obviously, I am more focused on my feet!


Autumn SF Home Selling Season Begins Against Backdrop of Market Volatility

Real estate markets are essentially determined by the balance – or imbalance, as is often the case – between buyer demand and seller supply of homes to purchase. Underlying that dynamic are economic, political and demographic factors – some local, some not – such as population growth, employment, new home construction, high-tech booms, consumer confidence, interest rates, affordability, IPOs, stock market movements, shenanigans in Congress,…

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San Francisco Bay Area Housing Affordability

The California Association of Realtors just released its Housing Affordability Index (HAI) for the 2nd quarter of 2015. All Bay Area counties saw declines in their affordability index reading – which measures the percentage of households that can afford to buy the median priced single family dwelling (house) – and San Francisco is now only 2 percentage points above its all-time low of 8%, last…

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Realtor.com ranked San Francisco as the #1 Hottest Housing Market in July

The U.S. housing market may be finding more balance, according to a new report from realtor.com®. For the first three weeks in July, the median list price rose to $234,000 nationwide, up 7 percent year-over-year, while inventories of for-sale homes rose and the median days on the market increased to 69 days. “This year we’re seeing inventory continue to grow in July, albeit at a…

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Where to Buy a Home in San Francisco for the Money You Want to Spend

The charts below are based upon 2015 YTD transactions reported to MLS by July 24, 2015 . We’ve generally broken out the neighborhoods with the most sales within given price points. To a large degree, if you’re buying a house in San Francisco, your price range effectively determines the possible neighborhoods to consider. That does not apply quite as much to condos and TICs: Generally…

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