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California home sales decline in February as market adjusts to post-foreclosure freeze environment

March 21st, 2011 11:38 AM by Lehel S.

California home sales decline in February as market adjusts to post-foreclosure freeze environment

LOS ANGELES (March 15) – Following three months of sales gains, California home sales posted a weaker-than-expected performance and declined in February, according to data from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 497,660 in February, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. February’s sales were down 9.0 percent from January’s revised pace of 547,080 and down 4.0 percent from the 518,390 sales pace recorded in February 2010. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2011 if sales maintained the February pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

“With continued concerns about both the economy and housing market, consumers remain tentative moving forward with any home buying plans,” said C.A.R. President Beth L. Peerce. “Nevertheless, current market conditions and loan rates at some of the lowest of all time continue to present attractive opportunities to those who are in a position to buy,” said Peerce.

The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home sold in California was $271,320, down 2.8 percent from a revised $279,140 in January and was down 2.5 percent from the $278,190 median price recorded for February 2010. The February 2011 median price was the lowest since May 2009, when it was $263,440.

“The market pulled back in February, following three months of sales gains, when the ramifications of the robo-signing delays from last fall pushed sales into the period from November of last year to January,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “February’s sales drop indicates the effects of the foreclosure freeze are diminishing, and the market is returning to a more moderate sales pace,” she said.

Here are other highlights of C.A.R.’s resale housing report for February 2011:

  • The Unsold Inventory Index for existing, single-family detached homes was 7.3 months in February, up from 6.7 months in January 2011. The index was 6.0 months in February 2010. The index indicates the number of months needed to deplete the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate.

  • Thirty-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 4.95 percent during February 2011, compared with 4.99 percent in February 2010, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 3.35 percent in February 2011, compared with 4.23 percent in February 2010.

  • The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home was 64.4 days in February 2011, compared with 39.2 days for the same period a year ago.

  • View Unsold Inventory by price point.

Note: The County MLS median price and sales data in the tables are generated from a survey of more than 90 associations of REALTORS® throughout the state, and represent statistics of existing single-family detached homes only. County sales data are not adjusted to account for seasonal factors that can influence home sales. Movements in sales prices should not be interpreted as changes in the cost of a standard home. Median prices can be influenced by changes in cost, as well as changes in the characteristics and the size of homes sold. Due to the low sales volume in some areas, median price changes may exhibit unusual fluctuation.


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 more than 160,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.


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February 2011 County Sales and Price Activity
Regional and Condo Sales Data Not Seasonally Adjusted

February 2011

Median Price of Existing Single-Family Homes

State/Region/County

Feb-11

Jan-11

Feb-10

MTM% Chg

YTY% Chg

CA Single-family

$271,320

$279,140

r

$278,190

r

-2.8%

-2.5%

CA Condo/Townhomes

$236,360

$228,050

r

$249,010

r

3.6%

-5.1%

Los AngelesMetropolitan Area

$266,830

$268,940

$264,380

-0.8%

0.9%

Inland Empire

$174,040

$173,720

$172,230

0.2%

1.1%

S.F. Bay Area

$444,020

$457,660

$482,970

-3.0%

-8.1%

S.F. Bay Area

Alameda

$458,060

$435,110

$464,750

5.3%

-1.4%

Contra-Costa (CentralCounty )

$516,670

$565,790

$618,300

-8.7%

-16.4%

Marin

$632,580

$657,890

$782,610

-3.8%

-19.2%

Napa

$354,760

$313,890

$336,840

13.0%

5.3%

San Francisco

$606,560

$597,760

$654,660

1.5%

-7.3%

San Mateo

$623,000

$587,500

$655,000

6.0%

-4.9%

Santa Clara

$525,250

$530,000

$550,000

-0.9%

-4.5%

Solano

$191,790

$192,170

$204,300

-0.2%

-6.1%

Sonoma

$315,340

$338,090

$356,710

-6.7%

-11.6%

Southern California

Los Angeles

$286,220

$305,470

r

$282,230

-6.3%

1.4%

Orange County

$496,540

$511,590

$534,700

-2.9%

-7.1%

Riverside County

$203,630

$197,550

$198,130

3.1%

2.8%

San Bernardino

$131,470

$138,040

$134,050

-4.8%

-1.9%

San Diego

$367,770

$370,100

$372,100

-0.6%

-1.2%

Ventura

$389,650

$411,760

$451,720

-5.4%

-13.7%

Central Coast

Monterey

$239,950

$258,000

$255,000

-7.0%

-5.9%

San Luis Obispo

$328,750

$342,450

$370,510

r

-4.0%

-11.3%

Santa Barbara

$380,000

$365,620

$380,770

r

3.9%

-0.2%

Santa Cruz

$451,000

$425,000

$500,000

6.1%

-9.8%

Central Valley

Fresno

$141,360

$136,020

$152,740

3.9%

-7.5%

Kern (Bakersfield)

$125,000

$127,000

$130,750

-1.6%

-4.4%

Kings County

$154,000

$147,140

$165,000

4.7%

-6.7%

Madera

$149,230

$146,150

$160,000

2.1%

-6.7%

Merced

$117,270

$100,620

$101,740

16.5%

15.3%

Placer County

$269,670

$261,930

$288,490

3.0%

-6.5%

Sacramento

$168,800

$171,690

$180,000

-1.7%

-6.2%

San Benito

$285,000

$280,000

$279,450

1.8%

2.0%

Tulare

$120,340

$113,330

$135,000

6.2%

-10.9%


February 2011

Sales

State/Region/County

MTM% Chg

YTY% Chg

CA Single-family

-9.0%

-4.0%

CA Condo/Townhomes

4.2%

-1.3%

Los Angeles Metro
Area

-3.0%

-5.5%

Inland Empire

5.1%

-3.1%

S.F. Bay Area

-2.8%

-4.2%

S.F. Bay Area

Alameda

-6.3%

-17.6%

Contra-Costa
(CentralCounty )

16.8%

18.6%

Marin

18.9%

2.9%

Napa

-15.7%

4.2%

San Francisco

-20.6%

3.1%

San Mateo

-4.2%

-3.0%

Santa Clara

-0.8%

-0.5%

Solano

-6.7%

-8.2%

Sonoma

-0.4%

-14.0%

Southern California

Los Angeles

-11.2%

-9.4%

Orange County

-6.9%

-7.7%

Riverside County

6.4%

-4.5%

San Bernardino

3.0%

-0.7%

San Diego

7.5%

-3.6%

Ventura

15.4%

14.4%

Central Coast

Monterey

11.6%

4.8%

San Luis Obispo

-11.6%

20.1%

Santa Barbara

9.6%

-0.8%

Santa Cruz

2.1%

4.3%

Central Valley

Fresno

-1.8%

4.3%

Kern (Bakersfield)

-19.5%

-6.5%

Kings County

-3.4%

26.7%

Madera

6.1%

20.7%

Merced

23.8%

-26.5%

Placer County

3.5%

14.4%

Sacramento

-3.4%

3.6%

San Benito

-2.3%

-4.5%

Tulare

0.4%

5.0%

Other Counties in CA

Amador

-30.0%

21.7%

Butte County

-3.2%

-3.2%

Humboldt

-42.5%

-17.6%

Lake County

-6.8%

25.5%



February 2011 County Unsold Inventory and Time on Market
Regional and Condo Sales Data Not Seasonally Adjusted

February 2011 Unsold Inventory Index

Median Time on Market

State/Region/County

Feb-11

Jan-11

Feb-10

Feb-11

Jan-11

Feb-10

CA Single-family

7.3

6.7

6.0

64.4

61.8

39.2

CA Condo/Townhomes

7.8

7.9

6.6

71.8

71.2

r

41.7

Greater Los Angeles Area

7.5

6.6

5.4

65.4

62.2

39.8

Inland Empire

6.3

6.4

4.9

58.8

54.8

33.3

S.F. Bay Area

7.0

6.3

6.0

71.7

70.1

51.2

S.F. Bay Area

Alameda

6.9

6.1

5.1

96.1

88.2

73.4

Contra-Costa (CentralCounty )

6.5

7.1

6.8

107.5

103.7

75.1

Marin

8.4

6.4

7.9

110.6

92.7

87.8

Napa

9.9

8.3

10.5

92.6

85.7

61.0

San Francisco

8.5

6.1

7.7

68.3

59.7

42.4

San Mateo

6.8

6.1

5.5

33.0

44.3

27.5

Santa Clara

5.4

5.1

5.0

39.3

44.6

25.0

Solano

7.8

7.1

6.3

62.6

58.7

32.5

Sonoma

8.1

7.9

6.7

80.2

81.8

67.6

Sourthern California

Los Angeles

7.8

6.6

5.8

61.9

59.2

r

36.1

Orange County

9.6

6.6

8.5

85.9

82.9

59.5

Riverside County

6.4

6.5

4.6

64.2

57.1

36.6

San Bernardino

6.2

6.3

5.3

53.4

50.9

29.0

San Diego

8.9

9.4

7.7

62.9

59.6

40.5

Ventura

7.2

6.7

5.0

85.3

78.3

55.3

Central Coast

Monterey

6.2

7.1

6.3

49.5

47.0

29.4

San Luis Obispo

8.4

7.3

10.1

80.6

96.9

75.5

Santa Barbara

9.5

10.8

8.9

98.5

70.7

53.6

Santa Cruz

8.1

8.0

7.7

69.5

54.0

33.1

Central Valley

Fresno

NA

NA

NA

46.7

50.3

31.4

Kern (Bakersfield)

6.9

5.5

r

4.7

NA

NA

NA

Kings County

6.7

6.4

NA

65.8

56.0

47.9

Madera

7.8

8.3

NA

50.3

58.2

71.5

Merced

5.3

6.2

NA

33.7

35.8

24.9

Placer County

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Sacramento

4.0

4.0

4.8

52.8

48.8

26.7

San Benito

6.0

6.5

5.2

47.6

43.7

24.6

Tulare

6.7

7.3

6.2

50.2

42.5

25.9

Other Counties in California

Amador

10.0

7.1

15.6

129.7

95.8

105.5

Butte County

9.8

9.3

8.9

99.3

64.6

69.3

Humboldt

13.8

7.5

10.7

73.4

85.7

49.9

Lake County

8.4

8.0

9.3

112.8

121.0

85.2

Mariposa And Tuolumne

10.3

13.8

18.8

103.1

83.8

95.8

Mendocino

11.0

9.0

15.4

91.0

95.8

109.1

Shasta

10.5

8.9

10.7

76.8

74.9

52.5

Siskiyou County

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Tehama

12.6

13.8

9.1

49.1

69.3

33.4


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