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Foster City Real Estate - July 2014

August 22nd, 2014

Prices Continue To Rise

Similar to other areas of the Peninsula, prices continue to rise in the Foster City real estate market. Recent sales suggest that prices are at all-time highs in the area (perhaps 15% above the previous peak in late 2007/early 2008).

Here are some highlights for the Foster City real estate market through July 2014:

  • Last September was the first month that the average price per square foot was above $600. In the past four months it has been above $660 per square foot each month.
  • Bidding wars have intensified. The average sold home this year has gone nearly 10% above the final asking price. Prior to 2014, there had not been a single month where the average home sold for 10% above the list price.
  • Homes are selling very quickly. The average sold home has been on the market for just 12 days. Many homes sell after a single open house.

The chart below shows the 12 month moving average (to smooth out month-to-month fluctuations) in the average price, median price and average price per square foot. Similar to other areas of the mid-Peninsula, prices have increased by 20% in Foster City in the past 12 months. Since reaching a bottom in late 2011, prices have risen by 40%.

Foster City Home Prices July 2014

The number of homes sold in Foster City is down in 2014 as compared to 2013. There have been 58 homes sold through July 2014. At the same point last year, 72 homes had been sold. At first, this seems counterintuitive. Given that most listings today have multiple offers it seems that there should be more sales. The reason for fewer sales is that there have been fewer homes for sale. The number of new listings is down by 11 and there was one fewer home for sale to start the year than last year. Tallying that up. Sales are down by 14, but potential sales are down by 12, so in the end, the situation is about the same as last year. Almost all listed homes are selling. Most are selling quickly (two weeks or less) and for much more than the list price (about 10% higher year-to-date). Inventory levels remain low. There were just 8 unsold homes on the market as of the end of July 2014. Given the normal ebb and flow of new listings, inventory levels during the summer time cannot really get any lower. Low inventory is likely to continue to put pressure on buyers who are competing against each other over the same listings. This in turn has pushed prices up and unless the underlying situation changes, will continue to push prices up.

By The Numbers - Foster City Real Estate

Current Month YTD Total or Average
July 2013 July 2014 Jan - Jul 2013 Jan - Jul 2014
Sales 15 14 72 58
Days on Market 17 14 17 12
Months of Supply 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8
Average Price $1,234,000 $1,465,000 $1,176,028 $1,395,000
Median Price $1,250,000 $1,455,000 $1,173,847 $1,383,793
Avg $ per Sq Ft $566 $685 $550 $668

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