California’s median home price—the point at which half of homes sold for more and half for less—rose 21 percent in April compared with a year earlier, but sales of existing, single-family homes declined 8.1 percent, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) April sales and price report
MAKING SENSE OF THE STORY FOR CONSUMERS
• The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California during April 2010 was $306,230, a 21 percent increase from the revised $253,110 median for April 2009, C.A.R. reported. The April 2010 median price increased 1.5 percent compared with March’s $301,790 median price.
• Annualized home sales dipped below the 500,000-unit level for the first time in 19 months, which C.A.R. President Steve Goddard partially attributes to home buyers delaying the close of escrow to take advantage of both the federal and state home buyer tax credits. “We should see the pace of closed sales edge up in May and June as these tax-incentivized transactions close,” he said.
• The number of homes available for sale also impacted total sales in April. “The demand for attractive foreclosed properties well exceeds the number of properties on the market,” Goddard said. “At the same time, mortgage interest rates continue to hover near their historic lows, and many buyers are out in force to take advantage of the combination of low interest rates and affordably priced homes. It’s an ideal time for many families to purchase their first home even though they may face stiff competition.”
• Click here to watch C.A.R. Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young discuss highlights of C.A.R.’s April sales and price report.