January 2012 – Real Estate Market Snapshot

January 2012 Market Trends
IPO’s are in the news! LinkedIn employees and investors are leading the way in the early days of 2012. Palo Alto is ground zero for much of the new wealth in the area. Multiple offers and over-bidding are reminiscent of the dot-com boom of ’99-’00. The average selling price in Palo Alto in January ’12 was 4% over the asking price.
Inventories in all areas, locally, were down this year. This is consistent with rising (local) consumer confidence. When owners believe the value of their home is rising, they are less likely to want to sell. Buyers, on the other hand, are desperate to find something to buy before they are priced out of their target neighborhoods. This is a happy time for home owners in our area.

IPO’s are back; so are “dot-com boom” market conditions

LinkedIn employees and investors are leading the way in the early days of 2012 and the community is a buzz about the upcoming Facebook IPO.  With all of this activity, it’s clear that Palo Alto is ground zero for much of the new wealth in the area. The multiple offers and over-bidding are reminiscent of the dot-com boom of ’99-’00.  The average selling price in Palo Alto in January ’12 was 4% over the asking price.

Low Inventory Continues

Local inventory of homes for sale were down in January.  This trend is consistent with rising (local) consumer confidence. Over the years, we have observed that when home owners have confidence in the economy, they believe the value of their home is rising and are less likely to want to sell in the near term.  Buyers, on the other hand, are desperate to find something to buy before they are priced out of their target neighborhoods. This is a happy time for home owners in our area.

Please find charts of market activity and median sales price for single family home sales in January for the last decade in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Menlo Park.  Included are % of list price received and months of inventory which give you a more complete picture of supply and demand.

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Source: MLSlistings.com

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