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

May 27, 2013

Pacific Union San Rafael, CA Real Estate Update (May 2013 Real Estate Report).  The number of real estate home sales in San Rafael, CA in April 2013 jumped significantly — with 62 sales (up from 36 sales in February), San Rafael sales nearly doubled from the month before. San Rafael sales figures are benefitting from increased prices in Southern Marin county. Indeed, just like the rest of Marin, the inventory level of homes for sale in San Rafael is extremely low (as of this writing, there were just 65 homes actively on the MLS in San Rafael — up by some from last month, but still low).  And I have little doubt that the number of sales would be significantly higher if we had more homes to sell. At this point, San Rafael’s absorption rate remains near the lowest point in memory (I have been saying this now for a couple of months) 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. As with much of the rest of Marin, it appears most sellers are holding out for higher prices. Nonetheless, this is an extraordinary time to sell! Eventually, we will reach an inflection point where sellers who have been holding off waiting for prices to rise will suddenly enter the market. Hopefully, this does not happen as interest rise in the wake of unwinding quantitative easing measures. We will see.

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

  • days on market — 163
  • sales price — $890K
  • home size was 2,308 square feet
  • $405 per sq. ft.

Properties in Los Ranchitos, Country Club, Lucas Valley Estates, Peacock Gap, The Dominican, and Sun Valley  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 (December 2011 Real Estate Report)

January 1, 2012

San Rafael, CA’s November  2011 home sales climbed to 33 trades. Averages relating to San Rafael home sales in November 2011 are as follows:

  • days on market — 117
  • sales price — $673,861
  • home size was 2,079 square feet
  • $329 per sq. ft.

Properties in Sun Valley, Lucas Valley, Peacock Gap, 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 International Real Estate | Pacific Union International. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Pacific Union San Rafael, CA Real Estate Update (June 2011 Home Sales Report)

June 29, 2011

San Rafael, CA’s May 2011 home sales held steady (up one trade from May). The entry level price band (under $600K) remains strong — 34 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 where 40% of homes are in escrow. Same as in May, 28 of our sales last month were under $800K. There are currently 136 homes active on the MLS, about 20 less than last month. Averages relating to the 37 homes which sold in June 2011 are as follows:

  • days on market — 84
  • sales price — $736,784
  • home size was 2,191 square feet
  • $342 per sq. ft.

Homes in Gerstle Park, Lucas Valley, 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.

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.

Pacific Union San Rafael, CA Real Estate Update (February 2011 Home Sales Report)

February 11, 2011

A suprising uptick in sales occurred last month (January 2011) in San Rafael — we had 32 homes sell compared with 26 in December. The entry level price band (under $600K) remains strong — 26 of these homes are currently in escrow. Meanwhile, the $600K to $800K price band (a mix of entry level and move-up homes) remains buyer-friendly and accounts for another 17 of homes in escrow. Interestingly, the entry level market is virtually the only segment of San Rafael inventory experiencing any meaningful traction — for example, of the 26 homes which sold last month, 27 were priced under $800,000, although there was activity in higher end as well with 3 sales over $1 million. There are currently 107 homes active on the MLS. Averages relating to the 32 homes which sold in January 2011 are as follows:

  • days on market — 138
  • sales price — $697,000
  • home size was 2,022 square feet
  • $346 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.

Pacific Union International San Rafael CA Real Estate Market Report (August 2010 Home Sales Update)

August 23, 2010

San Rafael, California real estate sales slipped in July 2010. We had 33 trades (compared to 45 in June). The entry level price band (under $600K) remains strong — 24 of these homes are currently in escrow (40%). Meanwhile, the $600K to $800K price band (a mix of entry level and move-up homes) remains tepid with 22% of homes in escrow. The inventory for single family homes for sale decreased slightly this month to 177 homes. Price per square foot rose above $400.

Of the 34 homes sold in June 2010, the average:

  • days on market was 76 days
  • sales price was $797,669
  • home size was 2,028 square feet
  • $403 per sq. ft.

Homes in  Lucas Valley 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 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 (November 2009 Home Sales Update)

November 9, 2009

San Rafael, California real estate sales were brisk in October 2009. We experienced 44 trades, up from 31 in September 2009. The entry level price band (under $600K) remains at hot, with 70% of home now in escrow, up from 64% last month. Meanwhile, the $600K to $800K price band (a mix of entry level and move-up homes) remains nearly the identical to last month (36% of these homes are in escrow).

It is no secret that our current real estate environment in San Rafael favors buyers, not only because of the state of the market, but also because of superior interest rates, FHA loan availability (allowing purchase loans up to $729,000 with 3.5% down), and a shifting mindset by both buyers (who are ready to pull the trigger) and sellers (who are ready to do what it takes to sell). Meanwhile, housing inventory for single family homes fell to 135 homes (from 154 last month).

As reported this Summer, San Rafael listing prices experienced a brief rise from March to June, but that trend has reversed and resumed its downward trajectory. By comparison, asking prices in Novato have been rising for several months, leading many to believe that the bottom has formed in Novato. It does not appear this transition has fully settled in San Rafael.

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

Of the 44 homes sold in September 2009, the average days on market was 87 days, the average sales price was $839,518, and the average home size was 2,082 square feet — roughly $404 per sq. ft. (the average price per square foot has  remained virtually unchanged for several months). Homes in Lucas Valley, The Dominican, Terra Linda North, and Peacock Gap generated the most calls and showings this past month.

Price Range Total Homes Percent Pending
Up to $600K 44 70%
$600K – $800K 70 36%
$800K – $1 mil. 46 17%
$1 mil. – 1.5 mil. 31 23%
$1.5 mil. – $2 mil. 11 20%
$2 mil. & Up 8 25%

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 Broker, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), with Christie’s Great Estates | Morgan Lane Realtors | Pacific Union International. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

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

September 18, 2009

San Rafael, California’s real estate market continues its reliance on foreclosures and short sales for momentum. The entry level price band (under $600K) remains hot, although, not as hot — 64% of home are now in escrow, compared with 84% last month. The $600K to $800K price band is steady with with 32% of homes in escrow (down 3% from August 2009).

The buying environment is very favorable as increased affordability, low interest rates, an increased presence of FHA loans, and a shifting mindset by both buyers and sellers, are all positively impacting lower price points. 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 rose to 169 homes (from 142 last month). It is interesting to note that while San Rafael’s inventory has risen and its percentage of homes in escrow has dropped, Novato (the next city north) has experienced the opposite.

San Rafael listing prices experienced a brief rise earlier this Summer, but have resumed their downward trajectory. 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-nine homes sold in August 2009, which is comparable to the 38 sold June 2009 — these are pretty good numbers in our “new market”. The average days on market was 87 days, the average sales price was $802,352 (up from $802K in August 2009), and the average home size was 2,145 square feet — roughly $397 per sq. ft.

The hottest neighborhoods: Lucas Valley, The Dominican,  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 42 64%
$600K – $800K 92 32%
$800K – $1 mil. 48 17%
$1 mil. – 1.5 mil. 35 17%
$1.5 mil. – $2 mil. 14 0%
$2 mil. & Up 8 0%

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, Member Institute of Luxury Home Marketing, Cristie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International dba 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 (April 2009 Home Sales Update)

April 15, 2009

 

San Rafael CA’s real estate market is increasingly fueled by foreclosures and short sales. We are currently experiencing 44% pending ratio for homes priced at or below $600K (up from 31% last month). Although San Rafael’s low end is not as strong as Novato’s, it is certainly gathering momentum. Importantly, San Rafael’s bread and butter homes, priced between $600K and $800K continue selling — 32% of these homes are in escrow (up 1% from February 2009). Increasing affordability, low interest rates on conforming loans, and a general shift in mindset are helping many buyers in the lower price ranges attain home ownership. Additionally, the $8K tax credit for first time home buyers should also help pull buyers into the fray as value priced properties come onto the market. It is a sign of the times: San Rafael currently has 10 listings under $400K and another 9 homes under $500,000 (this is a giant increase from 5 in January 2009). Overall, the number of homes on the market continues to rise with 175 homes (up from 153 last month and about 135 last year at this time).

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

Nineteen homes sold in March 2009. Seven of the homes that sold last month were priced below $605K. Moreover, not a single home in San Rafael CA sold for $1 million — strange… 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. San Rafael’s strongest micro-climate markets in were Terra Linda, Lucas Valley, Dominican, Trestle Glen, and Peacock Gap. 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                  54 (up 12)                      44%

$600K – $800K

65 (up 4)

32% 

$800K – $1 mil.

41 (up 6)

20%

$1 mil. – 1.5 mil.

43 (up 10)

14%

$1.5 mil. – $2 mil.

21 (up 10)

14%

$2 mil. & Up

13 (down 3)

0%

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