For the most part, home prices rose and inventory declined in the third quarter from one year earlier throughout the Bay Area and in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region. Only our Sonoma County and Sonoma Valley regions saw supply conditions improve from the third quarter of 2016. San Francisco and the Mid-Peninsula experienced the region’s biggest annual inventory declines, with the number of homes for sale down by double-digit percentage points.
Below, Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers a brief synopsis of third-quarter real estate activity in each of Pacific Union’s regions. The accompanying links lead to the full report for each area, where you can access the latest regional and community-specific market data and statistics to help you make a better, more informed homebuying or selling decision.
Marin County homebuyers remained enthusiastic in the third quarter, continuing the streak of healthy home sales activity that began earlier in the year. Marin County saw the second-strongest increase in home sales in the Bay Area this year, driven by strong demand for homes priced between $2 million and $3 million.
At the same time, third-quarter inventory was lower than during the same period a last year, leading to heightened competition among buyers. Bidding wars remained common, and almost half of homes sold over the asking price, a notable increase from the same period last year.