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May 12, 2017

Bay Area Home Sales Slide in April — Except for Luxury Homes

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the latest numbers and trends in a new Straight Talk column.

Executive Summary:

  • April home sales in the Bay Area were down 10 percent on an annual basis and 2 percent from March. The monthly decrease is not consistent with the historic average increase of 15 percent.
  • April’s monthly decrease was largely due to a drop in sales in the East Bay and San Francisco, while the South Bay and Silicon Valley saw slight improvements.
  • The relatively smallest increase in inventory in the East Bay contributed to slower sales in April.
  • On an annual basis, inventory keeps tightening. April’s 12 percent year-over-year decrease in supply is the largest recorded over the last 14 months.
  • San Francisco, the South Bay, and Silicon Valley saw the largest decline in inventory levels — especially for homes priced below $2 million.
  • By contrast, luxury home sales in the first four months of this year improved over 2016 and 2015, with the relatively highest increase in both sales and inventory in Marin and Alameda counties.
  • Twice as many potential buyers visited open houses priced below $1 million than those priced above $1 million.


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