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The realty market in the city of Santa Clara, like the rest of Silicon Valley, is one in which the sellers have the upper hand, though it continues to be impacted by the pandemic and lingering demand. What is key for home sellers is to price and prepare their home for sale according to today’s real estate market. This article contains the latest updated data and analysis. Here are a few points from the monthly single family housing market in the City of Santa Clara that you’ll find in more detail below:

  • The April sale to list price ratio is a red hot 109.8% of asking.
  • Closed and pending sales increased again month-over-month.
  • The average home took only 16 days on market to sell.

Thinking of selling your Silicon Valley home in 2021? Follow the previous link to my article on how to effectively sell your property in these unique times. It’s a blazing hot seller’s market in most of the South Bay!

The Real Estate Market for the City of Santa Clara

March 2020 brought some major changes that are affecting the market. While we are seeing how some of those impacts have changed the market in recent month’s it will take a while to see the full picture. To read more about the Coronavirus impact on real estate sales, check my post on the topic.

At the start of the shutdown, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM). Therefore these numbers will be off beginning from March 17th through around May 17th, 2020. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory. That means the current data will be accurate, but disregard the data from March through May in those fields.

Below there are charts for the market activity over the last few months for single family  homes in Santa Clara. Market activity has been on the rise for months, and low inventory from the past year with continuous low inventory around the rest of the Valley means there is still a greater demand to fill than properties available. Further down in the article, we’ll check in on the condo market, too.

First, a market profile, automatically updated weekly, for the city of Santa Clara (these reports are available by zip code, too, and for condos/townhomes as well as single family dwellings). Check out the weekly Altos report HERE and click on subscribe to get weekly updates on all of Santa Clara or any particular zip code. (Scroll to the bottom and check out the profile of houses across 4 pricing quartiles – super interesting.)

Santa Clara Real-Time Market Profile


According to Altos, it’s a strong seller’s market right now with a recent rise in market action, low and shrinking days on market, and inventory growth at a crawl.

Data from my Real Estate Report

Next, stats at a glance for 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:

Trends at a Glance

Last year, 2020 began with a hotter than usual winter market getting progressively hotter towards spring. Things started to change after March and the market was hit with some significant cooling at the start of shelter-in-place. As the country has begun to open up and easing restrictions for realty sales, all that pent up demand has fired up the market!

This April was a busy month for Santa Clara’s housing market! Closed and pending sales grew from the month before, and active listings held stable. Pending and closed sales are keeping above last year’s numbers, with pending sales more than double! Active inventory is once again falling short of 2020 availability. The sales to list price ratio slipped a hair to 109.8% of asking, which is red hot! For a little perspective, this number usually rises through spring, but in 2020 this ratio fell from a whopping 111.8% in March to a low of 100.3% by June. Homes are taking a little longer to sell than last year, but 16 days is still extremely quick turnover.

High demand and low inventory are fueling a hot market in Santa Clara. We are experiencing another red hot spring market in 2021!

Trends At a Glance Apr 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,615,000 (-4.4%) $1,690,000 $1,475,000 (+9.5%)
Average Price $1,598,100 (-3.5%) $1,656,150 $1,484,450 (+7.7%)
No. of Sales 50 (+13.6%) 44 46 (+8.7%)
Pending 69 (+23.2%) 56 26 (+165.4%)
Active 30 (0.0%) 30 46 (-34.8%)
Sale vs. List Price 109.8% (-0.3%) 110.1% 106.0% (+3.6%)
Days on Market 16 (+54.1%) 11 (+102.3%)
Days of Inventory 17 (-14.9%) 20 29 (-40.0%)

And last month:

Trends At a Glance Mar 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,690,000 (+9.0%) $1,550,000 $1,481,940 (+14.0%)
Average Price $1,656,150 (+5.4%) $1,571,660 $1,486,130 (+11.4%)
No. of Sales 44 (+63.0%) 27 48 (-8.3%)
Pending 56 (+19.1%) 47 46 (+21.7%)
Active 30 (+20.0%) 25 30 (0.0%)
Sale vs. List Price 110.1% (+4.0%) 105.9% 111.8% (-1.5%)
Days on Market 11 (-55.7%) 24 11 (-1.8%)
Days of Inventory 20 (-18.2%) 25 19 (+9.1%)

Santa Clara list prices of houses for sale by zip codes (95050, 95051, 95054)

In addition to the RE Report, I also have a subscription to Altos Research, which uses list prices (not sales data) for tracking the pulse of the market.

Here see list prices by zip code, as well as the city of Santa Clara as a whole – note how different they are! At the start of the year, the four areas moved much closer together than usual. Zip codes 95054 and 95050 occasionally switch places, most recently at the beginning of October and late December 2020. If we teased it out even more, by price point, school district or exact location, we would see a myriad of “micro markets.”

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

In the chart above, it’s very clear the real estate trends often vary from one Santa Clara zip code to the next. If we pulled it apart further and checked each zip code by price quartile, there’d be differences there also, as the low end and high end segments are often very, very different from each other.

Santa Clara condominium and townhouse real estate market

First, another city profile for the condominiums and townhouses in the city of Santa Clara.

Santa Clara Condos Real-Time Market Profile

The condo and townhome market in Santa Clara is heating up and remains in a strong seller’s market. Still, this market is nowhere near as active as single family housing for this city.

Condo Market Trends at a Glance from the RE Report

Trends At a Glance Mar 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $948,750 (-5.5%) $1,004,000 $950,000 (-0.1%)
Average Price $995,537 (+0.4%) $991,981 $1,033,720 (-3.7%)
No. of Sales 34 (+30.8%) 26 23 (+47.8%)
Pending 35 (0.0%) 35 17 (+105.9%)
Active 34 (-2.9%) 35 34 (0.0%)
Sale vs. List Price 103.1% (+0.4%) 102.7% 103.1% (0.0%)
Days on Market 33 (+5.1%) 32 25 (+33.9%)
Days of Inventory 30 (-17.5%) 36 44 (-32.4%)


Santa Clara list prices of condos & townhomes for sale by zip codes (95050, 95051, 95054)

Showing prices charted by zip codes, there’s a much tighter spread here than for houses right now. Zip code 95051 surpassed 95050’s median price last autumn to top the chart. Meanwhile 95054 plummeted from the clear high at the start of last year to the lowest price point and falling through the end of 2020. While market demand is high, the market’s not where we would expect if this were any other year.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

Contact Mary Now 408 204-7673For information on buying or selling residential real estate in the city of Santa Clara, please contact me for a personal, private, no obligation consultation. I have lived in two different parts of Santa Clara and am there frequently and truly appreciate this beautiful city. Best way to reach me initially is email, (I get a LOT of spam / robo calls). We can arrange a time to talk by phone, and if we both want, can then arrange an in person meeting.