Market Dynamics by week for the past 6 months through October 23, 2011 for San Francisco houses, condos, TICs and 2-4 unit buildings.
Listings Accepting Offers: The week ending 10/23/11 had 155 listings accepting offers, but that number will go down as some of these deals fall through – probably to the low 140’s. Still, that is well above the 100 listings that accepted offers in the corresponding week in 2010.
New Listings Coming on Market: The number of new listings since Labor Day has been well below the number last year. Insufficient new inventory is not meeting buyer demand.
Listings for Sale: Inventory continues to decline and still reflects the situation for much of this year. Inventory is very low. At this time last year, there were almost 700 more listings on the market. On a percentage basis there were over 35% more listings on the market.
Percentage of Listings Accepting Offers (going under contract): the percentage for the week ending 10/23/11 will probably decline to somewhere in the 7.7% range from the 8.4% showing today as it is adjusted for deals that fall through. Still, that would be among the highest rates we’ve seen in many years – last year at this time, the percentage was about 4%. Strong demand + very low inventory = very high percentage of listings accepting offers.
Median House Sales Price: Weekly fluctuations in median price are not particularly meaningful, but for what it’s worth, the last 3 weeks have been above and sometime far above the average median for the past 6 months ($712,000). The week ending 10/23/11 saw a median house price of $749,000; the week before saw $841,000. (But frankly, we prefer to look at median prices for entire quarters or longer periods, as opposed to individual weeks.)
Units Sold: Last year, reflecting the huge burst of new inventory in mid-September, the week corresponding to last week saw a huge burst of closed sales (150 closings). That compares to a number for the week ending 10/23/11 that will probably end up in the mid-nineties when all sales are entered into the system. Low inventory is certainly constraining the number of sales, and appraisal issues are probably increasing the number of deals that fall through now.
Expired/ Withdrawn Listings: For about every 2 listings that sell, another listing expires or is withdrawn without selling, usually due to being perceived as overpriced. Many of these expired listings will be eventually re-listed at a lower price and ultimately sold – though they probably would have sold for more money if more aggressively priced to begin with.