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San Francisco Real Estate Market Update: February 2018

Many separate but connected events occurring in the global, national and local economy may have an impact on the San Francisco real estate market this year, the extent to which is unknown. These include a jump in the inflation rate, increased stock market volatility, the bond market sell-off, the weak dollar and talk of a fourth rate increase this year by the Federal Reserve Board.

Home buyers are laser focused on mortgage interest rates, as well as how financially secure they feel with their investment portfolios. A gyrating stock market can not only reduce buyers’ ability to deliver on their downpayments but also deter their eagerness to make offers, let alone bid aggressively on them. As mortgage rates rise, and perhaps even more this year than anticipated, it hurt buyers in terms of the amount they can qualify for and sellers in terms of the downward pressure it puts on home values.

All that said, San Francisco still has a booming job market and buyer demand that well out-strips supply. It’s hard to imagine a truly shifted market place, yet these two sides may come a bit more into balance this year.

Single Family Homes:
The three-month rolling average median sales price of $1,350,000 is up 10.5% over last year’s.

In the past 12 months, new listings were down 5.9% while sales were up 0.94%.

January’s inventory of 1.1 months is 35% lower than in 2017.

70% of homes sold over their list price and the median percent of list price received was 108% in January.

Condo/Loft/TIC’s:
The three-month rolling average median sales price of $1,050,000 is up 11.3% over last year’s.

In the past 12 months, new listings were down 7.5% while sales were up 2.4%.

January’s inventory of 1.6 months is 33% lower than in 2017.

39% of homes sold over their list price and the median percent of list price received was 100% in January.

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San Francisco Real Estate Market Update: 2017 in Review | 2018 Looking Ahead

2017 saw two foundational trends continue in the San Francisco real estate housing market. Prices continued their trend upward while inventory continued its trend downward. It marked the sixth straight year for higher sales prices for both single family homes and condo/loft/TIC’s.

Two changes, one already implemented and one in the making, may have a significant impact on the housing market, in San Francisco and across the country. First, the tax changes may impact buyer behavior with the reduction in deductibility of mortgage interest and possibly state income taxes and property taxes, with the latter two still up in the air.

Second, the projected three hikes in the federal funds rate by the Federal Reserve are anticipated to result in mortgage rate increases of ½ to ¾ percent by the end of 2018. Additional factors will affect mortgage rates so it’s impossible to predict where they’ll end up and how they’ll get there. No expert expects them to stay as low as they are currently.

Single Family Homes:
2017’s median sales price is up 12.2% from 2016.

There were 5.5% fewer new listings in 2017, and 1.5% more sales.

Inventory ended 2017 down 31% from 2016, the lowest level in 10 years.

78.7% of homes sold over their list price and the median percent of list price received was 113.4% for 2017.

Condo/Loft/TIC’s:
2017’s median sales price is up 9.3% from 2016.

There were 6.2% fewer new listings in 2017, and 3.4% more sales.

Inventory ended 2017 down 24% from 2016, the lowest level in 3 years.

59.5% of homes sold over their list price and the median percent of list price received was 101.9% for 2017.

 

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