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Mixed Lamorinda Trends in Home Prices

Update: Median prices up in Orinda and Moraga, down in Lafayette. Sales of more expensive homes are increasing as short sales and foreclosure resales drop.

Updated, 2:05 p.m. Friday, comment from John Heinzel.

The real estate market in the Bay Area is accelerating as more homes sell for more money. In October, the volume of home sales in the Bay Area increased for the 16th consecutive month and the median sale price climbed for the 6th straight month, according to DataQuick

In Lamorinda, two of three towns showed an increase in median price from September 2011 to September 2012. In Lafayette, the median price dropped from $935,000 to $835,000, a loss of 10.7 percent. In Moraga, the median price rose 8.97 percent to $820,000. In Orinda, the median price was up 6.21 percent to $940,000.

John Heinzel, president of the Lamorinda Real Estate Co., said, "It really depends on the property condition of the inventory that has been sold for a particular month. If a lot of fixer-uppers in a particular town sold in the month of October, the median price and price per square foot will decrease. With the overall buoyancy of the county, and the positive numbers in the Orinda and Moraga markets are a strong indicator of that, Lafayette has nothing to worry about.

In Contra Costa County, the median price rose in the same time period 26.48 percent to $320,000.

DataQuick reported this week that sales in the middle- and high-end of the market are rising even as sales below $300,000 in October declined year-over-year. 

On Wednesday, Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke said that banks may be hampering the U.S. economy's recovery by denying home loans to creditworthy borrowers. 

At 3.34 percent, the average rate on a 30-year loan is at its lowest point since 1971. 

Sales Volume Median Price October 2011 October 2012 Percent Change October 2011 October 2012 % Chng Alameda 1308 1618 23.7% $340000 $384000 12.9% Contra Costa 1329 1454 9.4% $250750 $302500 20.6% Source: DQNews Contra Costa County Median Home Sale Price September 2012 City/County/Area Number Sold Sept. 2012 Sept. 2011 Percent Change Contra Costa County 1403 $320,000 $253000 26.48% ALAMO 23 $1,171,000 $975000 20.1% CLAYTON 17 $475,000 $497000 -4.43% CONCORD 116 $270,000 $240000 12.5% DANVILLE 76 $780,000 $785000 -0.64% DIABLO 4 $1,585,000 $2,541,500 -37.64% DISCOVERY BAY 32 $355,000 $300,000 18.33% EL CERRITO 16 $399,500 $490,000 -18.47% EL SOBRANTE 27 $312,500 $260,000 20.19% HERCULES 35 $260,000 $280,000 -7.14% LAFAYETTE 26 $835,000 $935,000 -10.7% MARTINEZ 65 $328,500 $239,500 37.16% MORAGA 11 $820,000 $752,500 8.97% OAKLEY 73 $257,500 $175,000 47.14% ORINDA 29 $940,000 $885,000 6.21% PINOLE 20 $281,250 $209,500 34.25% PITTSBURG 81 $181,250 $150,000 20.83% PLEASANT HILL 39 $435,000 $433,500 0.35% RICHMOND 89 $150,000 $133,500 12.36% RODEO 8 $221,250 $264,500 -16.35% SAN PABLO 62 $180,000 $157,750 14.1% SAN RAMON 120 $637,000 $628,500 1.35% WALNUT CREEK 128 $478,000 $440,000 8.64% Source: DQNews

 

Alameda County Median Home Sale Price September 2012 County/City/Area Number Sold Sept. 2012 Sept. 2011 Percent Change Alameda County 1395 $380,000 $344,500 10.3% ALAMEDA 55 $487,500 $475,000 2.63% ALBANY 17 $575,000 $445,000 29.21% BERKELEY 49 $649,000 $607,000 6.92% CASTRO VALLEY 61 $425,000 $436,000 -2.52% DUBLIN 87 $493,000 $412,750 19.44% EMERYVILLE 50 $235,000 $264,500 -11.15% FREMONT 207 $540,000 $432,000 25% HAYWARD 158 $280,000 $251,000 11.55% LIVERMORE 101 $417,500 $370,000 12.84% NEWARK 47 $326,000 $290,000 12.41% OAKLAND 289 $250,000 $215,000 16.28% PLEASANTON 77 $687,500 $659,500 4.25% SAN LEANDRO 94 $309,000 $297,500 3.87% SAN LORENZO 24 $285,000 $285,000 0% UNION CITY 51 $412,500 $372,000 10.89% Source: DQNews

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