We are all aware that the housing market has slowed considerably this year, especially if we compare it to the past pandemic fueled frenzy of 2020-2022. The obvious reasons for this slump are the high interest rates and low inventory in a very competitive market, but there are still some areas, even in California, where there is still heightened activity.
This month in the SFGate they reported on a survey that was done by Realtor.com recording the most recent hottest ZIP codes in the country’s various metro areas. The rankings were based on a combination of market demand measured by views on Realtor.com and how fast homes sold. The list includers only one hot ZIP code per metro area. In California Livermore was the hottest spot in the Bay Area and Bakersfield was the most desirable in the Central Valley.
Livermore’s 94550 ended up at No.44 on the list with a median list price of $1.4 million. Granted, the area isn’t exactly affordable, and yet homes attracted more than double the attention per property and spent less time on the market compared with the greater San Francisco metro area.
Another surprising city which made the list was Bakersfield’s 93309 which landed at No. 24. It had a median list price of $340,000 in June 2023, a much more affordable price in a much more affordable metro area in the state.
In 2022, the only California market to crack the top 50 was Eureka, which took the 28th spot. The medium home price at the time was $480,000, but this year homes in the area are staying on the market longer causing it to drop off the list.
Prices have risen dramatically in the past few years in California, and no ZIP code has made it to the top 10 hottest ZIP codes since 2019.
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