California home sales and median price post higher in October
Bolstered by healthy sales activity in Southern California and the Central Valley, California existing home sales and median price gained ground in October on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 442,970 units in October, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2016 if sales maintained the October pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.
The October figure was up 4.1 percent from the revised 425,680 level in September and up 8
percent compared with home sales in October 2015 of a revised 410,310. Home sales remained
above the 400,000 pace for the seventh straight month, and were up year-over-year for the second consecutive month. The year-over-year increase was the largest since January, and October’s sales level was the highest since July 2013.
“With prices continuing to increase amid a low supply of homes for sale on the market, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area and coastal regions, home buyers are migrating toward lowerpriced homes in more affordable inland areas,” said C.A.R. President Geoff McIntosh. “As a
result, home prices at the lower end of the market have risen significantly in the past year,
challenging an already depressed homeownership rate.”
The statewide median price remained above the $500,000 mark for the seventh straight month,
with little signs of slowing down. The median price of an existing, single-family detached
California home was up 1.2 percent in October to $513,520 from a revised $507,260 in
September. Since 2010, prices typically have declined from September to October. The monthly
price gain is an indication that demand remains unseasonably strong.
“While this month’s sales and price gains are encouraging, the market continues to experience a
supply issue that won’t abate any time soon,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist
Leslie Appleton-Young. “A shortage of new listings remains a threat to home sales in the short
run, and with available inventory below normal levels, the dearth of listings suggests that the
market will remain tight over the near term.”