Here’s what home prices look like right now for each Bay Area county

by Susie Neilson, SF Chronicle

The coronavirus pandemic and struggling economy couldn’t keep a lid on Bay Area home prices, which hit new records in 2020, according to a new report.

The median price for a single-family home in the Bay Area was $1.06 million in December, a slight decrease from November but a 16.4% increase from December 2019, according to a report from the California Association of Realtors released this month. Sales were up 40.2% in the region from 2019, according to the report.

San Mateo County’s median home price rose from $1.65 million in November to $1.7 million in December, making it the most expensive Bay Area county in which to purchase a home. Previously San Francisco, with a median home price of $1.697 million in November, had been the most expensive. But the city’s median home price had decreased slightly to $1.58 million by December.

San Mateo County had knocked San Francisco out of the top spot in December 2019 as well, the report showed. The median price that month was $1.475 million in San Mateo County and $1.45 million in San Francisco.

The median refers to the middle price for all homes in a set, where half sold for less and half for more.

“Home prices, which usually peak during the summer, were unseasonably strong in December,” he said in a news release accompanying the report.“The imbalance between supply and demand continues to fuel home price gains as would-be home sellers remain reluctant to list their homes during the pandemic.”

The 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate dipped to 2.68% in December, down from 3.72% last year, according to the report.

Association President Dave Walsh added that mortgage interest rates should remain low well into this year, keeping the housing market strong.

“Home sales should remain elevated into the first half of 2021, as motivated buyers take advantage of the increased purchasing power,” he said.

Susie Neilson is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @susieneilson