Whether you are a first time buyer or seller, or have been through multiple transactions, you might be surprised by how quickly the real estate market changes in Los Altos, Palo Alto and surrounding communities. You need hard-hitting historical data, current market analysis, and insider experience to stay informed and succeed in these real estate markets.
As a service to their clients, Jeff Stricker and Steve TenBroeck of Alain Pinel Realtors provide regular market analysis and commentary. You are invited to read the entries below, add your comments, ask questions or contact them directly.
We are certainly fortunate to live on the San Francisco Peninsula! When recessions hit our housing market we are typically impacted much less than the rest of the country. We typically recover more quickly, too.
Some recessions hit us harder than others. The “Dot Com” recession of 2001/2002 hit us harder than the “Great Recession” of 2008/2009, for example. The determining factor is employment. We lost a lot more jobs in the Dot Com bust than we did in the Great Recession.
Bottom line: The local economy is back and, according to recent consumer confidence surveys, we’re feeling pretty good about it, too. “SAN FRANCISCO: Consumer confidence reaches highest levels in 5 years”, KTVU.com 12-06-12Share
How’s the real estate market in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park and and Mountain View? On Fire!
By examining supply and demand you can see why prices continue to rise in our area. For October 2012 compared to the 15 year average, the supply of homes for sale was down by 36%, on average. The number of homes sold (demand) was up by 25%. Fewer homes are on the market and more of them are selling.
See charts below for stats by city.
As a result, median sales prices were up in these five towns by 17%, on average, since October of 2009.
In the charts below, you’ll find 15 years of data for market activity and median sales price for the month of October 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.Share
Now that we are three quarters of the way through the second year of a very hot local real estate market, we have to wonder. Is 2012 more like 2000 or 2005? Both of those years were second years of very hot markets, too. However, 2000 was the end of that hot market (the dot-com bust) while 2005 was the second year of a four-year hot market run. There is, of course, no way to know in advance. For that reason, real estate purchases and sales need to be considered long range decisions.Share
Record Median Sales Prices in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos Hills
If you’re a seller in today’s market in the Palo Alto / Los Altos greater area, you’ve got to be ecstatic about our local real estate recovery. Year over year median sales prices were up in August by 16% in Los Altos, up 24% in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and up 36% in Los Altos Hills!Share
Summer Sizzles in the Hills
While the number of homes for sale in Los Altos Hills was up by 30% from a year ago, sales were up by 50%! In fact, there were more sales (16) in July than in any other month of July in over 15 years.