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  • Writer's pictureKevin Peterson

June 27th, 2023: Real Estate Trends In The Bay Area And San Mateo

Updated: Jul 21, 2023


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How Are The SF Bay Area Real Estate Markets?

The shortage of inventory continues to keep home prices steady at or near pre-pandemic levels, with buyers competing on homes that have multiple offers, despite interest rates continuing to go up.

We know this because across the Bay Area, we see...

  • Days on Market, i.e. DOM - Averaging 30 days or less while homes are selling above asking price.

  • Sales Inventory - Still near historic lows due to sellers' cheap mortgages and lack of inventory to upgrade or downsize.

  • Sales Price - Almost all counties are back to pre-pandemic levels, except San Francisco.

SF Bay Area Real Estate Trends - Month over Month (MoM)

What does an average sales price mean? If we generalize the property type and the various price points that homes sell at, we lose the nuance of the market happenings.

Therefore, the below tables are broken into condo, single family home and townhouse. Highlighted in green are items that are helping keep the Bay Area real estate prices up in comparison to last month's metrics, including:

  • Higher price per square foot

  • Fewer days on market

  • Fewer number of homes sold (i.e. less inventory)

  • Higher sales price to list price ratio

Interesting take aways....

  • Around the Bay, $800K to $1.3M are selling the most volume, with San Francisco single family homes going 16% over asking.

  • Homes priced over $3.3M are still selling just as quickly as lower price points but are going slightly below asking.

  • San Mateo county and the Mid-Peninsula homes are still seeing fewer days on market to sell but the percentage over asking is smaller this last month than in May.

Bay Area Real Estate Trends - Year over Year (YoY)

Here's the data to support the month over month price growth (supply versus demand) we are currently experiencing. These charts illustrate which price points are moving the most in their relative markets.

Single family homes



What's Selling The Most RIGHT Now?

Those that are pending, i.e. just went into contract....

SF Bay Area real estate trends June 2023

Here are the pending details for those interested...

SF Bay Area real estate trends June 2023


City of San Mateo Real Estate Trends (MoM + YoY)

The month of April in 2022 was the peak of sales prices. Comparing April, May, and June for both single family homes and condos / townhouses, we can see...

  • Less inventory is now being sold and listed

  • Single family homes median sales price decreased in April due to the number of lower quartile (i.e. smaller homes) units compared to upper quartile (i.e. larger homes)

  • Average price per square foot has decreased

  • Days on market crept up in April but back to a hot seller's market in May

  • Single family homes are going over asking by more than 7% and condos by 2%.

Single Family Homes



Mortgage Rates & The Stock Market

  • Rates continue upward. “The market had previously priced in rate cuts by the end of 2023, so there will be an adjustment to these new expectations that could put some upward pressure on interest rates in the near term.” (Danielle Hale, chief economist at

  • The stock market (in general) is doing well and the technology sector has been outpacing the markets.

  • At, we know not every lender is created equal and we work with lenders who's rates today are around 5.1% for 10/1 ARMS. Our lenders also may value your RSUs better than others. Reach out and tap into our network.


How We Help Our Buyers

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How We Help Our Sellers

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Check out our last few or peruse all of them at

  • Mar 16th: What Happened To Bay Area Real Estate In February?

  • Feb 23rd: Which Bay Area Cities Are Selling In Under 20 Days?

  • Feb 14th: What Is Selling (Year To Date) In The Bay Area And Mid-Peninsula?

  • Feb 6th: What Happened To Bay Area Real Estate In January?

  • Jan 30th: Layoffs + Bay Areas Experiencing Biggest Price Drops And Gains

  • Jan 22nd: Which Bay Area Cities Are Selling In Under 30 Days?

  • Jan 16th: Is The Market Showing Signs Of Waking Up?

  • Jan 9th: Bay Area Monthly Update + 2023 Outlook

  • Dec 26: San Mateo & Santa Clara County City Comparisons

  • Dec 18th: Did The FED Just Kill The Bay Area Real Estate Market?

  • Dec 10th: What Happened To My Home Value? (San Mateo, Foster City, Redwood Shores)

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