Market Update

Change in neighborhoods

Neighborhoods change. Sometimes they end up growing in a positive direction and other times they go downhill in a big way. Today I want to share a quick example of what I mean.

Million Dollar Sales: Here are two images to show million dollar sales in East Sacramento. Prices were definitely rising during both of these time periods, so they’re helpful for comparison. Prices declined during 2007 through 2011, so I didn’t include those years. What do you notice?

Two Observations:

1) More: Today we have more than three times the number of million dollar sales compared with the past cycle. This makes sense because prices in East Sac have generally surpassed where they were prior to the “bubble” bursting. Thus some of the growth is simply because of where prices are at today. 

2) Expansion: The million dollar market used to be concentrated almost exclusively in the Fab 40s and McKinley Park area, but it’s definitely expanded into other places. Over time we’ve seen lots of old homes torn down and rehabbed, and demand for the market has also increased. There is even a newer development called Sutter Park that is already fetching million dollar pending contracts in a location that has previously not seen that price point.

THE BIG TAKEAWAY: As neighborhoods change, so can value. In other words, just because value was one way in the past doesn’t mean it will be the same today. This is why over time we tend to see pockets of value emerge where buyers are willing to pay much than they used to. On the other hand it’s possible to see neighborhood decay where demand wanes and buyers tend to look elsewhere. I’ve written about the four stages of neighborhood life before, so I won’t rehash that much, but it’s so important to stay in tune with how markets are changing. Is the neighborhood growing? Is it stable? Is it in a stage of decay? Are we seeing rebirth? These are all good questions to ask.

I hope that was helpful.

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