Buckle up and let’s take a drive through the past 20 years. Where has the market been over these two decades? Since MLS recently made it much easier to extract older data, I had to do this post. I hope you find it useful or interesting – even if you aren’t in the Sacramento market.
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
1) Data: We are only as good as our data and our ability to understand. Some graphs below are very clear in their trends, but others probably aren’t meaningful because of massive data or an enormous price range.
2) Not back: Many lower-priced areas are not back to their price peak in 2005.
3) Back: Some well-established areas have exceeded previous peaks.
4) Different trends: Not all price ranges, locations, and property types have moved the same way, so let’s be cautious about sweeping generalizations about the entire market. After all, the condo market might be far different from the 2-4 unit market or vacant land.
5) Inflation: Prices might be similar today to where they were in 2005, but that doesn’t mean values are the same. I know, that’s so technical, but when we factor in inflation over 13 years, it’s really not the same thing when comparing today’s prices with prices from 13 years ago. Keep in mind the market today has far different dynamics from 2005 also.
6) Bubble: Graphs like this can often lead to conversations about a housing “bubble.” If it’s relevant, please read peak prices and an open letter to buyers worried about another housing bubble.
SIDE NOTE: I’ve been having major website issues over the past 2 months. I’ve switched hosts, and that should solve the problem of down time.
DOWNLOAD ALL GRAPHS: You can download all images as a zip file. I included both a web-friendly size and larger ones. Please use as you see fit (unaltered). If you post somewhere online I always appreciate a link back.
Vacant Residential Land:
Million Dollar Sales:
Pocket / Greenhaven:
Garden of the Gods:
Sales under $50K in Sacramento County:
Del Paso Manor:
Treelake / Ashley Woods (Granite Bay):
Condo Sales in Sacramento County (and Downtown):
Bella Vista High School Boundaries:
95815 Zip Code:
4-Unit Sales in Sacramento County:
I hope this was interesting or even fascinating. I’m intrigued and excited about having more data at my disposal (thank you Metrolist). Thanks everyone for your graph suggestions too. I reached out on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and got to most of what people asked for, though I couldn’t do them all.
Questions: What are your thoughts about the market after seeing the graphs above? I’d love to hear your take.
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