Market Comparisons 2010 v 2009: Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo and Foster City CA

We are often asked “how’s the market doing?” when we see old clients.  They’re curious about their own property values, and assume they’ve gone down substantially.  Some time they’re right.  Some times they’re wrong, they’re down but no where near the drop they thought.  It depends.  It depends on where they live.  It depends on when they bought.  It depends on many things.

Here’s a snapshot of the market over the past two years for our Four Cities.  The charts are for Median Price versus Inventory for 2009 and 2010.  It’s rather interesting to see this snapshot of how the market looked.

Here’s Burlingame.  Median Price 2010 is in Black.  Inventory 2010 is in Orange.  Median Price 2009 is Green.  Inventory 2009 is Blue. A picture is worth a thousand words and as you can see the 2010 inventory is a little higher than 2009 and the median price is down. This, friends, is a Burlingame Buyer’s Market.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Here’s Hillsborough.  Colors are the same as Burlingame’s.  2010 Inventory is substantially higher than 2009 and median price has gone up, a little, but it’s higher than in 2009.  What’s so fascinating about this chart is the dramatic drop in price that took place in 2009 versus 2010, where prices were somewhat stable.  The big ticket homes in Hillsborough, the ones in the $10,000,000 and above range obviously weren’t sold within the past two years or the median price would have been affected. It’s a Buyer’s Market in Hillsborough California.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Here’s San Mateo.  For comparison sake I’m only showing the single family homes.  This is one interesting chart.  San Mateo is the second largest city in San Mateo County.  There are houses at the bottom of the price spectrum and houses as costly as many in Hillsborough.  The Median Price in black for 2010 versus 2009 in green is dramatic and so is the inventory of houses for sale.  In 2009, in blue, versus 2010, in orange.  The selection of houses is large, and the price is down. It’s a Buyer’s Market in San Mateo.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com
Finally, let’s see Foster City. Like it’s sister cities, the Median Price was substantially lower in 2010 and Inventory substantially higher. It’s a Buyer’s Market in Foster City, too.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

What you’re seeing are the actual market statistics for the four Mid-Peninsula we cover.  It’s a Buyer’s Market and there are a lot of great properties for sale.  In fact, as the year winds to an end, each one of these houses is truly on sale.  People listing homes this time of the year want to sell and are willing to negotiate. Negotiation is the key word today.  What the asking price is, isn’t generally what the selling price is.

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