February 28th, 2014 No Comments »
The month of February produced a total of 15 Belmont home sales. Of these sales, 3 of them were condos and one was a townhouse. Although there seems to be more inventory coming on the market, we are still below the supply needed to meet the number of willing and able buyers out there.
2606 Prindle Rd. Listed for $1,725,000 and sold for $2,025,000
3814 Naugton Ave. Listed for $1,350,000 and sold for $1,425,000
3915 Christian Dr. – Listed at $1,125,000 and sold for $1,130,000
2415 Lincoln Ave. Listed for $1,011,000 and sold for $1,100,000 We represented the buyer on this property.
2720 Yosemite Dr. Listed for $999,000 and sold for $1,020,000
2413 Hastings Dr. Listed for $998,000 and sold for $1,175,000
2111 Pullman Ave. Listed for $998,800 and sold for $1,200,000
1224 Lane St. Listed for $979,000 and sold for $1,125,000
316 Treasure Island Dr. Listed for $899,000 and sold for $1,005,000
606 Chesterton Ave. – Listed for $878,888 and sold for $965,000.
305 Hiller St. – Listed for $798,999 and sold for $880,000
508 Dale View Ave. -Listed for $739,000 and sold for $710,000
400 Davey Glen Rd. #4612 -Listed for $599,000 and sold for $572,300
400 Davey Glen Rd. #4801 -Listed for $449,950 and sold for $462,000
300 Davey Glen Rd. #3426 -Listed for $348,000 and sold for $350,000
As of today, there are currently 10 listings on the market. Of those 10, one of them (3900 Marsten Dr.) is an 18.1 acre piece of property that is being sold for land value. So in reality, there are only 9 active homes on the market. Of these homes, not one is priced under $1,000,000. The Sterling Downs area of Belmont has seen prices jump dramatically because it is attracting buyers that cannot afford the $1,000,000+ price point. This doesn’t mean that the rest of Belmont (and the SF Bay Area in general) has not seen a big jump in appreciation. What it does mean is if you are considering selling your home and you live in Sterling Downs, now would be a very opportune time to sell to maximize profit and have very minimal competition.
February 19th, 2014 No Comments »
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One of the great things about Belmont is the sense of community and togetherness among it’s citizens. As many of you may have heard, Lindsey Van Why of Belmont was tragically killed in a skiing accident on Friday, 2/14/14, leaving behind a wife and two young children. You can read the news story above, but we are asking for the communities’ help in raising some funds to help the family out for necessary expenses and to set up a college fund for his young children. As a community, we can all give a little to make a big difference for this family and help relieve some stress and let them mourn and grieve without having to worry about finances immediately. Anyone interested or wanting to donate can do so by CLICKING HERE or visiting http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/support-the-van-why-family/139599.
February 6th, 2014 No Comments »
The Belmont Real Estate market is still going strong, and in January, we saw a total of 12 home sales, 9 of which are single family and 3 condo/townhouses. Below is a list of what sold in January.
2433 Hastings Dr. – Listed at $1,250,000 and sold for $1,360,000.
2602 Coronet- Listed at $1,050,000 and sold for $1,058,000.
49 Edgewood Place- Listed at $1,050,000 and sold for $1,080,000.
2108 Coronet Blvd.- Listed at $1,020,000 and sold for $1,300,000.
2827 Alhambra Dr. – Listed at $999,000 and sold for $1,010,000.
1261 Alden Court- Listed at $999,000 and sold for $1,250,000.
116 Clipper Dr- Listed at $969,000 and sold for $1,050,000.
2115 Sharon Ave. – Listed at $950,000 and sold for $980,000.
2029 Arbor Ave.- Listed at $849,950 and sold for $812,500.
200 Live Oak Way #206- Listed at $785,000 and sold for $783,000.
400 Davey Glen Road #4503- Listed at $360,000 and sold for $352,000.
400 Davey Glen Road #4621- Listed at $350,000 and sold for $340,000.
There are still lots willing and able buyers out there looking for a new home and just about every listing that comes on the market is getting snatched up. Belmont has a lot to offer, from the quiet nature of the town, to good schools and easy accessibility to major highways for commuters. However, Belmont does have some challenges, like the lack of sidewalks and/or parking on many streets, and the lack of a real downtown area. If you have a home that poses it’s challenges to sell (shared driveways, lots of stairs, no garage or yard, etc.), this can be an opportune time to put your home on the market .
January 31st, 2014 No Comments »
January 28th, 2014 No Comments »
This past Sunday, our new listing at 1111 North Road was held open for a public open house. As soon as this property hit the market, our phones, emails, texts, and yes, even our Facebook inbox were getting flooded with inquiries. This home offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, with potential for a fifth bedroom and/or in-law or guest quarters with an asking price of $1,068,000. Agents were asking to look at the disclosures and inspection reports before they’re clients had even viewed the property!! There are so many buyers out there right now and simply not enough homes to fulfill the demand. Approximately 150 people came through the open house on Sunday and about 50 agents through the brokers tour today.
Belmont has it’s fair share of homes and streets that are not as sought after as, say, a home in an area with standard sidewalks, a level yard, and plenty of parking. Although there are a few pockets of Belmont that do have these qualities, many streets are either a bit narrower, offer less parking, no sidewalks or no back yard because of the topography of Belmont. The topography in Belmont makes for some very unique homes and is attractive to many buyers because each home has it’s own style can character. With that being said, the uniqueness of some homes make it a bit more challenging to sell, like homes with lots of stairs, or no level yard, or homes that require going up or down a few flights of stairs to access the yard. The majority of buyers are young couples with children or plans to start a family, and usually are looking for outdoor space for children to play or for entertaining. Since there is very limited inventory at the moment and virtually every home that hits the market feels like Walmart on black Friday during the open house, now may be the opportune time to sell a home that has it’s challenges for top dollar.
January 17th, 2014 No Comments »
Property values have consistently been on the rise over the past two years, and there was no slow-down through the month of December, which is typically the slowest month for real estate sales. Historically low interest rates, pent up buyer demand, drum-tight inventory and a renewed confidence in the economy have created a seller’s market that we have not seen in about 5 years. As prices increased, the days on market (DOM) has drastically declined. Homeowners that purchased in 2011 have already seen a significant gain in value over two years. Those that purchased between 2009 and 2010 purchased in a buyer’s market, which was also the “bottom of the market” that many prospective buyers waited for. Unfortunately, many buyers that were looking between 2009 and 2012 have missed the boat waiting for the market to decline further, but it did the opposite. There’s still opportunity for those buyers, but I digress, and will save that for a later post.
Average price per square foot- 47% Change over a 2 year period.
Dec. 2011- $451 Dec. 2012- $516 Dec. 2013- $661
Average sales price- 27.8% Change over a 2 year period.
Dec. 2011- $901,721 Dec. 2012- $953,400 Dec. 2013-$1,152,578
Median Sales price-23.4% Change over a 2 year period
Dec. 2011- $880,250 Dec. 2012-$936,500 Dec. 2013- $1,086,500
Number of Sales
Dec. 2011- 14 Dec. 2012- 20 Dec. 2013- 18
Average Days on Market
Dec. 2011- 124 Dec. 2012- 33 Dec. 2013- 23
Median Days on Market
Dec. 2011- 35 Dec. 2012- 12 Dec. 2013-14
A healthy market will generally have about a 5-6 month supply of inventory. Our current market only has about 6 days of inventory. I’m confident that if listing agents accepted preemptive offers on listings rather than setting an offer date 7-10 days after a home has hit the market, the days on market and supply of inventory would decrease.
WHAT WE CAN EXPECT FOR 2014
I think in 2014, barring any catastrophic events or dramatic interest rate increases, we will see more of the same market conditions. There will be more inventory coming on the market, however they will be snatched up by eager buyers, therefore not giving us a healthy constant supply of inventory. Last week San Mateo County had a total of 269 Single Family Homes. This week there are a total of 336. Of those 336, 184 listings are above $1,000,000. Many buyers are willing to overpay to take advantage of the low interest before they rise: higher interest rates means less purchasing power, which will result in a home much smaller than many buyers want/need, particularly in Belmont, where many buyers are looking for the elusive 3+ bedroom/2 bath home with a level yard in the $1.1-$1.3 range. In addition to that, many homeowners have refinanced their mortgages and are comfortable where they are. Other sellers would like to sell, but fear that they would not have anywhere to move once their home is sold. The decrease in short sales and REO’s have also boosted property values, banks have loosed up a bit on lending, and the job market is improving. 2014 Will be a good year for economic growth and recovery. In reality nobody wants to overbid, but the low interest rates will help you build equity faster. Buyers looking to buy need to be working closely with a trusted agent that is in touch with the market and area you are looking to purchase in, as well as have a good working relationship with other agents.
December 4th, 2013 No Comments »
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I am completely baffled at some of the pictures I see in the MLS. Most buyers start their search for a new home online, and the first thing they look at is, you guessed it, pictures. It doesn’t matter if it’s a million dollar listing or a $500,000 listing, pictures help a buyer decide if they even want to waste their precious time coming out to view a home or not. I’ve seen it all, whether it’s people in the picture, TV on, unmade beds, full garbage cans, or cats running across the room, it never ceases to amaze me. Then there’s the pictures that the agent decided to take themselves using their smartphone, where the house is lopsided and you have part of their finger blocking the photo.
A home is usually the most expensive financial investment, and when an agent is hired to handle that transaction, they are doing a major disservice to their client by posting horrible photos. I understand that some sellers can be less cooperative than others or not as motivated to prep the home for sale for one reason or another, but there are often times that minimal things can be done to help the picture, like turning the TV off, or putting a toilet seat down, or asking a person to step aside momentarily while the picture is taken. If a room simply is not presentable for a photo, it’s probably best to omit putting a photo of that room online. As professional agents, we always hire a professional photographer to come in and take pictures, but that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear! We always get there a few minutes early to make sure everything is in order.
A few things to look out for when getting your home ready for pictures are turning on lights, especially in dim areas (also make sure light bulbs are all functioning, they stick out like a sore thumb in pictures if one is burnt out). Clear the dish rack off the kitchen counter, make sure bedding is straightened out and pillows are fluffed, toilet seats are down, and garbage cans are completely removed from the picture. For drab or very neutral colored rooms, adding a bouquet of bright flowers or accent pillows for a pop of color will also liven up the pictures.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, feel free to contact us for a consultation on how we can help you prepare your home to sell for top dollar. Inventory levels are still very low (there are only 6 single family homes and 4 condos on the market as of today) and buyers are still out in full swing.
November 20th, 2013 No Comments »
This gorgeous home was custom built in 2009 and features 4 full bedrooms, 3 full baths, and an amazing chefs kitchen with a large island, that’s perfect for entertaining. Some amenities include:
- Grand living room with high ceilings,a fireplace, Brazilian Mahogany floors, and multiple glass doors leading the rear yard.
- Chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, island with secondary sink, custom tile back splash, ample cabinet and counter space.
- Breakfast nook off kitchen with access to side yard.
- A spacious master suite with private balcony, huge walk-in closet, and spa-like bathroom with dual vanity.
- Ground floor bathroom and bedroom with high ceilings.
- Large formal dining room with European Travertine floors.
- Two car attached garage with workshop area and separate automatic bike door
- Rear yard with lawn area, a patio and outdoor fireplace.
No detail has been spared in this fabulous home that boasts views and a convenient location. Visit www.1511Sixth.com for more photos and details or contact us to schedule a private showing.
October 25th, 2013 No Comments »
Our unique listing offers plenty of light, privacy and space with a convenient location that’s perfect for commuters. This fabulous home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, including a large master suite with vaulted ceilings and enough room for a sitting area, plus a large walk-in closet and canyon views. The formal entry leads you down a few steps into an expansive living room/dining room combo, two bedrooms and a full bath. A few more steps down there is a bright kitchen and family room with canyon views and the master suite. A bonus room sits below the house that is perfect for a home office or gym, artist studio or additional storage. If you are interested in viewing this home, feel free to drop by on Sunday between 1-4 pm or give us a call and we’d be happy to schedule a private appointment for you.
September 25th, 2013 No Comments »
Congratulations to our wonderful Belmont community and all the residents that make it what it is. Belmont was recently named one of the Hottest suburbs in the U.S., based on economic and population growth. Belmont is probably one of the most unique cities on the peninsula simply because of the topography, which makes for each home having a distinct look and features.
In addition to the quiet nature of the town, it has some of the top rated schools in the area which makes it very attractive for parents. For commuters, Belmont makes getting to Highway 101, 92 or 280 much more accessible than, say, neighboring San Carlos (and it’s still more affordable than San Carlos). Although prices of real estate are much higher than many other places across the nation, there are multiple reasons that contribute to that. For one, there really isn’t much land left to build on (the good old law of supply and demand). There are also many high paying jobs close to us, especially with Silicon Valley right in our back yards. The climate is also very moderate year round, so we don’t have to deal with constant AC in the summer and heat/shoveling snow in the winter. Belmont is so close to so many things (Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Wine Country) that it has something to offer just about any age range. If you would like to read the full article, please click on the link below.
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