May 2013 - An Impressive Month
It was an impressive and perhaps even historic month for the Burlingame real estate market with records in various sales prices variables. Although one month does not define the trend, sometimes it is interesting to just look at the raw data. Here are the highlights for May 2013 (comparisons are made to data going back to January 2004)
- The average selling price of $1,811,000 was the highest ever by $84,000. The previous record was $1,727,000 back in April 2008.
- The median selling price of $1,702,000 was the second highest ever, just behind the $1,744,000 recorded two months ago in March 2013.
- The average price per square foot of $781 was the highest ever. The previous record was $763 in August 2007.
- The sales price to list price ratio was 109.1%. The previous high mark since January 2004 was 108.8% in March 2005.
- There were no listings that expired or were cancelled from the MLS. This is only the second time that has happened since January 2004. The other time was last month, April 2013! This is a sign of how strong the market is. Nearly every seller is receiving an acceptable offer.
The chart below shows the 12 month moving average (to smooth out random month-to-month variation) of the average price, median price and average price per square foot in Burlingame. The average price per square foot by this measure is $694. This is just over 1% below the absolute peak of $703 in March 2008. However, these are smoothed measures, so there is some lag. In March 2008, inventory levels had nearly doubled in the past year, sales volumes were collapsing and sales prices were below list prices as buyers balked at asking prices. Values were headed downward and began to noticeably decline by the second half of the year. In the current Burlingame real estate market however, inventory has nearly fallen by half in the past year, sales volumes are high and rising, and homes are regularly selling above asking prices. Prices have been and continue to head upward. On a year-over-year basis, prices have increased by about 15%. Since reaching bottom in the middle of 2011, prices have risen closer to 20%.
The average sales price to list price ratio has been well above 100% for the past four months. In May 2013 it was 109.1%. While even in this market not all homes sell or even sell for more than the asking price, the average seller received about $150,000 more than their final listing price in May 2013. What this also means is that the average sold home was listed for around $710 per square foot, which is higher than the annual peak of $703 in 2007. Essentially, buyers saw list prices that approximated the previous market summit (including the absolute peak) and then outbid each other to pay 9% above that amount.
Sales Activity Healthy Again in May
There were 30 homes sold in Burlingame in May 2013. In the first five months of the year, there have been 99 homes sold, as compared to 86 sales in the first five months of 2012. Impressively, sales activity is up 15%, at the same time that the number of newly listed homes is down 16%.
Inventory increased slightly in March to 23 unsold homes at the end of the month, but still remains near historically low levels. Inventory levels normally increase as we approach the summer months as more sellers list their homes. If there is a sustained increase in available inventory it would be a sign that buyer demand is diminishing and could point to a slowdown in rising home prices. The market is not at that point yet. The months of supply, which takes into account the current rate of sales, is at 0.8 months. There were 1.7 months of supply last May.
Recent Home Sales in Burlingame
Below is a selection of recent Burlingame real estate sales, sorted by area of Burlingame. As you can see, most homes continue to sell above the asking price; of the 21 homes shown below, 17 sold for more than the asking price and 3 sold for equal to the final asking price. Only one listing went for less than the asking price.
To get an idea of how much prices have risen, consider that of the 21 homes below, 13 sold for more than $800 per square foot. In all of 2012, there were 24 homes that sold for more than $800 per square foot and the average price per square foot for the entire year was just under $660.
Homes continue to sell extremely fast. The vast majority of homes that end up selling are gone in less than two weeks, and many are on the market for only a handful of days.
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By The Numbers - Burlingame Real Estate for 2013
|Current Month||YTD Total or Average|
|May 2012||May 2013||Jan - May 2012||Jan - May 2013|
|Days on Market||39||32||34||30|
|Months of Supply||1.7||0.8||2.3||0.9|
|Avg $ per Sq Ft||$663||$781||$635||$736|
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