Although the housing market is starting to cool, here are five markets that remain competitive.
According to Bankrate, some 40 percent of homes sold in December fetched more than their list price, down from 41.1 percent in November. December marked the sixth consecutive month that competition had declined on a month-over-month basis.
Despite the cooldown in the second half of 2021, the housing market remains significantly hotter than it was a year ago. In December 2020, 30.9 percent of homes sold above list price.
The 5 hottest housing markets
California dominated the list of the most competitive housing markets:
San Francisco. In the nation’s most competitive metro area, 67 percent of homes sold above list price. Homes in San Francisco sold for an average of $96,630 above list price.
San Diego. Fully 55.9 percent of homes sold above list price, going for an average of $10,929 above list price.
Los Angeles. While 54.9 percent of LA homes went above list price, the overall average price of homes was $3,285 below the asking price.
Boston. Some 53.5 percent of homes fetched more than the asking price. Sales averaged $6,792 over listing price.
Sacramento. Last month saw 51.7 percent of homes sell for more than the asking price. Overall, Sacramento homes went for an average of $1,576 above asking.