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Cotati and Rohnert Park Home Prices on the Rise

Overall, the recovery of the Bay Area housing market is accelerating.


The housing market's rebound in the Bay Area accelerated in December, when sales increased year-over-year for the 18th consecutive month.

The number of foreclosure in the Bay Area sales hit a five-year low, while median sale price rose a whopping 32 percent from December 2011, according to according to DataQuick's city data for December.

That translated to a 3.2 percent increase in home sales in Sonoma County, comparing December 2012 to December 2011 and a median home price jump of 23.4 percent in the county during the same time frame.

A total of 555 homes were sold in Sonoma County in December with a median price of $345,000.

Other Bay Area highlights include:

  • The median price paid for a home in the nine-county Bay Area was $442,750 in December. That was up 1.1 percent from $438,000 in November and up 32.0 percent from $335,500 in December a year ago.
  • The December median home price was the highest since August 2008 when it was $447,000.
  • There were fewer "distressed property sales" (foreclosures and short sales). Foreclosure resales accounted for 11.8 percent of resales in December, the lowest number of short sales in the Bay Area since November 2007 (10.1 percent).

Here's a Bay Area breakdown of home sales and median price: 

All Homes #Sold  #Sold  % Change Median Median % Change
Dec. 2011 Dec. 2012
Dec. 2011 Dec. 2012
Alameda 1,584 1,623 2.5% $328,000 $410,000 25% Contra Costa 1,1534 1,530 -0.3% $259,000 $333,500 28.8% Marin 280 291 3.9%  $517,818 $660,750  27.6% Napa 132 129 -2.3% $317,500 $350,000 10.2% Santa Clara  1,611 1,822 13.1% $440,000 $544,500 23.8% San Francisco 499 646 29.5% $594,500 $720,000 21.1% San Mateo 602 626 4.0% $500,000 $600,000 20% Solano 714 610 -14.6% $182,250 $218,000 19.6% Sonoma  538       
555 3.2% $279,500 $345,000 23.4% Bay Area 7,494 7,832 4.5% $335,500 $442,750 32%

Region wide, home sales increased by 4.5 percent and all counties had double-digit increases in median home prices. The overall Bay Area saw a 32 percent increase in median home prices from December 2011 to December 2012, according to DataQuick

“Prices are in the midst of bouncing off bottom right now, and nobody really knows what the trajectory of this bounce will be beyond this point. So far, supply has been a bottleneck, but as prices go up, more homes will be put up for sale,” said John Walsh, DataQuick president.

Here's a breakdown of Cotati and Rohnert Park home sales and median prices for November 2012:

City/Zip Code   
 # of Sales         % Change        Median Price            % Change     Priciest Home Sold  $/Sq. Foot                    % Change                 Cotati/94931
14 100.0% $279,000 17.7% $485,000 $199 24.9% Rohnert Park/94928
42 2.4% $264,000 17.7% $450,000 $199 11.2%

(Note: city and county data lags a month behind the regional figures.)

Sonoma County home sales and median prices for November 2012:

City Total Homes Sold Nov. 2012 Median Price Nov. 2011 Median Price Percent Change Cotati
14
$279,000 $237,000 17.72% Healdsburg 21
$510,000 $443,500 14.99% Petaluma 62
$391,500 $337,000 16.17% Rohnert Park 42
$264,000 $224,250 17.73% Sonoma
45
$415,000 $376,000 10.37%

PATCH WANTS TO KNOW: Are rising home prices affecting you? What do you think this data says about the Cotati and Rohnert Park real estates market? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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