California Housing Market Update Predictions

California Real Estate Market

January was an astonishing month for the California housing market as median house prices fell only slightly while sales slumped by 26% to 32% across most regions.

Homebuyers may have been scared off by rising unemployment which is above 9%. Only Hawaii and Nevada have higher unemployment. And mortgage payments were higher again in January and borrowers wonder if rates might rise despite claims to the contrary.


And year to date, sales and prices are up a whopping 22% over last year’s numbers. It was the single-detached market that kept its hot pace in comparison, yet house sales still declined 4.9% from December.

The story of the housing market reflects huge demand for more roomier accommodations and a flight from high density housing. Prices of condos continued to decline and rent prices too are falling from the levels established for a decade.


Home sales should never be this strong during the winter months, but it’s been nothing but out of the ordinary in this past year. Californians are struggling through a terrible pandemic wrestling with debt, fires, Covid 19, work from home, retail shutdowns, back rent and mortgage problems, stubborn unemployment and the effects of Techsodus.
Only the Manhattan real estate market has been hit harder.

The resurgance in California real estate last month was driven more by the Bay Area market which saw almost 32% gains vs last year’s numbers.

The California Realtors Association’s newly released reports reveals:

Existing, single-family home sales fell to 484,730 in January, yet are still up 22.5% from January 2020. And the median price of a house reclined 2.5% from December to $699,890, yet remains 21.7% above the price of 12 months ago.


California Home Sales and Price Report Infographic.
California Home Sales and Price Report Infographic. Screenshot courtesy of CAR
California Housing Market January Report
Screenshot courtesy of CAR


California Existing Homes Sales Report
California January Report. Screenshot courtesy of CAR.


Sales Remain Brisk Despite Supply Problems

January’s home sales remained at the highest levels since 2005 and we haven’t yet hit the spring house-buying season which should be a strong one.  With such low inventory and stalled new construction numbers, we can confidently forecast much higher home prices.  California unemployment should fall as the pandemic eases and as stimulus funds are distributed.

California Home Sales
Screenshot courtesy of CAR

Sales Remain 20% Above Last January

Home Sales grow 20+%
Screenshot courtesy of CAR.


California Housing Market Report for January 2021

Sales and Price Chart
California Real Estate Sales and Prices January. Screenshot courtesy of CAR


Home Price Growth Strong in Single Family Segment

Mortgage Payments Rising. Screenshot courtesy of CAR

California Housing Inventory
Screenshot courtesy of CAR
Mortgage Payment Growth
Screenshot courtesy of CAR

California Association of Realtors in its June housing sales report said Realtors were feeling optimistic but a lack of supply is impeding the California real estate market recovery.

In the greater Los Angeles region, single-detached homes rose $4,750 in January to a new price of $630,000. That is $91,500 more than 12 months ago.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, house prices fell $33,000 from December to a new median price of $1,025,000.  This still up $42,000 from 12 months ago.

In San Diego, single-detached homes stayed the same at $730,000 yet that price is still up $70,000 over the last 12 months.


Best Performing Cities in California

Where to buy your next home in the Golden State? Homesnacks conducted an estimate based on about 5,000 population and growing, rising home prices, and within 20% of state price average. Here’s their best picks:

  1. Dos Palos
  2. Adelanto
  3. Calimesa
  4. Firebaugh
  5. San Pablo
  6. Lathrop
  7. Los Banos
  8. Arvin
  9. Lake Elsinore
  10. Perris

Realtors will need better strategies on how to get people to sell their homes.

If you’ve read the latest jobs report, and the US economic forecast, you can understand the transition all states are in, including California. Jobs are returning, but the best is still yet to come.

China trade tariffs and US business repatriation could stimulate California’s economy and encourage more home building. Many believe America First may not be good for California, New York, or Florida or other states that depend on International trade. And many multinationals are headquartered in California and New York City.

Now that we’re past 2 years, the pain will be much less and a US first business agenda will bolster the stock markets more and power up employment in California.

Zillow expects California home prices to rise only $2k from is $569,000 currently in March 2021. The averagehome rental in California is up to $2657 per month. Mortgage delinquency rate is very low at .6%.


Zillow Home Price History for California. Screenshot courtesy of CAR.


Zillow house rental average price in California. Screenshot courtesy of Zillow.

California Home Price Growth 2017 to 2020 by County

California County Median Price June 2020 Median Price May 2020 Median Price 2017 3 year change
Alameda County $976,000 $955,000.00 $834,500.00 14.5%
Butte County $390,000 $362,000.00 $329,500.00 15.5%
Contra Costa County $750,500 $690,000.00 $570,750.00 24.0%
Fresno County $313,950 $295,000.00 $265,000.00 15.6%
Kern County $275,000 $270,000.00 $220,000.00 20.0%
Los Angeles County $610,260 $546,930.00 $581,000.00 4.8%
Madera County $300,000 $297,500.00 $240,500.00 19.8%
Marin County $1,490,000 $1,500,000.00 $1,015,000.00 31.9%
Merced County $300,000 $285,000.00 $275,000.00 8.3%
Monterey County $740,000 $650,000.00 $582,000.00 21.4%
Napa County $725,000 $672,500.00 $635,000.00 12.4%
Nevada County $433,750 $410,000.00 $400,000.00 7.8%
Orange County $870,000 $834,550.00 $708,500.00 18.6%
Placer County $515,000 $515,000.00 $485,000.00 5.8%
Riverside County $450,000 $434,480.00 $380,000.00 15.6%
Sacramento County $417,000 $395,000.00 $355,000.00 14.9%
San Bernardino $325,000 $320,000.00 $329,750.00 -1.5%
San Diego County $678,000 $655,000.00 $550,000.00 18.9%
San Francisco County $1,805,000 $1,627,500.00 $1,325,000.00 26.6%
San Joaquin County $415,000 $415,000.00 $386,500.00 6.9%
San Luis Obispo County $645,500 $632,500.00 $599,000.00 7.2%
San Mateo County $1,735,000 $1,650,000.00 $1,250,000.00 28.0%
Santa Barbara County $671,750 $637,500.00 $545,000.00 18.9%
Santa Clara County $1,382,000 $1,365,000.00 $1,000,000.00 27.6%
Santa Cruz County $905,000 $850,000.00 $727,000.00 19.7%
Shasta County $295,000 $297,000.00 $244,500.00 17.1%
Solano County $496,750 $482,000.00 $415,000.00 16.5%
Sonoma County $708,800 $675,000.00 $595,000.00 16.1%
Stanislaus County $355,000 $350,000.00 $300,050.00 15.5%
Tulane County $270,000 $255,250.00 $230,000.00 14.8%
Ventura County $700,000 $681,250.00 $575,000.00 17.9%
Yolo County $475,000 $443,000.00 $447,500.00 5.8%
Yuba County $328,950 $320,000.00 $298,250.00 21.3


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