Thursday, November 15, 2007

November Marin Real Estate News


Recent homes sales even though increasing from prior months are still dismal compared to what we have seen in the 5 previous years. There are thirteen towns in the county that we track and all of them are not showing signs of robust home sales. Sales for October in all of the 13 cities and the Total number of homes listed for sale are as follows:

The number of homes on the market in San Rafael and Novato account for 53% of the total homes actively being markets for sale. The activities in these two areas are extremely low with the percent in contract at 24% for San Rafael and 15.6% for Novato. The Novato percent in contract is one of the lowest I have seen in 5 years. This accounts for some of the turmoil in the Novato market.

On a general note in Marin County, the widening of 101 will be complete in 2008, adding four lanes from the Golden Gate Bridge to Novato. Once this is complete it will open up lots of the congestion on the freeway that is being experienced due to the construction. Many buyers might rethink buying in outlying areas such as Novato if the commute is appreciably easier. Only time will tell.

Home sales bounced back in October from a dismal September, due to the panic in the credit markets. Sales of single-family, re-sale homes rose 26.9% from the month before, but were down 32.5% year-over-year. Year-to-date, home sales are down 5.6%.

The median price for single-family, re-sale homes in Marin County rose 0.7% in October, compared to the month before, up 7.7% year-over-year. The average price fell 10.8% from the new record set in September. Year-over-year, the average price was up 14.1%.

The median price for condos lost 10.6% to $565,000, again, after setting a new record the month before, and it was up 3%, year-over-year. The average price fell 8.3% to $645,813, up 10.5% compared to October 2006. Condo sales were up 36.4% from September, and off 38.8% year-over-year. Year-to-date, condo sales are down 19.1%.

Read the entire newsletter: November Newsletter