San Diego Housing Market News and Analysis
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Submitted by Rich Toscano on July 26, 2015 - 2:54pm
Once again, the traditional "Shambling Towards Affordability" title for this series proves inapt. The market does have a bit of a shamble to its step, but the direction in which it lumbers is distinctly un-affordable. (In price terms, anyway... low rates do ease the sting, but that's a separate topic to be addressed below).
While valuations have crept up a bit over the past year, the big picture hasn't changed much: home prices are significantly higher, when compared with local rents and incomes, than they typically have been over the almost 4-decade history of the data:
Submitted by Rich Toscano on July 15, 2015 - 2:50pm
The local housing market was looking strong as of last month. Prices continued to creep higher, sales were robust, and inventory, while slightly higher, failed to outpace the increase in demand.
Months of inventory is not as low as it was during the 2013 feeding frenzy, but it's just about the lowest since -- if that doesn't change, we can expect further upward price pressure immediately ahead.
Submitted by Rich Toscano on June 16, 2015 - 6:07pm
Hi all. Not much has changed from last month's update, so I'm just going to do a chart dump and dispense with the words. Starting now.
Submitted by Rich Toscano on May 20, 2015 - 4:46pm
The market's been pretty hot, by which I mean, demand seems to be outstripping supply. I base this statement on the below chart, which shows that while months of inventory is higher than it was during the spring 2013 feeding frenzy, it is lower than this time last year:
...and, it's among the lowest we've seen recently outside said feeding frenzy:
Submitted by Rich Toscano on March 22, 2015 - 5:44pm
As of January, there was a big divergence between pending and closed sales: closed sales were very weak (even considering the seasonality), but pendings were strong. This gap narrowed substantially in February as closed sales made a big catch up move. Check it out in the graph below... closed sales were unusually low in January, but a lot closer to recent years (albeit still somewhat low) in February.
Submitted by Rich Toscano on February 7, 2015 - 2:53pm
Sorry Piggs, I didn't get around to posting the December numbers. But let us not dwell on the past*, and instead soldier on to the January numbers.
*Though if you really want to, the December data is all in the charts below.
Submitted by Rich Toscano on December 21, 2014 - 3:20pm
Hi everyone -- I'm going to keep it brief and just do a graph-only version this month. Happy holidays to all!
Submitted by Rich Toscano on November 28, 2014 - 5:50pm
Better late than never (but in my defense it was another uneventful month):
Submitted by Rich Toscano on October 12, 2014 - 4:17pm
Here's the big picture -- not a lot of movement last month:
Drilling down to some individual graphs, the price per square foot continued in its meandering ways:
Submitted by Rich Toscano on September 17, 2014 - 1:03pm
Here it is in a nutshell:
Charts and some thoughts below...
Submitted by Rich Toscano on August 10, 2014 - 1:35pm
I think we can agree that the typical Econo-Almanac reader is both unusually attractive, and a busy go-getter with places to be and things to do. Things besides reading a real estate blog. It is for you Coffee Achievers1 that I present this convenient new2 table summarizing the month's statistics:
1 Youths, please see this important educational video.
2 It is unclear to me why I didn't start doing this like 8 years ago or something.
Submitted by Rich Toscano on July 16, 2014 - 6:34pm
Well now... the median price per square foot for single family homes (which is the best real-ish time price indicator) surged by 3.3% last month:
Submitted by Rich Toscano on June 15, 2014 - 4:50pm
San Diego's median price per square foot eked out a small gain in May, with the single family home median rising .3% from April.
Submitted by Rich Toscano on May 25, 2014 - 5:39pm
Let's do a quick check-in on San Diego housing valuations:
Submitted by Rich Toscano on May 18, 2014 - 6:37pm
It was a month of yet more gains for home prices, per the median price per square foot, with condos going particularly nuts. That latter bit is not very analytically important, as the condo price/sqft can be very volatile. But it does make for an exciting looking chart:
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