Market Report: Trend & Analysis

The spring selling season is here!


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Despite the ongoing health and economic crisis precipitated by COVID-19, the SF real estate market made a large recovery from the steep declines in March and April. The SF median house price hit a new monthly high in June ($1,800,000), and high-end houses, in particular, have seen very strong demand – this applies to virtually every market in the Bay Area. More affluent buyers - the demographic least affected by COVID-19, unemployment, and also having the greatest financial resources - have been jumping back into the market to a greater degree than other segments.  


The condo market has been weaker than the housing market, as measured by both supply and demand metrics and median sales price. It may be that prospective condo buyers - often younger and less affluent than house owners - have been more affected by the huge jump in unemployment. 


The first chart below illustrates the big rebound in buyer demand, as the number of listings accepting offers in June 2020 rose slightly higher on a year-over-year basis. Of course, closed-sales volume - a lagging indicator - was hammered in Q2 by a shelter in place.


High-end sales staged a particularly strong recovery,  reaching a new high as a percentage of total sales. This is one of the factors behind the median house sales price hitting a new peak in June.


As illustrated below, the housing market (blue line) has performed much better than the condo market (purple line). 


Three angles on median home sales price movements - annual, monthly, and quarterly. While the median house price has hit a new peak, the median condo price has declined from its 2019 high.