Million Dollar Home Sales Rising – Foreclosures Falling

Alamo, Danville & San Ramon Ca Seeing Rising Numbers of Million Dollar Home Sales

Alamo Danville San Ramon CA Luxury Home SalesAccording to DQ News, the number of California homes sold for a million dollars or more rose to its highest level since 2007, Ffueled by a recovering economy, rising home prices and a record number of cash purchases. The number of homes sold for more than $5 million rose to an all-time high, a real estate information service reported. For the state this was an increase of 26.9% over 2011.

“It should go without saying that buyers and sellers in the prestige market tend to respond to different motivations and incentives than the rest of the market. Job security, down payment sizes and mortgage interest rates don’t play the same role. Returns on investments in a low interest-rate financial environment and safe-haven investing do play a role,” said John Walsh, DataQuick president.

29% of the million dollar homes sold in California last year were cash purchases. The median-sized California home that sold for $1 million-plus was 2,641 sq.ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Million Dollar Home Sales – Alamo – Danville – San Ramon

Alamo Danville San Ramon Million Dollar Home Sales

As you can see, Alamo is showing the largest percentage increase of million dollar homes in the area – up 45%, while Danville is up 22% and San Ramon up 20 %.

Data Quick is also reporting that the number of California homeowners pushed into the foreclosure process fell last quarter to the lowest level in six years, the result of rising home values, an improving economy and a shift toward short sales, a real estate information service reported.

“Home values increased through most of 2012, and the rate of increase picked up toward the end of the year. That means fewer and fewer homeowners are underwater, where they owe more than their homes are worth. That in turn means they can sell and pay off the mortgage, or perhaps refinance at today’s low interest rates. This trend alone suggests we’ll see a continued decline in foreclosure rates this year. Another factor is the foreclosure-avoidance goals of various settlements between lenders and the government,” said John Walsh, DataQuick president.

Notices of Default were down -44% in Contra Costa County. and foreclosures were down 42.5%.

December Home Sales Activity

Community Zip Sales % Chg Median Price % Chg High Price % Chg
Alameda County              
Dublin 94568 116 34.9% $579,250 43.0% $1,265,000 10.9%
Pleasanton 94566 36 -36.8% $830,000 23.4% $3,900,000 17.5%
Pleasanton 94588 32 -15.8% $612,500 16.1% $1,454,500 11.7%
Contra Costa County            
Alamo 94507 20 66.7% $1,025,000 -29.8% $1,925,000 3.5%
Danville 94506 54 42.1% $847,500 -0.3% $1,925,000 -2.4%
Danville 94526 43 -6.5% $652,000 0.7% $1,610,500 10.5%
San Ramon 94582 56 0.0% $721,500 4.6% $1,180,000 8.6%
San Ramon 94583 46 -8.0% $581,000 2.0% $1,669,500 12.4%
Walnut Creek 94595 35 16.7% $574,000 52.1% $1,650,000 14.7%
Walnut Creek 94596 23 -8.0% $420,000 12.0% $1,175,000 7.5%
Walnut Creek 94597 27 -10.0% $350,000 15.7% $1,385,000 8.9%
Walnut Creek 94598 36 28.6% $615,000 10.8% $1,100,000 25.5%

The low inventory of homes for sale in the area along with continuing strong demand is going to push many houses priced in the high 900K range over the million dollar mark. Weakest numbers for million dollar home sales are in the $2 million to $3 million dollar range.

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