April 14, 2023
SF: April 2023 Market Stats
Buyer demand continued to rebound from the depths of the mid-winter slowdown: The number and percentage of listings going into contract, and overbidding percentages continued to climb, and days-on-market dropped as the spring selling season gained traction. Buyers generally shrugged off the local banking crisis, the main effect of which, so far, has been a significant drop in interest rates in the 4 weeks after SVB collapsed and First Republic first came under pressure.
But though conditions have improved considerably, the market remains significantly weaker on a year-over-year basis, and across the Bay Area, median home sales prices have declined. However, it's worth remembering that the market in Q1 2022 was severely overheated and approaching the peak of a historic, 10-year boom. This will distort many year-over-year comparisons.
The number of new listings coming on the market continues to be extremely low, as many potential sellers hold off from listing their homes due to the doubling of interest rates since early 2022: This constitutes a huge factor in market dynamics and is undoubtedly holding back sales activity.
Across the Bay Area, year-over-year sales declines in the highest price segments have outpaced drops for less expensive homes, and their demand-to-supply ratio - the number of sales compared to the number of listings for sale - is much weaker. Luxury home sales have been hit harder since the market correction began in mid-2022, though they too have been rebounding in 2023. April, May & June sales volumes are commonly among the highest of the year, and this is especially true for luxury home sales.
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