San Francisco Home Prices, Market Conditions & Trends December 2021

  • Gary Snow
  • 01/26/22

San Francisco Real Estate - December 2021 Report

November and December typically see very significant seasonal slowdowns in market activity, and in January, we will issue our 2021 market review, looking back at what has certainly been one of the highest-demand markets in history. In the meantime, this report will look at:

  • The biggest Bay Area home sales of 2021 YTD, and the highest-priced listings currently on the market
  • Median home price appreciation by property type and bedroom count
  • What kind of home would $5 million buy you in 2021
  • Monthly supply and demand indicators reviewing trends in new and active listings, listings going into contract, price reductions, and overbidding
  • General market and luxury home sales trends by month
  • What it costs and what you get when buying a 4+ bedroom, 3500+ sq. ft. house in markets around the Bay Area

Any general compilation of sales and any statistics based upon them will include properties of radically varying location, age, architecture, quality, condition, square footage, lot size, and amenities (views, pools, vineyards, decks, security system, guest quarters, etc.). This report illustrates broad market trends, which may or may not be applicable to any particular property. Created in good faith, based on data deemed reliable, but may contain errors and subject to revision. All figures should be considered approximate. Compass.

Statistics are generalities, essentially summaries of widely disparate data generated by dozens, hundreds, or thousands of unique, individual sales occurring within different time periods. They are best seen not as precise measurements, but as broad, comparative indicators, with reasonable margins of error. Anomalous fluctuations in statistics are not uncommon, especially in smaller, expensive market segments. Last period data should be considered estimates that may change with late-reported data.

Different analytics programs sometimes define statistics — such as "active listings," "days on market," and "months supply of inventory" — differently: what is most meaningful are not specific calculations but the trends they illustrate. Most listing and sales data derives from the local or regional multi-listing service (MLS) of the area specified in the analysis, but not all listings or sales are reported to MLS and these won't be reflected in the data. "Homes" signifies real-property, single-household housing units: houses, condos, co-ops, townhouses, duets, and TICs (but not mobile homes), as applicable to each market. City/town names refer specifically to the named cities and towns unless otherwise delineated. Multi-county metro areas will be specified as such. Data from sources deemed reliable may contain errors and are subject to revision. All numbers are to be considered approximate.

Many aspects of value cannot be adequately reflected in median and average statistics: curb appeal, age, condition, amenities, views, lot size, quality of outdoor space, "bonus" rooms, additional parking, quality of location within the neighborhood, and so on. How many of these statistics apply to any particular home is unknown without a specific comparative market analysis.

Median Sales Price is the price at which half the properties sold for more and half for less. It may be affected by seasonality, "unusual" events, or changes in inventory and buying trends, as well as by changes in fair market value. The median sales price for an area will often conceal an enormous variety of sales prices in the underlying individual sales.

Dollar per Square Foot is based upon the home's interior living space and does not include garages, unfinished attics, basements, rooms built without a permit, patios, decks, or yards (though all those can add value to a home). These figures are usually derived from appraisals or tax records, but are sometimes unreliable (especially for older homes) or unreported altogether. The calculation can only be made on those home sales that reported square footage.

Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California, DRE 01527235. Equal Housing Opportunity. This report has been prepared solely for information purposes. The information herein is based on or derived from information generally available to the public and/or from sources believed to be reliable. No representation or warranty can be given with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information. Compass disclaims any and all liability relating to this report, including without limitation any express or implied representations or warranties for statements contained in, and omissions from, the report. Nothing contained herein is intended to be or should be read as any regulatory, legal, tax, accounting or other advice and Compass does not provide such advice. All opinions are subject to change without notice. Compass makes no representation regarding the accuracy of any statements regarding any references to the laws, statutes, or regulations of any state are those of the author(s). Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Compass.

 

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