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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 10-5-13.

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Back to Low Inventory.

Don’t look now, but the inventory of single-family homes for sale in San Carlos just took another nose dive.   As of this morning, there are only 12 homes for sale in the entire city, and that number may drop even further by the end of the day today.   This is all because 8 homes went into contract last week, and there were only 3 new listings to fill the gap.   Clearly, there is still strong buyer demand in San Carlos, and sellers should take this as proof that this real estate market knows no calendar.   Sellers will be able to move their home at any time throughout the end of this year.

If you’re thinking about selling your home and debating on whether to wait until next year to list it, you really need to take heed of this climate.  The market is still so heavily in favor of sellers right now — especially now that there is virtually no competition.

Here are the numbers for last week…

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 10-5-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 10-5-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
6 12
Average Sold Price
$1,044,917 $1,239,022
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$677 $777
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 103% 118%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 11 13
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 28 26
Inventory of Active Listings:
12 18
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,820,663 $1,679,217
Average DOM of Active Listings: 43 46
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $572 $552
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.43 : 1 0.69 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 9-28-13.

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The Premium for Dirt.

If you’re looking to buy a home in San Carlos and you get queasy at the thought that prices are escalating out of your budget, then perhaps you should skip reading this week’s review.   This week’s closed sales featured more eye-popping final prices than I’ve seen in a single week in San Carlos in a long time.    But all kidding aside, for some of the bigger sales there is a rational explanation — for others, there’s simply not.

269 Kelton Avenue and 294 Devonshire Boulevard were the two sales that fetched the highest amount (both % and $$) over their asking price.  But both of these homes are perfect examples of two points I made recently in the post “The Price of Dirt in San Carlos” — First, the homes themselves had virtually no influence on the final sale prices — the value was driven solely by the dirt on which they stand.  And second, it illustrates the fact that there’s still a HUGE premium for flat, buildable land in San Carlos.   The economy is once again strong enough were homeowners are willing to make that significant investment to build their “15-20 year” home.

The other home sale that topped the charts was 3363 Melendy Drive, which fetched a whopping $301,000 over the asking price.   But the reality of this sale is that this home simply sold where its value was — it’s a very clean 3,400 square foot home with some incredible views, and even the higher sales price only equates to $485/square foot, compared to the average of $777/square foot that the rest of the homes fetched this week.

The rest of the big winners this week?  Chalk it up to high demand and market exuberance.  And here are those numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 9-28-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 9-28-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
12 6
Average Sold Price
$1,239,022 $1,131,667
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$777 $688
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 118% 99%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 13 18
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 26 29
Inventory of Active Listings:
18 22
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,679,217 $1,714,770
Average DOM of Active Listings: 46 37
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $552 $547
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.69 : 1 0.76 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 9-21-13.

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Chugging Along

Last week we tabled the question as to whether the real estate market may be starting to slow a bit from the break-neck pace that we’ve seen all year.  Certainly, last week’s numbers were less than stellar in comparison to the rest of the year’s seemingly unstoppable numbers.  But we also noted that one week’s worth of data does not constitute a trend.

The most recent week’s data rebounded nicely on almost all fronts.   The most telling statistic was that 8 homes went into contract, which shows that buyers are still out there in big numbers.   Another good statistic was that 7 new listings hit the market, which indicates that sellers have no trepidation about bring their home on the market in the Fall.   This will serve to keep the market chugging along.

The one indicator that was down this past week  was the sales price/list price ratio.   This has been running at about 110% on average for most of the year.  This past week, homes that closed escrow in San Carlos fetched 99% of the asking price on average.     It’s hard to say whether this is just a function of more realistic asking prices, or if the sales figures are starting to level off, but it’s worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks.

Here are the numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 9-21-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 9-21-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
6 6
Average Sold Price
$1,131,667 $1,173,000
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$688 $729
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 99% 103%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 18 21
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 29 30
Inventory of Active Listings:
22 23
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,714,770 $1,445,210
Average DOM of Active Listings: 37 37
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $547 $605
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.76 : 1 0.77 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 9-14-13.

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Slowing Down?

One of the ways that you can use to gauge the heat of the real estate market is to look at the number of pending sales.  One might think that it would be to look at the sold homes, but the homes that are listed as “sold” below actually went pending 3-4 weeks ago, and just closed escrow this past week.   The number of pending sales gives you an idea of how many people are writing offers on homes, and by that measure it was a slow week in San Carlos.   Only 3 single-family residences went into contract, and not a single condo or townhome took an offer.

Is this a trend?  One week’s data does not make a trend — it just means it was a slow week.  But I am hearing the sentiment more and more often from buyers and agents that the market seems to be cooling down.  I’m not totally convinced of that yet — perhaps a few more weeks of consistent data like this will change my mind.

Here are the numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 9-14-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 9-14-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
5 3
Average Sold Price
$1,173,000 $1,115,000
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$729 $759
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 103% 112%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 21 12
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 30 32
Inventory of Active Listings:
23 22
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,445,210 $1,458,990
Average DOM of Active Listings: 37 31
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $605 $601
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.77 : 1 0.69 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 9-7-13.

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Watching the Calendar.

Now that we are past the Labor Day Weekend, some buyers are starting to nervously watch the calendar and wondering if they’re going to find their home before we settle in for the traditional slow-down after the Thanksgiving holiday.    The good news is that we still have a good solid 2-2.5 months of market time before we hit that point.  And from discussions that I have had with other Realtors, as well as other professionals who are typically involved in the preparation of a listing (inspectors, stagers, title reps), they are all extremely busy right now — which seems to indicate that we’re going to have a very robust inventory turn during this Fall market.   If the past few weeks are any indication, there should be plenty to see in the upcoming month.

Here are the numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 9-7-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 9-7-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
3 3
Average Sold Price
$1,155,000 $1,221,963
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$759 $638
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 112% 112%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 12 17
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 32 29
Inventory of Active Listings:
22 22
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,458,990 $1,466,586
Average DOM of Active Listings: 31 31
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $601 $639
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.69 : 1 0.76 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 8-31-13.

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The Fall Market is Here.

Bring on the Fall market in San Carlos!  The stats below capture the essence of the first week of a typical Fall market in San Carlos — LOTS of sales.  As I’ve stated before numerous times on the site, the kickoff of the Fall market coincides with the return to school for the majority of kids.   In years past, that used to be after Labor Day weekend, but every year it seems like that date keeps creeping forward (especially if you get a student’s opinion on that.)   Last week was the first week that pretty much all kids were back to school.  And the buying numbers reflected it.

13 homes were went into contract, making it one of the busier buying weeks so far this year.   But only 5 new listings hit the market, so the brief “glut” of inventory that we had is evaporating rapidly.   At the time of this post, we are back down to 22 homes for sale in the entire city.   And that number will likely drop this week before it rises again.

Here are the numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 8-31-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 8-31-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
3 7
Average Sold Price
$1,221,963 $1,100,143
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$638 $808
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 112% 112%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 17 11
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 29 18
Inventory of Active Listings:
22 31
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,466,586 $1,421,575
Average DOM of Active Listings: 31 29
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $639 $630
Active-Pending Ratio:
0.76 : 1 1.7 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 8-24-13.

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Affordable Options.

There are lots of interesting gems to be found in the numbers below which reflect last week’s real estate activity in San Carlos.  The first one to touch on is affordability.  There was a nice push of new listings again last week, which is keeping the inventory of new homes over the 30 mark.   But what was particularly interesting about last week was the affordability factor.  Of the 11 homes to debut on the market, 64% of them were under the $1M mark.  This will give first time buyers a level of choice that they haven’t had all year.

The other interesting number is the active/pending ratio.  This number has been mired at ridiculously low levels all year, well under the 1 mark.   But this past week, it surged to the highest point this year at 1.7.   This ratio is a good measure of buying vs listing activity, and looking at the numbers below for last week it shouldn’t be a surprise to see this number surge — 11 new listings compared to only 3 homes going into contract.   1.7 is not an abnormally high number, but it’s an indication that the pace of selling activity is slowing somewhat in San Carlos.

The third number that jumps out is $1,202.   That’s the price per square foot that the house on 1324 Oakhurst Avenue fetched when it closed escrow this week.  Shocking?  Not when you consider that the home sits on a nearly 10,000 sq foot flat lot on a fantastic San Carlos street.   This just drives home the point I made in this post about lot values in San Carlos — sometimes the dirt drives the value of the sale, and the structure is just an afterthought.  This sale was a perfect example of that scenario.

Here are the numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 8-24-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 8-24-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
7 5
Average Sold Price
$1,100,143 $1,278,857
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$808 $709
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 112% 108%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 11 12
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 18 21
Inventory of Active Listings:
31 25
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,421,575 $1,543,754
Average DOM of Active Listings: 29 35
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $630 $651
Active-Pending Ratio:
1.7 : 1 1.2 : 1

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The San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review: 8-17-13.

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Building Inventory.

There’s a palpable sense that the Fall real estate market is right around the corner.   Most kids head back to school this coming week, and almost as if on cue, the listings are starting to appear.  Just since Thursday alone, eight new issues debuted on the market in San Carlos, and hopefully that trend will continue this coming week.  That last burst alone pushed the inventory back up to 25, after dropping below the perilous 20 mark yet again, and kept the active/pending ratio above the 1.0 mark — a place it has rarely been all year.

Some big news on the blog this week — if you happen to read the San Carlos Real Estate Week in Review series every week on your smart phone or tablet, then you already know that the format was “less-than-optimal” when you click on any of the address links in the report.  Well, that problem has now been solved.  Starting this week, the website that houses all of the listing data is now optimized for mobile devices, and automatically re-formats when it senses that you are viewing the post from a mobile device.   So give it a try — click on any of the addresses in the report below from your mobile device.  I think you’ll love the new look!

Here are the numbers from last week:

By The Numbers.

Below is a high-level snapshot of the market performance for single-family residences in San Carlos. This data is for the week ending 8-17-2013:

San Carlos Housing Data 8-17-13 Prior Week
Closed Sales for the Week:
5 10
Average Sold Price
$1,278,857 $1,370,300
Average $/Sq Foot (Sold)
$709 $657
Sold Price vs Orig List (%) 108% 100%
Average DOM of Closed Sales 12 14
No. of Homes Pending Sale: 21 20
Inventory of Active Listings:
25 24
Average Price of Active Listings: $1,543,754 $1,541,156
Average DOM of Active Listings: 35 37
Average $/Sq Foot (List) $651 $624
Active-Pending Ratio:
1.2 : 1 1.2 : 1

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