San Mateo Housing Absorption Rates – October 2009

First-Time Home Buyers are the Growing Share of the San Mateo County Real Estate Market

Daly City, East Palo Alto, San Bruno and South San Francisco actually have more houses under contract than they do available for sale. Stats prove what we’re seeing: Inventory is at an unbelievable low; it’s a sellers’ market and multiple offers are common.

Leslie Says

Leslie Appleton-Young, the economist for the California Association of Realtors, sees this trend continuing.  She advises that the first-time buyer home prices will continue to strengthen over the next two years.

Housing Absorption Rates Year to Date

Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct
Atherton 25 18 8.6 10.8 4.6 2.8 3.4 3.7 2.3 4.6
Belmont 3 2 2.3 2 1.5 1.7 1.4 1 2.6 1
Brisbane 2 6 5 3 5 3 4.3 2.6 1.7 2
Burlingame 3.6 4 3 1.6 1.9 1.6 2 2.2 2.4 2
Colma 6 1 2.5 1 1 1 1 3 1 0
Daly City 1.3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 *
East Palo Alto 1.3 1.6 1.4 2.4 1 1 1 1 1 *
El Granada 5 31 11 9 6 3.6 2.8 2.7 5.4 3
Foster City 6.5 10.7 10 2.8 2 1.5 1.4 2 2 2
Half Moon Bay 7.6 11 7.5 16 6 7.9 5.5 3.6 3.8 3
Hillsborough 7.7 12.8 5.9 5.9 4.3 4.7 5.9 2.8 4.4 3
La Honda 8 5 3.7 6 4.7 6 5.5 4 3.3 2
Loma Mar 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1
Menlo Park 3.5 3.4 4 1.9 1.7 1.8 2.9 2.2 1.9 2
Millbrae 5.9 9.5 3 1.6 1.2 2.3 2 2.2 1.7 2
Montara 18 17 16 4.5 3.6 3.4 4.3 3.5 3.3 4
Moss Beach 10 16 7 5.5 12 4.5 5 3.7 6 13
Pacifica 2.8 2.8 1.9 1.3 1 1 1 1 1 1
Pescadero 8 4 5 2 3 3 2 2.5 9 2
Portola Valley 11 3.8 3.4 2.8 5.5 3.4 5.5 3.1 3 2
Redwood City 3.3 2.5 2.4 2.3 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.2 1.3 1
Redwood Shores 4.7 9 6 2 3 2.3 3.3 3.2 1.9 2
San Bruno 1.6 1.4 1.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 *
San Carlos 3.8 2.3 2.8 2 2.2 1.6 1.9 1.8 1.9 1.5
San Gregorio 2 2 1 2 3 1 1 2 3 3
San Mateo 2.9 3 2 2 1.6 1.3 1.3 1 1 1
So San Francisco 2.5 1.7 1.4 1 1 1 1 1 1 *
Woodside 16 6.8 7.3 7 7.6 6.8 9.3 13 7.7 5

Real Estate Absorption Rates

The absorption rate is a quick way to see if the number of homes for sale in San Mateo County is going up or down. It’s just one of the statistics used to evaluate pricing.

What you’re looking at is how many months’ inventory there is on the market. The assumption is that it will take X number of months for all of the houses currently on the market to sell. More inventory = longer to sell.

You can also see if the area is a buyer or a sellers’ market. The National Association of Realtors defines a balanced market as one is which there is 6 months of inventory. More than 6 months, it’s a buyers’ market; less is a sellers’ market.

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