Friday, October 27, 2006

Sales Down, Prices Up?

The California Association of Realtors reported that prices rose 1.8% for single-family homes in California and sales decreased 31.7 percent compared with the same period a year ago. "We expected a fairly steep decline in sales last month compared with a year ago, when sales were near their all-time record," said C.A.R. President Vince Malta. "Unsold inventory is holding steady, and is close to the long-term historic average typical of a more 'normal' market."
"Overall, year-to-date sales were down 24 percent, in line with our 2006 projection. Regional trends in sales and prices were consistent with recent months," said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. "Areas that experienced a lot of homebuilding in recent years or second home activity have experienced larger declines in sales and weaker prices than the state as a whole. These include Northern California, the Northern Wine Country, the Central Valley, San Diego County, and the Lower Desert in Southern California."

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