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Hillsborough Real Estate - September 2013

October 24th, 2013

High Selling Prices Continue

Prices have risen and continue to increase in the Hillsborough real estate market. Highlights as of September 2013:

  • The average price per square foot of $894 was the highest except for one outlier month in 2009 when it was over $1,000 per square foot.
  • The 12 month moving average for median sales price, average sales price and average price per square foot are all at their highest levels ever in Hillsborough...for the first time since early 2008.
  • Home sales are running at the same pace as last year, which were the most since 2005.

Prices continue to rise in Hillsborough, the north peninsula's most exclusive town. In the last six months, the price per square foot has been above $800 each month. At the previous height in 2007, there never was a streak like that. The 2007 annual average price per square foot was $791. We are clearly at a new peak. In the past 12 months, prices have increased by around 20%.

Hillsborough Home Prices September 2013

On average, homes continue to sell for less than the final asking price. In most areas, when the ratio of sales price to list price is below 100% it is a sign that it is a buyers market. However, this is the typical situation in Hillsborough. Even when the market favors sellers in Hillsborough the ratio is normally below 100%. In fact, over the past ten years, the ratio has been above 100% for just 10 months, despite two huge price booms (now and 2005-2008 period). It is tough to pinpoint the reason for why the Hillsborough market is different. It may be related to the fact that the homes in Hillsborough are so unique. This makes developing comps difficult. Perhaps sellers list high knowing that the savvy (and often patient) buyers will bid below the ask price. Once a pattern sets in, it becomes routine.

Hillsborough Sales Price List Price September 2013

Across San Mateo County, inventory levels in the real estate market are at historic lows. At the end of August 2013, there were well under 650 unsold single family homes on the market. In the last ten years August inventory has never been below 800, and is regularly well above 1,000.

In Hillsborough, inventory did fall a bit in August to 51 unsold homes, but on average, inventory levels have been about even with historical patterns. Buyers looking to buy a high end home in nearby Burlingame, San Carlos or San Mateo may want to look at Hillsborough given that relative amount of supply of homes.

Hillsborough Active Inventory September 2013

Sales Even With Last Year's Pace

Through the first nine months of 2013, there have been 109 homes sold, exactly even with the first nine months of 2012. There were 145 sales in 2012, the most since 2005. 2013 figures to be another high sales year.

Hillsborough Home Sales September 2013

Inventory levels remain about even with historic averages. Most areas in San Mateo County are seeing inventory levels that are half or a third of normal levels.

Hillsborough Active Inventory September 2013

By The Numbers - Hillsborough Real Estate for 2013

Current Month YTD Total or Average
September 2012 September 2013 Jan - Sep 2012 Jan - Sep 2013
Sales 8 13 109 109
Days on Market 75 66 60 65
Months of Supply 7.0 4.0 4.7 4.6
Average Price $3,404,000 $4,429,000 $2,841,284 $3,581,679
Median Price $3,200,000 $3,468,000 $2,731,899 $3,170,183
Avg $ per Sq Ft $631 $894 $707 $824

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