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Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops, Odds of Easing Emerge

Benchmark Mortgage Rate Drops, Odds of Easing Emerge

Having dropped to a 9-month low at the beginning of the year, the average rate for a benchmark 30-year mortgage, which hit a 7-year high of 4.94 percent this past November, has inched down another 4 basis points to a 10-month low of 4.41 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s... Read More »

Bay Area Home Sales Dropped to Another 11-Year Low

Bay Area Home Sales Dropped to Another 11-Year Low

The number of single-family homes and condos that traded hands across the greater Bay Area totaled 5,341 this past December, that’s down 13.2 percent from November (versus typically ticking up), down 21.6 percent on a year-over-year basis, and the lowest December sales total since 2007, which marks another 11-year seasonal low,... Read More »

Pending Home Sales in the U.S. Continue to Drop

Pending Home Sales in the U.S. Continue to Drop

Having declined 0.7 percent in November, the National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index, for which 100 denotes “an average level” of activity, dropped another 2.2 percent in December to a below-average 99.0 and is now running 9.8 percent lower on a year-over-year basis and 11.8 percent below... Read More »

Indexes for Bay Area Home Values Drop, Condos Hit Particularly Hard

Indexes for Bay Area Home Values Drop, Condos Hit Particularly Hard

Having slipped another 0.7 percent in November, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index for single-family home values within the San Francisco Metropolitan Area – which includes the East Bay, North Bay and Peninsula – has shed 1.4 percent over the past quarter and its year-over-year gain has dropped nearly five... Read More »

Decline in Pace of Home Sales in the U.S. Accelerates

Decline in Pace of Home Sales in the U.S. Accelerates

The seasonally adjusted pace of existing-home sales across the U.S. dropped 6.4 percent at the end of 2018 to an annual rate of 4.99 million sales, which is 10.3 percent lower versus the same time last year according to the National Association of Realtors, down from 7.0 percent lower... Read More »

Developers Drop Condos from Permitted Tower Plans

Developers Drop Condos from Permitted Tower Plans

As we first reported this past September: While the approval process for a 36-story tower designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in collaboration with Mark Cavagnero Associates, to rise up to 405-feet in height at 555 Howard Street was, in fact, fast-tracked by Planning, and the development was approved... Read More »

Bay Area Home Sales Drop, Median Price Trending Down

Bay Area Home Sales Drop, Median Price Trending Down

Having rebounded to a 7-year seasonal low in September, the number of single-family homes and condos that traded hands across the greater Bay Area totaled 6,147 in November, down 14.1 percent on a month-over-month basis (versus a typical seasonal drop of around 10 percent) and 15.2 percent lower versus... Read More »

Indexes for Bay Area Home Values Slip and Fall

Indexes for Bay Area Home Values Slip and Fall

Having slipped 0.7 percent in October, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index for single-family home values within the San Francisco Metropolitan Area – which includes the East Bay, North Bay and Peninsula – has shed a total of 1.0 percent over the past quarter and its year-over-year gain has dropped... Read More »

Year-Over-Year Decline in Existing U.S. Home Sales Is Accelerating

Year-Over-Year Decline in Existing U.S. Home Sales Is Accelerating

While the seasonally adjusted pace of existing-home sales across the U.S. ticked up 1.9 percent in November to an annual rate of 5.32 million sales, the pace is now running 7.0 percent lower versus the same time last year, down from 5.1 percent lower on a year-over-year basis in... Read More »

Up and Down in the Inner Mission Take Two

Up and Down in the Inner Mission Take Two

Purchased for $950,000 in June of 2015, the modern two-bedroom unit #411 at 1875 Mission Street (aka “M@1875”) returned to the market listed for $1,050,000 this past August, a sale at which would have represented total appreciation of 10.5 percent for the “luxurious, stylish and modern top floor [Mission... Read More »