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Los Gatos real estate statistics and market trends

The Los Gatos real estate market for single family homes is balanced as a whole, but any particular home does not generally line up with what’s average. A particular home’s market will be impacted by things such as the pricing tier (the luxury market is a colder market, while homes under $2 million are generally a hot commodity), the school district, condition of the property, etc.

First, here’s a glance at the Altos Research profiles by the Los Gatos zip codes: 95030 and 95032 are “in town” and 95033 is in the Los Gatos Mountains. The last profile refers to the averages of all 3 zip codes. These are updated automatically every week – so check back often, it will always be current!

Close to downtown – 95030:

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Primarily East, West, and North Los Gatos:

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The Los Gatos Mountains / Santa Cruz Mountains – 95033:

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All 3 Zip Codes combined

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Los Gatos real estate statistics and trends from the RE Report

The real estate numbers below reflect realty data gathered the first week of the month for the past month in Los Gatos 95030 & 95032, or MLS “area 16”. See the full REReport here.

Los Gatos Trends at a Glance for 95030 & 95032

Prices continued sliding month over month, but remain up substantially year over year.  Even so, the days of inventory is quite high by local standards, with only 9 closed sales as opposed to 44 houses available.

Trends At a Glance Jan 2019 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $2,480,000 (-0.8%) $2,500,000 $1,930,000 (+28.5%)
Average Price $2,810,060 (-0.3%) $2,818,350 $2,335,350 (+20.3%)
No. of Sales (-47.1%) 17 11 (-18.2%)
Pending 23 (+4.5%) 22 28 (-17.9%)
Active 44 (+33.3%) 33 33 (+33.3%)
Sale vs. List Price 98.3% (-2.1%) 100.5% 105.4% (-6.7%)
Days on Market 39 (-11.8%) 44 47 (-18.1%)
Days of Inventory 147 (+151.9%) 58 90 (+63.0%)

 

And the month before:

 

Trends At a Glance Dec 2018 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $2,500,000 (+8.1%) $2,312,500 $2,392,500 (+4.5%)
Average Price $2,818,350 (-4.5%) $2,949,780 $2,543,170 (+10.8%)
No. of Sales 17 (-39.3%) 28 24 (-29.2%)
Pending 22 (-29.0%) 31 14 (+57.1%)
Active 33 (-31.3%) 48 22 (+50.0%)
Sale vs. List Price 100.5% (+2.1%) 98.4% 99.9% (+0.5%)
Days on Market 44 (-13.6%) 51 30 (+49.0%)
Days of Inventory 58 (+17.1%) 50 28 (+111.8%)

 

The RE Report does not cover the mountain areas at the moment, but you can see a current Altos Research Report with tons of great info on 95033 here: altos.re/r/95d9db3?fbrefresh=true

 

The condominium and townhouse realty market stats in Los Gatos 95030 & 95032

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Selling Your Home in a Rainy El Ni

January 19, 2010

Lightning is flashing, thunder is rumbling, the rain is coming down and instead of hibernating, you are trying to sell your home.  With a front yard saturated and soupy, what can you do to make your home inviting and pleasing to the serious home buyers who brave this kind of soggy winter weather?

Winter home selling poses some challenges, and all of them are exaggerated in a year like this El Ni

Simple Rules for Landscaping to Sell Your Home

March 01, 2008

We all like easy answers, preferably with a short list. That’s why titles like “Five Easy Ways to Make Millions” seem to sell so well. With that in mind, let me provide a few very simple rules of thumb for staging your Silicon Valley home to sell in any real estate market. But let me warn you: I’m going to be painfully, brutally blunt. 

The first rule for “staging your home to sell” is the topic of today’s post and it involves landscaping and curb appeal. The front of the house needs to look great. Seriously. If the front doesn’t look wonderful (or at least really good), the buyer will never go inside to see how great your home is.  Especially now, when the majority of homes are not selling.

Here’s Mary Pope-Handy’s “Simple Rules for Landscaping to Sell Your Home”:

  • Street view of a Los Gatos home that features a wall of juniper in front. Get rid of juniper. I’m not kidding. And ivy too, while you are at it. These two plants are hated by most buyers and tend to give them the sense of “if they’ve lived with that, what else have they lived with?”  There are front yards which consist of nothing but ivy and juniper. Tear it out.
  • Make sure the door(s) and windows are fully viewable and not at all obstructed from the street. This is dual purpose. First, it allows the buyer to see the home as uncrowded from the outside, and it lets a maximum of light get inside. If your bushes are growing over any part of the window, beat it back. I mean, trim it back. Mature landscaping is good. Overgrown is bad.
  • Have a healthy lawn in front. Fresh sod is nice, but a nearly weed-free, inviting patch of green will do. (In ground sprinklers required. Timers and auto drip a plus to buyers.)
  • Plant colorful flowers near the walk way and near the front door.
  • If you have a porch, make it appealing with good furniture – but not overcrowded. Think uncluttered. If it’s a tiny porch, use tiny bistro-like furniture.
  • Keep garden hoses rolled up and tidy, keep walkways clear of debris, keep all the living things healthy (unless you’ve got moss – get rid of that living thing!).
  • Clean your windows, door, porch, exterior. A power washer is a good friend – it’ll help you clear cobwebs. Make sure the door opens easily and the hardware is clean.
  • How’s your mailbox? If it’s tired, replace it. Ditto that for the front mat.
  • When selling, make sure to keep your garage door closed (and that it operates properly). If the driveway, walkway or sidewalk is badly cracked or damaged, consider repairing or replacing it. This is particularly true if there is any tripping hazard. (Imagine a buyer getting hurt while viewing your property – you want to eliminate this possibility.)

That’s it for the exterior. Not too painful, was it? (Well, not if you didn’t start with a heavy load of juniper and ivy.) If you can make your front yard approachable and welcoming (no walls of ivy, no overgrowth), it will do wonders at beckoning people to see the inside of your home too.

Mary Pope-Handy

Realtor
ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 204-7673
Mary (at) PopeHandy.com
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