December 26th, 2010 9:06 PM by Lehel S.
C.A.R. reports California home sales rise in November; share of short sales increasing
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 22) – California home sales rose in November, but were down from the previous year, according to data from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). The statewide median price declined from both the previous month and previous year.
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 490,950 in November, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations statewide. November’s sales were up 9.2 percent from October’s revised pace of 449,480 but were down 8.6 percent from the revised 536,940 sales pace recorded in November 2009. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2010 if sales maintained the November pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.
“We are encouraged by November’s sales increase, but realize a more sustained recovery is being hampered by the distressed market,” said C.A.R. President Beth L. Peerce. “While we are experiencing a greater share of short sales, these transactions are notoriously difficult to navigate with no guarantee of closure. A recent C.A.R. survey indicated that it takes many lenders 90 days or more simply to communicate whether a short sale has been accepted, causing tremendous frustration for buyers and sellers,” she said. “Moreover, the survey found that more than two out of five short sale transactions never close. The housing market can’t fully recover until lenders streamline and improve the short sales process, which would help expedite transactions,” said Peerce.
The median price of an existing, single-family detached home sold in California fell below the $300,000 mark for the first time since February. The November 2010 median price was $296,820, down 2.4 percent from October’s $304,220 median price and down 2.5 percent from the revised $304,550 median price recorded for the same period a year ago. It was the first year-over-year price decline in a year.
“Unsold inventory declined slightly in November, as the number of active listings fell from October, particularly for homes priced above $500,000,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “The decline in listings was reflective of seasonal factors and the foreclosure moratorium that took place in October,” she said.
Here are other highlights of C.A.R.’s resale housing report for November 2010:
Regional MLS sales and price information are contained in the tables that accompany this press release. Regional sales data are not adjusted to account for seasonal factors that can influence home sales. The MLS median price and sales data for detached homes are generated from a survey of more than 90 associations of REALTORS® throughout the state. MLS median price and sales data for condominiums are based on a survey of more than 60 associations. The median price for both detached homes and condominiums represents closed escrow sales.In a separate report covering more localized statistics generated by C.A.R. and DataQuick Information Systems, 106 of the 328 cities and communities reporting showed an increase in their respective median home prices from a year ago. DataQuick statistics are based on county records data rather than MLS information. DataQuick Information Systems is a subsidiary of Vancouver-based MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates. (The lists are generated for incorporated cities with a minimum of 30 recorded sales in the month.)Note: Large changes in local median home prices typically indicate both local home price appreciation, and often, large shifts in the composition of housing market activity. Some of the variations in median home prices for November may be exaggerated due to compositional changes in housing demand. The DataQuick tables listing median home prices in California cities and counties are accessible through C.A.R. online at http://www.car.org/marketdata/historicalprices/2010medianprices/nov2010/.
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November 2010 Regional Sales and Price Activity*Regional and Condo Sales Data Not Seasonally Adjusted
Percent Change in Price from Prior Month
Percent Change in Price from Prior Year
Percent Change in Sales from Prior Month
Percent Change in Sales from Prior Year
Santa Cruz County
Northern Wine Country
Palm Springs/Lower Desert
San Francisco Bay
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara County
Santa BarbaraSouth Coast
NorthSanta Barbara County
* Based on closed escrow sales of single family, detached homes only (no condos). Movements in sales prices should not be interpreted as measuring changes in the cost of a standard home. Prices are influenced by changes in cost and changes in the characteristics and size of homes actually sold.sf = single family, detached homeSource: CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Median Price by Region