Market Update March 2022

Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park

By: Michael Rice | March 3, 2022

My View From Inside

Conejo Valley home prices jumped an astounding 18% last month vs Feb 2021 as inventory continued to plunge down 45% to just 241 homes for sale.

At this point, it’s safe to say that low inventory and multiple offers is the “new normal” for the foreseeable future.

Rather than asking, “When is more inventory coming?”, buyers need to be asking, “How do I get my offer accepted when competing?”.

We listed a house last week. It was a fixer, but it had a great yard and lots of potential. Asking price was $899k which was in line with recent sales. We ended up with 14 offers and could have easily received more. Not every offer made it to the counter offer stage. In fact, only 4 out of the 14 received a counter offer. Who made it and who didn’t? 

Those who didn’t get countered (at least one of these conditions):

  • Low initial offer (at or slightly above asking price)
  • Low down payment (under 20%)
  • Default 17 day loan contingency time frame
  • Default 17 day appraisal contingency time frame

Those who received a counter offer:

  • Cash offer
  • Or financed with a large down payment (25%+)
  • No appraisal contingency
  • Short or no loan contingency (10 days or less)

The offer that won: $1,027,500, cash, short inspection contingency. That’s not to say a financed offer couldn’t have been chosen, but the winning offer was strong from the beginning, ultimately offered the highest price, and was from an agent I had previously worked with (relationships matter).

 

Bottom Line

When competing, you need to be prepared to go all in. That means having a fully underwritten pre-approval so you can reduce or eliminate your loan contingency. Shorten or remove your appraisal contingency if you can afford to do so. And work with someone who knows how to navigate this market. With the right strategies and mindset, you will be successful.

Read: 12 Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid in 2022

March 2022 CONEJO VALLEY REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE

  • The hot market continued in spite of rising interest rates (approx 4%).
  • Conejo Valley median home prices jumped 18% in February to $1,099,950 (+170k) posting the 20th straight month of price gains. 
  • Lack of inventory of available homes continues to be our biggest challenge with only 241 homes for sale in the Conejo Valley, down 45%.
  • And that’s likely to continue throughout the rest of the spring.

What Should We Expect Going Forward

  • The spring home buying season has officially begun.
  • While inventory will increase as we get into spring, low inventory will continue to frustrate buyers. 
  • Multiple offers and bidding wars will continue to dominate the market.
  • Be prepared to act quickly and creatively when a good house hits the market.

What's The 2022 California Forecast?

According to the California Association of REALTORS

  • The median price of a home is expected to increase 5.2% in 2022.
  • The number of home sales is expected to decrease by 5.2%.
  • Interest rates are expected to average 3.5% on a 30 year fixed mortgage.

Read Full 2022 Conejo Valley Market Forecast

Market Snapshot

Price

  • The median price of a Conejo Valley home was up in February at $1,099,950.
  • That’s now 20 consecutive months up.
  • Prices are up 18% from $930,000 last February.
  • And up $49,950 from last month.

Homes for Sale

  • February ended with 241 homes for sale.
  • Down 45% from last February.
  • That’s 199 fewer homes than last year.
  • And 9 more homes than last month.

Days to Sell a Home

  • It took 29 days on average to sell a home in February.
  • Down 18% from last February.
  • That’s 6 fewer days than last year.
  • And 1 fewer day than last month.

Interest Rates

Median Prices by City

(Prices are for January 2022. City data is two months behind. Keep in mind that low volume of sales can cause large price fluctuations.)

City/County# SoldJan 2022Jan 2021Y-T-Y % Chg
Ventura County636$750,000$650,00015.4%
San Fernando Valley893$850,000$740,00014.9%
Agoura Hills24$1,198,500$940,00027.5%
Calabasas28$1,501,000$1,340,00012.0%
Camarillo88$790,250$710,00011.3%
Moorpark30$895,000$762,50017.4%
Newbury Park29$800,000$765,0004.6%
Oak Park8$1,229,500$922,50033.3%
Simi Valley110$762,500$650,00017.3%
Thousand Oaks62$945,000$750,00026.0%
Westlake Village
(Ventura County)
17$1,380,000$1,050,00031.4%
Westlake Village
(L.A. County)
7$1,850,000$1,370,00035.0%
Woodland Hills79$1,194,000$900,00032.7%

If you're looking to buy a home, here's a great place to start: Conejo Valley Neighborhoods


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