The five most expensive housing markets in the fourth quarter were the San Jose, Calif., metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $940,000; San Francisco, $781,600; Honolulu, $716,600; Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif., $708,700; and San Diego, $546,800.

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City leaders must find a way to not only to streamline the building application process, but also must evaluate the balance between multi-unit living with detached homes with back yards. One type of construction will not satisfy all of the buyer market.