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Marin County Real Estate Tracker — August 2019

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Which Way Is Up?

Over the last twelve months, the median sales price (MSP) of single family homes has decreased by 5.43%. At the same time, the MSP of condominiums has increased by 2.39%. That’s not a lot, but at least it’s up. Over the last 12 months, we have come to expect this kind of month to month fluctuation on both sides of the Golden Gate.

July, the Middleground

While we often address primarily the title month in our market update, this month, we’re looking at how July fits into the bigger picture. The rainbow chart shows high point months (yellow), low point months (orange), and July (blue) over the last 3 years. July tends to be a middle ground—neither the most expensive nor the least expensive. The low point is fairly stable returning every January along with the holidays and cold weather. (Although November of 2018 broke with tradition.) May is consistently the high point in MSP. Color coding also helps us to spot another trend: orange, blue, and red of 2019 are all less than their counterparts in 2018.

Correction Update

This overall decrease in MSP corresponds to the correction we’ve discussed in the last few Market Updates. Looking at July, year over year is even more revealing. The MSP of single family homes has dropped 5.66% from 2018 to 2019. The MSP of condos has also crept down over the last several years. Though it seems to have bottomed out in 2018.

The most informative data comes from the New Listings charts in comparison with the Active Inventory charts. New listings of single family homes are down 39.52%. Intuitively, we might guess that active inventory (all properties available for sale) would also be down. However, active inventory of single family homes is up 24.85%! Condos follow the same trend. At the same time, the number of days on market is actually down a bit. So, the increase in active inventory is not the result of properties sitting on the market longer. And, there’s been little change in the percent of list price received. Our conclusion? Well, buyers are out there creating plenty of demand, but they are being discriminating. They are competing for properties that look like the best value. Those that do not appear appropriately priced are piling up and adding to the existing inventory.

Advice to Buyers and Sellers

If you’re thinking of selling, staging and pricing are key to getting your property sold. If  you’re a buyer, you might think of looking for that diamond in the rough; it could lead to less competition and a better price.

All Marin
Sold for $880,000
7 Jackson Court, Novato
4BR // 2BA // Listed for $897,000
Sold for $912,000
8 Monroe Court, Novato
4BR // 2BA // Listed for $897,000
Sold for $1,340,625
50 La Crescenta Way, San Rafael
3BR // 2.1BA // Listed for $1,375,000
Sold for $915,000
100 Park Street, San Rafael
3BR // 1.1BA // Listed for $899,000

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David O'Brien
Broker Associate GRI
LIC# 01832087
Source: San Francisco Association of REALTORS® MLS (SFAR MLS). Display of MLS data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.

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