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Forecast: San Francisco’s Housing and Rental Markets to Remain Hot
In many big US cities, losing an apartment rental lease is a serious matter. For some, it could lead to living in a vehicle or on the street or in grossly over-occupied dwellings. New York, Miami, Los Angeles, and Seattle are cities where renters are exposed to low availability and high rent. Although it’s a nightmare for renters in San Francisco it’s the best investment opportunity for real estate investors like you.
Why discuss apartment rentals in San Francisco? Because renters here in the Bay City are looking to become home owners to build equity for their lives. And investors across the US and other countries are looking for rental income properties. The Bay area and San Francisco in particular are rated as the best locations for rental income investment. Builders have a grand sale or rental income opportunity in San Francisco.
How big is the need? It’s a textbook case of supply and demand where demand is huge and development is stunted and current homeowners have no intention of moving, even after retirement. This recent news about a Palo Alto commissioner quitting her job because it’s too expensive in Palo Alto says it all for everyone in the Bay Area and City of San Francisco. This woman and her family are moving 40 miles away to Vera Cruz.
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“We rent our current home with another couple for $6,200 a month,” she wrote. “If we wanted to buy the same home and share it with children and not roommates, it would cost $2.7 million and our monthly payment would be $12,177 a month in mortgage, taxes, and insurance. That’s $146,127 per year — an entire professional’s income before taxes.” – experpt from a news report in Bizjournal.
The October 2016 Housing Sales Report
From sfrealtors.com, the newest report shows dwindling supply.
Inventory continues to be tight. Active single family home listings in San Francisco saw a 21.7% decrease bringing the number of listings for sale down to a sparse 387. During this same time there were 509 condos, TICs, and coops on the market, a 20.6% decrease from this same time last year. Homes in San Francisco saw a 34% increase from this same time last year, bringing the median sales price to $1,216,500. Condos, TICs, and coops saw a 10 percent increase, bringing the median sales price of those types of housing to $950,000.”
San Francisco home prices are $1 million above the above the average detached home price of a home sold across the US. The forecast for San Francisco is an extreme version of the Los Angeles forecast.
More Development Forecast?
The Trump government is shining the light on special interest groups or local governments who may be deliberately thwarting housing development. This might be the biggest news in real estate in 2017 to 2020. Is exposure of municipal and state government restrictions and management of land and development going to a major break for new home investors and builders? Should the 2017 forecast be about the coming building boom?
Here’s the source of the problem in California communities:
The Legislative Analyst’s Office found that California’s coastal metros take about two and a half months longer, on average, to issue a building permit than in a typical California inland community or the typical U.S. metro,” the report admits. The result is housing gridlock. From a post in sfchronicle.com.
A hot economy in the Bay area but perhaps leveling off?
Reports on San Francisco’s jobs and income growth look excellent. And if you’re a Trump believer, and supporter of bringing back American jobs, you have to feel pretty good about the jobs outlook, unless you’re a renter.
SF CONTINUES TO LEAD STATE IN JOB GROWTH
The San Francisco Metropolitan District (MD) continues to lead the state in job growth, and with an annual 4% increase in employment as of March 2016, is expanding its workforce at one and a half times the pace of California as a whole (2.65%). The San Francisco MD added 41,900 new nonfarm positions to its jobs base from March 2015 to March 2016. — from Beacon Economics report on the San Francisco economy. Forecasts available at beaconecon.com/products/regional_outlook_san_francisco
And another report has it that tech in San Francisco Silicon Valley is strong and invulnerable to drops:
The Bay Area and California are in for slower job growth this year and next, but the Bay Area, powered by its high-tech economic engine, will outpace the state in job creation, according to two new economic forecasts released Wednesday. This year and next, the technology sector will add jobs at a brisk clip, propelling the Bay Area employment market and economy at a healthy pace, according to Christopher Thornberg, director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development at UC Riverside’s School of Business. “Tech is hot and will keep pushing the Bay Area forward,” Thornberg said. – exerpt from news report in Mercury News (http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/09/28/forecasts-bay-area-job-market-economy-poised-to-shine/)
Housing Affordability Sucks in California
Why? The housing affordability rate has dropped 21% in 6 years, likely the key driver, moreso than immigration, high tech business success, or income growth. In San Francisco, people have to pay whatever the market demands. And renters haven’t been looking really. Only 16% bother to contact a realtor.
Homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, lead in selling above asking (67%). And just south in San Jose, homes sold for a whopping 68% above their purchase prices. These areas are rated as the top cities in the US to invest in real estate. San Jose and San Francisco led California in home price gains, followed by Sacramento and Los Angeles. San Diego’s not far behind. The strength of Sacramento real estate has to be the surest sign of an overheated market in San Francisco county.
Whether San Francisco and the Bay Area can ever change this situation is doubtful, simply due to a lack of available land. SF is much like Manhattan or Hong Kong and a thriving high tech industry for so many years has attracted a huge influx of high tech workers with few places to house them.
And with home prices staying or rising, the forecast for apartment rentals is high demand and high prices — great news for rental income property investors. Accommodation costs are a significant personal and professional problem for Californians which may never go away.
New Home/Condo Development in SF from Paragon Realty
Looks like developers are gearing up for even greater supply.
Overall, the US homes forecast and the Los Angeles housing predictions and outlook are positive. The introduction of Donald Trump and republican government policies to loosen up restrictions on mortgages and perhaps development land could ease prices, but it may take quite a while. If the economy improves, there could be an additional rush of new workers to the area. Employment outlook: SF now has 547,000 employed people compared to 448,000 during the dot com boom era an increase of 99,000. Lots of high earning renters and buyers.
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This recently published chart from Zillow reveals the California cities of San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento, and San Francisco are the most expensive and least affordable places to buy a home. Combine the stressful commute times in LA, and the Bay Area, and you have a population feeling on edge, uncertain of their long term future. The word rent is one of the foremost ones in the vocabulary of Californians. Only 30% own their own home.
Fueling the frenzied demand for San Francisco apartment rentals is a growing affluent and young population whose incomes are rising. San Francisco has the highest apartment rentals prices in the US.
The national Apartment rental index chart from Apartment list shows how prices have jumped this year across the country.
And the rental apartment rates in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles are in the top ten most expensive. An average apartment for rent in San Francisco will set you back a whopping $4700 per month.
The San Francisco Housing Forecast
See this exerpt from rereport.com with quote by California Association of Realtors president Pat Zicarelli:
The C.A.R. forecast sees a modest increase in existing home sales of 1.4 % next year to reach 413,000 units, up slightly from the projected 2016 sales figure of 407,300 homes sold. Sales in 2016 also will be virtually flat at 407,300 existing, single-family home sales, compared with the 408,800 pace of homes sold in 2015.
“Next year, California’s housing market will be driven by tight housing supplies and the lowest housing affordability in six years,” said C.A.R. President Pat “Ziggy” Zicarelli. “The market will experience regional differences, with more affordable areas, such as the Inland Empire and Central Valley, outperforming the urban coastal centers, where high home prices and a limited availability of homes on the market will hamper sales. As a result, the Southern California and Central Valley regions will see moderate sales increases, while the San Francisco Bay Area will experience a decline as home buyers migrate to peripheral cities with more affordable options.”
The Exodus of Buyers and Renters
Renters used to stay in town, but they are forced ever more into the surrounding countryside along with those who can buy, to search for cheaper places. The commute times for renters and buyers will get much longer and automobile insurance, maintenance and fuel costs will add to their cost of living. Despite a rise in condo developments, buyers are looking far outside San Francisco for a new home.
Where to buy in San Francisco?
Wondering what is being developed in San Francisco? SF Curbed has a listing of 26 proposed high rise developments in the works. Check them out in the link at right.
The new developments on Fremont St perhaps carry the most weight for renters with hundreds of units coming available.
The Rincon Hill development is the first neighborhood plan adopted by the SF Planning Commission in more than 10 years. Combined with the Transbay area development, it is a major housing development estimated to create housing for as many as 20,000 new residents. High rise towers in San Francisco? Yes, the Rincon development is for construction of 4 to 8 story buildings, and slender residential towers ranging in heights of 250 to 550 feet. The tallest towers are slated for the top of Rincon Hill, where they will form a distinctive new element on the City’s skyline.
Conclusion on the San Francisco Real Estate Forecast
You’ve read the stats – record high and continuing job growth, huge multinational high tech firms with boatloads of cash, a changing mood toward land and housing development, and a new US president who may be biased toward real estate development. The investment opportunity in SF looks to be as strong as it is anywhere, with the potential of extreme profits on investment. Home flippers, new construction developers, and small builders should find plenty of room for profit if they can get property owners to sell their land.
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