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Home sales slow significantly in September — but prices remain steady

A "for sale" sign is shown in front of the home on McIntosh Street in Chula Vista on April 5, 2023.
Carlos Castillo
A "for sale" sign is shown in front of a home on McIntosh Street in Chula Vista in 2023.

Home sales dropped sharply in September compared with August, ending a slow summer season with an even slower month, according to data released Monday by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors.

Sales of single-family detached properties were down nearly 23% in September compared with August, according to the data, which SDAR compiles through the San Diego Multiple Listing Service.

Additionally, attached properties such as condominiums and townhomes fell 20% from the previous month. Year-over-year, total sales of previously owned homes in the county were down 28% from September of 2022.


"As long as construction of new homes and neighborhoods remains consistently slow, the housing affordability crisis will continue to persist," said SDAR President Frank Powell. "The rise in interest rates from 3% to over 7% has caused people to sell their properties more slowly because of the record rates."

"Unless the interest rates drop to around 5.5%, we will continue to see a slow market with historically low inventory," he said. "Speculation is a gamble, and no one can tell you what the interest rates will do."

Despite slow sales, median prices only dipped slightly last month, with single-family homes prices landing at $999,000, and condos/townhomes at $660,000, according to a SDAR statement. Prices remained 10% higher than September of last year, and for the first nine months of 2023, resale home prices were up slightly from 2022.

The amount of time that homes remained on the market until close of escrow averaged only 25 days last month.

In September, the ZIP codes in San Diego County with the most single- family home sales were:

  • 92128: Rancho Bernardo East, with 32.
  • 92057: Oceanside North, with 27.
  • 92028 and 92114: Fallbrook and Encanto, both with 26.
  • 92082: Valley Center, with 25.
  • 92056 and 92065: Oceanside East and Ramona, both with 23.

The most expensive single-family property sold in September in San Diego County was a new custom 8,900-square-foot home on Las Planideras in Rancho Santa Fe designed by Atelier A. Tesselaar. According to SDAR, the seven-bedroom home features a theater room, a "kid wing" and "man cave," chef's and presentation kitchens, a pool cabana, a mini sports field, an orchard, outdoor barbecues, and a 6-car garage. The property sold on Sept. 1 for $16.75 million.