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Benchmark Mortgage Rate Just Hit a New All-Time Low

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Just Hit a New All-Time Low

Having slipped back under 3 percent last week, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage has dropped another 11 basis points to 2.88 percent, which is 72 basis points below its mark at the same time last year and a new all-time low, according to Freddie Mac’s latest... Read More »

Reductions Rise as Inventory Levels Jump

With inventory levels in San Francisco having just hit recession-era levels, the number of homes on the market which have undergone at least one official price cut has ticked up another 20 percent in the absolute over the past two weeks to over 400. As such, there are now... Read More »

Recession-Era Inventory Levels Hit San Francisco

Recession-Era Inventory Levels Hit San Francisco

Having hit a 10-year seasonal high last week, the number of homes on the market in San Francisco, net of new sales and contract activity, has ticked up another 3 percent to 1,470, representing 150 percent more homes on the market than at the same last year (580) and... Read More »

Local Unemployment Claims Inch Up

Local Unemployment Claims Inch Up

Having dropped by nearly 60 percent in May, the number of San Francisco residents that filed a new/initial unemployment claim was effectively unchanged at 24,256 in June (versus having averaged closer to 5,000 a month since the end of the Great Recession, during which monthly filings never crossed the... Read More »

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Slips Back Under 3 Percent

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Slips Back Under 3 Percent

Having inched up last week, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage is now back under 3 percent by a basis point (2.99 percent) and 76 basis points below its mark at the same time last year (3.75 percent), according to Freddie Mac’s latest Mortgage Market Survey data.... Read More »

Asking Rents in San Francisco Continue to Drop, Listings Spike

Asking Rents in San Francisco Continue to Drop, Listings Spike

In a move that shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, the weighted average asking rent for an apartment in San Francisco has dropped another 4 percent over the past few weeks and is now down to $3,700 a month. While $3,700 a month isn’t exactly “cheap,” it’s nearly... Read More »

Pending Home Sales in the U.S. Jumped in June

Pending Home Sales in the U.S. Jumped in June

Having rebounded 44 percent in May following two months of twenty-plus percent declines, the National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index, a seasonally adjusted index for which 100 denotes “an average level” of activity, jumped another 16.6 percent in June to an above-average 116.1, which is 6.3 percent... Read More »

While up Nationally, Index for Bay Area Home Values Slips

While up Nationally, Index for Bay Area Home Values Slips

Having inched up to an all-time high in April, 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 – slipped 0.2 percent in May and the year-over-year gain for the index inched down... Read More »

Number of Homes for Sale in S.F. Just Hit a 10-Year High

Number of Homes for Sale in S.F. Just Hit a 10-Year High

The number of homes on the market in San Francisco, net of new sales and contract activity, ticked up another 4 percent over the past week to 1,420, representing 120 percent more inventory than there was at the same last year and a 10-year seasonal high. At a more... Read More »

Pace of New Home Sales in the U.S. Rebounded in June

Pace of New Home Sales in the U.S. Rebounded in June

The seasonally adjusted pace of new single-family home sales in the U.S. rebounded from the pandemic-driven hits the market took in March and April (at which point the annualized pace was down 14.0 percent versus the same time last year) and climbed to an annualized rate of 776,000 sales... Read More »