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.
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.
The first half of 2012 was a terrific time for home owners in our area!
The supply of homes for sale was low while demand was high. Supply is primarily driven by consumer confidence. Since most owners in our area do not “need” to sell, they tend to want to sell when they think the value of their home may decline. Conversely, if they believe that values are rising, they tend to put off selling. This is what is occurring now. Prices are rising. Owners are staying put.Share
POST FACEBOOK IPO; SPRING JUMP IN INVENTORY
The number of new listings of homes for sale jumped in May. Many sellers had been waiting for the highly publicized launch of Facebook’s IPO to put their homes on the market. Fortunately for those sellers, the standing pool of buyers was deep enough to keep prices high in spite of the surge in new inventory. How long the number of buyers will keep up with the bump in supply is anyone’s guess. We believe it will have mostly to do with consumer confidence, as always. However, if we were planning to sell within the next year, we’d would do it sooner rather than later. Read the rest of this entry »Share