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Leo or Leona - the mascot of Los GatosThe Los Gatos real estate market is varied from one price point or school district to the next, but over all, this is a fairly stable period with some slight warming over the last couple of months. Here are the current numbers, per my Los Gatos real estate report (click on the link for full information). The Los Gatos Mountains are a distinctly different market and as such are covered in a separate market update, updated less frequently than here, which shows live Altos charts for that area.

Los Gatos / Monte Sereno housing values and pricing trends (aka “area 16” for our MLS, zip codes 95030 and 95032)

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Real Estate Stats At A Glance

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 8.7% year-over-year to $2,125,000 from $1,955,000.
  • The average home sales price dropped by 5.5% year-over-year to $2,225,900 from $2,356,230.
  • Home sales rose by 19.2% year-over-year to 31 from 26.
  • Active listings fell 0.0% year-over-year to 74 from 74.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio fell by 2.5% year-over-year to 102.9% from 105.5%.
  • The average days on market fell by 25.9% year-over-year to 30 from 40.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices slipped by 4.5% to $2,125,000 from $2,224,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 3.9% to $2,225,900 from $2,142,080.
  • Home sales up by 138.5% to 31 from 13.
  • Active listings increased 10.4% to 74 from 67.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 3.9% to 102.9% from 99.1%.
  • The average days on market increased by 44.2% to 30 from 21.

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The Monte Sereno real estate market is similar to Los Gatos, but distinct - Monte Sereno shares many features with Los Gatos but is a distinct cityHow is the Monte Sereno real estate market? Because the city is small, with just about 4000 residents, there usually are few homes listed for sale or selling, and with small numbers we can get seeming volatility. Last month, for instance, there were only three homes sold and one pending!

There are no condominiums or townhomes in Monte Sereno at present. One of the major challenges for this city is to ensure that at least some housing units are deemed “affordable.” You can find the city’s housing plan here (a pdf online):
http://www.montesereno.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/674

Recently closed home sales in Monte Sereno

Here are the quick statistics for the closed sales in the last complete month to give a sense of how things are going with the Monte Sereno real estate market. Sales data comes from my Monte Sereno Real Estate Report. Given that the supply of homes to study is tiny, what can we tell from this data?

It’s true that an average Monte Sereno house is about $2.5 million, and often higher in the current market – a little steep for most folks! With only 4 sold and 3 pending in March, the data won’t always be the most accurate. During times like this, it’s more important to look at the trends over multiple months than to base your understanding of the market off one month, and to compare with similar, nearby markets like Los Gatos.

And a look at the data from last month for the Monte Sereno real estate market:

Continue reading to view live Altos Research charts for the real estate market in Monte Sereno, including by pricing quartile. Continue reading

Willow Glen in San JoseWillow Glen is perhaps the most charming residential area of the city of San Jose with its old style architecture, tree lined streets and quaint downtown area on Lincoln Avenue and nearby. For folks working in downtown San Jose, the Willow Glen area (roughly the same as 95125 zip code, though a bit of 95124 is included also) is extremely convenient. Inventory hasn’t improved since last year, and homes continually sell close to list price quickly, in just under a month. Willow Glen remains in a sellers market.

Click for the complete Willow Glen real estate report with all of the numbers, stats and trends from the closed sales of houses for last month. Further down in this article you’ll find the Altos Research charts as well.

Willow Glen Stats At A Glance

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices fell by 0.2% year-over-year to $1,222,500 from $1,225,000.
  • The average home sales price dropped by 2.8% year-over-year to $1,256,370 from $1,293,150.
  • Home sales fell by 10.2% year-over-year to 44 from 49.
  • Active listings fell 1.9% year-over-year to 104 from 106.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio fell by 1.6% year-over-year to 102.6% from 104.3%.
  • The average days on market rose by 11.2% year-over-year to 24 from 22.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 4.0% to $1,222,500 from $1,175,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 0.4% to $1,256,370 from $1,250,760.
  • Home sales down by 4.3% to 44 from 46.
  • Active listings increased 40.5% to 104 from 74.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 0.4% to 102.6% from 102.2%.
  • The average days on market dropped by 16.9% to 24 from 29.

A little cooling won’t take us out of a deep sellers market, but it should ease conditions slightly for long-term buyers.

And next, of Willow Glen condos:

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How is the Campbell real estate market?How is the Campbell real estate market? Here are the numbers, but what do those numbers mean? The sales vs list price remains over 100% and the average days on market are low at 24 days. Campbell is still in a seller’s market.

Further down in this article, we’ll utilize the graphs from Altos Research, which uses list prices, and check out the trends in pricing by quartile in this zip code (meaning 4 groups based on the pricing tier from least to most expensive). Campbell condominiums and townhomes will be considered as well. And finally, a list of homes for sale in Campbell will be found at the bottom of the post.

First, here are some quick stats, care of my RE Report for Campbell:

What about the Campbell CA condo market?

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The Blossom Valley area of San Jose is on the south end of the city and covers the 95123 and 95136 zip codes. For our MLS, it’s “area 12.” A more affordable section of Silicon Valley, Blossom Valley has much to offer in addition to more reasonable housing prices. Many areas enjoy views of the Santa Teresa Foothills or the Communications Hill knolls or even the coastal foothills in the distance, as with the photo below. One corner of it sits alongside beautiful Almaden Lake, too. One corner is located at the crossroads of Highways 85 and 87, making it an easy commute destination for those working in downtown San Jose. And there’s an abundance of shopping opportunities.

Blossom Valley from the Church on the Hill

Much more could be written, but let’s now instead turn to the real estate market there.

First, “live,” automatically updating Altos Charts for San Jose 95123 and 95136 and single family homes (houses and duet homes). These use list prices, not sales prices.

The median list price of both 95123 and 95136, all prices, single family homes (houses and duet homes, if there are any).

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Next, the median list price for just the San Jose 95123 area of Blossom Valley, and separated by price quartile:

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

And next, the median list price of just San Jose 95136 by price quartile:

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How’s the Cupertino real estate market?

Cupertino - view from Ridge Vineyards

Cupertino – view from Ridge Vineyards

The real estate market in Silicon Valley can sometimes be a little quirky, so I like to approach this question from a few angles. In this article I’ll make use of  my charts from Altos Research, which uses listing data (not solds) and is automatically updated every week and also monthly reports from my RE Report subscription. Also I’ll periodically update it with info from the MLS that I have crunched myself or anecdotal stories from those of us “in the trenches.” The article is a bit long but I think much more comprehensive giving the multiple methods of answering the question of how the Cupertino real estate market is faring.

Cupertino median list price of houses by price quartile

Often the real estate market in any given city is very different between the most expensive homes and the most affordable ones. While many Cupertino home buyers are looking for a short commute, great public schools or strong resale value, some seek a luxury property with a view in the Cupertino hills (either off of Montevina Road by Ridge Vineyards or in other lower foothills).
Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

The last few months have had some ups and downs in pricing, but most segments of the Cupertino real estate market have seen an overall uptick since last year. The luxury market in Cupertino had some calming over summer, but is back on the rise again. What if we look back more than a year? Combining the quartiles, it seems that there’s been more up than down.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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The Sunnyvale real estate market has been trending upward for many months until recently, when we’ve been seeing a flattening of the Silicon Valley real estate market overall. In general, houses in Sunnyvale are selling for about a million four hundred thousand dollars – if they aren’t too small or in terrible shape (or conversely palatial or newly built or remodeled). Let’s begin with single family homes. The median list price for homes in Sunnyvale CA – all zip codes combined – interestingly, the high end homes are doing the best! (Live charts from Altos Research, which uses LIST prices, not sale prices.)

Sunnyvale real estate market: Altos Research, median list prices by quartile

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

What about the numbers for the closed sales? Now let’s have a look at the Sunnyvale CA RE Report for last month’s trends and statistics (click on link to get the full Sunnyvale real estate market report):

Trends at a Glance FEB 2017 PREVIOUS MONTH YEAR-OVER YEAR
Median Home Price +15.6% $1,618,000 $1,400,000 0.0% $1,618,000
Average Sales Price +10.1% $1,563,540 $1,420,580 +1.4% $1,541,930
No. of Homes Sold +21.1% 23 19 +64.3% 14
Pending Properties +76.5% 30 17 -25.0% 40
Foreclosures Sold N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Short Sales Sold N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Active Listings +10.0% 22 20 -29.0% 31
Active Foreclosures N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Active Short Sales N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Sales Price vs. List Price +5.4% 109.7% 104.1% -1.6% 111.5%
Average Days on Market -29.8% 14 20 +24.5% 11

What about the Sunnyvale condo and townhome market?

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How’s the Mountain View real estate market? This is one of the very hottest areas within Silicon Valley and is home to a myriad of high tech companies and in a stone’s throw of others. With a charming and walkable downtown, easy access to CalTrain and a vibrant atmosphere conducive to both work and play, it is no wonder that people relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley place Mountain View squarely in their target.

All that popularity comes at a cost, though. Prices have been sky high here for years, both for rentals and for home purchasing. The good news, though, for those with property or those who take the plunge and buy: it doesn’t look like Mountain View is going to lose its appeal anytime soon.

In this article, which is updated periodically, we will include live Altos Charts which automatically update weekly (so bookmark this page!) as well as monthly insights from the Real Estate Report for Mountain View. And time to time it will be enhanced with “in the trenches” commentary, too.

Overview of the city of Mountain View’s residential real estate market for houses:

Here are the statistics for sales in the last few months. You can see that the average days on market have risen to 28 days and inventory is up slightly. Prices are up slightly month-over-month with homes on average selling over list price at 106.1%. Overall, there’s been some warming in the Mountain View housing market, but this is still a steady seller’s market. See the whole Mountain View Real Estate Report online here.

Mountain View Stats At A Glance:

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices fell by 1.7% year-over-year to $1,780,000 from $1,811,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 1.1% year-over-year to $1,900,050 from $1,879,610.
  • Home sales rose by 31.3% year-over-year to 21 from 16.
  • Active listings fell 14.7% year-over-year to 29 from 34.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio fell by 6.8% year-over-year to 106.1% from 113.8%.
  • The average days on market rose by 121.1% year-over-year to 28 from 13.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 0.1% to $1,780,000 from $1,777,500.
  • The average home sales price rose by 7.6% to $1,900,050 from $1,765,930.
  • Home sales up by 50.0% to 21 from 14.
  • Active listings increased 16.0% to 29 from 25.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio dropped by 3.3% to 106.1% from 109.7%.
  • The average days on market increased by 102.4% to 28 from 14.

Mountain View real estate market trends and data by neighborhood

My Real Estate Report drills down the data by neighborhood in Mountain View (and also Palo Alto and San Jose – the latter being very understandable as it’s almost 1 million people, rather than Mountain View’s 75,000 people). Want to check out these areas? Then visit popehandy.rereport.com, select Santa Clara County, then under city choose Mountain View, and under ZIPS select the area you want. Here are your options there:

Please continue reading to see the data for condominiums and townhouses, plus also the live Altos Research charts for both single family homes and also condos and townhomes.

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Santa Clara real estate market - The Santa Clara Women's Club http://www.santaclarawomansclub.org/

The Santa Clara Women’s Club (old adobe house)
http://www.santaclarawomansclub.org/

Update on the Santa Clara real estate market: The realty market in the city of Santa Clara, like the rest of Silicon Valley, is one in which the sellers have a strong upper hand.

Below there are charts for the activities over the last few months. Low inventory from the past year and continuous low inventory around the rest of the Valley means there is still a much greater demand to fill than properties available. This is clear in the sales price vs list price, which is currently 105.4%, but has generally remained between 100%-110% for months. Also, the speed of market turnover (how long a house is on the market) has remained low as far back as we can see on these charts and in under a month. Further in the article, we’ll check in on the condo market, too.

Here’s a glance at the Santa Clara real estate market for single family homes. See the statistics and trends for closings and listings for last month – updated each month on about the 5th – 10th on my RE Report site for realty stats & trends in Santa Clara:

Evergreen area of San Jose (Silicon Valley)The Evergreen area is in the southeast foothills of San Jose and extends north toward Eastridge Mall. It includes a few zip codes – 95148, 95121, 95135, and a portion of 95138 (part is also “Santa Teresa” or “South San Jose”). There’s a lot of diversity in this region – the areas in the flatlands near the Mall, Reid-Hillview Airport, and waterpark are more modest and affordable as compared to the areas further south where you’re more likely to see luxury properties (Hillstone, Bel-Aire Estates,  The Meadowlands, The Ranch on Silver Creek, Silver Creek Valley Country Club and nearby). Pricier areas feature larger lots and houses and valley or hillside views set near the golf courses (Silver Creek Valley Country Club, The Ranch Golf Club, and the Villages Golf & Country Club).

In general, Evergreen is scenic and includes many newer homes and communities. Many people enjoy the relative newness of construction and whole neighborhoods which are young, compared to the rest of Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley as a whole.

Evergreen real estate market for single family homes or houses

Please find the full report on my Real Estate Report for the Evergreen area of San Jose.

Evergreen Stats At A Glance

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 2.7% year-over-year to $1,048,000 from $1,020,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 1.9% year-over-year to $1,173,430 from $1,151,460.
  • Home sales rose by 4.9% year-over-year to 43 from 41.
  • Active listings fell 2.8% year-over-year to 106 from 109.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio fell by 0.2% year-over-year to 101.7% from 101.9%.
  • The average days on market rose by 18.9% year-over-year to 30 from 26.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 7.5% to $1,048,000 from $974,944.
  • The average home sales price rose by 7.0% to $1,173,430 from $1,096,830.
  • Home sales up by 79.2% to 43 from 24.
  • Active listings increased 15.2% to 106 from 92.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 0.4% to 101.7% from 101.3%.
  • The average days on market dropped by 13.6% to 30 from 35.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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