California Real Estate Market in 2022: Forecasts + Trends

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By Clever Real Estate Updated November 1, 2023


California real estate trends

Real estate trends in California | Sellers | Buyers | Investors | The best and worst of California | California resources

From Hollywood to Silicon Valley, California is home to some of the nation's most iconic and innovative industries. It's a popular destination for anyone who dreams of working in entertainment or technology.

But the Golden State isn't all glitz and glam — it's also a major agricultural region that produces much of the nation's almonds, strawberries, apricots, and more. Its Mediterranean climate provides comfortable temperatures year-round and nurtures the vineyards that supply Napa Valley's award-winning wineries.

Whether you're drawn to San Francisco's hills or San Diego's beaches, California offers endless opportunities for adventure.

If you're thinking of buying or selling in California, these California housing predictions and stats can help you make an informed decision.

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Selling a home in California

California real estate market forecast for sellers
⏰ Homes are selling 19 days slower than the annual average 💰 Homes are selling for $32,666 less than the annual average
💸 Average listing commission: 2.50% 💸 Average buyer's commission: 2.41%
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How to sell a home in California

Cost to sell a home in California

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Buying a home in California

How much home you can buy with $300,000 in...
🏠 Los Angeles: 488 sq ft 🏡 San Diego: 524 sq ft
🏡 San Francisco: 427 sq ft 🏠 Riverside: 949 sq ft
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Investing in California real estate

Best of California

💡 Did you know…

San Francisco, California was ranked among the top ten best music cities in the U.S. in 2022?

Research from the Clever Data Center showed that full-time musicians in San Francisco earn more than musicians in 94% of other U.S. cities. The city also offers a unique array of smaller venues to support local musicians and cater to frequent concert goers.

» Taking notes? 🎵 Learn more about the rankings here: The Best Music Cities in the U.S.

The Clever Data Center ranked San Francisco, California as the third best city for coffee in the U.S. in 2022?

The city also ranks #1 for caffeinated affordability, with the average Bay Area resident only spending about 1% of their annual income for their daily cup of coffee.

» Thirsty for more info? ☕ Read our full study here: The Best Coffee Cities in America

Each month, we compare locations in California based on different criteria. This month, we're looking at levels of happiness and ranking the best counties in the state.

Happiest Counties in California
1. San Mateo County
2. Santa Clara County
3. Mono County
4. San Francisco County
5. Marin County
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Worst of California

Each month, we compare locations in California based on a different criteria. This month we're looking at levels of happiness data. These are the counties that ranked the worst in the state.

Least Happy Counties in California
1. Imperial County
2. Tulare County
3. Fresno County
4. Merced County
5. Tehama County
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California resources

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Frequently asked questions about California real estate

Is it a buyer's or seller's market in California?

It's currently a seller’s market in California. Demand is very high driving up listing prices and shortening the amount of time properties spend on the market. However, the state of the market in each city and town is different, which is why it’s a must to speak with a local real estate agent to understand trends in your area.

Is California a good state to invest in real estate?

Investing in California real estate, especially in cities like Los Angeles and San Diego, is a good move, since the demand for housing is always high. However, making the most out of your investment requires proper preparation, like knowing which neighborhoods to buy housing in and having a plan on how to manage the property. Learn more in our guide to real estate investing.

Is it a good time to buy a house in California?

It is not the best time to purchase a house in California. Demand is high, so average listing prices are higher than average and options are slim. However, mortgage rates are currently low, meaning you can snag a deal if you find the right house and lock in a low rate. To have the easiest time in navigating your local market, it’s best to work with a top real estate agent.


Clever's analysis of state market trends is based on local data from Zillow,, Redfin, Bankrate, the U.S. Census, and Clever surveys. Our team of over 20 real estate analysts from across the country research local markets and data to compile our "Best" and "Worst" rankings.

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