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April 10, 2009

The Silicon Valley real estate market is picking up, but we are primarily seeing that in entry level housing in more affordable areas of San Jose such as Cambrian Park, Blossom Valley, and South San Jose. In Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga, it’s still a tough time for selling a home.

Luxury condos have been hard hit too since people who could buy an upscale townhouse may instead opt to simply buy a house in a less expensive area.

Below please find a graph displaying the aborption rate of both single family homes (houses) and condominiums and townhouses in Los Gatos. This measurement is the relationship between available inventory and homes which sold and closed escrow that month. (For instance, in March in Monte Sereno, there were 36 homes for sale and just one closed escrow – my listing on Francesca Court – so that makes for 36 “months of inventory”.)

Six months of inventory is considered neutral. Less than six months is a sellers market. More is a buyers market. As you can see, we have been in a deep buyers market in Los Gatos for awhile.

Absorption rate or months of inventory for houses and condos in Los Gatos, CA as of April 2009.

What is the opportunity here? This is actually a great time for people to “move up” because the lowest priced homes are moving and the higher priced homes are a bit stalled out.

If you would like more data, I invite you to visit my Silicon Valley Real Estate Report online to get all the stats available for Santa Clara County. Below, please find a few quick links:

Market data and statistics for:

And many more areas: Almaden Valley, Campbell, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Willow Glen, and all of the cities and areas in Santa Clara County.

Please contact me if you’d like more information on your particular circumstances, whether buying or selling here in Silicon Valley. I’d be happy to talk with you.