Spring Arrives in Noe Valley and Home Sales Warm Up

January is the cruelest month for the housing market. Every winter, sales flatline for a month or two, before reviving with the spring.

This year, there were just seven sales in Noe Valley (Subdistrict 5.C) in January and February.  That’s the worst showing in my data set, which goes back to 2003.  Things picked up smartly, however, in March.  Take a look (double click the chart). Continue reading “Spring Arrives in Noe Valley and Home Sales Warm Up” »

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Home-Spotting: Second Time Around, 285 Douglass sells for $250,000 over asking

Explain this one to me please.   Elegant if dowdy Victorian lists for $2.349 million in September 2010 and sits there for three months with no takers.  Relists in April at $2.3 million and in contract seven days later at $250,000 over asking price. Calls to the no-doubt-jubilant listing agent for some clarification were not returned, but the only thing I can think of to explain it is a brief and bloody bidding war.

[Ed. Update:  4/14/11: Thanks to John Farnham, the listing agent, for getting back to me.  There was indeed a bidding war.  Won by the guy with the all-cash offer and a promise to close in 7 days. And the extra $250,000 in cash.]

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Who to Believe? Case Shiller or Ken Rosen

Case Shiller may be talking about double dip but Ken Rosen sees a somewhat brighter future for San Francisco’s residential real estate market. Here’s the doom and gloom at the national level from the recently released Case Shiller Report for … Continue reading

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Price-Shopping San Francisco’s Neighborhoods

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  San Francisco’s most expensive neighborhood?  In 2010, Pacific Heights beat out Sea Cliff by a long shot with a median price home costing a cool $3.5 million.  (And after witnessing the tsunami in Japan, people may be willing to … Continue reading

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Noe Valley Sales Distribution Returns to Normal in 2010

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The median price of a single family home in Noe Valley in 2010 was $1,221,500.  The median price of a condo or TIC was substantially less, at $768,000. Total sales for the year were 233 units, divided evenly between homes … Continue reading

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Noe Valley Back Smartly in 2010

 

 

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After nearly two years of sharp declines, Noe Valley single family home prices recovered smartly in 2010.  Not enough, however, for anyone to claim that Noe Valley is somehow immune from market forces affecting the rest of San Francisco.  As of December 2010, Noe Valley home prices were still down 20% from their all-time highs, almost exactly the same as prices for homes city-wide.

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What’s A Better Value in San Francisco, A Condo or a Home? (Part 2)

In my last post, I included a chart that showed both single family homes and condos stuck in relatively narrow price ranges over the last 18 months or so.  At the end of 2010 the median price of a single family home ($744,000) was about $80,000 more than that for a condo/TIC.

But that doesn’t tell us anything about “value.”  Now, let me count the ways we could argue about what “value” means, but I think we’d agree that how each property type has weathered the market battering over the last few years has to be relevant.   Take a look at this table: Continue reading “What’s A Better Value in San Francisco, A Condo or a Home? (Part 2)” »

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What’s a Better Value in San Francisco, A Condo or a Home? (Part 1)

Real estate lore holds that if the market for single-family homes is doing badly, the condominium market will be doing worse.  But what about San Francisco, which is the textbook case of a supply-constrained market with high barriers to entry?

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2010 San Francisco Residential Wrap-Up: Why condo owners may not be celebrating.

Given the amount of bad news coming out of the housing market these days, you’d think that San Francisco condo and TIC owners would be celebrating the fact that values increased 4.5% in 2010.

If no one feels like popping corks, it may be because prices have been stuck in a narrow range since they hit their post-bubble bottom two years ago.  Take a look (click to enlarge):

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The 2010 Residential Wrap-Up: What’s goin’ on? Not much.

Avid readers of this blog will recall that I hastily pulled my last attempt to post on this subject because of some errors in the data.  Horrors.  The errors caused 2010 to look like a much stronger year in terms of price increases for single family homes.

Whether that would have been good news or bad depends, of course, on whether you’re trying to buy or sell.  As it is, 2010 ended up being a wash from either perspective.  Here’s the chart (click to enlarge:

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