Capitola Real Estate

March 26, 2010 by  
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Beach at Capitola.
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Capitola, located in Santa Cruz County in California, has, like so many regions in the Golden State, seen its real estate market take a wild ride since the sector crashed near the end of 2008, with foreclosures rising to all-time highs, prices plummeting and many homeowners finding themselves owing more on their homes than they are now estimated to be worth.

At the end of 2009, according to statistics compiled by the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors, there were five sales in Capitola, up from four sales in November and just two sales a year ago. Because the Capitola real estate is a rather small market, statistics must be closely examined, as they can wildly fluctuate month to month with the sale of one or two low- or high-priced outliers.

At the end of 2009, there were 15 Capitola homes for sale still on the market, down by nearly half from the end of 2008, when it stood at 28 homes. In December, there were two new listings brought to market in Capitola, down from five a year ago. At the end of 2009, homes were spending an average of 176 days on the market before selling, the third-highest average in Santa Cruz. This figure represents a rise from December 2008, when the average days on the market was just 57 days.

One shining spot in the Capitola market is an increase in general in sales prices, which is in contrast to most other area markets. In December 2009, the median sales price for a home in Capitola was $727,000, up from just $617,500 one year ago and from $637,000 in November 2009. Average prices show similar trends. In December 2009, the average price was $812,400, up from $617,500 from the same month of 2008. The median sales price for Capitola condos in December was $309,500. In December 2008, it was $337,000, though that figure was based on just a single sale, whereas December 2009’s figure was based on four sales.

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El Dorado Hills Real Estate Market Update

March 8, 2010 by  
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El Dorado County scene

El Dorado Hills is a neighborhood found in the outskirts of the San Francisco metropolitan area. The El Dorado Hills real estate market centers around the trends of the larger Bay Area’s indicators. Foreclosures have started to decline in the rest of the greater San Francisco area, a possibly positive indication for the El Dorado Hills market in particular. According to a February 16, 2010 article published by MSN Money, “Notices of default declined in the four-county region last month, but the number of banks who received the keys to homes increased compared to a year ago, according to a report released Tuesday. And foreclosure activity statewide increased last month from January 2009, according to ForeclosureRadar.” Looking specifically at the El Dorado area, the article found that “The county had 180 notices of default, while back to the bank properties almost doubled to 94 from a year ago.”

Some trouble signs for Sacramento homes for sale were noted by an article in the Sacramento Business Journal. According to the piece, written by Michael Shaw, “The Sacramento region’s median home price inched up 3 percent in January, compared to a year ago, much lower than the 15 percent increase statewide, according to a California Association of Realtors report Tuesday.” The piece, written on February 23, 2010, also noted that “The association estimated that the four-county Sacramento region’s median price was $174,830 in January, though that figure varies widely within the counties that make up the metro area, reaching as high as $310,000 in El Dorado County.  The statewide median price is $287,400. The overall number of sales for the month in the Sacramento region was down 24.9 percent compared with January 2009 – and off 29.5 percent from December.”

A larger theme for Sacramento homes and other real estate in the county was noted by a March 2, 2010 article in the Sacramento Business Journal. The article, written by Jeff Clabaugh, found that “The median sales price in Sacramento County for homes of all types, including newly built ones, was $165,000 in January, the same price compared to January 2008.”

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