September 2016 Novato Real Estate Market Update | Pacific Union International Home Sales Report

September 13, 2016

 September 2016 Novato Home Sales Report | Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update. With the real estate market clearly in transition and the Summer lull in full effect, Novato home sales numbers in August 2016 were stronger than anticipated with a total of 42 sales (exactly the same number of home to sell last year in August 2015). August has never been considered a particularly strong month for sale closings as people are on vacation and seemingly have better things to do than buy and/or sell properties. As with most realtors in Marin County (generally) and Novato (in particular), I feel there is a clear softening in the market over and above what we might expect due to Summer. Many industry observers have commented on “The Shift” and its presence can certainly be felt in all but the new home and entry level markets (both of these market segments continue see buyer demand outstrip inventory).

Overall, in Novato, the 42 trades sold at an average price per foot of $430 (almost exactly the same as last August). Likewise, the presence of Novato’s upper tier / luxury home market (homes over $1 million) has grown considerably over the past year — in fact, I have added a new price band to my analysis focussing on homes priced over $1.5 million. Certainly, more and more buyers feel the “bang for the buck” in driving an extra 10 minutes from Sir Francis Drake is worth it. We are also seeing large numbers of longtime Marin residents selling their multimillion dollar homes in Southern Marin and transferring their tax base to new / newer homes in Novato. We also continue to find that numerous sales are conducted privately, outside of the MLS, via netorking groups such as the Top Agent Network (TAN — Top 10% of agents) and the Marin Platinum Group (MPG — Top 100 agents). Approximately 10-15% of homes are sold without ever hitting the market. Indeed, I sold several homes privately in 2016 at the request of sellers who value privacy and discretion.

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The average sale price for Novato homes in August 2016 was just under $875K . Novato (especially Southern Novato) has unquestionably been one of Marin County’s hottest markets this year due to the good weather, easy commute and bang-for-your-buck.

Overall, Novato real estate sales in August 2016 averaged 50 days on market, were about 2,036 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $437 per sq. ft. Novato’s absorption rate (e.g., the number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is currently just under 2 months. This reflects a very tight market —  balanced markets have 6 months of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands (note that due to increasing sales prices, I have eliminated the “under $500,000″ price band as few homes are sold for less than that amount and added the “over $1.5 million” price band):
■ 52% of homes priced under $750,000;
■ 40% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 21% of homes between $1 million and $1.5 million;

■ 27% of homes between $1 million and $1.5 million.

Of the 42 Novato, CA homes that sold in August 2016:
■ 16 homes sold under $750,000;
■ 17 homes sold from $751,00 to $1 million; and
■ 8 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Rudnick Estates (a brand new home development), Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, Hamilton Field, and Bel Marin Keys elicited the highest numbers of calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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), Top Agent (member), Marin Platinum Group (member) with Christie’s International | Pacific Union International Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Note: I specialize in off-market sales of luxury homes in Marin County . If you appreciate discretion and want the BEST result, call me to discuss your situation.

Novato Real Estate Market Update (April 2016 Novato Home Sales Report) Pacific Union | Top Agent

April 22, 2016

 April 2016 Novato Home Sales Report | Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update. Novato home sales numbers in March 2016 were fairly good, falling in at 36 sales of single family homes (up from 30 in Febraury 2016). March is typically not considered a strong month of the year for home sale closings. As noted in prior months’ reports, appreciation of home values in Novato (and throughout the North Bay) continue on an upward trend with many homes having now shifted into the higher price brackets. Indeed, this phenomenon has required me to adjust my monthly report pricing analyses throughout Marin County. Overall, in Novato, the 36 trades sold at an average price per foot of $437. Likewise, Novato’s upper tier / luxury home market (homes over $1 million) has grown considerably over the past year. We are finding more and more buyers feel the “bang for the buck” in driving an extra 10 minutes from Sir Francis Drake is worth it, along with longtime Marin residents selling their multimillion dollar homes in Southern Marin and transferring their tax base to a newer home in Novato. We also continue to see numerous sales conducted privately, outside of the MLS, via netorking groups such as the Top Agent Network (top 10% of agents) and the Marin Platinum Group (Top 1% of agents). It is believed that approximately 10-15% of homes are sold without ever hitting the market. Indeed, I sold several homes privately in 2015 and have seen this trend continue into 2016.

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The average sale price for Novato homes in March 2016 was $925K . Novato (especially Southern Novato) has unquestionably started off 2016 as one of Marin County’s hottest markets.

Overall, Novato real estate sales in March 2016 averaged 61 days on market, were about 2,273 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $437 per sq. ft. Novato’s absorption rate (e.g., the number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is currently just over 1-month. This reflects an extremely tight market —  balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands (note that due to increasing sales prices, I have eliminated the “under $500,000″ price band as few homes are sold for less than that amount):
■ 64% of homes priced under $750,000;
■ 59% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 58% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 36 Novato, CA homes that sold in March 2016:
■ 10 homes sold under $750,000;
■ 13 homes sold from $751,00 to $1 million; and
■ 13 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Rudnick Estates (a brand new home development), Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, Hamilton Field, and Bel Marin Keys elicited the highest numbers of calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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), Top Agent (member), Marin Platinum Group (member) with Christie’s International | Pacific Union International Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Note: I specialize in off-market sales of luxury homes in Marin County . If you appreciate discretion and want the BEST result, call me to discuss your situation.

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (July 2015 Novato Home Sales Report)

July 1, 2015

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (July 2015 Novato Home Sales Report). Novato home sales numbers in June 2015 were very strong despite the continuing spate of relatively low inventory (there is massive unmet demand right now, as discussed below) — 59 single family homes sold at an average price per foot of $416. Indeed, the first half of 2015 has proven to be extremely favorable to sellers as buyers continue to act very decisively on properties located in desirable neighborhoods. Although anecdotal evidence reflects a slow down in the market over the past several weeks during the onset of Summer, sales velocity and impactful contractual terms continue (e.g., short closing periods, quick contingency periods (and increasing numbers of non-contingent contracts), and free or reduced amount rent backs to sellers). The Novato luxury home market continues its strong performance (in Novato, $1 million+ homes fall into this category) as buyers who explore Novato after looking at homes in Southern Marin often feel the extra 10 minute drive from Sir Francis Drake is worth it. We also continue to see numerous sales conducted privately, outside of the MLS. Many savvy sellers (those with trustworthy agents) and buyers are relying on agents with networking connections (Top Agent Network and Marin Platinum Group) to find and sell homes in an effort to avoid the formal sales process which involves open houses, showings, and other inconveniences. I estimate that about 10-20% of homes being sold without ever hitting the market via the two largest agent networking groups in Marin County (Top Agent Network (Top 10% of agents) and Marin Platinum Group (Top 100 agents)). Indeed, I have sold 5 homes privately so far this year.

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The average sale price for Novato homes in June 2015 was $907K. Novato’s luxury sector (defined here as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 15 MLS sales (as discussed above, this does not include off-market networking trades). I have said it before and still believe it to be true, in many ways, Novato is Marin County’s hottest market in 2015.

Overall, Novato real estate sales in June 2015 averaged 49 days on market, were about 2,269 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $416/sq. ft. Novato’s absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is just over 1 month. While there are more homes available now than a month ago, this remains tight market characterized by low absorption rates — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands (note that due to increasing sales prices, I have eliminated the “under $500,000″ price band as few homes are sold for less than that amount):
■ 54% of homes priced under $750,000;
■ 49% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 30% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 59 Novato, CA homes that sold in June 2015:
■ 25 homes sold under $750,000;
■ 19 homes sold from $751,00 to $1 million; and
■ 15 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Rudnick Estates (Novato’s finest new home development), Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, Hamilton Field, and Bel Marin Keys elicited the highest numbers of calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Note: I specialize in off-market sales of luxury homes in Marin County . If you appreciate discretion and want the BEST result, call me to discuss your situation.

Kyle Frazier, Pacific Union Int'l

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (January 2015 Novato Home Sales Report)

January 11, 2015

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (January 2015 Novato Home Sales Report). Novato sales numbers in December 2014 were surprisingly strong considering the low number of homes for sale and the seasonal slowdown related to the holidays — 30 single family homes sold. While Novato housing market sales numbers have unquestionably softened during the second half of 2014 (the first 6 months of 2014 were very strong), buyers continue to act very decisively on many properties located in desirable neighborhoods. Of course, as always in Novato, buyers remain very price sensitive and only homes that are priced appropriately tend to sell quickly and for premiums (as we all know, overpricing a home results in sale prices below that which you would have obtained if priced correctly at the outset). Indeed, very strong contractual terms, such as short closes under 21 days, minimal investigation periods of 7 days, and discounted rent backs to sellers are becoming more common across all price points. Generally, the Novato luxury home market segment is performing well (in Novato, $1 million+ homes fall into this category). The apparent glut of active listings in this price point at the end of the year has diminshed (due to the seasonal slowdown) such that there are currently just 11 homes over $1 million actively being marketed on the MLS — of course, many of these homes are simply overpriced. Anecdotally, I am also aware of several such homes being sold off market. Such sales are not reflected in the MLS.

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The average sale price for Novato homes in December 2014 was $799K. Novato’s luxury sector (defined here as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 3 MLS sales.

Note: I specialize in off-market sales of lucury homes in Marin County (there are many reasons why sellers may prefer to sell in this fashion). If you appreciate discretion and top-flight results, call me to discuss your situation. My systems have proven successful over and over again.

Overall, Novato real estate sales in December 2014 averaged 65 days on market, were about 2,213 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $380/sq. ft. Novato’s absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is just over 1 month. This is an extraordinarily low absorption rate due to the scarcity of available homes — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands (note that due to increasing sales prices, I have eliminated the “under $500,000” price band as few homes are sold for less than that amount):
■ 61% of homes priced under $750,000;
■ 29% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 52% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 49 homes that sold in December 2014:
■ 17 homes sold under $750,000;
■ 10 homes sold from $751,00 to $1 million; and
■ 3 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Rudnick Estates (Novato’s finest new home development), Hamilton Field, Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, and Bel Marin Keys generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Kyle Frazier, Pacific Union Int'l

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (July 2014 Novato Home Sales Report)

July 26, 2014

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (July 2014 Novato Home Sales Report). Novato sales numbers in June 2014 were strong — 47 single family homes sold. This is impressive, given the low number of homes on the market. Buyers continue to act very decisively on properties in desirable neighborhoods and that are priced appropriately. Strong terms are common on entry level homes (anything under $700,000). The Novato luxury home market segment is also performing well (in Novato, $1 million+ homes fall into this category). The average sale price for Novato homes in June 2014 was $828K (up from $737K in March 2014). Novato’s luxury sector (defined here as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 7 sales.

Novato real estate sales in June 2014 averaged just 39 days on market, were about 2,244 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $378/sq. ft. Novato’s absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is about 1.5 months. This is a very low absorption rate — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands:
■ 83% of homes priced under $500,000;
■ 74% of homes between $501,000 and $750,000;
■ 38% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 32% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 47 homes that sold in June 2014:
■ 1 homes sold under $500,000;
■ 39 homes sold from $501,00 to $1 million; and
■ 7 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Hamilton Field, Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, and Bel Marin Keys generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (April 2014 Novato Home Sales Report)

April 19, 2014

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (April 2014 Novato Home Sales Report). Novato, CA., experienced 39 single family home sales in March 2014. Given the incredibly low level of inventory, this is a very strong number (I will address the absorption rate below). Buyers continue to snap up desirable homes with very strong terms. Offers on well priced homes are made quickly and decisively. The average sale price was $737K in in March 2014. Novato’s luxury sector (defined as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 4 sales. Currently, there are 18 homes in Novato under contract with a list price over $1 million (56% of such homes are in escrow).

My advice to sellers remains the same — “Get your house on the market immediately!” CALL ME if you are thinking of selling. My systems can get you on market quickly with the very best marketing available.

Novato real estate sales in March 2014 averaged 66 days on market, were about 2,061 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $375/sq. ft. Novato’s absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is a scantly over 1-month’s worth of inventory (indeed, of the 51 single family homes actively for sale in Novato, roughly 1/2 of them came to market in the past 10 days). Indeed, this is a very low absorption rate — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory — with very high buyer demand especially at prices at or below $850K.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands:
■ 67% of homes priced under $500,000;
■ 73% of homes between $501,000 and $750,000;
■ 39% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 56% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 27 homes that sold in March 2014:
■ 2 homes sold under $500,000;
■ 33 homes sold from $501,00 to $1 million; and
■ 4 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Hamilton Field, Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, and Bel Marin Keys generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (March 2014 Novato Home Sales Report)

March 23, 2014

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (March 2014 Novato Home Sales Report). During the short month of February 2014, Novato, CA home sales totaled 27. This is a fairly strong, considering that these sales were primarily initiated in January (traditionally, one of the slower months of the year for real estate activity in Marin County). Buyers continue to actively pursue desirable homes with very strong offers made quickly and decisively. The average sale price was $755K in in February 2014 (up from $728K in January 2014). And Novato’s luxury sector (defined as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 6 sales.

My advice to sellers remains the same — “Get your house on the market immediately!” CALL ME if you are thinking of selling. My systems can get you on market quickly with the very best marketing available.

Novato real estate sales in February 2014 averaged 85 days on market, were about 2,180 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $355/sq. ft. Novato’s absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is improving with just over 2-month’s worth of inventory (however, of the 59 single family homes actively for sale in Novato, roughly 1/2 of them came to market in the past 7 days). Indeed, this remains a very low absorption rate — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory — with very high buyer demand especially at prices at or below $850K.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands:
■ 66% of homes priced under $500,000;
■ 62% of homes between $501,000 and $750,000;
■ 49% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 35% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 27 homes that sold in February 2014:
■ 3 homes sold under $500,000;
■ 18 homes sold from $501,00 to $1 million; and
■ 6 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Hamilton Field, Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, and Bel Marin Keys generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (February 2014 Novato Home Sales Report)

February 5, 2014

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (February 2014 Novato Home Sales Report). The number of trades in Novato, CA in January 2014 was essentially unchanged from a year ago — there were 28 single family home sales. This is impressive, considering that these sales were primarily initiated in December (traditionally, the very slowest month of the year for real estate activity). The strong sales figures are also impressive because we are in the midst of the most inventory-starved environment I have ever seen. Buyers are making very strong offers with lightning speed on well-priced and/or unique and/or solid upside investment opportunities. The average sale price was $728K in in January 2014 (up from $665K in January of 2013). And Novato’s luxury sector (defined as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 5 sales.

My advice to sellers remains the same — “Get your house on the market immediately!” CALL ME if you are thinking of selling. My systems can get you on market quickly with the very best marketing available.

Novato real estate sales in January 2014 averaged 90 days on market, were about 2,322 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $330/sq. ft. (note: this is up from $285/ft a year ago). Novato’s overall absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is improving with just under 2-month’s worth of inventory (however, of the 50 single family homes actively for sale in Novato, 16 of them came to market in the past 7 days). This remains a very low absorption rate — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands:
■ 50% of homes priced under $500,000;
■ 58% of homes between $501,000 and $750,000;
■ 45% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■ 26% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 50 homes that sold in January 2014:
■ 5 homes sold under $500,000;
■ 18 homes sold from $501,00 to $1 million; and
■ 5 homes sold for $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Hamilton Field, Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, and Bel Marin Keys generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (November 2013 Novato Home Sales Report)

November 12, 2013

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (November 2013 Novato Home Sales Report). The number of trades in Novato, CA in October 2013 was impressive in what is typically a slower month for sales. Overall, 50 single family homes sold in the town of Novato last month. Despite the interest rate increase of earlier in the year, rates have dropped some and buyers remain actively in pursuit of well priced new listings. In addition, the highest price sale Novato has seen since the height of the market 8 years ago was recorded (Note: it was one of my listings and closed for just under $3 million).

The average sale price for Novato homes that sold in October 2013 was $785K (over $50K higher than July 2013). And Novato’s luxury sector (defined as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 7 sales (including my listing noted above).

Novato real estate sales in October averaged 69 days on market, were about 2,268 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $363/sq. ft. (note: this is up from $285/ft a year ago). Novato’s overall absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is still very low — it continues to stand at approximately 1-month (59 single family homes are actively for sale in Novato). This is an incredibly low absorption rate — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands:
■73% of homes priced under $500,000;
■64% of homes between $501,000 and $750,000;
■13% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■40% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 50 homes that sold in October 2013:
■4 homes were priced under $500,000;
■36 homes priced from $501,00 to $1 million; and
■7 homes priced from $1 million and up.

Single family homes in Hamilton Field, Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, and Bel Marin Keys generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (September 2013 Novato Home Sales Report)

September 27, 2013

Pacific Union International | Novato Real Estate Market Update (September 2013 Novato Home Sales Report). Sales results for August 2013 in Novato, CA were staggering, especially since August is typically a very slow month for sales because people are busy vacationing. Fifty-nine single family homes sold in the town of Novato last month (compared with 46 in July 2013). While interest rates had popped up a point in May and June, buyer urgency remained high and buyers continued to write great offers with lightning speed (sometimes without inspection contingencies) on all virtually all fairly priced homes under $1 million and for unique estate homes in Marin Country Club Estates. The average sale price for Novato homes that sold in August 2013 was $781K (over $50K higher than July 2013). And Novato’s luxury sector (defined as listings over $1 million) continued its impressive performance with 12 sales.

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Novato real estate sales in August averaged 55 days on market, were about 2,307 sq. ft., and averaged roughly $356/sq. ft. (note: this is up from $285/ft a year ago). Novato’s overall absorption rate (e.g., number of months’ inventory of homes for sale based on last month’s sales totals) is still very low — it is hovering around 1 month (64 single family homes are actively for sale in Novato). This is an incredibly low absorption rate — balanced markets have 6 months worth of inventory.

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Novato’s major price bands:
■71% of homes priced under $500,000;
■59% of homes between $501,000 and $750,000;
■54% of homes between $751,000 and $1 million;
■28% of homes between $1 million and up.

Of the 59 homes that sold in August 2013:
■7 homes were priced under $500,000;
■40 homes priced from $501,00 to $1 million; and
■12 homes priced from $1 million and up.

Homes in San Marin, Hamilton Field, Pointe Marin, Marin Country Club Estates, Rush Creek, and Bel Marin Keys generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Novato neighborhood or if you have any questions about Novato’s schools or 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 Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

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