June 2021 Emeryville Real Estate & Rental Report: Bay Area ‘Exodus’ Over?; Besler Loft Lingers on Market

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The so-called Bay Area “exodus” appears to have tapered off and average Emeryville rents have climbed approximately 13% since bottoming out in December 2020. Despite this increase, rents for 1-bedroom units are still down 19% since their “peak” prior to the pandemic and down about 8% for two-bedroom units.

One of the factors of the increase is thought to be the return-to-work policies of larger companies who have begun reopening their offices sending employees back to the area. Employee pushback and the rise of COVID variants threatens to slow this process.

Meanwhile, a reported 16% of renters are behind on their payments. The City of Emeryville and other cities have extended their Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratorium until September 30. This recent article in The Economist raises concerns of the possibility of a housing crisis coinciding with the current housing price-boom.

Rents for 1 Bedroom flat, rise for 2 Bedrooms

Emeryville ranked as the 7th most expensive city in the Bay Area to rent in June. The price of one bedroom units stayed steady at median of $2,200, while two bedrooms rose 2.2% to $3200.

On a year-to-year comparison, rents are down by 11%  for 1 bedroom units and down 5% for 2 bedroom units in Emeryville.

Read the full report on Zumper.com. Browse all current Emeryville rental listings here.


Property Sales continue to drop

There were 14 property sales in June, down -12.5% from 16 in June, 2020 and -17.6% lower than the 17 sales last month. Monthly June 2021 sales were at a mid level compared to June of 2020 and 2019.  YTD sales of 91 are running 78.4% ahead of last year’s year-to-date sales of 51.


Median Sales Prices up compared to May 2021

The Median Sales Price in June was $679,000, down -4.3% from $709,500 in June of 2020 and up 31.6% from $516,000 last month. The Average Sales Price in June was $963,143, up 44.6% from $666,219 in June of 2020 and up 75.1% from $549,912 last month. June 2021 ASP was at highest level compared to June of 2020 and 2019.

Inventory stays low

The Total Inventory of Properties available for sale as of June was 9, down -10.0% from 10 last month and down -47.1% from 17 in June of last year. June 2021 Inventory was at the lowest level compared to June of 2020 and 2019.

A comparatively lower MSI is more beneficial for sellers while a higher MSI is better for buyers. The June 2021 MSI of 0.6 months was at its lowest level compared with June of 2020 and 2019.

Days on Market at a mid range

The average Days On Market (DOM) shows how many days the average Property is on the Market before it sells. An upward trend in DOM tends to indicate a move towards more of a Buyer’s market, a downward trend a move towards more of a Seller’s market. The DOM for June was 22, down -4.3% from 23 days last month and down -18.5% from 27 days in June of last year. The June 2021 DOM was at a mid range compared with June of 2020 and 2019.

Selling price vs List price – properties sell close to list price

The Selling Price per Square Foot is a great indicator for the direction of Property values. Since Median Sales Price and Average Sales price can be impacted by the ‘mix’ of high or low end Properties in the market, the selling price per square foot is a more normalized indicator on the direction of Property values. The June 2021 Selling Price per Square Foot of $662 was up 2.2% from $648 last month and up 2.6% from $645 in June of last year.

Still on the market: Live/Work Loft in the Besler Loft Building

This 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Besler Loft boasts 1742 SqFt of space. It’s was listed back on May 19 and as of the publishing of this article still available. The ask price is $929,000 and the HOA fees are $455/month.

Full listing with additional photos posted here.

Photo courtesy of Bridge MLS

This report is prepared by longtime Emeryville resident and Coldwell Banker Realtor Nicole Gruen. Curious about buying or selling in Emeryville? Support your resident realtor.

**All data deemed accurate, but not guaranteed.

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Nicole Gruen

Nicole Gruen is a top real estate agent at Coldwell Banker who specializes in the East Bay—especially in Emeryville where she lives. After working for 15+ years in Silicon Valley for companies like IBM, NVDIA, and Nestle, she transitioned to pursue real estate, which was a true passion for her. With her extensive knowledge of the East Bay markets, Nicole is a unique agent who combines her data-driven approach and people-first philosophy to help you buy, sell, and market homes with ease.

For more information, visit her website: www.eastbayreal.com

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