According to DataQuick, recorded home sales volume in San Francisco jumped 17% on a year-over-year basis last month (536 recorded sales in September ’09 versus 458 sales in September ‘08) and rose 2.4% compared to the month prior. The difference between recorded and listed sales activity continues to be driven by unlisted new construction sales.
San Francisco’s median sales price in September was $650,000, down 3.7% compared to September ’08 ($675,000) but up 2.4% compared to the month prior.
For the greater Bay Area, recorded sales volume in September was up 4.8% on a year-over-year basis and up 4.8% from the month prior (7,879 recorded sales in September ’09 versus 7,271 in August ’08 and 7,518 in August ’09), while the recorded median sales price fell 8.8% on a year-over-year basis, up 1.4% compared to the month prior.
“This market may be closer to normal than it was a half year ago, but it’s still out of kilter, fueled in large part by incentives and the processing of distressed properties. The sales mix is still lopsided, tilting toward the low end, and lending institutions are only making really safe mortgage loans. For those who can buy, there are some very attractive opportunities. But it still looks like a lot of normal supply-and-demand activity has been put on hold until the economy comes back,” said John Walsh, MDA DataQuick president.
At the extremes, San Mateo recorded a 35.1% year-over-year increase in sales volume (a gain of 162 transactions) on a 5.5% drop in median sales price while Solano recorded a 5.0% year-over-year increase in sales volume (a gain of 32 transactions) on a 24.5% drop in median sales price.
As always, keep in mind that DataQuick reports recorded sales which not only includes activity in new developments, but contracts that were signed (“sold”) many months or even years prior and are just now closing escrow (or being recorded).
∙ Slight uptick in Bay Area home sales and prices [DQnews]
∙ San Francisco Recorded Sales Activity In August: Down 2.8% YOY [SocketSite]
∙ Listed San Francisco Single-Family Home September Sales: Down 4% [SocketSite]