The San Diego housing market managed to squeek out another gain in
the median price per square foot as 2009 drew to a close:
The median price per square foot was up 2.2% for single family
.4% for condos, and 1.8% for a volume-weighted aggregate of the
two. The annual change for 2009 was as follows: up 7.6% for
single family, up 12.5% for condos, and up 9.1% in aggregate.
Despite the decline in November (which ended a 7-month streak), the
median price per square foot for all three of the above categories
finished 2009 at new highs — at least, new highs since they hit this
level on the trip down.
Here’s a look at the median, which was a bit flatter:
The Case-Shiller proxy, based as it is on a 3-month average of the
median detached price per square foot, rose again without even having
declined in November:
Sales volume was also strong after November’s weakness:
…and inventory crept along at its seemingly immutable level:
…leading to more of the same in terms of months-of-inventory.
As in recent months, contingent or “reverse shadow” inventory
comprised a hefty chunk of available inventory (meaning that there is
even less available than it seems).
All in all, not much new this month except
the reversal in prices, which suggests that the rally hasn’t sputtered
out just yet. For as long as months of inventory remains so low,
it seems reasonable to expect that the rally could continue, or that at
worst there might be a plateau or “trading range.” Of course, the
fact that inventory is this low, that rates are so low, and that demand
is at these levels is a function of massive and ongoing interventions
in the housing market. It’s certainly no basis for a healthy or
sustainable recovery, but it’s obviously having an effect in the here