From: CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS [maryb@car.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 11:01 AM
To: Wasserman, Jim - Sacramento
Subject: C.A.R. November sales and price report

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Mark Giberson (213) 739-8304

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For release:
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

C.A.R. reports November home sales increased 4.7 percent; median home price increased 5.8 percent

Multimedia:

·         Click here to view a data table comparing peak prices and current prices in areas throughout the state

Quick Facts:

·         Existing, single-family home sales increased 4.7 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted rate of 536,720 units on an annualized basis.

·         The statewide median price of an existing single-family home increased 2.4 percent in November to

      $304,520 compared with October 2009.

·         C.A.R.’s Unsold Inventory Index fell to 4.5 months in November, compared with 7.1 months in November 2008.

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 22) – Home sales increased 4.7 percent in November in California compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home rose 5.8 percent, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported today.

“First-time buyers continued to drive the market in November, as many opened escrow to take advantage of the federal tax credit prior to its original Nov. 30 expiration,” said C.A.R. President Steve Goddard.  “The extension and expansion of the tax credit until April 30, 2010, along with low interest rates, should continue to positively impact the market in coming months.

“Efforts by lenders and the government to assist homeowners at risk of foreclosure have led to fewer homes available for sale, and an increase in the state’s median home price.  California’s median home price increased year over year in November for the first time since August 2007,” added Goddard.

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled 536,720 in November 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 increased 4.7 percent from the revised 512,840 sales pace recorded in November 2008. Sales in November 2009 decreased 4.6 percent compared with the previous month.

The statewide sales figure represents what the total number of homes sold during 2009 would be if sales maintained the November pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California during November 2009 was $304,520, a 5.8 percent increase from the revised $287,880 median for November 2008, C.A.R. reported. The November 2009 median price rose 2.4 percent compared with October’s $297,500 median price.

“With sales bottoming out more than two years ago, and the median home price reaching its trough in February 2009, California remains ahead of the nation in market recovery,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie-Appleton-Young.  “The median price for most regions hit bottom during the first half of the year, and the statewide median home price now is nearly $60,000 higher than its lowest point in the current cycle.

California home buyers have responded to the much-improved affordability over the last several months,” she said. “Despite November’s uptick in the median home price, affordability in the state remains near historic highs.”

Highlights of C.A.R.’s resale housing figures for November 2009:

. C.A.R.’s Unsold Inventory Index for existing, single-family detached homes in November 2009 was 4.5 months, compared with 7.1 months (revised) for the same period a year ago. 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 4.88 percent during November 2009, compared with 6.09 percent in November 2008, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 4.41 percent in November 2009, compared with 5.26 percent in November 2008.

 

. The median number of days it took to sell a single-family home was 33.1 days in November 2009, compared with 44.4 days (revised) for the same period a year ago.

 

 

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, 102 of the 362 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/2009medianprices/nov2009medianprices/.

. Statewide, the 10 cities with the highest median home prices in California during November 2009 were: Los Altos, $1,475,000; Palo Alto, $1,222,500; Los Gatos, $1,166,500; Manhattan Beach, $1,163,500; Laguna Beach, $1,035,000; Newport Beach, $1,021,000; Cupertino, $985,000; Danville, $815,000; Santa Monica, $807,500; and Santa Barbara, $749,000.

.  Statewide, the cities with the greatest median home price increases in November 2009 compared with the same period a year ago were:  Cupertino, 37.8 percent; Poway, 35.8 percent; Morgan Hill, 33.2 percent; Lake Forest, 25.6 percent; Atwater, 24.4 percent; San Rafael, 23.8 percent; Atascadero, 22 percent; Vista, 21.2 percent; Tulare, 19.8 percent; Fountain Valley, 18 percent.

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November 2009 Regional Sales and Price Activity*
Regional and Condo Sales Data Not Seasonally Adjusted

Nov-09

Oct-09

Nov-08

Statewide

Calif. (sf)

$304,520

$297,500

$287,880

r

Calif. (condo)

$271,920

$267,520

$242,670

r

Region

High Desert

$124,710

$118,580

$148,580

Los Angeles

$359,670

$346,030

$359,240

Monterey Region

$329,840

$300,860

$314,370

Monterey County

$245,000

$240,000

$275,000

Santa Cruz County

$550,000

$515,000

$437,000

Northern California

$268,700

$264,220

$278,190

r

Northern Wine Country

$364,230

$366,260

$343,430

Orange County

$499,020

$490,290

$453,060

Palm Springs/Lower Desert

$172,070

$164,390

$183,590

Riverside/San Bernardino

$177,840

$171,600

$202,740

Sacramento

$188,480

$188,110

$184,760

San Diego

$376,450

$378,540

$345,390

r

San Francisco Bay

$567,250

$551,090

$473,510

San Luis Obispo

$409,460

$372,090

$344,230

Santa Barbara County

$416,670

$418,750

$294,640

r

Santa Barbara South Coast

$750,000

$965,000

r

$1,112,000

North Santa Barbara County

$234,720

$240,220

$240,910

Santa Clara

$605,000

$590,000

$515,000

Ventura

$435,800

$441,740

$382,590

na - not available

r - revised

Source: CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

 


 

 

Median Prices By Region – Current Month vs. Year Ago

 

Nov. 2009

Median Price

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

Nov-09

Oct-09

Nov-08

Oct-09

Nov-08

Statewide

Calif. (sf)

$304,520

2.4%

5.8%

-4.6%

4.7%

Calif. (condo)

$271,920

1.6%

12.1%

-14.8%

26.3%

C.A.R. Region

High Desert

$124,710

5.2%

-16.1%

-18.2%

0.4%

Los Angeles

$359,670

3.9%

0.1%

-10.8%

7.2%

Monterey Region

$329,840

9.6%

4.9%

-25.7%

12.2%

Monterey County

$245,000

2.1%

-10.9%

-29.2%

-0.7%

Santa Cruz County

$550,000

6.8%

25.9%

-17.7%

50.0%

Northern California

$268,700

1.7%

-3.4%

-19.4%

19.6%

Northern Wine Country

$364,230

-0.6%

6.1%

-12.9%

10.2%

Orange County

$499,020

1.8%

10.1%

-6.0%

28.0%

Palm Springs/Lower Desert

$172,070

4.7%

-6.3%

-8.7%

26.5%

Riverside/San Bernardino

$177,840

3.6%

-12.3%

-17.6%

-13.5%

Sacramento

$188,480

0.2%

2.0%

-16.3%

-16.5%

San Diego

$376,450

-0.6%

9.0%

-17.4%

7.5%

San Francisco Bay

$567,250

2.9%

19.8%

-12.7%

26.0%

San Luis Obispo

$409,460

10.0%

18.9%

-20.5%

40.0%

Santa Barbara County

$416,670

-0.5%

41.4%

-16.4%

18.4%

Santa Barbara South Coast

$750,000

-22.3%

-32.6%

-12.3%

115.2%

North Santa Barbara County

$234,720

-2.3%

-2.6%

-20.6%

-16.3%

Santa Clara

$605,000

2.5%

17.5%

-11.9%

45.5%

Ventura

$435,800

-1.3%

13.9%

-18.2%

-1.1%

 

na - not available

* 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 home

Source:  CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® 

 



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