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California Bay Area Home Sales Decline 4.7% YoY in Q2, Inventory up 11% YoY

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From Compass chief economist Selma Hepp: How did the spur of IPOs impact Bay Area housing markets?

• Higher-end sales surged. While the total number of homes sold in the second quarter trended below last year by about 5 percent, higher-priced sales, above million, surged again bringing second quarter sales in line with last year’s historical peak.

• Home prices remained flat in the second quarter, except in San Francisco and San Mateo. As noted in previous analyses, home prices in the Bay Area reached a cyclical high last May when the median price topped at million. Since, the prices followed seasonal declines reaching the lowest point in January and have increased since.

• For-sale inventory growth slowed considerably. While overall inventory is about 11 percent ahead of last year, inventory growth and addition of new listings has slowed, suggesting that acute lack of homes for sale continues to hang over Bay Area housing markets.

• Lastly, tax reform is likely putting a damper on the market by dragging down sales priced between million and million. While the quarter ended with 5 percent fewer sales than last year, or 876 fewer sales, 84 percent of the decline, or 738 units, was due to fewer homes sold priced between million and million.


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