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Santa Clara County 2020 Market Review

January 2021 Report

Pandemic, shelter in place, mass unemployment, terrible financial hardships for many residents and small businesses, new ways of working, office buildings empty, people move, dreadful fires, ananxious presidential election, interest rates to historic lows, stock market stonewhighs, IPOmaniabreaksoutagain, vaccinesbegintoarrive – and the real estate market went into hyper-drive, with median home sales prices hitting new peaks. The luxury home market in particular was extremely strong. 2020: a year of extremes.

Many factors affect homevalues: quality of location with in the city, architectural style and curb appeal, square footage, condition, views, amenities, extrarooms, parking, decksandyards, privacy, lotsize, and soon. There is a vast variety of homes with in the region and with incities and how median sales prices apply to any particular property is unknown without a specific comparative market analysis.

Median sales price is that price at which half the sales occurred for more and half for less. It is a very general statistic that often disguises a wide range of prices in the under lying individual sales. Median sales prices are often affected by factors besides changes in fair market value. Based upon sales reported to MLS – not all sales are reported. Data from sources deemed reliable, but may contain errors and subject to revision. All numbers are approximate. Late reported sales may alter numbers, though typically only to as light degree.

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It is impossible to know how median and average value statistics apply to any particular home without a specific comparative market analysis. Many factors affect sales prices besides neighborhood / bedroom count: quality of location within the neighborhood, condition, size, architecture, views, amenities, parking, outdoor space, etc. These analyses were made in good faith with data from sources deemed reliable, but may contain errors and are subject to revision. It is not our intent to convince you of a particular position, but to attempt to provide straight forward data and analysis, so you can make your own informed decisions.

Median and average statistics are enormous generalities: There are hundreds of different markets in San Francisco and the Bay Area, each with its own unique dynamics. Median prices and average dollar per square foot values can be and often are affected by other factors besides changes in fair market value. Longer term trends are much more meaningful than short – term.

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The Santa Clara County
Luxury Home Market

Market Dynamics Homes Selling for $3 Million+

Median Sales Price is that price at which half the properties sold for more and half for less. It may be affected by seasonality, “unusual” events, or changes in inventory and buying trends, as well as by changes in fair market value. The median sales price for an area will often conceal an enormous variety of sales prices in the underlying individual sales.

Dollar per Square Foot is based upon the home’s interior living space and does not include garages, unfinished attics and basements, rooms built without permit, patios, decks or yards (though all those can add value to a home). These figures are usually derived from appraisals or tax records, but are sometimes unreliable (especially for older homes) or unreported altogether. The calculation can only be made on those home sales that reported square footage.

Many aspects of value cannot be adequately reflected in median and average statistics: curb appeal, age, condition, amenities, views, lot size, quality of out door space, “bonus” rooms, additional parking, quality of location within the neighborhood, and so forth. How these statistics apply to any particular home is unknown without a specific comparative market analysis.