The last quarter of 2014 bore remarkable similarities to the first quarter in Sonoma County, with a constrained supply of available homes and a ready pool of would-be buyers. Many sellers continued to receive multiple offers on well-priced properties, although bidding activity was not as frenetic as it was at the start of the year, and price appreciation has slowed considerably from the double-digit percentage increases that had become commonplace.
Even with the limited supply, buyers in the fourth quarter no longer bid as franticly on overpriced properties or those with problems as they might have as recently as six months ago. This change in attitude caught some sellers by surprise, but it reflects the growing normalization of the market as buyers began to show some signs of price resistance, especially at the higher end of the market.
The fourth quarter saw fewer sales of homes priced below $500,000, reflecting the virtual disappearance of distressed properties such as short sales and foreclosures on the market.
Looking Forward: Sonoma County may see fewer sales overall in the first quarter, but dollar volume will continue rising as buyers choose from more high-end homes on the market. Springtime is always a busy season for real estate, and 2015 will be no different.
Defining Sonoma County: Our real estate markets in Sonoma County include the cities of Cotati, Healdsburg, Penngrove, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Windsor. Sales data in the report charts includes all single-family homes and farms and ranches in Sonoma County.
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