The June figure was up 10 percent from the 409,840 level in May and up 2.2 percent compared with 441,450 in June 2015. The June 2016 increase was the first double-digit monthly gain since January 2011.
Sales in San Diego County were up nearly 4 percent from May and homes were on the market a median of just 22 days.
“Market conditions suggest that demand for housing will remain steady through the rest of the summer,” said Pat “Ziggy” Zicarelli, president of the association. “However, inventory is still tight, especially at the low end of the market, and this keeps competition for those homes at an extremely high level. The recent march of mortgage rates to ever lower levels will also add to the strong demand for entry-level homes.”
Rising demand combined with tight supply kept upward pressure on prices in June. The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home increased 5.5 percent in June to $519,440 from $492,320 in June 2015.
In San Diego County, the median price increased 4.4 percent year-over-year to $594,430.
“The annual gain in the median home price is being driven by more sales at the mid-segment housing market, which comprise at least half of the overall demand,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist for the Realtors association. “Price growth appears to be cooling somewhat in San Francisco, where the 3.2 percent increase was less than the statewide gain of 5.5 percent.”
Sales of Existing Homes in California Reach Highest Level in 4 Years was last modified: July 19th, 2016 by Chris Jennewein
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