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Sonoma County Real Estate Entering the Spring Selling Season

Around the Bay Area, spring 2018 was one of the hottest markets in the last 2 decades. The market began to cool considerably in summer and autumn – demand, sales and appreciation rates dropping, while supply and price reductions rapidly increased – and then the mid-winter doldrums took hold. The Sonoma market has been significantly [ More ]

Sonoma County Real Estate Looking Back on 2018

There were almost too many political, economic and even ecological factors – local, national and international – impacting the 2018 market to count. At the end of 2017 and in the first half of 2018, market conditions were very hot in Sonoma and around the Bay Area, and there were strong year-over-year appreciation rates. Come [ More ]

30+ Years of Bay Area Real Estate Cycles

The CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller high-price-tier Home Price Index for the 5- county San Francisco Metro Area, illustrated above by the blue line, applies best to more expensive Bay Area housing markets such as most of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo and Diablo Valley/Lamorinda. The SF Metro low- and mid-price tiers had much more dramatic bubbles [ More ]

Sonoma County Autumn Market Continues to Cool

Autumn markets around the Bay Area have seen considerable shifts, but with wide variance in the magnitude of these changes between counties. So far, Sonoma County has seen some of the most dramatic changes in conditions and trends, especially as compared to the competitive, high-demand, low-inventory market that existed in late 2017 through spring 2018. [ More ]

CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index Update

The CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index does not evaluate median sales price changes, but employs its own proprietary algorithm to measure home price appreciation over time. Since its indices cover large areas – for example, the San Francisco Metro Area is comprised of 5 counties – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely [ More ]

The Sonoma County Real Estate Market Mid-Year 2018 Update

Appreciation is typically viewed through the lens of percentage changes, but looking at dollar-value increases is another angle that is sometimes more interesting. Below are charts measuring appreciation by both parameters. Sonoma, Marin, SF, CA & U.S. Median Home Price Trends Annual Median Sales Price Changes by Dollar and by Percentage   Comparing the first [ More ]

Sonoma County Median House Price Hits New High in Q1 2018

In Q1 2018, the Sonoma County median house sales price hit a new high of $681,000, 12% above the Q1 2017 price of $608,000, and 4% above the Q4 2017 price of $665,000. Prices usually increase from Q1 to Q2 as the spring selling season really gets going, so it will be interesting to see [ More ]

Sonoma County Home Prices & Market Trends

It is not unusual for monthly median sales prices to drop during what is often described as the mid-winter market doldrums, but, as seen in the first chart above, not this year in Sonoma: Median prices have been consistently climbing since autumn began, with the fire clearly increasing demand since it occurred, and overriding typical [ More ]

Very Strong Market Dynamics Continue into Early 2018

It is not unusual for monthly median sales prices to drop during what is often described as the mid-winter market doldrums, but, as seen in the first chart above, not this year in Sonoma: Median prices have been consistently climbing since autumn began, with the fire clearly increasing demand since it occurred, and overriding typical [ More ]

A Survey of Bay Area Real Estate Markets

Our newly updated median home price maps for Marin, Diablo Valley & Lamorinda, and Wine Country markets in addition to San Francisco by neighborhood. To access them, click on the map image below and then roll your cursor over the maps on the webpage. Bay Area Q4 2017 Median House Sales Prices Bay Area 2017 [ More ]

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