Pacific Union San Rafael, CA Real Estate Update (February 2013 Real Estate Report)

February 15, 2013

Pacific Union International (San Rafael, CA Real Estate Update) | February 2013. San Rafael, CA’s January 2013 home sales maintained very strong momentum with 24 sales (this is very strong considering these sales were, for the most part, initiated in December — the slowest month of the year for homes sale in Marin County, CA). Just like the rest of Marin County, the inventory level of homes for sale in San Rafael remains extremely low. I have little doubt that sales figures would be significantly higher if there were more homes available for purchase. At this point, San Rafael’s absorption rate remains near the lowest point in memory with just over 1-month’s worth of homes — e.g., the number of homes on the market is enough to satisfy just over month’s worth of sales. For now, it appears most sellers are holding out for higher prices in 2013. By the time the primary selling season rolls around in April and May, I anticipate much higher levels of inventory. It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, higher supply will have on pricing and buyer perception.

Averages relating to San Rafael home sales in January 2013 are as follows:

  • days on market — 102
  • sales price — $765K
  • home size was 1,991 square feet
  • $390 per sq. ft.

Properties in Los Ranchitos, Lucas Valley Estates, Peacock Gap, The Dominican, and Loch Lomond  generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your San Rafael, CA neighborhood or if you have any questions about our many delightful communities, schools, shopping options, etc., just give me a call at (415) 350-9440. My name is Kyle Frazier. I am a Top 1% in Marin, a J.D., Broker, Realtor, Member of the Top Agent Network & Marin Platinum Group, a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), with Christie’s International Real Estate | Pacific Union International. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Pacific Union San Rafael, CA Real Estate Update (April/May 2011 Home Sales Report)

May 4, 2011

San Rafael, CA’s March and April 2011 home sales jumped significantly — from 22 in February to 38 in March and 36 in April. The entry level price band (under $600K) remains strong — 31 of these homes are currently in escrow (WOW!). Meanwhile, the $600K to $800K price band (a mix of entry level and move-up homes) remains buyer-friendly and accounts for another 23 of homes in escrow. While the entry level market stood alone a well-performing market sector in February, we are now seeing some significant activity in the $600K to $800K range. In fact, 28 of our 36 sales last month were under $800K. There are currently 156 homes active on the MLS. Averages relating to the 74 homes which sold in March and April 2011 are as follows:

  • days on market — 112
  • sales price — $700K
  • home size was 2,050 square feet
  • $694 per sq. ft.

Homes in Lucas Valley, Terra Linda, and The Dominican generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your San Rafael neighborhood or if you have any questions about our many delightful communities, just give me a call at (415) 350-9440. My name is Kyle Frazier. I am a J.D., Broker, Realtor, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), with Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

San Rafael CA Real Estate Market Report (August 2009 Home Sales Update)

August 12, 2009

San Rafael, CA’s real estate market is increasingly fueled by foreclosures and short sales. The entry level price band (under $600K) remains extremely hot (84% of such homes are currently in escrow) and the $600K to $800K price band has seen steady activity with 35% of homes in escrow (same as last month). Increased affordability, low interest rates (rates are down from the time of last month’s report), an increased presence of FHA loans, and a shifting mindset by both buyers and sellers, are impacting these price points in a positive manner. Additionally, the $8K tax credit for first time home buyers is likely helping pull some buyers into the fray, despite the income limitations placed on this credit. It will be interesting to see if the government expands the credit to include ALL buyers and increases the credit amount to $15,000 — that would make a big difference for a lot of people. Overall, the number of homes on the market fell to 142 homes (from 159 last month).

The big news in San Rafael real estate this past month revolved around the sale of Carlos Santana’s 1.7 acre, 7,000 square foot estate, which sold for $4.185 million after a short two weeks on the market. Congratulations Carlos! Meanwhile, San Rafael listing prices experienced a brief rise earlier this Summer, but have again begun a downward shift over the past few weeks. By comparison, asking prices in Novato have been rising for several months, leading many to beleive that the bottom has formed in Novato. It does not appear this phenomenon is being replicated in San Rafael.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Thirty-two homes sold in July 2009 (down from 38 in June 2009). The average days on market was 103 days, the average sales price was $802,352, and the average home size was 1,902 square feet — roughly $409 per sq. ft. Excluding the Santana estate mentioned above, the numbers are as follows: the average days on market was 106 days, the average sales price was $693,234, and the average home size was 1,737 square feet — roughly $403 per sq. ft.

The hottest neighborhoods: Lucas Valley, The Dominican, and Gerstle Park remain very attractive to many buyers, as do Terra Linda and Peacock Gap. Finally, if you know anyone interested in a very well maintained Eichler with a wonderful outdoor living area, please let me know as I have clients considering a move if the right buyer comes along.

Price Range Total Homes Percent Pending
Up to $600K 38 84%
$600K – $800K 79 35%
$800K – $1 mil. 41 17%
$1 mil. – 1.5 mil. 31 19%
$1.5 mil. – $2 mil. 20 10%
$2 mil. & Up 9 11%

If you have any questions regarding the current real estate market in San Rafael (Marin County, CA), California, please contact Kyle Frazier, Marin Realtor & CRS, Morgan Lane Marin Real Estate: (415) 350-9440.

San Rafael CA Real Estate Market Report (June 2009 Home Sales Update)

June 13, 2009

Moving into the Summer, San Rafael CA’s real estate market is increasingly fueled by foreclosures and short sales. The low end (under $600K) has been hot (64% of homes in escrow). Meanwhile, the $600K to $800K price band has seen a surge in activity with 38% of these homes in escrow, up from 29% in May 2009. Increased affordability, low interest rates (although not as low as they were), an increased presence of FHA loans, and a shifting mindset are all resulting in a strengthening market. Additionally, the $8K tax credit for first time home buyers is likely helping pull some buyers into the fray, despite the income limitations placed on this credit. It will be interesting to see if the government expands the credit to include ALL buyers and increases the credit amount to $15,000 — that would make a big difference for a lot of people. Overall, the number of homes on the market fell to 168 homes (from 179 last month).

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Forty homes sold in May 2009 (up from 26 in April 2009). The average days on market was 99 days, the average sales price was $763,000, and the average home size was 1,902 square feet — roughly $411 per sq. ft. The hottest neighborhoods: Lucas Valley, The Dominican, and Forbes remain very attractive to many buyers, as do Terra Linda, Trestle Glen, Los Ranchitos, and Glenwood. Finally, if you know anyone interested in a very well maintained Eichler with a wonderful patio, please let me know as I have clients considering a move if the right buyer comes along. 

Price Range

Total Homes

Pending Listings

   Up to $600K

            45 (down 3)

64%

$600K – $800K

84 (down 2)

38% 

$800K – $1 mil.

48 (no change)

29%

$1 mil. – 1.5 mil.

43 (down 4)

9%

$1.5 mil. – $2 mil.

22 (up 3)

9%

$2 mil. & Up

9 (down 2)

22%

If you have any questions regarding the current real estate market in San Rafael (Marin County, CA), California, please contact Kyle Frazier, Marin Realtor & CRS, Morgan Lane Marin Real Estate: (415) 350-9440.

San Rafael CA Real Estate Market Report (May 2009 Home Sales Update)

May 14, 2009

As noted last month, San Rafael CA’s real estate market is increasingly fueled by foreclosures and short sales. The low end (under $600K) is just on fire with “fire sale” prices. We are currently experiencing an amazing 69% pending ratio for homes priced at or below $600K (up from 31% in February). San Rafael’s bread and butter homes, priced between $600K and $800K continue selling at a moderate pace with 29% of homes are in escrow. Increasing affordability, low interest rates on conforming loans, an increased presence of FHA loans, and a shifting mindset are all resulting in a strengthening market. Additionally, the $8K tax credit for first time home buyers is likely helping pull some buyers into the fray, despite the income limitations placed on this credit.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com 

Overall, the number of homes on the market rose slightly with 179 homes (up from 174 last month and about 135 last year at this time). What is striking is the comparison between this month in 2006 and today. See below for more on this.

Twenty-six homes sold in April 2009 (up from 19 in March 2009). The average days on market was 118 days, the average sales price was $680,000, square footage was 1,791–roughly $383 per sq. ft. By contrast, in 2006 46 homes sold for an average price of $1.1 million (about $497/sq. ft.). Moreover, the homes sold in half the time (53 days). While the times have changed, the hottest neighborhoods have not: Lucas Valley, The Dominican, and Forbes remain very attractive to many buyers, as to Terra Linda, Trestle Glen, Los Ranchitos, and Glenwood. Finally, if you know anyone interested in a very well maintained Eichler with a wonderful patio, please let me know as I have clients considering a move if the right buyer comes along.

Price Range

Total Homes

Pending Listings

               Up to $600K

               48 (down 4)

                    69%

$600K – $800K

86 (up 21)

29% 

$800K – $1 mil.

48 (up 7)

29%

$1 mil. – 1.5 mil.

47 (up 4)

6%

$1.5 mil. – $2 mil.

19 (down 2)

16%

$2 mil. & Up

11 (down 2)

9%

If you have any questions regarding the current real estate market in San Rafael (Marin County), California, please contact Kyle Frazier, Marin Realtor & CRS, Morgan Lane Marin: (415) 350-9440.

Marin Real Estate (March 2009)

March 24, 2009

Although February was a short and rainy month, Marin County, CA., still experienced a good number of sales. So far in March 2009. we are seeing increasing inventory similar to “normal” years (I hesitate to call 2009 a “normal” year in light of the current economic situation). Recent gains in the stock market are a welcome change. Interest rates are down to about 5% on conforming loans right now, which is great (that is more than 1 full point lower than this time last year). So, it seems the pump is primed. We’ll see if the real estate market responds.

Obviously, the more stringent underwriting policies of lenders are stifling demand. Although word on the street is that at least one big lender has taken steps to loosen up underwriting practices. It is obvious to everybody who comes into contact with the Marin real estate market that home buyers are continuing to wait for the perceived bottom. This, despite the FACT that interest rates are as low as could be realistically expected and prices in many Marin communities and neighborhoods have receded to 2003 or 2004 price levels.

[Click here for the rest of the report, courtesy of NorthBayRE.com.]

San Rafael Real Estate Market Report (January 2009 Home Sales Update)

January 10, 2009

As I noted last month, San Rafael’s home sales figures remained remarkably consistent throughout the year. Until November 2008, that is. And although 28% of San Rafael listings priced under $800,000 are in escrow (still a buyer’s market), the remaining price bands are suffering further at the hand of the financial crisis. For example, in the $800,000 to $1 million range, we see just 12% of homes in escrow. Beyond that, the market is virtually flat-lining with just one home in escrow over $1 million. We can only home that the new year and all-time low interest rates shake some buyers off the fence–it does appear that banks are beginning to open their purse strings again, albeit only for those who are minimum risk borrowers.

There are currently 19 houses on the market under $600,000, and another 21 under $750,000. Overall, the number of homes on the market remains low, with 114 units currently offered for sale. I do expect a large uptick in listings come the new year as sellers who decided to sit out this past year begin testing the market early and buyers begin to take advantage of the ever-lower interest rates, which some predict may go down as far as 4%.  

Eighteen San Rafael single family homes sold in December 2008 (19 sold in November), the average days on market was 121 days. These homes averaged about 1,888 square feet and sold for an average price of about $695,000–roughly $377 per sq. ft. San Rafael’s strongest micro-climate markets in were Terra Linda, Peacock Gap, and Lucas Valley. Finally, if you know anyone interested in an Atrium Eichler on a quiet cul-de-sac, please let me know as I have one coming on the market in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

Price Range

Total Homes

Pending Listings

Up to $800K

74 (down 11)

28% 

$800K – $1 mil.

25 (down 10)

12%

$1 mil. – 1.5 mil.

21 (down 6)

5%

$1.5 mil. – $2 mil.

9 (down 4)

0%

$2 mil. & Up

10 (down 2)

0%

If you have any questions regarding the current real estate market in San Rafael, California, please contact Kyle Frazier, Marin Realtor & CRS, Frank Howard Allen Realtors Marin: (415) 350-9440.