Mill Valley Real Estate Report (February 2013 Home Sales Update) | Pacific Union International

February 20, 2013

Mill Valley’s real estate market has continued to post extremely positive numbers into the New Year — the sales total for January 2013 was 13. These properties sold for an average price of about $1.105 million and averaged 1,887 sq. ft. (or about $594 per sq. ft.). Like all towns in Marin County, Ca, Mill Valley home sales have been supressed by a very low inventory of homes for sale. Despite the scarcity of homes available, however, pricing remains the key variable determining buyer interest levels and salability. For now, buyers continue to expect readily apparent value (with an emphasis on turn key homes). If Buyers do not see apparent value in a particular property, they seem to be more than willing to wait for something new. Interestingly, homes priced over $2 million in Mill Valley are not selling — just 7% of these are in escrow compared with over 75% of homes in escrow under $1 million. Clearly, while the market is on the mend in the entry level, buyers are not yet convinced of value in the luxury sector. I predict this will change in coming months as move-up buyers begin flexing their buying instincts.

As noted in my market reports for the past 8 months, the number of listings actively on the market in Mill Valley has decreased to the point of extreme scarcity (there are only 29 homes on the market in all of Mill Valley,CA as of this writing). The absorption rate in Mill Valley currently stands at 2 months (6 months is considered “balanced”).

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As is evidenced by virtually all criteria — market data, real estate forecasts, and buyer demand — the overall health for Mill Valley real estate improved dramatically over the course of 2012. One of the most promising metrics is the upswing in sales in Mill Valley’s “wheelhouse” price bracket of $1.25 mil to $1.75 mil. For many months, if not several years, the number of sales in this traditionally strong Mill Valley price bracket were low — yet the past few months saw an improved market for such homes.

The percentages of home in escrow are:
up to $800K — 81%
$800-$1 mil — 73%
$1 mil to $1.5 mil — 60%
$1.5 mil to $2 mil — 50%
$2mil & Up — 7%

Listings in Marinview, Boyle Park, Tam Valley, and Cascade Canyon generated the most calls this month. Well-priced homes are generating multiple offers — one home garnered over 30 offers last 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 am also a member of the Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s International Real Estate | Pacific Union International | Mill Valley, CA.

Mill Valley Real Estate Report (November 2012 Home Sales Update) | Pacific Union International

November 21, 2012

Our Mill Valley, California real estate market continues to shine as sales during the month of October 2012 numbered 31. These properties sold for an average price of about $1.4 million and averaged 2,516 sq. ft. (or about $574 per sq. ft.).  While, similar to the rest of Marin, an extremely low inventory of homes for sale continues to negatively impact potential sales numbers, pricing remains the key ingredient determining buyer interest levels and salability. As much as ever, buyers continue to insist on undeniable value with an emphasis on turnkey homes. If they don’t see it in a particular property, they will continue to wait. The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS has decreased to the point of extreme scarcity (there are only 45 homes on the market in all of Mill Valley as of this writing). The absorption rate in Mill Valley currently stands at just over 1 month (6 months is considered “balanced”).

As is evidenced by virtually all criteria — market data, real estate forecasts, and buyer demand — the overall health for Mill Valley real estate has improved dramatically over the course of 2012. One of the most promising metrics is the upswing in sales in Mill Valley’s “wheelhouse” price bracket of $1.25 mil to $1.75 mil. For many, many months, the number of sales in this traditionally strong Mill Valley price bracket were low. Yet last month alone, 14 trades took place in this range.

The percentages of home in escrow are:

  • up to $800K — 73%
  • $800-$1 mil — 38%
  • $1 mil to $1.5 mil — 56%
  • $1.5 mil to $2 mil — 30%
  • $2mil & Up — 13%

Listings in Boyle Park, Homestead Valley, Sycamore Park, and Cascade Canyon generated the most calls this month. Well-priced homes continue to generate multiple offers. 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 am also a member of the Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s International Real Estate | Pacific Union International | Mill Valley, CA.

Mill Valley Real Estate Report (January 2012 Home Sales Update) | Pacific Union International

January 30, 2012

December 2011 home sales in Mill Valley dipped to just 18 trades. These properties sold for an average price of $1.196 million and averaged 2,202 sq. ft. (or about $496 per sq. ft.).  Pricing remains the key ingredient determining buyer interest levels and salability. Buyers continue to insist on readily apparent and undeniable value. If they don’t see it in a property, they are willing to wait it out. The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS has decreased to the point of virtual . This is extraordinarily low inventory even for this time of year.

Listings in Strawberry, Middle Ridge, Sycamore Park, and Tam Valley generated the most calls this month. Well-priced homes continue to generate multiple offers. 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 2012. Please contact me to determine if any of these opportunities fit your needs. I am also a member of the Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s International Real Estate | Pacific Union International Mill Valley, CA.

Mill Valley Real Estate Report (October 2011 Home Sales Update) | Pacific Union International

November 11, 2011

September 2011 home sales in Mill Valley dipped to just 21 trades (this is reflective of the traditional slowdown related to Summer — e.g., because few homes go into escrow in August, there are few closings in September). These properties sold for an average price of $1.246 million and averaged 2,344 sq. ft. (or about $539 per sq. ft.).  Pricing remains the key ingredient determining buyer interest levels and salability. Buyers continue to insist on readily apparent and undeniable value. If they don’t see it in a property, they are willing to wait it out. The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS has decreased to 83 homes. This is extraordinarily low inventory even for this time of year.

The percentage of homes in escrow are:

  • Under $800,ooo — 48%
  • $800,000 to $1 million — 19%
  • $1 million to $1.5 million — 25%
  • $1.5 million to $2 million — 13%
  • Above $2 million — 14%

Listings in Sycamore Park, Boyle Park, and Tam Valley generated the most calls this month. Well-priced homes continue to generate multiple offers.

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 2012. Please contact me to determine if any of these opportunities fit your needs. I am also a member of the Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s International Real Estate | Pacific Union International Mill Valley, CA.

Mill Valley Real Estate Report (September 2011 Home Sales Update) | Pacific Union International

September 27, 2011

August 2011 home sales in Mill Valley rose to 37 trades (pretty strong number considering the Summer is normally very slow for Marin County real estate)). These properties sold for an average price of $1.229 million and averaged 2,328 sq. ft. (or about $530 per sq. ft.).  Pricing remains the key ingredient determining buyer interest levels and salability. Buyers continue to insist on readily apparent and undeniable value. If they don’t see it in a property, they are willing to wait it out.

The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS has increased as we enter the slower Summer season to 106. The percentage of homes in escrow:

  • Under $800,ooo — 43%
  • $800,000 to $1 million — 31%
  • $1 million to $1.5 million — 37%
  • $1.5 million to $2 million — 11%
  • Above $2 million — 19%

Listings in Strawberry, Boyle Park, Middle Ridge, and Homestead Valley generated the most calls this month. Well priced homes continue to generate multiple offers.

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 Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International Mill Valley, CA.

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

June 29, 2011

May 2011 home sales in Mill Valley held steady with 28 trades (up from 13 in January!). These properties sold for an average price of $1.058 million and averaged 1,952 sq. ft. (or about $552 per sq. ft.).  Pricing remains the key ingredient determining buyer interest. Buyers insist on apparent and undeniable value. If they don’t see it in a property, they are willing to wait it out. Now, more than ever, is the time for sellers to be very careful about who they have negotiating for them — poor negotiating by “say anything” agents can result in losses of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS has increased as we enter the slower Summer season to 122. The percentage of homes in escrow:

  • Under $800,ooo — 39%
  • $800,000 to $1 million — 30%
  • $1 million to $1.5 million — 25%
  • $1.5 million to $2 million — 24%
  • Above $2 million — 4%

Listings in Strawberry, Boyle Park and Homestead Valley generated the most calls this month. Well priced homes continue to generate multiple offers.

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 Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International Mill Valley, CA.

Mill Valley Real Estate Report (Pacific Union April/May 2011 Home Sales Update)

May 4, 2011

March and April 2011 home sales in Mill Valley increased dramatically over the prior three months — we had 27 trades in March and 19 in April (up from 13 in January!). These properties sold for an average price of $1.265 million and averaged 2,369 sq. ft. (or about $542 per sq. ft.).  Pricing remains the key ingredient determining buyer interest. Buyers insist on apparent and undeniable value. If they don’t see it in a property, they are willing to wait it out. Now, more than ever, is the time for sellers to be very careful about who they have negotiating for them — poor negotiating by “say anything” agents can result in losses of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS has increased as we enter the primary selling season to 118. The percentage of homes in escrow:

  • Under $800,ooo — 48%
  • $800,000 to $1 million — 24%
  • $1 million to $1.5 million — 33%
  • $1.5 million to $2 million — 20%
  • Above $2 million — 0%

Listings in Strawberry, Boyle Park and Homestead Valley 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 Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International Mill Valley, CA.

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

March 17, 2011

February 2011 home sales in Mill Valley climbed ever-so-slightly to 15 (up from 13 in January). These trades sold for an average price of $903,927 and averaged 2,151 sq. ft. (or about $453 per sq. ft.).  While anecdotally we are hearing about increased activity, the fact remains that pricing is key. Buyers insist on apparent and undeniable value. If they don’t see it in a property, they are willing to wait it out. The number of listings actively on the market in the MLS remains very low at 72. I suspect once the current rainy spell ends (it looks like it is supposed to rain non-stop for another weeks), we will see inventory balloon. It will be interesting to see how sales play out in Q2 as it appears that bonuses for employees working in the San Francisco financial sector may spur bread-and-butter and luxury sales in our highly desirable city.

The percentage of homes in escrow:

  • Under $800,ooo — 48%
  • $800,000 to $1 million — 24%
  • $1 million to $1.5 million — 33%
  • $1.5 million to $2 million — 20%
  • Above $2 million — 0%

Listings in Boyle Park and Homestead Valley 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 Top Agent Network and 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. It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International Mill Valley, CA.

Pacific Union Real Estate Mill Valley CA. Real Estate Report (July 2010 Home Sales Update)

July 24, 2010

The number of homes sold in the Mill Valley, California real estate market rose and Mill Valley’s touchstone price band ($1 million to $2 million) posted another solid month. In contrast to the previous three years, buyers now speak confidently about our market, recognizing that prices have tumbled significantly, interest rates are extraordinary, jobs numbers have improved, and media coverage concerning real estate has turned positive. Moreover, we are seeing an improved marketplace in San Francisco which is the bellweather for Mill Valley and Marin.

The number of homes for sale in Mill Valley is down incrementally to 143. After the brief slow period in the Summer we can expect increasing inventory after Labor Day. Mill Valley’s entry level price bands (under $1,000,000) are as strong as we have seen them over the past couple of years. Moreover, bread and butter homes of $1.5 mil. and up remain strong and that market segment exhibits undeniable leading indicators of a strengthening market. The chart below tracks prices of “for sale” and “sold” homes at or above $1.5 million compared with last year. Indeed, asking prices are down 6% and sales prices are up 17%. This trend is not evident in every price band.

mill-valley-july-2010

Mill Valley’s 24 sales in June 2010 gave rise to the following averages: an average price of $1,239,025; and about 2,273 sq. ft. (or about $597 per sq. ft.). Note that the price per square foot number is prone to wild swings from month to month. For example, three months ago, the price per square foot was $640 in Mill Valley. This is because the composition of sales varies dramatically from month to month — at best, price per square foot is a blunt instrument. Homes in Tam Valley, Scott Valley, Sycamore Park, and Country Club 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.

p.s. I currently have several clients who want to sell, but are waiting in the wings. 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, call or e-mail me: (415) 350-9440 | Kyle@MillValley101.com.It is always my pleasure to be of service. Christie’s Great Estates | Pacific Union International.

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