Sonoma County Market Activity Update – 2018 – Let’s review the market dynamics for Sonoma County as we kick into the new year.
It is not unusual for monthly median sales prices to drop during what is often described as the mid-winter market doldrums, but, as seen in the first chart above, not this year in Sonoma: Median prices have been consistently climbing since autumn began, with the fire clearly increasing demand since it occurred, and overriding typical seasonal dynamics. The second chart above illustrates year-over-year changes using the 3-month period of December, January and February sales: Dramatic appreciation percentages. It is still very early in the year to come to definitive conclusions, but so far in 2018, the entire Bay Area appears to have shrugged off concerns regarding increasing prices, rising interest rates, stock market volatility and federal tax law changes. We will know more once sales data from the spring selling season starts coming in.
Monthly Median Sales Price Changes
Year-over-Year Comparisons Median Prices & Price per Square Foot
Home Values by Lot SizeIn San Francisco, a house worth $1m can sit next to one worth $3m, each on its own narrow, 25-foot-wide, 2500 square foot lot, but in Sonoma, land clearly plays a big role in home values. This is what many people come to the county for: More space, somewhere to sit outside with the dog and a bottle of wine, maybe even enough room to grow some grapes. As the lot sizes grow larger in the chart below, land begins to balance and then, eventually, often outweigh the value of the house itself.
Median House Sales Prices since 2012 by City & TownThe next chart is a snapshot of appreciation in 5 Sonoma cities since 2012. In this analysis, home sales were limited to those with lot sizes of 2 acres or less. The trends seen here are generally true for communities across the county.
Supply & Demand StatisticsAs seen in the 2 charts following, as measured by several classic measures of supply and demand, the market in recent months has certainly not softened in comparison to the last 2 years. Indeed, it has become substantially stronger. Generally speaking, this is playing out around the Bay Area, but more dramatically in Sonoma than most other counties.
Months Supply of Inventory (MSI) & Average Days on Market (DOM)
Listings Selling within 30 Days Year-over-Year Comparisons
New Listings Coming on Market & Listings Accepting OffersThis next chart graphs the intense seasonality of the Sonoma market: We are just on the cusp on what is typically the biggest selling season of the year.
Sonoma Luxury Home Market
Rising Mortgage Interest Rates Short-Term Trends
Long-Term TrendsAdditional Sonoma analyses can be found here, if you scroll down to earlier reports: Sonoma Market Reports Page More reports for those interested: Paragon Main Real Estate Reports Page Positive & Negative Factors in Bay Area Markets Survey of Bay Area Real Estate Markets San Francisco & Bay Area Demographics Please let me know if you have questions or I can be of assistance in any other way. It is impossible to know how median and average value statistics apply to any particular home without a specific, tailored, comparative market analysis. In real estate, the devil is always in the details.
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