Posts Tagged ‘Oakland’

San Francisco Market Overview: September 2015

 

September is historically the month San Francisco sees the greatest number of new listings come on the market, and this year it hasn’t disappointed! Since the 1st of the month, more than 800 single-family homes and condos have hit the market, blowing last year’s count out of the water. Further sweetening the situation for prospective home buyers, there are more condos for sale now than any time in the past two years and the most sub-million dollar single-family homes we’ve seen all year.

While median prices for both property types have remained consistently above $1,000,000 for the past seven months, the month-over-month rate of appreciation has cooled recently leading some economists to believe the market is leveling off. Still, there are plenty of buyers out there and the key to home values will continue to be the pace of job growth. On that note, employment is at a record high in San Francisco, and the East Bay (where many people priced out of SF are already putting increasing pressure on the housing market) is in for some major job growth in the coming months, years and decades.

Uber’s recent purchase of the former Sears building in downtown Oakland could prove a huge boon for the city. Aside from the estimated 600 new residents it will bring to the East Bay, it could open the floodgates for startups to establish headquarters in the area. Additionally, Berkeley has a billion-dollar real estate pipeline — one of the largest building booms in its 147-year history — that’ll bring jobs and residents to the area over the next 40 years. If conventional wisdom is correct, the real estate market in the East Bay will be heating up — way up!

A recent study by rental website Zumper found that for every $1 billion in venture capital injected into a local economy, 1-bedroom rents will increase $69 per month, and 2-bedroom rents will increase $99 per month. In San Francisco, $1,069 or 33% of a median 1-bedroom rent can be attributed to this stimulation. As housing prices accelerate around the Bay Area, it should become increasing clear that the housing crunch is a regional issue rather than a strictly San Francisco one, and the solution to it will be best achieved in a coordinated effort.

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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Quantifying the ROI of San Francisco Real Estate

 

Just how much have San Francisco home values increased since the market recovery began? Try 76 percent!

 

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Clocking in at $1,160,000 and up half a million dollarsĀ since 2011, the growth of the city’s median combined home & condo price is nothing short of dramatic — and it’s not even the highest percentage appreciation in the Bay Area. Solano, Alameda and Contra Costa counties measure up with growth over 80%, and Oakland takes the cake at 133%. Checkout how median home and condo prices have increased across San Francisco neighborhoods:

 

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Year to date, there’s been a 144% increase in the number of single-family homes sold in San Francisco for $5,000,000 and above (44 units compared to 18 YTD in 2014). Consumer confidence is riding high and there’s a new breed of luxury homebuyer that favors comfort over opulence, as evidenced by neighborhoods like The Mission, Glen Park and Bernal Heights leading in appreciation.

The number of condo resales in the $2,000,000+ range is also up significantly YTD compared to last year. A total 107 units have sold so far in 2015 representing a 78% increase. Keep in mind that this number would be larger if sales at new luxury developments like LUMINA, 72 Townsend, Amero and Rockwell were counted. As it stands, Russian Hill holds its place as the most coveted neighborhood for condo buyers:

 
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CNN Money recently launched this interactive calculator below allowing homeowners to compare theĀ appreciation of their property to the returns of stocks, bonds and the average US home. Click here to plug in your numbers and see the results.

 

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With so much hype in the media about the unaffordability of San Francisco real estate as the prices reach new record highs month after month, there’s a surprising truth: the annual cost of a mortgaged median price house is actually lower now than at the last peak in 2007. You can thank historically low mortgage interest rates for that!

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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