Berkeley CA Homes for Sale Market Comparison Report (December 2009 vs. December 2008)

We analyze several housing market indicators in order to present an in-depth breakdown of Berkeley Ca Homes for Sale Market comparing December 2008 to December 2009.

Summary of Key Points

Berkeley Ca Homes for Sale market suffered a decrease in home prices however that acted as an incentive for buyers leading to a significant increase in home sales

Median Sales Price (-8.23%), Median Days on Market (-26.86%), and Number of Units Sold (30.77%)

Big Picture: Out of 20 cities analyzed in the East Bay, Berkeley was one of 12 cities that saw a decrease in median home prices and Berkeley buyers used that to their advantage snapping up 30.77% more homes in Dec 09

Berkeley Ca Homes for Sale

The city of Berkeley experienced an 8.23% drop in median sales price from last year going down from $751,333 (Dec. 08) to $689,505 (Dec. 09). In the city of Berkeleys case, the decrease in median sales price spurred a dramatic reduction in median days on market and a comparable increase in number of units sold. Median days on market for a house in the city of Berkeley for December 08 was 43 days compared to 31 days in December 09 and number of units sold have increased from 39 units in Dec 08 to 51 units in Dec 09. It is apparent that the $60,000 drop in home prices caused a ripple in the Berkeley housing market. The drop in prices was enough to cut median days on market by 26.86% and alternatively drove up sales 30.77% by attracting home buyers with lower prices. A similar trend as Berkeley can be seen when analyzing home data for neighboring cities Walnut Creek and Castro Valley. Walnut Creek ca homes for sale saw their median prices slashed by almost 20% but like Berkeley, that in turn caused a drop in median days on market (23.08%) and an increase in number of units sold (5.26%). Same for Castro Valley ca homes for sale drop in median home prices (8.01%) however a decrease in median days on market (46.08%) coupled with an increase in the number of units sold (26.32%).

Gold vs. Money

Gold salesmen will always claim that paper money is worthless. However, we should always be reminded that they are selling something. What they tell their clients are standard sales pitch expected from anyone who is selling something.

One fact is that money is only valuable because it is a medium of exchange. The money in our pockets is exchangeable for precious metal. As long as a service or a good is exchanged for money, a dollar is worth something. Otherwise, it is just a piece of worthless bill in your wallet.

However, since it is a medium of exchange, the idea that money is worthless does not make sense at all. If it is useless, it is implied that every written agreement is useless as well. In fact, money that is involved in most commercial and government transactions does not involve currency. This is the reason why the government cannot just print more money and use it to finance projects and other developments for the country. If this is the case, then all the government needs is a printing press and people won’t have to pay taxes. When you get a loan from a bank, that money is basically created from nothing. For accounting purposes, the bank cuts a check and places the money into your account. There is no cash involved in this transaction. You can pay debts or give someone money without any cash involved. This goes to prove that most business transactions do not involve cash or currency.

The truth is that gold for the past years has been a poor investment as compared to the US dollar. Unlike the Indians and Chinese whose investment on gold has increased by approximately 200%. For the last two and a half years, there has been a massive shift of investment into the US Dollar from gold and other forms of currencies. This means that investors from all parts of the world have high faith in the US economic, political, and financial system. This has made gold a victim of the improvement of the US Dollar.

However, there are at least two reasons why gold is still a good investment. First is the fact that gold has been valued as a form of wealth since the ancient time. It is, therefore, a logical alternative in the event that capitals need to shift from currency. The second is in par with the first reason. It is a fact that throughout history, precious metals have been used to defend wealth from destruction. In other words, gold has maintained its purchasing power for a long period of time.

About the author: Montele Hogan’s mission is to help YOU to achieve the financial freedom and success that everyone in this internet marketing/network marketing game has always talked about. Your success is my success in that we can help each other reach our goals together.