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Reductions Continue to Rise in SF as Inventory Levels Drop

Reductions Continue to Rise in SF as Inventory Levels Drop

Having peaked last month at an 8-year high, as expected, the number of homes on the market in San Francisco has since dropped a seasonally driven 19 percent to 840 and is currently running 3 percent lower than at the same time last year. At the same time, the... Read More »

Bay Area Employment Slips, Unemployment Inches Up

Bay Area Employment Slips, Unemployment Inches Up

Having benefited from a seasonal bump in the onboarding of new graduates in September, the number of people living in San Francisco with a paycheck inched up by another 100 in October and now totals a record 579,900. But with a labor force that increased by 900 over the... Read More »

Prevalence of Price Cuts on the Rise in San Francisco

As is typical for early November, the number of homes on the market in San Francisco has ticked down 2 percent over the the past week to 930, which is dead even with the same time last year. At a more granular level, the number of condos listed for... Read More »

Mortgage Rates Drop, Probability of a Rate Hike: Zero

Mortgage Rates Drop, Probability of a Rate Hike: Zero

As we expected, the average rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped 9 basis points over the past week and now measures 3.69 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Mortgage Market Survey. And as such, the 30-year rate is now 125 basis points (1.25 percentage points) below its mark at... Read More »

Home Prices Rise in 93 Percent of Metro Areas, Bay Area Excluded

According to the National Association of Realtors, “single-family median home prices increased year-over-year in 93% of measured markets in the third quarter, with 166 of 178 metropolitan statistical areas showing sales price gains” and an average gain of 5.1 percent over the past year.  And that’s up from 91... Read More »

35 Percent of San Francisco Residents Now Say They’re Likely to Leave

35 Percent of San Francisco Residents Now Say They’re Likely to Leave

According to the City of San Francisco’s latest City Survey, the percentage of San Francisco residents who say they are either “somewhat” or “very” likely to move out of the city in the next three years is up to 35 percent. That’s up from 27 percent two years ago,... Read More »

Number of Homes on the Market in San Francisco Ticks Down

The number of homes on the market in San Francisco (950) ticked down 6 percent over the past week as is typical for this time of the year. But overall inventory levels remain 1 percent higher on a year-over-year basis and are holding at an 8-year seasonal high. At... Read More »

Mortgage Rates Inch up but Poised to Slip

Mortgage Rates Inch up but Poised to Slip

The average rate for a 30-year mortgage inched up another 3 basis points over the past week to 3.78 percent but remains 105 basis points (1.05 percentage points) below its mark at the same time last year, according to Freddie Mac’s latest Mortgage Market Survey. And while the average... Read More »

The Fed Just Cut Rates (For the Third Time This Year)

As predicted, the Federal Reserve just cut the benchmark Federal Funds rate by another 25 basis points (0.25 percentage points), the third such rate cut this year. Having dropped its benchmark rate a total of 5 percentage points between August of 2007 and the end of 2008, a move... Read More »

Appreciation for Bay Area Homes Turns Negative

Appreciation for Bay Area Homes Turns Negative

For the first time since early 2012, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index for single-family home values within the San Francisco Metropolitan Area – which includes the East Bay, North Bay and Peninsula – has dropped on a year-over-year basis, an outcome which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise.... Read More »