April 2023 Market Update

April 2023 Market Update

  • Beverly Barnett
  • 04/13/23

The Market Continues to Recover, But with Many Dynamics at Play

Buyer demand continued to rebound from the depths of the mid-winter slowdown in activity. The number and percentage of listings going into contract, and overbidding percentages continue to climb, and days-on-market to drop as the spring selling season gained traction. Buyers generally shrugged off the local banking crisis, the main effect of which, so far, has been a significant drop in interest rates in the 4 weeks after SVB collapsed. 

But though conditions have improved considerably, the market remains significantly weaker on a year-over-year basis, and across the Bay Area, median home sales prices have generally declined. However, it’s worth remembering that the market in Q1 2022 was severely overheated, and approaching the peak of a historic, 10-year boom. This will distort many year-over-year comparisons.

The number of new listings coming on market continues to be extremely low, as many potential sellers hold off from listing their homes due to the doubling of interest rates since early 2022:  This constitutes a huge factor in market dynamics and is undoubtedly holding back sales activity.

Across the Bay Area, year-over-year declines of sales in the highest price segments have typically outpaced declines in less expensive home sales, and their demand-to-supply ratio – the number of sales compared to the number of listings for sale – is much weaker.  Luxury home sales have been hit harder since the market correction began in mid-2022, though they too have been rebounding in 2023.

April, May & June sales volumes are commonly among the highest of the year, and this is especially true for luxury home sales.

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