Marin Real Estate (October 2010)

November 12, 2010 by  

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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