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September Market Trends

The sharp year over year increase in median sales for homes – particularly in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Mountain View – was driven by an increase in both hiring and companies’ stock values in Silicon Valley. With the recent announcements of layoffs at Cisco & HP and a cooling stock market, it will be interesting to see if the current imbalance of supply and demand will continue at this extraordinary level.


In the charts below, you’ll find 15 years of data for market activity and median sales price for the month of September for Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park and Mountain View. You can’t find this level of historical data all in one place anywhere else, so if you have any questions or wish to get more info about your community, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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August Market Trends

Once again we saw new highs for median sale prices in August. Low sales volume was caused by near record low numbers of homes for sale. While some nervousness is being expressed by both buyers and sellers regarding how long this market can and will continue, multiple offers and bidding wars remain the standard for rationally priced properties in all price ranges.

As we stated last month, September sales activity – normally a high demand month – will provide the best barometer for assessing the strength of the market for the remainder of the year.


In the charts below, you’ll find 15 years of data for market activity and median sales price for the month of August for Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park and Mountain View. You can’t find this level of historical data all in one place anywhere else, so if you have any questions or wish to get more info about your community, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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July Market Trends

What an amazing three year run of appreciation in our local housing market! The July stats confirm this. One number that stood out to us, however, was an increase in the inventory of homes for sale in Palo Alto at the end of July. This is the first year over year inventory increase in five years.

Does this indicate a coming shift in the housing market? Or is it merely a seasonal anomaly?

We’ll know come September when the (usually strong) fall market commences.


In the charts below, you’ll find 15 years of data for market activity and median sales price for the month of July for Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park and Mountain View. You can’t find this level of historical data all in one place anywhere else, so if you have any questions or wish to get more info about your community, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The Hot Real Estate Market Sizzles in June

The extraordinary lack of homes for sale continues to drive a hot – hot real estate market! Sellers were in no hurry to cash in in June. Instead they’re sitting tight and watching their equity grow. Meanwhile, buyers are fiercely competing for the few homes on the market each week.

We expect this condition to continue until there is some major financial shock, as employment is so strong in our area. Supply and demand is always what it comes down to.  Companies are hiring. Office space is being built at a tremendous pace, but very few new homes are being built in this area.


In the charts below, you’ll find 15 years of data for market activity and median sales price for the month of June for Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park and Mountain View. You can’t find this level of historical data all in one place anywhere else, so if you have any questions or wish to get more info about your community, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Hot Real Estate Market Continues in May

The residential real estate market was very strong in May, with the majority of homes selling at or over the asking price. Sales activity included more high-end homes. This is typical of the late stages of a real estate market cycle. Today’s market shows striking similarities to the red-hot market of 2000. Homes are selling very quickly and sales prices averaging in excess of 100% of asking price. The month-end inventory of homes for sale is at a record low – also dating back to 2000. The scarcity of homes continues to fuel multiple offer activity (so far) in 2014.

Will the current strong, appreciating market hold until next year? We believe so, unless the stock market takes a significant hit like it did in April of 2000. Here in early June, there are some signs of buyer fatigue. Fewer buyers are touring open houses and there are offers on homes for sale. It will be interesting to see if the typical summer slowdown from mid-June to the end of July occurs this year – last year, it didn’t. This year, weary home buyers (and their agents!) may choose to focus on summer vacations, once children are out of school. And we hope you’ll enjoy your summer, too!


In the charts below, you’ll find 15 years of data for market activity and median sales price for the month of May for Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park and Mountain View. You can’t find this level of historical data all in one place anywhere else, so if you have any questions or wish to get more info about your community, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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