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Best of Tour in San Carlos: 7-28-2015.

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As I mentioned in this week’s San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review, there was a somewhat surprising bump in the number of new listings to hit the market this week, considering that we are still in the thick of summer and most sellers opt to wait until after Labor Day to test the market again.

Perhaps some are looking to jump the gun on the fall market?

Whatever the reason, this bump in listings made for a busy tour day on Tuesday in San Carlos.  As I occasionally do on the site, I like to highlight one (or more) of these new listings that catch my attention after I finish touring them all on Tuesday.

1976 White Oak Way.

This may seem to be an odd pick as my “Best of Tour San Carlos” to some, considering there are larger and newer homes that were on tour this week. But I really like 1976 White Oak Way, not because of what it is now, but more for the potential of what it can be.  1976 White Oak Way is listed at $1,198,000 by my friend John Shroyer at Today Sothebys.  (Click on the picture below for the listing details).

1976 White Oak Way, San Carlos

1976 White Oak Way, San Carlos

At first blush, it’s not easy to see why this is my go-to house of the week. After all, it’s only a 2BR/1BA, 1,230 square foot home that needs some updating. But what make this one a winner, and will make it a hotly contested listing, is the location and the potential.

This home is located on 5,600 square foot flat lot right in the heart of White Oaks.  It’s on the part of White Oak Way that dead-ends into the elementary school, so aside from the normal drop-off and pick-up routines, there shouldn’t be much traffic on this block. This is exactly the starting point that many well-heeled buyers in San Carlos are looking for to build their own dream home.

The curb appeal of this block of White Oak Way is fabulous, so no matter what the new buyers ultimately do with this home, it will be money well spent in one of the better locations in the city.  It will be very interesting to see where this one goes when they take offers next week.

440 Chestnut Street.

If you like a home with lots of character, then 440 Chestnut Street is well worth seeing. It has to be the largest 2-bedroom home that I’ve ever seen, topping the stats at a whopping 2,460 sq feet (per the MLS). The character and architecture of this house is what captures you when you walk in — at 80 years, it’s one of the older homes in San Carlos in one of the oldest sections of town.  It’s listed for $1,595,000 by Patricia Giossi of Coldwell Banker. Click on the picture below for all of the listing details.

440 Chestnut Street, San Carlos

440 Chestnut Street, San Carlos

As you might expect in a Spanish-style home from the 1930’s, there are lots of architectural goodies in this home. Grand hardwood floors, arched doorways, and spacious ceilings are remnants of the heritage of San Carlos. But what makes this home a winner, much like 1976 White Oak Way, is the potential.  There’s just a lot of room to do things with in this home — even in the huge detached garage, which has a sprawling attached area that’s probably as big as the garage itself. A little imagination will go a long way with this house.

The location is also a huge plus for this home. Cordes, as I’ve mentioned many times on this site, is actually much closer to all of the hot restaurants on NoLa (North Laurel) than most homes in White Oaks and Howard Park. Even more important, it’s an easy hoof to the Caltrain station for those who choose not to slog it out on 101 every day.

Those are my two picks from this week’s tour.  Let me know if you’re interested in seeing either of them!
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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 7-26-15.

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The Scoop.

It was a surprisingly robust week for new listings in San Carlos, considering that we’re smack in the middle of the summer and late-July is not traditionally a strong market for listing homes. Nonetheless, there were seven new single-family listings that entered the market last week, which helped to drive the inventory up to a total of 14 homes for sale. That’s still not a huge number, but it’s a good pop above where we closed the previous week.

Sale prices for homes that closed last week were remarkably strong, too, with the sales prices fetching a whopping 19% above the list price on average.  That’s significantly higher than what we typically see on a weekly basis, and this week it can be attributed both to some surprisingly strong sales prices, combined with a few homes that were simply under-priced to begin with, which skewed that number slightly upward.

But regardless, the market still remains active and strong for single-family residences in San Carlos.  The same can’t be said for condos and townhomes, though.  As of this morning, there is only one condo for sale in the entire city

Here’s the scoop from last week:

The Numbers.

Below is a high-level view of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the 7-day period ending Sunday 7-26-2015:

San Carlos Housing Data 7-26-15 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week: 6 8
Average Sold Price: $1,471,000 $1,837,725
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold) $795 $852
Average Sold as Percentage Of List Price: 119% 110%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 10 23
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 16 19
No. of New Listings: 7 4
Total # of Active Listings: 14 10
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,785,243 $1,829,395
Average DOM of Active Listings: 12 11
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $785 $823
Active-Pending Ratio: 0.89 : 1 0.53 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 7-19-15.

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The Scoop.

I always like to comb through the data every week when I run these reports to look for particular numbers that stand out. There’s usually one or two that will raise an eyebrow, and this week is no exception.

The first number that jumped out at me was the average sold price in San Carlos last week, which was a a whopping $1,837,725. And that’s just the average price for the week, and it’s abnormally skewed by having a small data pool.  There were 8 homes that closed escrow last week, which is a decent number for San Carlos, and half of them sold for $1.9M or higher.

Along the same theme, the second number that made me take notice was the average list price for a single-family home in San Carlos, which has now topped $1.8M. This 8% jump in the average list price in just a single week can be largely attributed to the addition of the $3M listing at 120 Wingate Avenue, but it’s still amazing to see how high home prices have climbed in San Carlos in just a few years. The City of Good Living is becoming an expensive place to live.

Here’s the scoop from last week:

The Numbers.

Below is a high-level view of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the 7-day period ending Sunday 7-19-2015:

San Carlos Housing Data 7-19-15 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week: 8 4
Average Sold Price: $1,837,725 $1,775,950
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold) $852 $801
Average Sold as Percentage Of List Price: 110% 112%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 23 28
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 19 24
No. of New Listings: 4 5
Total # of Active Listings: 10 9
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,829,395 $1,693,100
Average DOM of Active Listings: 11 9
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $823 $807
Active-Pending Ratio: 0.53 : 1 0.42 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 7-12-15.

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The “slight bump” in listings that I predicted (or wishfully hoped for) in last week’s post somewhat materialized over the past week.  There were five new listings to test the summer market, which is still a significant number considering that it’s mid-July and the market is usually quiet this time of year.

The recent sales posted below at 30 Upland Avenue and 1616 Chestnut Street show that there is still significant strength in the 3-bedroom market, with both of these homes surprisingly topping the $1.6M mark. It will be interesting to see if that momentum continues with any new 3-bedroom listings that hit the market in them coming weeks.

Here are the details from last week:

By the Numbers.

Below is a high-level view of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the 7-day period ending Sunday 7-12-2015:

San Carlos Housing Data 7-12-15 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week: 4 3
Average Sold Price: $1,775,950 $1,465,000
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold) $801 $860
Average Sold as Percentage Of List Price: 112% 105%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 28 13
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 24 25
No. of New Listings: 5 4
Total # of Active Listings: 10 9
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,693,100 $1,714,889
Average DOM of Active Listings: 9 19
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $807 $726
Active-Pending Ratio: 0.42 : 1 0.36 : 1

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San Carlos Residential Real Estate Recap for the First Half of 2015.

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Fewer Listings, Higher Prices.

If you had to capture the essence of the San Carlos residential real estate market for the first half of 2015 in as few words as possible, then that header above pretty much does it. So far, 2015 has clearly been a seller’s market, just as 2014 was. We have witnessed home prices rising to breathtaking heights all along the Peninsula as even more extremely well qualified buyers entered the market and competed for fewer available listings.

The net result of these conditions is a perfect case study in economics: High demand coupled with low supply means that prices are going to go up. And they have certainly been going up here in San Carlos.

The first chart below shows that the average and median prices for all residential properties sold in San Carlos (single-family residences, townhomes, and condos) have hit an all time high for the first half of this year. Even though the data only shows the past 8 years, you can safely assume that these are the all-time high points for either one of these metrics.

To put this growth into perspective, the average cost of a residential property in San Carlos has risen by 12% since just last year, and a mind-blowing 73% since the depth of the recession in 2009:

Average and Median Prices: All San Carlos Residential Properties

Average and Median Prices: All San Carlos Residential Properties

When the data is normalized on a price per square foot basis, the results are essentially the same. This means that prices are high across the board for all homes in San Carlos, regardless of the size.  And remember, this data is for all residential properties – homes, townhomes, and condos:

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Price per Square Foot: All San Carlos Residential Properties

What’s the catalyst behind these staggering prices? Aside from the booming local economy, the lack of available homes for sale has resulted in bidding wars for virtually every home that hit the market this year. This is a trend that I have been tracking closely all year, and it has been evident that 2015 is on pace to have the lowest number of new listings in a very long time.

With half of the year in now the books, this trend has held true. The chart below shows the number of new listings in the first 6 months of 2015, and compares it to the same 6-month time period over the past 10 years. The 189 new residential listings recorded in San Carlos during the first six months of 2015 is down 19% from the same period last year, and represents the lowest total for that period of time for any year this past decade.

2015 New Listings in San Carlos: All Residential Properties

New Listings in San Carlos: All Residential Properties, First 6 Months of the Year.

So if you’ve felt in your gut that there have been fewer homes to choose from this year in San Carlos, you can rest assured that your intuition was statistically correct.

What Lies Ahead?

That seems to be the question that is on everyone’s mind who follows the local real estate market. After 3-4 years of unabated growth, everyone is wondering whether prices are going to continue to rise, or if the market is on the verge of pricing itself out of the affordability range of most buyers.  Here are my observations on what’s happening right now in the market, and what the impact on the real estate market may be in the second half of 2015:

  1. Current Market Conditions.  The market right now in San Carlos has slowed perceptibly from the breakneck pace that we witnessed in the Spring market. Part of this is to be expected, since the market always takes a breather from mid-June until mid-August. But every year when we feel the foot come off the gas, that nagging question creeps back in — is the market changing? The events in Greece and the recent volatility in the stock market are raising more than a few eyebrows, and there have been some widely publicized predictions that both the stock market and real estate market are prime for  a correction.
  2. Interest Rates.  For the first time since the Recession ended, we can say with certainty that mortgage interest rates are indeed going to rise. It’s no longer a matter of “if”, but of “when”. And based on the latest Federal Reserve meetings, it could happen as early as this Fall. Although rates have crept upward slightly over the past few weeks in anticipation of such a move, look for the market to react more visibly when the Fed formally announces its move.
  3. Local Job Market. There’s no indication that I’ve seen that the local high-tech fueled economy is slowing down, which should mean that more buyers will be back in the market this Fall. But if the technology job hiring slows down, look for that to have a negative impact on the market.
  4. Stock Market.  The fact that the major stock indices are sitting at or near all-time high levels is great news for home buyers, since much of their purchasing power is directly related to their equity positions. If something in the local or worldwide economy triggers a pull-back in the stock market, though, this would certainly curtail the buying power of many active home buyers. The market has shown in recent weeks to be a little twitchy with the ongoing Greece and European financial issues, so there is some understandable uneasiness with the current stock market heights.

The first few weeks of the Fall market will be a telltale indication of the health of the local real estate market. That period historically started after the Labor Day weekend, but with school starting seemingly earlier every year, the Fall real estate market will start organize itself in mid-late August when vacations have ended and school has started up again.

Stay tuned to the blog in the coming months.  I’ll be watching the market very closely to look for signs of changes. It’s going to be a very interesting Summer!

 

 
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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 7-5-15.

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I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. It’s Monday, and time to get back to reality!

If there will ever be a part of this year where the momentum may swing slightly back in favor of home buyers, this next 5-6 weeks is probably going to be it. This is the time of year where buyers enjoy the unique combination of having the least amount of competition while there is still decent inventory to choose from. There have already been reports in the past week of homes in San Carlos and Belmont that have only gotten one offer – or none at all – once offer dates have been set. This is a sign that there are either fewer buyers in the market, or that the buyers that are out there have suddenly gotten a lot more picky. Whatever the reason is, this simply wasn’t happening just a few months ago.

Home owners who decide to sell during the summer months will wisely choose to avoid the 4th of July weekend, so you can expect to see a bump in new listings over the next couple of weeks since we have now passed that date. Home buyers that stay on task may be rewarded in the coming weeks.

Here are the details from last week:

By the Numbers.

Below is a high-level view of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 7-5-2015:

San Carlos Housing Data 7-5-15 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week: 3 2
Average Sold Price: $1,465,000 $1,605,000
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold) $860 $763
Average Sold as Percentage Of List Price: 105% 113%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 13 55
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 25 22
No. of New Listings: 4 4
Total # of Active Listings: 9 11
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,714,889 $1,910,535
Average DOM of Active Listings: 19 19
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $726 $737
Active-Pending Ratio: 0.36 : 1 0.50 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 6-28-15.

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There’s no doubt about it – the real estate market in San Carlos has certainly cooled down a bit over the past two weeks. The attendance at open houses has been lighter, and homes that are on the market now don’t seem to be getting the frenzied response they might have gotten only a month or so ago.

The numbers reflect this slowdown as well.  The average days on the market (DOM) of all active single-family residence listings in San Carlos is now at 19 days — certainly not an eternity for most real estate markets, but probably the longest we’ve seen all year in our local market.

Much of this may be attributed to the traditional seasonal slowing that has been discussed numerous times in this weekly post. But we will be closely watching the market over the summer months to see if there isn’t more to this trend. After 3+ years of breakneck growth, there are those who believe the market is due to level off in the coming months as the economic growth tapers, and interest rates finally start to climb.

This reduced competition presents a golden opportunity for buyers who are still diligently looking for a home during the summer months. It’s going to be an interesting summer…

Here are the details from last week:

By the Numbers.

Below is a high-level view of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 6-28-2015:

San Carlos Housing Data 6-28-15 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week: 2 7
Average Sold Price: $1,605,000 $1,257,857
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold) $763 $783
Average Sold as Percentage Of List Price: 113% 118%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 55 17
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 22 20
No. of New Listings: 4 4
Total # of Active Listings: 11 11
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,910,535 $1,846,727
Average DOM of Active Listings: 19 16
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $737 $711
Active-Pending Ratio: 0.50 : 1 0.55 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 6-21-15.

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The June Swoon that we have been experiencing since the beginning of this month continued in earnest last week. Only 3 homes were put into contract, and one of them had been on and off the market for over two months. Granted, there still isn’t a huge inventory being built up while buyers decide what they want to do — only 4 new listings tested the market last week which only offset what went into contract — but there are still some very nice homes on the market that some smart buyers are going snatch up.

For home buyers, this is just about the exact scenario that you’ve been waiting for all year — less buying pressure, and less competition. Once we get a reasonable bump in inventory, your persistence may pay off for you as we head into the summer months.

Here are the details from last week:

By the Numbers.

Below is a high-level view of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 6-21-2015:

San Carlos Housing Data 6-21-15 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week: 7 5
Average Sold Price: $1,257,857 $1,736,300
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold) $783 $826
Average Sold as Percentage Of List Price: 118% 110%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 17 13
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 20 24
No. of New Listings: 4 5
Total # of Active Listings: 11 9
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,846,727 $1,895,556
Average DOM of Active Listings: 16 20
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $711 $757
Active-Pending Ratio: 0.55 : 1 0.38 : 1

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