Heidi and I continue to see a robust real estate market in Sonoma County, particularly in Sebastopol. A noticeable lack of inventory has increased demand, and homes’ reduced time spent on the market. Overall, even under the extreme circumstances, we are all facing daily, the market is trending upward.
Sonoma County, as a whole between May 2020 and June 2020, shows the number of homes on the market to be down and an increase in sales by 128% and a 43% increase in pending transactions. Due to the mandated shelter in place, these statistics make sense. Comparing these numbers to last year gives us the idea that inventory is still an issue no matter what has happened recently. Inventory is down 22% to June 2019. Compared to last June, sales are up by 4%, and pending purchases are up by 47%.
Sebastopol is a similar picture. Compared to last month, inventory has decreased even more by 11% and by 30% to the previous year. Sebastopol is up 145% to last month and 12% to the same time last year. Pending sales are up 116% to last month and 6% to the same time last year.
Heidi and I feel the uptick in the market directly correlates to the pandemic and the global changes it has made to how people live. “Home” now conjures a different set of rules and expectations. A home is now a place that functions on all levels of life and living. Vast numbers of people are currently working from home, schooling from home, sheltering in place for long periods, and even staycations. We are seeing that most people wish to upgrade their current circumstances, and if they are able, they are doing so by moving into a dwelling that avails itself to all these additional special requirements.
An article recently published in The Press Democrat by Meg McConahey How Covid-19 is forcing homeowners to rethink design mimics what we are witnessing with buyers. What people are looking for in a home has changed. Buyers are looking for more flexibility in a house and the spaces within. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “home sanctuary.”
Does your home make you happy? Give us a call. We would love to help you find your unique sanctuary here in Sonoma County.