San Francisco’s Housing Market Cooling Down

ggbridgeInteresting how Mr. Carlisle very clearly says that the market is very strong, just not a feeding frenzy and the reporter sandwiches it with other quotes and statements that the market is “cooling.” I agree with Patrick, not the reporter. There is a lot more high-end inventory than there was last year. However, we were at the lowest inventory in recorded real estate history (since about 1992) for the last four years. So having some more inventory is healthy and a smart seller can still do very very well by pricing correctly and marketing perfectly. A smart buyer can also take advantage of those situations where the seller is not doing everything right. This is a more complex than there being zero inventory and multiple offers on everything. Makes my job more fun and allows me to really make a difference for my clients.              – Jennifer

Why The Cool Down?

The real estate market in San Francisco has started to cool after four years of boom that pushed the median cost of a home up to $1.2 million, according to a report on Bloomberg. The report noted there are signs the San Francisco’s real estate market is waning as job growth slows, venture-capital investment declines and the stock market stays weak.

“It’s not the absolute feeding frenzy that we had for the last three springs before this one,” Patrick Carlisle, chief market analyst at Paragon Real Estate Group in San Francisco told Bloomberg. “By any definition for the rest of the world, it’s still a very, very strong market. It’s just not as crazy hot as it has been.”

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Bloomberg said, “The cooling is most notable at the high end of the market.” There has been a record 95 San Francisco houses on the market for at least $2.5 million at the end of April, which is up a significant 42 percent from 2015, according to the Paragon report. For luxury condos — those $2 million and higher — inventory climbed 44 percent to a high of 75 units. “Sales of all luxury homes declined from January through May for the first time since 2010,” Bloomberg added.

“It has definitely cooled a bit, which is a healthy thing,” said Gregg Nelson, co-founder of Trumark Cos., a California-based developer. “It’s more reflective of where prices are than a lack of demand.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg noted that San Francisco no longer ranks on Redfin’s “20 hottest U.S. housing markets” list. Denver, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, are now taking the lead, according to a recent report.

One Other Thing To Consider

Further, Microsoft Corporation’s recent $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp may also affect housing demand.

While LinkedIn hasn’t announced a reduction in workers, broader tech consolidation could lead to job cuts that will hurt home prices and rents, Bloomberg said, citing Kenneth Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Source: Benzinga