Marin Real Estate (April 2010)

April 30, 2010 by  

The sun is out and spring sports are underway – it is officially real estate season. We have reviewed cyclical and seasonal trends in MarinCounty in an effort to predict the balance of 2010. We are more optimistic today than we have been in twenty four months. It seems consumer demand for Marin and San Francisco real estate is regaining its stride. While some real estate decisions can be postponed, eventually buyers need to buy and sellers need to sell. New listings and new escrows are both up over 100% since the turn of the year.

April 2009 marked the inflection point when buyers began cautiously re-engaging with the Marin County real estate market. A year later, Q1 2010 results for volume ($) and units (#) are up significantly in the core of the market. Like the job market, the first quarter of 2010 may also indicate the stabilization of pricing; a required first step in our market’s recovery. As we look forward in 2010 we are encouraged by the recent increase in MarinCounty (and Bay Area-wide) new inventory (listings). Since March 1st, MarinCounty has seen over 450 new listings. Over 175 of these homes have list prices in excess of $1 million.

We continue to analyze buyer behavior and sense their confidence when properties are well priced, staged, and properly presented. Buyers are dismissive of homes that are “over-priced” in order for sellers to leave room for “negotiations”.

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