June 2022 Santa Barbara Real Estate Market

June 2022 Market Update

Did you know that 4 out of the last 6 recessions actually saw an increase in home values nationwide? It’s no surprise that we often associate an economic recession with a housing market crisis, given that our last significant experience of a recession in 2008 did lead to home values plummeting like we’d never seen before. However, the circumstances behind a recession also impact what effect the recession may or may not have on the housing market. And, the circumstances of today’s economy do not mirror the circumstances of the years preceding the Great Recession in 2008. While this doesn’t mean we will not see a decrease in home values in the coming months and/or years, it does mean that we need to also consider indicators to assess the nature of our shifting market.

One of the strongest indicators of whether home values are going up or down is actually the absorption rate, also called months of inventory (MOI)–a metric that essentially measures the relationship between supply and demand. How does it do this? The MOI measures how much inventory we have (supply) in comparison to how fast inventory is selling (demand). For example, in the month of May, the MOI was 1.04. This means that if nothing else went on the market, all the homes would sell in just over 1 month. Usually, as inventory goes up, prices go down, and vice versa. If you’ve been following our updates lately, you know that Santa Barbara’s MOI has been historically low since November 2021, dropping below 2 months and fluctuating around 1 month for the last 18 months. While this metric has steadily risen over the last 6 months (from 0.5 to 1.04), the change has been fractional and home prices have reamined strong.

Another way we are experiencing these slight changes in our market is in the number of offers we expect to receive on our listings. While last year we might expect to receive over 10 offers on any given home, currently, we might expect 5-6 (depending on the home and price point). Because of this, buyers do seem to have a little more leverage than they had when competing against 9 other offers. However, offer prices still must be competitive enough to beat out the remaining 5 other buyers, so we continue to see strong outcomes for our sellers.

The decision to buy or sell in today’s economy and market is a nuanced one–none of our advice on the subject is one-size-fits-all. Reach out to your Zia Group realtor partner today to discuss what all this means for you and your real estate goals today so that you can make informed, confident decisions about your future.

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South Santa Barbara County Single Family Homes for June 2022

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133 new listings

11% Decrease

84 sold listings

40% Decrease

238 homes for sale

13% Decrease

$2,861,705 median sales price

25% Decrease

18 avg days on market

53% Decrease

1.04 months of inventory

9% Decrease

South Santa Barbara County Condos for June 2022

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44 new listings

19% Decrease

44 sold listings

0% Change

61 condos for sale

23% Decrease

$1,065,540 median sales price

5% Increase

6 avg days on market

40% Decrease

1.04 months of inventory

9% Decrease

Montecito & Hope Ranch for June 2022

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28 new listings

28% Decrease

13 sold listings

75% Decrease

66 homes for sale

31% Decrease

$5,285,068 median sales price

21% Decrease

36 avg days on market

28% Decrease

2.28 months of inventory

75% Increase

Single Family Home Sales Year-to-date

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$3,520,893 mean sales price

6% Increase

$2,265,000 median sales price

13% Increase

$1,542,151,467 sold volume

24% Decrease

Condo Sales Year-to-date

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$1,203,034 mean sales price

16% Increase

$915,500 median sales price

15% Increase

$211,734,118 sold volume

5% Decrease

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