Mill Valley Real Estate Report (July 2014 Home Sales Update) | Pacific Union

July 29, 2014

Mill Valley Real Estate Report (July 2014 Home Sales Update) | Pacific Union (click HERE for a video about Mill Valley). Summer is typically slow for Mill Valley real estate sales. This year feels like it is no exception. However, as I was writing this last sentence I took a break to review my Mill Valley Real Estate Reports for July going back to 2007 (YES — I have been writing these updates for over 7 years now). What I found is a little surprising — our Mill Valley sales numbers for June 2014 are actually the highest we have seen in that month for at least 7 years. Let’s take a look back:

In July 2007, the year that most Marin County realtors point to as the apex of home sales in Marin, there were 40 sales. This seems interesting as inventory is so low right now and there are so few homes coming to market under $1 million in Mill Valley, which limits buyer activity at this very hot price point in Southern Marin. Other notes from 2007 — A) the average days on market was 50 days (July 2014 was 31 days); B) the average sales price was $1.76 million (July 2014 was $1.68 million); C) the average price per foot was $702 (July 2014 was $744). Seems to me like the housing market has fully recovered in Mill Valley, CA from the dark days of 2009-2012.

Certainly, the result of low interest rates and even lower inventory is brisk home sales. In June 2014, we had 41 single family home sales. These homes traded on average for $1.682 million and averaged 2,285 sq. ft. (or about $744 per sq. ft.). Comparing these numbers to past market updates, one can see a dramatic rise in both sale prices and price per foot over the past year. Despite the sudden rise in pricing in 2013, many properties continue to receive utterly extraordinary multiple offers with bid prices as much as 20% above asking price, coupled with short contingencies. This momentum extends beyond just the entry level homes and int the luxury segment over $2 million (we had 8 homes sell for over $2 million in June 2014, compared with 4 in January).

Just 48 single family homes are currently active on the market in all of Mill Valley. The current absorption rate in Mill Valley is very low — it stands at about 1 month (6 months is considered “balanced”).

Below are the percentages of homes in escrow in each of Mill Valley’s major price bands:
■57% of homes priced under $800,000;
■50% of homes between $801,000 and $1 million;
■73% of homes between $1 million and $1.5 million;
■33% of homes between $1.5 million and $2 million;
■13% of homes between $2 million and up.

Of the 41 homes that sold in June 2014:
■2 homes were priced under $800,000;
■22 homes priced from $800,000 to $1.5 million; and
■17 homes priced from $1.5 million and up.

MLS Listings in Homestead Valley, Boyle Park, Middle Ridge and Strawberry generated the most calls and showings this past month. If you would like me to run the exact numbers for your Mill Valley neighborhood or if you have any questions about Mill Valley schools or its many delightful communities, just give me a call at (415) 350-9440. My name is Kyle Frazier. I am a Top Agent, J.D., Broker, Realtor, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), with Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International Real Estate. It is always my pleasure to be of service.

Kyle Frazier, Pacific Union Int'l