Third Quarter Real Estate Market Report   Sonoma County 2015 vs 2016 
SONOMA COUNTY Q1 2015 Q1 2016 % Change
Number of Sales 1,616 1,492 -7.7%
Average Price ($000) $641 $676 5.5%
Average Day on the Market 58 59 1.7%
Months of Inventory 1.8 1.8

The third quarter activity in Sonoma County saw a small increase over the previous quarter. 1,492 homes were sold as compared to 1,410 last quarter.

However, continuing a trend, the number of homes sold fell short of the third quarter of 2015 by 7.7%. Countywide, the average price was up 5.5% from the third quarter of 2015. Average days on the market and months of inventory remained somewhat predictable. With only 1.8 months of inventory, we’re still experiencing a countywide seller’s market.

Sebastopol has experienced an increase in average price. At $906,000, it is 12% higher than the same quarter last year, but nearly flat from last quarter. After a decline last quarter, days on the market are back up to a more predictable level of 60 days. With 1.9 months of inventory, Sebastopol is still a seller’s market.

The Bodega Bay market had a noticeable drop in volume during the third quarter with only seven homes sold, a decrease of 56.2% from the third quarter of 2015. Most notable is the increase in months of inventory to 10.3 months. On average, homes are on the market for up to to four months. It may be time to consider that buyers are fatigued by escalating prices and that homes may languish on the market until sellers reconsider value.

Healdsburg and Sonoma city continue to enjoy the highest prices in Sonoma County. Of note, though, Healdsburg has experienced a drop in average price, down 15.7% from the same quarter last year. And, Healdsburg has experienced an increase of inventory to 4.7 months. Perhaps the market is shifting in this world-class wine country city, but only time will tell.

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SEBASTOPOL Q1 2015 Q1 2016 % Change
Number of Sales 61 64 4.9%
Average Price ($000) $809 $906 12%
Average Day on the Market 68 60 -11.8%
Months of Inventory 1.9 1.9
BODEGA BAY Q1 2015 Q1 2016 % Change
Number of Sales 16 7 -56.2%
Average Price ($000) $1.063 $889 -16.4%
Average Day on the Market 108 120 11.1%
Months of Inventory 4.4 10.3 133%
HEALDSBURG Q1 2015 Q1 2016 % Change
Number of Sales 43 46 7%
Average Price ($000) $1,137 $959 -15.7%
Average Day on the Market 62 69 11.3%
Months of Inventory 3.8 4.7 23.6%
SONOMA Q1 2015 Q1 2016 % Change
Number of Sales 113 93 -17.7%
Average Price ($000) $1,145 $1,110 -3.1%
Average Day on the Market 54 63 16.7%
Months of Inventory 2.2 2.5 13.8%
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. Statistics based on all single family homes sold. 
Source: TrendGraphix Jul-Sep 2016

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