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California Home Sales and Price Edge Up from July; Sales Down from Year Ago

LOS ANGELES –California home sales edged up 1.8 percent from July, but were down 14.9 percent from August 2009, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported today. The statewide median home price also increased 1.2 percent from July and was up 8.6 percent from a year ago.

"Buyers who are holding out should consider the opportunities in today's market," said C.A.R. President Steve Goddard. "Favorable home prices and interest rates at or near historic lows make housing affordability the best in recent memory. Anyone who is in a position to buy a home should do so before either of these key factors rise."

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled 447,530 in August at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations statewide. Statewide home resale activity decreased 14.9 percent from the revised 526,110 sales pace recorded in August 2009. Sales in August 2010 increased 1.8 percent compared with July.

The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2010 if sales maintained the August pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

The statewide median home price posted its 10th consecutive year-over-year gain in August. The median price of an existing, single-family detached home sold in California during August 2010 was $318,660, an 8.6 percent increase from the revised $293,400 median price recorded in August 2009, C.A.R. reported. The August 2010 median price was up 1.2 percent compared with July's $314,850 median price.

"The housing market is transitioning from the conclusion of the housing tax credits as is evidenced by stronger home sales in the higher-price range and weaker sales in entry-level homes and condominiums, which are typically favored by first-time home buyers," said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. "As a result of the strength in the upper-end market and inventory levels that are higher but still lean by average, we're seeing home prices holding steady."

To view sales and price tables, please visit: http://car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/augsalesprice.

[Leading the way...® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with nearly 160,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.]

 

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