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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Sonoma County Real Estate – New Year Report

There was continued median home price appreciation throughout the Bay Area in 2017, with Sonoma County seeing a noteworthy jump in the fourth quarter due to heightened demand after the tragic fires. From the 3rd to 4th quarters, the house median sales price increased 5%, and condos saw a particularly large percentage increase of 11%. (See third chart below.) However, too much should not be made of short-term data until substantiated over a longer term.

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San Francisco Real Estate Market – New Year Report

The median SF house sales price in 2017 was $1,420,000 (up from $1,325,000 in 2016), and for condos, it was $1,150,000 (up from $1,095,000). Looking just at the 4th quarter, median prices were $1,500,000 for houses (up from $1,350,000 in Q4 2016) and $1,185,000 for condos (up from $1,078,000) respectively.

Additional chart: Bay Area Median Home Price Trends by County

The chart below,

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San Francisco Bay Area S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index

Since Case-Shiller Indices cover large areas – 5 counties in the SF Metro Area – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely varying home prices, the C-S chart numbers do not refer to specific prices, but instead reflect home prices as compared to those prevailing in January 2000, which have been designated as having a value of 100. Thus these charts are broad generalizations about appreciation (or depreciation) trends: for example,

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