There’s no way it’s going to sell that high. Have you ever thought that in real estate? Well, let’s talk about a property that many said would never sell at $4.1M, but then it did. I definitely have some takeaways about this lofty condo in Downtown Sacramento, and I hope non-locals will relate to the commentary. Then for those interested I have a huge market update below. Any thoughts?
A few things on my mind about this one sale:
1) Outlier: This sale is a total outlier. It is a big deal, but it’s also completely disconnected from the rest of the market. Can you tell based on the graph?
2) Thin history above $4,000,000: There have literally only been four residential sales ever above $4M in Sacramento County. EVER. So yes, it’s huge news to have a condo close this high, but at the same time let’s not think everything is now worth four million. Here are the sales:
a) Governor’s Mansion in Carmichael in 2004 at $4.1M
b) Sierra Oaks home in 2013 at $4.7M
c) Elk Grove estate in 2005 at $4.6M (sold $1.3M in 2011)
d) Downtown Condo at $4.1M
3) Lamborghini & Camry: Some have said things like, “I can’t afford the market any longer.” But this one “lone ranger” sale isn’t the new comp for everything in town. It’s tempting for sellers to price higher now, but it’s not like someone ten miles away is going to pay more at the $300,000 level because of a multi-million dollar condo sale. If my neighbor bought a Lamborghini, that doesn’t all of a sudden mean I have to pay more for a Camry…
4) An emerging market: There is definitely an appetite for high-end condos in Sacramento, so let’s expect to see this niche market find more expression in coming time. Ultimately the sales office at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel has done well so far to sell units far above what many locals imagined. Of course the eventual test for these properties will be to see what happens when they hit the resale market in coming years without the benefit of marketing from a Beverly Hills sales agency.
I hope that was interesting or helpful. Anything to add?
-—-—- Big monthly market update (absurdly long on purpose) ———–
The market feels very normal for the spring. Well, I guess what I mean is all the stats are normal, but buyers are pulling the trigger very quickly and we’re seeing multiple offers on just about anything that is priced correctly. One of the bigger stories is sales volume so far in the beginning of 2018 is up 5% in the region. In fact, we’ve seen the strongest start to the year since 2013. Buyers have been starving for more inventory, so they’re gobbling up anything in site as long as it’s not overpriced. But part of the growth in volume these past few months could also stem from some buyers trying to get a slice of real estate pie before interest rates rise.
New recap images: Last month I introduced recap images. Here’s round two, though this month my data from last year is less complete since I tore my knee a year ago (I’m all better now). Anyway, what do you think?
Two quick things:
1) Inventory is increasing: We’re starting to see inventory increase a bit. For years it did nothing but decline, but toward the end of last year it seemed to flatten out, and so far this year we’ve seen some slight upticks. Granted, inventory this past month was only up 3% in the region compared to the same time last year, but that’s better than being perpetually down every single month.
2) The wrong comps with new construction: With more new construction lately, it seems like some sellers are using brand new nearby homes as “comps” for their older homes. Let’s remember the new ones often sell with a hefty price premium, so they really don’t make adequate comps. My advice? Don’t get distracted by the brand new stuff. Try to find older sales that are similar rather than assuming buyers are going to pay the same amount as a new home.
I could write more, but let’s get visual instead.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY (more graphs here):
SACRAMENTO REGION (more graphs here):
PLACER COUNTY (more graphs here):
Questions: What do you think of that $4.1M condo sale? What else are you seeing out there in the market? I’d love to hear your take.