Luxury Home Values Rise in the Second Quarter of 2014

First Republic Bank, August 28, 2014

San Francisco and Los Angeles Prices Reach All-Time Highs

Luxury home values increased strongly in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in the second quarter of 2014 compared to a year ago, according to the First Republic Prestige Home Index by First Republic Bank, a leading private bank and wealth management company.

In the second quarter of 2014, the Index indicated the following:

  • San Francisco Bay Area values gained 12.2% from the second quarter of 2013 and 4.6% from the first quarter of 2014. The average luxury home in the region is at an all-time high of $3.3 million.
  • Los Angeles area values jumped 16.3% from the second quarter a year ago and 2% from the first quarter of 2014. The average luxury home in the area is at an all-time high of $2.5 million.
  • San Diego area values were up 9.4% year-over-year and 1.1% from the first quarter of 2014. The average luxury home in San Diego is $1.95 million.

“Luxury home values rose in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego due to robust demand, continued low interest rates and limited inventory,” said Katherine August-deWilde, President of First Republic Bank. “In the most desirable neighborhoods in coastal California, luxury properties often sell for over the asking price and with multiple offers. Overall, the market for higher-end homes remains very strong.”

First Republic Bank produces the Prestige Home Index each quarter with CoreLogic, a leading provider of automated property valuation services and home price metrics to U.S. financial institutions. Historical results of the Index, which has tracked luxury homes since 1985, are accessible at First Republic Bank is an active lender in the luxury home market for primary residences and vacation homes.

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San Francisco values jumped 12.2% from the second quarter a year ago and posted their fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit gains on a year-over-year basis.

“The second quarter was extraordinarily strong,” said Joel Goodrich of Coldwell Banker in San Francisco. “Almost three-quarters of the homes sold for over the asking price. A large percentage of those properties sold for 10% over the asking price. We also saw an increasing number of foreign buyers.”

In Silicon Valley, it continued to be a seller’s market. “From January through April, there were many sales offers over the asking price,” said Mia Simon of Redfin in Palo Alto. “Right now, the market has been cooling a bit. We’re seeing three or four offers over the asking price instead of 10.”
In the Napa Valley, prices were also higher. “The market is very strong,” said Jim Perry of Pacific Union in St. Helena. “The hottest markets are under $2 million and over $5 million. There is very little inventory in every price range. Usually in July and August it is pretty slow, but we’re seeing buyers who can’t find any properties.”

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Los Angeles prices appreciated 16.3% from a year ago and have posted four consecutive quarters of double-digit gains year-over-year.

“The high end of the luxury market on the West Side of Los Angeles continues to be very robust," said Mary Beth Woods of Coldwell Banker Brentwood West. "Higher priced properties are in great demand. In 2014, the luxury market on the West Side has clearly outperformed 2013.”

M. Michele Martin of Teles Properties in Beverly Hills agreed. “There is increasing demand, along with appreciating prices, for luxury homes in prime areas of Los Angeles. More properties are selling for more than the asking price and with more multiple offers than we have seen in a long time.”

In beach communities, prices climbed sharply. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen the market this strong,” said Barry Host of South Bay Brokers in Manhattan Beach. “You have pressure on the market because of the low inventory and a tremendous number of people wanting to buy homes in these communities.”

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San Diego values were up 9.4% year-over-year after three previous quarters of double-digit gains on a year-over-year basis.

The lower end of the luxury market was the most active. “The market is terrific for homes under $3 million, while the more expensive properties are selling more slowly than last year,” said Judy Corrente of Sotheby’s International Realty in La Jolla. “People are not buying the big estates in Rancho Santa Fe, but demand is strong for properties at the lower end of the luxury market.”

Michael Taylor of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Rancho Santa Fe agreed that the luxury end of the market was tepid. “Between $2 million and $2.5 million, we’re starting to see some inventory shortages, but over $5 million, sales are slower. Through the first two quarters of 2014, we had only four sales over $5 million in Rancho Santa Fe.”

About The First Republic Prestige Home Index

The First Republic Prestige Home Index™ is the first statistical model of its kind customized to measure changes in homes valued at more than $1 million in key California urban markets. Some common features of luxury homes in the Index: 3,000 to 6,000 square feet, three to six bedrooms, and three to six bathrooms. San Francisco Bay Area properties include a cross-section of luxury homes in Alamo, Atherton, Belvedere, Danville, Healdsburg, Hillsborough, Lafayette, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Mill Valley, Moraga, Orinda, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Portola Valley, Ross, St. Helena, San Francisco, Saratoga, Sonoma, Tiburon and Woodside. Properties in Los Angeles represent a cross-section of luxury homes in Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, La Cañada Flintridge, Encino, Los Angeles, Malibu, Marina del Rey, North Hollywood, Pacific Palisades, Pasadena, Playa del Rey, Santa Monica, Studio City, and the West Los Angeles enclaves of Bel Air, Brentwood and Westwood. San Diego properties represent a cross-section of luxury homes in Carlsbad, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, La Jolla, La Mesa, Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego and Solana Beach. In producing the Index, CoreLogic draws upon its economic database and years of experience in tracking single-family home values; collects and cross-checks data from multiple sources; achieves a weighted balance of validation elements such as repeat sales, comparable sales and physical home characteristics; and combines this with First Republic’s extensive local market knowledge.

About First Republic Bank

Founded in 1985, First Republic (NYSE:FRC) and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services. First Republic specializes in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service, with a solid commitment to responsiveness and action. Services are offered through preferred banking or wealth management offices primarily in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, San Diego, Portland, Boston, Palm Beach, Greenwich, and New York City. First Republic offers a complete line of banking products for individuals and businesses, including deposit services, as well as residential, commercial and personal loans. For more information, visit


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