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Hillsborough Real Estate - August 2013

September 15th, 2013

High Selling Prices Continue

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

  • In 2012, the highest monthly price per square foot was $753. In 2013, the average price per square foot has been above $800 in five of seven months, including $807 in August 2013. Prices are up 15% in the past year.
  • Despite rising prices, buyers on average are ending up paying at or slightly below final list prices (this varies a lot from home to home).
  • It takes longer to sell a home in Hillsborough (64 days for the average sold home...not all homes end up selling) compared to nearby areas like Burlingame (26 days), San Mateo (22 days) and San Carlos (15 days!).

Prices continue to rise in Hillsborough, the north peninsula's most exclusive town. Prices have increased by approximately 15% in the past 12 months and by nearly every standard measure are above the previous peak selling values seen in late 2007/early 2008.

Hillsborough Home Prices August 2013

One interesting thing about the Hillsborough market is that on average, sold homes end up going for less than the final asking price. Not all homes do so of course, but on average, homes sell for 2% to 5% below asking. Like other areas, the ratio of sales price to list price increases during market upswings and declines in market downturns, but unlike other areas it rarely breaks the 100% threshold. In fact, over the past ten years, it has been above 100% in just 10 months. In neighboring Burlingame it has been above 100% in 59 months, including most of the past year and a half. San Carlos and San Mateo have had similar experiences to Burlingame. Buyers (and sellers) should be aware and recognize that it might mean taking a different approach to a listing in Hillsborough than in a neighboring area.

Hillsborough Sales Price to List Price August 2013

Inventory Falls in August, but Not at Historic Lows Like Nearby Areas

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 Inventory August 2013

Sales Down Slightly From Last Year's Pace

Through the first eight months of 2013, there have been 95 homes sold, down from 101 transactions in the first eight months of 2012. At the current rate, there will be around 135 homes sold in Hillsborough, even with the ten year average, which has fluctuated from a low of 94 sales in 2008 to 168 sales in 2004.

One interesting piece of information is that with the moderate amount of sales activity this year, combined with record prices, the total dollar volume of sold homes is on pace for a new record. By the end of the year, there will likely be somewhere between $450 to $500 million of total sales in Hillsborough. That happens to be the same that the city of Burlingame is on pace for as well.

Hillsborough Home Sales August 2013

By The Numbers - Hillsborough Real Estate for 2013

Current Month YTD Total or Average
August 2012 August 2013 Jan - Aug 2012 Jan - Aug 2013
Sales 15 16 101 95
Days on Market 67 85 58 64
Months of Supply 3.6 3.2 4.5 4.7
Average Price $3,172,000 $3,142,000 $2,804,634 $3,446,200
Median Price $3,400,000 $3,135,000 $2,694,822 $3,129,800
Avg $ per Sq Ft $716 $807 $713 $815

Thinking of buying or selling a home in Hillsborough?

If you're interested in learning more about the Hillsborough real estate market, considering selling your home in Hillsborough, or thinking about moving to Hillsborough, please drop me a line and I'd love to connect with you.