Is San Diego Real Estate Market Slowing?
Home prices & sales are moderating in the San Diego housing market. While gains are diminishing, it is improbable that prices will fall precipitously in 2022. Supply and demand fundamentals continue to favor an expensive housing market like San Diego. Housing prices in San Diego continue to rise, but the rate of increase is reducing as compared to the previous year.
Because mortgage financing has gotten more expensive as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, record home price increases may not last much longer. Despite a still-strong housing market, rising mortgage rates are plainly making it more difficult to buy in a market that already has some of the highest prices in the country.
According to the latest C.A.R. report, in San Diego County, the median single-family home price increased 5.8 percent to $899,000, while sales fell 33.2 percent year over year. September's median price was 1.6 higher than August's median price of $885,000. Inventory is still low and thus prices are rising as compared to last year in the San Diego housing market.
The housing demand in San Diego has also been driven by the desire for additional space as people spend more time at home. Housing prices in San Diego County have risen dramatically in the past year due to lower mortgage rates which allow buyers to put more of their monthly payments toward the principal. The record-low interest rates in 2021 fueled San Diego's high house prices, increasing consumer purchasing power. Since Q3 2021, interest rates began to increase, leveling buying power and reducing homebuyer urgency.
Will Home Prices Drop in San Diego?
San Diego County's median home price increased by 1.6% from last month to $899,000. It is a growth of 5.8% over last year, according to C.A.R.'s resale housing report. The report also shows that existing single-family home sales also declined by -33.2% YTY and -9.5% MTM. San Deigo's condo market also saw a sharp increase in the median price as compared to last year. The condo's median price was $595,000, up +5.5% YTY and down -3.6% MTM. Last year at this time the median condo price in San Deigo was $563,750.
- The median price of a one-bedroom house in San Diego County is $487K.
- The median price of a two-bedroom house in San Diego County is $672K.
- The median price of a three-bedroom house in San Diego County is $799K.
- The median price of a four-bedroom house in San Diego County is $1.20M.
Months Supply of existing single-family homes is currently holding at 2.7 months while for condos it is 2.2 months. It is a good indicator of whether a particular real estate market is favoring buyers or sellers. Typically, a market is considered balanced if it has 4 to 6 months of inventory of homes on hand. A lower number means that buyers are dominating the San Diego housing market and there are relatively few sellers.
According to a survey, San Diego has the nation's most costly housing market. That is not to say we have the most costly residences. San Diego edged out San Francisco as the least cheap city in which to buy a property. This is because earnings in San Diego have not kept pace with increasing house prices. San Diego County covers an area of 4,526 square miles making it larger than Delaware or Rhode Island and 82% the size of the state of Connecticut.
The San Diego housing market is cooling off. Numerous home market analysts link the cooling to the housing cycle as well as unusual conditions such as a hot market during the prior pandemic. Rising interest rates are among the primary causes of the cooling housing market. To combat inflation, the Federal Reserve has been increasing interest rates. These interest rate increases prompted lenders to increase mortgage rates, so affecting affordability.
Housing analysts believe that San Diego's housing market will heat up again in the future because of increased demand from the military, tourists, and a large influx from the tech industry. Despite the cooling, San Diego County remains a seller's market, according to the most current Realtor.com statistics. In other words, there are more buyers than houses for sale on the market.
Home Prices in San Diego County, CA
The below San Diego housing market trends are based on single-family, condo, and townhome properties listed for sale on realtor.com. Land, multi-unit, and other property types are excluded. This data is provided as an informational resource only.
- In September 2022, the median list price of homes in San Diego County was $859K, trending up 10.8% year-over-year.
- The median listing home price per square foot was $552.
- The median sale price of homes was even higher at $811K.
- Homes in San Diego County, CA sold for approximately the asking price on average in Sept.
- It is a seller's market as the total sales to total listings ratio is above 0.2 which tends to favor sellers.
- It also means that more people are looking to buy than there are homes available.
- There are 67 cities in San Diego County.
- La Jolla has a median listing home price of $2.6M, making it the most expensive city in San Diego County.
- Spring Valley is the most affordable city in San Diego County, with a median listing home price of $700,000.
Home Prices in San Diego City, CA
- San Diego City is an even more expensive housing market.
- The median listing home price in San Diego City was $899.9K, trending up 12.6% year-over-year.
- The median home sold price was $840K.
- San Diego, CA is also a seller's market which means that more people are looking to buy than there are homes available.
- Homes in San Diego, CA sold for approximately the asking price on average in August.
- There are 102 neighborhoods in San Diego where Realtor.com has active listings.
- Mission Valley is the most affordable neighborhood in San Diego, with a median listing home price of more than half a million dollars ($599K).
Is it a good time to buy a house in San Diego?
Mortgage rates are rising compared to last year. In Sept 2022, the 30-Year Fixed-Rate was 6.11% while in Sept 2021, it was 2.90%. The supply is still low and with all of these factors considered, at this time, it is unlikely that the San Diego housing market will see any major price decline in 2022 or 2023. Here's how much buyers would need to pay for housing in San Diego County (source: CAR).
- The median price of a one-bedroom house in San Diego County is $487K. If you put 20% down, the monthly payment = $2,927.
- The median price of a two-bedroom house is $672K. If you put 20% down, the monthly payment = $4,037.
- The median price of a three-bedroom house is $799K. If you put 20% down, the monthly payment = $4,797.
- The median price of a four-bedroom house is $1.20M. If you put 20% down, the monthly payment = $7,202.
San Diego Housing Market Forecast 2022 and 2023
What are the San Diego real estate market predictions for 2022 to 2023? Let us look at the price trends recorded by Zillow (a real estate database company) over the past few years. The typical value of homes in San Diego County is currently $883,981. It indicates that 50 percent of all housing stock in the area is worth more than $883,981 and 50 percent is worth less (adjusting for seasonal fluctuations).
San Diego County's home values have gone up 11.1% over the past year — ZILLOW HOME VALUE INDEX. ZHVI represents the whole housing stock and not just the homes that list or sell in a given month. San Diego County also comprises the San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is the 17th most populous metropolitan statistical area. The San Diego-Carlsbad, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area is conterminous with San Diego County in Southern California. According to Zillow, the typical value of homes in the San Diego-Carlsbad Metro is $883,981.
The forecast for 2022 & 2023 is that the shortage of supply and an increase in the demand for housing from millennials will push the prices higher in the next twelve months. The rate of appreciation will be much less than what we have seen in the last year when the mortgage rates were lower than 3%.
- San Diego-Carlsbad Metro home values have gone up 11.1% over the past year and will continue to rise in the next twelve months.
- Zillow predicts home price growth of 0.4% from Sept 2022 to Sept 2023.
San Diego Real Estate Appreciation Rates
San Diego is in the top 20% nationally for real estate appreciation. NeighborhoodScout.com's data also shows that in the past ten years, San Diego real estate appreciated by 124.96%. This amounts to an annual real estate appreciation of 8.45%. During the twelve months (2021 Q2 – 2022 Q2), San Diego's appreciation rate has been around 15.83%, slightly above the national average. From 2022 Q1 to 2022 Q2, the appreciation rate has been 3.98%, which annualizes to a rate of 16.89%. Overall, there exists a limited supply of homes in San Diego, and buyers are forced to compete often resulting in higher prices and/or quicker sales that tend to benefit sellers.
In a balanced real estate market, it would take about five to six months for the supply to dwindle to zero. In terms of months of supply, San Diego can become a buyer’s real estate market if the supply increases to more than five months of inventory. This housing market is normally skewed to sellers due to a persistent imbalance in supply and demand. This is also true across much of Southern California.
The chart below, created by Zillow, shows the growth of median home values.
Greater San Diego Housing Market Report
In the Greater San Diego region, the decline in existing home sales coincides with rising home prices, which continued to gain last month, with the median sales price of single family homes up 7.1% compared to last year, according to the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®. The median sales price reached $915,000 for detached homes in the Greater San Diego housing market.
The percentage change is shown year-over-year for July 2022.
- The Median Sales Price was up 7.2 percent to $915,000 for Detached homes and 6.2 percent to $600,000 for Attached homes.
- Closed Sales decreased 36.1 percent for Detached homes and 39.0 percent for Attached homes.
- Pending Sales decreased 37.3 percent for Detached homes and 40.5 percent for Attached homes.
- Inventory increased 29.3 percent for Detached homes and 33.1 percent for Attached homes.
- Days on Market increased 52.4 percent for Detached homes and 45.0 percent for Attached homes.
- Supply increased 63.6 percent for Detached homes and 75.0 percent for Attached homes.
The San Diego real estate market has been ranked among the ten most expensive real estate markets in the country, though it ranks below several other West Coast cities. This creates massive demand for San Diego rental properties by those who simply cannot afford to buy homes. The rental market will continue to grow as the city grows an estimated 500,000 population by 2050, adding tens of thousands each year. The median rent in San Diego is $2700. The rent you’d receive on single-family San Diego rental properties would, of course, be much higher.
If you find a good bargain and make it family-friendly, you could charge well over $3000 a month. If you can convert San Diego rental properties into smaller units, you’d receive around $2200 a month for a one or two-bedroom apartment. The cash on cash returns for properties in the San Diego housing market is around 2.5% for traditional rental properties and nearly 2% if you rent on Airbnb. The fact that the city isn’t too dependent on tourism means you could rent properties on the beach to newcomers, locals, and students if tourism is slow.
Before the pandemic, the average rent for an apartment in San Diego had been growing at 4% year-over-year (source: RentCafe). About 40% of the apartments can be rented for less than $2000, and 60% of the apartments can be rented for more than $2,000 per month. This shows that rent prices are very high in San Diego.
Homeowners vs Renters Statistics: According to the most recent 2020 American Community Survey census data, San Diego County has a renter percentage of 46.7% which is the second most renter percentage of all the counties in the greater San Diego County region. The homeowner percentage is 53.3%. The monthly cost of ownership for property owners in San Deigo is around $2,073.
The median gross rent is $1,658, which is the third most expensive among all other counties in the greater San Diego County region. Comparing rental rates to the United States average of $1,062, San Diego County is 56.1% larger. Also, compared to the state of California ($1,503), San Diego County is 10.3% larger.
San Diego Rent Prices in 2022
As we write this, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in San Diego, CA is $2,495. This is a 14% increase compared to the previous year. Over the past month, the average rent for a studio apartment in San Diego decreased by -3% to $2,050. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment decreased by -3% to $2,495, and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment decreased by -6% to $3,195.
- Two-bedroom apartment rents average $3,195 which is a 14% increase from last year.
- Three-bedroom apartment rents average $3,995 which is a 13% increase from last year.
- Four-bedroom apartment rents average $4,700 which is an 11% increase from last year.
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