The Spaceship Effect

It is increasingly becoming common knowledge that Palo Alto is the epicenter of real estate in the Bay Area. The closer you get to it, the more expensive the prices get. This is nothing new for many Silicon Valley residents and even most newcomers. In a natural progression, those priced out of Palo Alto move to surrounding cities and thus the outward expansion of desirable real estate begins. Additionally, the momentum of today’s biggest tech companies has brought thousands of jobs and consequently thousands of new residents to Silicon Valley. Along with new residents and rising prices comes impressive development. One city whose real estate has transformed into a hub of seductive sanctuaries is Sunnyvale.  

With Apple’s headquarter and their new spaceship on the Cupertino/Sunnyvale border, flocks of new buyers have swarmed to Sunnyvale in the past few years. It is a central hub for many buyers who work at start-up or a variety of the big three (Google, Apple, Facebook). As a result, infrastructural development has blossomed. New home communities, new restaurants, even an entirely new downtown (if it ever gets finished) are all part of the makeover. What does that mean for Sunnyvale real estate? Let’s dig a little deeper…

If you look at the statistics over the past three years, there are a variety of analytical avenues to pursue. To give you the digestible version of seemingly endless amounts of data, we’ve provided some hot points. First and foremost the average sales price of homes in Sunnyvale has risen by $400,000 in the past three years, moving from ~$1 million to ~$1.4 million. That’s impressive. Now, let’s give you a closer look at recent history.

Within the past three years, both list and sales prices have been steadily increasing. Sunnyvale is hot, and this has been reflected in our field experience. There have been several situations where our buyers have gone up against a multitude of offers on a property that ends up selling a few hundred thousand dollars over asking. So, pardon us, Sunnyvale is really hot. 2017 is no different. It is on an upward trend, and still rising.

On the other hand, supply is extremely limited. It is the lowest it has been in the past three years, and its scarcity has been amplifying the multiple offer situations. On average, the number of active listings is 20 fewer than last year. With high demand and short supply, the competition has gotten fierce.  

So how does one break this all down? Well, a few ways. If you bought in August of last year, well done. If you just sold your home last month, well done. Compliments aside, the aforementioned desirability has been reflected in its housing prices. While there are ups and downs, they’re really more like highs and a-little-less-highs. Sunnyvale is experiencing record sales in record speeds, and we’re here to help guide you through it. Have any questions? Ask away, we’d love to help!

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