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20 Hottest Housing Markets In the U.S

20 Hottest Housing Markets In the U.S

The top three hottest housing markets in the U.S for January are located here in the Bay Area with San Francisco topping the list followed closely by San jose and Vallejo. Other Bay Area markets that made the top of the list this month were Santa Rosa ranked 7th, and Santa Cruz ranked 18 which has moved up 9 spots since last month. A total 13 out of the 20 hottest housing markets in the U.S for January are located in California.

Placement on the list was based on number of listing views in each market and the number of days homes spend on the market. Recent movements and changes on the list can be attributed to,  “A strong stock market run, new tax laws, and a government shutdown have given buyers and sellers plenty to digest as they come to terms with the new economic landscape and their personal situation,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research at According to data released with the list of hottest housing markets, approximately 365,000 new listings are expected to hit the market in February, showing a 3 percent increase over last year. Click here to go to full article.

Surge in US Home Sales to foreigners

There is a new trend emerging. Foreign investors have increased the percentage of residential real estate purchases by 49% from the previous year. See full article here.

As appraisers we have seen the trend of high investor purchases over the last 8 years but did not have great data as to what extent foreign investors played in this role. It is clear that over the last year they have played a much bigger role than in previous years.

Median Home Values for California

Zillow came out with their median home values over the last year as well as their prediction for what home values will be over the next year. See below:

The median home value in California is $490,100. California home values have gone up 6.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in California is $281. The median price of homes currently listed in California is $473,900. The median rent price in California is $2,500. Click here to read the full zillow article.

Santa Cruz Market Trends Report – April 2015

The median home price in Santa Cruz County was $775,000 in March of 2015. This us up a whopping 15.7% from a year earlier. The number of sales in March were 123 which is 7% higher than a year earlier. There are currently 255 active listings which is down 35.6% from a year earlier (where is that inventory of homes????). We are still in a sellers market and until we get more inventory it should stay that way.

DQ News Reports: Bay Area Home Sales Slowest in Six Years – December 16th, 2014

Corelogic released its November San Francisco Bay Area housing market report today. Home sales dropped to the lowest level for the month of November since 2008, the result of a limited number of homes for sale, cautious buyers, a challenging mortgage market and a quirk of the calendar that resulted in a relatively low number days for recording deals. The single-digit, year-over-year rise in the median sale price was the lowest since May 2012. See below for a chart of the # of homes sold and median prices per county.

Total November Home Sales
in the San Francisco Bay Area counties

Homes Sold Median Sale Prices
All homes Nov-13 Nov-14 Percent Change Nov-13 Nov-14 Percent Change
Alameda 1,469 1,246 -15.20% $518,500 $585,000 12.80%
Contra Costa 1,250 1,145 -8.40% $410,000 $435,500 6.20%
Marin 287 265 -7.70% $741,250 $870,000 17.40%
Napa 110 98 -10.90% $455,000 $562,750 23.70%
Santa Clara 1,517 1,450 -4.40% $667,500 $715,000 7.10%
San Francisco 544 434 -20.20% $843,000 $1,072,500 27.20%
San Mateo 581 499 -14.10% $700,000 $818,500 16.90%
Solano 430 433 0.70% $275,000 $305,250 11.00%
Sonoma 471 433 -8.10% $418,750 $447,250 6.80%
Bay Area 6,659 6,003 -9.90% $550,000 $601,000 9.30%

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