Market Trends Report

The Silicon Valley Real Estate Market Trends Report: November 2021

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Santa Clara County (SCC): Home Sales Continue Falling

Sales of single-family, re-sale homes were down for the second month in a row, year-over-year, in October. Sales fell 5.3%. There were 995 homes sold in Santa Clara County last month. The monthly average since 2000 is 987.

The median sales price for single-family, re-sale homes rose 0.9% from September. It was up 12.1% compared to last year. That’s the twenty-fourth month in a row the median sales price has been higher than the year before.

The average sales price for single-family, re-sale homes fell 3.8% from September. It was up 16.9% year-over-year.

The sales price to list price ratio went from 107.9% to 109.4%. Multiple offers continue to be the norm.

Pending sales were up 17.1% year-over-year.

Inventory of single-family, re-sale homes was down 43.5% compared to last year. That is the twenty-sixth month in a row inventory has been lower than the year before. As of November 5th, there were 505 homes for sale in Santa Clara County. The average since January 2000 is 2,703.

Days of Inventory, or how long it would take to sell all homes listed for sale at the current rate of sales, fell from 21 days to 15 days. The average since 2003 is 89.

It took only fifteen days to sell a home last month. That is the time from when a home is listed for sale to when it goes into contract.

The median sales price for condos was up 11.3% compared to last October. The average sales price gained 11.5% year-over-year.

Condo sales were up 8.4% year-over-year. There were 425 condos sold in October.

The sales price to list price ratio went from 103.4% to 103.9%.

Condo inventory fell 51.1% compared to last October.

As of November 5th, there were 308 condos for sale in Santa Clara County. The average since January 2000 is 757.

Days of inventory fell five days to twenty-two.

If you are planning on selling your property, call me for a free comparative market analysis.

October 2021 Sales Statistics (SCC)

* Total inventory is active listings plus pending     listings. Active listings do not include pending.

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Santa Clara county homes median, average prices & sales November 2021

 

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Rates Firm Further (SCC & SMC)

October 29, 2021 — The Fed has its next meeting slated for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and it’s a pretty reasonable certainty that plans for tapering purchases of Treasury bonds and Mortgage-Backed Securities will be laid out. It is very likely they will start immediately, or pretty close to it, with purchases of Treasuries pared by $10 billion per month and MBS by $5 billion per month in each of the next eight months, terminating by next July.

Along with growing prospects for a faster pace of interest rate increases following the end of the QE-style program, investors have spent the six weeks from the September meeting adjusting their positions to account for the changing landscape. During this time, and coupled with a rather warm spell for inflation, interest rates in general and mortgage rates in specific have moved upward. Thirty-year fixed mortgage rates are currently just a shadow below 2021 highs.

That said, it appears as though the adjustment process is over for now, and there appears to be some settling in interest rates presently. This may be the result of less-strong news about the U.S. economy in the third quarter, or may also be a result of central bank policy changes, all of which will tend to help slow growth (at least at the margins, and over time) in turn possibly helping to temper flaring prices.

With mortgage rate firing a bit over the last five or six weeks, you would expect that this would have homebuyers that can jump off the fence and into the market, and that seems to be the case. Sales of new homes in September rose by 14% to an 800,000 annual rate, the strongest since about April. At the current pace, there are about 5.7 months of supply of new homes available, a fairly normal figure, and the 370,000 actual units ready for buyers was unchanged from August. The median price of a new home sold last month edged lower, falling 1.9% to $408,000, but affordability is still being supported by low mortgage rates and a growing economy.

The new construction market is much smaller than the one for existing homes, and we may be starting to see some seasonal slowing starting to show after a pretty solid summer. The National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index (a measure of signed purchase contracts) slipped back by 2.3% in September (and is about 8% below year-ago levels). After the surprise 7% jump in existing home reflective of demand from July or so — it looks like the 6.29 million pace will drop back toward the 6 million mark for October, or back to where it has roughly been for many months in 2021.

The slightly rising mortgage rates of recent weeks aren’t much of a deterrent to homebuyers, and often act as a call to action for at least a time. It’s just the opposite for folks looking to refinance, with even slightly higher rate enough to see a curtailment in activity. That can be seen in the weekly mortgage applications index from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America; in the week ending October 22, an overall increase of 0.3% was driven by a 3.5% increase in requests for purchase-money mortgages, but dragged down a another 1.6% decline in refinance applications. Refi apps have declined in 8 of the last 10 weeks amid firmer rates and a dwindling pool of homeowners who can profitably refinance. Cash-out refinances are on the increase, thanks to soaring home values, but the volume of these is much smaller than for traditional rate-and-term refinances.

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WSJ
11-9–20211

Zillow’s Home-Flipping Demise Puts Other iBuyers on the Spot

By Nicole Friedman

WSJ
11-9- 2021

Building and Renting Single-Family Homes Is Top-Performing Investment

By Will Parker

Money
11-3-20211

After Zillow’s Home-Flipping Fiasco, Think Twice About Trusting ‘Zestimate’ Home Values

By Samantha Sharf

Wharton
10-12-20211

Why the U.S. Housing Boom Isn’t a Bubble

Benjamin Keys


California homeowners interested in building accessory dwelling units
on their property just caught a break, potentially shaving off thousands of dollars in fees and permits.
In a move proponents say will help ease the Bay Area’s housing crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 1069, making the so-called “granny units” easier and less expensive to build throughout the state.

For more read California eases restrictions on ‘granny units’
and www.hcd.ca.gov/policy-research/AccessoryDwellingUnits.shtml

Helpful resource for home owners

Many new home owners or owners who consider remodeling or rebuilding their homes should take advantage of their county Tax Assessor web site. These web site and their respective city building departments web site typically have vest information regarding the process for applying for permits, the impact on their taxes and many other resources that home owners should be aware are available for them.
For the San Mateo County Tax Assessor office visit https://www.smcare.org/default.asp
For Santa Clara County Tax Assessor visit https://www.sccassessor.org/index.php

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The Silicon Valley 150 Index Corner

The Silicon Valley’s Real estate market is a derivative of the local economy–it prospers and withers depending on how well the local innovation-based sector performs. The San Jose Mercury News tracks the performances of the largest 150 publicly traded companies headquartered in Silicon Valley through an index called the SV150, which may be found at www.mercurynews.com. Stocks are valued based on several criteria, but one of the more important criteria is a company’s future earnings. Therefore, I see the SV150 as a leading indicator for Silicon Valley’s real estate market.

 

Investors Corner

ANNUAL HOME PRICE GAINS REMAINED HIGH IN AUGUST ACCORDING TO S&P CORELOGIC CASESHILLER INDEX

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 26, 2021: S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released today for August 2021 show that home prices continue to increase across the U.S. More than 27 years of history are available for the data series and can be accessed in full by going to  CLICK HEAR

U.S. Housing Markets Moving Into Rent Territory for First Time in Over 8 Years: Report

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San Mateo County (SMC): Home Sales Continue to Fall

After being higher, year-over-year, fourteen months in a row, sales of single-family, re-sale homes in San Mateo County fell for the second month in a row. They were down 21.8% in October. There were 380 homes sold in San Mateo County last month. The average since 2000 is 398.

Sales prices for single-family, re-sale homes rose in October. The median sales price gained 6.7% from September. It was up 24.2% compared to last year. That’s the seventeenth month in a row the median sales price has been higher than the year before.

The average sales price for single-family, re-sale homes rose 1.8% from September. It was up 23.2% year-over-year.

The sales price to list price ratio rose to 109.2% from 108.3%.

Inventory of single-family, re-sale homes was down 43.3% compared to last year. As of November 5th, there were 308 homes for sale in San Mateo County. The average since January 2000 is 1,287.

Days of Inventory, or the amount of time it would take to sell all homes for sale divided by how many homes have sold, fell to twenty-four days.

It took seventeen days, on average, to sell a home last month. That is the time from when a home is listed to when it goes into contract.

The median sales price for re-sale condos rose 1.6% year-over-year.

Year-over-year, the average sales price rose 0.5%.

Condo sales were up 3.8% year-over-year. There were 137 condos sold last month. The average since January 2003 is 122.

Inventory was down 44.9% year-over-year.

As of November 5th, there were 162 condos for sale in San Mateo County. The average since January 2003 is 350.

Days of inventory fell to thirty-five from thirty-eight.

It took an average of twenty-one days to sell a condo last month.

If you are planning on selling your property, call me for a free comparative market analysis.

October 2021 Sales Statistics

San Mateo county trends at a glance single family homes & condominiums November 2021

* Total inventory is active listings plus pending listings. Active listings do not include pending.

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San Mateo county average active listing SFR YTD 2021

San Mateo county homes median, average & sales November 2021

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Looking to Downsize?

Keep Your Property Tax Base

Under Proposition 60, California homeowners 55 and older get a one-time chance to sell their primary residence and transfer its property-tax assessment to a new one, but the market value of the new home generally must be equal to or less than the market value of the old home.

Prop. 60 was designed to help longtime California homeowners who want to downsize but don’t want to give up the low property-tax assessment they enjoy in their existing home.

Under Proposition 13, homes are reassessed for property-tax purposes when there is a change in ownership or new construction. In between ownership changes, the assessed value can go up by an inflation rate not to exceed 2% a year. (Homeowners can get temporary reductions when property values go down.)

Prop. 60 lets homeowners 55 or older transfer their base-year value from an existing primary residence to a new primary residence, but there are restrictions.

The new home must be in the same county as the old one or, as Proposition 90 added, in one of eleven counties that accept transfers of base-year value from other counties. The eleven counties are: Alameda, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Tuolumne and Ventura.

Also, the new home must be purchased or built within two years – before or after – the sale of the original property.

If the new house is purchased before the old house is sold, the market value of the new house on its purchase date cannot exceed 100% of the old home’s market value on the date it is sold.

San Mateo county homes momentum November 2021

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