From the some-things-never-change department: California continued to dominate the new Realtor.com’s Hottest Housing Markets list
, with 12 markets occupying slots on the February Top 20 list.
Vallejo, Calif., took the number one spot for the first time since August, displacing San Francisco which dropped into second place. San Jose, which held second place on last month’s list, fell to fifth place, while San Diego dropped from last month’s fifth place to this month’s sixth place.
On a national level, Realtor.com determined that nearly 425,000 new listings will have entered the market in February, but that will not help alleviate inventory shortages. And complicating matters for many potential homeowners is property appreciation: the median list price of $250,000 is nine percent higher than one year ago.
“Spring has arrived early this year, at least in terms of the rapid decline in the age of inventory,” Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke of realtor.com said in a statement. “Strong off-season demand powered new seasonal highs in prices and left us with a new low in available homes for sale. Potential sellers take note: This year is shaping up to favor you even more than last year.”