Novato Real Estate Market Update (November 2010)

November 20, 2010

Even through the suppressed months of sales experienced through most of Marin County, California (from May through October, sales were down county-wide as the stock market fell), Novato’s real estate market continues showing resilience and strength. Indeed, buyers continue questioning pricing in Southern Marin, especially at the high end. Meanwhile, many are looking North (Novato is just 16 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge) and stepping fearlessly into the Novato homes market. They can confidently do this because Novato’s bottom has formed and pricing reflects unquestionable value.

What You Get Comparison (Novato v. Mill Valley) — Based on last month’s average sales price in Mill Valley, buyers with a $997K budget got a 2,065 square foot house (likely built 50 or 60 years ago and located in a flood zone, the hills, or a choppy neighborhood).

In Novato, buyers with a $997K budget can buy a brand new home (at The Landing, for example) with 5 Beds, 3 Baths, 3,073 square feet, in the flats (not a flood zone), with a pool and park across the street, within a 2-minute walk of YMCA and 3-minute walk to the Library, and access to the Bay Trail. All this is a mere 12 or 13 minutes up HWY 101. Take into account the time it takes to drive surface streets into Mill Valley, any time factor related to the commute into The City can be a wash.

Decision — You be the Judge. Many buyers believe that Novato provides much more bang for their hard earned buck.

We had 30 trades last month. The average sales price of Novato homes in October 2010 was up to $678,943. These homes averaged 91 days on market, were about 2,448 sq. ft., and sold for about $286 per square foot.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands:
  • 48% of homes priced under $500,000;
  • 44% of homes between $501,000 and $600,000;
  • 37% of homes between $601,000 and $750,000;
  • 18% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
  • 27% of homes between $1 million and $1.5 million;
  • 6% of homes between $1.5 million and up.

Of the Novato homes that sold in October 2010:

  • 11 homes sold under $600,000;
  • 15 homes sold between $601,00 to $1 million; and
  • 3 homes sold for over $1 million.

NEW HOMES IN NOVATO: The 3 Model Homes at The Landing at Hamilton Field are open. The first homes will be ready for occupancy in December 2010. Buyers get to choose countertops (granite is standard) and flooring.

Pricing begins in the mid-$800,000’s. Interest surrounding this new Southern Novato community has been significant. Please call me at (415) 350-9440 for more information. Or, visit our website at www.TheLandingNovato.com.

If you would like to have the value of your Novato home professionally evaluated, or if you have any questions about Novato’s 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.

Marin Real Estate (October 2010)

November 12, 2010

Overall in Marin County, the bottom for pricing seems to have formed. The average price of a Marin County single family home has once again surpassed $1 million. In addition, for the seventh consecutive quarter (since Q1 ‘09) both the average and median price of a single family home has experienced modest appreciation.

Possibly the most interesting phenomenon is this modest price appreciation (2% per annum) occurring in a market of significantly lower units closed.  The number of homes sold in third quarter ‘10 under $1 million fell -16% from the same period a year ago. The number of homes sold over $1 million fell -3% from the same period last year after a -36% drop from Q3 ‘08 to Q3 ‘09. What this tells us is that while the number of sales has slowed dramatically in the past two years, prices have now firmed and we have caught a glimpse of the bottom.

Buyers continue to be cautious and generally only take action on well maintained, well priced homes. Sellers’ pricing of their homes remains critical as buyers feel most comfortable when the list price is within 3% – 5% of fair market value.

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Marin Real Estate (October 2010)

November 12, 2010

Overall in Marin County, the bottom for pricing seems to have formed. The average price of a Marin County single family home has once again surpassed $1 million. In addition, for the seventh consecutive quarter (since Q1 ‘09) both the average and median price of a single family home has experienced modest appreciation.

Possibly the most interesting phenomenon is this modest price appreciation (2% per annum) occurring in a market of significantly lower units closed.  The number of homes sold in third quarter ‘10 under $1 million fell -16% from the same period a year ago. The number of homes sold over $1 million fell -3% from the same period last year after a -36% drop from Q3 ‘08 to Q3 ‘09. What this tells us is that while the number of sales has slowed dramatically in the past two years, prices have now firmed and we have caught a glimpse of the bottom.

Buyers continue to be cautious and generally only take action on well maintained, well priced homes. Sellers’ pricing of their homes remains critical as buyers feel most comfortable when the list price is within 3% – 5% of fair market value.

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

Marin Luxury Report (September 2010)

November 12, 2010

With 8 sales, the luxury property market in Marin County again performed admirably in the face of uncertainty. As it is becoming clearer that the overall economic and housing environments are improving, buyers are shaking off media ennui and making offers. Pricing in the marketplace certainly suggests “value” and inventory remains relatively low — we currently have just 132 homes actively on the market.

Cities recording luxury home sales between $2 million and $4 million in August 2010 included: Tiburon (3), Mill Valley (1), Greenbae (1), Ross (1), Corte Madera (1), and Sausalito (1). These homes averaged 117 days on market. Their average sales price was $2.518 million (roughly $732 per square foot), with an average of 2,518 square feet.

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Marin Luxury Report (August 2010)

November 12, 2010

With 13 trades in September 2010, the luxury property market in Marin County (properties and estates over $2 million) again performed admirably in the face of uncertainty. As it is becoming clearer that the overall economic and housing environments are improving, real buyers are making legitimate offers. Pricing in the marketplace certainly suggests “value” and inventory is steadily increasing — there are now 163 homes actively on the market.

Cities recording luxury home sales between $2 million and $4 million in September 2010 included: Tiburon (4), Mill Valley (1), Belvedere (1), and Kentifield (2). In addition, Nicasio and Stinson Beach also recorded one sale appiece. These homes averaged 154 days on market. Their average sales price was $2.748 million (roughly $784 per square foot), with an average of 2,748 square feet.

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