January California Home Sales up 1.5%

January California Home Sales were up 1.5% compared to last year

ByScotCampbell– Source: Dataquick article dated 2/16/2012

According to Dataquick, an estimated 28,111 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month. That was down 25.5 percent from 37,734 in December, and up 1.5 percent from 27,706 for January 2011. A decline from December to January is normal for the season.

On a year-over-year basis sales have increased the past six months.

California sales for the month of January have varied from a low of 19,145 in 2008 to a high of 47,138 in 2004, while the average is 31,717. DataQuick’s statistics go back to 1988.

The median price paid for a home last month was $236,000, down 4.1 percent from $246,000 in December, and down 1.3 percent from $239,000 for January a year ago.

The median has decreased on a year-over-year basis for the last 16 months. The bottom of the current cycle was $221,000 in April 2009, while the peak was $484,000 in early 2007.

A combination of lower prices and historic low interest rates has brought home buyer affordability to levels not seen since 1988 according to Dataquick:

The typical mortgage payment that home buyers committed themselves to paying last month was $893. That was the lowest since $882 in February 1999. Adjusted for inflation it was the lowest since at least 1988 .

For questions about buying and selling real estate in Orange County, contact Scot Campbell.  He is the President of The Scot Campbell TEAM at Coldwell Banker-Campbell Realtors in Huntington Beach, CA.  He has been a licensed broker for over 21 years and has brokered over 1000 homes and just about every type of transaction imaginable.  Read his profile and client reviews at www.ScotCampbell.com   He can be reached at 714-960-0700 at the office, 714-336-0394 on his mobile number or via email at Scot.Campbell@ColdwellBanker.com

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