Sales Price to List Price Percentage, Days on Market,
Price Reductions & Expired Listings
Most of the luxury homes that do sell, sell relatively quickly at very close to or over asking price — many of these listings are now receiving multiple offers. Those going through price reductions spend a much longer time on market and sell at an average discount of 15% off original list price. And even in a hot market, some listings expire without selling, usually because the market deems them overpriced. (The luxury home market is one that is particularly susceptible to egregious overpricing.) The key to selling a home for the highest price is to price it correctly right from the start, prepare it to show in its best light, market it comprehensively and effectively negotiate the offers received.
San Francisco Luxury Homes: Percentage of Listings Accepting Offers
This statistic is one of the clearest expressions of buyer demand vs. inventory of luxury homes for sale. In the first quarter of 2012, this percentage hit the highest point in several years.
Number of Luxury Home Listings Accepting Offers
In this month by month chart, we can see the acceleration in accepted-offer activity
occurring in the market right now.
Luxury Home Sales by San Francisco Realtor District
The older prestige neighborhoods running across the north of the city from Sea Cliff through Pacific Heights to Russian & Telegraph Hills still dominate sales, but high-end sales in the greater Noe Valley/ Castro/ Cole Valley district have soared since the late nineties, and luxury condos in new developments in South Beach/ SOMA/ Yerba Buena area are also a major part of this market now. These last two areas are particular favorites of high-tech buyers, both for neighborhood ambiance and their locations close to high-tech hubs or highways south to Silicon Valley. (We have separate market reports for these 2 areas.) St. Francis Woods has been an enclave for sales of large, detached houses for quite some time.
Inventory of SF Luxury Homes for Sale
Inventory declines rapidly during the holiday season and then starts to pick up in the new year.
Though inventory is now growing, it is still relatively low in comparison to buyer demand.
San Francisco Luxury Homes: Months Supply of Inventory (MSI)
The lower the MSI, the hotter the market. The current level of MSI
would typically be considered a "Seller’s Market."
SF Luxury Home Sales vs. Listings Expired or Withdrawn
The stronger the market, the lower the ratio of expired and withdrawn listings to sold listings.
That ratio is very low right now.
SF Luxury Home Sales: Average Days on Market (DOM) to Acceptance of Offer
Average days on market is not the most reliable statistic as it can be easily distorted by a few sales, but generally speaking, the hotter the market, the lower the average DOM. Competition for the best listings can be ferocious and many of the most appealing, well-priced homes are now accepting offers within 7 – 14 days of going on market — often subsequent to a competitive bidding situation.
San Francisco Luxury Homes: Average Dollar per Square Foot
Dollar per square foot values, even in the high-end, vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood. The absolute highest are typically paid for luxury condos in prestige buildings with staggering views and for the most prestigious mansions in neighborhoods like Pacific Heights and Russian Hill. Remember that short-term fluctuations are relatively meaningless — they occur naturally since the "basket" of homes sold varies from month to month, quarter to quarter.
Largest San Francisco Home Sales by Neighborhood
We are seeing some very large home sales in San Francisco.
San Francisco Luxury Home Unit Sales
Besides market demand, the number of sales is also impacted by the inventory of listings available to purchase. Another dynamic of growing importance in this market segment is the increase in sales occurring off-market, i.e. without being advertised or placed in the Multiple Listing Service. These off market sales are not reflected in these 2 charts.
Longer-Term Trends in Values
Sometimes it’s useful to take a step back and look at longer term trends. These charts delineate average sales price (which is different from median sales price) and average dollar per square foot by neighborhood, by year, going back to 1995. Annual statistics are typically more reliable and meaningful than quarterly or monthly stats, because the body of data is so much larger and the normal fluctuations of smaller time periods get flattened out. Even then, some of these neighborhoods do not have that many sales and of the sales, many do not report square footage — thus these statistics must be considered generalities with a fairly large margin of error.