The July 2017 Marin County Real Estate Market Report
Welcome to my Marin County Real Estate Market Report for July 2017! Independence Day is behind us and summer is now in full swing. The numbers for June indicate more of the same in the Bay Area as well as the national real estate market — less and less inventory which is driving pricing up. The number of homes newly listed in June 2017 was almost 20% lower than the number in 2016 while months of inventory are down 12.7%. It seems to be a loop – some clients worry if they sell they will struggle to buy, and they know that offers contingent on their purchase of a new home are weaker than no-contingency “clean offers.”
While we saw some minor reductions in the pricing figures versus the prior month, when we compare to the same month in 2016 all of the pricing metrics are higher.
I had a very busy June and am thankful for that. My listing at 87 Brodea Way in San Rafael went into escrow and is due to close this month. As I am writing this, my listing in San Francisco, 65 Hermann Street #9, just went into escrow as well. I have some additional listings in the pipeline but am not ready to discuss them just yet. Please keep an eye on my website or my Facebook page for coming soon announcements.
I also am working with some repeat buyers who went into escrow in June on a beautiful home in Ross, located at 5 Norwood Avenue. While it was a competitive bidding situation, we prevailed, and the home is scheduled to close later this month.
I am representing the buyers of 5 Norwood Avenue in Ross, currently in escrow. Photo courtesy of Tracy McLaughlin, Pacific Union.
Marin County Real Estate Market Report July 2017 Dashboards
What This Update Means For You
SELLERS: If you’re thinking of selling your home, don’t listen to your Uncle Fred at dinner who says it is a sellers market and buyers will pay anything. Buyers are well educated and the majority in Marin County are working with very experienced and savvy agents who know values. Keep an eye on some of the trends we are seeing — that while inventories remain tight, sellers are having a hard time pushing pricing higher than last year. Bottom line: price your home for this market, not for the market in early 2016 or 2015.
BUYERS: For home buyers, the good news is that more balance is coming to the Marin real estate market even though inventories are tight. Look for homes that are well-priced and be prepared to move quickly. Chances are you are looking for the same things most other buyers are also seeking (see my list below.) Set up property alerts on my website so you can immediately see new homes on the market, and make sure you are pre-qualified so you present a compelling offer. (You may wish to read my article Buying a Home in Marin County for more tips and advice.) One other tip: Ask your agent to run aged inventory reports in and above your price range. Sometimes there are some real gems that the market has overlooked due to pricing or other factors.
What Are Buyers Looking For Right Now?
In speaking with buyers, they want it all right now, with the following at the top of their lists:
- Great schools
- Easy commute
- Walk to restaurants and shops
- Quiet streets
- Remodeled homes in move-in condition
Smart buyers, which is almost all of them, realize they cannot have all of those attributes and buying a home in a market like Marin County is a series of tradeoffs. For example, they may choose to give up walking to restaurants to be in the hills with a view of the bay. In any event, we are seeing buyers that are more tech-savvy than ever and who have done their homework, reading market reports such as this one and spending a lot of time online looking at homes.
This handy calculator is a great place to start. Then give me a call and let’s discuss.
“For Sale” vs. Sold Home Prices vs. Median Home Prices
Marin Home Prices List Price vs. Sold
Marin County Months of Inventory Based on Closed Sales
April 2017 Marin County Real Estate Market Report Average Price Per Square Foot
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The View from 65 Hermann #9, Now in Escrow:
I hope you have found my Marin County Real Estate Market Report for July 2017 informative. Please feel free to add your comments, questions or suggestions in the comments section below. If I may be of any assistance in helping you attain your real estate goals, please call or text me at 415-847-5584 and I will be in touch right away.