Marin Real Estate (January 2011)

January 5, 2011

Welcome 2011! Over the past two days, the stock market has set two year highs on consecutive days (remember the 2008 meltdown?), a headline on CNN Money was “A Hiring Boom in 2011. Really!” and domestic automotive sales were up significantly last month and in the final quarter of 2010. If this all does not sound like recovery and renewed optimism, I don’t know what to think. While the historically low interest rates of October and November 2010 are likely gone for good, rates are still unbelievably low and overall affordability is at its best levels ever recorded.

Hint: time to buy a house if that is in your plans.

As with every year, January brings with it lower residential real estate inventory levels in Marin County, California. There are currently 524 active listings as this time of year is historically slow for home sales — everybody is recuperating from the holiday season and beginning to finalize plans for the coming year. Spring is around the corner and activity is already high at our new home development in Novato.

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Marin Luxury Report (January 2011)

January 5, 2011

Pacific Union Int’l – Christie’s Great Estates | Marin County, CA Luxury Home Sales (January 2011) — With 6 trades in December 2010, the luxury property real estate market in Marin County (properties and estates over $2 million) experienced one of its slowest months. This, despite the fact most economists and consumers feel that that the overall economic and housing environments are improving. Indeed, for real buyers there are extraordinary opportunities available right now. Pricing in the marketplace (especially for homes that have remained on the market through the Winter months) is softer than ever and “value” is evident in the luxury segment. In line with normal seasonal adjustments, the inventory of luxury homes for sale is very low.

Cities recording luxury home sales between $2 million and $4 million in December 2010 included: Belvedere (2), Sausalito (1), and Ross (1). These homes averaged 190 days on market. Their average sales price was $2.963 million (roughly $835 per square foot), with an average of 3,559 square feet.

Marin County’s ultra-luxury market (homes priced in the $4 million and up range) accounted for two sales last month, which averaged 233 days on market. Their average sales price was $9.125 million (roughly $1,958 per square foot), with an average of 6,000 square feet.

Note: As a member of the Marin Platinum Group, I have access to a database with several dozen luxury homes not currently on the MLS, but discretely offered for sale off-market. Please contact me regarding your specific desires.

By: Kyle Frazier, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Broker Associate, Realtor | Christie’s Great Estates — Christie’s Great Estates. Call Kyle Frazier at 415/350-9440 for more luxury home market information in Marin County, California (the San Francisco Bay Area’s “North Bay”).

Marin Luxury Report (November 2010)

January 5, 2011

Pacific Union Int’l – Christie’s Great Estates | Marin County, CA Luxury Home Sales (November 2010) — With 13 trades again in October 2010 (same as the prior month), the luxury property real estate market in Marin County (properties and estates over $2 million) continues to perform in the face of uncertainty. As it is becoming clearer that the overall economic and housing environments are improving, real buyers are making legitimate offers. Pricing in the marketplace certainly suggests “value.” In line with normal seasonal adjustments, the inventory of luxury homes for sale is down (we currently have 149 luxury homes on the market).

Cities recording luxury home sales between $2 million and $4 million in October 2010 included: Tiburon (4), Belvedere (2), Corte Madera (1), Sausalito (1), and San Anselmo (1). These homes averaged 141 days on market. Their average sales price was $2.459 million (roughly $557 per square foot), with an average of 2,459 square feet.

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Mill Valley Real Estate Report (Pacific Union January 2011 Home Sales Update)

January 3, 2011

December 2010 home sales in Mill Valley totaled 20. These trades sold for an average price of $1,149,219 and averaged 2,364 sq. ft. (or about $491 per sq. ft.).  The end of 2010 saw a heightened sense of security from buyers of homes in the bread-and-butter Mill Valley price range of $1.5 million to $2 million. We had 6 such sales and another 5 between $1 million and $1.5 million. The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS a very low 64 — most sellers took their homes off the market as Winter set in. Inventory will increase again beginning in February and peak in May or June. It will be interesting to see how sales play out in Q1 as it appears that bonuses for employees working in the San Francisco financial sector may spur luxury sales in our highly desirable city.

The percentage of homes in escrow:

  • Under $800,ooo — 38%
  • $800,000 to $1 million — 21%
  • $1 million to $1.5 million — 30%
  • $1.5 million to $2 million — 21%
  • Above $2 million — 10%

Listings in Homestead Valley and Sycamore Park generated the most calls this month.

If you would like more information about neighborhoods, sales, schools, or local Mill Valley services references, just give me a call at (415) 350-9440 or e-mail me at Kyle@MillValley101.com. I currently have several clients who want to sell, but are waiting in the wings for Spring 2011. Please contact me to determine if any of these opportunities fit your needs. I am also a member of the Marin Platinum Group with access to dozens of homes not “officially” on the market but available for sale.

If you would like my Mill Valley Hot List, e-mail me at Kyle@ImagineMarin.com. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International.