2009 Housing Trends for Los Altos & nearby cities

Posted on June 8, 2009 by  
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As we examine the most recent statistics regarding year-over-year trends, the market is beginning to strike a decent balance, at least for May 2009. There are opportunities still out there for buyers, and yet properties are selling at a good clip for the sellers that are not unrealistic about pricing. In short, we have a good equilibrium occurring, without a clear advantage for either buyers and or sellers in the current overall environment.

Below, we have included four charts that highlight: 1) Recent Inventory; 2) Pending Sales; 3) Closed Transactions for May; and finally, 4) A comparison of year-to-date, through May 2009, of homes that have closed escrow.

As of May 2009, overall Closings were up 25% and Sales were up 70% for the west side of Santa Clara County compared to May of 2008. After a slow start to the New Year, Los Altos continues to see a ramping up of homes going into contract; however, we remain roughly 50% behind our 2008 YTD volume. The good news is that we have sufficient inventory of available homes, as we head into the summer months.

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