Sonoma County Real Estate Market Half-Time Report
The long days and sunny weather have taken me away from my computer–sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have a new iPhone (fun and without a doubt best new productivity tool in a long time–probably since my first Palm Pilot in 1996). I am available by phone or email or Twitter, Facebook, etc. if you have an immediate question, please feel free to contact me. And thanks to those of you who already have!
We are in the thick of a hot summer market here in Sonoma County. Buyers have been coming back into our market in increasing numbers since late last year. Now, nearly every property sold under $400,000 has multiple offers. First time buyers or conventional buyers with ten or twenty percent down should expect to have to write offers on multiple properties before they get “the one”. There is only 2-4 months supply of inventory available at the current rate of sales (at price points under a million dollars).
What about the new wave of “shadow” inventory of foreclosure properties being held back from the market by the bank? At this point, it would appear that the market of existing buyers (both first time buyers and investors) will absorb it fairly readily.