Second Quarter Real Estate Market Report
Sonoma County 2014 vs 2015
     Q2 2014       Q2 2015       % Change
Number of Sales 1,452 1,590 9.5%
Average Price ($000) $561 $631 12.5%
Average Day on the Market 59 56 -5.1%
Months of Inventory 1.8 1.5 -5.4%

The Sonoma County market has remained robust with sales activity up 9.5%, and 1,590 units sold in the second quarter of 2015.

Average prices have climbed 12.5% throughout the county, with Sonoma city and Healdsburg increasing by even more. This is because second home sales, and lifestyle buyer interest in wine country, continue to grow and impact the market. To view a spiffy set of interactive graphs that illustrate the Sonoma County-wide real estate market and to download a report, click here.

Average inventory has declined by 5.1% to just 56 days thus continuing a seller’s market. The competitive, under $600,000, first-time buyer market is frequently receiving multiple offers. Inventory of properties over $2 million has increased over June 2014 in Sonoma County by 24%, and current months of inventory are averaging nine months for properties in this price range.

Not surprisingly, updated and renovated luxury homes in desirable locations are generating the greatest sales activity.


     Q2 2014   Q2 2015  % Change
Number of Sales 50 64 28%
Average Price ($000) $936 $1,138 21.6%
Average DOM 55 74 34.5%
Months of Inventory 3.3 2.8 -15.2%


     Q2 2014   Q2 2015  % Change
Number of Sales 67 57 -14.9%
Average Price ($000) $727 $818 12.5%
Average DOM 62 62 0%
Months of Inventory 1.7 1.8 5.9%

Bodega Bay

     Q2 2014   Q2 2015  % Change
Number of Sales 11 13 18.2%
Average Price ($000) $721 $931 29.1%
Average DOM 81 157 93.8%
Months of Inventory 6.3 5.3 -15.9%


  Q2 2014   Q2 2015  % Change
Number of Sales 144 157 9%
Average Price ($000) $739 $922 24.8%
Average DOM 54 53 -1.9%
Months of Inventory 2.4 1.7 -29.2%
Number of Sales and Average Price are for only the stated quarter/year.
Average DOM and Months of Inventory are based on statistics for the last month of the stated quarter.
Source: TrendGraphix Apr-Jun 2015

Living in Bodega Bay and having owned a small business in the region I call Far West Sonoma, I understand our local market. To my clients’ advantage, I office in San Francisco and remain active in that market as well. Knowing that a great deal of Sonoma County luxury home buyers are coming from elsewhere, I endeavor to build a bridge for buyers to our west county communities.

An important question to ask yourself when considering the marketing of your home … “Where is my buyer coming from?”

In the bay area, if you’re not reaching a global audience you’re missing a huge market of international buyers looking to invest in California. That’s why over two years ago, Alain Pinel Realtors launched our comprehensive global marketing strategy aimed at connecting overseas buyers to our clients’ luxury properties. In addition, we launched our Chinese website,, featuring manually translated listings hosted on China-based servers.

If you, or someone you know, would like assistance in marketing a home, please contact me. I’m eager to put the power of Alain Pinel Realtors, the luxury leader and most technologically advanced real estate brokerage in the bay area, to work for you.


Lou Rosenberger, Realtor | CalBRE #01955420 | 415.518.5286

Lou Rosenberger, Realtor CalBRE #01955420

3701 Buchanan Street, San Francisco, California 94123