Monthly Market Overview North San Diego County January 2020

For 2020, The National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun sees good news for home prices:

“National median home price growth is in no danger of falling due to inventory shortages and will rise by 4%,”

the long-term NAR economist predicts. He is also expecting the new home construction market sales to increase 10%. Yun and others would like to see home builders bring more affordable units to market to help ease shortages and slow price gains in that segment.

  • Closed Sales increased 6.0 percent for Detached homes and 12.3 percent for Attached homes.
  • Pending Sales increased 8.1 percent for Detached homes and 26.7 percent for Attached homes.
  • The Median Sales Price was up 11.9 percent to $742,750 for Detached homes and 9.1 percent to $485,000 for Attached homes.
  • Days on Market decreased 8.2 percent for Detached homes and 2.4 percent for Attached homes.
  • Supply decreased 40.7 percent for Detached homes and 28.6 percent for Attached homes.

We start off the year with continued low interest rates, low unemployment, and rising rents nationally. These factors should encourage healthy buyer demand and sets us up for a strong start to the 2020 housing market and a lot of optimism for the coming spring market.

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Annual Report on the North San Diego County Housing Market for 2019

The 2019 housing market was fueled by the overall strength of the economy across most of the country. The stock markets reached new highs throughout the year, improving the asset bases of millions of Americans. Unemployment rates fell to 50-year lows, while wages increased, creating new home buyers. Mortgage rates also declined significantly from 2018, helping to offset affordability stresses caused by continued price appreciation nationally.

With a strong economy and low mortgage rates, buyer activity has been strong. However, most markets are being constrained by inventory levels that are still below historical norms. With supply and demand continuing to favor sellers, prices continue to rise.

With 10 years having now passed since the Great Recession, the U.S. has been on the longest period of continued economic expansion on record. The housing market has been along for much of the ride and continues to benefit greatly from the overall health of the economy. However, hot economies eventually cool and with that, hot housing markets move more towards balance.

Sales: Pending sales increase 4.1 percent, finishing 2019 at 15,118. Closed sales were up 1.4 percent to end the year at 14,785.

Listings: Comparing 2019 to the prior year, the number of homes available for sale was lower by 32.6 percent. There were 1,974 active listings at the end of 2019. New listings decreased by 4.6 percent to finish the year at 21,603.

Distressed: The foreclosure market continues to remain a small player in the overall market and is likely to remain that way in 2020. In 2019, the percentage of closed sales that were either foreclosure or short sale decreased by 1.6 percent to end the year at 6.2 percent of the market.

Prices: Home prices were up compared to last year. The overall median sales price increased 0.5 percent to $637,000 for the year. Single-Family Detached home prices were down 0.1 percent compared to last year, and Single-Family Attached home prices were up 2.2 percent.

List Price Received: Sellers received, on average, 97.1 percent of their original list price at sale, a year-over-year reduction of 0.2 percent.

While the Federal Reserve moved to temper the hot economy with four interest rate hikes in 2018, in 2019 they turned the heat back up, and reduced rates a total of three times during the year. The Fed’s rate decreases were due in part to GDP growth in 2019 that came in notably lower than 2018, showing the Fed’s alternating efforts to keep our economy at a steady simmer and not a full boil.

The housing market continues to remain healthy nationwide with price gains and limited inventory being the most common threads across markets. Tight inventory continues to constrain buyer activity in part of the country, while some areas are seeing increased seller inventory starting to improve buyers’ choices. New construction activity continues to improve, but is still below levels required to fully supply the market’s needs.

As we look at 2020, we see continued low mortgage rates and a healthy economy giving a great start to housing in the new year. But in election years, we sometimes see a softening of activity that may temper the market in the second half of the year.

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Monthly Market Overview North San Diego County December 2019

In 2019 home prices were up again in most markets. Buyer demand continues to be strong but with tepid seller activity still in many locations, total sales are lower than they would normally be in a more balanced market. While up from their recent lows a few months ago, mortgage rates end the year close to three-quarters of a percent lower than a year ago, helping to improve affordability and offset rising home prices.

  • Closed Sales increased 18.0 percent for Detached homes and 46.2 percent for Attached homes.
  • Pending Sales increased 15.5 percent for Detached homes and 14.4 percent for Attached homes.
  • The Median Sales Price was up 4.0 percent to $728,000 for Detached homes and 15.0 percent to $480,000 for Attached homes.
  • Days on Market decreased 12.8 percent for Detached homes and 12.2 percent for Attached homes.
  • Supply decreased 38.5 percent for Detached homes and 25.0 percent for Attached homes.

With low mortgage rates, low unemployment, and continued wage growth, home buyer activity is expected to remain healthy into the new year. New construction has been on the rise in 2019 and is expected to continue into 2020, but many experts note that the country is still not building enough new units to quench demand. It remains to be seen whether existing homeowners will be enticed to sell by higher home prices, which could finally bring the overall housing market into greater balance.

San Diego North County Monthly Housing Market Indicators December 2019. Listings, Sales, Days on Market and more.

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