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While it seems like the local market has been cooking this year, when you look at the basic stats it’s hard to be impressed.  Here are SD County detached-home sales for Jan 1 to Oct 14th:

Year # of Sales Avg $/sf DOM
2011
16,775
$237/sf
75
2012
19,263
$238/sf
72

Sales are up 15% this year, but the avg. cost-per-sf and days-on-market are similar – ho-hum, right?

The reason it feels so hot is because of the speed in which the attractively-priced new listings are finding a buyer.  There isn’t a way to research previous time periods, but this looks spectacular compared to the 72 DOM average:

SD County Detached-Homes Listed Between Sept. 15-30:

Total Number of Houses Listed between Sept. 15-30:  1,263

Number Already Marked Contingent, Pending, or Sold:  655

More than half (52%) of those new listings have already found a buyer!  It shows how efficient the market is when more than half of the sellers can get the price right in the first 2-4 weeks.

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