What’s happening in our local market is the number one question we receive so here’s the good the bad and the ugly for May 2009 in Belmont.

Bel May 2009

The Good

The number of homes sold in creased in May to 15 from April’s paltry 12. Still, compared to 2004 when 32 homes sold there’s not a lot of activity.

The number of days it took to sell a home in Belmont went from 48 in April down to only 37 in May.

Of the 15 sales in May, 5 sold over the asking price, none sold at asking, and 10 sold under the seller’s asking price.

The Bad

Homes which were originally overpriced took a beating.

Overprice Homes


Homes Priced Well








Percent Received of Original List Price


Percent Received of Original List Price


Real Dollar change

$67,000 less

Real Dollar Change

$5,000 more


The number of overpriced homes reaching a factor of 2-1 over well priced homes is indicative of the disconnect between what sellers feel their home is worth as compared to what a buyer will actually pay. It’s clear by looking at the numbers though that the number one mistake a seller can make continues to be overpricing their home.

The Ugly.

The median price in Belmont continued its correction in May.


May 2009

April 2009

May 2008

May 2007

Median Price





* Corrected for size of home





May Δ in percent




– 25.89%


*We endeavor to report the true median price as accurately as possible. In doing so, we must take into consideration if larger or smaller homes are selling in a given period.


*Date retrieved form the Multiple Listing Service of San Mateo County.

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