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San Carlos Real Estate - October 2013

November 17th, 2013

Bidding Wars Continue in San Carlos

Buyers continued to big against each other in the San Carlos real estate market, with many homes selling for 5 to 15% above the asking price. Here are the highlights as of October 2013:

  • Inventory levels stood at just 16 homes in October 2013. For comparison, the average monthly inventory in the past ten years has been 46 homes. The current market environment is very tight.
  • Buyers continue to outbid each other. The average sold home went for over 7% above the list price, the ninth straight month where the ratio of sales price to list price has been well over 100%.
  • Overall, prices are up at least 20% in the past 12 months and are at record levels.
  • The average price per square foot was $654, the lowest since February. Given the continued bidding wars, fast sales and the fact that the prior month's figure of $739 was the second highest on record, it appears to be a one month blip. These random variations happen from time to time based on different homes selling in a given month versus another month. As an example, in October 2005, the same thing happened. The average price per square foot was $540, whereas it had been at or above $600 most of the year. All of the other fundamentals were sound and it turned out to be a monthly aberration.

While prices are rising in all areas of the Peninsula, the data suggests that San Carlos has seen some of the highest increases. Prices are up 20% or more in the past 12 months and 25% to 30% since reaching bottom in early 2012. While it varies from house-to-house, prices are on average around 5% above the absolute peak reached in late 2007/early 2008.

San Carlos Home Prices October 2013

In a sign that the imbalance between buyers and sellers remains; the average sold home in October 2013 went for 7% more than the final list price. The ratio of sales price to list price has been at or above 107% almost since the beginning of the year. While prices can be rising or falling when the ratio is around 100%, once it diverges it is a fairly strong price signal. As long as the ratio stays well above 100%, buyers and sellers in the San Carlos real estate market should expect prices to continue to rise. On a similar vein, the ratio will be a good indicator to watch. If it dips down to 100% or below, it would be a sign that prices may begin to cool.

San Carlos Price List Ratio October 2013

Sales Activity Just Short of Last Year

Since the slow start to the year, sales activity (measured by the number of transactions) has picked up in the San Carlos real estate market. Through the first ten months of the year, there have been 259 homes sold, just short of the 266 homes sold in the same period in 2012. While 2013 will likely not surpass 2012's mark of 317 sales; with a decent end of the year it could end up being the second year above 300 sales since 2005.

San Carlos Home Sales October 2013

After a bit of a scare in July 2013 when inventory levels jumped, the number of unsold homes on the market has fallen. As of the end of October 2013, there were just 16 unsold homes on market in San Carlos. This is one of the lowest levels on record in the area. It means that prospective buyers have very little options from which to choose. A lack of inventory often portends rising prices and offers above asking prices, similar to what we have seen in the San Carlos real estate market for the past 12 to 18 months.

San Carlos Inventory October 2013

By The Numbers - San Carlos Real Estate for 2013

Current Month YTD Total or Average
October 2012 October 2013 Jan - Oct 2012 Jan - Oct 2013
Sales 28 28 266 259
Days on Market 37 17 30 15
Months of Supply 0.9 0.6 1.1 0.7
Average Price $1,166,000 $1,178,000 $1,050,880 $1,249,212
Median Price $1,040,000 $1,210,000 $993,801 $1,222,162
Avg $ per Sq Ft $562 $654 $565 $686

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