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San Mateo County Market Update: What You Need to Know in March 2024

John Heckenberg | March 19, 2024

Welcome to the March edition of your local real estate update for San Mateo County! This month, we'll delve into some key trends, recent developments, and what it means for buyers and sellers in our ever-evolving market.

Market Snapshot

San Mateo County continues to be a desirable location, with home prices remaining stable despite a national slowdown. While the intense bidding wars of the past few years may be easing, the market still favors sellers. Inventory remains low, particularly for single-family homes, putting upward pressure on prices.

Here are some recent statistics to consider:

  • Median Sales Price: The median sales price for single-family homes in San Mateo County sits around $1,550,000 (data source: Coldwell Banker Area Report). This reflects a slight increase from last year.
  • Days on Market: Homes are still selling relatively quickly, with the average days on market hovering around 35 days.
  • Interest Rates: While interest rates have risen slightly compared to historic lows, they remain historically favorable. This continues to fuel buyer demand.

News and Developments

  • San Mateo County Secures Funding for Farmworker Housing: A recent win for the community! San Mateo County secured an additional $4 million to support the development of much-needed farmworker housing and a playground. This investment aims to address the critical shortage of affordable housing for agricultural workers, a key component of our local economy.
  • Luxury Market Update: The luxury market in San Mateo County remains strong. High-end properties are still attracting significant interest, though bidding wars may be less frequent compared to the peak of the market.

What it Means for Buyers and Sellers


  • Be Prepared to Move Quickly: With low inventory, homes are still selling fast. Be ready to act decisively when you find a property that interests you.
  • Get Pre-Approved: Having a pre-approval letter strengthens your offer and shows sellers you're a serious buyer.
  • Work with a Knowledgeable Realtor: A local real estate expert can guide you through the competitive market and help you find the perfect home within your budget.


  • Price Your Home Strategically: While the market leans in your favor, overpricing can deter potential buyers. Work with your Realtor to determine a competitive listing price.
  • Highlight Your Home's Strengths: Showcase the unique features and benefits of your property in the listing and marketing materials.
  • Prepare for Showings: Make your home presentable and stage it strategically to attract more interest.

Looking Ahead

The San Mateo County real estate market is likely to remain stable in the coming months. While a significant shift is not anticipated, staying informed about market trends and developments is crucial for both buyers and sellers.

As always, I'm here to be your trusted resource for all your real estate needs in San Mateo County. Feel free to reach out for a personalized consultation or any questions you may have.

Happy house hunting!

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