Statistical Tables | Volatile Markets, Softer Rates To Start 2019

Prices Up & Sales Down to End the Year

Trends at a Glance
(Single-family Homes)
  Dec 18 Nov 18 Dec 17
Home Sales: 157 217 259
Median Price:  $1,500,000  $1,435,000  $1,270,000
Average Price:  $1,796,156  $1,874,446  $1,537,976
SP/LP: 106.5% 106.9% 107.2%
Days on Market: 33 26 31
(Lofts/Townhomes/TIC)
  Dec 18 Nov 18 Dec 17
Condo Sales: 179 257 286
Median Price:  $1,195,000  $1,200,000  $1,070,000
Average Price:  $1,339,998  $1,269,138  $1,192,609
SP/LP: 100.9% 103.5% 102.7%
Days on Market: 44 38 43
Year-over-year, the median sales price for homes was up 18.1% and the average price gained 16.8%. That’s the fourteenth month in a row prices have been higher than the year before.

Home sales fell 27.6% from November, and they were off 39.4% year-over-year. For the year, home sales were down 15.5%.

Condo/loft prices were up year-over-year with the median sales price gaining 11.7%. The average sales price was up 12.4%.

Condo/loft sales were off 30.4% from November, and, they were down 37.4% year-over-year. For the year, condo/loft sales are 3.8%.

The sales price to list price ratio, or what buyers are paying over what sellers are asking remains in the triple digits: 106.5% for homes and 100.9% for condos/lofts. 

Momentum Statistics

Sales momentum…
for homes dropped 3.1 points to –18.3. Sales momentum for condos/lofts was down 4.5 points to –4.0.

Pricing momentum…
for single-family homes rose 0.5 of a point to +14.9. Pricing momentum for condos/lofts fell 0.2 of a point to +8.1.

Our momentum statistics are based on 12-month moving averages to eliminate monthly and seasonal variations.

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The graph below shows the median and average prices plus unit sales for homes.

The following chart shows the median price difference compared to the year before.

 

The graph below shows the median and average prices plus unit sales for condos/lofts.

The following chart shows the median price compared to the average price. The average price will always be more than the median price. The greater the difference, the more higher priced homes are being sold.

The real estate market is very hard to generalize. It is a market made up of many micro markets, especially in San Francisco. For complete information on a particular neighborhood or property, or for an evaluation of your home's worth, call me.

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Monthly Statistics

Complete monthly sales statistics for San Francisco are below. Monthly graphs are available for each district in the city by clicking the links to the left.

December Sales Statistics
(Single-family Homes)
  Prices Unit     Yearly Change Monthly Change
  Median Average Sales DOM SP/LP Median Average Sales Median Average Sales
San Francisco  $  1,500,000  $  1,796,156 157 33.03 106.5% 18.1% 16.8% -39.4% 4.5% -4.2% -27.6%
D1: Northwest  $  1,937,500  $  2,133,188 16 34.06 103.9% -1.7% -3.7% 60.0% 4.7% -1.2% -15.8%
D2: Central West  $  1,290,000  $  1,383,560 25 37.44 114.0% -11.0% -9.2% -7.4% -2.8% 2.1% -30.6%
D3: Southwest  $  1,150,000  $  1,255,889 9 27.44 115.9% -11.5% 3.2% 0.0% -0.9% 6.3% -40.0%
D4: Twin Peaks  $  1,654,000  $  1,826,750 24 35.04 105.4% 5.0% -1.6% 26.3% 3.4% 5.8% -27.3%
D5: Central  $  2,215,000  $  2,436,827 26 26.54 104.7% -3.7% -5.6% 36.8% 5.5% 1.4% -25.7%
D6: Central North  $  1,765,000  $  1,820,000 4 24.25 107.0% -53.6% -52.1% 300.0% -69.3% -68.3% 300.0%
D7: North  $  3,550,000  $  4,620,000 5 28.8 96.2% -16.4% -8.7% -37.5% -20.2% -7.2% -58.3%
D8: Northeast  $  2,300,000  $  2,173,333 3 45.67 96.7% -83.3% -84.2% 200.0% -24.3% -28.5% 50.0%
D9: Central East  $  1,362,500  $  1,661,786 14 31.71 107.5% -13.7% 3.1% -22.2% -7.9% -12.7% -39.1%
D10: Southeast  $  1,115,000  $  1,116,419 31 35.65 113.3% 13.8% 6.6% -16.2% 11.5% 6.9% -24.4%

 

December Sales Statistics
(Condos/TICs/Co-ops/Lofts)
  Prices Unit     Yearly Change Monthly Change
  Median Average Sales DOM SP/LP Median Average Sales Median Average Sales
San Francisco  $  1,195,000  $  1,339,998 179 44.34 100.9% 11.7% 12.4% -37.4% -0.4% 5.6% -30.4%
D1: Northwest  $  1,125,000  $  1,183,914 13 29.69 105.3% 9.8% 0.4% 8.3% -10.1% -5.4% -18.8%
D2: Central West  $     990,000  $     884,000 5 74.6 103.0% -20.8% -29.3% 400.0% 46.7% -12.6% 66.7%
D3: Southwest  $     595,000  $     595,000 1 17 99.3% n/a n/a n/a -36.0% -36.9% -75.0%
D4: Twin Peaks  $     665,000  $     787,333 3 29 99.9% -20.1% -21.5% -62.5% -47.6% -38.5% -57.1%
D5: Central  $  1,541,000  $  1,522,775 20 33.55 109.2% 11.9% 11.9% -33.3% 0.6% 4.4% -52.4%
D6: Central North  $  1,047,500  $  1,240,722 18 34.61 102.2% -4.1% 10.8% -25.0% -14.5% 6.8% -25.0%
D7: North  $  1,750,000  $  1,974,112 17 47.47 98.3% 13.6% 15.6% -29.2% 33.1% 31.3% -43.3%
D8: Northeast  $  1,267,500  $  1,444,617 30 45.33 99.4% 7.0% 5.1% -14.3% 20.7% 5.9% 3.4%
D9: Central East  $  1,155,000  $  1,264,844 65 49.74 98.9% 8.5% 6.0% -34.3% 7.7% 6.4% -27.8%
D10: Southeast  $     785,000  $     785,000 1 9 99.6% -19.2% -11.1% -88.9% 28.9% 16.1% -83.3%

Volatile Markets, Softer Rates To Start 2019

November 30, 2018 -- It's no secret that home sales have lacked traction for a good number of months now. Even with a modest 1.4% rise in existing home sales in October, the truth is that they still remain more than 5% below the same period last year. This week, the National Association of Realtors noted that their Pending Home Sales Index for October fell by 2.6%, making it now 10 consecutive months where pending sales were lower when compared to year-ago readings. The PSHI is based on signed contract to buy; home purchase transaction commonly take 45-60 days to complete, and so are a harbinger for at least a part the expected trend for existing home sales for November and December. Those sales figures won't come for about 4 and 8 weeks, respectively.

Although it remains at a robust level, we learned last week that enthusiasm among homebuilders had dropped sharply in November amid a lackluster and challenging construction climate. This week we learned the reason for the souring demeanor: Fewer folks are buying the homes they are building.

Sales of new homes slumped by 8.9% in October, continuing a downtrend that began after an expansion peak for sales of 712,000 (annualized) units last November. A year on, and the present rate of sale has slid all the way to 544,000 annual units, some 12% below the same period last year. There was a bit of a bright spot in an upward revision for September sales (from 552K to 597K) but very little to be excited about in the current climate. With the slump in sales, supplies of unsold homes swelled to 7.4 months, a level rather above optimal stockpiles of perhaps 6 months, and one that will likely put a damper on new construction trends for a while. The 336,000 built-and-ready to sell units available is the highest number of the economic expansion to date.

Moving the needle higher for new home sales may be difficult, at least for a time. Of late, somewhat more existing home inventory has become available and so competes against more expensive new stock; as well, it is likely difficult to build homes in the markets that most need additional new inventory as tracts of open land are scarce. Other headwinds such as firming mortgage rates don't help either, and with the homebuying season giving way to the holiday season, it may be spring before we see much by way of improvement.

With Black Friday behind us and the normally-quiet-for-housing holiday season kicking in, it doesn't seem likely that we'll see home sales get much of a lift anytime soon. Mortgage rates have backed off from recent peak levels by about an eighth of a percentage point which may help a bit, and with the influential 10-year Treasury holding a yield of just about 3% late Friday and other indicators also softening, we think there's a good chance of a 3-4 basis point decline in the average 30-year FRM reported by Freddie Mac come next Thursday, even with the first-week-of-the-month slew of top-tier economic data hitting the markets.

 

 

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