The median sale price of home in Contra Costa County last month was $311,000 compared to $235,000 in February 2012. The 32 percent year-over-year increase was the biggest of all nine Bay Area counties, according to figures released Thursday by DataQuick.
DataQuick President John Walsh said it was Economics 101: “If demand outstrips supply in a free market, the price goes up. The last time the number of homes sold exceeded the historical average for a given month was back in 2006. So a lot of demand has accumulated. Now, with a recovering economy, prices still closer to the bottom than to the top, with ultra-low mortgage interest rates and tight supply, the stage is set for price gains. This spring is going to be interesting.”
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Here are January sales figures for Martinez and Pleasant Hill.Zip Code Number of Sales February 2013 % Change overJanuary 2012 Median Price January2013 % Change over Median January 2012 High Price $/SqFt January 2013 % Change over January 2012 94553 (Martinez) 45 -19.6% $263,000 13.1% $675,000 $204 3.7% 94523 (Pleasant Hill) 28 -15.2% $327,500 0.5% $661,000 $274 16.6% Source: DQNews