Tuesday, September 15, 2009

August numbers

The August numbers are out. Surprisingly sales are down, quite a bit from July. That's rather unusual (August is usually slightly higher) and probably a sign of the lack of inventory. Last year for instance July sales were 3700 and August was 4100 (about a 10% increase). This year look like the opposite July was 4700 and August is only 4150 (about a 12% decrease). San Berdu saw much of the same. Sales dropped about 8% in San Berdu. Median price edged up in both San Berdu and Riverside. I said last month I had expected that to happen. It didn't happen last month but it did manage it's first increase this month. I doubt it's due to rising prices, rather its to less low end homes selling. I'm certainly not seeing prices increasing in the areas I'm watching. We are pretty much at the end of the season now. Sept should be the last of the big months. The sales numbers might be strong for a few months though as houses are taking so long to close these days.

A total of 21,502 new and resale homes sold in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties in August. That was down 10.8 percent from 24,104 in July, and up 11.0 percent from 19,366 in August 2008, according to MDA DataQuick of San Diego.

Last month was the 14th in a row with a year-over-year sales increase. The decline from July to August was unusual, given an increase is normal for the season. August sales in DataQuick’s statistics, which go back to 1988, range from a low of 16,379 in 1992 to a high of 39,562 in 2003. The average is 27,458.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty out there about prices, interest rates and the availability of mortgage money. Additionally, we don’t know if this drop in foreclosure resales is temporary. We’re hearing from public agencies and the banking industry that there’s still a lot of financial distress in the pipeline,” said John Walsh, MDA DataQuick president.

The median price paid for a Southland home was $275,000 last month, up 2.6 percent from $268,000 in July, and down 16.7 percent from $330,000 in August 2008. The month-to-month increase was the fourth in a row after the median fell to a more-than 7-year low of $247,000 in April. The median peaked at $505,000 in mid 2007.

Changes in the median do not necessarily correspond to changes in home values in the current, atypical sales environment. Adjusting for shifts in market mix, it now appears that over the past two years homes in older, more costly neighborhoods have come down in value by about half as much as homes in newer, more affordable neighborhoods. Prices also fell sharply in some lower-cost, older communities where the use of risky subprime loans was high, triggering relatively high foreclosure rates.

1 comment:

ButterMonkey said...

There is nothing to buy out there. NOTHING. I'm wondering when we'll get back to a regular amount of listings from normal sellers. *SIGH*