Housing market

Analysis of the (primarily) San Diego housing market.

October 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on November 28, 2014 - 5:50pm
Better late than never (but in my defense it was another uneventful month):



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September 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on October 12, 2014 - 4:17pm
Here's the big picture -- not a lot of movement last month:



Drilling down to some individual graphs, the price per square foot continued in its meandering ways:



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August 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on September 17, 2014 - 1:03pm
Here it is in a nutshell:



Charts and some thoughts below...
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July 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on August 10, 2014 - 1:35pm
I think we can agree that the typical Econo-Almanac reader is both unusually attractive, and a busy go-getter with places to be and things to do.  Things besides reading a real estate blog.  It is for you Coffee Achievers1 that I present this convenient new2 table summarizing the month's statistics:



1 Youths, please see this important educational video.
2 It is unclear to me why I didn't start doing this like 8 years ago or something.

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June 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on July 16, 2014 - 6:34pm
Well now... the median price per square foot for single family homes (which is the best real-ish time price indicator) surged by 3.3% last month:



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May 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on June 15, 2014 - 4:50pm

San Diego's median price per square foot eked out a small gain in May, with the single family home median rising .3% from April.



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Shambling Towards Affordability: Housing Valuations Surpass Pre-Bubble Peak

Submitted by Rich Toscano on May 25, 2014 - 5:39pm
Let's do a quick check-in on San Diego housing valuations:

San Diego housing valuations

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April 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on May 18, 2014 - 6:37pm
It was a month of yet more gains for home prices, per the median price per square foot, with condos going particularly nuts.  That latter bit is not very analytically important, as the condo price/sqft can be very volatile.  But it does make for an exciting looking chart:



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March 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on April 14, 2014 - 6:59pm
Prices edged up again last month:



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February 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on March 17, 2014 - 8:11am
The housing market was pretty firm again in February.  The median price per square foot nudged upward for the month:


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January 2014 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on February 15, 2014 - 4:38pm
So much for that price pullback. The median price per square foot for single family homes rose in January, just hitting a new post-crash high:



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Shambling Towards Affordability: San Diego Housing Overpriced (But is it a Bubble?)

Submitted by Rich Toscano on February 2, 2014 - 10:54am
I must admit, I considered dispensing with the "Shambling Towards Affordability" title for these valuation updates, but in the end I decided that tradition must be maintained.  Anyway, other than the fact that the housing market is neither "shambling" nor moving "towards affordability," it's a perfect fit.

One thing I did change was to combine my two previous valuation indicators, home-prices-to-incomes and home-prices-to-rents, into a single metric.  I thought this would make it simpler to get a single big-picture view on home valuations, and it makes the chart maintenance a little easier on me as well.  The indicator is constructed simply by dividing the Case-Shiller San Diego home price index by an equally weighted average of San Diego rents and per capita incomes, and normalizing the whole deal so that January 2000 equals a value of 100 (just like the CS index). 

OK, enough background... let's have a look:

San Diego Home Valuation Index

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December 2013 Data Rodeo and Year-End Stats

Submitted by Rich Toscano on January 19, 2014 - 5:41pm
Hi all -  here are some year-over-year stats showing how what the market did for the year 2013...
  • Single family median price/square foot: +19%
  • Condo median price/square foot: +24%
  • Aggregate median price/square foot: +21%
  • Aggregate median price: +16%
  • Sales: -16%
  • Active inventory: +39%
  • Contingent inventory: -61% (contingent went from being 44% of inventory in Dec 2012 to just 18% in Dec 2013)
  • Total inventory: -6%
  • Months of inventory: +10%
Graphs of various data through December can be found below.  I am almost done updating the valuation charts so I should have those up soon.



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November 2013 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on December 29, 2013 - 7:24pm
Hello there... the usual roundup of housing charts can be found below.  Prices have declined a bit in recent months, in a somewhat more noticeable manner than the usual year-end lull -- but considering the magnitude of the early-2013 price increase and the spike in rates midway through the year, this is perhaps understandable.  Months of inventory have increased back to the levels that prevailed for most of 2012; this is a big change in percent terms but supply still remains scarce, historically speaking.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2014!




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September-October 2013 Housing Data Rodeo

Submitted by Rich Toscano on November 23, 2013 - 3:24pm

Folks, sorry this has taken me so long.  When urbanrealtor starts offering to buy me booze just to get the monthly charts up, I know I've been a huge slacker even by my own lofty standards of indolence. 

So without further delay, let's do this.  Starting with the median price/square foot, we see that the rapid price apprecation we've seen all year finally took a breather over the past couple months, with prices by this measure flattening in September and then falling in October.



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