Economists say that 2020 will be positive but not stellar for the housing market in California.

Although last year they expected mortgage rates to rise and they fell keeping real estate markets much stronger than anticipated. Lesson…real estate predictions can be tricky business.


Despite some predictions from expert economists that the west would face a tough 2019 real estate market, California proved to be one of the better housing markets in the country. In fact, the Central Coast median home prices were up 3.3% year over year according to the California Association of Realtors. Southern California had a 7.5% rise, the Central Valley up 6.3%, while the Bay Area had only a 2.2% rise.


California’s housing market will continue to be fueled by a persistent lack of supply, keeping pressure on rising home purchasing and rental prices. Sales of homes $500k and $1 million rose by 15.5% on average, yet sales under $300k dropped sharply by 14.2% and homes over $2 million dropped slightly by 3.2%, according to California Association of Realtors.


In CAR’s buyer survey, respondents who thought it was a good time to sell increased 4% to 51%. Only 24% of buyers stated they felt it was a good time to buy, down only 1% from last year, despite lower rates. Prices, down payments, and selection are likely the key factors stopping buyers from buying homes. With higher real estate prices, first time buyers will continue to struggle to come up with a down payment thus keeping the rental market strong.

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