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Orchard and Hills in Saratoga, California

Orchard and Hills in Saratoga, California

This is a fairly comprehensive article on the Saratoga real estate market that will include the live statistics from Altos Research for listed properties (not closed) in Saratoga CA 95070, the closed sale data from the RE Report for last month in Saratoga 95070, and the numbers I crunched for Saratoga – overall and by price point and high school district, since Saratoga has 3 different high school districts, each with an impact on home values.

First, let’s consider the months of inventory by price point and high school district that I crunched using MLSListings.com, our local multiple listing service provider.

The months of inventory is a reference to how fast homes would be absorbed into the market if sales continued at the same pace and no new inventory came onto the market. It’s often referred to as “the absorption rate” – and that can be months of inventory, weeks of inventory, or days of inventory. A “balanced” market is somewhere around 4-5 months for us, though the National Association of Realtors says that 6 months is balanced nationwide. Anything under 3 is a good seller’s market, and under 1 is like saying that homes are “flying off the market.”

(For comparison, please also see a similar article on the Live in Los Gatos blog for the town of Los Gatos – real estate market by price point and high school district.)

Here’s the chart for Saratoga – all price points, all school districts.

And for comparison, here’s the chart from last month:

This month shows steady, low inventory with increasing sales, creating a higher MOI. Despite winter cooling, the market just won’t let up, and an overall 2.375 MOI is still a sellers market. By comparing across school districts you can see how different each area’s individual market can be. The overall MOI for different schools this month ranges from 1.8 to 2.778. Small levels of inventory can create big data swings like, and can make for not the most accurate charts. Nonetheless, we can still spot market trends if we know where to look.

 

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Bel Estos Drive near Carlton and Rosswood in San Jose's Cambrian areaMy Cambrian area of San Jose Real Estate Report was recently published with the updated numbers from the closed sales last month for this part of San Jose (95124 and 95118 with a little of 95008 too). Please click on the link above to see much more information there.

In this district of San Jose, we have been experiencing dreadfully low inventory of homes for sale, and buyers aren’t backing off as much as usual for this time of year – I believe because there is just a whole lot of pent up demand from nearly two years of a deep seller’s market. What does that mean? Sellers, if you have a problem home, or one not updated or well maintained, this is the time to sell it – buyers have little to choose from so are purchasing properties that need more work than they would bother with in a more balanced market.

Want to learn more about Cambrian Park real estate, the Cambrian district, Cambrian neighborhoods, school districts and zip codes? Please also see this article: Cambrian Park: Good Schools, Low Crime, Close to Los Gatos and Campbell

Be sure to read to the end to see the live Altos charts too – they are near the end of the article so please keep reading into the next page!

Cambrian area sales at a glance:

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 7.2% year-over-year to $1,080,000 from $1,007,500.
  • The average home sales price rose by 1.8% year-over-year to $1,093,360 from $1,073,590.
  • Home sales rose by 27.3% year-over-year to 28 from 22.
  • Active listings fell 15.7% year-over-year to 59 from 70.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 0.2% year-over-year to 106.9% from 106.6%.
  • The average days on market rose by 59.0% year-over-year to 19 from 12.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 13.1% to $1,080,000 from $955,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 7.7% to $1,093,360 from $1,015,240.
  • Home sales up by 33.3% to 28 from 21.
  • Active listings increased 31.1% to 59 from 45.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 4.8% to 106.9% from 102.0%.
  • The average days on market dropped by 37.6% to 19 from 30.

Generally speaking it is still a hot seller’s market and great time to sell a Cambrian home.

 Please see the whole Cambrian Real Estate Report for charts, stats and more.

The condo and townhouse real estate market for San Jose 95124 & 95118

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 two sold and two pending in February, 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

Buying a home in Silicon Valley is seldom easy, but right now, it’s nearly impossible with Santa Clara County’s critically low housing inventory.  With rising interest rates getting folks off the fence and strong job growth in the San Jose area, there are many more home buyers than home sellers.   While this isn’t unusual, the severity of the problem certainly is extreme.    How bad is it?  Here’s a visual cue dating from January 2003 to December 2016 which indicates that last month’s inventory of single family homes for sale in Santa Clara County is the lowest we’ve had since January 2003 (that’s how far back MLSListings.com shows them).  Perhaps much longer.

 

2017-1-3 Inventory of Single Family Homes in Santa Clara County

It’s all about supply and demand.  Look at the shortage of supply!   Below is an alternate presentation of the same information but as a spread sheet format. I like this better because you can skim all of any particular month, such as December, and see how the most recent one compares to the same month in prior years.  December 2016 had just 515 houses and duet homes on the market.  The year before it was 834, which is historically low, but not nearly as dire as the current numbers. Santa Clara County’s critically low housing inventory is at historic lows!

 Santa Clara County's critically low housing inventory

Santa Clara County’s critically low housing inventory

 

This is precisely why it is so hard to buy a home in San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, or anywhere in Silicon Valley today.  Has it improved since the inventory was measured by the MLS?  No, it hasn’t.  It was 452 as of January 1st and 450 today, on the 3rd!!  This is sort of like “inventory limbo” – how low can you go?

How does this impact you?

Many long time residents may recall that we have had a shortage for a few years here.  In January 2012, I wrote about it here: Why is it so hard to buy Silicon Valley real estate right now?  Compared to the recession that had just ended, inventory was low – I can look back now and think “wow, we had no right to complain!  We had a lot more inventory then as we do now!”  What also happened is that with the restricted inventory, home prices rose.  A lot.

If you are a renter and want to be a home buyer, you  now have two things going against you: rising interest rates and rising home prices (due to strong demand and critically low supply of homes to buy).  If you wait a year, there’s a good chance that you will lose quite a lot of buying power as interest rates continue to go up and home prices do, too.   Please check out my article on rates: How will rising interest rates impact your home buying power?  Super low inventories tend to cause rapid price appreciation, and if you aren’t careful you could be priced out of the market (either because of home prices or because of those rising interest rates).

Take heart, home buyers, often the supply of homes for sale does go lower in January before rising again in either late January or early February.  So buyers, hang on!

If you are a seller, this is great news for you as it’s very likely that your equity will be increasing with the tight inventory.  Buyer demand is good and interest rates are still very tolerable.  Don’t wait until interest rates rise to the point where it impacts home prices due to affordability.   At some point, we will hit that tipping point, and that’s when the all cash buyers really win.

Cambrian Park Plaza signCambrian Park, or more broadly, Cambrian, is a west San Jose neighborhood or district and is one of the more affordable, high-value areas in Silicon Valley. The schools are good, the crime is low, and the commute is not too bad. For people relocating to Santa Clara County, this is a place to know about since quality education and affordability are often high priorities! Most Silicon Valley home buyers would say that Cambrian Park real estate offers a very good value.

What’s the compromise for the more reasonable prices of homes for sale? Well, Cambrian doesn’t have an interesting, upscale downtown area like Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, or Willow Glen.

But it does have tons of shopping & restaurants and even a Farmer’s Market. It also enjoys a top notch hospital (Good Samaritan) and plenty of parks as well as a fantastic rec center with a large park adjacent to it, the Camden Community Center, which has tons of programs (including an after school program for youth), classes, and a fabulous pool.  (My family and I lived in Cambrian in the “Cambrian Gardens” neighborhood for 10 years and loved it – our kids made great use of the community center too.)

Altogether, there are about 75,000 to 80,000 residents in Cambrian, spread throughout the three zip codes of 95124, 95118 and a little tiny bit of 95008.

If there is a “central Cambrian Park”, it would have to be near the original Cambrian Park Shopping Center, which was the first actual mall in San Jose! That area is sometimes known as Cambrian Village.  People sometimes use the three names interchangeably: Cambrian, Cambrian Park, Cambrian Village.:

Where is Cambrian Park? Map of approximate Cambrian Boundaries:


View Cambrian Area of San Jose in a larger map

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Everyone wants a good deal, and in this article I’ll be featuring great Silicon Valley real estate home buying opportunities.

Normally I don’t write about other agent’s listings, but the listing agent in this case is a friend of mine, Azita Alaverdi, and I have her permission to promote this home.  (Her site for it is:  http://21720calerocreekalmaden.com/ )

Today’s listing (10-25-2015) is a fantastic 15 year young Almaden Valley property close to Calero Reservoir.  Located at 21720 Calero Creek Court, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home enjoys 4330 SF of living space set on over an acre.  It is mostly a one story home but there is one bed and one bath on an upper level.  Offered at $1,995,000, this home is a tremendous bargain!  (Price per SF cost is $460.74. – more typical might be $490 per SF.)

This property is a fantastic opportunity in a quiet, scenic location!  Looking to buy a luxury property in Almaden?  Give me a call – I’d love to help you to purchase this beautiful home!

Good deals don’t last – if you are interested, HURRY!

21720 Calero Creek CT, SAN JOSE, CA 95120 (MLS # 81516581)

(all data current as of 3/26/2017)
Price $2,200,000
Beds 4
Baths 3 full, 1 half
Home size 4,330 sq ft
Lot Size 1.19 ac
Listing provided by Azita Alaverdi, Alain Pinel Realtors
*4 bedrooms plus office*Bonus game room*Craftsman details throughout*15 year new*Open floor plan*Custom home*High ceiling*French doors & windows*Abundance of natural lights*Chef dream kitchen opens to family room*Formal living & dining rooms w/ access to covered patio* Luxurious master suite w/ jet tub*LED lights*Surrounded by hills/green reserves/creek*Minutes away from Blue ribbon schools, Golf courses, country club, recreational lakes, hiking & biking trails, shopping, highway 85/ 87 & more.

Property Type(s): Residential, Single Family Home

Last Updated 4/29/2016 Tract n/a
Year Built 2000 Community Almaden Valley
Garage Spaces n/a County Santa Clara
Total Parking n/a Walk Score ® 0

Additional Details

Number of Full Bathrooms 3 Number of Half Bathrooms 1
Year Built 2000 Zoning Text A-20S

Features

Additional Listing Info Not Applicable / Not Disclosed
Additional Rooms Bonus/Hobby Room, Den/Study/Office, Formal Entry, Laundry Room
Amenities Misc. High Ceiling, Video/Audio System, Wet Bar
Building Type Detached
Cooling Ceiling Fan, Central Forced Air, Multi-Zone
Dining Room Breakfast Room, Eat in Kitchen, Formal Dining Room
Energy Features Attic Fan, Ceiling Insulation, Double Pane Windows, Energy Star Appliances, Low Flow Shower, Low Flow Toilet, Thermostat Controller
Family Room Kitchen/Family Room Combo
Fireplaces Gas Burning, Gas Starter
Flooring Carpet, Hardwood, Marble, Tile, Travertine
Foundation Concrete Perimeter, Crawl Space
Garage Spaces 3
Garage_Max 3
Garage_Min 3
GarageParkingSpaces Attached Garage
Heating Central Forced Air, Fireplace, Heating - 2+ Zones
Horse Property No
Kitchen Cooktop - Gas, Countertop - Granite, Dishwasher, Exhaust Fan, Garbage Disposal, Island, Oven - Double, Oven - Electric, Pantry, Refrigerator (s), Trash Compactor, Warming Drawer
Laundry Hookup - Washer/Dryer
Listing Class Residential
Listing Service Full Service
Restrictions Other
Roof Tile
Security Features Security Alarm
Sewer Septic Septic Tank/Pump
Subclass Single Family Home
Utilities Propane On Site, Public Utilities
View Hills, Mountains
Water Public
Yard/Grounds Back Yard, Balcony/Patio, Barbecue Area, Deck, Sprinkler(s) - Auto

Location

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

(view all details for MLS #81516581)

Today consumers have a lot of choices as to where to search for properties for sale in Silicon Valley (the South Bay area, Santa Clara County, San Jose, Los Gatos, Almaden etc.).  But not all “find a home” sites are equally accurate.  Some websites display listings that are sale pending, sold & closed or even withdrawn.

The very best, most accurate and most often updated site is the public branch of our agent-supported Multiple Listing Service or MLS, which is MLSListings.com.  You can find it at www.MLSListings.com. (If sending your own agent info a house, it is helpful if you provide both the street address and the MLS #.  By the way, the first few digits of the number imply the year that the listing was put into the system.  811 = 2011.  810 = 2010.)

Why is MLSListings.com the best source for finding Silicon Valley homes for sale?

It is updated constantly.  Within a few minutes of whenever a real estate agent or broker changes the listing status, comments, photos, showing instructions, open house information,etc., the new information is displayed on MLSListings.  While it’s not instantaneous, most changes appear within 5-10 minutes (photos being the slowest to load).

MLSListings is syndicated out to some other sites, but some don’t update often (or at all).  Other sites rely upon the listing agent to go to that one site and update the status.  Realtors and other licensees get busy and this task may slip through the cracks, making you believe that a home is available when it’s not. MLSListings.com is the source.

You don’t have to register. Some of the portals that you might consider visiting to view the MLS info may not include the virtual tour or all pics – or might show them to you only if you register.  You do not need to register to view houses, condos, townhouses, multi units etc. on MLSListings.com. Continue reading

Silver Leaf Park in the Santa Teresa area of San Jose

Silver Leaf Park in the Santa Teresa area of San Jose

A scenic, more affordable part of San Jose with excellent freeway access is the Santa Teresa region, which is perhaps the southernmost part of the city. The east foothills and the Santa Teresa foothills create pleasant views and some areas are still rural. Price ranges have a wide gap between lowest and highest, with some luxury properties in some of the hilly eastern side. Most of the homes for sale, though, are less than the median or average for San Jose as a whole.

Where is the Santa Teresa area?

The Santa Teresa district of San Jose spans a few zip codes (part of 95123, 95119, 95138, and 95139). An easier description might be the area close to where Highway 101 and Highway 85 intersect in South San Jose, or the area through which Santa Teresa Boulevard runs. It is north of the Coyote Valley, it  borders on Blossom Valley and the southern part of Evergreen, and is just over the hills from the Almaden Valley. It truly is South San Jose, and part of it even has Morgan Hill Schools, though most of the area is served by the Oak Grove School District.

The Santa Teresa foothills include gorgeous, large open space, the Santa Teresa County Park. It’s a wonderful place to walk or hike, and for suburban dwellers, easy access to rural or natural space, even within the city.

Some of the better known neighborhoods in Santa Teresa are these (per the city of San Jose’s map – link takes you there but it’s a very slowly loading page):

  • Edenvale (kind of a sub-district)
  • Sunspring
  • Silver Leaf (near Silver Leaf Park, between Monterey Highway & Hwy 101)
  • Basking Ridge (newer homes on a small hill just over 101 – one of the last subdivisions you see before hitting the open countryside)
  • Los Paseos
  • California Maison
  • Avenida Espana
  • Chantilly
  • Burning Tree
  • Martinvale Vineyard
  • Rancho Santa Teresa
  • La Colina (think Curie Drive next to the hills)
  • Oak Ridge
  • Makati
  • Anderson
  • Miner
  • Oak Grove
  • Deer Run
  • Great Oaks

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Realtors are starting to ask one another, “Are you seeing a change in the market?” We are somehow surprised, even though we know that it’s seasonally normal for homes to take a bit longer to sell in the second half of the year. Today I want for us to take a quick look at the seasonal patterns which tend to be present for houses selling in the city of San Jose over the course of a year. Please note that the pattern can be similar – but the depth or severity of the pattern can vary quite dramatically year to year, or between one location or price point and another.

Using the Altos Charts (I have a subscription), here’s a view of 4 pricing tiers within San Jose residential real estate which is for sale – not sold – right now.  Have a look:

San Jose Days on Market of homes for sale by price quartile

 

In 3/4 of the market, the pattern is very similar. In the lowest price range, the same pattern is present but it’s a milder dip and rise that we see in the second half of the year. For most of the market, though, the days on market dropped from February or March until about July 1st, at which point we saw a trend reversal – except for the least expensive houses, which held out awhile longer, but were never selling as fast as the others, even so.

Is this year similar to most years? Let’s look back a little further. Below, please find the same type of information but with all price quartiles combined (it’s too busy to tease them out) for the last 3 years. Continue reading

Vista del Monte MapAre you interested in Los Gatos real estate and Los Gatos neighboorhoods? Over on my Live in Los Gatos blog, I’ve been reworking articles about the various residential areas of town, digging into the county records for subdivision info, shooting video as I’m driven through various neighorooods and adding MLS information. Today I completed a whole new article with video on the Vista del Monte neighborhood in east Los Gatos.

Please have a look!

http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/the-vista-del-monte-neighborhood-in-los-gatos/

Or if you’d just like to see the video, here it is (bigger version on Live in Los Gatos):

As a Los Gatos Realtor and resident, I  hope to showcase more & more areas within the town, as well as in San Jose and the greater Silicon Valley area.  If you are interested in buying or selling a home here, please call or email me today!

  1. 1 bed, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 864 sq ft
  2. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,863 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,117 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,514 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,022 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,715 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.01 ac
  5. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,871 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.16 ac
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,742 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,016 sqft
  7. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.36 ac
  8. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,035 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.92 ac
  9. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,009 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,912 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,408 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.23 ac

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(all data current as of 3/26/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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